This amazing story is one of the coolest things we have seen and conjures up images of how I wanted my den to look like when I was growing up as a child playing in the woods near the family home with my friends. The retired textile worker who has created this real-life den-like maze has spent the past 3 decades constructing and expanding this captivating maze in the forests of Spain. Could this be the 8th wonder of the world?
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By Tim Rees

We will exhibit at The Farm Innovation show in Olympia this week (November 27/28, stand F426) taking us full circle to our farming roots, and I have to say I am rather excited about it.

Our parent company, Quality Cottages was created over 50 years ago when my Father, Leonard Rees decided to diversify, taking our family history of 500 years of farming into tourism.

Over the last 50 years Quality Cottages have advised countless farmers across Wales on diversification, helping farmers convert bricks and mortar farm buildings  they no longer used into cottages.

I was brought up in this environment. From a young age I would travel across Wales with my family to meet farmers keen to know how they could diversify. I know that these decisions are not always purely financial and a decision to change direction can be quite emotional too.

In creating Quality Unearthed, I would like to think we now add one more level of advice to farmers. We do not just look at their bricks and mortar, but look at ways that the beauty of the land they are custodians of can be a base for a semi-permanent structure.  

One of the most enjoyable parts of my job are the drives I take across a landowners estate or farm to find the perfect spot for a unique holiday abode. Quite often the spot is not great for farming, but all the people I meet know the beauty spots on their land! 

I think this history we have gives us at Quality Unearthed a unique position in the fast growing ‘glamping’ market. We have not just bolted on a glamping page to Quality Cottages. We treat the two companies differently but draw a huge amount of innate learning from each other.

No blog would be complete without some photos, so here is a brief photo montage of where we were as a family company and where we are now.

Mr Rees senior in the courtyard of what was clearly our farm, circa 1942
Mr Rees senior in the courtyard of what was clearly our farm, circa 1942

 

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Our family in the same courtyard in 2012 , the bricks and mortar farm buildings now converted into cottages.
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Where I live. Still crazy about houses (It’s in the blood), still living on our family land but in a yurt, a way of living I love due to its closeness to nature, and the basis for the creation of Quality Unearthed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where  I live. Still crazy about houses (It’s in the blood), still living on our family land but in a yurt, a way of living I love due to its closeness to nature, and the basis for the creation of Quality Unearthed. 

Quality Unearthed will be in attendance at Olympia on the 27 & 28 November for this year’s annual Farm Innovation Show. The Farm Business Innovation Show is the show designed for all farmers, smallholders, land owners, estates and everybody with an interest in rural business, who are looking for new ways to use their land to bring in more money.
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Hands up who loves nothing better to start the day as you make your way to your job in the city with a cup of coffee? Ever thought about what happens to the grounds that are left over after you’ve walked away with your tasty cappuccino? One social enterprise did and now they are feeding their mushrooms at an urban farm as a result.
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While we are able to enjoy our romantic glamping UK trips without the worry of being surrounded by litter and discarded plastic, other places around the world aren’t so lucky. This brings us to the story we were made aware of regarding a young man named Boyan Slat, a 20-year-old on a mission – to rid the world’s oceans of floating plastic.
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The hardcore glamping purists would argue that technology such as mobile phones should be banished until the holiday is over. However, sometimes people might just need to check for something important while they’re enjoying their time away in Pembrokeshire yurts or wherever they are taking in the treats of glamping. And if you love the thought of owning a phone that is ethical to match your ethics on life then the new Fairphone could be for you.
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