West Wales coast near Aberaeron
Architect’s own West Wales holiday cottage in this simple barn conversion near to Cardigan Bay. Looking for a Welsh holiday cottage near Aberaeron, New Quay or the Ceredigion coast? You’ve found one of the best!
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    the range of buildings contains the communal barn (left), Ty Twt cottage (middle) and Cuddfan (right)
    Budget and cheapest cottages
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    just 15 mins to the coast, with dolphin boat-trips going daily, year-round (if weather ok), and every hour in peak season. Choice of beaches within short drive.
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    pool at the end of the range of barns - you're welcome to sit down here with a drink
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    the range of buildings contains the communal barn (left), Ty Twt cottage (middle) and Cuddfan (right)
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    the range of buildings contains the communal Ty Twt cottage (left) and Cuddfan (right)
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    pool at the end of the range of barns - you're welcome to sit down here with a drink
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    the communal barn has a gamesroom and fireplace
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    local Ceredigion coast
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    local coast
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    the communal barn has a gamesroom and fireplace
  • Cuddfan
    the communal barn has a gamesroom and fireplace
  • Cuddfan
    the communal barn has a gamesroom and fireplace
Arrival at:
Depart by:
7 nights from:
£328.00 (based on two staying)
7 nights up to:
£590.00 (based on two staying)
Strictly no pets allowed
Bed layout:
Master Double only

  • The location was superb as was the quality of the accommodation. The domestic chickens and geese are great to wake up too as are the sounds of birds and the well camouflaged toads.Great place to unwind as well as having easy access to coast river and bog walks.We will return. Ian ferris , 30 September 2016
  • Great contemporary conversion of old barns, lovely peaceful setting with easy access to beaches, Aberaeron and great walking nearby. Excellent hosts and quiet spot to relax and watch the geese and chickens - definitely one to recommend. Nick ruff , 4 September 2016
  • What a fantastic place to get away from it all. Beautiful surroundings, so many lovely places to walk and such a warm welcome from Hugh, Jude and their dog, geese and chickens. We have stayed here three times now and would go back again. The cottage is so well designed with lots of cool little details that make it very special. Great shower, very comfortable bed and every ammenity that you need for a wonderful holiday. We would also highly recommend ordering at least one of Jude's breakfast baskets- totally delicious! Amy I, 18 August 2016
  • Cuddfan did not disappoint! It was a lovely retreat, very quiet and secluded - the geese and the breeze in the trees were all we heard. All of the details are just right, the wooden beams and dowelling, the metal hand rail - lovely towels and bedding. A wonderful project. I whole heartedly recommend it. Oh - and of course amazing walks, beaches and hidden coves if you want to seek out a secluded spot. I just wish we were better at handling a wood burning stove. May have to come back. Philipa lawrence , 7 August 2016
  • We found Cuddfan a delightful place to stay. We were in need of somewhere that was quiet but that also had a bit of character. The cottage is in a beautiful area and has bucket loads of character! Everyone was very welcoming (including Jimi the dog, the geese, the chickens, the wild horses and of course not forgetting the owners Jude and Hugh). We will definitely be going back again but hopefully for a bit longer next time. Paul newbold , 22 June 2016
  • A very relaxing stay. The cottage very clean and lovely simple decor, all our expectations if not more were met. Breakfast with the chickens! Evenings spent in front of the log burner (even though the weather was very good!) Nice and quiet location, lovely owners but nicely they left us alone. Good local small towns and beaches nearby. Local walks and a good National Trust property not too far away. Would highly recommend Cuddfan. Julie mitchell M, 17 June 2016
  • We had a very relaxing week at Cuddfan - the location is perfect for exploring the area and the accommodation is comfortable, well appointed and distinctive. The owners are helpful but unobtrusive and there are plenty of grounds to wander in with chickens and geese roaming free. There is only one other self catering cottage plus an airstream caravan on site so you don't feel cramped. The cottage is quite spacious and comfortable, with a good standard to everything and nice little design details. We missed the lack of a proper settee (although there is one in the shared lounge area) and also found the bed a little small, but these things weren't a big deal. The cottage is well located for exploring the area, which has a huge amount of things to do, whatever direction you head in. We enjoyed Aberaeron, Aberporth and Mwnt. Janine E, 13 July 2015
  • 'A very peaceful stay. Cuddfan proved to be very calming, just what we needed.' C.C. Malvern 1 July 2014
  • 'We have had an absolutely wonderful time here. We love our little home and although we are really sad to leave we know we will be back. Beautiful area, lovely beaches, quaint little villages and towns.' M.D. Manchester 1 July 2014
  • 'Exactly what we expected and more. The perfect get away if only we could have stayed longer.' S. and O.H. London 1 July 2014
  • 'A beautiful and welcome retreat from the daily grind thank you.' J.S. London 1 July 2014
  • 'As an architect I enjoyed every little detail in the cottage, as a tourist well…..I love Wales, I love the countryside, I love the little towns next the Irish sea, just spectacular, thank you.' O.C. and S.K. Columbia 1 July 2014
  • ‘Probably the most relaxing weekend we’ve ever had – which is exactly what we needed….The meadow is teaming with wildlife, we’ve seen butterflies, bats, red kites and even a heron.’ 1 July 2014
  • 'Everything we’d hoped for. A most relaxing and tranquil place…Hot showers and generous tasty breakfast hamper to start the day.’ 1 July 2014



