Ty Cwch Boathouse

UK Wales Mid Wales Ceredigion Aberporth

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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The Owner Says

Our unique collection of glamping cabins are located just metres from the coast. These smart, up-cycled shipping containers that have been clad in wind-blown pine panels 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 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, 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!

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★★★★★

A tonic for the soul

myself and 9 friends stayed the weekend (17th may).The area is fantastic with the beach close by and a stream.There is a cafe near the beach selling coffee,panninis etc.The pod itself is ideal for large groups with a large outside area that can be opened up to admire the surroundings .Everything you need is supplied with lovely little touches like books,fishing nets,board games etc.The kitchen is very well equipt with lots of plates cutlery etc There is a phone number for a mini bus/taxi service and this service is great-very reliable.If you would like to walk to Newquay along the coastal path,this takes approx 1.30 hrs but wouldnt recommend for young children as quite near the edge in some parts,also quite a few wild ponies ! There is also a seal that visits the bay regularly. Anything you need to know-ask a local ! They are more than happy to help and recommend places to eat etc We are already booking to return later this year and cannot wait
May 20, 2019 by cindy
★★★★★

Fantastic weekend

We have just returned from a long weekend here with two other families. Fantastic location, really quirky accommodation right on the coastal path and only a stones throw from the sea. I highly recommend it
May 6, 2019 by M O malley
★★★★★

We had a great time. The Boathouse was a wonderful base for exploring and to hang out in.

We were a big group, taking over the whole place with overspill in camper vans and B&B using the Boathouse during the day. Ty Cwch took everything we threw at it and gave back memories, comfort and fun. Being quite early in the year, the social area needed the blankets but the pods were deliciously warm and comfortable. The kitchen and dining areas work really well. We kayaked and walked and danced and really enjoyed ourselves. The wifi worked superbly across the site. Highly recommended.
May 4, 2019 by Sarah Tanburn
★★★★★

Amazing house in amazing location

Extraordinary house made of sea containers with everything you could possibly want, from wifi to outdoor hammocks. Stunning location metres from a small beach and on the coastal path. Magical.
Apr 26, 2019 by Sally Warren
★★★★★

Amazing cosy retreat

Loved staying at Ty Cwch for a few nights. Perfect cosy retreat with all the necessities (WiFi, warmth, kitchen and washing facilities) with the added luxury of being about 200metres from the beach. Lovely and quiet at night and the boathouse looks stunning lit up.
Apr 25, 2019 by Hawys Davies
★★★★★

Good accommodation in nice area.

I stayed here in December. Accommodation was very new, had heating and retained the heat well so made it quite cosy. The area is very scenic with National Trust land either side, along with some secluded beaches. Made a nice change, Will go back, but probably in the warmer months!
Apr 25, 2019 by keith Hicks

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