`Carrog is one of two working dairy and beef farms owned by the Thomas family on the beautiful Llyn Peninsula.
Here at Carrog we have beef cattle and dairy youngstock in the fields but at our other farm, a mile from Carrog, we milk 120 dairy cattle selling our fresh milk to the local creamery at Chwilog.
Carrog, which means `stream’ or `torrent’ is in a quiet but central location on the peninsula. Its’ elevated position means spectacular and uninterrupted views over fields, farms and sea. On a clear day you can see Ireland in the distance and small ships on the blue horizon.
- In 2008 we decided to convert the traditional farm buildings into quality self-catering accommodation at this tranquil location.
- During 2009 – 2010 the buildings have been lovingly converted into three holiday cottages ideal for families wishing to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
In the census of 1861 we find that Carrog was a farm of 120 acres at that time also and the head of the family was a lady called Elisabeth Jones who farmed the land with her two young sons and three male servants and a maid.
In 1923 a local man called Huw Williams of Nant, Llangwnadl, wrote about the area, the houses and the inhabitants. About Carrog he notes that `a house has been built in place of the old thatched roofed cottage and the range of outbuildings newly built in the present day style.’
From this we guess that the outbuildings, currently the Beudy, Stabal and Gorlan, were built during Huw Williams’ lifetime. We can also assume that the Carrog farmhouse was either built from new or completely rebuilt in the same era.
The actual name Carrog means `stream’ or `torrent’ and in the fields in front of the Carrog farmhouse there is a stream and a well that is mentioned several times in local history of being of some significance.
`Ffynnon Lleuddad’ as it is called (`ffynnon’ being the Welsh name for well) was once a popular destination for people who believed that its’ waters would heal any ailment on man or beast.
Unfortunately there is very little to see today where this miraculous water is said to be.
Lleuddad, one of the most influential saints in Llyn, was brother of Henwyn and Padarn, the three brothers having followed Cadfan from Brittany to Wales. Lleuddad was an important figure on Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) and he was Abbott of the island after Cadfan. An angel appeared to Lleuddad as a premonition of his own death and he is said to have asked the angel for three wishes.
The first wish was that the monks of Enlli would live long lives on the island and only die of old age, whilst they were still faithful to God. This began a tradition of monks retiring to Enlli where they could live the remainder of their days in peace and tranquility. Thus began the legend that Enlli is the resting place of twenty thousand saints. On Enlli directly opposite the chapel there is a field called `Gerddi Lleuddad’ – Lleuddad’s Gardens, and the minister’s house was originally called `Plas Lleuddad’ – Lleuddad’s Palace. A stone’s throw from Porth Cadlan near Aberdaron there is also an `Ogof Lleuddad’ – Lleuddad’s Cave, where the saint is said to have gone to pray in peace from time to time. In the parish of Bryncroes there was at one time a Lleuddad’s Church - `Eglwys Lleuddad’ and there is still a house called `Bryn Lleuddad’ near Carrog.