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Cardigan Bay

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Luxury Welsh Cottages is a family owned  coastal holiday business  set in the heart of

Cardigan Bay, near Aberystwyth in Mid Wales. 

Our sole aim at Luxury Welsh Cottages is to create a sumptuous, pet friendly 'home away from home' for our guests, with all the luxuries you need to help create memories for life. 

Cardigan Bay is the perfect mix of coast and countryside. 

It is the place where mountains plunge straight into the sea and where you have spectacular panoramic views of Snowdonia, the Llyn Peninsula and Cader Idris from the coast.


Invigorating sea air, space and adventure make Cardigan Bay and Ceredigion

the perfect destination for your next staycation. 

Whether that is getting away from it all, or a fun adventure packed family holiday.


You can take a dolphin spotting boat trip (it has the UK's largest population of bottlenose dolphins in the Bay); walk the coast path; catch a wave in some of the UK's best surf; ride some serious downhill mountain bike paths; enjoy some of the best local cuisine and seafood in Wales;

or simply enjoy some family fun at our Blue Flag beaches.

Or you can head inland for mountain lakes and waterfalls, market towns and romantic wilderness.

Cardigan Bay's beautiful coastline is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) 

and it's easy to see why it is viewed as of one of the UK's most stunning coastlines.


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Llanfarian is a tranquil  village situated less than 3 miles outside of the seaside town of Aberystwyth on the Cardigan Bay coast.  The Ystwyth Cycle Trail can be joined from the doorstep of our cottages by foot or by bike and offers a direct, very scenic route into Aberystwyth along the Ystwyth river into Aberystwyth harbour.

In Aberystwyth town you will find an array of shops, restaurants and cafés, as well as the pier and promenade. To the north end of the sea front the Victorian Cliff Railway takes passengers on the stately journey to the summit of Constitution Hill, where you can see the Camera Obscura, or sit and have a coffee whilst taking in the magnificent views of Cardigan Bay stretched out in front of you.


Being a university town, there’s a very active arts centre and theatre, and the National Library of Wales offers free guided tours, which are well worth booking in advance. 


High on your agenda, is the Vale of Rheidol steam railway which departs from the town and goes through stunning countryside to the world famous Devil’s Bridge and waterfalls. 


However, if its beaches you’re after, then this area has a stunning selection. From rocky coves, to wide sea to sky expanses, offering breath taking sunsets. 


Beyond the northern end of the sweeping bay of Aberystwyth, is the impressive sand dune system of the Ynyslas National Nature Reserve and visitor centre at Borth, which juts out halfway across the mouth of the Dovey Estuary.  Another nature reserve worth visiting, is in Ynys-Hir, the RSPB wildlife haven and the Dyfi Osprey Project (featured on Country File).

The fascinating prehistoric Borth Submerged Forest appears occasionally when rough seas scour the sand away.  You can see the forest at low tide along the beach, where stumps of oak, pine, birch, willow and hazel, which have been preserved by the acid anaerobic conditions in the peat.  Radiocarbon dating suggests these trees died about 1500 BC.

Families can enjoy a day out at the Silver Mountain Experience lead mines, just 15 minutes east of Aberystwyth. Walkers and cyclists will appreciate the myriad of opportunities in this area.  You can join the cycle path in Llanfarian, right by the cottages, which goes to nearby Tanybwlch beach and Aberystwyth town centre in one direction and in the other to the old drovers town of Tregaron, 15 miles away. 


A nearby footpath in the village will lead you to a children’s play area - which is right next to Hafod and a 2 minute stroll from Llety Elan and Corlan. 

Immerse yourself in this rugged, beautiful, region of West Wales and make Llanfarian your base for a lovely holiday full of memories. 

