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Perfect, quiet escape... in an orchard on a meadow.
When you are looking for directions, i would highly recommended simply putting the name of the village in "Cnwch Coch" otherwise it can be difficult to find. However, once we arrived we were greeted by the lovely Barb and he extraordinarily well trained springer - who didn't even 'spring' once. Everything was very socially distanced yet still warming, welcoming and pleasant. We had our own walk way through to our private meadow where there were "the ladies" the egg laying chickens and there were also the ducks, just 3 of each if i remember correctly. We walked through an apple orchard and our pod was on the top of the hill, it was dark on our arrival so we got settled in, it was perfectly warm in the pod and everything is very cleverly stored so everything fits and yet nothing feels cramped. Very clever. In the morning we woke up to one of the more beautiful views we had ever seen, as the sun rose, more and more landscape appeared before us, i whipped us up a freshly ground coffee (courtesy of barb) and we sat and watched more and more landscape come into view. We made a full welsh breakfast which was incredible!! And spent nearly all morning just pottering about enjoying one anothers company. It was my partners birthday and I was 5 months pregnant so we went for gentle strolls around the Haford Estate - as noted in the very thorough check in manual and additional info book. Whilst we were there, my partner also proposed, and what a beautiful perfect place to do so. <3 I would strongly recommended to anyone wanting to get away from it all, snuggle up with a hot chocolate, go on long hard treks or shorter calmer meanders and see some of the most beautiful sights the UK has to offer to go to Ty Barcud, you wont regret it.
Response from Ty Barcud
Thank you so much for the lovely review! You certainly made the most of your stay and we were thrilled to hear about the proposal and see your ring. We wish you loads of luck in the future and hope you might return when you have baby's grandparents organised to babysit for you! xx
Welsh hills heaven
I can't recommend Ty Barcud highly enough, it was absolute heaven. The little pod is small but it's perfect for two people and has everything you could possibly need, everything has been thought about from the tablecloth on the table to the marshmallows and skewers for the fire, we couldn't have asked for more. Our favourite moments were sitting outside on the chairs and looking out over the Welsh hills, with the daily visit from the chickens and the night time quiet it was pure bliss. Our hosts Barb and Hugh were a delight, they were on hand for any questions or needs but otherwise left us alone to enjoy the pod and it's surroundings. Along with their very friendly dogs we couldn't have asked for better hosts. Having a few days away from the crazy world at the moment was just what we needed and this was the perfect place to escape to. We would happily visit again and recommend to any one looking for a relaxing and peaceful getaway.
Response from Ty Barcud
Thanks so much for the lovely review - we are so pleased you had a relaxed stay and you enjoyed our little pod! It would be great to see you back here and again sometime and in the meantime take care. Best wishes Barb, Hugh, Jac and Twm!
Exceptional, a perfect place to escape, unwind and relax!
We stayed 4 nights over a bank holiday weekend and can honestly say it was the best weekend break we've ever had. The accomodation and the setting exceeded our expectation, exceptional views over the valley, lots of private land around to enjoy, a firepit to keep warm under the starry sky and the pod itself was very cosy and comfortable. It's completely equipped with everything you need during your break. There's lots of things to see and do around, Hafod estate is definitely worth a visit, Devil's bridge also with it's stunning waterfalls and Aberystwyth is a good day out too. The hosts Barb and Hugh were wonderful and made us feel very welcome. Barb greeted us on arrival, gave us a tour and explained everything we need to know. And as it was our first wedding anniversary, we were greeted with a thoughtful gift too. Really can only give top marks for the place, thanks Barb and Hugh for making sure we have a lovely break. Hope to see you soon. Goran & Karine
Response from Ty Barcud
Thank you for your fabulous review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your anniversary break with us and also that you made the most of our area. We would love to see you here again any time you are able to come. Best wishes Barb and Hugh xx
Well, it's took quite awhile for us to sum up the words of our stay with Barb and Hugh and perfection still doesn't do it justice. Barb and Hugh are amazing hosts and offer a spectacular place to stay. The pod was beyond immaculate and we had the most welcoming conversations with them both. The situation of Ty Barcud is idyllic. With so many nature walks and attractions close by, it's hard not to loose your head and heart here. We visited the neighbouring visitor suggestions and finished off every evening with a home cooked meal and drinks by the fire, followed by the bests nights sleep we have ever got. To wake up to the girls (chickens), the views and nothing but birdsong and sunlight was dream like. We can't recommend staying here enough. Everything is so well thought of, from access, directions, creature comforts, visiting advice, leaflets, DVDS, fire logs and Kitchen utensils. There is so much more to this home from home. We will be back in the future for sure, we were heart broken to leave. Barb and Hugh, thank you for a magnificent stay and making our staycation run so smoothly and without worry. If you are thinking about staying here, you won't regret it.
