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Working week-ends with your gun dog



We are sorry but our cottages are closed due to Covid regulations while Wales is in lockdown.  The Welsh government reviews the situation every 3 weeks.  We are taking bookings for 2021 with a guarantee that if Covid regulations prevent you from taking your holiday we will refund your money.

For our guests safety and our own, both cottages undergo a strict cleaning and disinfecting regime, using a viruscidal disinfectant. We change all pillow and mattress protectors at every changeover, all books and other non-essentials have been removed. We have also delayed arrival time to allow for the extra cleaning time - arrival time is now 4pm. If you need to see further details of our Covid policy please contact us.

Double Dividends - Book Granary Cottage and Straw Cottage for same period and receive a 10% discount. (Ideal for families and grand-parents to holiday together but each with their own space and different styles of accommodation)



Gun Dog Training, a working week-end with your gun dog. These courses will not be running in 2020

For owners of working dogs that would like to understand and control the natural instincts of a working dog in the company of other dogs. This week-end will suit both experienced and inexperienced handlers with inexperienced dogs.You may not have had a working bred dog before but if you are interested in finding out more about working your dog and how to go about it, then you are very welcome. Training your dog whilst understanding and working with its natural instincts will help you get the best from your dog.

If you are asking - Is my dog a gun dog? If he comes one of the groups of gun dogs - Retrievers, Spaniels, HPRs (Hunt Point Retrieve), Pointers and Setters - then he or she is a gun dog.2016-04-23_13.47.28.jpg

Our course will suit most gun dogs.  Dogs must be at least 6 months of age. Normally we do not take dogs over 4 years old.

Ty Gwyn has all the facilities for you and your dog to learn in a natural countryside environment. Your dog has an enclosed yard, retrieving corridor, fields and a variety of cover including scrub and wooded areas and water in which to learn.  You have comfortable accommodation, good food and at the end of the day you can relax in our Cruck Barn with a glass of wine and discuss the day with like minded people before having a home cooked supper.

Margaret Ward will help you and your dog to learn the basics in the company of other dogs.  How often have we all said when things don't go as planned - "Well, he does it at home!"  Margaret has had dogs all her life - labradors, cockers and in latter times show and working pointers. She trials and counts grouse with her 

Gundog_course_April_2015_023.jpgpointers. She bred, trained and handled Springpoint Lace to gain her title of Field Trial Champion. She also has three English Springer spaniels, Sage, Harry and Wisp who are her winter dogs with which she beats and picks up.  Margaret has not only trained and competed successfully with her own dogs but over the years, she has helped many an aspiring gun dog owner to train their dogs. Margaret will teach you how to train your dog as well as helping you understand some of the simple but not necessarily obvious needs of your gun dog. She will give you tips on dealing with problems, looking after your dog and some fun ideas to keep him or her occupied. As well as being the trainer on our courses Margeret also does one to one training sessions for pointers.

Margot is one of the people that Margaret has helped - firstly with Muddle a pointer but recently with Ash, now a 7 year old cocker spaniel.  Margaret helped with the basics of Ash's training, giving her many good training tips and ideas.  Margot now thoroughly enjoys beating with Ash at a local shoot. She will share some of her experiences of training Ash and things she learnt along the way.

The courses are restricted to six dogs so that everyone has plenty of tuition and attention. 

You and your dog will learn:

The golden rules of gun dog training


Manners (just your dog!)

Sit and stay

Walking to heel on and off the lead


Basic Retrieving




You can find out from Margaret and Margot how to go about entering basic gun dog tests and competitions or finding out what happens on a shoot day if you would like to beat or pick up.  We will also demystify some of the terms used!

Have a go at making a dummy for your dog to retrieve. We supply you with the raw materials. We might even have a competition for the best one!

Before and during supper there will be a chance to talk to Margaret about working gun dogs.

2015-09-13_14.48.17.jpgImprovers Week-ends.

On this week-end we will cover the next steps needed for your dog to hunt and pick up either on a shoot day or in tests and trials. This will include: the stop use in a variety of situations, go backs and straight lining far off and near, running rabbit, directions, cold game, hunting, retrieving over water, simulated shooting situations. To come to these week-ends - your dog must be able to: sit & stay, recall, retrieve dummies (not tennis balls) and have a reasonable stop.