Cuddfan is a cosy, stylish architect-designed barn conversion for two in the hills above the delightful Aeron Valley, 6 miles from the seaside towns of New Quay and Aberaeron. A former spiritual retreat, the farm is now restored and managed as an exemplar of sustainability with wind turbine and ground-source heat pumps.

Cuddfan is a snug cottage for two, sensitively inserted into the rough stonework of a cart house and stables. The carefully crafted timber interior is comfortable and imaginatively designed. The snug is open to the exposed A-frame roof beams and has a woodburner for added cosiness. Sleeping is above, in what was the hayloft, up steep stairs. The lavatory with wet room shower is an immaculate pod. Local natural materials – stone, oak, ash, douglas fir and lime are dominant. See larger photos of this sustainable West Wales Holiday Cottage

In Detail

Ground floor:

  • Entrance lobby- for coats and boots
  • Kitchen /dining area - High quality utilities throughout, Oak dining table and chairs, Gas hob, fridge-freezer, combination microwave oven, dishwasher and sink. Glass sliding doors leading outside onto patio /garden with seating area for alfresco dining
  • Snug: With built in heated seats on two sides with squabs and floor cushions, easy chair, wood burner - open tread stairs to sleeping loft, Wi-Fi and radio with iPod dock
  • Bathroom: Groundfloor shower in luxurious wet room, WC and wash hand basin

Upstairs /Croglofft

  • upstairs to open to the snug - Double bed, hanging rails, oriental chairs and long table. Restricted headroom

Long Barn:

  • there is a large barn for guests use with sofas, piano and table football.


  • pretty patio and garden accessed from sliding glass door
  • 16 beautiful acres of meadows, wildlife habitat and woods with pond and jetty


  • new use for derelict building
  • wildlife haven - no chemicals used
  • ground-source heating and electricity from wind turbine
  • sustainable fossil fuel-free environment
  • rescued and restored accommodation
  • hugely insulated and snug
  • low impact dwelling

Local Area

Travel Info

  • Train to Aberystwyth (20 miles) or Carmarthen (28 miles)
  • Carmarthen or Aberystwyth railway station. There is a bus service (X40) to Felin Fach from both places and it is possible to arrange a pick up from Felin Fach.

Booking notes

Please note: There are free range chickens and geese on site, who can be fierce! The pond is not protected by fencing, hence the property is not suitable for children under 5 years, due to safety reasons. Breakfast baskets - homemade bread, jams, eggs, local bacon, muesli etc (6GBP per person) and picnics and food hampers on request; coffee, tea, milk logs are supplied on arrival; additional firewood 6GBP basket. Please contact housekeeper direct, after you book, to arrange this. A cot and high chair are available but please bring your own infant bedding; please request at time of booking.

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