Response from Ty Barcud
Thank you so much guys! What a fabulous review! We are so pleased that you loved your stay with us and that you were able to relax in the pod and the meadow. We look forward to welcoming you here again when you can return and wish you all the best. Barb and Hugh xx
A haven tucked away in the welsh hills
This place was total escapism, me and my fiancé loved every second, whether it was relaxing in the hammock chair in the sunshine,m watching the chickens and ducks stroll around, or hunkering down in the pod while the rain and wind howled outside. Such a switch off from normal life, in beautiful surroundings, with a stunning view. Toasting marshmallows over the fire pit with a beer, what more could you want! The hosts were so lovely, very kind and provided a little welcome basket on arrival. We will definitely be returning and have recommended to friends and family already!
Response from Ty Barcud
What a lovely review - thank you and we look forward to seeing you here again when you get the chance to return. You braved the storm and still had a great time which means a lot to us. Thank you!
Much needed peace and quiet!
Just returned from a wonderful three night break at Ty Barcud. The welcoming owners provided everything we needed for a peaceful and relaxing stay. Even in changeable weather, the pod was warm and cosy, offering stunning views across the valley and the chance to watch Red Kites. There is so much to explore in this part of Wales - don't miss the spectacular waterfalls at Devil's Bridge. We also enjoyed a trip to nearby Aberystwyth, as well as several walks in the local area. Although it is possible to cook simple meals in the pod, there are several good pubs close by. This was our first trip away after lockdown and we are already looking forward to returning to the pod and this beautiful part of Wales. Thank you for such a lovely stay.
Response from Ty Barcud
Thank you so much for the lovely review - we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. You looked after the pod so well and left it very clean :) We look froward to welcoming you here again whenever you get the chance to return! All the best, Barb and Hugh x
Much needed peace and quiet!
Just returned from a wonderful three night break at Ty Barcud. The welcoming owners provided everything we needed for a relaxing and peaceful stay, and we really appreciated the thoughtful precautions given the current situation. Even in changeable weather, the pod is warm and cosy, offering outstanding views across the beautiful valley below and the chance to watch Red Kites. There is so much to explore in this area of Wales - don't mess the spectacular waterfalls at Devil's Bridge. We also enjoyed a trip to Aberystwyth (only a 20 minute drive away) and various walks in the local area. Although it's perfectly possible to make simple meals in the pod and outdoors on the fire pit, there are several good pubs close by. This was our first trip away since lockdown and we can't wait to return to this beautiful part of Wales.
Great Break to End Our Lockdown
Have just spent a great four nights at Ty Barcub which met and exceeded our expectations.Its a job to know where to start but the pod accommodation is excellent in beautiful part of Wales and being set alone in its own meadow surrounded by trees makes for a great location and then there are the views out over the Ystwyth valley which extend for miles. You can just sit and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the setting and be amazed by the birdlife on your doorstep Red Kite and Buzzards every day. To have a Fire/BBQ and a glass of wine in your own meadow in the evening is great. Barbara and Hugh have made sure everything is just right for a peaceful break
Response from Ty Barcud
What a lovely review! Thank you so much - we are really pleased you clearly enjoyed your stay and we were able to help you unwind after lockdown. We hope to see you here again one day. Barb and Hugh x
Amazing! Perfect! Lovely!
