Ty Cwch Boathouse

UK Wales Mid Wales Ceredigion New Quay

  • Groups welcome
  • Laundry
  • Beaches
Stylishly converted, shipping-container accommodation just metres from the beach

At the foot of a steep valley, surrounded by high pastures where wild ponies roam, pebbly Cymtdu Beach is the place that 21st-century tourism seems to have forgotten. A 200-year-old lime kiln still overlooks the beach, dug into the hillside and recently restored by the National Trust, while a tiny clutch of whitewashed houses line the final stretch of road down to the waterfront. The lane is too narrow for bus loads of tourists, and the beach – just 100 metres long – is too small and sand-free to attract big crowds. It’s great for the seals, though, who return to rear their pups here every autumn. And it’s ideal, too, for those humans who have that similar inner instinct – drawing them to wild places, quiet coves and secluded stretches of coast.

Whether the setting reveals it or not, however, Cymtdu (also known as Seal Bay) is very much in the 21st century and comes complete with a suitably modern, hipster-chic collection of glamping cabins just metres from the sea. Cleverly crafted out of up-cycled shipping containers that have been clad in wind-blown pine panels and shaded by taught, canvas canopies, the accommodation is a maritime masterpiece. Stacked together like giant lego, the shipping containers are in two storeys: On the top are the three cabins, each sleeping four people in bunk beds and available to book separately or all together, while below, the compartments contain a very well-equipped communal kitchen and a cosy sofa and reading space. Beyond, extends a wide, open deck with up-cycled pallet furniture and boxes housing body-boards and rock-pooling nets for the beach.

Together, the tetris collection of cabins is known as the Ty Cwch Boathouse and, with its sail-like canopy shading the deck and round, porthole windows, it certainly has a nautical feel. If you’re bringing your own kayak or fishing equipment you can actually use it as a bit of a boathouse, too, storing your things securely while you stay. You can go from steeping your coffee to launching your kayak in a matter of minutes.

While paddlers enjoy the craggy cliffs and secret inlets, walkers with a little know-how can follow the Ceredigion Coast Path to many of the same hidden spots. It’s a half-mile trek to Castell Bach – “Little Castle” – an iron age hill fort dating to 300 BC, where the remains of earthwork defences are still visible today. The small sandy cove there is an utter joy. Sheltered by a rocky knoll that has the appearance of an island, you can sometimes find the beach empty, even on the sunniest of days. Continue further and you reach New Quay, home to pubs and restaurants aplenty and a good place to organise more tourist-orientated excursions, while, to the south, it’s the same distance to walk to the beach and welcoming pub at Llangrannog.

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Facilities

Cabins sleep 4 (in bunk beds), with shared living spaces for all cabin guests. On the ground floor the cooking, entertainment and cleaning pods open on to a covered deck and the main sitting and dining area. Full kitchen (though catering available if required). There’s music, videos, games, toys, WiFi and washing and drying facilities. WC’s and 2 external showers for cleaning up. All pods are fully heated. Direct access to the beach.

Suitable For

Ty Cwch has all the comforts of home, almost. The cabins are all insulated and heated so it's possible to be cosy in the worst of weather, you just have to go outside to get from one room to the next. You might call it glamping, or a bunkhouse, or a boathouse like I do.

It's a very flexible space so we have large families, small families, (sharing the ground floor with other people), groups of friends, walkers, kayakers, cylists, paddleboarders, people enjoying the countryside, the sea, and the sense of retreat.

We do say that dogs are permitted but we'd like them to stay downstairs, and that you consider any other people who are staying at the time.

