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Experience unspoilt West Wales at its most glorious, in a beautifully restored thatched cottage set by a babbling brook near the coast.

Literally meaning "riverside" in Welsh, get ready to fall head over heels in love with Glan yr Afon, a two-bedroom cottage dating from the 18th century and perfectly located in rural South Ceredigion.

From the moment you arrive at this incredibly pretty limewashed cottage with its thatched roof, you'll feel as though you've stepped refreshingly back in time.  Breathe in pure, clean air, listen to the rustling trees and watch kites soar overhead as you marvel at your good fortune!

Set by a babbling brook (faster-flowing in Winter!) in a secluded valley and with its own private gardens, Glan yr Afon is a wonderful base for you to experience all the natural delights of West Wales, with the Wales Coastal Path, clean beaches and the unpolluted, dolphin-populated sea close by.

You are welcome to bring your well-behaved dog -Llangrannog & Cwmtydu are both dog-friendly beaches,

You can expect plenty of comfort inside your respectfully restored cottage, with original materials used throughout and the roof insulated with toasty sheep's wool. Standout features, including the original quarry tiled floor and solid oak worktops, blend perfectly with your surroundings, while contemporary creature comforts including dimmable lights, dishwasher and cosy beds with memory foam mattresses make for a deliciously relaxing stay.

The double-height living area feels wonderfully luxurious, with its exposed roof beams, inglenook fireplace and oil burning stove.  Snuggle up and chat the evening away on the squishy sofas...and if you get bored, the Smart TV and a thoughtful selection of books and games will help you out!

If you'd rather curl up with a good book, simply take the ladder to the traditional Welsh crog loft, a snug reading area furnished with an armchair, a stacked bookshelf and a soft beanbag sofa.

Two cosy bedrooms await when it's time to turn in. The master overlooks the lush garden, complete with downy king-sized bed and oak shutters, while the kids will enjoy holing up in the snug twin bedroom located in the eaves of the cottage. Meanwhile, the indulgent bathroom is equipped with a roll-top bath, power shower and a heated towel rail.

Outside, a firepit, barbecue and various seating areas make an ideal setting for wildlife watching and stargazing, accompanied by toasted marshmallows and campfire songs! By day, why not take a wander around the expansive and flourishing gardens, watch frogs leaping in the rainwater pond, and just stop for a moment to enjoy being at one with nature?

If you're in the mood for a longer walk, you can reach peaceful ancient woodland right from the door. Follow the stream through the woods and you'll join the Wales Coastal Path, leading you on to the tranquil beach of Cwmtydu (about 45 minutes walk). Can you think of a more wondrous route to travel through on foot?

While you're welcome to enjoy all the benefits of the simple life throughout your entire stay, if you decide to explore the surrounding area there will be plenty of absorbing ways to spend your days.  

With a network of scenic cycle routes all around, whizzing along on two wheels is easy, while if you prefer the car instead there are plenty of local villages to visit.  Llangrannog, with its Blue Flag beaches and wide selection of eateries, is a mere five minute drive away. The vibrant harbour town of Aberaeron is just over 15 minutes away, while further afield are the university town of Aberystwyth and North Pembrokeshire.

With the natural green carpet of peaceful West Wales rolled out so beautifully before you, we're willing to bet that your first stay at Glan yr Afon won't be your last.

Things to note

Travel cot and highchair are available on request. No children under 10 can access the Crog Loft for safety reasons. Dogs are permitted to stay at £30 per dog per stay.

Tried and tested

"We have just arrived home after a fabulous week at your gorgeous cottage. The weather was great and the places you recommended were just great. Thank you so much again, such a special house."
JD

"We had a wonderful stay, it's such a lovely little place"
KS

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The basics

Region: Penbontrhydyfothau, Ceredigion
Cost (from): £90 per night
Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 876

Facilities

Sleeps 4, king size bedroom, twin bedroom, bedding & towels provided, bathroom, roll-top bath tub, shower, well-equipped kitchen/diner, hob, fridge/freezer, kettle, microwave, toaster, panini maker, dishwasher, oven, wood burning stove, table & 6 chairs, living area, smart TV, DVD player, books, maps, games, iron & board, off street parking for 2 cars.

Local activities

Walking, swimming, beaches, rockpooling, seal spotting, dolphin watching, sea kayaking, surfing, body boarding, cycling, castles.

At a glance

  • Respectfully restored two-bedroom 18th century cottage, located by a babbling brook in a tranquil South Ceredigion valley. Ideal for peaceful romantic or family breaks alike.
  • Easily accessible by road, with off-road parking space for two cars. With many scenic cycle routes nearby, bring your bikes too!
  • Note that while children and well-behaved pets are welcome, they will need to be supervised in the garden (deep pond) and by the fast-flowing river. Children under 10 are not permitted in the crog loft due to safety reasons.
  • Linen, fuel and bathroom towels are provided - please bring your own beach towels.
  • Beautifully close to the South Wales Coast, with access to a wide selection of unspoilt beaches. There are many local villages to explore within easy reach, with the delights of Aberystwyth and North Pembrokeshire further afield.
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