A grand antidote to city life. You’re hidden down a light-filled valley at the end of a rustic lane and here you find two little retreats… and ducks, bees, acres of woodland trilling with birds, a clear salmon stream, wildflower meadows, a cold lake for summer splashing and a perfect spot to make a big warming bonfire. Once inside things are refreshingly simple and pretty with limewash on bumpy plaster, local art, window seats for gazing, proper Welsh blankets and vintage pieces, plain bathrooms and kitchens, painted tongue-and-groove panelling and a big wood-burner in Mill Stream Cottage. The sweet Wren’s Nest is not for giants but those who are temporarily inseparable will be jolly happy; all can switch off from the beeps and pings of their phones as, blessedly, there is no mobile signal. Owners Andy and (Finnish) Eeva-Maria live in the other half of Mill Stream Cottage and teach dance and movement in a special studio. You can cycle or amble to Llandysul along the disused railway line, dreamy beaches are near and there are acres of fecund woodland on the doorstep. Full of soul.