Troedrhiwgellifawr, the Welsh Farm, was bought by the John Mason Association in 1969 for £1500, originally a dairy farm, it is now our very own outward bound centre in the remote valley of Pumpsaint in West Wales. It is surrounded by forested hills and sheep farms.
The farm was originally renovated by parents, staff and students of John Mason School and continues to be maintained in this way. We have annual maintenance trips to repair and upgrade the building/accommodation. Over the past five years we have installed a new kitchen, a new water boiler in the kitchen and supplied hot water to both bathrooms as well as built a mud room onto the side of the cottage which was completed in January 2020. Welsh Farm is a charity and we raise funds through private hire, our JMS sponsored walk and other JMA supported events.
The farm is used primarily for Year 8 social trips, each tutor group will visit during Year 8 for a four day adventure. The trips are designed to promote independence in our students, encouraging them to take care of themselves, cooking, cleaning and most importantly teaching them to work as part of a team and step out of their comfort zones. The farm is also used by Faculties for star gazing trips; DofE; revision weekends or just for tutor group bonding trips.
For many of the students, the farm trips are a real highlight of their school calendar.
“It was an unforgettable experience, full of fun, excitement and MUD! We had a brilliant time and went on loads of walks. I have never eaten so much cake!"
“We went to the gold mines and panned for gold as well as hearing stories about Ned Lyons. That afternoon we went bog hopping, it stank! The boys were in their element wrestling in the mud!”
"I think we must have had the best teachers ever because they were all really funny and cool. We did loads of things that made it memorable including a trip to a waterfall and a bog hop. This really was a trip I will never forget.”
“All of us had an excellent time and we’d love to go again!”
Troedrhiwgellifawr – the Welsh Farm, is available for hire
Fancy a few days away from it all in a rural idyll in the heart of mid Wales? We are pleased to be able to offer our cottage for hire exclusively to friends of John Mason School.
We are very proud of our retreat in Wales, an ideal opportunity for peace, quiet and tranquillity. It will sleep up to 36. Suitable for family, friends and small groups. There is a games room with telescope for star gazing, ping-pong tables, a darts board as well as soft archery, giant Jenga and a few more. There is a BBQ in the grounds and the most beautiful countryside on your doorstep for walking as well as some very good ‘local’ pubs with excellent home cooked food.
For enquiries about the Welsh Farm contact firstname.lastname@example.org