Me and my partner spent a long weekend at Ty Barcud and we absolutely loved every second of it. We had the most beautiful spring weather and the views were outstanding from the front of the pod. We never closed the blinds as it was really nice to wake up and look straight out over the valley. We went on many different walks around the pod and to devils bridge which is a must see. Aberystwyth is only 15/20 minute drive away which has a lovely beach and all the shops you need. When we arrived Barbara was very accommodating and showed us everything in and out of the pod and also did a welcome basket which had all your essential food and drink in. We were very impressed and has been the best place we both have stayed in. Thanks again Barbara, we will hopefully see you soon
Response from Ty Barcud
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We were lucky your stay was just before the government guidance to close and we are pleased you loved your stay so much. We look forward to seeing you here again sometime. Best wishes Barb and Hugh x
Stunning & wonderful
We had one of the best holidays ever here. First of all the hosts were absolutely excellent. Both with communication and genuine information about directions & things to do. Also Barbara was kind enough to make our breakfast basket a veggie one. (thanks again!) The pod itself was lovely. Not too small, not too big. They had a nice collection of dvds, and basic cooking ingredients. The bed was also super comfy. It was quite warm as well which was nice as some nights had stormy weather. I imagine it would be lovely in the spring & summer too. My only gripe was it has no window but I think that's just me because I really enjoy breezes even when it's cold - so we had the door open which sorted my gripe out. The actual area is beyond lovely. My partner and I went to devil's Bridge, New Quay, Cenarth Falls and some other pubs and places. It was too stormy/cloudy to see many stars but we saw a Ton of red kites, wild horses so it was worth it I've got to say I wasn't expecting Wales to be that pretty but it really was. Its definitely on the same prettiness & beauty as Australia in my opinion. The landscape and scenary is green & full of fresh air and its very calming if you're usually location is a city. I'd recommend devil's Bridge and then stopping into the Hafod for a bite to eat after. Over all, it was an absolute pleasure to stay there. The area, pod and hosts made it spectacular. Thanks again. See you in the summer!
Response from Ty Barcud
Wow! Thanks for your great review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay so much and that you loved the pod and the area too. Sorry the pod window doesn't open - having the door open is definitely the way to have more airflow.
We are very lucky to be located in such a beautiful part of Wales and we look forward to seeing you again when you return in the warmer weather. Thanks again Barb and Hugh
Idyllic cosy hideaway suitable for any season
We recently spent a week at Ty Barcud and had a very successful and enjoyable stay. Barb and Hugh the hosts couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Despite the cold and wet weather we managed to get out every day doing some walking and cycling in the glorious local countryside. We always looked forward to getting back to the Pod every evening to get cosy and warm. The accommodation is in a stunning location with wonderful views over the Ystwyth valley. It is a true rural hideaway, yet is surprisingly convenient for Aberystwyth and local beauty spots such as Devil's Bridge. The Pod is very comfortable and surprisingly commodious. Why not plan a longer stay of a week or more? - it is suitable for a holiday at any time of the year.
Response from Ty Barcud
Thank you both for your lovely review! We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope you may come back to Ty Barcud again in the future - maybe in better weather next time :)
Calm and peaceful Christmas break.
We have just got back from our short break at the pod. Barb gave us a very warm welcome and showed us around the pod, nothing was too much trouble for her. The local area is stunning with lots of activity and beautiful scenery. The pod is warm and cosy and had everything we needed. Thank you again for such a lovely stay.
Response from Ty Barcud
Thanks so much for your lovely review - we are very pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again if you choose to return to Ty Barcud, our peaceful little spot in the Welsh countryside!
Peaceful and relaxing break!
Fantastic pod in the most beautiful and peaceful, picturesque area. Barb and Hugh were lovely and hospitable and clearly take great pride in the accommodation they offer! Would highly recommend - we will most definitely be back!
Wonderful place to relax and unwind.
Everything you need for some time " away from it all ". Warm welcome from Barbara and Hugh. Wonderful views, butterflies on the wild flowers and Red kites overhead. Clean air to breathe. Cosy and warm even on a couple of wild and windy days with the rain lashing down. Handy shed to hang wet coats and store bags. Maps and leaflets showing interesting walks and activities. Definitely to be highly recommended!!
Very warm welcome from Barbara and Hugh. Well equipped cosy pod. Beautiful tranquil setting.
