Pantechnicon Powys Dark Skies Glamping
Stylish glamping in Wales amidst stunning scenery
A warm welcome awaits you on our farm
Pantechnicon Powys, or J Rutter Removals as it was called originally, showed up on the farm in the nineties when the late Morgan Price, a shepherd, used it as a storage shed.
A few years ago two of the FARMERS’ team, Ed and Cat, came up with the idea of turning the truck into a little house. A clever team of craftspeople assembled to do just that. Ed and Cat thought a double bed might fit in the Luton end of the truck up above where the driver would have sat. Turns out it’s big enough for a king size mattress.
You can now stay in style at FARMERS’ in this stylishly renovated pantechnicon and enjoy the lavender farm year round on our wild Welsh hillside, just 10 miles north of the Brecon Beacons and 20 miles west of Hay on Wye. Fitted with its own self catering kitchen and bathroom and positioned alongside the FARMERS’ essential oil distillery and shop, Pantechnicon Powys has everything you need for a great escape indoors and out, making us one of the most wonderful rural retreats in the UK.
Sunny skies, swallows & solitude. Bliss on a stick. Thank you. Lucy, May 2023
Thank you for a wonderful stay – we had a fabulous time and not sure we want to ever leave. We loved watching the lambs trot around and what a view – we could watch it for ages. Not quite brave enough to swim in the pool this time – but maybe next time (we will definitely be back!). Emma & Steve, April 2023
Gale-force winds, hailstorms, rain, sunshine, swimming, walking – just perfect! Alex, Chris & Scrumpy, April 2023
Just the most perfect place to stay for another birthday. Third stay and already talking about next time! The Pantechnicon has absolutely everything you need, as well as lovely extra treats – thank you. It is the most peaceful place to watch the weather change – from sun to rain, hail and snow. We have enjoyed playing board games, creating, and most of all swimming in that fantastic pond. One of our absolute favourite places. Thank you. Mair & Charlotte, April 2023
Couldn’t be happier with our stay! It was just what we needed! It’s the most idyllic setting and Nancy couldn’t have been more accommodating. Thank you so much for making our break so special. M, M & L 27th December 2022
A lovely and peaceful break, even in the rain. A very warm welcome. Gabby, Andrew & Lily 4th November 2022
I am blown away by the view from here, especially as the weather keeps changing so the colours change with it. It’s glorious. Melanie, 20th October 2022
The views are breathtaking and we had everything we could possibly need. We loved it and will be spreading the word about what a special place this is. Vicky & Paul, 14th September 2022
Swimming under a rainbow and a pair of red kites. What could be more magical. The Pantechnicon is so cool. I love the aesthetic. Claire, 8 September 2022
Everything was just perfect. The view, the pond, the smell of lavender. Two nights are just not enough to enjoy everything this beautiful part of the world has to offer. Ed and Holly, 29 August 2022
We loved the ethos of the hut and your fabulous products. The birds, star gazing, swimming and of course the jaw dropping view. We loved every second! Danielle, Nick and baby Charlie, 19 August 2022
A wonderful space. An absolutely glorious stay. We may well have to make it an anniversary tradition! Kitty and George, 3 August 2022
Unique countryside breaks for couples
Enjoy long lie-ins in the big bed with far-reaching views down the valley and benefit from dark skies glamping, so you can star gaze when the sun sets on your romantic countryside break for couples.
On arrival guests will find fresh bread, butter, milk, tea, coffee and a bottle of wine. See Bill for additional bottles as required.
Dreaming of wild swimming in Wales?
There’s much to do here. Experience wild swimming in Wales, thanks to the farm’s hillside pond at 1100 feet, walk in the fields and around the farm and venture further out onto the expansive wilderness of Mynydd Epynt.
Learn how lavender is grown and essential oil is distilled on a self-guided tour.
Try and buy FARMERS’ creams and balms along with a range of carefully selected local makers’ wares in the farm shop open daily from 10-5.
Find us in the welsh hills
What people are saying about us....