You will need to bring

Slip lead


Whistle ACME 210 1/2 on a lanyard (or shoe lace will do)


Dog food


At Ty Gwyn we have warm and safe kennels and stables if you would prefer to leave then outside. Dogs are allowed in the kitchen area of your accommodation in crates but please note they are NOT allowed in bedrooms. Alternatively they may prefer to sleep in your car.

All weather clothing and footwear.  Overtrousers are a good idea.

There are several good suppliers of gun dog equipment available on the internet. We like Sporting Saint - a Herefordshire based business.


Your bed and breakfast accommodation will either be here at Ty Gwyn Farm in the Granary Cottage or at one of our neighbour's.  We are fortunate in having three excellent b and b's within a mile and half of Ty Gwyn, just down our farm lane so very convenient.  Brynhir Farm, Acorn Court and Holly Farm.


£280 to include: Saturday night's bed and breakfast accommodation, two lunches, morning coffee and tea, afternoon tea and supper on the Saturday night; kennelling if required; all tuition and instruction on Saturday and Sunday.  If you do not need accommodation the cost is £240.00

If you have a partner who would like to come without a dog, there is an extra charge of £75 for bed and breakfast and all meals as above.

For anyone travelling a distance, Friday night's bed and breakfast is £37 per person.

2016-04-19_11.23.44.jpgDates - 2018

Saturday & Sunday April 7 & 8 - Basic

Saturday & Sunday May 12 & 13 - Improvers 

Saturday & Sunday May 26 & 27  -Basic 

September 15 & 16 - Basic

October 6 & 7 - Basic

If enough interest for an Improvers then we will put one on to suit. So please let me know if you are interested.

Arrival between 9.30 and 10.00 am for a course start of 10.00am. We will break for lunch and finish around 4.00pm for afternoon tea and a chat about the day's events before having supper. On Sunday morning we will start at 9.30, stopping for lunch, followed by final questions, your own training plan and discussion before departure at about 3.30pm.


To Book

Please telephone 01597 822665(best number in the evenings or week-ends) of 01597 829298 (the farm office so best number in the week-days) or email margot(at)tygwynfarm.co.uk.  Payment can be made by bank transfer, debit or credit card or cheque. 

See more photos in the gallery




Enjoying Saturday Supper
Granary Cottage


A very welcome retreat away from the chaos of normal life. We absolutely love the Straw Cottage and its setting. We feel very cosy with the storm whirling around outside. Thank you.

Harriet, Catherine & Florence (15 months)

The Straw Cottage

From the April 2018 basic gundog course.

"Had a really fantastic and 'leaning' time. Feeling more confident about what to do and how to do it. Lots of things to practise and teach our little monkey 'Milly'. Really looking forward to getting stuck in at home. Will definitely be coming back for another weekend. Lovely  company, lovely environment, lovely food - just a lovely knowledgeable weekend." David & Emily.

"Thank you so much to Margot & Margaret for a wonderful inspiring weekend. Everything about the course was excellent (well perhaps not the weather!) - tuition, people, food and accommodation. I do hope we can put it into practice and that I can make myself more exciting!!"  Ann and Brigg the Labrador.

"Inspiring and exhausting but great fun and would definitely recommend to others. Margaret an excellent teacher and Margot and excellent hostess - have not eaten so well for a long time. Great relief I did not fall over in the stream. Thank you." Roy, Jo with Barnaby and Eddie

"Thank you so much to Margaret and Margot for your kindness and patience teaching Sean with Paddy. The difference and improvement has been astounding. We would love to come back." David and Rebecca

"Thank you so much for teaching me and Paddy. I can see so much improvement with his heeling work and everything else especially the recall."  Sean (aged 11).

Comments from previous courses

"An absolutely fantastic course. Thank you for having the patience with our little bouncy pup! Brilliant adaptations of the course to fit our dogs. so much to keep practising with at home. Maybe one day we will make it to an intermediate course! Fantastic food and company."  Alice, Jonathan & Wiggle.

