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 handmade rugs. It's been here for a couple of centuries but sulked abandoned for the past 25 years, decorated in bat droppings.
'It was haunted by the spirit of the unloved,' says owner and all-round creative James Lynch, who exorcised it with partner Sian, salvaging worn stair treads and lintels, a salting basin and smoking hooks, then repointing with lime and bees-waxing the plaster walls. A Peter Doig painting hangs in one bedroom; some chairs are made with planks painted by Hirst, Emin and others, a flashback to Lynch's Hoxton past.
Doughty Presbyterian pews can be arranged into a cinema in the sitting room and the big-hearted kitchen/dining space is set around an inglenook you could herd sheep into. The children's bunk room is long and narrow like a ship's cabin, made for holing up in for 'no adults allowed' gatherings; the four bedrooms feel just as tucked away, each with its own bathroom - the front ones have Miss Marple views of the village church.
It's the latest addition to Lynch's rustic Fforest empire with its smart camping domes and family activities that guests are free to dip in and out of - to the River Teifi for kayaking, the lodge for barbecues, the tiny pub for craft ales. Invite Sian and her team in to prepare supper, or head to the nearby shore at low tide and gather mussels for a briny feast.
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Sleeps up to 14 people in 5 bedrooms with 5 bathrooms (3 en-suite).
A Georgian farmhouse at the top of the farm. Rebuilt in late 2015. Grand entrance and hallway splits to multi functional living room, kitchen and staircase leading to bedrooms.
Perfect year round for large groups, families and friends.
Cariad Suite: King-sized bed, sofa & en-suite shower room. Bathrobes provided.
Cae: King-sized bed, sofa & en-suite shower room. Bathrobes provided.
Calon: King-sized bed, set of bunk beds, sofa & en-suite shower room. Bathrobes provided for two people.
Coed: Double bed, sofa & shower room on landing. Bathrobes provided.
Cwtch: Two sets of bunk-beds, window seats & shower room on landing.
Large farmhouse dining table
Living area with sofas, chairs & smart TV. Further large dining table.
All bedding & towels are provided.
"We knew this was going to be great – but you all exceeded our expectations. A fabulous place which we will certainly return to – fingers crossed it doesn’t change too much. It’s perfect just the way it is!"