Ffynnon Beuno nestles at the foot of a beautiful glacier carved valley in the Clwyd’s. Over its long and fascinating history, the farm has been an Inn, a general store, and impromptu theatre.
One of Wales famous 18th century dramatists Twm O’r Nant performed here and it is also the site of pilgrimage to the holy well that gives the property its name “Ffynnon” – spring or well, and “Beuno” after a 6th century Abbot believed to have miraculous healing powers. Following archaeological digs here from the Victorian era, we know that the site has been occupied for tens of thousands of years.
… a safe place and a retreat from the modern world. It’s been an ambitious project that has seen us plant 50 cherry trees, establish a wildflower meadow, clear a mountain-side of 8ft gorse, build an artificial badger sett, set up an apiary and renovate the hedgerow that encompasses the 5-acre plot. That’s along with setting up pear, plum and apple orchards to complement our kitchen garden.”
Located in one of only five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ffynnon Beuno sits just below Y Graig, a beautiful local nature reserve which can be reached via a footpath that runs right through our fields. Offa’s Dyke is close by as well as local circular walks for visitors to be energised by the beauty of the area. A network of bridleways also ensures that all the scenery can be enjoyed from horseback or by cycle. Ffynnon Beuno has stabling, a secure lock up and a drying room for guests to make the most of the amazing scenery that surrounds the farmhouse.
We can also recommend plenty more great places to explore, from days out to evenings out or just a swift pint in the local pub.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, people have been drawn to Ffynnon Beuno since the dawn of mankind as evidenced by the intriguing finds in the caves found at the back of the estate where Victorian archaeologist Doctor Henry Hicks unearthed not only primitive tools but also bones from wooly rhino, elk and even mountain lions! – evidence that shows Ffynnon Beuno has proven a safe haven for people for over 38000 years!
One of the more famous inhabitants was the explorer Henry Mortan Stanley (of “Doctor Livingstone, I presume” fame) who spent some of his childhood here. We hold a copy of his autobiography here from the 1800s which is an extraordinary tale of his life and explorations across the African continent. A statue stands in Denbigh of him and a further monument in St Asaph. Our third and final hut will be named “Stanley” in his memory!
Our Sustainable Approach
Our philosophy is that we all need a space to stop, reflect and reconnect with our environment in real and practical ways more than ever. Each year more than half our guests are returnees, some from as far afield as Portsmouth whilst others only just a few miles away – a short stay at Ffynnon Beuno quickly show’s what makes it such a special place. Read more about our approach.