Less than an hour away from Old Oak Barn is the prettiest beach on the north coast of Ceredigion that we know! It is most famous for being a good place to spot dolphins and when we went in September recently we took a long walk along the coast plus had a look inside the little church. This photo I took several years ago now off the Pembrokeshire Coast when we were lucky enough to see over a hundred dolphins in one single day! The best way to see them at Mwnt is to catch a boat ride from Newquay OR you may be lucky and spot them from the Coast Path.
The Chuch of the Holy Cross is hundreds of years old – is immaculately kept – and is usually open too.
Inside you can read about its history – The Church of the Holy Cross (Welsh: Eglwys y Grog) is an example of a medieval sailor’s chapel of ease. The site is said to have been used since the Age of the Saints, but the present building is probably 14th century. It has an example of a 12th or 13th century font made of Preseli stone. Mwnt was a civil parish in its own right for several centuries, but before the 17th century it was a detached chapelry of the parish of Llangoedmor. It is a Grade 1 listed building.
The beautiful beach but not the church is owned by the National Trust.
Old Oak Barn Garden in Carmarthenshire
The county of Carmarthenshire is famous for its wonderful public gardens and we are fortunate to have The National Botanic Gardens of Wales on our doorstep. Aberglasney is only half an hour away too and Colby Gardens less than 30 minutes. I have always loved gardening although will be the first to admit that I rarely plan things here at Old Oak Barn. Rather the gardens just evolve. For 40 years now I have been growing flowers and vegetables 30 years of which have been here at Cwmpalis. Although initially it was a 20/80 split with veggies being the main things grown, more recently and in the last 10 years the emphasis has been more on growing flowers. By this I mean growing from seeds I have collected or been given from friends or from cuttings. I grow perennials too and since developing the new bed at the bottom of the front lawn by the farmhouse I can see their value. I tend not to have colour themes but instead go for vibrant colours everywhere. If someone was to ask my favourites I would have to say roses, sweetpeas, cosmos, jasmine and poppies, all of which thrive here at Cwmpalis.
My Garden in Carmarthenshire at Old Oak Barn
I am fortunate to have great backdrops to the garden from many angles. On the left you can see the approach to the farm and holiday cottage which hints at the sheltered valley we live in. in 2015 I bought a wonderful 12 by 9 wooden greenhouse which is proving a big success. One cucumber plant this summer has produced over 150 cucumbers!
We always arrange cut flowers in the barn for visitors who have come to expect this extra touch. It is always possible to find something of beauty to display in the barn! When we have a glut of vegetables we often offload onto visitors free of charge.