*** Any day arrival - Min 2 nights stay***
The beautiful Dolly, a runaway circus girl, has been lovingly restored into a romantic couples' retreat just 2.5 miles from the spectacular Cardigan Bay coast. The authentic wagon still radiates a real sense of charm and mystique from her colourful working days. A real show stopper in her own right, she is a former home of a fortune teller and a family of travelling acrobats. Only snippets of her many adventures are known since her 1940s inception, but this only adds to the intrigue and imagination of this majestic creation.
After many years on the road, Dolly was saved from degradation by her present owners and beautifully transformed into her current state. Despite the inclusion of a few modern-day luxuries, she still holds true to her roots with genuine artefacts and memorabilia illuminating her precious interior. Guests can indulge in snuggly soft beds, a functional kitchen, and their own luxury bathroom hut next door; everything one would need for a self-catering escape. The interior is well-insulated and remarkably spacious, creating a warm and homely space to relax and unwind.
Nestled quietly in her own private garden, this quaint wagon forms part of a lovely Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Cardigan Bay, where she receives all the love and attention of a luxury hotel. Guests will find a clean and comfortable space and are welcomed to explore the beautiful 8-acre grounds at their pleasure. Amble along the country paths to the little lake and sit on one of the purpose-built benches for some wonderful countryside views and a real sense of peace and tranquillity. If you're quiet and attentive, you'll spot an abundance of native wildlife scurrying or swooping by, with anything from red kites to sparrowhawks, perfectly exemplifying the rich biodiversity of the area.
Only 2.5 miles from the Ceredigion Heritage Coast, Dolly is only a short drive from several golden, sandy, blue flag beaches and breathtaking coastal walks. Boat trips can be arranged, from nearby picturesque Newquay, to see the famous Cardigan Bay dolphins. What's more, the magnificently rugged Preseli Hills and Cambrian Mountains are also within easy reach, offering a great opportunity to explore some of the UK's best-preserved natural splendours.
Dolly is for lovers of adventure, she is for dreamers and romantics, and she is bound to capture your heart.
Check-in - 4pm / Check -out - 10am
Falcondale Mansion Hotel
On the outskirts of Lampeter, this Hotel and Restaurant is set in its own lovely grounds in a gently sloping valley. Great food and a fantastic welcome. Sunday lunch is very good value at around £25 per head. Dinner also available. Reservation needed Tel - 01570 422910
The Cellar (Y Selar)
On the Corner of the inner harbour at Aberaeron is the Cellar Restaurant….not really a cellar, more a semi-cellar really. Great food from Chef Dan, friendly atmosphere and Hostess with the mostest Carol! Good for lunch and dinner. Tel -01545 574666
The Harbourmaster Aberaeron
On the harbour at Aberaeron, and a very good standard of food…ideal for Sunday Lunch and evening meals. They also serve meals in the Bar (cheaper and more atmosphere). A tad pricey...
Reservations essential as always booked up. £20+ per head for lunch. Tel - 01545 570755
Little Italy 51 North Parade Aberystwyth
Opposite Harry's Hotel this little gem has bags of atmosphere and very good Italian cuisine. Lunch is very reasonably priced and wine is good too! Tel- 01970 625707
Royal India Boat Restaurant, Cardigan Quay
Situated on an interesting boat at the end of the Quay at Cardigan this interesting Indian Restaurant has both Indian and Thai dishes. Book ahead for evening meals to avoid disappointment. Tel -01239 621444
Yasmins, Newcastle Emlyn
An exceptional Indian restaurant with homegrown ingredients in the centre of the town (Sycamore Street) SA38 9AJ Tel- 01239711681
New Inn, Brynhoffnant - Sunday Carvery
The New Inn, Brynhoffnant (just down the hill past the filling station towards Aberystwyth, is a no-nonsense good feed with locally produced meat and a sweet list as long as your arm. This is a very popular Sunday Lunch venue for a Carvery. Book as soon as you can! Tel- 01239 654285
La Calabria, Penrhiwpal
This is our nearest Italian Restaurant set up by a local Italian family in the middle of farmland, 3 miles east of us. The food is very good and their service is friendly and efficient. Go just for some pasta and a homemade ice cream or a full 3-course meal.
Open Tuesday to Saturday Tel - 01239 851101
Y Ffarmers, Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn
Picture postcard village inland from Aberystwyth has this smart and friendly pub with good food and reasonable prices. Tel - 01974 261275
The Nags head, Abercych, near Penlan Holiday Village. For Caban Cwtch guests…just down the hill (1km) from Penlan. Turn right at the entrance and take a torch! Very good food and a waterfall to visit as well.
Pubs which do food in the immediate area:
The Ship, Llangrannog Tel -01239 654510 (Serves food up to 9 pm)
Now a refurbished interior and Gastro aspirations! Not quite sure if the recent widescreen TV and Rugby scarfs help the atmosphere or décor. Not over friendly.
The Pentre Arms, Llangrannog
Specialises in locally caught fish simply prepared. Just turn up early for the fish! Very honest food in a local no-frills environment. Eat in Bar or Restaurant. Good sunsets!
