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.
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10 May 2014
"Gorgeous inside and an amazing setting"
We had such an amazing week at Ty Cariad – with non-stop sun! Every day was cycling, walking or climbing, which both kids were really up for (including going up the 'mountain' behind the h… More
25 Jan 2014
"A rare Idyll in the mountains. Romantic Welsh cottage with no compromises!"
Ty Cariad is that rare combination of a romantic and traditional cottage coupled with every possible convenience and high grade luxury you might want for a self catering week, weekend or longer. I could not recommend this place highly enough.
We had a really wonderful almost week in the Welsh mountains with our younger children - breathtaking scenery and met some wonderful people - most notably all at the Miners Arms, the Cwtch Cafe with her amazing beef pasties(go early) and lovely people we met on walks.
The cottage is owned by the artist Julie Shackson and her unique style and flair is evident throughout. She renovated the cottage from a bare shell so everything you see is due to her hard work and vision. If you want a romantic break this is fabulous. The master bedroom is a cosy, spacious haven with a slightly gothic touch and the log burner in the living room with big comfortable sofas is perfect. If you bring the children, there is a beautiful second bedroom they can share with Laura Ashley quilts and useful storage and a delightful safe enclosed garden to play in. The kitchen is a dream, mixing both a cottage feel with super-efficient appliances and everything you could possibly need. Since our visit, it has been further upgraded and looks even more light and spacious.
Dogs are allowed and are well catered to with dog bowls and even a rug to sit on if needed. The outside front porch is perfect for taking off your muddy boots and rubbing down your muddy dogs before entering the cottage itself. It was quite cold when we first got there and we did turn the heating on for one of the days - it warmed the place up instantly and it remained cosy. The log burner is a welcome bonus I am sure in freezing weather.
The garden is quirky and delightful with fabulous views over the mountains and is filled with plants and flowers including some wild flowers, nothing so manicured you are scared to let the dogs and kids out. The table and chairs outside are alongside the back wall which soaks up and retains heat then reflects it back onto you. In very hot weather probably a sunshade/umbrella would be welcome but there is probably one somewhere, we didn't look.
There is nothing I could find fault with other than we could have happily stayed for a month! its quite a trek to get here from London and the London areas but if you make a leisurely drive of it and stop off at some interesting places, it is well worth the trip. We made the journey part of the holiday and stopped off in Hay-on-Wye for example.
There is no effective mobile phone reception. This is clearly stated in the cottage description so we were prepared for it. The wifi is free and of good quality so we used that for messaging and both kids had no problem running their ipads and an xbox. The mobile signal comes live about halfway down the hill toward the village. There is a mainline telephone in the cottage you can use if needed.
It is obvious that a great deal of care and thought has gone into creating tthis as a holiday cottage and not only to provide an authentic Welsh cottage theme but to really cater to the needs and requirements of its visitors, big, small or wagging-tailed.
30 Nov 2013
"A cozy gem in the Welsh hills..."
Ty Cariad is a wonderful cottage, cozy, spacious and very relaxing. The sitting room gave us plenty of room for 4 adults to curl up in front of the wood burner of an evening, with very chilled dogs at… More
19 Nov 2013
"The best retreat in Wales"
Simply this property is perfect any time of the year, its ideally placed and set amongst the most beautiful countryside Wales has to offer. The interior of the property has been throughtfully and expensively refurbished a number of years ago and the owners turned this gorgeous little cottage in to the most romantic and pleasant holiday home one could experience.
This gorgeous retreat is highly recommended and 5 stars doesnt even cut it.
3 Nov 2013
"Good Cottage, lovely area"
Comfortable and well equipped. Lots of decorative touches. Creaky bed and floorboards. Very spacious lounge for the style of house.… More
25 Jun 2013
"Fab rental, classy style"
We are a family of four, with a 1 and 3 yr old at the time we stayed at Ty Cariad. Found purely by chance, what a warm and friendly home we walked into. Such a peaceful location but it was the charact… More
30 Mar 2013
"Superb Cottage and Locality"
We were somewhat very apprehensive at the start of our Holiday as the Snow had been falling all day in the Midlands and by 3pm there was four to five inches of fresh drifting snow Anyway before we con… More
15 Dec 2012
"A little piece of heaven"
We stayed in Ty Cariad for a week in November 2012 and I must advise you all that it was absolutely wonderful. My partner has stayed in a number of holiday cottages over the years but thought this was… More
8 Dec 2012
"Breathtaking scenery, blissfull relaxation and a cosy ideallic hideaway"
We chose this cottage for its remote location in mid wales to getaway from it all. What an exceptional choice! We we blessed with crisp sunny winter mornings with breathtaking views of the surrounding area. We woke up one morning to find it had snowed! What a wonderful pre Christmas scene. Ty cariad cottage is frankly just how i hoped it would be. My partner and i have rented many cottages all over the uk and this was by far the best. Design inside was authentic and curious with a large multi fuel burner as the centre piece. Nothing better than a real log burning fire! We like to walk and explore but also like wildlife. From the cottage garden whilst drinking my morning coffee I saw a bullfinch, robin, collared dove, a jay and a ride kite which you can watch in multitude feeding at a number of nature reserves nearby. On the way there we saw a number of buzzards perched on fence posts as we drove by. We did a number of walks including devils bridge 45 minute walk which an adventure with steep climbs and steps amid beautiful surroundings. Hafod estate red gentlemans walk was amazing the cavern with waterfall exceeded expectations at point 7 on the map well worth the walk. Tregaron was a pretty village and Christmas market was fab. New quay was lovely and fish and chips delicious. Both our dogs loved the experience and the cottage was very dog welcoming. All in all a retreat for body mind and soul and an escape from the ringing mobile phone which there was no reception for 02 or orange. WiFi in cottage excellant and easy to connect. Loved the whole experience and would return and recommend to my closest of friends! Steve and seran
10 Jun 2012
"a little piece of heaven"
Wonderful Cottage decorated with an artists eye yet comfortable homely and everything you need for home from home. The position is great for touring the area . Hafod estate is wonderful a real magical place . Devils Bridge is well worth a visit as is the stem railway over the valley . For dog owners it is a great place to stay our two loved the experience and the enclosed safe garden is great so you need not worry about them wandering .For the youngsters the Sky and internet was a real deal maker as our teenager with us could have ipad lap top all the usual bits he wanted .
And if you want to sit and just enjoy the views it is perfect .
We had a lovely stay thankyou .
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