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  • Smolts Brook

  • Aberystwyth
  • Ref: 1368
  • 5
  • 3
  • 1
  • 2
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Smolts Brook

  • 5
  • 3
  • 1
  • 2
  • Ref: 1368
Property Highlights:

  • Tranquil detached cottage near Cardigan Bay and vibrant Aberystwyth
  • Welcomes 2 dogs, ideal for dog walking and owner provides blankets and dog bowls
  • Enclosed garden when the gates are closed
  • Large Hot tub in secluded position
  • 2.5 miles from Aberystwyth with independent shops & cafes
  • Arts centre gallery, cinema, theatre and cafe 1 mile away

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Guest Book Comments

The three of us have had a wonderful week, I don’t know where to start……..the cottage is unique with amazing décor and furnishings and so cosy! All the little extras provided made a holiday with that special personal touch. Tanya, you are a very thoughtful lady. We have filled our week with wonderful days out……stream train up the Rheidol Valley to Devil’s Bridge is a must. National Trust estate Llanerchaeron – a lovely day out (free for members). Walking through Hafod Estate with its stunning scenery and a visit to Bwlch Nant yr Arian visitor centre to see hundreds of wild Kites being called to be fed! Spectacular sight! Quiet walks along the proms at Borth, Aberdovey and Aberystwyth, and everywhere we went Rocky was welcome. This is such a dog friendly area, even cafes and restaurants welcomed him inside. We hope to return sometime soon. Thank you.

The Ledwards & Rocky - 2018-10-06
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

We couldn't have chosen a lovelier place for our anniversary weekend, celebrating 35 years since our first date when we were both students in Aber! The cottage is comfortable, cosy and beautifully furnished. Tanya has been a great host and has thought of everything, with little extras to make our stay really special. We've enjoyed visiting our old haunts, the seafront, cliff railway and pier. We had an excellent anniversary meal at Pysgodi by the harbour and a superb lunch at Medina. We took a trip on the steam train up the Vale of Rheidol on a sunny autumn Sunday, it was spectacular. The cats have been in heaven lounging in front of the fire, thank you so much Tanya, they loved the cottage too. We hope it won't be 35 years before we return!

Janette &Colin and 2 black cats, Bella & Meg - 2017-11-08
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

Thank you so much Tanya, we would highly recommend this beautiful cottage and helpful host.

Davies - 2017-10-20
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

We have just had a lovely 5 days here, very quiet location, just what we needed. Not too far from the beaches and really lovely cottage with everything you could need. Great welcome basket, very much appreciated. Throws, towels, dog bowls and bathrobes and slippers for humans. Hot tub was really lovely, nice and hot and big too. Garden safe even for our loony dog, we had a hedgehog visiting. Will definitely recommend and thank you for having us. 1st - 5th April

Mia, James & Fluffy - 2019-04-04
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

Thank you Tanya for letting us stay in your home. My first word when I walked through the door was "WOW", I love this house! It's comfortable, has all the essentials that you need, the welcome pack and toiletries were most welcome, thank you. Hot tub used every day, peaceful and relaxing. Lots to see in the area, train up to Devils Bridge lovely at this time of year, so colourful. Went to Borth keeping to the road straight to the end is a nature reserve (sand dunes), stunning. Spent some time in Aberaeron, beautiful.

The Esteves - Mon 16.10.2017
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

A fantastic holiday cottage in a lovely location that was well equipped. Our toddler twins loved the secluded garden, and we loved the fact that it was safe and secure. Hot tub is a brilliant add on in such a secluded location. Everything that a family of four could need for a relaxing holiday. With an owner, Tanya, happy to make us welcome and to accommodate our needs we can't thank you enough. I would highly recommend this cottage to anybody . Will come again!

