Glan yr Afon

  based on 5 reviews
The Basics
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  • Unit 1
  •  Parking

The Lowdown

Glan yr afon is a stylish and comfortable thatched holiday cottage in Ceredigion, within walking distance of the sea. Near to the famously unspoilt beaches of Ceredigion (Llangrannog, Penbryn, Aberporth, Tresaith) and the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast. Near to picture postcard pastel-painted seaside towns of (Aberaeron, New Quay).

Located in a 'hidden' valley, near an unpolluted sea, and bays where dolphins and seals swim. A short walk to the Wales Coastal Path. Next to a babbling brook which flows over a medieval ford, crossed by a weathered stone bridge. Clean air, and skies where red kites and buzzards soar.

A weathered limewashed cottage built of stone, clay and thatch. Restored to offer modern comforts, yet preserving vernacular styles, timeworn beams and stones worn smooth by the passage of time.

A retreat, a place to unwind, to contemplate. A basefor unspoilt beaches, great restaurants, and a historical landscape  - Yet easily accessible by road.

An ideal base for walking, for beach activities, for nature and wildlife lovers or just for re-charging your batteries! Walk from the cottage through the woodland to Cwmtydu National Trust beach (45 mins occasionally steep walk) and join the Ceredigion Coast Path.

Glan yr Afon is 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.  We welcome 1 small - medium sized dog by prior arrangement.

The nitty gritty...

WIFI available

Ground Floor:

Hallway with clothes hanging area

Cupboards containing iron ironing board, high chair and travel cot.

Kitchen /Dining room






Panini maker,



Wooden table with six chair


Living area:

Smart TV and DVD.

Netflix and Now TV included

3 seater sofa and 1.5 seater 'snuggled

Inglenook fireplace with freestanding oil burning stove

Amazon Alexa

Bedroom 1 :

King size bed, luxury 400 thread count bedlinen and memory foam mattress. 

Hanging rail and clothes stand.


Views to river / stream


Roll-top bath and powerful shower.

Toilet and washbasin. 

Heated towel rail.

Storage shelves. 

Bedroom 2 :

Two full size single beds.

Hanging rail 

Chest of drawers

Crog loft :



Bean bag sofa.

Outside :

Firepit, table and chairs, and a BBQ for guests' use. Firewood for the fire pit may be obtained from us (honesty box). 

⅔ acre of gardens, with planted terraces.

Off-street parking area by entrance to house, with space for 2 large cars


Cardigan Castle

Pizza tipi

National Library

Bara Menyn

The Hive Aberaeron

The Ship Inn, Tresaith

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival

The Harbourmaster Hotel


1 Bathroom, 2 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, 1 Toilet, Kitchen /Dining room, Log burner

  • Sleeping
    Bed linen, 1 King bed, 2 Single bed
  • Cooking
    Child's high chair, Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Grill, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Toaster, Fridge /Freezer
  • Heating
    Central heating, Fireplace
  • Entertainment
    DVD-Player, Broadband Internet, TV (Satellite)
  • Sanitary
    Essentials, Shower, Towels supplied, Washbasin
  • Laundry
    Bathroom & Laundry, Iron & Board
  • Miscellaneous
    Carbon Monoxide Detector, Fire Extinguisher, First aid kit, Smoke Detector, Vacuum cleaner, high chair
  • Parking
    Parking Included
  • Outside
    Charcoal grill BBQ, Private Garden, Outdoor seating area
Children welcome, Pets welcome, No Smoking, Open fire/ Wood burner, Bath,Credit cards accepted, Our properties will provide linen and towels
Check in:
4:00 PM
Check out:
10:00 AM

Arrival Instructions:


Post code of the cottage (SA44 6DA) takes you almost to the door.

From North (Aberystwyth, Synod Inn):

On  A487, after passing Synod Inn on right hand side (or after turning  left, if joining A487 from Lampeter/Gorsgoch), stay on the main road,   passing a right turn by a church (marked Caerwedros, Llwyndafydd,  Cwmtydu). Continue on the A487 for approximately 3 miles, following  several sweeping bends, passing a sign on the right for Gellie camp  site. The road will go down into a dip, then will steadily climb before  levelling out. Look out for a cross roads sign. At the cross roads, take  a right turn (caution: blind crest for oncoming traffic), signposted ‘Llwyndafydd’ and ‘Cwmtydu’. 

