When your brother is your best friend, you don’t just live together, you holiday together too. So, give a warm and playful welcome to Fredrick and Royston, two cheerful golden retrievers who are brothers-in-arms and rarely leave each other’s side.
These two gorgeous pups came from the same litter which means they’re not just the same flesh and blood, they’re flesh and buds! And that closeness helped them to win our Siblings category at the 2020 Canine Critics’ Awards, meaning they got to take their Mams away for three nights on the England/Wales border.
This part of the UK is fantastic for dog owners, with the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offering woodland, rivers, waterfalls and open countryside for our four-legged friends to chase their tails in.
Now the only question is, which one’s Fredrick and which one’s Royston? You’ve got until the bottom of this page to find out…
Barn best bits
So, friends, let’s talk you through our stay at Madoc’s Barn. Wow, what a place! Located in Beguildy – right in Mid Wales and next to the Shropshire border. The barn could snooze up to five people and two doggos (we asked kindly and they allowed an extra doggo there with us). Mams said it was so pretty there, real cosy.
The garden was all secure so there was no need for anyone to keep watch on us. There was even a hot tub but appawrently doggos don’t go in there, which was a shame because it looked really fun. We were right up in the mountains, quite out of the way but the best location for some zoomies!
There were fields all around the barn, which the nice lady who owned the property said we were allowed to roam - there were a few stray sheepies but the fields were so big we didn’t even notice them. The grounds were all enclosed so nobody could escape, and some of the fields were even full of Christmas trees - can you imagine the sniffs?!
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In the barn, Mams spotted a list of some good walks to go on that the nice lady had kindly left for us. We did have to drive to get to the ones we chose, but it was only a quick ride, and we had a map and all the information we needed.
We stayed for three nights so there was plenty of time for exploring. On day one we got there just in time for tea, so we did some exploring of the fields before we were pooped! So, snacks and bed it was.
On day two we decided to pick an adventure from the list. We chose Offa’s Dyke, a walk that goes all the way along the border of England and Wales. There was even a point where Mams left Roy in England and she was in Wales. How rude!
Now, this was a really big trek, so we had to make sure we had plenty of water and snacks for the route. The views from the summit of our walk were breathtaking (even more so than our handsome faces) and we had to make sure to take a long leash in case of any sheepies! On the way back to the car we stopped off in a dog-friendly pub called The Banc. They allow doggies inside, but we sat outside because we were a bit wet and muddy from the walk. Then we were homeward bound, ready to cosy up by the log fire, whilst the humans took a dip in the hot tub.
On day three of our adventures, we chose Lower Fishpools, which is a woodland walk. Holy moly, if you like sticks it was the place to be! We were able to be off our leads all the way around, which allowed us to try and chomp as many sticks as we could but there were way too many.
On our last day, after we checked out, we headed further afield for one last adventure, and we ended up in New Radnor to visit Water Break Its Neck: a beautiful waterfall/woodland walk. We managed to time it just right, meaning it wasn’t busy, so we were able to go off-lead all the way around. We even left our mark on a stone there (well Mams did cos we were too busy sniffing). Unfortunately, the waterfall was a bit dried up, but we found enough water for a quick dip. Back in the car we went and stopped in Hay-on-Wye for snacks and a nosey around the market. We’re totally pooped now and could snooze for a week!
Fredrick and Royston’s verdict
We would give 10/10 to Madoc’s Barn for the adventures and location.
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