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Cartws Bach, Little Carthouse - Stylish And Cosy Eco Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage between Newport and Cardigan. Old Farmyard Setting, Facing South, Own Garden, 10 Mins From Se

CARTWS BACH Carbon Neutral cottage insulated with hemp and lime.

WOODBURNER / SOLAR water heating with ECO-ELECTRIC back up

Cartws Bach is an 18th Century Carthouse sympathetically restored to conservation standards with a simple yet elegant feel. The is attached to a 100 foot granary barn and cottage, it forms one side of the courtyard at the old farm of Bwlch Garregllwyd, now divided into three separate private residential properties; with a neighbouring converted barn on one side and the Farmhouse on the other, together forming a courtyard to the front. The cottage is south facing and looks out into its own little garden where you can have a BBQ.

The cottage is ideally suited for a couple looking for a cosy and romantic retreat, but is also perfect for a family. The kitchen/living area looks out through the distinctive archway into the garden giving a lovely open feel to the room. Fully equipped with Belfast sink and slate worktops, a dish washer, washing machine, fridge and use of a freezer is available if required. 4 adults may find it a bit too "intimate" unless you are all very good friends! The upstairs sleeping area is open plan but with two distinctive sleeping areas, both rooms are open to the roof and if you think noise from others might be an issue, this is not the property for you. Most people really like the arrangement but a couple of people have found it too "open". There are curtain dividers as well as the wooden partition for privacy.

Hemp and lime give the walls an organic character, the wooden and slate floor a traditional feel, with beams and a wood burner adding to the atmosphere. Wooden painted stairs lead up to one room, cleverly divided by a rustic wood panelled byre - giving two distinct sleeping areas with their own character - the double bed in a dark wooded area and the two singles in a cheerfully painted cabin room, with stable door leading to the outdoor barn steps. Both areas look up to the original beamed roof area. The compact bathroom has a great shower within a 3/4 sized bath, mosaic tiling and glass shower screen. The water is solar or wood-burner heated. The property is set in 3 acres with lawns, vegetable gardens, woods, flower meadow and pond. Our grassy track leads down to a green lane (ancient bridleway) which in turn will lead you to many footpaths and tracks to explore, some which will take you down to where the faeries live. Main bus route is only two minutes walk, and by car the coastal towns of Cardigan and Newport are only 7 minutes away.

The cottage is in a farmyard setting with quiet neighbouring residential properties to either side that do not belong to us. Cartws Bach is attached to the barn where we live. Visitors are welcome to wander behind the barn and down the track.

There is a firebowl for your use behind the barn by the pizza oven area if you want to sit out and chat under the stars. Just let us know if you would like to do this.

We ask visitors to arrive after 4pm and leave before 11am please on day of departure thank you. HOWEVER - I WILL TEXT YOU AS SOON AS THE COTTAGE IS READY FOR YOU - which could be as early as 1pm.

This cottage is not suitable for people who enjoy loud music or noisy parties!

It is a really peaceful place, and we enjoy that :D

We are in such a great location here, for travelling north south east and west... beaches 10 mins away..attractions in every direction.. :0)

More Details

Lisa Hellier
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Lisa Hellier

Hello! We are Lisa Hellier and Mark Watkins. Lisa is a graphic designer, map maker and community artist - the designer behind the Giant Aberteifi Knitted Cardigan, on display in Cardigan castle. Lisa is originally from Glasgow and Mark is a builder from LLangynidr, Brecon. We moved here from East Wales in 2008, having bought the barn as a derelict. For 4 years we lived in a caravan and Mark has been working on the barn ever since, starting with the Little Carthouse "Cartws Bach" which is the first section to be finished. We have just moved into the house at the other end of the barn. Renting Cartws Bach has helped us to transform the rest of the barn and gardens. We have endeavoured to be as environmentally friendly as possible and also create a real nature reserve and forest garden on the three acres that came with the barn.

