UK Wales Mid Wales Ceredigion Coed-y-Bryn Thistledown Glamping & Cottages

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 0 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Hot Tub
  • Private Bathroom
  • In room Wifi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Heating
Handcrafted shepherd's hut in a wild, unadulterated West Wales meadow
  • Beautifully hand-crafted double bed and bespoke bunk beds
  • Option to take a soak in your private wood-fired hot tub
  • Short stroll to your private bathroom with a wonderful rain shower

The Owner Says

Enjoy a romantic break for two and experience the magic of West Wales in Wren, our Shepherd Hut that sleeps two adults in a beautifully hand crafted raised double bed.

The bed is raised for you to enjoy the view of the pond on lazy mornings. Wren also has a kitchen and seating area with folding table should you want to eat inside. The compact kitchen includes a 2 ring hob, kettle, toaster, fridge & sink, plus all the crockery, cutlery & glasses you should need.

Outside, within your own enclosed gravelled garden there is a decked area with table and chairs, and a firepit with more seating. Wren also boasts a wood fired hot tub, just perfect for relaxing in and star gazing!

A short stroll away is the private bathroom. Here you will find a rain shower, toilet and sink, hanging space for your clothes, and plenty of space to get ready.

Two small/medium size dogs are welcome in Wren,  please book Finch if you have larger breed dogs, don't forget we offer a couples discount if booking Finch direct. (see our website for more info) Dogs come for free when you book direct on the Thistledown website! Get in touch for the discount to be applied.

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About Thistledown Glamping & Cottages

Suitable For

Self Catering only, suiting couples looking for a romantic, peaceful break or families in Finch with slightly older children looking for a glamping adventure.

We promote a quiet, peaceful site and request that no loud music is played and that you are respectful of other guests.

2 dogs permitted per shepherd's hut, please contact us prior to booking if you have very large breed dogs. Dogs stay for free when you book direct on the Thistledown website!

Please take a look at our website to read our Dog Friendly Policy - scroll to the bottom of any page on our website to find it.


It's a 20-minute drive (11 miles) to Cardigan Bay. Famous for its bottlenose dolphins, you can join dolphin watching boat trips from New Quay's pretty harbour (also the place to go for fish and chips; see Food & Drink) or try visiting the shingle beach at Cwmtydu, which is also known as a regular place for spotting dolphins and seals (from mid September onwards you can often see seal pups on the beach). Owned by the National Trust, Mwnt (16 miles) is a particularly good beach – there is no avoiding the long, steep walk there but it makes it one of the most secluded spots along the coast – and Aberporth (12 miles) is also recommended – a blue flag beach with excellent water quality. The National Wool Museum (02920 573070) is a short drive from Thistledown Glamping, while Newcastle Emlyn is 12 minutes away and boasts the ruins of a 13th century castle, good restaurants, and a country market every Friday. The River Teifi offers trout fishing, walking trails and canoeing in most places. If you're here with the kids, a ride on the local steam train is a must. The Teifi Valley Railway (01559 371077) is a narrow-gauge tourist railway located at Henllan. Until recently it has been closed and disused but it has just re-opened for rides and is a real hidden treasure.

Food & Drink

There's a guest information file in each hut with lists of local pubs and restaurants nearby. It's a 5-minute drive to The Daffodil (01559 370343) in Penrhiwllan, a very dog-friendly local pub with a delicious choice of food. It can also be reached by a scenic, 40-minute walk down an old country road directly from Thistledown Glamping. If you're heading to the coast, The Lime Crab (01545 561400) in New Quay offers the best fish and chips in the area (according to Tim and Claire at least) and also offer gluten free options. There's also a good ice cream parlour (01545 561307) in New Quay, along with a range of independent cafés, bars and restaurants. The local town of Llandysul also has a range of takeaways if you want a bite to take back to the shepherd's hut.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 7 reviews


A lovely, refreshing stay

Staying at Thistledown was a lovely experience. It was the first time I'd ever tried glamping. Tim and Claire are fantastic owners who are really welcoming and responsive. The facilities were lovely, bed was comfy and there was enough equipment provided to get you through your weekend without having to bring anything but food. Claire and Tim add some really nice touches to the glamping experience including replenishing wood supply every day so that there is enough to heat the wood-fired hot tubs and having heated towel racks which made the experience all the more lovely. Would definitely return!
Oct 19, 2021 by Indi Verified Review

Very relaxing getaway

We had a lovely 4 night stay. The shepards hut was very cosy, comfortable and situated in a lovely area of west wales. The private bathroom was also spacious. The owners were also very welcoming and friendly. The only negative being the kitchen, as we thought it could have been better equipped. It lacked an oven/microwave. All we had to cook on was a hob.
Oct 18, 2021 by Jake Smith Verified Review

Wonderful place! Highly recommend.

Stayed for three nights in the Finch and didn’t want to leave! Beautiful location with welcoming, helpful and friendly hosts. Accommodation is lovely, quite spacious. Large private bathroom with an excellent shower is just a very short walk away. All very clean. Enclosed spacious garden which is handy if you bring a dog. Hot tub is a nice touch! Went to Aberporth beach (20 mins drive) - brilliant for dogs. 1hr 20 mins drive to Four Waterfalls Walk which is stunning and well worth the drive. Delicious takeaway from the Taj in Llandysul (7 mins drive) and Sunday roast at the Daffodil Inn (4 mins drive). Would definitely like to stay here again!
Sep 13, 2021 by Gemma Price Verified Review

Sunning remote cottage, Wonderfull hosts

Turned up and was greeted by one of the lovely hosts, was showed around and made feel comfortable. The cottage itself has lots of room with a very spacious living room and lovely kitchen that is great for cooking in and has everything you need. The bed is huge and very comfy and the shower is great and warm. The cottage itself is a good distance away from all the key locations in west Wales however you do need to drive so bear that in mind as the taxi will cost about 30 each way. As long as driving to the beaches is not a problem, this cottage is perfect and we had a Wonderfull time!


Friendly and welcoming Clean and tidy Highly recommended
May 17, 2021 by Jason Stagg Verified Review

Response from Thistledown Glamping & Cottages

Thanks so much, so pleased you enjoyed your stay.
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Thistledown Glamping & Cottages is located at Thistledown, Panteg cross, Llandysul, Ceredigion SA44 4SS

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Getting There

The village of Croeslan is on the A486 (from the north and west, you'll be following the road towards "Ffostrasol"; from the south and east, you'll be following it towards New Quay). In the middle of Croeslan there is a petrol station and a Post Office. Take the turn directly opposite the Post Office. Thistledown Glamping is ½ mile down the road on your right. When you arrive look out for the Thistledown sign by the gate and enter.

The nearest railway is 3 miles away but, since it's the truly tiny Teifi Valley narrow gauge railway, it's not much use as a convenient mode of transport! For the nearest main-line station it's an arduous near-20-mile trip (half an hour by car) to Carmarthen and there's not a particularly frequent bus service to this area. In short, don't rely on public transport to get here.