You are now 1000 feet (300m) above sea level and Coed Cochion is an old stone barn that hunkers down on the hillside. For your stay at the Dome you can park down in the old quarry just below the wind turbine. The dome is located on a large decked area inside the planting of conifers and is approached by a path accessed through the small gateway off the car park.
Seated in the trees you can see a surprising range of bird life and a special treat is to have a Red Kite hovering just a few feet above your head. In the course of the year we are visited by Nuthatches, Woodpeckers, Blue & Great Tits, Robins & Redstarts, Goldfinches and Thrushes to name a few.
Every year we have have many families of Swallows and House Martins seeking housing around our house and buildings.
Your approach to Redwood Retreat is from Bryntirion Lane about a mile out from the centre of Rhayader. After you shut the gate behind you, look around the shady woodland and breathe in the fresh air. The stone track leads you through the Sessile Oaks some 100 years old and onto the'Triangle'. Follow the track to the left down the slope and as you approach the retreat you will see the wind turbine that provides power for the off grid home of your hosts, Andy & Katherine
Redwood Retreat is only a couple of miles from the Elan Valley which is an International Dark Sky Park and we try not to show unnecessary lights at night. Overhead if the gods are smiling you may be treated to a view of the moon and stars that few people in Britain can ever experience due to urban light pollution.
Across the valley our nearest neighbour will have lambs out in the field in the spring and cows and calves can also bellow across the way.
The peace of the countryside!!
Occasionally a fox can be seen as it sneaks across the landscape which is why our hens have to be penned in at all times.
Squirrels (sadly only grey) can be seen along the hedgerows and in the dusk bats can appear as they seek a snack on insects. In February the snow drops appear to let us know that winter is losing its grip and then with the spring the Daffodils arrive nodding the blousy yellow heads.
Some years, in the depths of winter snow can lay thick on the fields around us and then foot prints of field mice and shrews can be seen.