I have always loved this mountain. I was born nearby but spent much of my childhood and early career living in various countries across the world. We came home to Wales for holidays and I enjoyed being outside with dogs from dawn till dusk; walking, riding ponies, swimming in rivers and having picnics in the wildflowers. In my 20’s I launched the British mother & baby brand JoJo Maman Bébé as a tiny start-up from my flat share in London. Our first ‘warehouse’ was a shed belonging to my parents back here in the Usk valley.
I lived in London where our design studio was but travelled regularly to our Head Office in Wales, always half looking for a cottage with a view. Then Wern-Y-Cwm, which belonged to family friends, was put on the market. It was much bigger than I needed and a renovation project I really didn’t have time for, but I’d fallen head over heels and purchased the farm as my private home and retirement plan. My labour of love renovation project took 4 years, buckets of tears and went 3 times over budget!