Rated 5.0 out of 5
*** 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 great hosts! 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 a former cargo boat at the end of the Quay at Cardigan this quirky 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. 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 excellent 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. Tel - 01239 841200. Very good Gastropub 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!
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 or 01239 654345
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
Ceredigion Heritage Coastal Path near Llangrannog and Penbryn
New Quay Boat Trips & St Dogmaels Abbey
Cenarth Village in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve near Cardigan
Cliff Hotel Golf & Restaurant with views over Poppit Sands
Nevern River Fishing & Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort
Teifi Valley Railway
Hurstead Antiques, The Patio Restaurant, Llangrannog, and The Plwmp Tart, Penbryn
Ultra Comedia Delicatessen, Cardigan Market
The Teifi Valley
The Teifi Trail
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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