Breakfast basket, tea coffee etc. Handy shed for wet coats etc. Wonderful place to hunker down even when the wind is blowing and the rain is lashing down. On good days views and butterflies on the wildflowers and red kites overhead. Perfect place to relax and unwind.
Peaceful, beautiful and a definite must!
Myself and fiance had a lovely time in the private pod. Everything had been considered to make the experience perfect. Thank you!
Total peace and quiet
Only stayed a couple of days but we had a wonderful break. Weather was so good we bbq in late March, the pod had everything and was very comfy, so nice to have the paddock to ourselves. Many thanks to Barb &Hugh
Relaxing New year's break
Big thanks to Hugh and Barb. Made the experience really easy and it was a great relaxing break! Will definitely be back in the summer, away from the frost of Winter!
Perfect peaceful pod
We stayed for 3 nights at the Ty Barcud and it was just perfect. We were met by Barb who was very friendly, welcoming and gave us all the information we needed and then we were left in peace for our whole stay. The pod literally had everything you could need (apart from bath towels like it says). All the little touches and extra details in the pod made for a luxury pod experience. The views from the pod were beautiful even in December but I imagine it’s breathtaking in the summer. Take some outdoor shoes for crossing the meadow to the pod just incase it’s wet as it was a little muddy. I would 100% recommended Ty Barcud.
Peaceful and perfect
Ty Barcud was absolutely fantastic. Barb was so welcoming and informative on our arrival and politely left us to it for the weekend which is exactly what we wanted. The scenery was breathtaking and the pod was warm, cosy and had everything that we needed. If you're looking for a peaceful getaway, we 100% recommend. We enjoyed our stay so much, we are already planning our next trip to Ty Barcud!
Stunning views and so peaceful
Barb and Hugh were adorable and soo welcoming. We were shown around and then left to it. The novelty of ducks and chickens roaming around your own little meadow will never get old we loved it and they were no bother at all. The pod is perfectly equipped for a few days break away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. We enjoyed the peace and tranquil of the Welsh hills a definite change from the daily life at home with the chaos that is 4 kids. It was absolutely prefect for our first break away without any kids in 5 years and we loved every second. Our fave part was the fire pit and toasting marshmellows over the open flames and starring out over the hills it was truly beautiful. We cannot wait to book again for next year.
Peace and tranquillity as you sit and watch the red kites soaring overhead
This place is truly amazing, so much care and consideration has gone into the pod by the owners, you are extremely well greeted and taken through the area, then you are completely left to do your own thing, you are wanting for nothing thanks to all the pods amenities and the welcome basket, truly an amazing, warm and cosy place to stay, perfect place to unplug from the world, did not want to leave, highly recommended and will be stating again. Gorgeous scenery on the drive down and at the location. You're only 10 miles from Aberystwyth and modern day life. Thank you for having us to stay, can not wait to return.
Peaceful and Private
Me and my partner had an amazing stay in the pod! Barb was incredibly helpful throughout the whole experience which made our stay all the more comfortable. Being able to sit in bed and what the sun rise and set was the highlight of our trip!
Escape from the city
This was our first experience of glamping and it will certainly be hard to beat. We were impressed with how well thought through everything was - it was so easy to slip into living in the pod and it quickly felt like home! Although we had mixed weather, we weren't short on things to do, in fact the pod is the perfect cosy hideaway from the rain and there are even some books, board games and DVDs to keep you occupied! We loved the fact that guests had left recommendations in the visitors book and took advantage of some of the places and attractions nearby - Aberystwyth town, Aberaeron harbour, Devlis's bridge and the Hafod Estate. It was the perfect escape from the city and lovely to be away from the hustle and bustle. Thank you for a peaceful weekend.
What a wonderful place ! We really enjoyed our 2 night get away to this little pod. So relaxing and refreshing. The chickens and ducks are so cute. We have never slept so well as the bed was superb and the pod is cosy and romantic. We enjoyed cooking breakfast at the fire pit and toasting marshmallows on the night looking out over The beautiful views 😁 we will definitely be heading back ! Xx
I had researched similar glamping pods far and wide and was looking for something on its own away from everyone. Well we were not disappointed. The location was fantastic. The pod well equipped. We were lucky enough to have 30 degree daytime temperatures for our 5 night stay so didn't spend too much time in the pod but had the weather been poor the pod had every available mod con to make your stay comfortable. Talking of comfort, the bed is amazing. I haven't slept so well in years! If you want tranquillity away from the rest of the world and don't do camping like us, stay here!!
