Coastal footpath at Aberporth, Cardigan Bay
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  • 'Wendy', The Aberporth Express
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    uninterrupted views from the veranda and rooms - nothing between you and Cardigan Bay - many many guests see dolphins
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    Wendy above her own little bay - you can scramble down to the water - seen here on a very wild day in winter! http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy
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    loo with a view!
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    Wendy snapped by Lensmonkey http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy Lensmonkey Photography
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    view at front
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    view from Wendy - that's the front gate. photo by kind courtesy of guest Kathy Sumsion, taken in May http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy
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    sunset view from Wendy - photo by kind courtesy of guest Kathy Sumsion, taken in May http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy
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    main 'salon' - rooms are generally decorated in a 1930s style
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    sunset view from Wendy, kind courtesy of guest Kathy Sumsion http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy
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    Photo of Aberporth by utt guest Rich Endean - when you leave Wendy you turn left to get to this beach or right to get to Tresaith beacjh (equally nice) http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy
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    Shows location of Wendy (right) and parking (left) http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy - the path is flat, 2m wide and tarmacced all the way (eg could be wheelchair accessible, though Wendy herself isn't wheelchair accessible as the original doors are t
  • 'Wendy', The Aberporth Express
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    snapped by Lensmonkey http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy Copyright: Lensmonkey Photography
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    on the path down to Wendy, snapped by Lensmonkey http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy Lensmonkey Photography
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    Dolphin Watching! snapped by Lensmonkey http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy
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    evening falls at Wendy snapped by Lensmonkey http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy
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    evening falls at Wendy snapped by Lensmonkey http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy
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    evening falls at Wendy snapped by Lensmonkey http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy
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    winter storm - Wendy is snug year-round http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy
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    Winter stormy view - we love it there in wild weather! http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy
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    Beds are standard doubles, standard size with decent mattresses http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy
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    Wendy by night, by Chris Jones (guest) http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy
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    Wendy by (guest) Louise Jones, April http://www.underthethatch.co.uk/wendy
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Arrival at:
16:00
Depart by:
10:00
Sleeps:
5
Price from:
489.00 (based on two staying)
Price to:
1029.00 (based on two staying)
Pets:
Pets welcome (max 2 dogs)
Bed layout:
Master Double (ground floor), Double (ground floor), Extra bed (single) (ground floor)
 
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  • 'Wendy is fantastic - what a location! Our 8 & 7 year olds have had a great time - crabbing, swimming in the sea, sandcastles and the simple pleasures of childhood. ~ Stuart, Nicola, Akex & Hamish from Penarth June 30, 2014 13:01
  • 'From the moment we arrived we felt that we had stepped aboard Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express - it is simply magical! Aberporth, Wendy, the surrounding beaches, views, wildlife and walks all exceeded our expectations.' ~Russell & Sally from Cheshire June 30, 2014 13:01
  • 'We saw dolphins every day just in front of the carriage, and loved watching the rabbits in the back field. Every day we walked to a different beach.' ~ Susan and Sean June 30, 2014 13:00
 
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Treat yourselves to somewhere really VERY special - Conde Nast Traveller - Top Five 'best spots to enjoy the British Seaside' (July 2012) '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).

2013 - The Independent named Wendy one of the best sites in the UK to spot bottle-nosed dolphins and seals!

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. See photos inside this converted railway carriage. 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 the local coast as captured in an amateur video. 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 1908 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 cast iron stove (first basket of fuel supplied). Flat LCD TV. 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

  • A 'recycled' building!
  • Recently upgraded insulation
  • Locally crafted oak double-glazed windows (rear)
  • Direct access to coastal footpath
  • High occupancy level benefits community

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!

300m walk along the coastal footpath (flat, tarmac path) from the parking area. Recommended maximum 4 adults as the single bed is narrow train bunk. There is usually on-street parking available but please be mindful of local residents access, and park with due regard to safety. We\'ve never seen it when free on-street parking was not available. There is a Community Car Park nearby which can be used but be aware in peak season the car park charges up to 3.00 GBP a day. Garden enclosed but note nearby cliffs potentially dangerous for small children. No cot or highchair.
 
 
 
 
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