Ty Cwch (that's Welsh for ‘boat house') is a seriously innovative, eco-friendly glamping-style holiday home for up to twelve guests, and, indeed, has even been awarded a Tourism Innovation Award by Mid Wales Tourism and Cardiff Project of the Year Highly Commended by Specifi.
Enticingly secluded in a valley facing Cardigan Bay the small-and-peaceful Cwymtdu Beach is an idyllic ‘get away from it all' coastal retreat for relaxation lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, and thrill-seekers alike.
Cleverly created by a local architect who specialises in sustainable design, the two-storey haven has been constructed from a perfectly stacked set of Larch clad shipping containers, and adorned with sail-like canvas canopies. Together with its huge, gleaming porthole windows, your first impression of Ty Cwch is sure to be ship-shape!
Inside awaits a glorious collection of heated and insulated pods, all furnished with upcycled materials, and cheerily accented with vibrant pops of colour throughout.
Discover the communal Cooking, Sitting, and Cleaning pods on the ground floor, home to a well-equipped kitchen and dining area, a comfy sofa space, and essential washing and drying facilities for cleaning your clothes after long days of activity. There are even two outdoor showers - perfect for that evening freshen-up - and a deck and garden for sunset-watching over drinks.
You'll find three sleeping pods upstairs, each housing four cosy bunks - so you can re-enact that fun ‘sleepover with friends' feeling from childhood! There are two more shower rooms on this level, which means there'll be no awkward queues for the bathroom each morning.
All that's left to do now is plan out your days. If you're staying in, there's plenty of at-home entertainment to be found, in the form of music, videos, games and toys (not to mention WiFi and internet access).
Yet with so much adventure waiting on the doorstep, you may choose to spend as much time as you can in the Great Outdoors!
You could start by walking or cycling the Welsh Coast Path, leading you right from the house, through woodland and across wide open countryside (hop on the Cardi Bach bus to extend the route all the way out to Cardigan or New Quay).
Meanwhile, you can indulge in all manner of thrilling water sports close by, from kayaking and sailing, to surfing and diving - and you can even store your own boating equipment at the house if needed. Fine Mid Wales surfing beaches are accessible, such as Borth, Abertystwyth and Llangrannog, as well as Whitesands near St Davids, in Pembrokeshire.
There's a network of qualified instructors on hand if you prefer guided activities, ranging from seal and dolphin watching for wildlife lovers, and coasteering, abseiling, and gorge walking for the adrenaline junkies.
Yet if you find the idea of all that activity just a little too much...how about a visit to Wales' newest distillery near Llandysul instead, for a restorative seaweed gin?
Children of all ages are welcome. Two well-behaved dogs are permitted for exclusive group bookings. Minimum weekend stay 2 nights, midweek 4 nights and week stays 7 nights. Deposit required to secure booking. Check in from 4pm, check out by 10am. You can design your own adventure holiday or join scheduled courses - ask for details.
Tried and tested
"Thank you so much for looking after us at Ty Cwch -it was a wonderful visit and we'll definitely be back."
"What a spot! Meters away from a stunning beach (bodyboarding with seals, swimming under the stars...), this place is seriously cool and kitted out with everything you need, including a hammock. Perfect for a few days away from the real world."
"This is a truly magical find, can't recommend it highly enough and still counting our lucky stars we managed to book a few nights at short notice. Perfectly positioned for a 30 second stroll to the Cwmtydu beach and it's resident seals, or for the coast path to New Quay or south towards a brilliant beach (and breakfast) at Llangollen, it's also perfectly placed to just loll about in the hammock or cook up a storm in the seriously well equipped kitchen. We could not have found a better space to suit our needs nor a more idyllic location, I'm just loath to tell anyone else how brilliant the place is, we'll never get in again!"
Region: Aberporth, Ceredigion
Cost (from): £360 per night (entire place)
Sleeps: 12 (or 4 per cabin)
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 1123
FacilitiesArchitect-designed, glamping-style ‘boat house' accommodation sleeping up to 12 guests in three first floor sleeping pods. Four bunk beds per pod, bedding supplied (bring duvet covers and pillowcases). Heating throughout. 2 first-floor shower rooms/WCs. Ground floor communal spaces: lounge with large sofa and games, toys, videos and music provided, dining area and full kitchen facilities. Washing machine and dryer. WCs and two external showers. Deck with infra-red patio heater, garden with firepit.
Guided adventures, fishing, kayaking, dingy sailing, wind surfing, climbing, cycling, diving, wildlife-watching, beaches, walking, cycling, market towns, historic landmarks, National Trust properties, local produce.
At a glance
- Glamping-style accommodation for up to 12 guests, in an architect-designed, two-storey ‘boat house'. Located on Cwymtdu Beach, next to the Welsh Coast Path in Cardigan Bay.
- There are three sleeping pods, each equipped with four bunks. Communal kitchen, dining, lounge and cleaning spaces are located on the lower level.
pods can be booked separately, or as part of a large group or family
break. Please bring duvet covers and
pillow cases for the beds. Please note booking by the cabin means you may be sharing Ty Cwch with other people.
- There is an outdoor deck area, and a garden with firepit.
- Activities include a range of water sports (qualified instructors are available), dolphin and seal watching, and exploring the delights of Cardigan Bay and New Quay.