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Thistledown Glamping & Cottages

UK Wales Mid Wales Ceredigion Coed-y-Bryn

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking
Handcrafted shepherd's huts in a wild, unadulterated meadow with the option of a wood-fired hot tub

There’s something terrifically organic about Thistledown Glamping. Smuggled away down a single-track road in West Wales, the two, hand-built shepherd’s huts, with their natural, wooden fences and thistle-strewn surroundings seem to have grown out of the wilderness. The aesthetic is very much intentional.

“Manicured lawns are not the style we’re aiming for”, Claire Hall explains. We’re led down a gravel pathway with southeasterly views to the first of the two huts. “In order for the pretty flowers to grow we have to let the weeds grow up a bit too. We’ve done some extensive planting but at the same time we encourage nature to take its course and find its own way.” The result is an exceptional harmony between man and meadow.

At the first hut – Wren – a willow fence encircles the Scandinavian-style hot tub. Ready to fill and light, the wood-fired tub makes an enticing spot to spend an evening stargazing. There’s also a raised deck with a campfire pit and canopy, while, inside, the finish – all handcrafted wood and egg-shell paintwork – is exceptional. The compact kitchen has a fridge, sink, hobs and everything you need, while the raised bed is positioned so you have the best views from the window in the morning.

In the same meadow, 30 (or so) metres away, there’s a second, larger hut. Although it lacks the luxury of its own hot tub, inside it matches the former for beauty and functionality, with extra space for families. The added room allows for a set of sturdy bunk beds, with the same, exceptional woodwork running throughout, and, just like the Wren hut, it has it’s own private bathroom a short stroll away.

One of the main reasons the huts fit so sympathetically into their surroundings is because husband Tim, not only designed them, but also built the two huts himself. Indeed, the site was a real family vision. From scribbled designs to the finished product, Claire, Tim and their two children have committed to creating a place that fits with the surroundings. Materials are all reclaimed, up-cycled or local, while the natural spring in the meadow helps turn a water wheel that Tim has created; using the chains and cogs from an old bike, it will soon power lighting around the site.

From the meadow there’s a pleasant country walk to the local pub (occasionally with Red Kites to be seen soaring overhead) that takes about 20 minutes. Log fires and real ales make it a good winter bolthole, while floor-to-ceiling windows let the greens of Wales pour in during summer. Like the glampsite, too, the pub is dog friendly, so if you’ve had a day running wild on the nearby beaches of Cardigan Bay, exploring the old castle ruins in Newcastle Emlyn or throwing sticks for your pooch down by the River Teifi, you’ll still all be welcome inside.



Wren sleeps 2 in a raised double bed. 'Finch' sleeps 4 - 2 adults & 2 children (age 4 to 16), with the raised double, plus bunk beds (please note the bunk beds are only made up if there are children on the booking). Inside you'll find a compact kitchen with a 2 ring electric hob, fridge, kettle, toaster, sink, cutlery, crockery and basic cooking utensils, plus a table and chairs, externally controlled heaters, a TV, free Wi-Fi, shelving and storage. Towels and bedding all provided. In the enclosed outside area there is decking with table and chairs, a fire pit with BBQ utensils and skillets.

Both Huts have a private, wood-fired hot tub directly outside, perfect for star gazing on a clear night. Our wood fired hot tubs are provided for a relaxing experience and are not suitable for children to play in (children under 12 are not permitted to use the tub).

Each hut has its own private bathroom a short walk away – this has a rain-head shower, flushing loo, a sink, mirror and a heated towel rail.

Parking is at the top of the field and both shepherd huts are a short walk down a gravel pathway (unfortunately the site is not suitable for people who are less physically able). Wood for the fire pits can be purchased on site.

Take a look at our website for more information about our quirky cottage, sleeping 2 adults & also dog friendly!

BOOK DIRECT on the Thistledown website!

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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The Owner Says

The Shepherd huts at Thistledown Glamping & Cottages have been entirely designed, created and built by Tim & Claire so you will never find another Shepherd Hut or site like ours. Nestled in a quiet corner of West Wales, the stunning Shepherd Huts at Thistledown Glamping are tucked away in a pretty thistle scattered meadow. With their unique touches & quirky style we aim to bring you a little bit of luxury in natural surroundings.
Wren sleeps 2 adults, and Finch can sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children (aged 4 to 16).
Both huts welcome up to 2 well behaved dogs, Finch is more suitable for larger breed dogs. Dogs go free when you book direct on the Thistledown website!

The huts have electricity, WiFi, heating, quirky private bathrooms a short stroll away & indoor cooking facilities as well as everything you would expect from a glamping adventure such as a fire pit, wood fired hot tub, beautiful scenery & outdoor seating so you really can have it all!

Across the lane we also have a quirky, 1 bedroom cottages that sleeps 2 adults. Each with their own unique style. Also dog friendly - Bramble Cottage welcomes 1 dog. Dogs go free when you book direct! See our website for further information about them, including our dog friendly policy.

Our unique Huts & Cottages are waiting for you to enjoy; sit back in your own private outside area, breathe in the scents and sounds of our tranquil corner of West Wales and watch the Red Kites soaring overhead.

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Social Distancing Measures

Our 2 Huts have no shared facilities & the main huts are 20-30 meters away from each other.
The private bathrooms are next to each other but have separate entrances & good visibility to enable social distancing.
A hand sanitiser is placed near the main gate to the car park - which is the only shared area on site - to enable guests to sanitise their hands before & after touching the gates.
We will be offering self check in during this time.

Offers & Deals

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2 shepherd's huts.


Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4
Finch sleeps up to 4 people - 2 adults & 2 children (aged 4 to 16) Has an enclosed outside area with a wood fired hot tub, fire pit and seating area. It also has decking with further seating/outside dining area. Book Direct on Dogs go FREE - book direct on the Thistledown website! *Couples discount available.


Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Wren sleeps 2 adults, has an enclosed outside area with a wood fired hot tub. Dogs go FREE when you book direct on the Thistledown website, get in touch before you book for the discount to be applied! *CHRISTMAS BREAKS NOW AVAILABLE, FESTIVE HAMPER INCLUDED WHEN YOU BOOK DIRECT WITH THISTLEDOWN!*

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Contact Thistledown Glamping & Cottages, 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.


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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.

Rested and relaxed, perfect glamping experience.

We have just returned from 3 nights staying in the Wren hut at Thistledown glamping. It was amazing we wish our stay had never ended. The whole place is such a relaxing experience away from the real world. Every night we dined al fresco, cooking on the fire pit, followed by hot tub at sunset. Mornings were piping hot showers and coffee around the lily pond. We seriously could get used to this. Samson our dog was at home with plenty of space to explore and sunbathe. The huts were toasty warm and cosy and we slept like logs. They were designed perfectly and a home from home. Everything was immaculate. Tim and Claire were fabulous hosts, preparing the log burner and fresh water for the hot tub every night and offering us complimentary late check out. We were very lucky with the early September weather and had the whole site to ourselves. We really, really loved it, it's going to be hard to beat anywhere else.
Sep 10, 2019 by jody shuttleworth

Beautiful spot.

Claire went out her way to sort storage for our bikes which was great. She also emailed us links to local cycle routes. Super warm welcome on arrival. The huts are great and really comfortable. Didn't want for anything. Would highly recommend for a quite peaceful break. You won't regret it. Plus new hot tub for finch hut coming soon. Bonus.
Jul 18, 2019 by Mark Verified Review

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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