The Ceridwen Centre
If you like the sound of unique accommodation on an eco-friendly, organic farm, plus the chance to try more activities than you can shake a stick at, you'll love the Ceridwen Centre!
Nestled in stunning Carmarthenshire, the Ceridwen Centre at Penybanc Farm offers the opportunity to stay in anything from a double-decker bus to an eco-pod. And with the Old Dairy function room on site, too - a flexible barn space available for hire - it's also the perfect choice for weddings, retreats, and special celebrations.
With no fewer than eight accommodation choices at the Ceridwen Centre, there's certainly something to suit all tastes and group sizes - and more than a couple of surprises along the way!
Ceridwen (sleeps 19)
Ceridwen is a huge, warm, comfortable stone-and-slate house, frequently described as Tardis-like by visitors (!), found on the site of the old smithy and stables. With eight bedrooms, Ceridwen offers the opportunity for large multi-generation groups, or families holidaying together, to be together and to do their own thing. It's also rated 4-star by Visit Wales, so you can be sure of a most comfortable stay!
The Double Decker Bus (sleeps up to 6)
Climb aboard the 1964 Leyland Titan Double Decker Bus for a holiday with a difference! Beautifully restored on the outside, and creatively converted inside, this cream-and-blue gem offers a stay to remember. A fully fitted kitchen and dining area are found on the lower deck, while a double sofa bed makes for a cosy night's sleep behind the driver's cabin (made all the toastier by the central heating!). Upstairs, two separate double bedrooms await, each with their own toilet and separate access - one via the original stairs, and the other via a foldaway ladder! And outside, you can soak up the gorgeous valley views from your perfect, private decking area.
The Hop Shack (sleeps 4 to 5)
From the outside, you might not realise the Hop Shack was once a static caravan! Now clad in local timber and topped with a recycled, corrugated tin roof, the upcycled caravan blends original features and some new additions. Vintage lovers will adore the original green kitchen and printed wallpaper in the cosy living area, which is kept warm by the wood-burning stove. The caravan has been extended with two comfortable bedrooms, warmed beautifully by electric heaters. A double bed can be found in each bedroom, as well as an extra single in one of the rooms. One bedroom has en-suite facilities, while a second shower and toilet is found next to the kitchen. And everyone will love the charming veranda, complete with hops in pots and lovely views of the organic veggie garden!
Caban Bach - the Eco-Pod (sleeps 2)
Hand built with recycled materials, Caban Bach is a glamper's paradise! This arched, wooden cabin incorporates your living, sleeping and cooking space all under one roof, as well as a BBQ and dining furniture outside. An oven with hob, sink and fridge makes for simple self-catering, and as you curl up in the double bed, the outstanding insulation will keep you warm all night long. Caban Bach also has electric lighting and an electric heater for chillier days - so you won't miss your creature comforts!
The Yurts (Four 16ft yurts; one 18ft yurt; each sleeps 2 adults and 1-2 small children)
If you're visiting the Ceridwen Centre between April and October, why not try out one of their Middle Eastern-inspired yurts? Perfect for couples or a small family, you'll find four 16ft yurts in an old orchard garden overlooking the valley, surrounded by wild flowers, and a larger 18ft yurt at the top of the tipi meadow field. Each one is made from bentwood, furnished with traditional rugs and eclectic furniture, and finished with hardwood floors and a wooden front door. Sleep comfortably in a proper bed (no campbeds here!), and stay warm thanks to the log burners. Outside, each 16ft yurt has its own decking area with outdoor seating, as well as shared use of cooking facilities in the summer house, while the 18ft yurt comes with its own outside camp kitchen and private compost loo.
Penybanc Farmhouse B&B (sleeps 5) and Byre B&B (sleeps 4
As well as this amazing mix of self-catering accommodation, you'll also find two wonderful B&B options at the Ceridwen Centre. So if you like the sound of a scrumptious vegetarian breakfast cooked for you each morning, then a night at the Penybanc Farmhouse B&B or Byre B&B is for you!
The owners of the Ceridwen Centre put the environment at the heart of everything they do, so you can be sure your holiday won't be at the expense of the earth! As well as traditional showers in the Old Dairy, guests to the Double Decker Bus, Caban Bach, and Yurts have use of eco-loos and showers in a converted shepherd's hut. An onsite borehole supplies and purifies all water, and energy is provided through renewable sources. With a concerted effort to reduce, reuse and recycle, every opportunity has been taken to ‘go green' at the Ceridwen Centre. And if you join in too, you could even be rewarded for your efforts!
