Drala Jong is set on the site of ancient Welsh drove ways, used to drive cattle and sheep to market. The farm’s name Pant-y-porthman translates as drover’s dip and it must have been a place for overnight shelter and watering for the animals.
The land is on the Northern edge of a plateau dividing the drainage basin of the river Teifi from that of the Tywi to the south. Although an upland plateau it is rolling countryside – largely pasture and some forestry. The plateau dips down gently at Drala Jong before a final steep slope down to the river Twelli, a tributary of the Teifi. The farm nestles in a dip at the top of this slope and is entirely hidden from all surrounding land until you are almost upon it.
Much of the site is mixed woodland. The area being about 6 hectares (approx. 15 acres). Some of it is classed as ‘ancient’ i.e. over 400 years old, and there are sections of conifer plantation from the 1940s, predominantly spruce and larch; these trees have reached a majestic height by now but have been partly cleared by previous owners in an attempt to allow native deciduous species to naturally re-establish. Our policy will probably be to continue the process of returning the woods to their natural state.