Best to book Tel - 01974 261275
Local Attractions and Activities in the area
Museums and Art Galleries:
National Woollen Museum
National Library of Wales (Art Gallery and books)
Centre for Alternative Technology
Museum of Internal Fire
Aberystwyth Arts Centre (3 art galleries and Theatre/Cinema/Concert Hall)
Sculpture Heaven (garden with sculptures and workshop/shop)
Tregaron Wildlife reserve
Cardigan Wildlife Centre
Devils Bridge Falls
Ceredigion Coastal Path
Cardigan Island Coastal farm park
18th Century Silver Mines
Llanerchaeron Estate and house NT
Vale of Rheidol Narrow Gauge steam railway
Gwili Steam Railway
Teifi Valley Miniature Railway
Cwmrhydneuadd Golf Course
Cardigan Golf Club
Cardigan Bay Active
South Cardigan Bay
The South Cardigan Bay coastline and the North Pembrokeshire coast offer some of the finest unspoilt scenery in Britain.
Ceredigion Heritage Coastal Path near Llangrannog and Penbryn
60 miles of delightful coastal path linking towns & villages with spectacular scenery, wild flowers, seabirds and a wealth of wildlife along the way.
New Quay Boat Trips & St Dogmaels Abbey
A highlight of a holiday on Cardigan Bay is a boat trip to see the resident schools of porpoise.
St Dogmaels Abbey in Cardigan was founded by Tiron monks in 1115 and elevated to Abbey status in 1120
Cenarth Village in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The picturesque and historic village with spectacular falls, cascading water and leaping salmon right in the heart of the village. The National Coracle Centre is a museum and workshop dedicated to coracles from around the world. For ultimate pampering Coracles, Health and Country Club welcomes visitors to enjoy 'pay as you go' facilities.
Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve near Cardigan
Bird Watching at the Teifi Marshes Reserve is a wonderful experience. Stroll around a one and a half hour circular route which includes six hides from which to observe many birds. There are water buffalo and otters too. Remember your camera.
Cliff Hotel Golf & Restaurant with views over Poppit Sands
Enjoy a round of golf in Gwbert at the Cliff Hotel fine 9 hole course with spectacular views. Finish off your morning with an a la carte lunch served in the hotel's restaurant. You can expect delicious food made with fresh local ingredients. The menu might include crab, hot buttered lobster, Welsh lamb cutlets and Sunday roasts. Breakfast is also served for early birds between 8.30 and 9.30. Eat inside or out.
Ideally situated to enjoy, just a few miles from Dolly, with its views of Poppit Sands, the Teifi Estuary and Cardigan Island - Gwbert, near Cardigan.
Nevern River Fishing & Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort
Try a spot of fishing on the Nevern, a mixed fishery with sewin (sea trout) from May to early September and brown trout all year. The Nevern AA controls 6 miles of some of the best fishing. Buy your tickets and a pint at the Trewern Arms Nevern or at Y Siop Llyfrau Newport.
Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort is a reconstructed fort with structures built on original foundations including a thatched roundhouse. The fort is the focus of an ongoing archaeological excavation in a beautiful woodland location. There are regular activities and events designed to educate and entertain. Ideal for families.
Teifi Valley Railway
Pay once and ride all day on the narrow gauge Teifi Valley Railway. Board at Henllan between Carmarthen and Cardigan.
Hurstead Antiques & The Patio Restaurant, Llangrannog
The magpies in your party might enjoy browsing Hurstand House Antiques in Aberporth. A small but well-stocked shop with Staffordshire ware, lustre jugs, silver, china and more.
The Patio (seasonal restaurant) in Llangrannog serves light meals and a wonderful selection of homemade ice creams.
Ultra Comedia Delicatessen, Cardigan Market
A fabulous delicatessen located in Cardigan Market specialising in Welsh, Spanish & French produce. Stock up with gastro goodies. Take away food is available between 12 pm & 2 pm
The Teifi Valley
Explore bustling market towns like Newcastle Emlyn, and historic monuments such as Cilgerran Castle, along the Teifi Valley and try a spot of fishing in the trout, salmon and sewin rich waters of the river.
Discover one of the UK's remaining most beautiful and remote areas of wild undulating moorlands, lakes and lofty mountains.
The Teifi Trail
The Teifi Trail is a sequence of walks being developed following the beautifully scenic Teifi river from the estuary to its source.
Furnished with oak panelling, colourful hues and leaded light bay windows, this half-timbered home creates a warming welcome.
Follow the steps up into the kitchen and find a full complement of facilities including an oven with twin hob, grill, microwave and a fridge with small freezer compartment.
The main living area has the original cast iron stove, which now acts as a decorative focal point, while you will also find a comfy sofa, armchair, wall mounted TV and shelves packed with interesting artefacts. There is also a small dining table with two chairs.
The cosy bedroom contains a lovely double bed, plus an accompaniment of colour cushions and throws all snuggly packed into the well-designed space. Drawers, a locker and a corner cupboard offer a variety of storage options.
The bed is made up with fresh linen and towels are provided (not for beach use).
Next to the wagon you will find the self-contained bathroom hut with a curved shower cubicle, WC and wash basin with hot running water.
Outside there is a private gravel patio and grassed area with table and chairs and loungers, plus a barbecue for al fresco dining surrounded by twinkling lights at dusk.
Guests are free to explore the gardens, paddocks and woodland, with mown paths meandering through the grounds. Keep an eye out for the plethora of wildlife as well as streams, a small lake and historic, holy well.
There is parking for one car next to the wagon.
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