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On the Map: Wonderful West Wales

12 December 2023

If you’re planning an escape to a place where fresh-air activity reigns, and that time has barely touched, West Wales may be your dream destination.

Gloriously green, sheep-dotted, and steeped in ancient history, areas include the preserved county of Dyfed, with its pretty coastlines on the Irish Sea and the Bristol Channel, and whose unusual places to stay are akin to rural paradise.

Boasting truly remarkable landscapes, it’s here that you’ll find the rolling Cambrian Mountains, the Preseli Hills, and the mesmerising Pembrokeshire Coast National Park – otherwise known as the only coastal national park in the UK – where popular resorts include Tenby and Newport.

With scenery this exceptional, it’s only right that West Wales boasts several heritage railway lines. Chug along the Gwili Line aboard a nostalgic steam train and stop for a riverside picnic… you may even catch sight of a kingfisher or a heron. Then there are the famous West Wales and Heart of Wales Lines, which promise to introduce you to some incredible rural scenery as well as the local tourist hotspots.

Fairytale castles and gardens are abound in this legendary region, and of course if you love outdoor activity of just about any description, you couldn’t have chosen a better playground.

Browse our list of unusual places to stay in West Wales, and get ready to start your next holiday adventure!

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Llareggub Beach House, Pembrokeshire

Ty Cwch

Aberporth, Ceredigion, Wales
A unique, award-winning architect designed ‘boat house' that's ideal for an adventure-packed beach break, next to the invigorating Welsh Coast Path.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 12 (or 4 per cabin)
From
£136 / night

Glan yr Afon

Penbontrhydyfothau, Ceredigion, Wales
Experience unspoilt West Wales at its most glorious, in a beautifully restored thatched cottage set by a babbling brook near the coast.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£90 / night

Llechryd Tabernacle

Llechryd, Ceredigion, Wales
An imaginatively converted, dog-friendly chapel, filled with celestial comfort and beautifully positioned in a rural Welsh village that's close to the Ceredigion coast.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£870 (7 nights)

Clifftop Railway Carriage

Aberporth, Ceredigion, Wales
Perhaps one of the last things you'd expect to find overlooking Cardigan Bay is a converted Edwardian railway carriage, but that's just one reason why the Clifftop Railway Carriage is so special.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£390 / week

The Little Retreat

Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, Wales
A mind, body and soul-soothing escape in a historic Welsh village that breathes with nature, set within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2-5 per unit
From
£135 / night

Wilder Retreats

Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Sumptuous, adults-only A-frame cabins with private hot tubs, soothingly nestled amongst 24 acres of protected wilderness on the edge of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£170 / night

Den by the Stream

Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales
A charmingly hand-built cabin that's dog-friendly, off-grid, and set in an idyllic Welsh meadow corner, achingly close to historic Cardigan.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£100 / night

Llareggub Beach House

Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, Wales
A Dylan Thomas-inspired, upside-down house in the coastal village of Saundersfoot, with stunning Atlantic Ocean views from every room.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£240 / night

The Long Barn

Pembrokeshire, Wales
The Long Barn is divided in to two stylish and sustainably-crafted retreats for fun family escapes, dog-friendly and perfectly positioned on a ten-acre smallholding that’s a perfect base for exploring Pembrokeshire.
Bedrooms: 2 or 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£420 /3 nts

Cable Cottage

Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Indulge your love of a life overlooking the waves in this unique haven, where bracing sea air meets clifftop panoramic views of the outstanding North Pembrokeshire Coast.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£420 / week

West Wales Lighthouse Cottage

Dale, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Surrounded by the sights and sounds of the sea, this recently refurbished former lighthouse keeper's cottage offers a true getaway in rural West Wales.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£514 (3 nts)

Top of the Woods

Boncath, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Warmth, wildlife and a friendly sense of community await, at an eco award-winning Pembrokeshire camp-and-glamp site.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps:
From
£70 / night

Fforest Farm

Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Simplicity, adventure, and beautiful outdoor living - that's what you'll find at fforest farm.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£237 /2 nts

Florence Springs Hill House

Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
A quirky, TV-featured grass-roofed storybook house with beautiful countryside views of Pembrokeshire.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
From
£598 / week

Ty Felin

Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Escape to the magnificent Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with a stay at Ty Felin - a beautiful, accessible barn conversion for up to eight people.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 8
From
£415 / week

Folly Farm Showman's Wagons

Begelly, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Roll up, roll up, for a fun family stay in a fairground-themed caravan, set within a 120-acre Pembrokeshire farm and adventure playground.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£395 (7 nights)

Let's Glamp Retro Madonna

Capel Cynon, Ceredigion, Wales
An ultra-glam family LodgePod that blends 80's style with 21st century mod-cons (and a wood-fired hot tub!) secluded on a themed glamping site in Cardigan Bay.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 6
From
£115 / night

Sky Hut

New Quay, Ceredigion, Wales
Open the roof of your romantic cabin to greet the star-studded canvas above, from your secluded position on a West Wales family farm.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£529 (7 nts)

Dragon's Eye

Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Wales
A wonderfully creative, TV-featured glamping pod with glass panels and a rotating bed to showcase the lush Welsh landscape.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£540 (7nt)

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