Stay on the farm in a sensationally renovated truck: pantechnicon powys

View inside and out of our unique accomodation with stunning views of the Welsh hills

A perfect getaway for two.

Pantechnicon Powys, or J Rutter Removals as it was then called, 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 fully renovated pantechnicon and enjoy the lavender farm year round on this 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 king size bed with far-reaching views down the valley.

On arrival guests will find fresh bread, jam, 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 it’s essential oil 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.

Check in: 3 pm
Check out: 10 am

A good walking shoe will come in handy and wellies when it’s wet.

The paths are lit but a torch is always useful, and a swimming costume too.

Please be aware that The Ministry of Defence owns a vast range of moorland above the farm. Their activities take place miles away but from time to time you might hear a little bang.

Mobile phone signal available.

WiFi available.

A little shed with lots of wood is tucked in below the mini willow field. A box of wood costs £5 for use in the fire bowl by the pond. You’ll find an honesty box in the shed.

Sleeping arrangements

One king size mattress accessed via an oak and birch staircase.

Extra space available

Space for 1 baby no charge but please bring your own equipment.

Pets

Accommodation not suitable for pets

Cooking

Hob
Microwave
Fridge with freezer
Fully equipped kitchen

Washing

Shower
Flushing toilet
Bathroom toiletries provided

Heating, lighting & bedding

Bed linen and towels provided
Central heating
Lamps and electric lighting
Plug sockets and USB

Entertainment

Playing cards
Table tennis
Games
Books and maps
Wild swimming

By car

From Builth Wells

No matter which way you approach Builth Wells, go into town and follow the one-way system up Broad Street (which is also at some point called High Street). At the top of Broad turn left as the road veers right. This turn is signposted for Upper Chapel. Then turn right almost immediately, signed for Upper Chapel and Brecon. Just ahead are stoplights opposite the Co-op. From these lights, it is 4.1 miles to a cattle grid. Once over the grid, you are on the common. Take the first turn after the cattle grid. (This is 4.5 miles in total from the Co-op.) The turn, to the right, is onto a narrow single track road and marked by their black FARMERS’ sign, and another for Blaenbwch. Just in, there’s a sign saying no heavy goods vehicles. Follow this road for 1.3 miles (seems longer) and you will find FARMERS’ Welsh Lavender. The owners’ house is very close to the road and has a sundial on the front. Turn right into the car park and see Pantechnicon Powys at the end of the yard.

From Hay-on-Wye

This is a shorter and prettier driver than travelling via Builth Wells from Hay:

Leave Hay via the B4350 and turn right at Three Cocks onto the A4079. Turn right at the roundabout in the direction of Builth Wells. You are soon on the A470. A couple of fields past Erwood there’s a turning to the left signed for Gwenddwr. This road takes you up over the high ground to the B4520 (which connects Builth Wells to Brecon). Although this road is signed for Gwenddwr you do not go to Gwenddwr. Instead, at the top of the climb turn right as the road winds left. The River Wye is down to your right but you lose sight of it as you make that right turn. After several miles, the road winds down low as it meets the B4520. Turn left and take care as it’s very steep. Soon you’ll be up high again. Take the first turn after the cattle grid onto a narrow single track road and marked by the black FARMERS’ sign, and another for Blaenbwch.

Just in, there’s a sign saying no heavy goods vehicles. Follow this road for 1.3 miles and you will find the owners. The owners’ house is very close to the road and has a sundial on the front. Turn right into the car park and see Pantechnicon Powys at the end of the yard.

From the South via Brecon (if you come from Brecon do NOT go to Builth – it’s miles out of your way)

Find Brecon Cathedral and use it as your departure point from Brecon. The turning for the owners’ house is off this road (the B4520) around 12 miles from the cathedral.

You’ll go through Lower Chapel and Upper Chapel (9 miles from the cathedral). The turn is three miles past Upper Chapel.

After Upper Chapel the road climbs high onto the common ground and you’ll cross a cattle grid (NOT the cattle grid mentioned in above directions). When the road descends you’ll see a white house on the left, stables and a pond. The road climbs again immediately and the turn is at the top of the hill.

The turn, to the left, is onto a narrow single track road and marked by the black FARMERS’ sign, and another for Blaenbwch. Just in, there’s a sign saying no heavy goods vehicles. Follow this road for 1.3 miles and you will find them. FARMERS’ Welsh Lavender is the next farm along. The owners’ house is very close to the road and has a sundial on the front. Turn right into the car park and see Pantechnicon Powys at the end of the yard.

Parking is right beside the accommodation.

By public transport

The nearest train station is Builth Road, 9 miles away

The nearest bus stop is Builth Wells, 6 miles away