We live at Godremamog mill. We have run the mill as a holiday business since 2005 and refurbished Park Villa as a holiday cottage, opening in summer 2014. We have put heart and soul into the improvements at the Mill, with the BBQ hut, hot tub and pool making it a wonderful place for big family parties. Restoring Park Villa to its former glory was a labour of love – a photograph hangs in the cottage showing the Sunday school picnic held in the meadow in 1911 and it’s wonderful to think of people having fun there still, 100 years later.
Between us, we have over 50 years experience in the IT industry and both ended up in management. The project management experience we picked up along the way has been really useful for all the projects we have completed in the valley.
We moved from the Midlands to West Wales because we had both had holidays here when we were children. We remembered lovely sandy beaches, splashing in the sea, exploring the castles and climbing the hills. Very little has changed, except perhaps there’s a bigger choice of restaurants than we remember and the ice cream is even better.
We love this peaceful, atmospheric valley. Where else can you live somewhere surrounded by trees, streams and meadows, where you cannot see another house? There is a new view every day – the trees change colour, there’s a fresh crop of wild flowers or berries, the river is a different level (it makes different sounds depending on how much water runs past). I’m afraid we get way over-excited if we hear the otters outside the mill. We are always happiest pottering around in the garden, though we have had to learn a new style of gardening – spades are out, mattocks are in.
We love walking and there are several walks right from the door, all of them beautiful. If we want to travel further afield, there’s so many places to choose from. We love good, local food and there’s lots of shops and farmers markets to try. The history is fascinating – the valley itself is mentioned in the Mabinogion – a Welsh saga of mystery and magic from at least 1,000 years ago. Then there’s all the castles, churches and bronze age monuments to visit.
A perfect day for us would be a trip to Mwnt beach – hopefully spotting some dolphins, then on to the Cilgerran wildlife reserve for lunch in the visitor centre cafe (amazing food). After lunch, a potter amongst the shops at Newcastle Emlyn then home for a BBQ