Rich, Rach, Abby & Izzy, Stafford - 21 May 2016
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

Smolts Brook or the more traditionally named Nantygleisiaid, which is the name at the entrance and unpronounceable to the average English tongue, is a little hidden gem tucked away neatly but accessibly into the Welsh countryside, completely private from the sight and sound of the surrounding world, with its own garden in which resides a new and well maintained hot tub'. Open only to the sound of birdsong and the occasional narrow gauge train of the nearby Vale of Rheidol Railway, with its melodious clatter and haunting steam whistle, beckoning the listener to an earlier age. As, indeed, does the rest of the cottage, which has been thoughtfully and ingeniously decorated by the owner with an eclectic mix of old, new, industrial, ethnic (Welsh), homemade and recycled! We particularly liked the fact that we were contacted by the owner (Tanya), who lives nearby, before and during our stay and who was very attentive to our needs, made us feel very welcome and who obviously wanted us to enjoy what had, until recently, been her home. We found that the cottage grew on us over time and we were really sorry to leave when our time came like saying goodbye to an old friend! Would we come again YES. What more can be said.

Malcolm & Sandra - 16 July 2016
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

We have had such a relaxing week. What an amazing place this is! A beautiful house with so many amazing touches and, of course, the hot tub. We've used it every day come rain or shine - a real luxury and such a treat to come home to. What we've seen of the area we've loved, but have to admit that this house is so great we've not worried too much about travelling far! Thanks Tanya, so lovely to be a guest of someone who truly understands hospitality.

Dave and Emma Wyer - Sat 28.10.2017
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

Fantastic week in this beautiful house. Hot tub obviously the highlight at the end of the day. Lovely trips to Aberaeron and Bwlch Nant yr Arian to see the kites feeding. This house is like a boutique hotel! Thank you!

The Holland Family, Surrey - Sat 02.09.2017
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

We've all had a fab time at Smolts cottage. Very comfy and welcoming. Lots of coastal walks and beaches to explore. Plenty to do and visit. We loved the bird song and the hoot from the steam train also. We would recommend to anyone. All the thoughtful goodies which Tanya left for us were much appreciated as was the sublime hot tub. Thanks indeed.

Suzanne, Gary and 'Lena', Cheshire - 25 June 2016
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

Back for a second visit, what a delight. Everything fabulous, even had sunshine! Will be back for a third visit next spring. Thank you Tanya.

David & Beverley, Wolverhampton - Fri 24.11.2017
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

We have just returned home after spending a very relaxing week at Smolts Brook. The house is extremely well equipped and very comfortable - and a credit to Tanya the owner. We spent many hours relaxing in the hot was amazing:)....and we slept like logs! Thank you to Tanya for sharing her lovely home - we will definitely return in the near future. For good food and ambience: try the Y Ffarmers at Llanfihangel y Creuddyn - it's well worth a visit.

Andrew & Carolyn, Cornwall - 02 July 2016
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

Second visit and not disappointed at all. We love the cottage and the care that goes into ensuring we have everything we could need or want. Dogs love their walks on Borth beach. Had a fab time again and looking forward to returning. Thanks Tanya

Jayne & Jerry Matthews - Fri 29.12.2017
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

What a fantastic week we had in this special place. We are besotted with the cottage and cannot wait to return. Our dogs have been in heaven, although there is no love lost between Penny and the toy sheep in the dining room, as she's spent the week growling at it! Can't wait to return! This has been the best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in - if only everyone was as thoughtful as you Tanya. Thank you for a fantastic week. Love, The Wilds x

The Wilds - Sat 14.07.2018
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

A wonderful week in a charming cottage full of character. Tanya has thought of everything in terms of amenities and the decor is comfortable and stylish with some gorgeous quirky lighting. We felt at home as soon as we walked through the door. We all loved the hot tub, which is a great addition to the cottage. It's a definite 'recommend' from us.

Sarah, Darren, Issie & Ella - 3 June 2016
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

What an amazing house! We both really really enjoyed staying here. We felt at home straight away the rooms are all so cosy. The dcor in our bedroom was nice and calming and I slept like a baby all week! Kitchen is nice and clean and equipped with a fab selection of utensils and crockery for any kind of cooking and baking. What a lovely welcome with the hamper and flowers waffles are my favourite! The hot tub love, love, love it definitely one of the best features of the house. Really nice to have the privacy when in the tub. The lovely garden at the front of the house is very private and it's good to have the washing line in the back garden. The house has been decorated with quirky features around which make it very unique and stylish, and the curtains in every room are stunning. It is ideal for any weather and every season. Thank you so much for a lovely week, it has been a break from reality which we both needed. I'm gutted to be leaving!

