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Animals nearby.

Many families come to stay and this gives them a great opportunity to enjoy the surrounding countryside. This includes seeing any Animals nearby. Go for a daily walk and attempt to identify a different animal each day.


Our house is nearby and usually have some hens ( providing Foxy has not been visiting recently). We are happy for guests to walk over with prior arrangement to feed the chickens. This is so that we can ensure that hens can be fed , possibly let out and some eggs found to take home for cooking.


We also have horses and ponies. They love having attention. Please arrange to come over if brave enough to feed a carrot or apple. Please do not feed without our presence.


Animals nearby. Sheep are usually grazing next to every path from the church. Up the narrow lane to the right of the church are often Suffolk sheep. They have distinctive black heads and lighter coloured bodies. Walking down from the cottage through the fields you could see Jacob Sheep. Jacobs have piebald markings. Which is patches of light and dark. Jacob sheep also have long horns.


Animals nearby. Continue down the path further and you could spot alpacas. Or walk from the church towards the bridge and post box and peer over the hedge to see them. If the alpacas are of interest. Get a hands hands on experience by visiting the Alpaca sanctuary in nearby Pontardawe.


Animals nearby. Cows and the occasional bull are seen in several fields. Walk from the bridge to the lodge and beyond. How many breeds can you observe? Look out for the occasional Highland cow.


There are free range pigs and sometimes piglets to see. Turn right at the Lodge, go down Cwmnantllwyd Rd towards Gellinudd. Just before the second sharp bend, on the left there are some pigs kept. Or walk further down through the houses, having just passed Cwmnantllwyd Farmhouse on the left. By the postbox a little further down the road. Take the small lane on the left before the first bungalow after the field. Walk along this public footpath for just a 1/4 mile.

Other pigs

There are again various sized pigs living free range in the woodland. Follow the path onwards for another 1/4 mile until reaching the country lane. Turn left to walk up Plas Road to reach Church Rd that brings you back to the cottages.


On Cwmnantllwyd Road. Between the 2 locations where you can see the pigs you may also see or hear the donkeys.

Apart from all the farm animals there are also plenty of wild animals to be seen. From grey squirrels, dormice, spot the mole trails plus chirpy birds all around. There are many birdsongs to identify, numerous birds in the hedgerows and overhanging trees. You should not be surprised to see red kites soaring above the fields. Or occasionally a buzzard sits on the nearby telegraph poles in the fields. Waiting to swoop down on unsuspecting wildlife below.


If you come and feed the hens or ponies then you will see our 2 cats. Usually they are around our house on the farm. Sometimes they follow follow us to the cottages. Whilst they both love the attention, the white one is the showman, the small black cat being far more timid. Please do not encourage them into the cottages. It must remain a pet free zone please.