Stockwell Farm

Old Radnor, Powys

Overview

The walls of this old stone farmhouse enclose a much earlier dwelling. It stands on an escarpment littered with ancient stones, mysterious hollows and hummocks. There are wide views out over the hills and forests of Radnor, while Old Radnor has everything a village should, including a fine 15th century church.

 

  • CotCot
  • Fire or StoveFire or Stove
  • Open SpaceOpen Space
  • Logs availableLogs available
  • Parking AvailableParking Available
  • BathBath
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • ShowerShower

Beds 2 Twin 1 Double

Sleeps
6
4 nights from
£302 equivalent to £12.58 per person, per night

A clue to an earlier past

Generations of farming families have lived here. Behind an unassuming farmhouse front there is something much earlier. The clue is in one old roof truss in a bedroom which belongs to a house of about 1600. It had a sleeping loft above the main living-room and a door from the house to a cow byre (later a barn) under the same roof. At the other end a parlour wing was added in about 1700. One of our visitors had been here as a child evacuated from wartime London and has left a moving account in the logbook: ‘Missing are the neighbours who came to stare at the new children … Missing too the central fire, the cake hissing on the girdle … the hideous steamy Mondays … and the grisly boiled pig and tapioca.’

Your own fields to explore

The house has a beautiful view and we own the fields behind, a perfect place for children to let off steam while you gather around the open fire and plan the next walk. You can also cross them to get into Old Radnor. The hillside is particularly attractive, with rough pasture full of mysterious hollows, green hummocks, anthills and thorn bushes. In Old Radnor you will find a few scattered cottages, a fine fifteenth-century church containing the oldest organ case in Britain, and the Harp Inn, which we once owned and restored. Charles I is known to have been here because he complained about the food. Offa's Dyke is not far away and Hay-on-Wye and Llandrindod Wells are within a 15 mile drive

Floor Plan

‘We would love to return here; the lack of clutter is a pleasure to experience.’

‘For botanists; there is a very good bog at Tregaron.’

From the logbook

Map & local info

From Stockwell Farm there are extraordinary views over a vast expanse of countryside.  You can walk across Stockwell Farm’s fields up to the quaint village of Old Radnor, its fifteenth-century church and the Harp Inn.

The spa town of Llandrindod Wells is just 20 minutes in the car from Stockwell Farm, a beautiful Victorian town which is a centre for walking in this area of Wales. Llandrindod Wells Victorian Festival is held annually; step back in time to the 1800s when this spa town was booming with visitors on the new railway. 

Small Breeds Farm Park is a 15 minute drive away, and a great place to take children for a fun day out. 

Kington is an English/Welsh town on the border with pubs and tea rooms to try, and lots of nice cycling routes into the surrounding countryside. 

Spaceguard Centre Observatory is hugely interesting, and set in a secluded, dark sky site ideal for astronomy. With a well-timed visit you may be able to catch a lecture from the experts. 

Stockton Bury Gardens is fantastic for garden lovers; now 30 years old, these gardens are both beautiful and inspirational. 

For more information on things to see and do during your stay at Stockwell Farm, take a look at our Pinterest Map

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Stockwell Farm
Old Radnor, Powys
Clear directions

‘We would love to return here; the lack of clutter is a pleasure to experience.’

‘For botanists; there is a very good bog at Tregaron.’

From the logbook

FAQs

    What you need to know about this building

  • Does the property allow dogs?

    No.
  • How is the property accessed?

    Via a driveway from the main road.
  • What is the nearest railway station and how far away is it?

    Knighton – 9 miles.
  • Is there car parking specifically for Landmark guests?

    There are two parking spaces adjacent to the property.
  • What type of heating does the property have?

    There is oil-fired central heating and an open fire.
  • How can I get fuel for the open fire or stove?

    Logs may be purchased and delivered under a private arrangement. Further details will be provided with your booking confirmation.
  • What are the kitchen facilities?

    The kitchen is fully equipped with all plates, cutlery, fridge etc.
    There is also an electric cooker and a dishwasher.





  • What are the bathroom facilities?

    There are two bathrooms, one with a free-standing shower unit and the other with a bath.
  • Does this Landmark have steep, narrow or spiral stairs?

    The internal stairs are steep.
  • Is there a garden or outside space?

    There is an enclosed garden.

    Booking and Payment

  • What happens if I can’t get to the Landmark due to bad weather?

    If the weather is bad, please contact our booking office who will be able to tell you whether the Landmark is accessible. If the housekeeper can safely get to the building to prepare it then we consider that it is open and available for guests. However if we cannot undertake a changeover then we will do our utmost to transfer your stay to another Landmark, depending on what we have available. It may not be of a similar size or in the same part of the country as your original booking. If the building is accessible but the customer cannot travel due to poor weather in his/her local area then please be aware that Landmark will not provide a refund. However the customer may be able to claim on his/her own travel insurance. We recommend that all guests take out travel insurance when they first secure a booking.
  • How can I pay?

