Isle of Anglesey
It’s all in the name … or is it? If you’ve conjured up some rough-and-ready farm sheds, think again. Your charming hosts, Millie Mathews and Judith ‘Bun’ Mathews, play a clever game with the name of her hidden gem, leaving potential visitors wondering. And then being bowled over when they find accommodation that – like all good accommodation should – exceeds expectations, in this case by a country mile. The house and old stone farm buildings at Bodowyr Uchaf, between the villages of Llangaffo and Brynsiencyn on wild and rugged Anglesey, had been empty for over 50 years.
Bun, completely renovated and moved into the house, just across the way from The Outbuildings, which then, were the hideout for epic teenagers’ parties, whilst doubling as the log store, lawn mower shed. After much lawn mowing and looking at these wonderful buildings, Bun bit the bullet and The Outbuildings was born.
The farm buildings have been carefully and sympathetically transformed into luxurious, wow-factor bedrooms finished in striking, cool colours with the very best in beds, bed linen and toiletries – lots of local artwork and interesting pottery and the wonderful Mr Fox outside?!
The grain store is now the kitchen, the stables are now bedrooms – whimsically named the Pink Spotty Jug, the Boy’s Room, the Button’s Room and the Granary Steps, the cart shed is now the bright and colourful sitting room and bar with log burner, a second sitting room upstairs on the gallery with good books and magazines. The Pink Hut, a jolly Shepherds Hut, some may say romantic, which is just across from the front door looking straight towards Snowdon.
There’s yet more to get excited about – an excellent relaxed restaurant presided over by three passionate chefs, and, with the wonderful Welsh Beef and Lamb as well as local seafood, it is the place to eat. Look out for the monthly Feast nights, a joyous ‘get stuck in’ affair, on shared communal tables, Supper Clubs are also fun and held each month always a good convivial evening.
There’s no shortage of things to do here, there are fabulous views to Snowdonia, and, if you fancy running off some of that delicious dinner, an all-weather tennis court. Not forgetting the prehistoric burial chamber just up the driveway.