To stand a chance of becoming self sufficient in the coming years we needed to look at ways of supplementing our farming activities. Over the summer of 2010 we talked about the possibility of setting up a tourism based enterprise.......we felt that the location of Pant yr Hwch and its proximity to the Ceredigion Heritage Coast lent itself to tourism.
The enterprise would have to fit in with our farming activities and have a minimal impact on the environment. With little knowledge of the tourism sector we looked to work with an established tourism business who shared our ideals. Our search led us to Featherdown Farm Days as a possible option.
In early Autumn 2010 we were visited by Featherdown to assess our suitability to become a Featherdown farm, we visited an established Featherdown Farm and discussed in detail what was involved.
Together we decided to go ahead, the next few months involved a lot of negotiation with the planning authorities, approval eventually coming through in March'11. It was then a hectic perion to get the camp site ready, tent bases prepared, water and sewerage for each of the 5 tents, shower block and farm larder in the old cowshed.......we just made it in time for our planned opening date of 27 April'11, which was the school half-term holiday after Easter .....just as well as we were fully booked!