    We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
  • How do I create an account?

    If you have not used the Landmark online booking facility before and you wish to register in advance, you can set up an on-line account by following the instructions below:

    Go to the Landmark home page and click on Gift shop (located at the top of the home page in red).

    Select a gift (e.g. Landmark Handbook or Anniversary Mug) and complete the ‘Amount required’ box. There is no need to complete the purchase but this step is necessary in order to bring up the registration page.

    Click ‘Next Step’ at the bottom of the page.

    This will bring you to the ‘Your details’ page.

    Please complete all the fields (name, address, contact details and create an account). Click on the green ‘Create Account’ button once you have finished.

    At the top of the page headed ‘Your details’ there will be a grey box saying ‘Signed in’ and underneath this it will say ‘you are currently signed in as ….

    Here you will also have the option to ‘Sign out’. Please do so and that is your registration completed.

    Please return to the Landmark home page.

    To check your registration or update your account details at any time please ‘Sign in’ using the icon in the top right-hand corner of the home page.

    If you experience any problems in registering or setting up your on-line account please contact webmaster@landmarktrust.org.uk.
  • How do I pick up the key?

    There are various arrangements for picking up keys. To arrange to get into the Landmark, please contact the housekeeper at least two days before your stay
  • Can I pay a deposit?

    If your stay starts more than three months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking.
  • How can I cancel or change my booking?

    If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact our Booking Office on 01628 825925
  • Do you accept payment in other currencies?

    At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
  • What if I arrive late?

    Please let the housekeeper know if you are going to arrive late and s/he will leave a key for you in a suitable place.
  • How far in advance do I need to book?

    It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance, but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking our availability list.
  • Do you have to be a member to book a Landmark?

    No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
  • Do I need a Handbook to be able to book?

    No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!

    Staying at a Landmark

  • Are Landmarks accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility?

    Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases, uneven floors and thresholds, changes of level, low ceilings or beams, as well as indistinct colours on steps and in corridors. We recommend that you call Booking Enquiries on 01628 825925 if you would like to find out the suitability of a particular Landmark for anyone with a specific disability.
  • Are Landmarks only available as self-catering accommodation?

    Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We do not offer bed and breakfast.
  • Do you provide catering?

    Landmark does not provide catering, but we can recommend Greycoat Lumleys who can arrange for expert and well-trained staff to cater for one evening or for your entire holiday. Their cooks and chefs are able to work with you to meet your specific requirements
  • Do you allow dogs?

    You may bring up to two dogs to properties where dogs are allowed (please see specific property details for exemptions however dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs). They must be kept off the furniture and under proper control.
  • Can I bring a pet?

    Apart from two dogs (see above) no other pets are permitted.
  • Am I insured if I break something?

    We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
  • Are Landmarks suitable for children?

    Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
  • Can I get married in a Landmark?

    Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings. However, you may get married on Lundy.
  • Can I hold a big party in a Landmark?

    All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
  • Are there televisions in the buildings?

    We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
  • Why are your access tracks sometimes difficult?

    One of the challenges of restoring unloved buildings is gaining access to them. We frequently have to negotiate rights with our neighbours and share tracks with them. In many cases tracks do not belong to us and we have no right to maintain them. Wherever possible we work with our neighbours to provide you with a good quality surface, but where this is a problem then you will be warned at the time of booking.
  • Will there be sockets for my electrical appliances?

    Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s). If you are visiting one of our European properties we have standard European electricity sockets. If you are visting from the UK, you will need to bring your own adapter plug (s).

    Facilities

  • Are the kitchens and bathrooms restored to a modern standard?

    Sometimes our kitchens and bathrooms have to be imaginatively fitted into the available space in buildings where before there were none, but they are all planned and equipped to a high and modern standard.
  • Is linen provided?

    Yes, Landmarks are fully equipped with sheets and towels. All the beds are fully made up for your arrival.
  • Are the kitchens fully equipped?

    Yes, our kitchens are well equipped with cookers and fridges. There are freezers and dishwashers (in larger buildings) and, where space allows, microwaves as well as a wide and standard range of utensils. A full equipment list is available at time of booking.
  • Do you provide logs for the open fire/stove?

    Logs are provided at many of our Landmarks for an additional cost.
  • Will there be a mobile signal in the Landmark I book?

    Mobile coverage varies. Some Landmarks have an excellent signal, but others have none at all. If you are concerned, you can check with the housekeeper before your arrival.
  • Is there Wi-Fi in your buildings?