Keep  following the road along several bends, coming eventually to an  ’avenue’ of trees, after approximately 1.5 miles. Continue to follow the  road for approximately 1 mile, passing Pennar Fach stud farm. After a  further ½ a mile, the road bears right, but you need to take a left turn  (effectively straight on), signposted ‘Blaencelyn’ and ‘Llangrannog’.  Follow the road for another mile, and turn left at a T-junction. Follow  this road around several sharp bends (do not turn off), as the road  starts to descend you will see a sign for Penbontrhydyfothau on the left  hand side. Follow the road down into the valley, and Bwthin Rhyd is the  thatched cottage at the bottom of the valley. The sign outside says  ‘Glanyrafon’. 

The parking area is the tarmaced area to the front  of the house. Please DO NOT park outside the painted sheds, as these  belong to our neighbour.

From South (Cardigan, Carmarthen, M4):

Join  the A487 at Cardigan (if coming from Pembrokeshire/Carmarthen/M4),  heading North in the direction of Aberystwyth. Follow the road for  approximately 10 miles, passing turnings for Aberporth, Tresaith,  Penbryn, and then to Sarnau. You will pass another left turn to Penbryn,  then follow the road until you get to Brynhoffnant (there is an  excellent mini-supermarket at the petrol station on the right, for  essentials). Go past several left turns for Llangrannog. The road will  then go sharply right around a bend, then climb. Follow it for  approximately 3 miles past The Grange farm, and past a left turn to  LLangrannog and Pontgarreg (ski slope/golf). After another couple of  miles, the road descends slightly and you will see a signpost for ‘Plwmp’. Get  ready to turn left. After another ¼ of a mile, there are some houses.  Immediately after the bus shelter on the left, and before the post  office, take a left turn (hidden turning, so be ready!). Follow the road  down to a T-Junction and take a left turn.

Keep following the  road along several bends, coming eventually to an ’avenue’ of trees,  after approximately 1.5 miles. Continue to follow the road for  approximately 1 mile, passing Pennar Fach stud farm. After a further ½ a  mile, the road bears right, but you need to turn left (effectively  straight on), signposted Blaencelyn and Llangrannog.  Follow the road for another mile, and turn left at a T-junction. Follow  this road around several sharp bends (do not turn off), as the road  starts to descend you will see a sign for Penbontrhydyfothau  on the left hand side. Follow the road down into the valley, and Bwthin  Rhyd is the thatched cottage at the bottom of the valley. The sign  outside says ‘Glanyrafon’. 

The parking area is the tarmaced area  to the front of the house. Please DO NOT park outside the painted sheds,  as these belong to our neighbour.

Entrance to the house is via  the wooden gate, and following the passageway around to the porch at the  rear of the house. Key safe is in first alcove in passageway wall (at  bottom of steps to side of house). Two things to note are that the key  safe has a flap covering the numbers, which is bottom hinged (pull from  the top), and the two buttons to open the keysafe door are at the  top left and right of it. Also a torch is a necessity to see the  keysafe if arriving after dark!

The Key safe number is 2312

based on 5 reviews
Glorious weeked

"All the amenities within the building are of such high quality and pleasing to the eye - both useful and of beauty -William Morris would be pleased! There were games to play with inside and such interesting books -always good to see a Leonard Cohen supplied! Thankyou.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 3/2019

Perfect cottage

“Well done on achieving a perfect holiday cottage - Don’t change a thing! We have never returned from a cottage ‘experience’ feeling so relaxed, inspired and rejuvenated... So rare to find a building of humble origin restored, preserved and adapted so well.”

Mature couple  |  stayed in 9/2018

Gorgeous Cottage

“Gorgeous cottage, beautifully restored! We had a lovely week. River playing, lovely walks, we spotted dolphins at New Quay and red kites in the woods too. Perfection...see you next time!”

Family with older children  |  stayed in 8/2018

Amazing Garden

“What a fantastic place to spend a fun family holiday! The garden is a great place to explore, the walk down to Cwmtydu is amazing and the bodyboarding at Llangrannog was so much fun. Oh, and the bed is the comfiest thing ever!”

Family with young children  |  stayed in 7/2018

Fabulous Week

“We have just arrived home after a fabulous week at your gorgeous cottage. The weather was great and the places you recommended were just great. Thank you so much again, such a special house.”

Family with older children  |  stayed in 5/2018

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