Thatched in Wales


Penbontrhydyfothau, Wales

Magical little cottage for 4, near the Ceredigion Coastal Path and spectacular beaches

2 Bedrooms

1 Bathroom

Child friendly

Close to a beach

Dog friendly

Eco conscious


Private garden



Space & setting.

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 — named Glanyrafon — 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, a short drive away. 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.

Owner of Coastal Cottage Ceredigion

“Our fondest family memories have always been in West Wales. We’d passed this cottage several times on walks, thought how pretty it was and that the setting was magical. We couldn’t believe it when it came up for sale at a time in our lives when we had both taken some major work decisions to give us more freedom. It needed so much work and will always be a labour of love but it really was love at first sight and we are so fortunate to have been able to restore and nurture it for the future. We’re designers/artists ourselves so we’ve been passionate about creating an aesthetically pleasing property inside and out.” Owners Gemma and James

My Kip favourites

She loves
“The tranquility: it’s a perfect place to escape to a simpler, slower lifestyle and catch the sea air. When the weather’s warm we breakfast outside, and on a clear night we spend hours watching the stars.”

We love
The stunning original features – shuttered windows, quarry tiled floors, purlins and an inglenook fireplace. There’s a real sense of history.

You may not love
The twin room is under the eves and has limited head height. No washing machine though handwashing / ironing equipment is provided. You’ll need to drive to shops/pubs/cafes/restaurants.

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  • "A most beautiful cottage with a delightful garden .... such attention to detail throughout - even down to the information folder! The interior of the cottage was stylish and beautifully crafted, with Welsh textiles and tasteful artwork, the bed was so comfortable! We loved the peaceful woodland setting, the brook running through the garden - which had various areas to sit, eat and enjoy the varying views. Although the cottage is set in a peaceful area, the picturesque coastal village of Llangrannog is only a few minutes away, and the towns of Cardigan and Aberaeron around half an hour... so perfect for shopping and dining out.'

    Ali, July 2022
  • "Coastal Cottage is the most wonderful cottage. Gemma & James have thought of everything. We had amazing weather and were able to enjoy time in the garden listening to the babbling brook and we heard our first chiffchaff, a sure sign of Spring coming. Much needed R&R in a beautiful corner of Wales. We will be back."

    Richard & Sarah, March 2022
  • "Coastal Cottages Ceredigion is such a hidden gem that you almost want to keep it a secret. By far the most beautiful garden we have ever encountered at a holiday cottage- it really was magical, with many seating nooks on different levels. The cottage itself was wonderful too- extremely well equipped and incredibly peaceful, with the stream babbling away in the background. The local beaches were dreamily quiet too and super clean. Our hats off to Gemma and James for creating such a stunning haven- we were deeply sad to leave, including our dog, who enjoyed many mad half hours sprinting joyously round the garden despite being 14. Thank you!"

    Karen, July 2021
  • "We had a great stay here. The garden was beautiful and the cottage itself was so cosy. There was loads of info on the local area, and useful maps. The walks nearby were amazing. We wish we'd stayed longer!"

    Lily, April 2021
  • "This charming little thatched cottage set in a large garden by a rushing brook is everything that is claimed for it. We were unfortunate that the weather was not good during our stay, but the cottage isn't damp and the central heating kept us very warm. There are delightful walks in most directions, although it should be noted that none of them are flat! We particularly enjoyed visiting LLanerchaeron the nearest NT house and liked the painted stucco terraces of New Quay and Aberaeron. The large double bed was blissfully comfortable."

    Oliver, May 2021
  • "If there is someone even more reluctant to leave than us, it is Poppy, our little whippet. She had the time of her life!"

    S & W, June 2019 (Antwerp, Belgium.)


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.


  • Llangrannog
  • Ceredigion Coast Path
    Ceredigion Coast Path
  • New Quay
    New Quay
  • Llangrannog sunset
    Llangrannog sunset
  • Llangrannog
  • 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.


  • Beautifully restored 18thC cottage
  • Kingsize bedroom and twin bedroom; beds dressed in luxe linens with memory-foam mattresses
  • High chair provided
  • Bathroom with rolltop tub and powerful shower
  • Well-equipped kitchen with a woodburner
  • Lovely lounge with 2 sofas and an oil burner
  • Board games, books, Smart TV with Netflix, DVDs, Alexa and superfast WiFi
  • Large terraced garden with alfresco seating, garden games, firepit and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome. Not allowed on beds or furniture. Must not be left unattended.
  • Drive to shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants
  • Booking conditions: 3-night or 4 night minimum stay (checking in Friday or Monday). Strictly no use of candles, and no EV charging from the house. Children must not be left unattended in the garden as deep pond / small river. No children under 10 on crogloft due to steep ladder.
  • Remember to pack: beach towels, dog bed & towels (if bringing a dog!), wellies, walking boots, wetsuits & bodyboards

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30% deposit on booking, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to stay.
Cancellations permitted 12+ weeks prior to stay, with deposit refunded minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 12 weeks of stay.
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No, they are in an L formation.

Yes – off road parking for 2 cars.

Wheelchair access is tricky as there are a few small steps down from the parking area. The bathroom has a shower over bath which may be difficult for users with limited mobility.

No, due to space restrictions– there is a launderette 15 mins away.

Yes – it’s a 45-min walk through the woods to Cwmtdu – just be aware it is steep and can be challenging in winter. There are lots of lovely walks nearby that aren’t coastal.

It can’t be fully secured due to the small river / stream running through it – curious dogs may follow this out!

Some guests do walk to the pub but its about 2.5 miles (hour & a half or so on hilly roads /paths (Llangrannog being the nearest). It’s a 10-min drive.

We provide a starter pack of logs for the kitchen woodburner, and logs for the firepit can be found in the shed (please do not use this in the woodburner as can lead to chimney damage). Logs are available at the petrol station 10 minutes away.

All the nearby beaches have at least a dog-friendly section all year round. Penbryn is no dogs from May to September.

Realistically, yes. The nearest train station is over an hour away and there is no reliable bus route nearby.

The cottage is on the edge of a tiny, very quiet hamlet. There is one house a little up the road but the owners live elsewhere and use it very rarely.

Unfortunately not. The check in / check out days are strictly Friday and Monday due to housekeeper availability.

No, and under no circumstances may the cottage electricity be used for this purpose. It invalidates the owners’ insurance and will lead to your breakage deposit retention and may lead to further claims as well as being asked to vacate the property immediately.

Candles & naked flames are strictly prohibited inside the cottage due to the thatched roof. They are in breach of Fire Regulations so invalidate the insurance.

4pm check in / 10am check out.

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