Throughout my book, and on this website, I've mentioned the words 'Hidden Gems' on many occasions, this has to be one those occasions! I had been to see another recommended guest house, however unfortunately they were not in at the time of my visit. I headed off in the direction of Abergavenny to locate somewhere to stay for the evening, with a view to going back to the original place that was recommended to me the next day. I then came upon the sign for the Hardwick Farm B&B. I saw that it was a four star property and so, had to be good! I just had no idea at the time just how good. I knocked on the door and after introducing myself, and explaining why I had called on them so late on a Saturday night, I asked the very friendly lady if she could show me round a few of the rooms, the lady at the door then introduced herself as Carol, without hesitation, Carol invited me in and showed me round! I have seen many farm guest houses and all of them have been of a very good standard, and yet again this one also didn't fail to impress me!
The room Carol showed me had one of the biggest beds I have ever seen, and the whole house had such a great homely feel about the place. I explained that based on my show around, I would love to feature them in the book and on the website, after chatting for a short while, Carol asked me where I was travelling onto next, after explaining that I was visiting the Brecon Beacons area the following day, without hesitating, Carol asked if I would like to stay the night, as the room she had shown me, was the only room she had free, and as it was late into the evening, and about a forty minute drive to Brecon, I would be more than welcome to stay the night, I didn't like to impose but that bed was too much to refuse! Now it's easy to see why Carol had been short listed as one of the Friendliest Landladys in GreatBritain. I was shown to my room, where after a hot cup of welsh tea, I retired to that huge bed!
I woke up at about 7.30am after having an amazing nights sleep, made my way downstairs to join the other guests, some from as far as Australia! I had an amazing breakfast, after which Carol asked who was up for a tour around the milking part of their farm. This is where it got even more amazing! These cows are milked by a completely automated robot system, these are automated or ‘robotic' milking machines, which automatically collect data from electronic tags on cattle, allowing cows to move in and out of the milking parlour freely. Data is collected and processed by the system which records when each cow is milked and other information relating to each individual animal. Hardwick farm is only one of a few in Wales to have this system and produces thousands of litres a day to many of the Tesco's Stores in and around Wales. I have seen many amazing things in my forty years of life, and it has to be said this farm has to be yet another one of them.
Hardwick Farm Bed & Breakfast
Guest House / B&Bs
We’re a lovely, welcoming B&B on a working Welsh dairy farm a stone’s throw from Abergavenny. We’re a hop, skip and a jump from great restaurants, market towns, historical sites and the great outdoors of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park! Dairy farmer Carol Jones runs the bed and breakfast – she’s been voted one of Wales’ friendliest B&B hosts and she will welcome you and make sure you have a great stay and hearty farm breakfast. There are wonderful views of the Black Mountains from the farm B&B’s windows. Walkers are welcome, as are cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts as well as visitors to the area attending Abergavenny Food Festival and the Abergavenny Cycling Festival.
The Blorenge room
Our comfortable Blorenge room has a super king-sized bed (can be converted to two singles) and also an en-suite bathroom with shower and complementary toiletries. You'll also find a TV, hairdryer and a bottle of welsh water each, a tea tray with Fairtrade tea and fresh milk (as you'd expect).Towels are supplied and there are two comfortable chairs to relax on, with a view of the back of the farm – and the Blorenge mountain. You'll be tempted to climb it, we guarantee! All prices include breakfast.
The Skirrid room
Our Skirrid room has a king size bed and a single bed. This large room has a separate private bathroom (not en-suite but for your use only) with a bath and shower over the bath. There you'll find complementary toiletries and towels. You'll also find a TV, hairdryer and a bottle of welsh water each, a tea tray with Fairtrade tea and fresh milk (you'd expect nothing less).There are two comfortable chairs to relax on, with a view of the farm – we've got happy cows so it's not noisy! All prices include breakfast.
The Sugar Loaf room
Our Sugar Loaf room has a super king-sized bed which can be converted to two singles – and an additional single bed can be supplied if required. Sugar Loaf has an en-suite bathroom with shower and plenty of complementary toiletries. You'll also find a TV, hairdryer and a bottle of welsh water each, a tea tray with Fair Trade tea and fresh milk (of course). All prices include breakfast.Towels are supplied and there are two comfortable chairs to relax on and a view – look out on the farm to see how the calves are doing!