Magical little cottage for 2-4, near the Ceredigion Coastal Path and spectacular beaches
If you’re after an utterly idyllic holiday, your search stops here. Tucked into a green valley, this traditional 18thC stone cottage with its thatched roof and bumpy limestone walls has one of the prettiest exteriors we’ve ever seen. But the interiors wow too, stylish and contemporary beneath a crisscross of timeworn beams, with 2 charming bedrooms and the cosiest of living areas, warmed by an oil burner. A ladder leads up to the best bit; a traditional ‘crog loft’, where you can hide away and read books. Outside, pure peace. The cottage is wrapped in almost an acre of flowering gardens – bees buzz, butterflies flit and a little river rushes along, spanned by a medieval bridge. And then there’s the lure of West Wales’ unspoilt beaches, which you can walk to through pretty woodland. Llangrannog, Penbryn, Aberporth, Tresaith. Swimming and body boarding are exhilarating all year round, and while summers are beautiful, the winter months have an incredible quality of light. Really, it doesn’t matter when you come; it’s all about how long you can stay.
The cottage is an ancient building that’s been painstakingly restored, insulated with sheepswool and decorated with eco-friendly paint. The garden has been planted to be bee-friendly.
- Wander through woodland (45 mins) or drive to Cwmtydu National Trust beach, a mostly pebbled stretch known as Seals Bay, as the surrounding coves are popular places for seals to rear their pups.
- From here, you can walk along the spectacular Ceredigion Coastal Path, past iconic Ynys Lochtyn to Llangrannog. This pretty seaside village is home to lovely sandy beaches where you can swim, bodyboard and build bonfires to keep cosy as the sun goes down.
- Nearby town New Quay offers great dolphin-spotting boat tours, and a curve of pretty pastel houses wrapping around the cliff. Have lunch at the Blue Bell Deli & Bistro.
- Harbour town Aberaeron is similarly picturesque, with colourful houses and a Saturday market. Don’t miss The Hive‘s fantastic honey ice cream.
- Spend a day in Cardigan, visiting the castle and buying groceries from all the little independents.