Wonderful little pod!
This was the loveliest place to stay for a weekend. The views were gorgeous, the pod was stylish and comfortable, and the hosts were so friendly! We especially loved the ducks and chickens. Thoroughly recommend a visit.
What a marvellous place. We stayed for 2 days, and it's been the best short trip we've ever made. My personal favourite was eating fish'n'chips by the firepit as the sun set over the valley after a long hike earlier in the day. We definitely plan to be back.
We were looking for somewhere peaceful for a weekend, and this was absolutely perfect. What a beautiful pod, so well equipped and comfortable. We had the best weekend, watching red kites, enjoying the view, sunshine and the fire pit. Great hosts, who were very welcoming and left us to ourselves. We wished we could stay for longer.
The area, the hospitality, and mainly the pod were all absolutely fantastic. Had such as amazing stay and will definitely return.
The perfect getaway!
We visited last weekend (May) and spent two nights in this perfect pod. We couldn’t have been happier. Barbara was very friendly and showed us around at the start and then we had two days of complete relaxation. We encountered no problems at all, the facilities were as stated on the website. The pod really does have everything you need and has been kept in such good condition. We will definitely be back!
The perfect weekend!
All I can say is wow!! I booked two nights in Ty Barcud with my partner. From the outset we were blown away by this beautiful place. We had a warm welcome from the hosts who showed us around the pod. It was the little things that made it such a marshmallows for the fire pit and a gift basket on arrival. The pod itself is cosy and we had the best sleep in a long time. The view is breathtaking! The surrounding area is also beautiful with so much to see and do. We will most definitely be back. I thoroughly recommend Ty Barcud for an off the grid weekend.
Fantastic birthday trip
What an incredible place! My partner and I stayed here for his 21st birthday for 2 nights. We had the warmest welcome by the hosts. The views there were outstanding and we were lucky enough to have dry weather. The pod provided everything and anything you will ever need. The thoughtfulness put into it was amazing! Would definitely recommend. Thank you so much :)
Great New Year trip
We had a fantastic stay here for the New Year. The views are stunning and we had a great time despite nearly constant rain! Everything we needed was provided, our hosts were very welcoming but completely respected our privacy during our stay. Lots of personal touches like some Christmas decorations really made the place feel special. Want to come back soon.
Will be returning!
Wow. What a fantastic place!! Thank you so much for a lovely weekend, just wish we could have stayed longer. Everything was ready and set out for us arriving and Barb gave us a tour and made sure we were okay with dogs and chickens. Showed us where everything was and whether we wanted the WiFi on or not which we said no to! We had a wonderful off-grid weekend, visited places recommended in the welcome book and finding places we hadn't been to before. To be able to turn off the light and see nothing but darkness meant we were able to fully unwind and had the best night's sleep in a long time. Bed was comfy, cabin was cozy and warm and we didn't have any distractions and weren't disturbed by any neighbours or chickens! The welcome basket of breakfast goodies and Welsh cakes was amazing and we had a fried breakfast both mornings we were there. Thank you so much for a truly wonderful weekend away. If anyone is looking for a place to unwind and reconnect with your partner, this is the place to go. We shall return!
When can we come back?
We have just come back from a three night stay at Ty Barcud, and we absolutely loved it! Barb & Hugh were so friendly, welcoming and accommodating of their little piece of paradise. We've been to a glamping pod before, but nothing like this - it really is luxurious, and all of your needs are catered for. (Make sure you take advantage of the welsh breakfast basket). We loved spending the evenings BBQing and sitting by the firepit (lots of wood provided & marshmallows etc!), but there is a kettle, a single induction hob, a toaster, an electric shower (i.e. hot water!) and a heater if the weather isn't so good. There is a good amount of storage under the bed and the space in the pod has really been utilised to the best advantage. We also loved the area, there are plenty of things to do, within a 20 minute drive, you can be on the beach or lost in the forest, and there is lots to see and do. Staying at the pod, with your private meadow, is a perfect way to escape the world and enjoy the local scenery. We highly recommend it, and hope to be back ourselves.
