Glan yr afon

Llandysul, Ceredigion
+44 (0)7955 824882
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A beguiling retreat for a couple or a family of four – feel cosy and secluded in a thatched cottage close to the coast


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Follow narrow green lanes to a lush valley, where this whitewashed cottage stands near a handsome bridge over the river. The lane is now a sleepy back road, so it’s a restful spot; the river flows by gently in summer, more vigorously in winter.Romantics can stay snug here by the oil-burning stove in the living room, climb a stepladder to the loft space with a book, or walk through woods to a quiet beach. Families will love the higgledy-piggledy garden, perfect for hide and seek, and beautiful sandy beaches ten minutes away by car.For eating out you have a choice of small villages – head for Llangrannog, just over three miles away, to eat fish and chips on the beach in summer, or settle in to the Pentre Arms for good pub food. There’s good surfing from the beach here too.

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We think you'll love

  • The utter tranquillity in the middle of nowhere
  • Quiet beaches in easy reach on foot or by car
  • The unusual living room and traditional 'crog' loft
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You should know

  • The twin room is quite snug and low-roofed for two adults
  • The cottage has limited space inside to spread out
  • The loft's ladder won't suit the less than nimble


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4 pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 4 miles.


Nightly price
from £90
Weekly price
from £595
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 4
From £903 beds2 bedrooms


Lovely Thatched Cottage in its own little forest valley with stream in Garden next to quiet country lane. Beautiful garden with carefully placed seats to enjoy garden, wildlife and bird song (at eight time of year). The hosts are really amenable and helpful with a lovely welcoming package. Cottage has decent size bathroom, bedroom and living space with large kitchen dining area including modern utilities. There is an easy forest walk to small cove or longer walk into Llangrannog. Worth a visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner and beach. Also recommend New Quay as this has lovely beach and vibe

Andrew, Chelmsford

A truly wonderful place. The cottage is just perfect with everything you could ask for a relaxing holiday. The grounds and surrounding area are so peaceful.

Helen, Stratford upon Avon

This is a magical place! We arrived as light was fading and just after a bout of very heavy rain, so the river was swollen and there was a lot of water running down the ancient lanes that lead to the village. As soon as we opened the door, we felt cocooned in comfort and surrounded by character. The historic cottage has been brought back to life with such care and sensitivity. The welcoming touches were greatly appreciated, and we had everything we needed for a very relaxing stay. The walk along the coastal path from Llangrannog towards Aberaeron was fabulous. We'll be back!

Debbie, Welland, Malvern

What a perfect retreat. The house is stunning, beautifully furnished with really lovely homely touches and the welcome pack was fab. The garden is on several levels and full to the brim with flowers. A favourite was sitting there listening to the stream and reading a book. The area, Ceredigion, is stunning. Beautiful rolling hills and stunning cove beaches. We didn't do much because of Covid but if you want a quiet, beautiful and relaxing break look no further. James and Gemma were also so kind answering a number of questions. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend or to return... thanks so much!

Natalia, London

Genuinely as amazing all the reviews said! An amazing oasis; we feel totally recharged. We'll certainly be back!


Stayed four glorious nights. It rained, it was windy but we were snuggled up in our beautiful hideaway. Blue flag beaches, the Ceredigion Way to explore and baby seals on the rocks. Who needs sun!

Muiread, Builth Wells

This was our second visit to what is the most beautiful cottage in the world, wonderfully restored with everything you need and surrounded by a magical garden. We love the stream, the walk to Cwmtydu (a seal hangs out there every day), cycling up and down the hills and hiking along the best stretch of coastal path in Wales. Perfect for active kids and nature-lovers. And I have to mention the incredibly comfy beds. Highly recommend!

Nette, London

Glan yr afon is a beautifully restored, traditional cottage in a secluded hamlet with a river running through the foot of the fantastic and extensive gardens. The interior decor is superb and many original features of the cottage have been tastefully retained. The location is peaceful with only the restful sound of running water and the trees rustling. Local beaches and towns are easily accessible and due to Ceredigion's low population nowhere feels overcrowded. Gemma & James' (the owners) guest service is first class. This is a really special place to get away from it all.

Ian, Chapel-en-le-Frith

I had the most magical stay with my two children at Gemma and James’ beautiful Glan yafon and have been constantly dreaming about our return as soon as possible! The cottage is the most welcoming havens I’ve ever stayed in. It has been restored lovingly and with the greatest attention to detail. There is great taste in each detail. It is clearly the house and gorgeous garden of an artist. We spent a few wonderful days exploring the the secret coves and woodland walks along with the excellent recommendations for places to eat. A perfect stay!

