Teifi Valley, Ceredigion (Cardigan Bay),West Wales
A large and luxurious family holiday farmhouse in Carmarthenshire, the perfect base for exploring West Wales. One of if not the best holiday cottage near to Lampeter University, this 5* cottage enjoys privacy down its own track.
You'd expect a restoration project managed by one of Wales' leading conservation architects (Roger Clive-Powell) and textiles expert Jen Jones to be beautiful and homely, and it is both, in spades. Dolau Canol is located on a working estate farm on the Highmead estate, and enjoys a beautifully unspoilt position amongst the green pasture of the Teifi valley. Approached by a long, private lane, this traditional farmhouse sits in a collection of its own buildings (unconverted) and has access to hundreds of acres of private land. A Special Area of Conservation because of its international importance for conserving biodiversity. Good fishing just across the field (sewin, salmon, trout). Photos here & independent 5* review.
This was our forth stay at Dolau Canol, and as always, we had a fantastic time. The cottage is perfect in every way - cosy, comfortable, and rustic - and the landscape makes you feel a million miles a...
Being newly renovated the property is insulated to a high level and is heated by a modern central heating system with radiators in every room. There is also a wood-burning stove in the sitting room (first basket of logs provided).
Well-behaved dogs welcome (small surcharge applies). Note the pond to front may present a risk to small children.
Entrance Hall: Of a good size with stairs rising to the first floor, sitting room to left and Cegin Fawr to right.
Cegin Fawr: This, the main room of the farmhouse is a large, comfortable space with a wood-burning stove in the inglenook. Traditional and modern country furnishings sit happily together under the old oak beamed ceiling. This room leads off to the kitchen and also a small corridor to the groundfloor bedroom and shower-room. Dining table for 6.
Sitting Room: This snug, smaller lounge has a pair of squashy sofas, an upholstered Victorian armchair. Flatscreen 19" DVD TV, DVD player and basic Sky satellite channels. Antique quilt decorating the wall.
Kitchen: A simple farmhouse kitchen with door directly to the outside, a nice country settle and the usual appliances (dishwasher, double oven, microwave etc).
Scullery: Why did we stop building houses with sculleries? They are so useful! This spartan room can be entered directly from outside (great in wellies), has a double sink, washing machine and dryer and an extra fridge-freezer.
Shower Room : A small room with power-shower that is ideal for use with the adjacent ground-floor bedroom.
Ground Floor Bedroom. A single bedroom with windows to three sides that is ideal for those less mobile (there is a shower-room adjacent) or a kid that wants to have their own corner of the house. Adult sized single bed.
Landing: An unusually large landing for a farmhouse of this date, now home to a button-back Victorian armchair and a small library of books. A peaceful spot. Antique quilt on display.
Master Bedroom: A good-sized room with equally good views to the front. A modern oak double bed with vintage quilts and a nice museum-quality quilt hanging on the wall. Armchair etc.
Double Bedroom: This smaller double bedroom has pleasant views to the rear.
Single Bedroom/ Study: This cosy room has views to the front and has a full-size single bed, but also a desk in case you require a peaceful retreat on the first floor.
Bathroom: A smallish, simple bathroom with all new fittings. Views to rear.
Outside: Front lawn with small pond (note potential risk to small children). Shed for storing bikes (if you bring them).
Access over hundreds of acres of private land via good footpaths. Generally lots of space about - great for dogs (there is livestock in the feilds at times ). Garden games- Croquet: 4 player full size set with 16oz regulation size balls plus 4 player junior set. Badminton: 4 adult players plus two junior sized racquets.
No shortage of parking.
This was our forth stay at Dolau Canol, and as always, we had a fantastic time. The cottage is perfect in every way - cosy, comfortable, and rustic - and the landscape makes you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We will be back again soon. Thank you!
Fabulous! After a broken boiler at our original cottage we switched to Dolau Canol and what a brilliant stroke of luck it proved to be! The website photos really don't do it justice as it's beautiful inside and out and is full of charm. It was perfect for us and our two Basset Hounds who absolutely loved the huge garden. For a birthday retreat it proved to be prefect and we will hopefully revisit soon.
Our family holiday at Dolau Canol was just perfect. The cottage was beautiful, had eveything we needed and more and felt like home from the moment we arrived, with the welcoming welsh cakes very happily munched as we unpacked. We will certainly be coming back . Thank you to everyone involved in making our holiday so lovely.
We had a great week break with our dogs. The property was in an excellent location, quiet and very rural yet within easy reach of the coast. The accommodation was in very good order and all the facilities needed were provided and available. It was fantastic - apart from the rain!!
Very happy holiday, beautiful and well appointed house and incredibly fabulous weather! Coast walks and even swam in sea!
This restoration is work of art. Reaching far deeper than ‘museum quality,’ this is truly a home: A place that seamlessly blends history with quality of life. It was a privilege to stay here, if only for a week. We will return, and we will send our most ‘special’ friends.
We just love Dolau Canol, so much so that we now think of it as our second home! It has been superbly restored to a high standard and has everything you need for a perfect break away.
We had an amazing time at Dolau Canol, one of my favourite places I have ever stayed in. It was brilliant to receive 2016 under the stars. The cottage is very well equipped and very charming. It exceeded our expectations and it definitely looks far far better than the pictures. I would certainly recommend it. The weather wasn't great but we still enjoyed our stay.
This was a truly lovely place to stay. We celebrated a big birthday en famille and were very comfortable indeed. The house is warm and cosy, kitchen is well equipped and the soft water is a delight. We were pleased that we could bring our dog who enjoyed his walks down the lanes and on the beach. I have written in more detail with photos on lesframboisesetlesmures.blogspot.co.uk Jacqueline Bunn
We had our honeymoon at this cottage. We had a really lovely time. Such a beautiful cottage. My wife really loves old cottages like this one, so it was a great surprise for her. Was lovely to have the wood burning stove, for the wet and windy evenings. We'd definitely like to come back, and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who likes traditional buildings.
Gwyliau hyfryd mewn ty bendigedig hanesyddol - dioich am y croeso. A lovely holiday in a wonderful historic house - thank you for the welcome. Mr Alwyn Gorffennaf 2015
A really special place. So beautiful and quiet. We loved the river especially the herons and kingfisher. The children loved it, their parents loved it and Jock the dog, adored it - we shall be back ~ Justin, Nicola, Hugo, Phoebe and Jock
We've really enjoyed our stay here. We appreciate all that has been done to bring this ancient building back into use in a substainable way; the sympathetic furnishings and the peaceful location ~ Linda and Jim
We have had a marvellous time here, so relaxing, superb accommodation, beautifully furnished, a pleasure to stay here. The walks through the fields and by the river are so peaceful ~ Karen and Chris
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