While Dukes Farm has unlimited parking, and wondrously tranquil quiet with outstanding starlit skies (just yards from the Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Reserve), it's far from dull! There's a games room and large sunken trampoline, lovely gardens and walks from the door. We're in walking distance of the mountain ridge, Offa's Dyke, and both local pubs. Dukes Farm aims to be a welcoming canvas & palette of colours for holidays of every hue. And we're child friendly, pet friendly, just really friendly.
Just as the shower rooms are stocked with loo rolls, toiletries, soap & flannels, so each kitchen has a tea cosy, oven gloves, kitchen towels, dishcloths, scourer, dishwasher tabs and cleaning materials. They’re replenished with basic supplies for every stay: pepper mill, sugar, salt, teabags, coffee, and ice in the freezer. See a full list. While most parties order a supermarket delivery to coincide with their arrival, we pop a pint of milk in your fridge, and a packet of (best, artisan) biscuits in the jar to welcome you.
The heated games room is equipped with a full-size pool table, a competition standard table tennis table, bar billiards, chalk wall, dartboard (bring your own darts) and table football. Each property has a south-facing seating area with a barbecue and plenty of seating. The vineyard and gardens overlook the mountain and contain a 14-foot trampoline and Wendy house in a traffic-free environment. There is no enclosed exercise area for dogs.
The homely boot room houses all kinds of information and useful items to borrow: maps, tourist leaflets and walking books galore, an iron and ironing board, hair dryers, spare wellies, suntan lotion, sticking plasters, mending kit, cooking oil and gravy browning.
The gardens & vineyard are full of interest, but should you want to roam further, you can walk over our 130-acre farm to drink in the stupendous views. With the Cats Back in the foreground, Hay Bluff, the Darrens and Hatterall Hill fill a landscape that expands as you walk higher: the Radnor Hills are visible, Clee Hill, the Mynd, the Malverns, May Hill and the Skirrid where the Devil is said to have landed. The farm has 12 acres of restored wild flower meadow, a stretch of the River Monnow, and 6 acres of woodland, ancient and newly planted. The bird and insect life is remarkable. There’s a farm map to guide you to our Bronze Age burial cist and An Historie of Cressewelle to bring our story to life.
Our local catering company is excellent with many available menus. They will deliver delicious hot meals or afternoon teas to the door. Celebration cakes are a speciality.