Carolyn, Cambridge

This is an amazing cottage. Cute, homely and with style. The setting is beautiful with a babbling stream and large grounds. The owners left us a welcome pack of wine, chocolate and cakes to name a few things. Can’t recommend this cottage highly enough x

Pat, London

We stayed in this lovely cottage over Christmas and couldn't have asked for anywhere more perfectly magical. Every detail had been considered (incl Gemma's v thoughtful welcome gifts and mini Xmas tree & hand made decorations!), the bed was comfiest we've ever slept in, the shower powerful, the kitchen beautifully equipped and the cottage & garden both utterly idyllic, with a beautiful stream running at the bottom of the garden and multiple seating areas outside to enjoy the location and amazing local nature! We can't wait to go back and have already recommended it far and wide.

Elliot, Bristol

WOW! We absolutely loved our stay at Glan yr afon, this little cottage is something special, not only is it decorated and equipped to the most wonderful standard but the gardens, location and surrounding areas are magical! Nothing beats waking up to the sound of the birds and the stream in the garden, there are walks straight from the door and to arrive back after a long day to a fire, luxurious bed and big soaker tub - we left feeling totally refreshed and eager to return! The hosts were on hand to answer a few questions we had and made us feel very welcome.

Aimee, Suffolk

We had a really enjoyable stay at Glan yr afon. The property is delightful, set in beautiful grounds in a lovely part of Ceredigion. The property was both well equipped, and beautifully presented, which made the stay very relaxing. Thank you!

Dee, Suffolk

Just returned home from a week of relaxing in this oh so beautiful tranquil setting where the owners have so lovingly created the perfect comfort space to be close to beautiful nature with a garden full of wild and lovely cultivated harmonious plantings the ancient Bridge and the tumbling stream nearby the accessibility to beautiful beaches . Every comfort is here inside with beds with crisp fresh linen fantastically well planned kitchen the sound of the stream at the gardens apex divine deep, claw footed bath, its all so wonderful to enjoy here A joy to visit

Carolyn, Hampton

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The neighbourhood

The cottage is one of a few houses in a scattered hamlet a mile or so from the coast. A 35-minute walk leads to the nearest beach and onto some spectacular sections of the Ceredigion Coast Path. You might spot seals and dolphins from the shoreline, and you can swim or surf from unspoilt sandy beaches at Cymtydu or Llangrannog. Good eating places include pubs, cafés and fine dining at The Harbourmaster in Aberaeron.

Local points of interest from Gemma & James Wiseman

  • Glad yr afon is located just a short walk (via ancient forest) from one of the best sections of the stunningly beautiful Ceredigion Coast Path. Or, cross the path and 10 minutes later you are at Cwmtydu beach (NT). Bring stout boots whatever the weather!
  • Relax in Llangrannog - Great for sunbathing on the beach, bodyboarding, amazing gelato and a couple of great eateries. Our favourite area is the 'secret' beach (Cilborth), accessible at low tide or a short walk over the top of the cliff on the coast path!
  • Watch the dolphins from New Quay harbour (with its Dylan Thomas connections) - Take a boat trip, or (our tip) they can often be seen from late afternoon from the harbour wall. We've seen dolphins & porpoises from most of the nearby beaches too!
  • Get active! Sea-kayaking, paddle-boarding, river canoeing, coasteering and many other fun/adrenalin-pumping activities are available nearby - Or book for a couple of hours sea fishing from New Quay. A great way to see the coast!
  • The colourful Regency houses surrounding the harbour and some lovely places to eat (Harbour Master is just one) make Aberaeron a fantastic place to spend time. Grab a drink and watch the sun set from the harbour wall. Great crabbing for the children too!
  • Simply relax at the cottage! There's always something to see in the garden (red kites often circle overhead). The garden has lots of 'nooks and crannies' to read & relax in. On a wintery day the cottage is cosy & warm so curl up with a book or sketchbook.


Gemma & James Wiseman

James and Gemma found the cottage while staying with friends nearby, and have since restored it with loving attention to detail as well as James' architectural expertise. It has involved new wiring, plumbing and heating, and the use of traditional materials to keep the spirit of the original building alive. They are delighted that guests will stay and add to Glan yr afon's long history.