As well as a stunning location and fantastic accommodation to enjoy, there's no end of ways to fill your days at the Ceridwen Centre. Explore Penybanc on a farm walk; only 15-20 minutes long, it's perfect for children (and even the dog can come too!). Capture some of the beautiful views under the guidance of the onsite art teacher by prior arrangement, or take time to relax with a pre-booked beauty and holistic therapy treatment. And speaking of relaxation, make sure you book a night in the onsite Eco Hot Tub! Seating six, it's available to all guests to the farm on an exclusive evening-by-evening hire basis.
Cyclists will love the onsite bike skills area and pump track run by West Wales Trails, which also offers bike guiding to guests on request, as well as bike maintenance - very handy! In the summer, enjoy a game of table tennis or pool in an open barn, and enjoy delicious wood-fired pizzas from the onsite pizza wagon! These can also be arranged in advance for groups of 25 and above. A licensed bar and off-licence can also be opened for specific events.
The Teifi Valley area is fantastic for walking, fishing, birdwatching, and beachcombing. Bring your sketchpad or your camera to capture some of the beautiful views, or explore the range of arts and crafts produced in the area.
With so much on offer at the Ceridwen Centre, it's difficult to do this fantastic place justice in just a few words. You simply need to experience it for yourself...Things to note
Please check the Ceridwen Centre website for prices at individual accommodation options. Pets are permitted in certain accommodation types. Travel cots and highchairs available, bedding and towels provided in all room types. Glamping stays are minimum 2 nights. Some accommodation options are disability accessible - if you require further information please check directly with the Ceridwen Centre.
Tried and tested
"I highly recommend a stay in
Ceridwen. I hired the house for my 30th birthday weekend with family and
friends. It is a well maintained, well equipped and spacious building. At the
same time it has a rustic, traditional charm. The beds and showers are
comfortable; the kitchen is a pleasure to cook in and the living spaces are
cosy. We went for some lovely long walks and really enjoyed exploring the
beautiful surrounding hills. The service of the team was excellent. We had such
a wonderful time that I hope to be returning before too long."
"Lovely peaceful place, we stayed in
the hopshack which was was immaculate with everything that's needed
thoughtfully left out by the owners even down to homemade brownies for our sons
birthday. Highly recommended."
Region: Llandysul, Carmarthenshire
Cost (from): £48 per night (Farmhouse Rooms)
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 236
The accommodation options vary and sleep between 2-19 people, check the website for detailed information on the different options available. Onsite facilities include a shop, bar, outdoor BBQs, wood-fired hot tub, fire pit, summer house, bathroom facilities, parking, onsite dining & pizza wagon, bike track (BMXes and mountain bikes).
Onsite: Art/craft workshops, farm, mountain biking, walking tours, yoga.
External: Golf, fishing, wool museum, railway, museums, beaches, coastal walks, botanical gardens, wildlife centre, nature reserve, castle, dolphin watching, boating, surfing, horse riding, coasterring, kayaking, birdwatching, rafting.
At a glance
- Eco-friendly holiday retreat on organic farm in West Wales, bursting with a fantastic range of unique accommodation
- Ceridwen (sleeps 19)
- Double Decker Bus (sleeps 6)
- Eco-Pod (sleeps 2)
- The Hop Shack (sleeps 4-5)
- Yurts (four 16ft and one 18ft available; each sleeps 2 + 2)
- Farmhouse B&B (sleeps 5)
- Byre B&B (sleeps 4)
- Outstanding green credentials for a holiday with minimal environmental impact
- Old Dairy function room also available for hire - perfect for meetings, workshops, presentations and small parties
- Local activities include walking, fishing, mountain-biking, canoeing, birdwatching and star-gazing - owners can advise where necessary
- 1 mile from local village, Drefach-Felindre (with 2 pubs, fish‘n'chip shop, village shop and nationally acclaimed National Wool Museum)
- 5 miles from market town of Newcastle Emlyn
- Ideally placed for exploring Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion coast and countryside
- Just over 1 mile from A484 Carmarthen to Cardigan road