Dolau Canol

Teifi Valley, West Wales
Guests: 6       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 2 dogs), fee applies

Dolau Canol

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Priced for 4 (sleeps 6). A large and luxurious family holiday Welsh farmhouse, a perfect base for exploring West Wales. One of if not the best holiday cottage near to Lampeter University, this 5* cottage enjoys privacy down its own track.

You'd expect a restoration project managed by one of Wales' leading conservation architects (Roger Clive-Powell) and textiles expert Jen Jones to be beautiful and homely, and it is both, in spades.

Dolau Canol is located on a working estate farm on the Highmead estate and enjoys a beautifully unspoiled position amongst the green pasture of the Teifi valley. Approached by a long, private lane, this traditional farmhouse sits in a collection of its own buildings (unconverted) and has access to hundreds of acres of private land. A Special Area of Conservation because of its international importance for conserving biodiversity. Good fishing just across the field (sewin, salmon, trout).



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Dolau Canol was petfect in everyway, beautiful home, cosy, with everything you would need, surprise games room, latrge grounds, pribate. The housekeeper so kind and helpful, she clearly loves Dolau C...

Beca N, 2024

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pets welcome (max. 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double, Double, Single, Single (ground floor)

facilities at Dolau Canol

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
pub nearby (walkable)
media & technology
wifi broadband internet
cleaning services
washing machine
young children welcome
relatively accessible (ground floor bedroom)
electric vehicle charging
1 x type 2 charger

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in detail

Central heating system with radiators in every room. There is also a wood-burning stove in the sitting room (first basket of logs provided).

Ground Floor:

Entrance Hall: Of a good size with stairs rising to the first floor, sitting room to left and Cegin Fawr to right.

Cegin Fawr: This, the main room of the farmhouse is a large, comfortable space with a wood-burning stove in the inglenook. Traditional and modern country furnishings sit happily together under the old oak-beamed ceiling. This room leads off to the kitchen and also a small corridor to the ground floor bedroom and shower room. Dining table for 6.

Sitting Room: This snug, the smaller lounge has a pair of squashy sofas, an upholstered Victorian armchair. Flatscreen 19" DVD TV, DVD player and basic Sky satellite channels. Antique quilt decorating the wall.

Kitchen: A simple farmhouse kitchen with a door directly to the outside, a nice country settle, and the usual appliances (dishwasher, double oven, microwave, etc).

Scullery: Why did we stop building houses with sculleries? They are so useful! This spartan room can be entered directly from outside (great in wellies), has a double sink, washing machine and dryer and an extra fridge-freezer.

Shower Room: A small room with power shower that is ideal for use with the adjacent ground-floor bedroom.

Ground Floor Bedroom. A single bedroom with windows to three sides that is ideal for those less mobile (there is a shower room adjacent) or a kid that wants to have their own corner of the house. Adult-sized single bed.

First Floor:

Landing: An unusually large landing for a farmhouse of this date, now home to a button-back Victorian armchair and a small library of books. A peaceful spot. An antique quilt on display.

Master Bedroom: A good-sized room with equally good views to the front. A modern oak double bed with vintage quilts and a nice museum-quality quilt hanging on the wall. Armchair etc.

Double Bedroom: This smaller double bedroom has pleasant views to the rear.

Single Bedroom/ Study: This cosy room has views to the front and has a full-size single bed, but also a desk in case you require a peaceful retreat on the first floor.

Bathroom: A smallish, simple bathroom with all new fittings. Views to the rear.

Outside: Front lawn with a small pond (note potential risk to small children). Shed for storing bikes (if you bring them). Electric car charging point (7kw, fee applies)

Access over hundreds of acres of private land via good footpaths. Generally lots of space about - great for dogs (there is livestock in the fields at times ). Garden games- croquet and badminton

local area

  • Llanybydder (shopping, horse fair) - 0.5 mile walk
  • The Jen Jones Welsh Quilts and Blankets Shop is just a short stroll away at the top of the lane.
  • The Welsh Quilt Centre, Lampeter
  • Lampeter (food, shopping) - 12 min./4 mile
  • Aberaeron (beach, seafood) - 25 mins
  • Boat trip at New Quay - 25 mins
  • Cei Bach (beach) - 25 mins
  • Llanerchaeron (country house) - 22 mins
  • Dolaucothi gold mines - 20 mins

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customer reviews for Dolau Canol

Dolau Canol was petfect in everyway, beautiful home, cosy, with everything you would need, surprise games room, latrge grounds, pribate. The housekeeper so kind and helpful, she clearly loves Dolau Canol. Ideal location for so many areas - Llangrannog, Aneraeron, Cardigan, Cei Newydd. Will definately cone back to one of the loveliest places we've stayed in. Diolch!

