Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
'Ty Cariad’ is Welsh for ‘beloved house’ or ‘darling house’. We chose this name to reflect all the love and attention that went into renovating it from October 2007 to May 2009 and the way the cottage is nestled in the foothills of the Cambrian mountains, providing a relaxing retreat and a chance to recuperate to the sound of birdsong. Our cottage is surrounded by forests, nature reserves and riverside walks and has stunning views over the beautiful Ystwyth valley. We are on the doorstep of the historic Hafod forest estate with it's wonderful landscaped walks for all levels of ability. Visit the cavern cascade to see a waterfall carved into a cave, or wander higher up the valley for some incredible views. Devil's Bridge with it's famous waterfalls are only 3 miles away, and we are situated some 20mins from the coast by car, and the same further inland to the picturesque Elan valley reservoir.
We are on two of the most beautiful cycle routes (81/82) and there are angling and horse-riding opportunities nearby. Boat rides are available to see dolphins, but you can also see them from the recently extended coastal path which runs the full length of the Cardigan coast. There is also a host of attractions for younger people and there is good information, with maps and leaflets provided so you can plan your break with ease.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cardigan coast 15 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cardiff 187 km, Nearest railway: Aberystwyth 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
We welcome up to five guests in two bedrooms; the master bedroom has a king sized four poster bed with high quality mattress, oak clad ceiling above the rafters and triple-aspect views. Guest room has a double and a single bed (also with quality mattresses) and another wonderful view. Bed linen is provided, towels can be provided at a small cost.
We have pulled out all the stops to make a comfortable retreat for our guests, and features include new slate, tile and oak floors and ledge & brace doors, stable doors to front and back, a large oak porch for bicycles. Comfy leather chairs and sofas, a wood burner and an artists/writers table in the living room, with an excellent bookshelf and cottage handbook. Vintage china in the delightful dining room; kitchen has dishwasher and high quality appliances and utensils.
For those who wish to stay connected, there is an HD Sky Internet TV and wireless broadband service (all included in the cost) if you wish to take a laptop.
|Further details outdoors||
The cottage garden is ample and well-tended........and there is no traffic noise! There is such a variety of bird life and the only sound you're likely to hear at night are the owls. We employ a gardener to keep the shrubs trimmed and the lawn neat. Honeysuckle and roses, and a host of naturally seeding cambrian poppies, aquilegia, perrenial poppies and herbs will delight the garden lover. There is a small portable BBQ available and a variety of garden furniture. There is space for two vehicles to park at the front, though the turning into the drive is tight, and larger vehicles (4x4) may find it easier to park in the village below.
A basket of logs and a scuttle of coal will be provided in cooler months, and there is full central heating via charming cast iron radiators.
Bed linen is provided free of charge, towels can be provided at £3 per set, so please request at time of booking.
Well behaved dogs are welcome at £15 extra each (max. 2)
The West Wales/Pembrokeshire region
"Ceredigion, one of the most popular holiday areas in Wales.
One of the last bastions of the Welsh language and culture, Ceredigion offers award-winning beaches and a network of spectacular walking, cycling and mountain biking routes together with a plethora of opportunities for angling in Cardigan Bay, on rivers, in lakes and fisheries."
Taken from the Ceredigion tourist information website, where there is information on angling, boats, golf, cycling, rambling or the arts, links can be found to events here:
We are on the doorstep of the historic Hafod forest estate with it's landscaped gardens and walks of differing lengths and levels of agility. There are the ruins of an old mansion house, waterfalls and a cavern cascade. In the valley below the village is a gorge with the River Ystwyth making it's way though. A few miles down the valley is the scenic Grogwynion Nature Reserve riverside walking, and bathing when the river is calm. The Teifi pools are nearby for angling enthusiasts. We are on two of the best cycling routes in the country (81/82) and a little further along is an excellent riverside walk called Black Covert and above this, a medieval hill fort. If you go further south, the Strata Florida Abbey ruins are worth a visit (do book a table for a meal at the excellent Black Lion pub) or why not feed the red kites at numerous sites within short driving distance. 20 mins. driving west towards the coast will bring you to the large town of Aberystwyth which has boating trips amongst it's many facilities; art, theatre and cinema lovers will appreciate it's wonderful Art Centre. There is an excellent Spanish delicatessen and several restaurants of many different kinds. The beautiful Cardigan coastal path has recently been extended and takes in the full sweep of the Cardigan coast. The market town of Machynlleth is further north with the Centre for Alternative Energy bringing in lots of visitors. 20 mins drive east through the Hafod and over the stunning mountain road (in good weather only!) is the picturesque Elan Valley reservoir. There are too many things to list them all adequately here, but if you want to visit a butterfly house, or ride on a steam train, or maybe if golf is your thing, all the information you need is provided at the cottage.
If you are approaching from the north, west or via the A470, we highly recommend taking the incredibly scenic Mountain Road from Rhayader, but only in good weather as the narrow road can get icy. The views from this road are breath-taking. A fully detailed route plan and directions according to the season will be provided on booking.