    No. At the moment, we have decided not to implement Wi-Fi in our buildings following a consultation with our customers. Many said that they would find it useful, but many also felt that it would somehow damage the experience of staying in a Landmark. As the responses were so split, and as we have so many other initiatives requiring funding, we have decided to put this on hold for the time being.
  • What should I bring with me? Are there lavatory rolls, soap, shampoo, milk, teabags, coffee, hairdryer?

    A welcome tray with tea and sugar awaits your arrival and you will find a pint of milk in the fridge. We also provide lavatory rolls and a bar of soap, per basin but no other toiletries. We do not provide hairdryers.
History

A once common building type

Stockwell Farm is an example of a once common type of building in which men and animals lived together under one roof - a broad definition within which there are of course many variations: the animals can live on the ground floor with the family above, or they can live side by side on one floor, for example. Of the latter sort one, found in a number of areas in the British Isles but most commonly in Yorkshire, Wales and Devon, folk historians have somewhat loosely called the Long-house. But there is considerable debate and disagreement among historians of vernacular buildings as to what distinguishes a true Long-house (that such a thing exists is conceded) from many similar buildings.

More strictly these buildings should all be called house-and-byre homesteads, indicating simply that they had the living quarters for the family at one end and a byre for the animals at the other. Usually, though not necessarily, one continuous roof covered both parts. And it is within this wider categorisation that both the true Long-house, and Stockwell belong.

Stockwell Farm has been described as a Long-house but it does not in fact conform in at least one major respect to what are now usually regarded as the main characteristics. I.C. Peate, who first formulated the term "Long-house" in his book The Welsh House threw the net wide and said that the only essential feature was that of internal access to the cow house. On the other hand, Peter Smith, author of Houses of the Welsh Countryside considers a far more important distinguishing feature to be that the house was actually entered through the byre, along a feeding walk which acted as a division between men and animals.  He writes on one occasion 'if we allow any house with internal access to the byre to be described as a Long-house, much confusion will arise, and many fundamentally dissimilar types of plan will be placed in the same category'.

So if we follow Iorwerth Peate, Stockwell Farm is a Long-house, since at one stage the door between house and byre was there - although it was later blocked up. In fact, recent archaeological evidence suggests that this door was not an original element of the frame as a new lintel had been slotted into the frame and this was topped by a contemporary gable truss.

Common also to the Long-house are the steps up from byre to kitchen level, a means of preventing the accumulated manure of the cows from spreading into the upper end or "pen uchaf".

But if we follow Peter Smith it is not, since the living quarters always had their own entrance, quite separate from that leading into the byre.

The date of the house

Vernacular buildings such as this are extremely difficult to date, since the same methods of construction and plan types continued to be used until surprisingly late dates. However, from the fact that Stockwell Farm was not built with a chimney, and that the timbers of the original roof, one of which can be seen in the bedroom, look medieval, we can surmise that it was built in the late Middle Ages or, more probably, the 16th or even the early 17th century.

Richard Morriss states that this is likely to be a cruck frame, which would suggest an earlier open hall. However, this type of design continued to be used in vernacular buildings well into the 16th century and so accurate dating is difficult without timber analysis. At this time the living end would simply have consisted of a single ground floor room, with a loft above for sleeping. The floor of the kitchen was of stone flags, as it still is. The floor of the byre was of cobbles.

Later, perhaps about 1700, a parlour or sitting room was added onto the western end, with a bedroom above; also the south west bedroom and the stairs. The pale oak floor beams can be seen in the sitting room. The addition was built of stone up to the first floor, to match the earlier part of the house; above that it was timber-frame and plaster.

Sometime around 1830 the gable end of the newer part was re-faced quite grandly with dressed stone. The windows were given stone arches. The fireplace in the sitting room was probably put in then. It was possibly at about this date that it was no longer considered healthy to have the animals living immediately next to the house and access between the two was blocked off. Whether cows were still kept in the byre, or whether it became a barn at this point, we don’t know.

The whole roof of the long house would have been of stone tiles, as the north side is now. The west end was probably re-roofed in slate at the same time that the stone facing was added.

Restoration

The interior retains its original single open space

 When the Landmark Trust took on Stockwell Farm, we did as little as possible to the house.  Inside all the partitions were left the same as before, only a bathroom being fitted into the smallest bedroom and the kitchen into the larder.  

 

The door leading into the byre was unblocked.  The floors are all original, stone flags in the kitchen, cobbles in the animals’ quarters, good oak boards in two bedrooms and pine boards in the east bedroom.  It is in this bedroom that the fine oak beams of the oldest part of the farm are visible.

On the front of the house the white wash which had distinguished the farmhouse from the farm buildings was removed so that the whole range should be the same.  A new dormer window was added to light the east bedroom above the front door.  This was later found to leak, and so in 1984 it was replaced with one to match that on the back of the house, facing the hill, which dates from the 19th century.

Availability & booking

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