What a gem
We visited Ty Barcud at the end of June and stayed for 5 nights. It was perfect, Barn and Hugh had thought of everything to make staying there a real pleasure. The pod, the location and fabulous views over the valley would be enough to give a 5 star review, but add to that the attention to detail, the little extras that have been thought of, together with the warm and friendly welcome it is impossible to find anything negative to say. Would highly recommend.
PEACE PERFECT PEACE
AUG 11/12 2017 Sue & Dave Probably the quickest/,easiest review I've ever written.... Ty Barcud = Absolute perfection. Met at the gate by the lovely owners..Barb and Hugh, Shown "our" path, through "our" meadow to the amazing Pod with stunning views If you are going for a short break all you need to take is a towel,,food for the BBQ and beer/wine. Absolutely EVERYTHING else is provided...including the marshmallows for toasting! Totally relaxing weekend. We will definitely be booking again.
The most relaxing break we have had! Thank you.
Me and the other half were lucky enough to get to stay at Ty Barcud. Hugh and Barb are fantastic hosts, they were happy to sit and talk and give advice on the local area and places to visit, we even got to meet the new adorable puppy and his dad. The hosts showed us to the Pod and explained everything we needed to know, we could not believe how well equipped it was. The pod itself is stunning from the inside and the outside. On our first day we arrived just after midday and had planned on going out to explore the area, but it was so nice to be in the pod we stayed and relaxed outside on the patio, each with a book in hand. The pod is set in its own private meadow, the privacy fantastic, we would wake up in bed and open the doors and enjoy the view across the valley. On our second day we woke to find the chickens strolling by and shortly after a Red Kite perched on a tree our meadow. We certainly cannot recommend this hidden gem enough, we plan on making a return trip soon and I am sure you will see why after you have experienced a perfect stay at Ty Barcud!
Perfect glamping experience - thank you!
Myself and my partner are keen camping enthusiasts but we thought we'd give glamping a try. We searched and found several sites across the UK, but all had multiple pods several feet from each other with no privacy at all. We then found Ty Barcud and were so taken by the design, privacy and location of the pod, we booked it immediately for 5 nights. Having arrived at Barb and Hugh's cottage, we received a very warm welcome and our already high expectations of the pod and its surroundings were exceeded somewhat when we saw the location (a brief but lovely walk through a colorful meadow which is a haven for wildlife) and the pod itself, which has clearly been designed to a high specification with the utmost of attention to detail The view is beautiful, looking down over the hills and valley below, where you can see plenty of red kites in action. The outdoor area is really well thought out and nicely designed and the BBQ/fire-pit is great to use as the sun goes down. We were left alone to enjoy the tranquility of the pod and its surroundings, but Hugh and Barb were contactable if required and are very friendly people. The inside of the pod has clearly had a lot of thought put into it, with a very comfortable double-bed (the under-bed storage was very useful for all our bags) and equally comfortable sofa, a kitchen area with everything required and a wet-room style bathroom which I don't imagine too many pods have! To open the doors of the pod first thing in a morning and lay in bed looking out over the hills is a great experience, and you really get the feeling of isolation both in and around the pod. We genuinely could have stayed there all week without venturing out anywhere, we loved it that much and have talked about it most days since we got back! Thanks Barb and Hugh for creating such a wonderful place to stay and relax and for being so helpful and friendly, we loved every minute of our stay and it gave us the break and the relaxation that we really needed after a busy year. Thanks for also introducing us to your dogs, Jack and Tum, who gave us as warm a welcome as you did :)
We stayed in mid May for two nights. On arrival the Pod is in its own field looking down over the Valley. The field is filled with wild flowers and trees and is a haven for butterflies. The Pod is perfect in size for a couple. There is a cosy bed, compact shower (wet room) and everything you require for a stay. The kitchen has a hob and a microwave and all the pans you need. But we actually cooked every night on the fire pit which is set a little away from the Pod and has a bench to sit and look at the view or the night sky. There is a hut behind the pod with wood for the pit, firestarters, a hammock chair, games to play and hooks for your coats and boots. Plus there are walking maps and guides to the area. The area around is perfect to walk and we did a 10 mile walk that finished in the gastro pub in the next village for a drink. We bought all our food with us and there are no shops in the village. The welcome basket is a feast for your eyes as well as your tummy! Every detail has been thought of here for a luxury stay. Thank you to the hosts who are so lovely.
