Independent Businesses Supporting Each Other.
2020 what a year especially if you are a small business owner, for so many of us it’s been a struggle! We have always supported local businesses but this year more than ever here at Cwtch Farm we understand how important it is to support other independent businesses in our local area. A simple recommendation to a customer, sharing a social media post or using a service or product that we produce all helps us small business owners not only survive but thrive!
At Cwtch Farm we are extremely lucky to be surrounded by some amazing businesses that we often recommend to our guests. So, we want to share them with you, whether you are local and want to go exploring or if you are busy planning for your next visit there are some amazing places to add to your list.
Penderyn whiskey was created by a group of friends who wanted to establish the first whiskey distillery in Wales in over a century and that is exactly what they did. Penderyn whiskey is an award-winning distillery that is now available in over 40 countries and yet is still produced in the historic village of Penderyn. Customers can not only enjoy some great tasting and tours (currently virtually), but they can also purchase the award-winning whiskey to take home to enjoy. For the gin lovers amongst us they’ve got a great bottle for you to enjoy too.
Oriel Rhosyn Gallery
Oriel Rhosyn is situated in an unassuming shop in Ystragynlais. But if you are lucky enough to find yourself wandering through their doorway you will be met with a wealth of amazing handmade crafts, local textiles and jewellery, as well as a gallery full of work from both established and upcoming artists. And if you are incredibly lucky you may even have the opportunity to purchase some of Kath’s upcycled furniture! They also have an online shop where you can purchase artwork, pottery, and a host of other wonderful finds! ( Our sister company Coding Cottage built the website for Oriel Rhosyn!).
Kindle House is a small lifestyle and interiors brand situated in Ystragynlais, and they also have a small boutique store in Mumbles. They carry a range of brands such as Nomination Italy Jewellery, Marsai Clothing, Alpe shoes and many more. They also have a great online store where you can purchase everything from women and baby clothes to stationery and jewellery.
Situated in the beautiful town of Llandeilo the Cuckoo’s Nest offer a wide range of gift ideas ranging from handmade jewellery to bags and even gifts for your pets. Why not have a little browse of their website and see if anything takes your fancy. Llandeilo is a stunning town with so many great café’s and restaurants too so why not make a day of it.
Pen Y Cae Inn
This is one of the many hidden treasures in the Swansea Valley but the Pen Y Cae will exceed all your expectations. Not only does it provide award winning food, exceptional onsite accommodation but they also have their own zoo! What more could you ask for, so why not enjoy a quiet drink by the open fires or a lovely family meal where the children can enjoy visiting the wallabies, meerkats, and other zoo guests.
Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary
The sanctuary is in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park and provides a home for a wide range of animals but especially primates. You can visit the sanctuary and see all the amazing animals that they have there, and you can even enjoy being a keeper for the day. Getting down and dirty while enjoying spending time with some exotic animals. All your visits help to financially support this sanctuary so that they can continue to rescue those animals that are in desperate need of a forever home.
Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre
The Brecon Beacons visitor centre provides a great base from which to discover the local area. From great attractions such as the local towns and villages to activities such as horse riding and even underground adventures. Situated in the visitor centre are toilets, a café, and a team of knowledgeable Information Officers on hand to help you with any queries you may have.
Boar Valley Bakes
Boar Valley Bakes is a small family run cakery situated in Upper Cwmtwrch in the Swansea Valley. They produce some amazing creations from doughnuts, tray bakes, cupcakes to full-size custom-made celebration cakes. Pop over to their Facebook page and show them some love, and if you come and stay at Cwtch Farm we can order some specially made cakes for you!
These are just some of the amazing businesses that we are fortunate to have locally to us and there are plenty of others that need the support and love of other small businesses. Remember that when you shop local and support these small businesses you are helping not to build a huge empire that have CEOs paid millions of pounds. But you are helping to keep someone’s dream alive, you are helping them to support their family, to pay for those after school activities, sports kit or even driving lessons for their local families and this kind of support is what keeps our fantastic small businesses thriving!!