THURSDAY 8 MARCH
Arrive early on Thursday afternoon, greeted with tea and cake. Take a walk through the fforest woodland with Sian to seek some inspiration, get your bearings and meet the rest of the group. Enjoy a simple home-cooked supper round the big table in the farmhouse and then relax.
FRIDAY 9 MARCH
On Friday morning, help yourself to some nourishing breakfast in the farmhouse kitchen, then we will gather for a walk through the woods and across fields with Jade our local forager who is inspired by the landscape, the changing seasons and the wild bounty of blossoms, leaves, fruits and seaweeds. We will go in search of spring shoots, leaves and herbs learning identification, their properties and how you can prepare them, while enjoying a cup of wild tea.
After a delicious lunch of home-made soup, bread and Welsh cheeses, we will encourage you to make time to share, whether that be stories and experiences whilst keeping your hands busy with personal projects or the sharing of a skill you have with others. Amanda Banham is going to help us build our own little ceramic house or pinch pot this Friday afternoon. We would love you to pipe up and offer something if you feel comfortable, otherwise, draw, read, knit or sew, interrupted by more cake and tea.
Enjoy supper with your new-found friends and then just relax with a glass of wine and maybe some story telling in the luxury of the farmhouse.
sATURDAY 10 MARCH
Start the day with a little morning yoga, then help yourself to a nourishing breakfast in the farmhouse kitchen. This is followed by some woodland creations with Tamsin. We may be making a pencil from a twig or learning how to light a fire without matches. We'll stop for lunch, then spend the rest of the afternoon creating and sharing, interrupted by more cake and a pot of tea.
Enjoy a final supper and relax with a glass of wine in the luxury of the farmhouse or the cosy Bwthyn pub.
sUNDAY 11 MARCH
After breakfast there is no need to rush off. We'll fire up the sauna in the woods so that you can have a relaxing morning or go for a final bracing walk before heading home.
Times and details of workshops may alter slightly from the above.
What you’ll be eating
We take pride in our food. We grow many of our own salads and greens. We are blessed with fantastic local produce on our doorstep. That makes it easy to keep it simple, seasonal, local and delicious. Everything is freshly prepared and will be mostly vegetarian. We will be making hearty soups with local breads for lunch and cooking comforting suppers from seasonal produce.
We encourage those of you who love to bake to bring a cake, biscuits or tray bake to share with tea.
The stay includes 3 nourishing DIY breakfasts of granola, eggs, toast and jams, 2 light lunches and 3 hearty suppers. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies when booking so that we can take these into consideration when planning the menus.
What to Bring
Warm and waterproof clothes and boots as we will be outside enjoying mother nature a lot of the time. Warm snuggly woollies to wrap and cosy up in.
A creative project you are working on or some basic materials to get you started, whether it be your knitting or sewing kit, a sketchbook or a camera. This is your time. You decide.
Make sure you bring a cake, some biscuits or a tray bake to share with everyone at teatime. We all love tea and cake. Is there ever a time not to drink tea?
Remember to pack a bottle of wine or two if you would like to relax on the sofa with a drink in the evening or have a glass with dinner. We do also have our own little private pub on site with an inglenook fireplace which we might fire up one evening if the group is keen for a change of scenery.
Where you'll be staying
Every aspect of a comfortable stay and a good night’s sleep has been considered at fforest. We’ve given a lot of thought to the furnishings, using ethically sourced materials and local products which blend function with form. The end result is a combination of thousands of tiny decisions.
We’ve tried to think of everything. We hope you agree.
From the outside, this is a farmhouse a child would draw: stout as a cottage loaf with a flour-white face and proud chimneys. Inside, though, it has all the swish of a Scandi ski lodge, with its pine cladding and patterned Welsh blankets. The five bedrooms provide cosy comfort, each with their own shower room.
The crog lofts combine heritage quality restoration, natural materials and timeless design. Inside you'll find slate floors with underfloor heating, luxurious shower rooms, bespoke furnishings & textiles combined with quality mid-century furniture. Inside is all about comfort, but with the living space spilling out onto the covered terrace you never forget how close you are to the beauty of nature and our rugged Welsh landscape.
fforest farm is set in 200 acres of rural beauty sandwiched between the river Teifi gorge and the Teifi Marshes nature reserve, minutes from the town of Cardigan and from the beautiful beaches and coves of the West Wales coast. Sian will take you on a walk through the deer-inhabited woodland when you arrive.
Hidden in the woods is our cedar barrel sauna (and cold shower for the brave). Just down the path from here is the Bwthyn, our very own little pub and the oldest building on the farm. A beautiful candlelit old stone cottage with inglenook fireplace.
See below for details of room types and prices.
Rooms, prices & booking
Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th March 2018. All meals & workshops included.
Drinks are not included.