About the Owners
Hello, we’re Lora and Barry. In late 2016, we left 25 years (between us!) of London life behind to move back up to Lora’s native North Wales and escape the noise and bustle of the city sprawl. After feeling frazzled for so long in the capital, we decided a move to the Welsh countryside would be the perfect tonic. We moved into Llanerch in early May 2017 and now happily share our home with our growing menagerie of animals and resident ponies – and last but not least our lovely visitors who come to stay from all over the world!
We are located between the 19th century village of Froncysyllte and the ancient riverside town of Llangollen, just off the A5 and A483, so super handy for all the main road routes. Our unique location affords us a truly spectacular view of the Dee Valley we live in; including the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Castell Dinas Bran, the Eglwyseg Escarpment, Trevor Hall, Wynstay Hall, surrounding towns, villages, canals and countryside – and more! On a clear day it’s even possible to see as far as Merseyside and the outline of the Peak District on the horizon.
We’re a mere 10 minute drive from gorgeous Llangollen with its bustling shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, and have a host of delis and farm shops selling delicious local Welsh produce right on our doorstep.
We are ideally located for the world-renowned International Eistedfodd (as well as Llangollen’s many other annual festivals!) and just a 45 minute drive to the “Gateway to Snowdonia”, from where you can explore all the wild and beautiful delights Snowdonia has to offer.
We’re proud to be the custodians of such a beautiful little patch of the Dee Valley and we’re passionate about doing everything we can to keep it that way. Our water supply comes from a natural hillside spring and was recently awarded one of the highest inspection ratings. We’re also rigged up to eco-friendly septic tank drainage. We absolutely adore sharing our patch of the Welsh borderlands with our resident wildlife and encourage it in any way we can – more about that here.
The History of Llanerch Farm
Llanerch Farm dates back to c.1800, which means it was being built at the same time of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the UNESCO World Heritage Site we can see as part of our amazing view of the beautiful Dee Valley. We presume Llanerch was a sheep farm for many years, the fleeces produced being used locally and shipped to the Midlands on the fast-expanding canal network.