We enjoyed our cold water swimming fix in the pond at 12-13°C and soaked in the views and numerous rainbows! Very impressed with the interior of the cabin – a perfect balance of quality and design. Sad to leave today but we plan to come back again! Donne & Rosemary
What an incredible place to stay at, after coming across this stay online, we never imagined our stay to be as breathtaking as it has been. Thank you to Nancy for making us feel so welcome and at home, an amazing host. Our favourite moments have been, starting a fire under the stars, having a fresh swim in the lake and the incredible morning views. Ellie & Jordan
Diolch yn fawr Nancy! What a lovely welcome to this cute get-away. Had a lovely morning dip in the pond. Special thanks for the small extra touches of some local goods to enjoy on our little break! All the best and we wish you success with your farm and business, we will be recommending this to family and friends.
Bleddyn & Elin
What a fantastic experience!! The cabin was extremely comfortable and nicely decorated. The welcome from the friendly staff and the little touches such as the delicious lavender plum jam just made the experience all the better. Would definitely come back and recommend friends and family.
Rich, Ilkay & Joshua
Such a beautiful little find, in the middle of such a beautiful place, with amazing views! Thank you for providing us with the much needed escape that we needed and for all the perfect little finishing touches, the lavender jam was amazing! We attempted the pond, but didn’t quite make it all the way in, we will definitely be back when it has warmed up slightly!
Sophie & Simon
Amazing place, fantastic location, super hosts. We will be back! Thank you.
Alena, Nick and Anabel
We came here to celebrate our 3 year anniversary and the photo’s did not do it justice… I never want to leave and we will definitely be returning next year. Idyllic, chic, cosy and an evident labour of love. You should be all very proud… and the farm and the product… wow! I will be a regular online customer and will continue to rave about this awesome place. Till next time….
Becca & Owen
Nancy, Bill & everyone at FARMERS’
Thank you so much for creating this space, for having the imagination and courage to go forward with an idea, we’ve loved every minute, every “instant, moment and duration” celebrating Rubens 3rd birthday. Ruben now thinks we have a second home, so I am positive we will be back very soon! All our admiration.
Harriet, Tom & Ruben
Perfect location. Welcoming, from the little touches to the warm welcome from Nancy and Bill, thank you for creating such a wonderful space. What a place to wake up in! The stunning view, pictures do not convey just how beautiful it is! Pristine, clean, toasty and cosy, peace and quiet. Kitchen has everything you need and a few extra’s, fab shower. Claire & Matt
There are spectacular views from all corners of this imaginatively and stylishly upcycled van. Look out of the double glass doors and it’s as if all of Wales is in your sights. The scene is breathtakingly beautiful as you take in a patchwork quilt of rich green fields with centuries old hedgerows marking the boundaries. The farm’s seductive wild swimming pond sits just below inviting you for a dip.
About the name. Hardly anyone uses the word pantechnicon today. A London business came up with it in 1830 taking the Greek word pan meaning all, and techne which means art or craft. They used a vehicle just like this drawn by horses to deliver furniture and other artefacts. Now the main body of Pantechnicon Powys has been transformed into a spacious cabin smartly furnished and with a well-equipped kitchen. One guest wrote: “It’s as if the van’s last job was moving an interior designer and they never got their stuff back.”
The cabin opens onto a spacious deck with table and chairs for alfresco dining. Down the field by the pond a large fire bowl offers warmth under the stars and a place to cook. An ancient ash tree lends a branch for an exciting tree swing.
FARMERS’ is a working lavender farm. The harvest takes place in July and August, with the last distilling day in early September. Whilst the blue of the lavender is something to behold so too are the farm’s vibrant gardens year round. Wild planting predominates making the farm a bumblebee haven with it’s wide range of flowers, orchards and kitchen garden. With each changing season new waves of colour delight the eye.
Just behind the pantechnicon is the farm’s shop. The car park and barns are also nearby. You might just hear the workers and shop visitors coming and going during the day, or possibly taking a swim in the pond. A second WC is available to you and for all farm visitors. It is tucked away under the cab of the van.
A stone barn is used as a cinema, with church pews and an assortment of chairs set up so you can wander in and join owners Bill and Nancy if something’s showing. There’s plenty of culture beyond the farm too. Hay on Wye, the town of books, is not to be missed. Brecon is home to a new beautiful gallery, Found and the Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells runs a rich and lively programme of film and concerts year round. The area is well known for its biking, hiking and kayaking opportunities.