Catrin and Gwyn - 4 Mar 2016
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

Well I first spoke to Tanya a week prior to my visit, when she called to ask whether or not to decorate the house for Christmas. This was a lovely touch, Tanya was so accommodating and checked the booking and ensure we had a high chair & cot. We received a message to say 'Smolts Brook' was ready for us, which was very personal making it more exciting. The house is beautiful and has all the mod cons for an easy relaxing & comfortable stay. The Hot Tub & shower are my favourite bits but it was all lovely. We were always able to contact Tanya if we needed anything. Lovely visits to the beach near Borth & of course the Aberystwyth Promenade. Thanks again for a lovely Christmasy cosy break.

The Berry - Brace & Radcliffes - December 2016
This review was left in the guest book at the property.
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Property Description

Luxury holiday cottage with hot tub - beautiful country setting ideal for dog walking, close to the stunning Cardigan coast.

  • This newly refurbished gorgeous 1904 Edwardian villa with hot tub is tucked away in an oasis of peace making it ideal for a romantic retreat.
  • Just 2.5 miles from the colourful town of Aberystwyth - there is an abundance of activities to enjoy right from your doorstep.
  • Picture perfect, charming and uniquely decorated, this stylish luxury holiday cottage provides every comfort for your holiday. The thoughtful owner provides dressing gowns and slippers, toiletries in the bathroom, pure cotton bedding and a beautiful welcome hamper including a bottle of bubbles to toast the start of your holiday.
  • Enjoy views of the surrounding countryside from the large hot tub in the secluded garden. If you can bear to leave the tranquillity of this gorgeous cottage and hot tub, there are lovely walks straight from the door into the surrounding countryside and along river banks.
  • Lots of natural light floods into the villa - every room is decorated to a very high standard and those who love colour, design and beautiful furnishings will appreciate the eclectic mix of vintage and modern treasures.
  • The name "Smolts Brook" is a direct translation from the properties Welsh name - Nantygleisiaid - meaning young salmon under 2 years old.

3 Bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 5. 2 Doubles and 1 Single all on 1st floor, with complimentary toiletries.

Bathroom with full suite, monsoon shower over bath, heated towel rail on 1st floor.

Kitchen luxury units, electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, Smeg larder fridge/freezer, extremely well equipped.

Utility Room with toilet, washing machine and tumble dryer.

Dining Room with coal effect gas fire, table and chairs to seat 5, radio, CD and MP 3 player.

Lounge with large luxurious feather filled velvet sofas, 1 x 3 seater and 1 x 2 seater, large flat screen TV with Sky and DVD player, blue ray, radio with MP 3 and CD player. Wood burner effect gas stove, vintage French coffee table. All the rooms have beautiful handmade thermally lined curtains.

Grounds medium sized garden. Fully enclosed lawn & decked area with Hot Tub. Patio furniture, garden bench, dining table and chairs. Small secluded garden with steep bank at back.

Additional Information

Short breaks - Winter, minimum of 4-night stay

WiFi - Yes

Changeover - Saturday

Towels - Yes

Parking - Yes for 3 cars

Fuel - Central heating inclusive May to September. Outside these dates£25 p/w

Dogs - 2. 1 dog free, additional dog£25 p/w

Travel cot - Yes

Highchair - Yes

Bed linen - Included as standard

About the Area
Llanbadarn Fawr - on the outskirts of Aberystwyth
  • Smolts Brook is located in the pretty village of Llanbadarn Fawr -its a great base for walking and cycling. There are wonderful scenic walks, cycle rides and drives right from your doorstep.
  • The countryside around Aberystwyth is green and lush and ideal for walking and cycling. Explore the stunning Ceredigion section of the Wales Coast Path, or head inland for countryside, hillside and river walks.

Y Ffarmers

  • Set in the pretty village of Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, this friendly pub has a great reputation for its warm welcome and good food. The menu is features a wonderful selection of local and seasonal produce - it's a great place to pop in for a drink or to enjoy a meal and is just a 10 minute drive from Smolts Brook.

