Welcome to Glan yr afon (literally 'river bank') - One of the best surviving, and prettiest, traditional West Wales thatched cottages. Located in the South of Ceredigion, (but within easy reach of North Pembrokeshire), and a short distance from the sea, the property is within a short walk or drive from some of the cleanest, most unspoilt beaches in the UK. Surrounded by 2/3rds of an acre of private gardens some terraced and planted, and its own section of river, it's truly a place to escape from the stresses of life!
Built over many years out of stone, clom (cob) and thatch, it was originally two separate buildings, dating from the 18th century or earlier (see history). However, comfort-wise it has been brought right up to date, whilst respecting the integrity of the building and the traditional techniques used!
Benefiting from two bedrooms, the cottage sleeps up to 4 people (1 king sized bed, and two full size single beds) in comfort, making it equally suitable for a romantic weekend away or a family beach holiday. There is full, 'smart' central heating throughout the property, with the exception of the upstairs bedroom which is heated by an IR panel.
Please Note: The cottage is next to a sometimes fast-flowing river, reached by a (often) muddy river bank, and the garden is not completely contained. Therefore, if you would like to bring your dog along, please contact us to discuss.
The Cottage & Facilities
Off-street parking area by entrance to house, with space for 2 large cars
Kitchen /Dining room
Well-equipped and spacious Kitchen/Diner with a hob, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, microwave, panini maker, dishwasher and oven. Original quarry tiled floor. Solid oak worktops, belfast sink and bespoke fitted kitchen units. There is a wooden table with six chairs. Wood burning stove.
A closed staircase leads from the kitchen to a twin bedroom in the eaves of the cottage, with two full size single beds. Luxury 400 thread count bedlinen, and memory foam mattresses. Hanging rail and chest of drawers. Views over the garden towards the bridge. Perfect for adults or children
Double height living area with exposed roof beams and purlins, and original quarry tiles. Large traditional Welsh wattle and daub large fire hood over inglenook fireplace with freestanding oil burning stove. Oak shutters to original window overlooking garden. Large 3 seater sofa and 1.5 seater 'snuggler'. Smart TV and DVD. A selection of books, maps and games are also provided. Ladder to...
Traditional Welsh crog loft reading area, accessed by wooden step ladder, and furnished with armchair, bookshelf and bean bag sofa. NB: Due to the means of access, and height above ground, parents/guardians assume all responsibilty for their children. No children under 10 years old to have access to crog loft.
Traditional 'in and out' panelled cosy Master bedroom with king size bed, luxury 400 thread count hotel bedlinen and memory foam mattress. Oak shutters to recessed window. Hanging rail and clothes stand, hairdryer. Overlooks garden with views towards bridge and river.
Spacious panelled bathroom with roll-top bath and powerful shower (enclosure over), loo and washbasin. Heated towel rail, and storage shelves.
Clothes hanging area, cupboards containing iron, ironing board, high chair and travel cot.
All bedlinen, towels and bathroom mats are provided. Beach towels are not provided.
Garden & Surroundings
The cottage is situated in a peaceful steeply-sided valley, yet being west-facing is surprisingly sunny all year round.
There are approximately ⅔ acre of gardens, with planted terraces (on the site of the ancient defensive mound and 17th century brew house) leading up the right hand side towards a shaded terrace, and trees.
Trees on the left line the bank of the River Fothau, and a slope leads down to the river (from where a small waterfall may sometimes be seen upstream) to the underneath of the old bridge, and the remains of the pre-medieval ford stones (visible at low river levels).
Nearby, our small pond (where frogs spawn each year) is fed by rainwater from the hills behind, and in turn drains into the river.
There is a firepit, table and chairs, and a BBQ for guests' use. Firewood for the fire pit may be obtained from us (honesty box).
Looking directly West from the garden, a wild and open valley landscape, bordering the river, leads the eye towards ancient woodland.
Walks directly from the house lead into this ancient woodland, and thence, (passing below the remains of an ancient fort), they join the Wales Coastal Path, or continue over a ridge to the sea (the beach of Cwmtydu).
Around the front of the house, ancient cobbles and work stones attribute to the house's working past, while a grass bank leads to a chestnut paled hedge and gate.
NEW: In late 2017, we worked with Stuart from the amazing Cae Hir Gardens (well worth a visit 'in season') to re-plant certain areas of the garden, and these are expected to grow and flourish over the next couple of years.