PANTECHNICON POWYS GLAMPING
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 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.
Enjoy long lie-ins in the big bed with far-reaching views down the valley.
On arrival guests will find fresh bread, butter, milk, tea, coffee and a bottle of wine. See Bill for additional bottles as required.
There’s much to do here. Swim in 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.
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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 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.