Category Archives: Mid Wales

So you think you know Aberystwyth?

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A murmuration of starlings around Aberystwyth Pier

You may know Aberystwyth as a popular seaside resort with a handsome promenade, sweeping pebble beach, cliff railway, colourful shops, cafes and restaurants and a busy marina, or perhaps as a vibrant university town, home to the National Library of Wales. Maybe you are familiar with the award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre with a theatre, cinema, gallery space and comedy club. Continue reading “So you think you know Aberystwyth?” »

Rare pine marten to be relocated to mid Wales

A £1.2 million project to relocate the rare pine marten from areas of the Scottish Highlands to Powys and Ceredigion is underway, in an attempt to save the animal from extinction in Wales.
Close up of a pine marten set to be relocated to mid Wales – Quality Cottages The Vincent Wildlife Trust is currently in the process of selecting suitable sites for release in mid Wales. The pine marten recovery project aims to relocate the first 20 to Wales in the autumn, with a further 20 being introduced in 2016.
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There is so much to do around Hay on Wye

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There is lots to discover around Hay on Wye

Use the lovely old market town of Hay on Wye as your base and tour the surrounding countryside. Continue reading “There is so much to do around Hay on Wye” »

4 great events to enjoy in Wales this June

With June just around the corner, we thought we’d bring you the best of what’s to come over the next few weeks, perfect for those thinking of going on last minute cottage holidays. Wales has something to offer for everyone, from music to sport, and we’ve selected four of the more unusual and quirky events unfolding this June.

Children making sand angels while staying at last minute holiday cottages Wales

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Vibrant Hay on Wye is a year round destination

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Hay on Wye the ‘book capital’ of Wales

We have come to associate Hay on Wye, the ‘book capital of Wales’, with the glittering Hay Festival, a major literary event held annually in May, but there is more to this lovely little market town which is well worth visiting all year round. Continue reading “Vibrant Hay on Wye is a year round destination” »

Mynydd Llanybydder – 50 shades of green!

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50 shades of green!

If you are looking for utter peace and tranquillity in 50 shades of green, maybe we can help. Mynydd Llanybydder in the Welsh heartlands is surrounded by sparsely populated, bucolic, undulating patchworked hills and fields not so neatly threaded with winding country lanes and rambling hedges teeming with birds and other wildlife.

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Red Kites soar over Mynydd Llanybydder

Walk in any direction or enjoy gentle motoring through the rural landscape with Red Kites soaring over head and sheep and ponies for company. Visit tiny villages, charming market towns and convivial country pubs.

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Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Gallery in Lampeter’s Old Town Hall

Lampeter is a small town, home to the oldest university in Wales. Jen Jones’ Welsh Quilt Centre in the Old Town Hall is well worth a visit. It was opened in 2010 by Price Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. “The vibrancy of the quilts and the exquisite workmanship is truly part of Wales’ national heritage”.

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The ancient market town of Llanybydder

The ancient market town of Llanybydder straddles the beautiful River Teifi. The little town swells in numbers on market days. Evans Bros Auctioneers, a local family firm founded in 1895, run the largest horse sales in Wales, a fascinating day out even if you are not buying. Sheep, livestock and antique sales are a specialty too.

Brechfa Forest, part of the ancient Gly Cothi Forest is a stunning natural playground with opportunities for walking, mountain biking, fishing and horse riding. Lose yourselves in the magical 18,000 acre woods.

The National Wool Museum of Wales is housed in the historic former Cambrian Mills in Dre Fach Felindre. Entry is free. The fascinating story of one of the most important and widespread industries in Wales is portrayed through permanent exhibits, temporary exhibitions and special events.

Discover a Welsh hero in Llandovery. On a hill top on the edge of town stands a magnificent statue of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan, who famously helped rebel Owain Glydwr in his efforts to repel English domination. King Henry IV condemned him to a slow and public execution for refusing to betray his leader. Llandovery also has some Roman history. Visit the Roman Fort on Llanfair Hill. The remains of Norman and Medieval Llandovery Castle dominate the skyline a short walk from the town. It stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river. An ideal spot for picnicking.

Llandeilo offers a charming distraction for shopaholics. The pretty hilltop town has an interesting range of independent traders. No chains here! Many creative folks have settled in the area and sell their unique arts and crafts in little boutiques and galleries throughout the town. Take a break in any one of the cafes, inns, bars and restaurants. Heavenly Exquisite Desserts is highly recommended for delicious artisan chocolates, sweets, ice-creams and addictive cakes.

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Explore Mynydd Llanybydder with ponies and sheep for company

Mynydd Llanybydder area is easily accessible for visitors staying in Carmarthenshire holiday cottages, Cardigan Bay holiday cottages and some Mid Wales holiday cottages. A day trip out from any one of them will uncover lots more little gems.

Reopened Cardigan Castle to hold first concert next month

Recently reopened attraction Cardigan Castle, near our West Wales cottages, is to hold its first concert next month, celebrating Welsh music and literature in a traditional style.

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