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New beginnings….

one of our free range hens

Thirteen years ago next week Hubby and I, and our then seven year old son moved from the hectic hustle and bustle of city life in the busy East of England to a tranquil rural setting in the Heart of Wales.  In fact we about as in the middle of Wales as you can get, in the smallest town in the UK, Llanwrtyd Wells in Powys.

We happened upon Llanwrtyd in a frantic need for respite from the stresses of Hubby’s corporate life and ended up sticking a pin in a map on a page of nothingness.  We came for two night’s refuge and didn’t go home.

There was light over that horizon.  For hubby the time BLW (Before Llanwrtyd Wells) was never ending commutes; road rage; and stressful, unsatisfying work environment.  It was unhealthy, unforgiving, and it was slowly breaking him.

When we arrived in LW that wet weekend evening we chanced upon a little bistro with no other customers barr one friendly Welshman, who happened to be the ex headmaster of the village school, and an eager pupil, meeting him for some additional education support.  We chatted for ages.  The next day, also rainy, we perused the properties for sale, daydreaming of our distant retirement.  And the next day we did a bit more than window shop and went viewing a few cute houses.

That night we talked and talked and talked.  Why were we waiting until our retirement to live our lives?  What if we didn’t make it there?  What about the quality of life for our son, educated in overcrowded classrooms in Essex, unable to play outside alone etc etc?

The next day a blazing orange sun rose over the horizon and lit our future path.  We put an offer on the house.  We handed in our notice at our respective places of work.  We pulled our son out of school.  That was October 2004.  On 4th February 2005 we drove towards the light of our new future.

And we have never looked back.

Thirteen years on we have a successful and welcoming guesthouse with lots of lovely customers who repeatedly visit; maybe for our warm welcome , wholesome breakfasts and cosy beds; maybe for the respite, tranquility and magnificent scenery; probably a bit of both.

We have a wonderful community, a network of very special friends and a full and fabulous social life and work/life balance.

Our son was raised on freedom, damming rivers, climbing trees and disappearing from breakfast to supper.  He would come home with a sparkle in his eyes and stories of adventures with his friends.  He went to a village junior school with 50 kids and mixed aged classes which promoted tolerance and mentoring.  He went to a high school of 700 pupils where he had to travel daily by public transport.  And now he’s thriving in Wales’s capital, the beautiful historic city of Cardiff.  When he can, which is often , he comes home.  Because home is where the hills are, where the stars shine bright a night; where, when you look to the horizon, you are met with green pastures, trees and mountains; pink sunsets and deep orange sunrises.  Where you can walk or run or cycle for hours without seeing a soul; or where you can pop into the local pub or cafe and start a conversation with any number of friendly locals who happen to be there.

Life should be a journey, an adventure. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.  We are lucky enough to be living every moment of it.  And we are more lucky because we are able to share insights into it and the possibilities of a less then ordinary life to anyone who chooses to come and take a peak.  You are more than welcome to visit.

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(22) Comments

  1. Sigrid Chu says:

    Hello Berni,

    Thank you for sharing your life’s journey with us. This post is such an inspiration. Sometimes we run life as if it’s a factory. But in fact, it is a journey where every now and again we have to stop and check to see if we’re still in the right direction. #BlogCrush


    1. Berni Benton says:

      so true Sigrid. I am so much happier with life being about the people in it and not the things xxx

  2. Can’t say we moved as far as you did but we recently moved out of London’s suburbs to somewhere more rural and the quality of life for our entire family has increased massively. It was a brave step you took. Not sure I would want to move quite as far as you did but I can certainly see the appeal. #blogcrush

    1. Berni Benton says:

      sorry its taken so long to reply , i think my computer has been hiding stuff!!!! When we moved here we didn’t feel we were being in any way brave. In fact we barely thought about it at all, how crazy is that!!!!

  3. What a wonderful story and love your pics. Thanks for sharing this. #BlogCrush

  4. What an inspiring read! I can relate because last year we moved to Siena, Italy- a small city in Central Tuscany. We used to live in the busiest metropolis in the Philippines…Manila. I’m happy to read about you living out your dream life. #BlogCrush

  5. … still a great move as viewed from #BlogCrush!

  6. Well done on making such a big decision and making it work. You sound so happy with the way things have worked out.

  7. Great post. Such a brave and wonderful decision, I’m so pleased it worked out for you all. It’s lovely to know there are places to escape to like your guest house! xx Maria

  8. Lucy At Home says:

    Oh this just sounds perfect! Wales has a very special place in my heart – I spent many happy summer there as a child, and now I have married my very own welshman! Hehe. I am so glad it all worked out for you – it must have been a very big decision at the time with so much uncertainty #blogcrush

    1. Berni Benton says:

      dont know how i missed relplying to this! must come and visit me in mid wales x

  9. Wow. That’s a really inspiring read and fantastic to hear that it worked out so well for you all. I’m in complete awe that you just went out to Wales one day, and stuck to what your heart was telling you. Thanks for sharing with the #DreamTeam

  10. It looks like a truly beautiful place to raise a family! #GlobalBlogging

  11. Wow! How brave of you to just up sticks and move to the middle of nowhere! It sounds amazing though, and like you made absolutely the right decision for your family 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  12. What an inspiring story your life is! Sounds wonderful. Such a good decision. #bloggerclubuk

  13. A fantastic read. I can connect to this post and am already thinking of moving out of a town into the countryside either Lake District, Wales or Cornwall when i retire. Would love to do it now but it isn’t quite possible for us. Such fantastic, stunning countryside, well done for taking the plunge. Ian

  14. A brave move and it paid off — perfect!

  15. Oh what a lovely read. We did something similar 3 years ago, moving from the hustle and bustle of city life to a semi-rural property. We don’t regret it for a second either 🙂 #AnythingGoes

  16. What an amazing story, you took such a brave leap and it obviously was the most wonderful decision! Lovely read and I’d love to come and visit, just a hop and a skip across the Irish sea! #anythinggoes

  17. interfaceleader says:

    This sounds absolutely divine. I would love to live in the country – working towards getting a remote job which would let me do this. The idea of waking up and just being able to go out into the hills is an inspiring one.

  18. Thank you for sharing this! It’s amazing that you were able to decide this way in such an important question.
    I appreciate you because of this courage. I wish I would be so brave and make such a change – escaping from the busy world 🙂 until then remains the imaginery alternative world in the evenings 🙂

  19. Beautiful area and photographs.

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