We have recently returned from a great summer holiday in a beautiful eco cottage set in the heart of the countryside.
About Wild Meadow
We found Wild Meadow by accident. It was mentioned by Helen at Treasure Every Moment and when I saw it I knew it was going to be our next holiday. Holiday homes within our budget that sleep 7 are few and far between, they do exist though, as wild Meadow proves. Should you need more space there’s even a Shepherd’s Hut available on site to hire separately.
Wild Meadow is located just outside Presteigne, Powys. As I explained to friends, it has the benefit of appearing to be in the middle of nowhere but not in the middle of nowhere.
It’s a beautiful cottage and the owners, Andrea and Jonathan, are truly lovely. Me being me, I had to ask how, and why, they did it. It turns out they walked into it all by accident. The cottage took 3 years to complete and Jonathan, as a carpenter, did much of it himself.
There are so many opportunities to let the children run free at Wild Meadow. With hills to run up and roll down, traditional tree swings, a pond, and a vast meadow to explore. It’s just what large families need.
The cottage also boasts large family necessities including a washing machine, tumble dryer, and
a dishwasher. This meant we could pack light and still have clean clothes. Not to mention the time saved with the dishwasher – every meal is more a dinner party than a family sit down.
Wild Meadow is not far from the England-Wales border, 1 mile outside the border town of Presteigne.
There’s plenty of things to see and do in the area including walks, parks, castles and museums.
With our children, some things are still quite difficult. Enfys can’t walk that far and Anwen is still very young. Hiking is out of the equation (I’m not fit enough for a start!).
We did, however, make the most of the park at the Offa’s Dyke Visitor Centre, Croft Castle and Ludlow Castle and one of the farms in the area. The rest of the time we spent exploring the meadow.
Is Wild Meadow equipped for large families?
Yes! Definitely! The Cottage has 3 spacious bedrooms with 1 king bed, 2 double beds and a single. We didn’t use the downstairs double because Enfys and Anwen slept in a travel cot. There’s also the Shepherd’s Hut that can be booked separately which sleeps up to four people.
The convenience of a washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher just increases its positive values.
The space to run around outside means that the kids are never bored, and if the great British Weather plays a rubbish card there are plenty of toys, games and DVDs provided.
I will happily visit wild Meadow again. In fact, Jim has already requested we go around his 40th birthday in April which we’re currently looking into.
Beth is a 30-something, self-employed Mum rediscovering her connection to British History and nature. Her loves include the discovery of knowledge, walking in the woods, and writing, among others. Beth is a Virtual Assistant at The Happy VA.