Lisa Hellier purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Lisa Hellier chose Cilgerran

We decided to move to West Wales because we had camped here and loved the whole feel of the place..the empty beaches, the beautiful wildflower hedgerows, the wild sea. We kept meeting really interesting people from all over the country. The area is a Welsh speaking stronghold, with a mixture of locals and many people who have moved to the area. We were both interested in John Seymore and his Self Sufficiency book, and as it happens one of the first people we met here were John's family (we went to his house and drank the best apple juice ever!) and also bumped into his first wife and amazing artist Sally Seymore. We drove all over the place around West Wales and finally drew a circle round the area including Cardigan, Newport and the Preseli mountains.

Found the barn and bought it.

What makes this cottage unique

Peace and quiet! It is not very far to get to the action in any direction. It is perfect for walking ( miles of footpaths in every direction ) and you could actually walk all the way to Cardigan on footpaths from here, we are right on a footpath network. You could actually walk to Cardigan without going on a road. Great cycling right from the doorstep a great road round the back of the Preselis with stunning views on the mountain road above Newport. There is The Mwldan Cinema and Theatre 10 mins away and enough things to do if its wet outside. We have three acres to explore and play in, and having a fire outdoors is always a treat, The STARS here are amazing. We have friendly neighbours with animals, horses and lambs. Quiet dogs are welcome. Please don't bring a yappy/barking dog thank you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

what a lovely hideaway so cosy and beautifully designed. Really enjoyed our short stay here in the peaceful surroundings thanks so much for all the extra touches, wood top ups etc, amazing how warm it gets with the woodburner in such a short space of time! Really happy to stay somewhere where people share our environmental point of view - we recommend highly. All the best with the rest of your project.
Dec 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cilgerran in Pembrokeshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Compact - not suitable for very large person
  • The compact bathroom has a great shower with mosaic tiles in a small bath perfect for rinsing sandy children.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Comfiest organic mattress ever!
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 2 beds can be made into double bed. Travel cot available.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Ideal for 2 adults & 2 children or one couple* Notes on open plan bedrooms: The upstairs has been cleverly divided with a wooden byre to make 2 distinct private sleeping areas - it is not two enclosed bedrooms- The double bed is nestled medieval-style with curtains and canopy, very romantic and cosy. The cheerfully painted cabin room has two singles (or one double - please ask). The roof space is open between both areas. No doors only curtains.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: * the cabin room has two single beds which are small singles. They can be made into a double bed. Outside: The cottage has its own garden just outside the archway. It is peaceful, south facing and looks into the font yard area but is screened with flowers and shrubs. The low wall has integral seating and there are 4 comfortable low garden chairs with small tables. A firebowl means you can have small outdoor fire until 9pm. ( after this you can go round the back..) Visitors are welcome to explore the three acres, wood and stream and walk down our own track to the green lane at the bottom of the field. There are many stunning walks from the barn which don't involve roads. We are planting a forest garden so we have young trees in the field, a pond which is full of wildlife. There is a badger hole in the woods, and many other small creatures around little frogs and toads as well as colourful dragonflies and the occasional hummingbird hawkmoth. Our mission is to turn the gardens into a bee sanctuary full of flowers. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Organic mattresses. Towels are provided. If you need a giant towel you will need to bring your own. For bookings of more than 7 days a change of sheets will be provided.


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Cartws Bach, Little Carthouse - Stylish And Cosy Eco Cottage
average rating of 4.857143 based on 12 reviews

A++ Cottage, well-centered, highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is really impressive, it has inspired me quite a lots with its fusion of victorian and modern look. It is well centered if you are planning to visit Wales. There are numerous attraction places close-by. If you are a fan of sandy beach, it's only 10 minutes drive. If you are going with the family, I can reasure you that it's the safess place to be as the owner leaves next door and they are very very nice people. They even gave us some fresh eggs to bring home. We would like to thank them for making our stay so wonderful.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Bradford on Avon

Can't fault it, not that we want to!

  • 5 of 5

Lisa and Mick we're very welcoming, the property itself was beyond lovely! Well equipped and cosy! Perfect for a family of four like us! The kids loved Teabag! We'll be back without a doubt! Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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My wife and two children had a wonderful stay. The cottage was beautiful and well maintained.

