Hiraeth Bunkhouse



Clive and Gaynor originally come from the South Wales valleys and met while teaching, Gay taught P.E. and Clive taught Art. As Christians, they were very burdened for the church under persecution around the world and left teaching to work for Open Doors, a well known mission working to support the persecuted Christians.

After four years they moved to help in the development of Christian work amongst people groups along the Old Silk Road in Central Asia with People International. Working from Turkey in the West to Sinkiang in North West China in the East. They worked for P.I. for about twenty five years.

While Clive spent many months of the year travelling back and forth to Central Asia, Gay worked with the young people in their church, making lots of trips to residential centres and bunkhouses as part of building up relationships with each other and with God.

After Clive’s serious brush with cancer and the resulting effects on his life, God gave a fresh vision for an exciting future back in Wales, the land they love. 

They found a beautiful property just outside the Brecon Beacons National Park, Min Yr Afon which means, Beside the River. The attached woollen mill is now a well equipped bunkhouse.

The process has been long and not without it’s challenges. Gaining all the different permissions and raising the funds took nearly three years. However, it was during some tough times that we saw the greatest answers to our prayers. God proved faithful and kind and saw us through to completion.

So here we are, in this beautiful part of Wales, where mountains, rivers, caves systems and the coast are all within easy or reasonable distance.

Our son Lloyd, is Assistant Pastor at Newtown Evangelical Church, while our eldest son, Luke, lives and works in Bristol after spending a lot of time in India. Our daughter Menna is studying for a MA in Outdoor Education at Trinity University, works freelance and is mum to our wonderful and chatty granddaughter Ffion. 

Along with the humans, there are Dylan and Gelert the dogs, Jacob sheep, pigmy goats, rabbits and chickens!

Why "Hiraeth"?

Hiraeth is a Welsh word with no direct English translation but is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia...

It is our hope that after staying with us you will have a longing to return!

"It is difficult to define Hiraeth, but to me it means the consciousness of man being out of his home area and that which is dear to him. That is why is can be felt even among a host of peoples amidst nature's beauty; like a Christian yearning for Heaven"

Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones