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UK Wales Mid Wales Ceredigion Thistledown Glamping

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 2 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Hot Tub
  • Private Bathroom
  • In room Wifi
  • Pet Friendly
Handcrafted shepherd's hut in a wild, unadulterated West Wales meadow
  • Beautifully hand-crafted double bed and bespoke bunk beds
  • Enclosed outside area, with a fire-pit and seating area
  • Short stroll to your private bathroom with a wonderful rain shower

The Owner Says

Enjoy a break for two or a family glamping adventure and experience the magic of West Wales in Finch, our Shepherd Hut that sleeps up to 4 people in a beautifully hand crafted raised double bed & unique bunk beds.

Inside there is also a seating area & extending table as well as a kitchen area.

Outside, within your own enclosed gravelled garden there is a decked area with table and chairs and a wood fired hot tub, and a fire pit with more seating, perfect for sitting round the fire toasting marshmallows.

A short stroll away is the private bathroom. Here you will find a rain shower, toilet and sink, hanging space for your clothes, and plenty of space to get ready.

We are a quiet site and are not suitable for hen/stag parties.

Hot Tub not suitable for children under 12.

Features & Facilities

Wren sleeps 2 in a raised double bed. 'Finch' sleeps 4, with the raised double, plus bunk beds. Inside you'll find a compact kitchen with a 2 ring electric hob, kettle, toaster, sink, cutlery, crockery and basic cooking utensils, plus a table and chairs, externally controlled heaters, a TV, free Wi-Fi, shelving and storage. Towels and bedding all provided. In the enclosed outside area there is decking with table and chairs, a fire pit with BBQ utensils and skillets.

Both Huts have a private, wood-fired hot tub directly outside, perfect for star gazing on a clear night. Our wood fired hot tubs are provided for a relaxing experience and are not suitable for children to play in (children under 12 are not permitted to use the tub).

Each hut has its own private bathroom a short walk away – this has a rain-head shower, flushing loo, a sink, mirror and a heated towel rail.

Parking is at the top of the field and both shepherd huts are a short walk down a gravel pathway (unfortunately the site is not suitable for people who are less physically able). Wood for the fire pits can be purchased on site.

NEW FROM OCT 2019 - WOOD FIRED HOT TUB IN FINCH, plenty of room for 4

Book Direct on our own Thistledown website or by phone and you will benefit from;

- 2 person discount in Finch if only two people staying (only double bed will be made up/2 towel bundles provided)

- 3pm arrival

- Complimentary bundle of wood for your fire pit

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It's a 20-minute drive (11 miles) to Cardigan Bay. Famous for its bottlenose dolphins, you can join dolphin watching boat trips from New Quay's pretty harbour (also the place to go for fish and chips; see Food & Drink) or try visiting the shingle beach at Cwmtydu, which is also known as a regular place for spotting dolphins and seals (from mid September onwards you can often see seal pups on the beach). Owned by the National Trust, Mwnt (16 miles) is a particularly good beach – there is no avoiding the long, steep walk there but it makes it one of the most secluded spots along the coast – and Aberporth (12 miles) is also recommended – a blue flag beach with excellent water quality. The National Wool Museum (02920 573070) is a short drive from Thistledown Glamping, while Newcastle Emlyn is 12 minutes away and boasts the ruins of a 13th century castle, good restaurants, and a country market every Friday. The River Teifi offers trout fishing, walking trails and canoeing in most places. If you're here with the kids, a ride on the local steam train is a must. The Teifi Valley Railway (01559 371077) is a narrow-gauge tourist railway located at Henllan. Until recently it has been closed and disused but it has just re-opened for rides and is a real hidden treasure.

Food & Drink

There's a guest information file in each hut with lists of local pubs and restaurants nearby. It's a 5-minute drive to The Daffodil (01559 370343) in Penrhiwllan, a very dog-friendly local pub with a delicious choice of food. It can also be reached by a scenic, 40-minute walk down an old country road directly from Thistledown Glamping. If you're heading to the coast, The Lime Crab (01545 561400) in New Quay offers the best fish and chips in the area (according to Tim and Claire at least) and also offer gluten free options. There's also a good ice cream parlour (01545 561307) in New Quay, along with a range of independent cafés, bars and restaurants. The local town of Llandysul also has a range of takeaways if you want a bite to take back to the shepherd's hut.

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Getting There

The village of Croeslan is on the A486 (from the north and west, you'll be following the road towards "Ffostrasol"; from the south and east, you'll be following it towards New Quay). In the middle of Croeslan there is a petrol station and a Post Office. Take the turn directly opposite the Post Office. Thistledown Glamping is ½ mile down the road on your right. When you arrive look out for the Thistledown sign by the gate and enter. On the white-washed building in the car park you will see a cupboard on the wall, ring the bell and Tim or Claire will appear!

The nearest railway is 3 miles away but, since it's the truly tiny Teifi Valley narrow gauge railway, it's not much use as a convenient mode of transport! For the nearest main-line station it's an arduous near-20-mile trip (half an hour by car) to Carmarthen and there's not a particularly frequent bus service to this area. In short, don't rely on public transport to get here.