Nearby

Ty Cwch Boathouse is just metres from the beach so, unsurprisingly, the common thing to do here is grab a wetsuit, board or sea kayak and wander down to the waterfront (you're welcome to bring your own equipment and store it in the boat house). Be sure to check out the restored lime kiln that marks the back of the beach, too – supposedly popular with smugglers in years past.  There's a good café and ample space for launching kayaks. Cwmtydu is known for its hidden seclusion. If you want to organise some activities contact our partner Rhydian Wilson at ICY UK Ltd or for more amenities and to organise  boat hire, head north to nearby New Quay (4 miles). The section of the Ceredigion Coast Path from just outside Ty Cwch Boathouse is sublime. From the south, it drops down into Cwytydu by descending along the valley side before climbing out of the bay again towards New Quay. In either direction it's a pleasant 4-mile walk to the nearest village (and pub). The beach and coves along the coast by Cwmtydu are a particularly popular place for seals to rear their pups, so keep your eye out (and give them plenty of space), while, further out, dolphins can sometimes be spotted on a clear day – the bay is home to the largest population of bottlenose dolphins in Europe.

Food & Drink

About 10 metres away is a small café – Melyn y Gors (01545 560321) – that serves excellent light bites and homemade ice-cream you can eat down on the beach. Open all year, their carrot cake is particularly recommended. Otherwise, until the Crown reopens at Easter, (2 miles away at the top of the valley), the nearest pubs are all 4 miles away in Llangrannog (by road or coastal path) or New Quay (a touch under 4 miles by the coastal path). The latter has more options.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Our unique collection of glamping cabins are located just metres from the coast. These smart, up-cycled shipping containers have been clad in weathered Larch boards and shaded by canvas canopies – making the accommodation here a maritime masterpiece! Stacked together like giant lego, our shipping containers are in two storeys: on the very top are three cabins – each sleeping four people in bunk beds and available to book separately or all together – while below, the compartments contain a well-equipped communal kitchen and dining area, and a cosy sitting room. Beyond, extends a wide, open deck with up-cycled pallet furniture and boxes housing body-boards and rock-pooling nets for the beach. Together, our collection of cabins is known as the Ty Cwch Boathouse and, with its sail-like canopy shading the deck and round, porthole windows, it certainly has a nautical feel. If you’re bringing your own kayak or fishing equipment you can actually use it as a bit of a boathouse, too, storing your things securely while you stay. You can go from steeping your coffee to launching your kayak in a matter of minutes. We look forward to welcoming you to Ty Cwch!

Accommodation

3 converted-shipping-container cabins (each sleeping 4) with communal living spaces.

Cabin 1

Cabin Sleeps 4
An external staircase and walkway gives access to the three first floor sleeping cabins and two shower/WC's. Each cabin, (6m x 2.4m), is fully insulated and heated, has four bunks, individual lockers, a mirror, two directors chairs, and a large round window with excellent views to the sea.

Cabin 2

Cabin Sleeps 4
An external staircase and walkway gives access to the three first floor sleeping cabins and two shower/WC's. Each cabin, (6m x 2.4m), is fully insulated and heated, has four bunks, individual lockers, a mirror, two directors chairs, and a large round window with excellent views to the sea.

Cabin 3

Cabin Sleeps 4
An external staircase and walkway gives access to the three first floor sleeping cabins and two shower/WC's. Each cabin, (6m x 2.4m), is fully insulated and heated, has four bunks, individual lockers, a mirror, two directors chairs, and a large round window with excellent views to the sea.

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Ty Cwch really is a little slice of heaven

Ty Cwch really is a little slice of heaven, it's so brilliant that we ended up going twice this summer and what a treat. The coast path in both directions is utterly stunning; the beach whether crashing waves or calm and flat is an utter joy; the seals bobbing and watching you is something you'll never forget and the cafe does a great hot chocolate. And the house is perfect whether for a small group (our first visit) or a family gathering (our second), superbly kitted out so you don't want for anything yet unique enough that you, and the small ones, don't feel it's too boringly like home!
Sep 14, 2020 by Clare

Response from Ty Cwch Boathouse

Thanks Clare. We're glad that you and the family enjoyed it so much and look forward to seeing you again soon. Nigel
★★★★★

Lovely location

Stayed here a couple of times, once in December! I was glad to have a warm room. The place offered a good mix of indoor and outdoor space and was well equipped. Liked the area. It is tucked away in a hidden valley with a cafe at the end (open summer). Good cliff walks and beaches. Pub was a drive or bus ride but worth it.
Jun 26, 2019 by keith Hicks

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