Hen Ffermdy Cottage at Banceithin

Llanon, Ceredigion
+44 (0)1974 272155

Slow down and unwind at this eco-friendly cottage for two on the owners’ bountiful smallholding. Birdsong, starlit nights and deep peace…


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Babies welcome

The Experience

David and Philippa, who live in the farmhouse opposite, are deeply embedded in their sustainable patch and they’ve filled their two cottages with Welsh art, Welsh blankets (from Jane Beck no less) and a ‘bible’ – their ever-growing and very personal guide to this slice of wild Ceredigion.

Hen Ffermdy is a snug retreat for two, with space for a baby. You’ll find a welcome hamper with Bara brith and other treats, a private little garden for sitting out on sunny days and barbecuing your supper, and animals to meet and help feed; you can buy heaps of produce: homemade pies and meals, home-produced pork, sausages, bacon, eggs, veg, honey and more. There’s a games room too, which is shared with the larger cottage next door.

Wander round the smallholding, walk out into unspoilt countryside, cycle along quiet lanes or drive to the coast with a picnic. Return to read in the hammock by the stream, then head to the sundowner spot complete with blankets and corkscrew and be amazed at the dark night skies.

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We think you'll love

  • Stocking up on all the delicious home-produce that’s for sale
  • Pouring over the Banceithin Bible – David and Philippa’s guide to the best bits
  • Putting a record on the 1950's radiogram and snuggling up by the wood-burner
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You should know

  • The mezzanine bedroom is up a spiral staircase
  • Mobile signal will be patchy or not at all – if you want a complete detox the WiFi can be switched off
  • The owners’ farmhouse and a second cottage are on-site too


  • 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
  • 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
From 4pm
Check out
10am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £65
Weekly price
from £275
1 Cottage for 2
From £651 bed1 bedroom


A lovely peaceful break staying in Hen Ffermdy. Great combination of feeling really remote but being in creature comfort heaven, so snug and cosy. Can highly recommend the home reared bacon, sausages and eggs, too!

Kate and Chris, Loughborough

We had a lovely break in Hen Ffermdy. The cottage was well stocked and the cooked meal from the freezer (we had curry) was delicious. David and Philippa were great even drying our backpack etc after a downpour whilst out cycling. A fabulous ‘get away from it all’ break with an excellent local pub.

Judith, Coventry

My wife booked Banceithin farm on the recommendation of a friend. This weekend away could not have come at a more perfect time for me. As soon as I stepped into the property I felt at home and relaxed. We arrived late which wasn't a problem. We were able to access the property and settled in immediately. The following morning we were introduced to the sheep, the chickens (Seren, Faith, Hope and Tyson) and of course David and Phillipa. What a wonderful welcome party. This place is incredibly beautiful and extremely well maintained. It was a break I needed and did not disappoint. Thank you both.

Gareth, Blackwood, near Newport

We had a great stay at Hen Ffermdy, a cute and comfy cottage with all the amenities. A lovely part of the world in the Welsh countryside and really close to some nice towns and some amazing beaches. Great produce too made at the farm. Looking forward to coming back for another stay.

Nik, Bristol

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. We arrived tired and are leaving relaxed and happy. Hen Ffermdy is truly a ‘home from home’. You have paid attention to so many details – it makes such a difference! We have loved listening to records and playing board games – something we never do at home. Coming here has made us more aware of making time for each other without the distractions of everyday life.

Marie-Anne & Nick, Shoreham-by-Sea

There’s nothing David and Philippa haven’t thought of. We have loved our short break here and don’t want to leave. We will definitely return. Thank you both so much. This is a fantastic place – a small piece of heaven. Just the perfect 48 hours away from the hustle and bustle of family life.

Matt & Emma, London

This was a great Welsh experience for us! We discovered a beautiful country with lots of beautiful people. Your cottage felt immediately like home, thanks to the lovely basket of gorgeous things.

Christopher, Belgium

Beautiful location, great facilities and food and very thoughtful in terms of amenities and information. Amazing pork & sage sausages. Will certainly be returning. Great for couples and families alike

Alex, Cardiff

Banceithin was a snowy winter wonderland this weekend and Hen Ffermdy was warm and cosy. An enormous thank you to David and Philippa for all their help. Hen Ffermdy gets our Best Self Catering in the UK award yet again!

Richard & Elizabeth, Sevenoaks

Charming barn conversion, very clean and comfortable. Well stocked with entertainment and unusually well provided with excellent local food and ready made meals. Hosts were friendly and helpful and have done a great job of the site. A great place with easy access to the Mid-Wales coast. Huge amount of information provided by hosts. All up to date. We will happily go back.

Sue, Warwick

We had a very enjoyable week in cwt mochyn, house was very spacious, had a very comfortable bed, ensuite shower room plus of course bathroom and 2 other bedrooms. The corner sofa was spacious and comfortable, the ability to buy the off home cooked meal or veg, preserves etc was Great, good for when you couldn't be bothered to go out. We took both our 2 small terriers, the garden isn't completely dog proof for small ones but wasn't a problem as long as you kept an eye on them, we would definitely return.

Natalie, Bradford

A beautifully peaceful and private location, full of wildlife and nature. We also loved the addition of a freezer full of home cooked food, available to buy . We sampled the sausages , which were delicious . This was such a good idea ,as it saved finding shops unless you wanted to . The barabrith left for us was also gorgeous and was finished in a flash ! The cottage was exceptionally well equipped and clean. The info folder was also very comprehensive and softened the blow of no wifi! All in all a great place to stay. Thank you Phillipa and David

Joanna, Hereford

Lovely cottage, ideal for exploring the coast and the hills or just staying put to enjoying the peace and quiet. The children had a great time in the treehouse, games room and visiting the pigs. Fabulous home cooked food available, would definitely recommend the lamb curry!