"Had a fantastic weekend. Perdi and I have had a wonderful time and learned a lot. I am now looking forward to going home and putting it all into practice. Lovely accommodation and fabulous food. All in all, a great weekend with great people, thank you so much." Gemma & Perdi.

"We both have had a fantastic weekend, the other dog owners & dogs were marvellous but more importantly Margaret and Margot are amazing. Thank you immensely for your time and patience. We will be back next year. Food also amazing." Sascia and Leia

"Fabulous weekend with great group of people & dogs. Margaret & Margot fabulous hosts and founts of knowledge. Came here knowing nothing about what our dog could do as a 'gundog' , now a lot wiser." Rob, Maggi & Ianto.

"I have really enjoyed this weekend and realised a lot about myself and my dog. Logan is much improved and I look forward to working on everything at home. Thanks so much to Margaret and Margot. Wonderful time! Highly recommend this for any gundog owner. Jessica and Logan

2nd time on the beginners gundog course and what another fantastic experience! We have learnt so much about us and the dog and have so much to take away with us. Margaret and Margot have such a wealth of knowledge, thank you so much for sharing that knowledge. Excellent food and hospitality as always, no doubt we will be back again soon! Thank you" Beth, Tom and Otto.

" Margot, I would just like to thank you and Margaret for a wonderful weekend, We both learnt so much and just wished I had come 6 months earlier, before he started thinking so much for himself." Lynda

"Amazing weekend on the basic gundog course. We were made to feel very welcome from the minute we arrived. The weather was beautiful & so are the surroundings. The hospitality was great with very comfortable accomadation. The training was excellent as Maragaret is very knowledgable & easy to talk too. We would love to come back next year for the improvers course. I can't recommend this place highly enough. Thankyou."  Katie

From the moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome. The accommodation is lovely and comfortable. Margaret and Margot were both a source of inspiration and full of lots of extra tips and hints to keep your dog interested and happy as well as very thorough basic and gun dog training. It is so well organised and yet informal. Lovely food and company. Highly recommended course! We had a lovely weekend thank you. I now feel much more in control of my puppy, the hard work begins! Julie

New found respect and understanding of our relationship with our dogs, fantastic course, great food, lovely accommodation. Margaret and Margot are skilled, knowledgable and incredibley insightful, supporting us and giving really useful advice and tips to help us work more closely with our dogs. Highly recomend to all working dog owners Phill & Mel.

"We both had a wonderful weekend learning all sorts of things about training our dog that we would not have found in books, on the internet or at our local classes. It is well worth doing the course whether you plan to go on shoots or not, particularly to learn more about the special characteristics of your own breed of dog and how to make the most of them. Margaret's decades of experience and enthusiastic no-nonsense style (not to mention her fascinating store of country anecdotes!) gave us a new perspective and we have taken some real nuggets away. It was fun to meet the other people and their many and varied dogs and to get to do all this in the beautiful Welsh hills. I would really recommend it to other dog owners. The Granary where we stayed was really charming and comfortable and had everything we needed. The other thing which made it such a good weekend was the extremely warm welcome we received and excellent home-cooked food. It was lovely to feel so well looked-after and to know that if we needed anything all we needed to do was ask." Liz and Simon

From the Improver's Courses 

So enjoyed this Improvers weekend - so chuffed to win Best Water Retrieve at a distance with Bob. I have learnt so much from Margaret - excellent teacher and gave me many tips to correct my dogs bad habits after a hard season's work.  Hope to return for more.." Sue

"I cannot thank you enough for your time, patience and  help with Murphy this weekend.  We have learnt so much and are keen to go on! Thank you Margot and Margaret for your hospitality. Excellent company we would love to come back."  Rebecca

"What a fabulous weekend we had with you. My head is buzzing with ideas and inspiration and I have so much  more confidence that we are on the right track. Margaret has given us so many ideas and her constructive criticism was even more helpful."  Gilly

"Thank you so much for an enjoyable week-end. It passed all expectations that I had before arriving. The accommodation and facilities were perfect and I thank you very much. My thanks also to Margaret whose knowledge and enthusiasm for the dogs and owners was exemplary."  Dennis and Max