  • 4 of 5

Peaceful location and great for getting to different parts of west Wales. We loved the cottage and enjoyed making the fire to warm the chilly Spring nights. The two boys loved teabag and wanted to takes him home. Many thanks to Lisa and Mark for a wonderful stay.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cheltenham, GB

Perfect cottage in beautiful part of Pembrokeshire

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a fantastic three days at Cartws Bach. The cottage itself is so lovely - warm with the wood burner, beautifully arranged and decorated - much attention to detail to make living here easy and a real pleasure. Cosy double bed upstairs with two singles in the room next door. Perfect for our needs. The surrounding area itself was delightful too. No need to travel far for stunning cliff walks. Many thanks to Lisa & Mark. There is so much more for us to see in Pembrokeshire so we'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A delightful haven of cosy comfort

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my daughter and her partner and the moment we stepped through the door we felt at home. Although tiny and bijou the cottage is very thoughtfully laid out and everything is to hand. We really appreciated the little touches like the gorgeous fresh daffodils in a jug on the table with a fresh bara brith to welcome us (and milk in the fridge for a cup of tea) At night the cottage is cosy with the log burner and the stars outside were beautiful. Most probably my favourite cottage of all time.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, cosy cottage. We had such a relaxing stay we didn't want to leave😊 Great location, Highly recommend *****

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2015
  • Date of Stay: February 2015
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Pendre Art Gallery & Cafe
Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Newport or Cardigan
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Newport Sands
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Newport or Poppit sands
Car: not necessary



PARROG lovely port BY NEWPORT 10 mins. drive.

NEWPORT BEACH 10 minutes driving.

Long sandy beach, next to golf course. Parking on beach or in car park.

Summer shop.

POPPIT SANDS 10-15 minutes driving, massive sandy beach with cafe.



2 mins walk to nearest bus route.

Train (north) Aberystwyth 1 hour drive away.

Train ( south) Clunderwen 25 minutes drive away.


Eglwyswrw Garage is the nearest shop ( 1.5 miles away) which has all basic groceries plus good selection of garden things and Welsh gifts. Welsh speaking so you can hear some local language here. They do also speak English!

Cardigan ( 6 miles away) is a bustling little town on the River Teifi and it has lots of shops and 2 markets (local produce Market on a Thursday) Great Cafe's and restaurants and several pubs. In the summer look out for Pizza tipi with outdoor music and open air pizza oven

Further Details:

Visitor attractions are many and include:

•Riding stables 5 minutes away.

•Castle Henllys Celtic Camp great day out - Celtic huts with helpful staff and real fires burning.

•Dyfed Shire Horse centre 5 mins drive.

•Stone circle at Mynachlogddu 20 mins drive

•Pentre Ifan Ancient burial site 10 mins drive.

•Giant knitted Aberteifi Cardigan when available is worth a visit. (designed and coordinated by your host!)

• Ffynnone Woods 15 mins drive, beautiful walk to waterfall the opening to the underworld as it says in ancient folk tale the Mabinogion.

• Shell Cottage at Cilwendeg, a folly open on Thursdays

• Witches Cauldron on coastal path near Moylegrove 20 minutes away.

• swimming pools and gyms at Crymych (10 mins drive) and Fishguard ( 30 mins)

• Last Invasion Tapestry at Fishguard town hall, like the Bayeux Tapestry really worth seeing it's amazing and colourful. The French did invade Wales in 1797 and this tells the story.

• Butterfly Centre near Aberporth 2o mins drive away.

Chinese takeaway in Newport. The best chip shop is in Cardigan by the Guild Hall. Indian Restaurant on a boat is not to be missed!

Boat trips from Cardigan in the summer.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Notes on prices:
The 25% deposit will only be returned if you cancel your booking more than 50 days before your arrival date. We will endeavour to reschedule your holiday if there are unforseen circumstances.

Camping space available in the grounds if you want to bring friends to camp. £10pp pnight

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.