We are a warm, friendly and hardworking family developing a 75 acre conservation site in Mid West Wales.
Mark is an eccentric and extremely talented IT 'freak' with a very interesting sense of humour often very 'un-PC!' - surreal and very much 'in the now'! He is kind, has the biggest smile in the world, is as strong as an Ox and a lateral thinker - practical and no-nonsense. He is huge-hearted and will always help out if folk are in need.
I am eccentric too (definitely less than Mark;) ! and my jokes are more tactful and much less funny! With a life-long passion for the natural world, I have been growing things as far back as I can remember and have worked for many years in urban permaculture and community development before coming to manage Blaeneinion.
We are a very happy couple with one child still at home and another just started at University.
We like making things- wooden buildings, growing spaces and doing renovations. Mark will avoid any fiddly planty things as much as possible, so I do all the 'girlie stuff'! Outdoor life and the natural world are a passion - we love weather of all sorts, a soaking wet walk through the stream and adventures. We both love good food (lots of it - and meaty too!) and I am happiest transforming home-grown produce into something mouthwatering.... Other joys include warm fires, laughter and straightforwardness :)
After a long days work - usually very physical, we normally get to bed early and love watching documentaries or a good movie. We are both smokers and enjoy a brandy or a beer at the end of the day.... and are happy for our guests to unwind as they wish - but are not big party animals, and try to keep Blaeneinion as a mellow and down to earth retreat... (but are open to the odd spontaneous night singing and cooking by the fire pit!) Great food in good company is a joy
As new hosts, we are hoping that our Air B+B experiences will be positive and rewarding for everyone - and that we can provide a really special space for folk to relax and recharge from the craziness of modern life (we have both come from busy city environments and understand:)
Mark and I will probably be running around building, planting, picking and attending to family life - and our guests would have plenty of space to do whatever they wished with their time here at Blaeneinion - just ask if there is anything we can do to make it better :)
If we were to have a life motto - it would probably be about simplicity, peace and love.... both in our 40's now, we are very thankful to be here together doing something we love and caring for our family and this little corner of paradise x We hope you love it too :)