Wales’ reputation as the perfect sea-change for weary English nationals is booming.
In April 2018, Steve* and his partner Anneka joined those looking to make Wales home after years living across the United Kingdom.
They landed on the fringe of the famous Breacon Beacons national park, began flipping a property, and laid the foundations for their future.
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“My wife is originally from Wales,” Steve said.
“We saw it originally, and missed out on it. But we were lucky in that it came back on the market, and our next bid was successful.
“We’ve had it since April this year. We’re both in our mid-30s now and want to think about what we’re doing later in life.”
As their Instagram account says, the couple have small holdings, but big dreams.
Work has begun on refurbishing an old lambing shed, the property’s garden and old barns located on the premises.
The couple have also ticked off several amendments to the property, including a chimney replacement, roof vent tile installation, paint stripping, lime mortar re-pointing, stonework repair, garden grading and beam lifting.
They also found a use for Blue Circle Mastercrete, using a total 75kg of the product in a feature staircase in the garden.
“We’ve found it to be really, really good,” Steve said.
“We’ve been looking at some really old DIY books, and YouTube and Instagram for inspiration and have taken our time, rather than rushing in and spending a lot of money.
“We’ve looked around for the best materials and that’s where the Blue Circle has been really good. It’s been awesome.
“The stairs have been the main one, but I think we’ll use it again for the floating floor we’re planning to put into the barn and again on the garden patio area we’re going to put in. It’s been impressive.”
To keep up to date with the couple’s journey, follow smallholdingbigdreams on Instagram.
*surname omitted for privacy reasons.