The Three Spaniels

UK Wales Mid Wales Ceredigion

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A dog-friendly shepherd’s hut on a 26-acre farm in West Wales, 20 miles from Cardigan Bay

“You do occasionally see a tractor driving past,” explains The Three Spaniels’ owner Miranda apologetically. “And you can see a house.” She’s right; you can – if you squint and look really, really hard among the glorious Welsh countryside that spreads out in front of the site’s lone shepherd’s hut. Beyond the little fenced garden and past the field grazed by Miranda’s beloved horse, Rufus, you might just about spot the chimney pot of a cottage half a mile down the valley. For most glamping guests though, this level of what passes for traffic and urbanisation in West Wales, keeps the place just the right side of remote.

Having said that, although there’s just the one shepherd’s hut on this new site for the moment, you are not completely isolated. The Three Spaniels is Miranda and husband Dave’s pet project and they’ve parked the hut up in a sheltered position that’s not too far from the house they live in on their 26-acre farm. You’ll share this ample space with them, their spaniels (of course), chickens, horses and the sheep which graze on site. A hedge separates you from the farm buildings and ensures privacy but you are never too far away if you want to ask this enthusiastic couple for local information.

Before moving here, Dave and Miranda had been holidaying in Wales for years. They’ve canoed, coasteered and caravanned all around the area so they’re well equipped to point you in the right direction. They can tell you where to eat fish and chips with a chance of seeing dolphins (New Quay), where to find some challenging MTB routes (Brechfa Forest) and where to go for a decent Sunday roast (The Gwarcefal in Prengwyn). But be warned; although it’s not too far from much that makes Wales such a great destination, it’s not close either. The nearest shop is four miles away, the nearest place to paddle out in to the River Teifi – a further eight and the coast – a 20-minute drive.

If you don’t fancy exploiting the surprisingly easy connections, The Three Spaniels works just as well as a retreat. Couples can cosy up in the self-contained shepherd’s hut which has its own shower and loo as well as a seating area which converts in to a double bed. The underfloor heating, heated towel rail and simple kitchenette make winter stays just as appealing as summer ones when you can take advantage of the garden, outdoor seating and barbecue. A brazier for campfires means stargazing is a year-round on-site activity along with walking the dog in the extensive grounds. With a name like The Three Spaniels, you might have guessed that at this glamping getaway, dogs are welcome too.

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Facilities

The shepherd’s hut has an electricity supply, a fully plumbed-in shower and WC and a kitchenette with a sink, fridge, dual-ring hob, toaster and kettle. There’s a seating area with a table which converts in to a double bed. Outside there’s a picnic bench, sun loungers and a brazier where campfires are allowed. Logs are provided/available to buy for £6 per bag.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Dogs and (by prior arrangement) horses are also welcome.

Nearby

The Three Spaniels site has a small woodland and meadow with a stream at the boundary line which guests are welcome to explore. Beyond the site boundaries, the River Teifi is a great place for walks, wildlife spotting and canoeing. The area is also a great place for mountain biking and horse-riding. Brechfa Forest is about 14 miles down the road and has plenty of walking, horseriding and mountain biking trails. The site is about 20 minutes from the coast at Cardigan Bay. Head for the closest beach at New Quay (12 miles away) to join a dolphin, seal and birdwatching boat trip, or explore the pretty seaside villages of Llangrannog, Tresaith and Aberporth a few miles south. You can join the Wales Coast Path for challenging walks or go coasteering, paddleboarding, kayaking or surfing.

Food & Drink

The closest pubs are a 4-mile drive away in Llanybydder but Dave and Miranda recommend heading a little further to the little village of Prengwyn and The Gwarcefal Arms. Their favourites also include seaside pubs The Black Lion (01545 560122) in New Quay and The Ship Inn at Llangrannog (01239 654510), both a drive of around 30 minutes. Another recommended pub is Penllwyndu (‘The Pen’ to locals – 01239 682533), about 20 miles away. A little closer to site is Lampeter, 7 miles away, with a number of places to eat and drink. The dog-friendly vintage-style Granny’s Kitchen (01570 421667) gets the thumbs up from David and Miranda. Newcastle Emlyn, 12 miles away, also has a choice of restaurants and cafés including the recommended Harrison’s (01239 711814) and The Riverside Café (01239 710404). The Plwmp Tart (01239 758100) at Penbryn Beach, 16 miles from site, is also recommended as a place to refuel after a walk.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Situated in a stunning, rural location, our shepherd's hut is nestled in the peaceful Ceredigion countryside in West Wales. Our hand-made shepherd's hut is luxuriously kitted out with en-suite shower room, kitchenette & underfloor heating. Outside you have your own fenced garden area (dog-friendly) & rural views. Feel free to roam our 26 acres, enjoy the wildlife & star-gaze in the unpolluted night skies.

Our shepherd's hut has everything you need for a perfect 'get away from it all' glamping holiday. It's bright & airy, with lovely character features. Most importantly it is comfy & warm, with underfloor heating. It is south facing with lovely rural views & enclosed garden.

Wildlife and conservation are important to us here at The Three Spaniels and we are keen to encourage all manner of flora and fauna to thrive; to that end we are in the process of planting more native trees, restoring our hedgerows and planting patches of wildflowers wherever possible.

‘The Three Spaniels’ is really the name of our soon-to-be micropub, where real ale, wine and of course tea and coffee will be available. Share tales of your holiday adventures or sit quietly by the fire with a good book – the choice is yours! Situated in one end of our old stone barn, we hope to have the pub open for business some time in the summer of 2019.

Accommodation

A single shepherd’s hut sleeping 2.

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Location

Getting There

From Lampeter it’s about 7½ miles to site. Head west on the A475. At the mini roundabout in Drefach turn right onto the B4338. Proceed about 1½ miles to the next village which is Cwrtnewydd. In Cwrtnewydd, turn left over the stream and head up the steep hill, out of the village. You will pass the primary school on your right. Just over the brow of the hill you will see the drive entrance. There is a tractor tyre marked ‘Penlan Ganol’ beside the entrance and a small copper beech tree.

There are regular buses into Lampeter and Newcastle Emlyn from Cwrtnewydd village, which is a 20-minute walk from The Three Spaniels. The nearest mainline railway station is at Carmarthen, 20 miles away. It’s possible to arrange transfers to and from the station, please contact The Three Spaniels directly.

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