Fforest

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Place Category: Makers, garden furniture & accessories, silversmiths & metalworkers, and textiles

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  • fforest is the result of a dream – the dream of trying to remember what ‘simple’ can look, feel and taste like. We have places to stay, eat, run, swim, relax and enjoy.

    Across our 3 sites we have accommodation types to suit all requirements and levels of comfort.
    Most of our our accommodation is custom designed and built by us to ensure you get the best comfort, best views, best experience of the location. We combine ethically sourced materials, period pieces and local craft to create relaxed, comfortable and inspiring spaces for you to enjoy.

    Places to stay include Fforest Farm, smaller coastal campsite Manorafon (a short walk from Penbryn beach) and stylish loft apartments at Cardigan Quayside

    Fforest also offers seasonal breaks and gatherings including Hygge breaks, Gather (family friendly holidays with music, culture, creativity, making and more) and Glow (women gathering to chat, support and inspire each other)  and Feasts (celebrating the best of local and seasonal from land and sea).

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    The Fforest General Store

    Find beautifully crafted welsh blankets, enamel teapots, mugs, wool socks, handmade welsh chocolate and so much more in the Fforest online shop.

    Sian and James’ story

    Sian & I are both art school graduates. We met in 1981, shortly after I had graduated from St Martins and Sian from the Royal college. we set up studios in Charlotte road, Shoreditch. Sian creating textiles and publishing children’s books. I was designing graphics, exhibitions, shops. in 1985 with some money we’d saved from our work, and the help of a bank manager who backed his hunch (there used to be such things) we bought an old furniture warehouse on Old Street. Made studios, rented to friends, lived on top floor, ice on the inside of the windows in winter. Romantic. (really it was). With hard work and luck we had the life we had dreamed about when we started art school.

    I like making things, I liked buildings. I became a property developer, creating lots of studios, apartments, live work spaces mainly for the pioneering creative of early Shoreditch. Late eighties and early nineties were a great time in the ditch. A village of creatives (who did stuff with their hands) lots of friends, lots of energy, lots of creative mischief. But things always change. The area changed. Where once it had been about appropriation of raw space. Raw space became trophy loft.

    We’d changed too, we were a family. 4 young boys. Time for a change. Went to New Zealand looking. Great country, great people, great welcome. That trip made us realise that the thing we were looking for we already had. It was the place that the boys had spent every summer in the village where Sian’s parents lived, a place we knew really well, west wales.

    The new dream would be about celebrating how good ‘simple’ could look, feel and taste. The dream was to combine the life-enhancing feeling of living outdoors with the simplest of things all wrapped up in the luxury of a magical setting, underpinned by all the design and creative skills that Sian & I had learned over the years.

    Fforest began in 2015. To be continued …

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