Sally, Durham

A beautifully renovated cottage and just perfect for a family reunion. Small, but well-equipped kitchen. A freezer full of homemade goodies to buy not to mention melt in the mouth fresh eggs were a big plus. A bit of a drive to shops to get milk etc But we came prepared. We stayed home evenings not being interested in night life (except the wild kind) or pubs. Care driving on the narrow approach roads is essential. But anyone who has driven in Ireland or Scotland will be able for Welsh country roads. I would come back.

Edeline, Brisbane

We first visited Banceithin through Sawday's some years ago, and we keep on returning. Why? Because it's such a relaxing place to stay. Plus we love David and Philippa's eco-credentials. Plus they keep adding delightful extras such as the tree-house and the sundowner bench. Plus the pigs are delightful - and the sausages delicious. We've stayed in both cottages and love them equally. Each has its own attraction - be sure to take your old LPs to play in Hen Ffermdy. There are loads of places on the Ceredigion coast within easy reach. Or you can just chill out on the smallholding. It's lovely.

Cath, Abergavenny

We have lost count the amount of times we have stayed at David and Philippa's but we loved it from the first time we went that we wanted to share with our friends on our last visit. We are disappointed that not been able to visit it this year 2017 but we always compare everywhere we stay to Banceithin and they can never match what D and P offer. Accommodation is fab, beautiful countryside, lovely welcome, the "bible" is best information pack you will ever find, Wales is stunning, loads to do, D &P have thought of everything go you will not regret it, total relaxation/down time homefromhome x

Melanie, Hornchurch

Superb, stylish self catering. With sustainability as their goal, everything has been thought through with great care and their guests' comfort in mind.The attention to detail is outstanding. Even Teri, the collie has mastered the perfect welcome. We particularly enjoy the local interest material for this beautiful, often overlooked, part of Wales. I can't decide whether it's better to be there in winter, warm and cosy behind thick walls or sitting outside in glorious spring sunshine. Either way, local produce and Philippa's tasty cooking from the freezer make for very easy self catering.

Elizabeth, Kent

Complete peace and relaxation in beautiful surroundings with everything at hand for a wonderful four night stay. We found it very difficult to drag ourselves away from the cottage each day to explore the area, but the effort was rewarded. Back at work now, but still calm and serene! Thanks to David and Philippa for creating such a haven.


David and Phillipa couldn't have been more helpful. We were provided with 'the Bible' of things to do, places to eat and more. My husband and I stayed with our 3 year old in the large house, and we had a great time. Bed was incredibly comfortable and general decor and finishings were modern but cosy. We have recommended to friends and family and hope to return soon. Our 3 year old absolutely loved watching the farm animals and going on the treasure hunt. Plenty of games on site to keep you entertained as well as beautiful country walks. Thank you for a wonderful holiday :)


We stayed at Hen Ffermdy and absolutely loved the cottage. The area is beautiful and the animals, especially the begging chickens, are great fun. David and Phil are excellent hosts and always around to give helpful advice or to supply delicious pies and jam. We hope to return next year for another holiday of peace and relaxation.

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The neighbourhood

Exploring the smallholding is an adventure with binoculars and pond dipping kits. Serious walkers can set off straight from the door and cyclists won’t be bothered by many cars – you’re in a valley down a single-track lane from the small village of Bethania. There’s a corner shop three miles away at Cross Inn, and a 20-minute drive gets you to Aberaeron, a pretty seaside town with a cluster of independent shops.

Local points of interest from David & Philippa Pickworth

  • Sustainably run cottages & smallholding in secluded valley in rural location. Winner Best Self-catering Accommodation, UK Green Tourism Awards. For every booking we donate £1 to Compassion in World Farming. Electric cars can use domestic supply overnight.
  • Basket of goodies provided for week stays, home made cake for short breaks; home cooked food and our own sausages, meat, and other produce & preserves available. Groceries and local produce can be ordered from organic shop. BBQ & firepit for outdoor cooks.
  • The smallholding is a wildlife haven & in dark skies area. Perfect for birdwatching & stargazing! Treehouse, hammock &sundowner spot. Paraglide off mountains; tee off by the sea; cycle on country lanes; walk in Welsh drover tracks; catch mackerel for tea.
  • Explore the Dolphin Coast: sweeping dunes at Ynyslas; family friendly sandy beaches at Llangrannog, Mwnt & Aberporth; busy seaside town of New Quay; quirky coves with caves at Cwmtydu & Penbryn. Get out on the sea to dolphin spot from a kayak or on a boat.
  • Meet the locals at Rhos yr Hafod pub or Hungry Ram bistro (3 miles), dine by the sea at the Harbourmaster in Aberaeron, go for cocktails & live music in Aberystwyth, or go rustic at Cardigan's Pizza Tipi. Award winning markets in St Dogmael's & Aberystwyth
  • Visit studios of local artists Moriath Glass & Helen Elliott; treat yourself to Jane Beck's Welsh wool blankets & clothes; step back in time at Llanerchaeron House or Cilgerran Castle; explore nature & crafts at the Welsh Wildlife Centre or Denmark Farm.


David & Philippa Pickworth

Well-travelled David and Philippa are close by if you need them but happy to leave you to your own devices. They are the most generous, friendliest people and very happy to share their green and sustainable lifestyle – you can even don a spare bee suit and help collect honey if you have an interest. They also give you a fire pit for outdoor cooking, hammocks and wellies to borrow.