Treat yourselves to somewhere really VERY special - Conde Nast Traveller - Top Five 'best spots to enjoy the British Seaside' 'Wendy has reached her final staging post - between the beaches of Aberporth and Tresaith. The only neighbours are the birds...this is the perfect place for toasting crumpets after a day's walking or dolphin-spotting' (Sally Shalam for Conde Naste Traveller magazine).
The Independent named Wendy one of the best sites in the UK to spot bottle-nosed dolphins and seals!
Read a real guest blog with photos from an April stay.
Enjoy some of the finest views in Wales from our converted Edwardian railway carriage located on the coastal footpath between the sandy beaches at Aberporth and Tresaith. This holiday home sites between (walking distance) from two of the loveliest sandy beaches in Wales. Many guests see Europe's largest colony of bottle-nose dolphins in th ebay in front, and direct access to the heritage coast footpath makes Wendy the ideal location for exploring the West Wales coast. Peaceful location with no roads within 300 yards. You can catch sea bass and mackerel on lines from the rocks in front of the carriage. Read an independent review of Wendy from the travel section of the Guardian newspaper or see real guest holiday albums here, here, here, here and here.
History - Wendy is the sole surviving carrriage of her type. The Vintage Carriages Trust rates her as 'very important' historically. She was built in 1905 as a LSWR (London & South Western Railway) Sleeping Car for the Plymouth-Waterloo 'boat train', with seven single and two double compartments, a lavatory and a compartment for the attendant. The train was timed to line up with passenger sailings from Plymouth.
She was sold to GWR (Great Western Railway) in 1911 and converted to 8 single, and 1 double in 1919. In December 1931 she was retired from use, and in 1936 she was purchased from GWR Swindon and delivered by rail to (then) Newcastle Emlyn railway station. She was then delivered by lorry and bogey to Aberporth where she has rested ever since. Her original neighbours at Aberporth were cariages from Queen Victoria's own train..but one has since been removed to a museum, though other historic carriages can still be seen on the coastal footpath. We keep her painted in GWR colours. There have been changes but much original detail remains including the side corridor past the bedrooms.
All rooms in the carriage are lined in oak, are insulated and have panel heaters so are suitable for use all year round. We love it when it is stormy in winter!
WIFI provided free of charge, works in every room (note we've never had any problem with it, and to our knowledge it always works, but like any accommodation provider we cannot guarantee WIFI)
Kitchen with cooker, microwave etc. Fairly basic as kitchens go but better views than most you'll have used! Fridge with small freezer compartment. Door to rear patio.
'Salon' with woodburner (first basket of fuel supplied) two sofas
Verandah with views to the front. benches and table. Hairdryer.
Bedroom Compartment 1: Double bed, cotton bedlinen, wardrobe etc, luggage racks! Its compact, but cosy. Fitted wardrobe and dressing table.
Bedroom Compartment 2: Double bed + one narrow train bunk (suitable only for child). Again, note it's compact!
Dining Compartment: It wouldn't be a train without one! 1930s Oak dining suite.
Shower Room with quality quadrant shower, toilet etc. Heated chrome towel rail and blast fan for warmth when you get out of the shower.
Garden (enclosed) with access to sea, picnic bench, also private patio to rear
Cliciwch yma i darllen erthygl am Wendy o'r papur newydd The Guardian. Mwynhewch rai o olygfeydd gorau Cymru o’r ‘Aberporth Express’ – ein coets reilffordd Edwardaidd sydd wedi ei thrawsnewid a’i lleoli ar lwybr treftadaeth yr arfordir ger Aberporth. Mae’r mynediad uniongyrchol o giât yr ardd i lwybr treftadaeth yr arfordir yn golygu bod hwn yn safle delfrydol i archwilio arfordir Gorllewin Cymru. Gallwch fynd i lawr i’r traeth o flaen ‘Wendy’ (mae’r creigiau’n wych ar gyfer deifio) ac mae’r traethau tywodlyd, glân o fewn 400 llathen ar droed. Mae tafarn, siop y pentref a safle cludfwyd o fewn 5 munud ar droed. Mae golygfeydd godidog o’r wlad neu’r môr o bob ystafell. Safle tawel heb ffyrdd o fewn 300 llath na smic na llygredd swn!
There are a few good restaurants around: Here are a few suggestions:
Hammet House - Llechryd (approx 20 mins) Country House hotel - high end dining
Harbour Master - Aberaeron (Approx 25 mins drive) on the harbour-side - great food, seafood, views etc.
The Hive - Aberaeron (Approx 25 mins drive) also on the harbour-side - good food
The Pentre Arms - Llangrannog (Approx10 mins drive) on the harbour-side - fresh catch of the day - plus bar type menu
The Ship Inn - Tresaith ( Approx 8 mins drive) Great place to watch the sunset from - good menu