- Beca N,

Thank you so much for a wonderful New year break in this beautiful cottage. My family loved everything about it - especially the fireplace, the snug, the beautiful quilts and blankets. It is charming, peaceful place to be and we hope to return.

- Lucinda eason ,

A wonderfully secluded and spacious cottage. It's in a very peaceful location with just the sound of birds and farm animals - idyllic! The nearest village is a short walk away, along a river side path, if you need any groceries. (Or a 5 min drive). Perfect for a family or a couple. Plenty of space, but it's also very cosy. We enjoyed lighting the wood burner, having dinner in the dining space and then retiring to the snug to watch a film. The quilts, tapestries and wall hangings in the property were lovely - it made it feel so cosy and authentic. It's a shame there is no shower upstairs (only a bath), but with a house of that heritage you are limited with what you can do, so understandable. The shower room downstairs is fine, and the towel heater is lovely and warm! Jen Jones' antique shop at the end of the drive is worth a visit, as is her exhibition (and the coffee shop next door!) in Lampeter - only 15 mins away. Also New Quay (about 30 mins drive) for a dolphin watching boat tour and lots of cafes to choose from.

- Francesca H,

We had a perfect week at Dolau Canol despite the change in the weather. The cottage is beautifully renovated, well appointed, clean and comfortable. It provided a tranquil base to explore the Ceredigion coastline as well as Caernarvon and Tenby. The highlight of the visit was spotting an osprey and otters. WiFi was available but did drop out regularly. The only thing we would change, would be to forfeit the downstairs bedroom for a larger shower room and put a sofa bed in the snug to keep sleeping for 6. Jen's throws, quilts and decor are beautiful. Her shop is definitely worth a visit.

- Pamela B,

A lovely secluded holiday cottage. Situated very close to the River Teifi and walking distance to the village of Llanbydder.

- David B,

Once again a great holiday in utt cottage Ty teifi. Set in the beautiful welsh countryside with loads of lovely walks from the doorstep. Very relaxing spacious cottage.

- Lorraine C,

This cottage has a wonderful front lawn with a badminton net already set up and is brilliant for family games, including croquet! You’re greeted by bird song in the morning and in the evening flocks of birds swoop overhead and circle the barns. Upstairs is really beautiful with lovely bedrooms. The beds are comfy with cosy blankets and quilts and lots of pillows. The kitchen is well equipped, but the electric oven isn’t great for complex cooking. The sitting room has a good fire though the sofa is quite small and doesn’t sit in front of it, so the configuration didn’t quite work for us. There’s an additional snug with TV and sofas but no fire. The house is a 40 minute drive from Penbryn beach and 50 mins from Mwnt which are both stunning. We had a great weekend and the kids loved the house.

- Rebecca S,

Great location, and a spacious house. The 'walk' into nearest village and local shops does take some understanding as it is not overly clear. It is a long drive from the road. do not give up it is worth the effort.

- Paul jeffery ,

The cottage was beautiful. It had all the charm and period features of a traditional Welsh farmhouse with a private situation but only 5 min walk into the village. Just what we wanted for our winter retreat. We especially appreciated the Christmas decorations and unending supply of logs. We made the most of all the local countryside walks with Dolaucothi estate walk the highlight. It is not far to Lampeter for all amenities and 25 minutes to the coast. Thank you for sharing your special place with us xx

- Sarah H,

What a tremendous setting. And a refined bookshelf! Highly recommended.

- Jack westhead ,

This cottage was absolutely perfect in every way. I loved looking out of wi dow to see fields with lambs. Altogether, so relaxing and everything provided that you could possibly need. Highly Recommend!

