2 (all year)
The Hop Shack is upcycling at its best. In its former life, the cottage was an ordinary static caravan. Thanks to the owner's artistic eye, love of reusing quality materials, and skilled craftsmanship, it is now a charming cottage with space for up to five people to sleep in two double bedrooms. Couples, friends and small families all love sleeping under the corrugated tin roof, shading themselves on the verandah in summer and warming their toes by the log burner in winter, with access to acres of meadow and woodland in the Carmarthenshire countryside.
The Ceridwen Centre is an amazing venue in the beautiful Teifi Valley. The owners have created a rural escape where guests can retreat from reality and enjoy the sort of space and peace, which can be difficult to come by in this modern world. The centre is a mile from the village of Drefach Felindre which, although tiny, manages to squeeze in a busy village shop, chip shop, play park, a pottery and two welcoming pubs. In addition to The Hop Shack, the venue also has a farm shop which sells crafts, local food, homemade preserves and alcohol; along with a wonderful converted bus, five yurts, an eco pod, and a traditional farmhouse - all available for a self-catering break. When booked together, the Ceridwen Centre can sleep up to 60 people, making it ideal for family reunions, special celebrations, or creative and holistic retreats. Near to the Hop Shack there is a fabulous wooden children's play structure for guests staying on the farm.
You don't have to leave the grounds to enjoy memorable walks. The Teifi Valley is properly Welsh, with many locals being bilingual and beauty spots and landmarks steeped in myth and history. The valley is within the Cambrian Mountains which are north of the Brecon Beacons National Park and south of Snowdonia National Park, and within easy reach of Cardigan Bay and the coast. The Ceridwen Centre has a mountain bike pump track and a regular Saturday morning kids' bike club. Local walks include the castle ruins in Newcastle Emlyn, Coed Foel woods at Llandysul and the little falls at Henllan. Local attractions include the National Wool Museum, the falls at Cenarth, Cilgerran Wildlife Park and many local craft studios.
The Hop Shack can be booked on its own or together with one or more of the other properties at the Ceridwen Centre, which is on a family-run organic farm where everything operates with an eco-friendly ethos to help protect this beautiful landscape for future generations to enjoy.
Simone Broome joined Independent Cottages in July 2018
The Hop Shack has received a new lease of life thanks to the owner's careful attention. Accommodation is all on one level and includes:
Outside: The Hop Shack has a covered verandah with climbing hops, fragrant plants, and a table, chairs and BBQ. There is off-street parking for several cars. Guests have use of the grounds of the Ceridwen Centre including a woodland walk, the wooden play equipment and an outdoor wood-fired hot tub (which is bookable for exclusive use at an extra charge of £65 per day to cover wood/labour on a first come, first served basis).
Additional Information: Sheets, blankets, fuel for the wood burner and bath towels are provided. Guests to supply cot bedding and towels for the beach and hot tub if they are required. One well-behaved dog is welcome (for a small additional fee per booking). Smoking is not allowed indoors. Short breaks are available all year round, depending on availability. The owners host a weekly pizza night and can help guests to arrange beauty treatments and celebratory cakes. Pre-bookable vegetable boxes available in the summer season.
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