Lovely Short Stay
The two of us had a very pleasant 3 night stay at Ty Barcud. The pod is very well equipped, comfortable and compact, though perhaps an extra shelf for storage would have been useful. The weather when we visited in April was fairly chilly but inside the pod it was always perfectly snug and warm. We really appreciated our welcome basket which included all the basic essentials that we’d need for our short stay, plus a few extra treats! Barb and Hugh were wonderfully helpful hosts and were able to come and lend a hand when we were struggling to start up our campfire on the first night. Otherwise, we were very much left alone in our meadow, with just the birds and the occasional rabbit for visitors. I did spot the site’s name sake the red kite swooping by and circling off into the distance a few times as well. Overall, a truly peaceful, private location and a very lovely experience. Highly recommend.
Home from home
Just got back from a wonderful five day stay at Ty Barcud, as their first guests (aside from family friends). From the moment we pulled up, to the moment we left we were made to feel absolutely welcome. Hugh and Barbara were fantastic hosts, and very friendly. The pod was really comfortable, with everything we needed inside including cooking implements, cutlery, some games and DVDs for the evening. The bed was fantastically comfortable with plenty of storage underneath for our case. There is a small shed behind the pod with a fire pit and hammock swing and some outdoor games if the weather is nice enough - I loved having the fire pit there for us to use, and cooked a few evening meals with it. It was a great addition. The location was superb, overlooking rolling hills and with beautiful sunsets in the evening. The pod itself is located in the grounds around the house, but once you are in the pod you could be a million miles away from everything - it's situated a good distance away from the house that you don't feel like you're in someone's back garden and you get total privacy if that's what you're after. Hugh and Barbara were always contactable if needed and let us just get on with it if not, which is exactly what a good host should be in my books. One thing I would suggest if you are looking to stay is to buy food from Aberystwyth once you arrive rather than bringing things with you. We went a little bit overboard on the food shopping because we weren't familiar with the area so we didn't know how easy it would be to get to shops (we've been on a few canal barge excursions before where it's been difficult to do daily shopping, so we approached it with this kind of mindset, which was a mistake on our part as we just brought too much). Aberystwyth is only a short drive from the house, and anything you need you can get from there. We also opted for the breakfast package, which is an absolute must. It included some of the best sausages and bacon I've ever had, and the eggs from the chickens that live in the garden were absolutely wonderful. We made bacon, egg and sausage sandwiches with the loaf of bread that was there on our arrival, and sat in the garden to eat before heading out for the day. Absolute bliss. Overall, I would definitely recommend Ty Barcud to anybody looking for a cosy place to stay in the mid Wales area. We enjoyed it so much, and would love to go again. I'll certainly be recommending it to my friends and family as a great place to go for a short break. We really couldn't find fault with anything - it was obvious a lot of care and thought had gone into making it a lovely place to stay, and it showed.
Perfect for a peaceful getaway
We stayed here for two nights over the Christmas period: the owners being friends of our family. On arrival we were warmly welcomed by Barbara who then took us on a very short walk to the pod located in their paddock. My first observation was the view, it is spectacular:the patio area allows a perfect place to sit and observe this whilst enjoying an early morning cuppa or an evening glass of something stronger. The pod is compact but very well thought out , it has everything you could want for a stay. We didn't cook but all the equipment was there including a hob, microwave and toaster. The bed was very comfortable with plenty of under bed storage and extra layers if needed. It was an ideal location for exploring the local area: we enjoyed a few walks which were a must after visiting the local pub/restaurant for our evening meals.
As we are friends of the owners (who make fantastic hosts!) we were able to stay in the pod in August as a preview before it was officially opened. The pod is located in a very private spot not too far from Aberystwyth and handy for all the great walks in the region. The view is stunning and it's great to lie in bed and be able to see right across the valley. It’s really well fitted out and certainly had everything we needed, so all in all, a beautiful space to look out on a beautiful place.