Experience the wild at Nantseren! Spot mountain ponies on a walk, look for red kites in the sky, hares in the meadow - and how about booking an outdoor adventure? Check out these great activities - we recommend booking early, see details below.
New for 2023 - Foraging and Wild Swimming!
With Adele Nozedar of Brecon Beacons Foraging. Adele is the author of several beautiful books about foraging. She was recently featured on BBC Countryfile, and is the only forager in the Wales Lonely Planet Guide! As Adele says:
‘Chances are, if you’re human, you’ll have foraged at some time or other, possibly without even realising it. I see my ‘job’ as a way of reintroducing you to the natural world via the wild and edible treasures that surround us, all the time, wherever we are…
A forage is a slow-paced process, aimed at observation and information rather than mileage. During your walk you’ll be encouraged to observe, using all of your senses to guide you in finding and recognising the plants, fungi, trees and even the wildlife around us. Recognition of plants is a wonderfully sensory experience; squeezing and smelling leaves, running them between your fingers to get a sense of their juices and oils, and tasting such delights as nectar, are all part of the process. Sensory experiences are effective triggers for memory, and people are often surprised at what they recall.
Cost: £45 pp up to 8 people, then £40 per additional person. 2 kids per adult go free.
This is a very popular and brilliantly fun way to learn about plants, especially if you have a group activity in mind for a special occasion! In an event that lasts about 3 hours, I take you on a forage to find ingredients that can be used as a flavour or garnish, then we come back to base to play with an intriguing array of botanical herbs and tinctures. I also include a cocktail made using wild ingredients to get you into the swing of things (non-alcoholic cocktails are not a problem). You get to take home a 300ml jar of your own unique blend.
Cost: £45 pp (min 4)
(£65pp for bespoke session for 2 people)
Booking is super easy - just email email@example.com with which course you’re interested in, date and how many. Adele will respond with all the details and an invoice with details on how to make the payment. All courses must be paid for in advance.
Book a guided swim adventure with Kate (Black Mountains Swims) - the official Bluetits open water swim coach! Kate can take you to beautiful spots for wild swimming - she’s a fully qualified and insured swim coach. A half day private session for your group costs £35 pp (min 4, max 10 people - larger groups may be possible by arrangement with Kate)
Contact Kate for more info, availability and to book:
Facebook: Black Mountains Swims
We've teamed up with nearby Arc Adventures - they offer amazing activities like paddle boarding, climbing, caving, mountain biking and gorge walking. See more details here - call them on 01550 740452 to book - just let them know you are staying at Nantseren.
Book a private class for up to 16 at Nantseren. Depending on the weather classes can be held in the glamping barn or outside on the meadow. Sian is trained in yin and vinyasa flow yoga and classes are a mix of flow, fun and relaxation.
Cost: £100 for an hour and a quarter.
Text Sian for more details, to check availability and to book: 07880 686888
See constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers on a clear night here - we're in an International Dark Sky Reserve. We've teamed up with Dark Sky Wales to offer Astronomy Adventures: Stargazing: take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations, find deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and learn the correct use of binoculars and navigation via star maps. You will also be shown how to set up a telescope correctly before viewing and then photographing some of the magnificent sights in the night sky. Ideal for the Autumn months. Theres also Moon watching and Astrophotography suitable all year round - please contact Allan directly (let him know you're staying here) to check availability, prices and to book: firstname.lastname@example.org - and follow @darkskywales for celestial inspiration!
Try some bushcraft and forest activities - we have worksheets and ideas in the glamping barn. Learn to map read and try some orienteering, make a wand or go on a scavenger hunt. There's table tennis, pool, board games and books - plus a meadow and stream to explore!
Try birdwatching from your tent, with the Red Kite Feeding Station just up the road! Bring or borrow some binoculars to discover birds and wildlife around you - great for stargazing too.
There's equipment here for getting creative - it's a great place to slow down, observe and express yourself! We can also arrange art classes and workshops for all ages and abilities.
Staying at Nantseren, you’ll notice the cycle of hill farming around you. A blackboard diary in the glamping barn will let you know what's happening during your stay on the farm and locally.
Early spring is lambing time, it's lovely to watch the lambs frolicking in surrounding fields, and you can help feed them too. Shearing time is May/June, with opportunities to watch or even have a go! Summer is the time for the local agricultural shows and harvesting. Autumn and Winter are the seasons for hedge laying, tree planting and dry stone walling.
Hill farming involves regularly moving sheep from fields to common grazing land on the mountain - it's a process called hefting. Gathering is the job of bringing the sheep back to the pens and fields.
Let us know if you’d like to help - a chance to look scary and make a noise!
Learn some Welsh with a guided walk through our fields. Welsh names often tell a story - our farm is Nantrhodyn, which means stream by the kiln. Each field has a Welsh name, which goes back generations. In many places these are forgotten; here we use them everyday. The landscape, local culture and history come to life as you explore and learn.
There are lots of opportunities to learn some Welsh while staying here; we have bilingual information panels, leaflets and books in the barn - it's easy to learn a few phrases. The Welsh language is very much alive in Llanddeusant, give it a go!
nant = stream, brook
seren = star
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