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A superb retreat for nature lovers, artists, walkers, cyclists + bird watchers.

Bedrooms 2
Space 215 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 5 in two bedrooms with mountain views and a large secure garden

Set in a stunning location in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains, Ty Cariad is a beautifully renovated traditional cottage with astounding views from three aspects. Surrounded by forests and nature reserves, historic attractions and only 12 miles from Aberystwyth. The village is on one of the most impressive cycling routes in the country. The interior is beautifully decorated and the furnishings opulent and comfortable, the garden is large and secure and there is ample parking space for up to three vehicles. You can watch the red kites flying over the valley below from the comfort of the living room, which has a log burner, leather seating and a work table by the window. There is free wifi and and internet connected HD TV. The kitchen is well-designed and well resourced with dishwasher, steam oven, washing machine and microwave etc. We have taken great effort to ensure you have a superbly comfortable and peaceful holiday. We welcome dogs and they love the riverside walks and forest trails. We are on the doorstep of the historic Hafod Estate with it's wonderful walks, and waterfalls. Devil's Bridge is three miles north. To the west there is the amazing Cardigan coastline and to the east the Elan valley reservoirs. Take time to recuperate in a space that is free of traffic noise and in beautiful surroundings; the variety of birdsong will enchant you!

Julie Shackson
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 25, 2018

About Julie Shackson

I am an artist who works as a social worker in Cardiff. I always wanted a retreat to inspire and make art. We have also been welcoming guests since I renovated the cottage and I've had a great time adding amenities and upgrading the facilities since we opened in 2009. This particular part of Wales is a hidden gem and the spectacularly verdant views change constantly with the weather and the season. There is much to enjoy here at all times of the year.

Julie Shackson purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Julie Shackson chose Tregaron

Ty Cariad is set in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains on the doorstep of an historic estate. It is rural and peaceful, and yet everything you'll need is nearby, or a bit further afield in Aberystwyth. The history of the place is fascinating and I fell in love with the cottage and the surrounding area when I first visited.

What makes this cottage unique

The views, the views, the walking in the green green hills. The river and the gardens.


Tregaron Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 215 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The shower is run from the high capacity boiler that provides lashings of hot water at an excellent rate of flow.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Four poster bed
  • Master bedroom has a four poster bed and triple aspect views over the surround hillside.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming


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A superb retreat for nature lovers, artists, walkers, cyclists + bird watchers.
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Lovely cottage, great for relaxing, lots nearby.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Ty Cariad. The cottage itself is up a quiet (and steep!) backroad in Pont-Rhyd-Y-Groes, with offroad parking nearby. The Miner's Arms pub in the village serves a decent Sunday lunch -- we didn't need to book, but probably best to check in advance.

Tesco deliver to the cottage, so there's no need to do a "big shop" and take it with you by car. The fridge is a good size, so it's possible to stock up. The cooker has a big gas hob which was suitable for everything we wanted to eat. There's also a small but very efficient dishwasher, and a washer/dryer. The internet connection is excellent, and the instructions to go with the Sky TV are clear and simple (this is from someone who has never used Sky TV before).

The garden of the cottage is lovely -- there's no need to travel to see red kites, as we had two or three overhead throughout the day, particularly in the late afternoon between 4 and 6pm. Fans of frogs will find one in the rockery near the outside seating. I also saw a slow worm (a type of lizard) for the first time in my life. We were lucky with the weather (one rainy day and one foggy day out of a ten-day stay), but there's enough to do in the cottage and the immediate surrounding area if you aren't as fortunate.

There's lots to see and do nearby. We went on the steam railway from Devil's Bridge to Aberystwyth, which is recommended, as is a visit to the nature reserve at Cors Caron on the road to Tregaron. Aberystwyth isn't a great place to park, so be prepared to search for a parking space. The scenic drive along the A4120 (just drive towards Devil's Bridge and turn left instead of right) is well worth it.

Tregaron itself is worth a visit -- just keep going on the B4343. There's a Spar shop for bits & pieces and also a kite centre where you can learn about the red kites and also a bit about the village and surrounding area, as well as a large shop and gallery selling local arts and crafts. Incidentally, there's also a bottle bank for recycling on the B4343 as you head towards Tregaron.

So all in all, we had a lovely stay, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ty Cariad to anyone who wants a relaxing break in a beautiful part of Wales.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ah, thank you Nigel for our first review on HomeAway! We are delighted that you found Ty Cariad to be all that you needed for your holiday and that you found our handbook useful. I hope you have returned relaxed and rejuvenated; you are welcome to return any time and we always give a discount for returning guests. Many thanks again for your wonderful review! Julie
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There is a well-stocked grocers and welcoming cafe in the village, a pub and a garage. ATMs and medical services are a 12mile drive away in Aberystwyth, which also has a wide range of tourist attractions. There is a butterfly house, an historic silver mine with tours, many historic buildings are open to the public. There is a museum and art centre, hill forts and nature reserves in the area. There is an RSPB bird watching centre with a board walk across a large lake and boggy area in Cors Caron.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $34.62

Our lovely caretaker can only visit on a Saturday so we are obliged to have 7 day bookings only. If you wish to stay just a day or two short of a full week, please message me for an invoice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.