Raising the Roof Crowdfunder

A fundraising project at Treberfedd Farm to re-thatch a Grade II listed, last of it’s kind, Welsh vernacular farmhouse.
Play a part in restoring an important piece of Welsh heritage and receive a voucher to stay in this charming cottage.

We are inviting you to pledge support by buying vouchers for a future holiday in The Thatched Cottage at Treberfedd in Ceredigion, West Wales. For the money you donate, you will receive a voucher for the equivalent amount towards a holiday or short break.

Your donation will go towards the employment of a Welsh master thatcher to completely re-roof the cottage using traditional skills and Welsh harvested water reed. The master thatcher will also be teaching the time honoured traditional thatching skills to apprentices as he works.

The Thatched Cottage at Treberfedd Farm is in desperate need of some TLC, 23 years on from its last restoration, the roof has seen better days and it’s time to be replaced.
Your donation will help us restore the roof on this beautiful building while booking you or your family a chance to enjoy a holiday at our farm in West Wales.
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Why is the original farmhouse at Treberfedd important?

The thatched cottage is a Grade II listed Georgian Farmhouse (one of the last of its kind!) and even features original authentic wall paintings from the 1700s.

It has been described by Cadw, who look after the historic buildings of Wales, as “an unusually complete late Georgian vernacular farmhouse, an extremely rare survival of this regional building type with its character retained. Well-preserved mid/late C19 additions, the whole a highly attractive group.”

Help to restore a piece of Welsh Heritage

The Thatched Cottage is a very important part of the history of our farm and because of this, we are very keen to continue to use natural & sustainable materials and traditional methods to re-thatch it back to its former glory.

Our fundraiser ‘Raising the Roof’ will bring the Thatched Cottage back to its former glory. As a holiday cottage the thatched cottage at Treberfedd Farm has four bedrooms, sleeps up to 7 people and includes a hot tub in the garden! Your donation will purchase a voucher for a holiday in this picture perfect cottage.
The farmhouse features original wall paintings from the 1700s. The paintings were a surprise find during the restoration in 2000.
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“Each voucher bought will aid in the restoration of Welsh heritage & support traditional country skills, ensuring that this beautiful building will be preserved for generations to come” Farmer at Treberfedd, Jack Cockburn said.

About Treberfedd Farm – a recent history

Farmer Jack’s family has been at Treberfedd for over 20 years. Since 1999 the farm has been a popular holiday destination with two converted barns, the original thatched cottage and a modern farmhouse plus eco cabins and glamping.

In 1999 the thatched cottage was dilapidated and had been abandoned by the previous owner. In the year 2000 Jack’s father Jim employed a local builder, Euros Lewis and architect, Huw Davies, to restore it back to its former glory, saving an important piece of Welsh farming heritage.

More about the history of this special Welsh farmhouse

The Thatched Cottage that stands at Treberfedd today was built sometime before or during the 1600s.

In 1802 the single storey cottage was extended and improved, creating a larger space with a beautifully modelled Georgian frontage, symmetrical chimneys and the same thatched roof that we have today.

It was listed Grade II in 1996 as an unusually complete Georgian Vernacular Farmhouse, an extremely rare survival of this regional building type with its character retained, probably one of the last of its kind.

Restoration work on the house in 2002 uncovered some wall paintings dating back to around 1650. The murals were painted using plant-derived pigments in a floral motif style which was very fashionable in the 17th century.

There are similar examples dating back to the same period on church walls in and around the South and East of England. The murals may well have been created by a travelling artist passing through Aeron’s Vale, who could be hired to paint the interior walls of people’s homes. The wall paintings are now a very rare survival, particularly in South West Wales.

Terms & Conditions

  • I don’t want anything in return, can I just donate?
  • Yes! Click on the ‘Support Us’ button and choose an amount to donate at the top of the crowdfunder page, rather than one of the vouchers further down. Or you could always do both!!
  • What can I spend the Reward Voucher on?
  • You’re welcome to use your voucher against a stay at any of our cottages, eco cabins or our Edwardian Caravan, Dora.
  • How long do the Reward Vouchers last?
  • 5 years – plenty of time to plan your perfect holiday!
  • How will I receive my Reward Voucher?
  • You will be emailed a voucher after you’ve made your pledge.
  • How do I redeem my Reward Voucher?
  • Our vouchers are valid for 5 years, so there’s no need to rush. When you’re ready, book through our website and use the code in your voucher to apply your discount.

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