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Ceridwen Centre

UK Wales South Wales Carmarthenshire Newcastle Emlyn

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Undulating, verdant hills, gently flowing brooks, enchanting wooded glens – this Carmarthenshire eco-retreat has views, and some

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 yurts are furnished with traditional rugs, cushions and blankets, copper-topped tables, wood-burning stoves and proper beds. Cooking facilities are shared in the summer house, with a 2-ring gas camping stove, all cooking equipment, a sink and small fridge. Each yurt has its own barbecue. There's a choice of 'facilities' - a compost loo close by the yurts, two conventional loos and showers down in the farmyard (Old Dairy) and a new hand-built eco-loo shepherds' hut with two female loos and a female shower, one male loo and male shower and a urinal. There is also an onsite bike park with bikes for hire.

Suitable For

Tents, small campervans – yes. Dogs are welcome, for an additional fee, and must be kept under control.


Soak up this stunning corner of West Wales via the Teifi Valley Railway (01559 371077). The free-to-enter National Wool Museum (029 2057 3070) in Drefach Felindre offers a fascinating insight into Wales' industrial heritage – kids will love having a go at carding, spinning and sewing their own woolen creations. Brechfa Forest is just 30 minute drive away. There's some cracking mountain biking trails, circular walks, and two great salmon and trout fishing spots in the Tywi and Cothi rivers. Watch dolphins at breathtaking Cardigan Bay (01545 560032), also just half an hour's drive away. If the call of the sea is too strong, the Pembrokeshire coast lies around an hour away. Spend the day amidst the medieval ruins of St Davids, the UK's smallest city.

Food & Drink

Throwing a glamping get-together? Simone is happy to whip up cakes and desserts for your special occasion. Groups can also gorge themselves at the regular summer pizza nights. They are also licensed to sell alcohol and stock lots of lovely local beer and cider, organic wines and sparkling wines, local, organic spirits. Organic veg boxes from the farm itself are also available in season. The John y Gwas (01559 370469) is a cracking, quirky little local just a mile down the hill but well worth the slog back up, especially for ale afficionados. For eating out, The Daffodil (01559 370343) at Penrhiwllan serves stylishly presented dishes, particularly their deliciously decadent desserts. Newcastle Emlyn's Pachamamas (01239 711334) boasts arguably the region's most eclectic menu with everything from Turkish to Thai. The Riverside Cafe (01239 710404) also in Newcastle Emlyn, is a lovely ivy-clad, waterside spot that serves delicious vegetarian lunches.


All year. (Yurts available from late March – October).

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Contact Ceridwen Centre, Penybanc Farm, Drefelin, Drefach-Felindre, Llandysul, SA44 5XE, Wales

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Getting There

Nearest train station is Carmarthen from where you can get a taxi or the hourly 460 bus. Ask the driver to stop at the Lamb Inn in Rhos (just before Saron which is on the timetable) and you can either walk from there to Ceridwen (30 mins walk) or it’s a short drive to be picked up. Simone will happily pick up guests from The Lamb Inn or on occasion, can arrange a transfer to/from Carmarthen for £15 per car load.


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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!!

Jun 8, 2014 by Ally Middleton

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