While in the UK we spent a glorious week at Ogmore-by-Sea, a small village in the Vale of Glamorgan on the Heritage coast of south Wales west of Cardiff.
Our accommodation for the week was a very special little stone cottage called "Dormy Coachhouse", that backed onto the River Ogmore. This lovely building was built in the 19th century and was originally used as the clubhouse for the Southern Down Golf club. In 2009, Kathryn and Trevor Morris converted the building into a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom self catering holiday rental.
We were very comfortable during our stay in Wales and especially thrilled to discover our backyard was filled with horses, sheep, donkeys and swans.
The area from Ogmore estuary north up the river is common land where animals graze freely and people roam on foot, bicycle and horseback over hiking trails along the river, down to the dunes and beaches, on coastal footpaths and through towns and villages all over South Wales. The horses and donkeys belong to Ogmore Farm Riding Centre, open to the public for treks to the dunes and beach nearby. Ogmore Farm sits adjacent to the ruins of Ogmore Castle, built in the early 12th century where the River Ogmore meets the River Ewenny. A hop, skip and jump over some stepping stones by the ruins, preferably at low tide, takes you to Merthyr Mawr, an enchanting village of thatched roofed cottages. Or, if you prefer, a walk over a bridge and through the common pasture gets you there too, with the lessor threat of stepping in manure rather than slipping off rocks and getting wet!
Now please forgive the two farm girls from Ontario while we indulge in some equine memories of Ogmore-by-Sea...