Pen y Bryn – which means top of the hill in Welsh – has been farmed in one way or another for more than 2000 years, with Iron Age settlers having made their home here and one of the Iron Age forts still visible on the farm today.

The farm is a traditional beef and sheep upland farm run by Steve and Helen Smith with their daughter Anna, with visitors from across the world welcomed to the farm at all times of year.

A modern working farm, the farming practice at Pen Y Bryn is by nature of the environment and climate a mix of the latest technologies and traditional practices which ensures we work in harmony with Mother Nature to maximise the farm’s potential.

Pen Y Bryn extends to 700 acres, all of which is farmed with the highest standards of environmental management, including woodland management, lapwing habitats and traditional hay and wildflower meadows.

The main enterprises on the farm are the well-known Pen Parc pedigree Texel, Lleyn, Southdown flocks and Longhorn and British Blue cattle herds. The aim of all five enterprises is to breed top quality stock suited to commercial producers, while also selling to top pedigree breeders too.

The farm is also home to Mid Wales Falconry and a small group of mares which are used for breeding. We find the thoroughbred mare crossed with an Irish Draught, is the ideal riding horse.


Pen y Bryn offers top quality self-catering holiday accommodation in the form of The Cottages.

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Since moving to Pen Y Bryn the aim has always been to match sustainable land management with top quality breeding stock and these two founding principles have been behind the success of the business. Read more
Farm Activities
Pen Y Bryn farm is host to a wide range of activities throughout the year and has on-farm conference facilities as well as being home to Mid-Wales Falconry Centre and playing host to a range of photography courses run by Mark Sissons. Read more