- Shoshana W,

Excellent holiday. Everything you could ask for to make it enjoyable. Host rang to make sure that we had no problems with the property. Would definitely recommend this property.

- D.r. johnston ,

This is a beautiful holiday house. The restoration has been done with care and attention. We had a great weekend break and enjoyed the garden, badminton and surrounding area. Excursions to Lampeter and Aberaeron were easily done and very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this for families or groups of friends.

- Jane S,

The cottage was lovely. Welcomed with a tea tray and Welsh cakes. Was a bit chilly and would have been nicer still if the heat had been on and all the radiators all switched off, but we soon got the place warmed up. We had a lovely stay.

- Kathy D,

We had a lovely time at Dolau Canol, beautiful house in a perfect setting! Lots of space for kids, adults and dogs alike and plenty of home comforts, especially the woodstove! Another great UTT property - we'll be back!

- Sarah H,

This was our forth stay at Dolau Canol, and as always, we had a fantastic time. The cottage is perfect in every way - cosy, comfortable, and rustic - and the landscape makes you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We will be back again soon. Thank you!

- Angela muir ,

Fabulous! After a broken boiler at our original cottage we switched to Dolau Canol and what a brilliant stroke of luck it proved to be! The website photos really don't do it justice as it's beautiful inside and out and is full of charm. It was perfect for us and our two Basset Hounds who absolutely loved the huge garden. For a birthday retreat it proved to be prefect and we will hopefully revisit soon.

- Chris B,

Our family holiday at Dolau Canol was just perfect. The cottage was beautiful, had eveything we needed and more and felt like home from the moment we arrived, with the welcoming welsh cakes very happily munched as we unpacked. We will certainly be coming back . Thank you to everyone involved in making our holiday so lovely.

- Victoria M,

We had a great week break with our dogs. The property was in an excellent location, quiet and very rural yet within easy reach of the coast. The accommodation was in very good order and all the facilities needed were provided and available. It was fantastic - apart from the rain!!

- Edward A,

Very happy holiday, beautiful and well appointed house and incredibly fabulous weather! Coast walks and even swam in sea!

- Rosie W,

This restoration is work of art. Reaching far deeper than ‘museum quality,’ this is truly a home: A place that seamlessly blends history with quality of life. It was a privilege to stay here, if only for a week. We will return, and we will send our most ‘special’ friends.

- Janet forman ,

We just love Dolau Canol, so much so that we now think of it as our second home! It has been superbly restored to a high standard and has everything you need for a perfect break away.

- Sarah Q,

We had an amazing time at Dolau Canol, one of my favourite places I have ever stayed in. It was brilliant to receive 2016 under the stars. The cottage is very well equipped and very charming. It exceeded our expectations and it definitely looks far far better than the pictures. I would certainly recommend it. The weather wasn't great but we still enjoyed our stay.

- Ahmed masoud ,

This was a truly lovely place to stay. We celebrated a big birthday en famille and were very comfortable indeed. The house is warm and cosy, kitchen is well equipped and the soft water is a delight. We were pleased that we could bring our dog who enjoyed his walks down the lanes and on the beach. I have written in more detail with photos on Jacqueline Bunn

- Jacqueline B,

We had our honeymoon at this cottage. We had a really lovely time. Such a beautiful cottage. My wife really loves old cottages like this one, so it was a great surprise for her. Was lovely to have the wood burning stove, for the wet and windy evenings. We'd definitely like to come back, and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who likes traditional buildings.

- David C,

Gwyliau hyfryd mewn ty bendigedig hanesyddol - dioich am y croeso. A lovely holiday in a wonderful historic house - thank you for the welcome. Mr Alwyn Gorffennaf 2015

- Illtud A,

A really special place. So beautiful and quiet. We loved the river especially the herons and kingfisher. The children loved it, their parents loved it and Jock the dog, adored it - we shall be back ~ Justin, Nicola, Hugo, Phoebe and Jock


We've really enjoyed our stay here. We appreciate all that has been done to bring this ancient building back into use in a substainable way; the sympathetic furnishings and the peaceful location ~ Linda and Jim


We have had a marvellous time here, so relaxing, superb accommodation, beautifully furnished, a pleasure to stay here. The walks through the fields and by the river are so peaceful ~ Karen and Chris