Aberystwyth - vibrant university town 5 minute drive away

  • Sweeping around the curving shore of Cardigan Bay, the historic market town is nestled between three hills and two beaches, and hosts some castle ruins, a pier and a harbour.
  • Aberystwyth offers an abundance of lovely cafe's, coffee houses and restaurants, catering for all tastes, from locally sourced specialist menus to the more exotic and adventurous palates. The "Medina" cafe comes highly recommended.
  • Take a stroll along the promenade and you may just spot a dolphin before exploring the many and varied clothing and retail shops.
  • Ride up to the top of Constitution Hill on the scenic unique funicular cliff railway.
  • For those with an interest in culture, explore the castle ruins on a guided walking tour of the town.
    From 'Real Ale' pubs to party venues, Aberystwyth has something for everybody.
Family Fun near Smolts Brook
  • The whole family can make wonderful creations at Blue Island Ceramics, witness the Magic of Life Butterfly House, go pony trekking with the Rheidol Riding Centre, wonder at the Silver Mountain Experience, explore Bwlch yr Arian Forest, ride on the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway and explore the Ynyslas National Nature Reserve .

Cardigan Bay Beaches - Clarach Bay, Borth, Ynyslas

  • Clarach Bay is the next bay north from Aberystwyth, just the other side of Constitution Hill. You can enjoy a very pleasant cliff-edge walk from Aberystwyth to Clarach Bay. Starting at the end of the Promenade, make your way to the top of Constitution Hill, then simply follow the well-worn path along the hillside.
  • Borth has a long sand and shingle beach - popular with families and surfers all year round.
  • Ynyslas with views inland and across the estuary to Aberdyfi is a great spot for walking or relaxing with waymarked boardwalks, trails through the dunes and a Visitor Centre open from Easter till September - lots of information about the plants and wildlife of the area.


  • Fans of the BBC drama series "Hinterland" will revel in exploring the filming locations. The gripping Nordic-noir TV detective drama series is set in Aberystwyth against the backdrop of the Cambrian Mountains and has been immensely popular with TV audiences.
  • Twm's Treks offers a choice of 8 guided walks based on this compelling TV series, taking you from the stunning coastline of Ceredigion up to the rural Cambrian Mountains visiting various filming locations, you will certainly be wowed as well as entertained along the way!

Devils Bridge - 15 minutes drive away

  • Devils Bridge is famous for its waterfalls and three stacked bridges. In Welsh, it is known as Pontarfynach - 'The bridge over the Mynach river'.
  • According to legend, the lowest bridge was built by the Devil himself to let a local woman rescue her cow which had somehow got to the other side of the gorge. Expecting the woman to walk across to get it, his one condition was that he received the soul of the first living creature to cross the bridge. However, he was tricked by the lady who got her pet dog to run across first - thus leaving the Devil with a soul of a dog!
  • Devil's Bridge is also the terminus of the Vale of Rheiddol steam Railway which carries visitors through the Rheidol Valley from Aberystwyth.

Cambrian Coast Railway

  • The Cambrian Coast Railway consists of two branches from Machynlleth to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli. Hugging the coastline, the line offers spectacular views and interesting places to see, making it a cheap but interesting day out.
  • Hop aboard to visit towns and villages all the way up the Gwynedd coast, explore the area's many steam railways, or just tour up and down enjoying the scenery.
Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips
  • The elegant harbour town of Aberaeron is a scenic 30 minute drive away where guests can enjoy thrilling Seamor Wild Dolphin Tours around Cardigan Bay. For further information phone 07795 242445.

Bwlch Nant Yr Arian Kite Feeding & Visitor Centre

  • This is a very large woodland site with a whole host of activities including walks, cycle trails and red kite feeding with a shop and information centre.

Hafod Estate

  • The Hafod Estate was an essential destination for the early tourist in Wales. Visitors can follow various different way marked walks, including the Gentleman's Walk, The Bridge Walk, The Bedford Monument Walk or The Ystwyth Gorge Walk. A fabulous place to explore all year round.

Strata Florida (Vale of Flowers)

  • An on-site Visitor Centre hosts a small exhibition on Strata Florida's history. It can also supply details of three heritage trails exploring nearby woodland, the Abbey's former horse farm and Tregaron Bog.
  • Located in a tranquil and picturesque valley, Strata Florida Abbey is one of Wales' most significant ancient sites.

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