Building The Lodges
The Pugh family thought to diversify into tourism in 2004 and plans to build the two lodges began.
A field that had its own private road access had the perfect location for such a project with views down over the valley, meadows and stream.
We were fortunate to have a family with wide ranging skills. Brothers Robert and Stephen worked on landscaping and preparing the ground before any building work commenced. The services of electricity, water and drainage were brought to the site with help from cousin Andrew Pugh.
Brother Colin teaches architecture and drafted the designs. We wanted to create a unique design and somewhere special for guests to enjoy the spectacular views. The kitchen/living area is an important space enjoyed by families, couples and friends, with consideration given to comfort, light and quality of furnishings. Guests comment on the layout and how well it works for their holiday needs – a “home from home”.
The building work started in September 2006, supervised by neighbour, Lyndsey Shearne, whose craftsmanship and eye to detail was an invaluable strength in our project. Locally sourced products were used where possible. The timber frames came from a Radnorshire framing company and the wood cladding was supplied by a local sawmill using sustainable wood from the nearby Elan Valley. We did as much of the work as possible ourselves but towards the end we relied on the support of family, friends, TLP building company and the Pugh family of Doliago to help us in the final month of construction.
Ash and Sycamore Lodges welcomed their first guests on 7th July 2007 and have been continuing to welcome new and regular visitors ever since.
We are very pleased and proud of what we have achieved and the rewards of welcoming guests and meeting so many lovely people is what makes us very happy. There is always a need to think how we may add to your holiday experience and improve on our facilities. And we are committed to our high standards and look forward to the future of Lôn Lodges.
A big thank you to everyone who has contributed to our project and to Rebekah, Francis and staff for their support in keeping up the high standards.