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Aberystwyth North Beach
Rheidol Steam Railway which goes from Aberystwyth to Devils Bridge
Devils Bridge World Famous Falls - great day out for the family
Ynyslas Nature Reserve  which is dog friendly and 15 mins away from the cottages
Surfing & Paddling Boarding Aberystwyth Harbour
Wales Coast Path
Ystwyth trail biking
Mountain Biking Wales
Nant Yr Arian Mountain Biking Skill Cour
Cycling Wales Lake
Silver Mountain Experience
Bottlenose Dophin Spotting
Fantasy Farm - great day out for the family
Llanachaeron - area of beauty and historical interest
Nant Yr Arian Red Kite Feeding
Centre of Alternative Tech - great day out for the family
Corris Mine Explorers - great day out for the family
Kings Arthurs Labyrinth - great day out for the family
Aberystwyth Cliff Railway
Butterfly House Aberystwyth - great day out for the family
Horse Riding
Golf - Aberystwyth
Golf Ynys Las

Aberystwyth Beach  - 2.5 miles    

As an eternal optimist I hope you will be able to spend a lot of your holiday  at the beach - of which there are many along Cardigan Bay.  Aberystwyth town has two sheltered sand and shingle beaches;  North beach  which is a Blue Flag award winning beach and South beach. There is a promenade running and at the north end there is a pier, a castle and at the south end you have the harbour.  No UK coastal holiday is complete without enjoying the quintessential  fish and chips (and locally made ice cream) whilst watching the sunsetting over beautiful Cardigan Bay.

Vale of Rheidol Railway  - 2.5 miles    

Take your family to the stunning valleys of Rheidol at The Vale of Rheidol Railway. 

Running since 1902, this railway has shown generation after generation the beauty of the Rheidol valleys. See parts of the valley only accessible by train, and go on a day out that parents, kids and grandparents will love.

Keep an eye out for Buzzards and Red Kites on your travels, as these birds of prey can regularly be seen soaring past the hills and over the train. This is an 11 ¾ mile journey that will take you from Aberystwyth to the famous Devil’s Bridge Falls. See the sights of the valley with your family and enjoy a relaxing and breath-taking day out with the kids.

Devils Bridge Waterfalls - 11 miles

Catch an old steam train through woodland and rugged mountains and end up at Devils Bridge, where you can take a walk around the world-famous waterfalls, or drive.  It's up to you.  Either way, the journey is worth the effort.  You could also book a table at the Hafod restaurant for a great bite to eat to finish a great day. 


Ynys Las National Nature Reserve / Sand Dunes  - 10 miles          

Ynyslas is 3 gorgeous miles of golden sands and is dog friendly too.  You can experience a rich variety of habitats including sand dunes, seashore, farmland and then saltmarsh with stunning views of the estuary.  YnyslasVisitor Centre is open daily from 9am to 5pm.  

Watersports:  Surfing Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Windsurfing, Kitesurfing  - 2.5 miles    

Aberystwyth has been attracting keen water sports enthusiasts for decades.  Surfers have come to experience the delights of the Harbour Trap on a big swell. There's a mixture of sandy bays and reefs here so something for everyone but the reefs tend to be the best option when the surf is firing.  Kayakers, SUPers, Windsurfers and Kitesurfers are often seen along the coastline from very early in the morning until after the sun has set.  This coastline attracts experts and beginners alike, and you can hire equipment locally and there are plenty of options for lessons if you fancy trying it for the first time.  

Walking / Rambling 

Ceredigion has over 2,500km of paths, bridleways and byways to enjoy.

Stay local on the Ystwyth Trail which goes right from your doorstep into Aberystwyth to the north, or to Tregaron to the south east, or follow longer countryside trails.  There's plenty of choice:  from the shores of Cardigan Bay, to the lofty peaks of Pumlumon in the Cambrian Mountains, and the lakes which are the source of mighty rivers. You can follow long distance trails from sea to source and along ancient mountain routes across Ceredigion's vast inland landscape.

