I have always loved this mountain. I was born nearby but spent much of my childhood and early career living abroad. Wales was for holidays and I enjoyed being outside from dawn till dusk; walking, riding ponies, swimming in rivers and having picnics in the wildflowers.
In my 20’s, living in a London flatshare, I launched the British brand JoJo Maman Bébé as a tiny start-up. Our first ‘warehouse’ was a shed belonging to my parents here in the Usk valley. For years I half wanted to buy a cottage with a view, then Wern-Y-Cwm, which belonged to family friends, was put on the market. It was far too big and a massive renovation project, but I’d fallen head over heels and purchased the farm as my private home and retirement business plan. My labour of love renovation project took 6 years, buckets of tears and went 3 times over budget, but it has been worth every penny. We are happy here.