Things to see & do near our cosy Welsh cottage on the west coast of Wales, 

You won’t be short of something to do during your stay at Parc-yr-Hebog. A perfect family holiday, whether you want to make the most of the great outdoors, head down to the coast for a spot of beach fun or indulge in the Welsh culture and history.

Cardigan Bay on the west coast of Wales offers some of the most unspoilt beaches in Europe.  There’s an array of small quiet beaches and coves to explore and stunning coastal villages including Tresaith and Llangrannog.  Visit the classic seaside town of New Quay where the film about the life of Dylan Thomas, 'The Edge of Love', starring Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller, was filmed. Take a boat trip from the pier to discover the unique marine life in the bay, including seals and dolphins.

Aberaeron is also well worth a visit. This picture-perfect coastal town, largely designed by John Nash, boasts colourful Georgian houses and an unspoilt natural harbour, ideal for crabbing from the quay-side, or enjoy a bite to eat in one of Wales's finest restaurants – The Harbourmaster.

walk, cycle or surf

Parc-yr-Hebog is ideally located to make the most of the great outdoors – enjoy the fresh sea air of Cardigan Bay or the peace and quiet of the Cambrian mountains. There are plenty of maps and guide books available for your use in the holiday cottage.

Bike hire can be arranged from Cilcennin Cycle Hire (01570 470079). There are some great routes in the Cycle Wales guide books, available from Visit Wales, although you'll need to make sure you're fit to tackle all those Welsh hills!

If you fancy learning something new whilst on holiday, contact Walking On Water Surf School (07929 576437) who offer their services in locations across Cardigan Bay.

history and culture

The unofficial cultural capital of Wales, Aberystwyth, is just 30 minutes drive away – it's home to the National Library of Wales, which has a copy of every publication ever printed in the British Isles. Aber, as it's known locally, also has a vibrant Arts Centre and gallery on the university campus.

Strata Florida abbey, the Coracle centre on the river Teifi in Cenarth, and the 18th century Welsh gentry estate of Llanerchaeron are just a few of the cultural delights you’ll find  in the ancient county of Ceredigion.

Nearby Lampeter is the county's second university town – home to the oldest degree-awarding institution in Wales and England after Oxford and Cambridge.

With its lively culture, and the prominence of the Welsh language in the area, you'll truly experience the unique culture of Wales in Ceredigion.

food and drink

West Wales has an enviable source of great quality produce including Rachel’s organic dairy produce, Welsh Black beef, Sewin, Caws Cenarth cheese and Welsh Cawl (a traditional chunky soup). You can savour some of the most natural flavours of the area and travel through breathtaking countryside by following the Ceredigion Taste Trail. Details of the trail are available at .

You’ll never be short of an ice-cream shop and there are some fabulous home-made ice-creams around too, including honey ice-cream from the Hive on the Quay, Aberaeron and Italian ice-cream at La Calabria in Ffostrasol.

On arrival you’ll find a selection of kitchen staples waiting for you, together with some home-made cakes or  freshly baked home made bread using locally milled flour from Felin Geri.

There’s a convenience store just a few miles away and a Sainsbury's and Co-op in the town of Lampeter, a 15 minute drive away. Both Tesco and ASDA do online deliveries to the property should you wish. 


Sainsbury’s, Market Place, Lampeter SA48 7DS

01570 463600

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 07:00 – 22:00, Sun 10:00 – 16:00 

Coop, Lower Bridge Street, Lampeter SA48 7AF                                               

01570 422167

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 08:00 – 22:00, Sun 10:00 – 16:00

Costcutters, 20-21 Market Street, Aberaeron

01545 570279

Nisa, Ystrad Garage, Felinfach SA48 8AE

01570 470384

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 07:30 – 21:00, Sun 08:30 – 21:00

Londis, Dryslwyn Stores, Llwyncelyn, Aberaeron SA46 0HF

01545 580381

Morrisons, Llanbadarn, Aberystwyth, SY23 3RN

01970 626892

Tesco Stores, Aberystwyth Road, Cardigan, SA43 1NA                                               

0845 6779120

restaurants and pubs

There’s an excellent selection of eateries in the region, from waterside pubs to remote country houses, including one of the most popular restaurants on the west coast of Wales – The Harbourmaster in Aberaeron.

Here is a list of favourite restaurants and pubs in the area – don't forget to book in plenty of time, especially at weekends!




Harbourmaster Hotel Aberaeron

01545 570755

Award winning hotel and restaurant. Almost impossible to book a table for a week-end but bar meals are great.

Restaurant 20, Castle Hotel Aberaeron


The Hive on the Quay Aberaeron

01545 570205



01545 570445

Relaxed airy atmosphere in comfortable surroundings serving local food with a Mediterranean twist

Local seafood and Welsh ingredients. The honey ice cream is a must. Wales The True Taste award winners in 2011


Y Talbot Hotel


01974 298208

Great for lunch or dinner. Nice pub and freshly cooked food making the most of local ingredients.


Falcondale Hotel  Lampeter


01570 422910


Glorious setting and good home cooked food.


The Hungry Trout         New Quay


01545 560680

Locally caught seafood a speciality

Ship Inn                   Tresaith

01239 810380

Focus is on local seafood but many other options available


Welsh gold is becoming is extremely rare so take home a souvenir for life from Celtic jewellery maker Rhiannon at the Welsh Gold Centre in Tregaron. There’s an extensive art gallery and shop with Welsh gifts and crafts.

West Wales is renowned for its wool – a trip to the Welsh Woollen Museum at Dre-fach Felindre will give you an insight into this ancient Welsh industry. The museum shop is full of fabulous throws, cushions of every colour and even some large woollen sheep! Or why not step back in time with a trip on the Teifi valley steam train at Newcastle Emlyn.

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Barn Holiday Cottage, Self Catering in Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Cardigan Bay, Wales

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What a truly wonderful place! (July 2017)

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