The Cambrian Mountains has a range of walking trails, exploring woods and waterfalls, and the ancient routes of medieval monks, the paths taken by romantic 19th century writers and poets in search of adventure, and the tracks of the hardworking drovers and miners.  Find quiet solitude on some of Ceredigion’s more challenging walks, and view the peaks of Snowdonia and the Beacons of south Wales from a different perspective - from the summit of Pumlumon. 

Ceredigion Coastal Path 

Ceredigion's 60 miles (96km) Coast Path is a very special part of the Wales Coast Path, with probably the most varied landscape and terrain of the  870 mile (1400km) route. As well as great views north towards Snowdonia and south towards Pembrokeshire, the Ceredigion Coast path has a wealth of wildlife, geological and archaeological features and a colourful history to discover along the way.  You can go south from Aberystwth to Llanrhystud (10.6miles) or north from Aberystwyth to Ynyslas (11.7miles).


Mountain Biking, Cycling & Aberystwyth Cycle Festival (  -  (all our cottages have outdoor , bike racks)        

The Ystwyth Trail is a 20 mile (32km) route between  Aberystwyth and Tregaron and goes right passed the doorstep in our cottages.  Off road sections of the trail follow the track of the old Great Western Railway line, and are are suitable for families with young children and you can cycle all the way from the village into Aberystwyth on the pictured trail.  If you head south east from the cottages you can cycle approximately 6 miles on the trail without coming to any highways.  The complete trail is suitable for experienced cyclists. Note that the route crosses public highways at several points.


There's great mountainbiking in Ceredigion's Cambrian Mountains and many of Ceredigion's bridleways are also suitable for mountainbiking.

There is a mountain biking centre at Bwlch Nant yr Arian near Aberystwyth which is great for views as well as technical challenges.  There's a choice of three routes​, each with a different character:  The Summit trail is exactly what the name suggests, superb views and flowing single track rides. The Pendam trail also has fantastic views, combined with some technically challenging sections. The third, Syfydrin,​ trail extends out onto the open hills.



A purpose-built 'pump track' has a number of loops with 'rollers' and 'table tops' - features that riders of all abilities can have have a go at, practice their skills on, or just warm up before taking to the longer trails which start from the same spot near the visitor centre.

Aberystwyth's annual Aberystwyth Cycle Festival​ brings together a spectacular downhill mountain biking competition and an even tougher uphill challenge, as well as the 'Welsh Wild West' sportive with a choice of route lengths, fun races for children and 'town and gown' criterium races.


With some of Britain's top cyclists making an appearance in Ceredigion, festival visitors can watch the on and off-road action and also experience the beautiful and undiscovered lanes of Ceredigion on their own bikes. The popular Welsh Wild West sportive gives you a choice of four different routes to suit your mood and stamina: Cawr (the giant), Mynach (the monk) Diafol (Devil) and Corrach (the dwarf)


The race details will be available on the British Cycling​ website when entries are open.

Silver Mountain Experience - 12 miles

Where history, myth and legend collide in a fantastic day out for the whole family. Embark on an adventure with a choice of guided tours discovering the history of the original Victorian Silver-Lead Mine, or experience Welsh fantasy and myth in one of the theatrical experiences. Set against the dramatic Cambrian Mountains, The Silver Mountain Experience is not your usual day out.


Bottlenose Dolphin Spotting - 3miles Aberystwyth - 20miles New Quay

A wildlife spotting boat trip is a top Ceredigion coast 'must do' as the inshore waters of Cardigan Bay's Special Area of Conservation are home to Europe's largest population of bottlenose dolphins.

A boat trip is a great way to see the Ceredigion coastline from a different perspective and to spot a variety of wildlife, including dolphins, seals, porpoises, turtles and unusual species such as the sunfish.  

