House owner and restorer Geoff Haden grew up in the Swansea suburbs around The Uplands and played as a child in Cwmdonkin Park, and has, for over twenty years, run Clyne Farm Centre - an activity and accommodation centre situated on one of the seven hills overlooking the "…long and splendid curving shore…" of Swansea Bay.
When we took the house on it was rather like a run-down student bedsit and as we uncovered more it got no better! We have photographs from that time - before we started stripping away paint and wallpaper to reveal the original colours.
As a chartered structural engineer, Geoff has been involved in the restoration of a number of historic and listed buildings. He manages the day to day running of the house, conducts personal house tours as well as guided tours to Dylan's haunts in Uplands, Swansea, Mumbles, Gower and Carmarthenshire. He has given talks on the house and Dylan's early life in this country and abroad.
Geoff reluctantly classes himself as 'mature in years' but is never reluctant to share and celebrate the restoration of the Edwardian suburban house at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive which has been a 'labour of love'. When asked why he restored the rapidly decaying house the structural engineer very quickly answers "…because I'm mad - mad about Dylan's writings and mad that I didn't have the chance to restore the house sooner!"The owner and restorer of Dylan Thomas Birthplace