Llanerchindda Farm Trip 2019
Clearly, the news of the success of our three previous visits to Llanerchindda Farm helped to make this year’s trip the most popular ever, with it being fully booked by the GMGOC.
Twelve cars assembled at the Longford Inn (Jan & Gethin were already safely ensconced at the Farm) ready for our cross-country saunter into Mid-Wales.
Our outbound trip included a coffee/breakfast stop at the Steel Horse café, a brief but very interesting visit to the Royal Welsh Regimental Museum, followed by a light lunch in the tea rooms at Brecon Cathedral. Luckily, because we obviously hadn’t eaten enough, we arrived at Llanerchindda in time to be plied with tea and plates of cakes.
The 9 Rorke’s Drift Victoria Crosses at the Royal Welsh Regimental Museum
Having collected the keys to our rooms, it becomes apparent why this establishment is so popular. Laid out on the bed were a customised GMGOC rally plate (with the plastic ties already threaded through), an OS map with our routes highlighted, two detailed route guides, a three-day itinerary, two engraved glasses, a key ring and a window sticker. This is truly impressive attention to detail.
Continuing this nothing-is-too-much-bother theme we all met up later for the customary Pimm’s reception and a formal welcome from the Hadley family and their staff. All our glasses were constantly topped up (some a little more than others) and so we sat down to our evening meal well and truly relaxed.
The advantage of staying in an isolated farmhouse in mid-Wales is that you are already in stunning scenery and so any routes that are driven are done in wonderful, rural countryside right from the start. To prove this, on Saturday we made our way to the Elan Valley Visitors Centre for a coffee stop, followed by a stunning drive up past the Elan Valley reservoirs and their magnificent dams. There immediately followed a narrow, twisty mountain road over the Cambrian Mountains to Devils Bridge. After a look at the narrow-gauge railway and the waterfalls, it was back to Llanerchindda over more mountain roads and around the picturesque Llyn Brianne.
Sunday’s trip involved driving along the River Wye from Builth Wells to the village of Talgarth where we had coffee in a newly restored mill. It was then on to visit a medieval, fortified house at Tretower. Despite an entry payment being required to this impressive building, our host Martin was on hand to ensure we all gained free entry – all part of the outstanding service they provide for their guests. The return leg to Llanerchindda took us over the deserted Mynydd Epynt army ranges giving us a panoramic view stretching to about 20 miles.
All good things must come to an end and, too soon, it was Monday and time to collectively express our thanks to the Hadley family for providing us all with their own special brand of hospitality, all delivered with a sense of humour and a light touch. After our fourth visit, I can safely say the standard of the food, drink, service and general attention to detail, is as good now as it has ever been.
It was then time to load up our little cars and to make our various ways back across Wales to our Gloucestershire homes. Marion and I (and the “A”!) covered 444 miles door to door and it was some of the most enjoyable driving I have done.
With everyone saying how much they had enjoyed themselves, we have decided to continue with the GMGOC tradition and so have now booked for a visit in May 2021. This at least gives Martin and his team ample time to re-stock the bar, Lynn time to produce more delicious home-made cakes and for the fridges and freezers to get re-filled.