New Quay is one of the 'hotspots' for spotting Cardigan bay's bottlenose dolphins, from the shore as well as from a guided boat trip. Both the Wildlife Trust of South West Wales and the Seawatch foundation have a base in New Quay, and scientists often accompany trippers on the boats to survey the population of dolphins and porpoises that are semi resident in Cardigan Bay.  However, every summer I spot them early in the morning when I head in for an early walk.  

There is choice of trips available, with experienced boat skippers and guides who know the best and most appropriate places to spot wildlife, and how to handle the craft for the best view without intruding on the animals and causing a disturbance.​

Tours vary in length from one hour excursions to whole day trips lasting 8 hours. Choose from 1 hour, 1.5 hours, 2 hours, 4 hours and 8+ hour trips. Check the individual boat operators sites for timetables, fares and special trips.

Fantasy Farm - 8 miles

At Fantasy Farm Park there is a heated indoor play area for toddlers, with ride on equipment, inflatable slides, ball pit and the usual bright and colourful soft play frame.  Facilities include a couple of castle themed bouncy castles, double level climbing maze and huge crooked orange slide - ideal for under 7s.

Outside they have a petting zoo where you can get hands on at certain times, a go kart track and for older children there's also a rodeo bull.  There are  also pedal boats in the lake and around the lake is nature trail.

Family restaurant on site with children's menu too so if you don't bring a picnic (or you crave a hot coffee!) then you're still sorted.

Llanerchaeron - 15 miles      

Llanerchaeron is a remarkable Georgian villa, which is fully self-sufficient and has not been changed in over 200 years. You can find out what life in the 1790s was like - explore the rooms of Llanerchaeron and learn fascinating stories about the ladies of the house over the years. You won’t see many areas that are roped off, so you’ll be free to look around.

There’s much more to see outside the villa too. Set in the beautiful Aeron valley, Llanerchaeron is surrounded by lush parklands as far as the eye can see. Take the chance to unwind with a quiet walk in the walled gardens, sit by the stunning ornamental lake and find a nice spot in the shade for a family picnic.  

Remember we told you the villa is self-sufficient? That’s because Llanerchaeron has its very own Home Farm complex. Since it’s a working farm, plenty of animals live there - from large Welsh Black cattle, Llanwenog sheep, and rare Welsh pigs, to the usual chickens, geese and doves.

Bwlch Nant Yr Arian Forest - Red Kite Feeding & Visitor Centre - 11 miles      

Walking trails, bridleways, mountain biking trails (as above) , picnic areas, children’s play area, disabled trails, breath-taking views, gift shop, café and Red Kite feeding. 

Centre For Alternative Technology

Surrounded by 7 acres of beautiful woodlands, Centre for Alternative Technology or Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen in Machynlleth, is an educational charity which inspires thousands of families each year to get involved and make a positive impact on environmental change. Offering hands-on displays, adventure play and woodland trails buzzing with wildlife, the Centre for Alternative Technology is a great day out for your whole family.

Kids can learn about renewable energy, recycling and organic growing through a range of interactive displays. You’ll discover something new and exciting every time you visit, as tours, short courses and family-friendly events take place at the Centre all through the year. You can even ride the great cliff railway (Easter to October)!

For nature lovers, the Centre for Alternative Technology offers a woodland Quarry Trail to explore, a woodlands activity area and a Bee Hut where you can learn all about bees. Time to learn about looking after our planet!​


Corris Mine Explorers - 25 miles

Delve around the secret underground world of a Welsh slate mine, with one of Wales' top Mine Explorers; abandoned and forgotten yet full of relics, stories & adventure.

The trips take you into parts of the mine, hand-dug and worked by Victorian miners in 1836 and areas worked up until the 1970s when the mine was abandoned. As the door shut for the very last time a virtual time capsule was left behind which you can now explore.

There are 3 trips available, a 1 hour Mini Mine Explorer which is great for younger explorers (8+), a 2 hour Maxi Mine Explorer (10+) which takes you deeper into the old slate mine workings using ropes, ladders and your hands and knees. There is also an Exclusive Mine Expedition (13+) which is likened to an off-piste adventure taking you into newly discovered areas of the mine. This exclusive expedition is for groups of 6+ only.

