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Two renovated cottages blending modern design with character and original features of traditional Welsh stone buildings, on a smallholding nestled in a quiet valley. A great location for enjoying unspoilt countryside, wildlife and the gorgeous coast.

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Rooms: Hen Ffermdy 1 king. Cwt Mochyn 2 doubles, 1 twin/superking.
Price:

from £180

Meals: Homemade pies; eggs & produce. Pre-order organic veg, milk, bread. Shop on site.
Open: All year round.
Address: Banceithin, Bethania, Llanon, Ceredigion, SY23 5NP
 

Why we've chosen Banceithin

Banceithin’s luxury cottages are located in a secluded valley 9 miles inland from the coastal town of Aberaeron. Rescued from dereliction, both cottages date back to the 1800’s. The renovations blend modern interior design & facilities with the character & original features of the traditional Welsh stone buildings. Our aim is to provide the highest quality holiday accommodation while minimising the impact on the environment. The key “green” features at Banceithin are a biomass boiler, solar thermal water heating & reed bed water treatment system. Our fledgling smallholding, with polytunnel, veg plot, small orchard & soft fruit area, pigs, chickens & bees, helps us be more self-sufficient.  

The two cottages:

Cwt Mochyn (sleeps 6) is a former barn & pig sty converted into a large, single-storey cottage. Hen Ffermdy (sleeps 2) is the old farmhouse converted into a comfortable, spacious cottage with mezzanine en-suite bedroom. Each has its own enclosed garden, wood flooring throughout, original stone walls, wood burner, well-equipped modern kitchen, individually styled bedrooms & access to shared lockable storage room for walking boots, fishing tackle & bikes.  

Plenty to do nearby:

Two of Ceredigion’s best restaurants within 20 minutes drive; a local country pub serving real ale; beaches to suit everyone, from the long sandy beach & dunes of Ynyslas, to smugglers coves like Cwmtudu; cliff walks along the Ceredigion Coast Path, inland walks through the Aeron, Ystwyth & Rheidol valleys, hill walks in the Cambrian Mountains; a circular cycle route to Aberaeron passes our way or you can cycle the Ystwyth Trail, Rheidhol Cycleway or on mountain bike trails at Nant Yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre; coarse fishing lakes for all levels, fishing on the River Teifi for brown trout or in mountain lakes at Teifi Pools, or sea fishing from local ports; abundant wildlife on nature reserves like RSPB Ynys-hir, home of BBC Springwatch 2011; trips back in time at historical sites like Cilgerran Castle, Llanerchaeron & National Wool Museum.

But you don’t have to go anywhere! Snuggle up indoors, unwind with the selection of books, games, DVDs & CDs, or if you’re staying in Hen Ffermdy take a trip down memory lane by digging out a forgotten LP from our collection to play on the 1950s radiogram. Kids of all ages can test their skills at darts & table tennis in the shared games room. Take in the tranquil surroundings of Banceithin - by day admire red kites soaring above fields or go dipping for bugs in our wildlife ponds; by dusk watch swooping housemartins & bats or spot a hunting barn owl; by night marvel at how bright the Milky Way is in dark skies free of light pollution. 

How does Banceithin minimise its impact on the environment and contribute to a sense of place?

Banceithin has been awarded Gold from the GTBS for the green initiatives, including the installation of a biomass boiler has been installed for all central heating and hot water to reduce their draw on energy. Additionally solar thermal is used for additional hot water in one cottage. The electricity is sourced from 100% renewable sources on a green tariff. All appliances and light bulbs are energy saving. Both cottages have been A rated for the Environmental Impact EPC assessment. The electricity consumption in cottages is monitored by recording regular meter readings. To reduce landfill waste, items are purchased secondhand where possible, such as furniture and recycling facilities are provided for glass, paper/cardboard, plastics and aluminum. Composting facilities are provided for food waste and wood burner ash. Eco friendly cleaning products are provided in refillable containers to minimise packaging waste.

Cottages are fed by a private water supply and waste water is treated through a bespoke reed bed system. Guests are encouraged to conserve water (e.g. by washing vegetables in a bowl instead of running water and throwing water onto garden). All toilets have dual flushes. Water flow from all taps is measured and restricted to lowest required level. Rainwater is harvested and used to water cottage gardens and for the chickens. Fresh produce from their smallholding (eggs, vegetables, preserves, sausages & bacon) is available to guests. The welcome hamper includes products made from as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. Information on local farm shops and other independent businesses is provided. To encourage arrival by public transport, guests are offered free collection/drop off service from/to Aberystwyth for guests travelling by train or coach, as well a free grocery service. Each year, the owners choose and actively support a green/environmental charity.

Top eco features at Banceithin

 
  • Biomass boiler & distributed heat mean for all central heating & hot water

  • Solar thermal for additional hot water in one cottage

  • Electricity sourced from Ecotricity on a 100% renewables tariff. Both cottages A rated for the Environmental Impact EPC assessment

  • Recycling & composting facilities provided. Ecologically safe washing up liquid, hand soap & cleaning products are provided in refillable containers to minimise waste

  • Cottages fed by private water supply & waste water is treated through a bespoke reed bed system.

  • Fresh produce from the smallholding is available to guests to purchase on site. Guests can pre-order a veg & salad box, milk & bread which hosts purchase & collect for guests from local organic farm shop

 

Location

Banceithin, Ceredigion, Wales
Nearest train station: Aberystwyth (train & coach station)

Directions from station:
Banceithin is 16 miles from Aberystwyth. We provide a free collection and drop off service from/to Aberystwyth at no extra charge for guests wishing to travel to Banceithin by train or coach - guests can either pre-order groceries or we include a supermarket stop in Aberystwyth on arrival. Alternatively, Mid Wales Travel bus route 588 (Aberystwyth-Lampeter) stops in Bethania (43 minute journey) from where Banceithin is a 15 minute walk.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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