Launched on the festival circuit last year, Gideon Koppel’s picture about the plight of farming in mid-Wales, where Koppel grew up, is a heartfelt documentary that has been impressing the critics. Yes, a subject matter that references the demise of small-scale agriculture and the legacy of the holocaust isn’t intended as light-hearted, but the film’s lauded cinematography and bleakly beautiful setting, just inland from Aberystwyth, is soul-stirring in a way reminiscent of touching French documentary, Etre et Avoir.
The nautically chic Harbourmaster Hotel in seaside Aberaeron is nearest to Koppel’s Ceredigion setting – comfortable and quirky. A more family-friendly option, Llety Bodfor in Aberdovey is also within location-scouting distance and is equally seaside. Or head north to Ffynnon (right) in the foothills of Snowdonia: we’ve been charmed utterly by the mix of Victorian glamour and 21st-century touches at this former rectory overlooking Dolgellau.
There’s a new star in Pembrokeshire, too. The Grove (left) is a romantic Georgian mansion that sits on a hillside alongside a 15th-century longhouse built for mediaeval farmers (agricultural credentials – tick), although you’ll be relieved to know there’s not a hint of farmyard about the gorgeous rooms, all flock-wallpaper and colourful furnishings.
So, which one to choose for a first-hand dose of Wales’ awe-inspiring landscape? Sleep on it. Furiously.