King Arthurs Labyrinth 

King Arthur’s Labyrinth is a magical underground experience led by costumed characters, installations and legends of yore.  Travel deep under the mountain where you’ll be greeted by a mysterious boatman; he'll sail you on your quest through a waterfall and way back to the Dark Ages. As you leave the boat you'll be guided through immense caverns and tunnels where ancient Welsh tales are told and brought to life with dramatic scenes, light and sound effects.

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway & Constitution Hill   - 3 miles

Aberystwyth’s funicular railway up Constitution Hill with great views of Cardigan Bay.  Café and Camera Obscura at the top.  You can walk up and down Consti (as it’s affectionately known by locals) if you wish – 20 mins each way.


Aberystwyth Castle   

Large children’s play area, picnic area, explore the ruins, putting green and crazy golf.


National Library of Wales   

Houses nearly every book ever published; hosts travelling exhibitions; and unrivalled for its collections of art and manuscripts in Welsh history and cultural information.


Magic of Life Butterfly House   

Run by biologists, you can walk amongst 100’s of butterflies and have guided tours.

Horse Riding / Pony Trekking - 6 miles      

Ceredigion is home to the best riding horses in the world - the Welsh Pony and Cob.

You can enjoy the land they  thrive on as you ride out on Ceredigion’s quiet country lanes and  bridleways, along wooded river valley trails and follow ancient mountain tracks used over the centuries by shepherds and drovers.

Rheidol Trekking Centre are a family run, British Horse Society Approved Riding, Training and Examination Centre. The Centre is enclosed by the River Rheidol on one side and by the Vale of Rheidol Railway on the other; a charming narrow gauge steam train runs along the valley taking tourists up to the famous Victorian Devil's Bridge Falls, too! A great way to extend your day's outdoorsy adventure!

Golfing - 3 miles      

Ceredigion's golf courses are set in wonderful scenery, from hilltops to sand dunes and there are three 18 hole golf courses within a 20 minute drive from the cottages:

Ceredigion's 18 hole golf courses are set along the coast, but not all are links courses.

Aberystwyth Golf Course, set in a valley on the edge of town has several panoramic views across Cardigan Bay. If the views aren't distracting enough, then the prevailing wind will challenge you on the 13th hole! Aberystwyth was one of the courses designed by the legendary six times Open Champion, Harry Vardon. 

The Borth and Ynyslas Golf Club has a strong claim for being the oldest course in Wales, established 1885.  The links course is a Golf Union of Wales Championship course, redesigned in 1945 by Harry S Colt, who also designed Sunningdale and there of the courses used for the British Open Championships -  Muirfield, Royal Liverpool, Hoylake and Royal Portrush.  It provides a great test of golf all year round, and holds several open competitions. 

Penrhos Golf and Country Club at Llanrhystud, south of Aberystwyth is a championship length course with greens set across the the slopes of a pretty, wooded valley, offering superb views across the bay. The 18 hole  'risk and reward' design was developed in the early 1990's.  As well as a driving range, there is a second, 9 hole course which is perfect for learning how to play, practice or develop skills with the clubs resident pro. 

Fishing - 0.1 mile - 3 miles

Ceredigion’s waters provide challenging sport for anglers, whether it be game fishing on our rivers and lakes, or on the coast. ​​The rivers Teifi, Aeron, Rheidol and Ystwyth are renowned for their trout, salmon and sewin (sea trout) stocks.  The river Ystwyth runs within 300 metres of the cottages and can be accessed through some woods, or on the main road.    Along the coast you can also join Ceredigion's experienced sea anglers on guided fishing excursions.


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"Thank you for another fantastic holiday.  We love Hafod and will be back later in the year for a long weekend.  John was amazing and nothing is too much trouble."  Sian T

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