about us

a little bit about us...

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!

I call it ‘Wern-Y-Calm’ because this is a place I relax (despite the never ending gardening!). I find inspiration,  creativity and happiness here and I’d like others to find the same.

The Great Barn has recently been fully renovated and is now available as ancillary entertaining space to the farmhouse, which has been let as a furnished holiday home for the past couple of years, achieving nothing but 5 star reviews. Please look at our partner websites to read them directly, or we have copied a few in for your convenience. All of us in the Wern-Y-Cwm team make a huge effort to ensure the property is looking gorgeous, kept in perfect condition for your arrival and during your stay, to offer you a comfortable and memorable time.

A few of our 5 star Reviews

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fabulous family home

An amazing place to stay for a long weekend. Stunning setting in a comfortable relaxing house, a real home from home. Photos are good but the reality even better! We were a family celebrating our parents’ 80th birthdays and couldn’t have chosen a better place for it, Lots to do and massive amount of space. We took a rounders set for the lawn area and never laughed so much! The hot tub, darts , large TV, table tennis, walks from the house etc etc etc all added to the fun. Owner nearby very chatty and friendly but we didn’t need her as everything was perfect. Thank you!

Elizabeth, July 2019

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Fantastic house with fabulous views

Great setting for our family get together. Comfortable, roomy and all had a real wow factor on arrival. Log burners made it really comfortable on the windiest of days. Very well appointed and equipped. Great success for weekend party as all of us (we were 17, from 14 years to 80) felt it was a special place and left with very happy memories.

Margret, April 2019

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WOW what a place... outstanding

I booked this place to surprise my partner for her Birthday. We were a group of 16 family with ages ranging from 10 to 80. Everyone enjoyed themselves we walked for miles, cooked wonderful meals and enjoyed all the facilities provided. It was ideal that we didn't have to use our cars at all, there were wonderful walks from right outside the front door. Can't recommend this place highly enough.

Michael, December 2018