Penybanc Farm, Drefelin, Drefach-Felindre, Llandysul, SA44 5XE, Wales
To call The Ceridwen Centre a campsite is like saying Da Vinci was a bit handy with a paintbrush. For this purpose-built hillside hideaway is as seamless at hosting workshops, retreats, courses, and weddings as it is at hosting your glamping getaway. Nestled within 40 acres of lush (an adjective the locals are fond of) West Wales farmland, Ceridwen lies in the fabled Teifi Valley which straddles Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. Helmed by helpful host Simone, the site wears its green credentials proudly. There's a range of ingenious environmental features all over the farm including solar water heating, a biomass boiler and solar electricity. Its little wonder they were awarded Sustainable Tourism Gold Award for Carmarthenshire for 2013/14.
Eco accolades aside, there's plenty to tempt you to this spellbinding place. Undulating, verdant hills, gently flowing brooks, enchanting wooded glens – Ceridwen has views, and then some. After that there's the accommodation. Besides the several masterfully converted farm buildings (including a refurbished calving shed and über luxurious central house), glamping guests have a choice of four hand-crafted Welsh yurts. Each sleep up to four so are ideal for a small family. Sitting in sweet seclusion in a wild flower strewn apple orchard, these fully-furnished abodes are the very essence of 'getting away from it all'. For those with more amorous intentions, the Gypsy Cwtch (Welsh for a heartfelt cuddle) is a lovingly restored 19th-century Romany wagon with views to die for. The Cwtch features all the antiquated charms of the traveller heritage – Welsh woollen blankets, china collectables, a brass mantelpiece over the warming range stove. There's been more than a couple of proposals made from this enviable spot – don't be surprised if you find yourself returning a year hence for your own nuptials.
Whether here as part of a group or seeking the solace and seclusion of a couples countryside break, Ceridwen radiates a wholly inclusive, laid-back attitude. You may chose to indulge in a few of the many varied workshops on offer, from yoga to creative writing. If the latter, you'll not grow short of inspiration for some suitably purple prose. As you admire the idyll before you, red kites circling overhead, you might like to consider that Ceridwen was the enchantress of Welsh medieval legend said to possess the cauldron of Poetic Inspiration – how apt a name for a setting whose charms you'll soon succumb to.
The Owner Says
Based on a small, arable, organic farm in Carmarthenshire, West Wales, where our 'green' family business has established a growing centre for holidays, courses & celebrations - we have several different types of glamping accommodation, all made & managed with care and located with space around them. The farm is rural but not too remote - we're a mile from the A484 and just over a mile from the closest village pub. West Wales Trails has built a bike skills park (mountain/BMX) for all ages and abilities on a further field up the lane from the yurts.
Better than anywhere!
Hubby and I loved Ceridwen so much, we decided to get married here!! We have stayed in the yurts, and the self-catering accommodation, the B&B and used a camper-van pitch too!! We also stayed in the very lovely Gypsy Cwtch caravan for our wedding night!
We hosted our whole family here on the weekend of the wedding, and the accommodation is fantastic, they really have thought of everything. If you are looking for a lovely venue to host your whole family in the Ceridwen house is perfect with a massive kitchen and plenty of communal areas.
The yurts are cosy, yet spacious. A lovely log fire with plenty of logs and a short dander to the eco loo, kitchenette and Dave the sheep!! The area is spectacular, we can recommend visiting nearby New Quay or Munt for a dolphin trip, Caws Cenarth for some amazing cheeses and the Woollen Mill, where we picked up a few reasonably priced Welsh Woollen Blankets!!
Simone is a wonderful host and will give you as much space or distance as you require! If you are lucky enough to visit on one of the Veggie meal evenings be sure to avail of the fantastic selection of beers and the save room for puddings - the chocolate brownie or sticky toffee pudding are not to be missed. Don't be put off by the vegetarian catering, you will not miss meat at all!!
My only complaint is that if you miss the turning off the main road (or are coming from Newcastle Emelyn) the road (i.e track) to get there is a bit treacherous and will test the clutch on any larger cars!! However if you come off the main road from Carmarthen its absolutely fine. The roads are lovely and quiet - good for a hilly run.
Bring a few torches or candles with you as it is sooooo dark, you'll get lost and fall down the Teifi Valley, especially if you've been to the John Y Gwas or sampled one too many of the organic beers!!