Shani and Stephen have lived at Dolpebyll for 35 years, slowly restoring this ancient farm site. We started in 1984 with the farmhouse which we restored with reclaimed oak and slate, putting in
bathrooms and electric circuits for the first time in the property's history. We were also the first English-speaking residents and the first owners with a car. Stephen has since learned Welsh.
We then converted the two spaces in the long 100' barn to studios to practice as artists which has been our principle activity, running a small painting school in 1993.
In the 21st century we have converted the final part of the long barn into the cottage for letting and named it Beudy Dolpebyll after its ancient use as the farm's calf house. The old tack room and stable in another building were also used as a music studio for our sons and an office for Stephen when he worked as a public art curator.
We have planted about 60 or 70 trees and keep a vegetable garden when the rabbits aren't too hungry and harvest the apple trees and pears, raspberries, medlars, damsons and crab apples.
Recently we bought the old nursury field for lambs, Cae Gorlan, over the road and 500 yards of double bank fishing from the original farmers' family - bring your rods from April on....