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Cartws Bach, Little Carthouse - Stylish And Cosy Eco Cottage



Updated: 26-Oct-2016
Cottage between Newport and Cardigan. Farmyard, Facing South, Own Garden With Firebowl, 10 Mins From Sea

An 18th Century Carthouse sympathetically restored to conservation standards with a simple yet elegant feel. Cartws Bach 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 or little open fire. The cottage is ideally suited for 2 adults and 2 children, or for a couple looking for a cosy and romantic retreat. 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. 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!

The cottage 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 in the front garden however we ask that you move behind the barn to the fire pit (and pizza oven area) behind the barn after 9 pm if you want to sit out and chat under the stars.

We ask visitors to arrive after 4pm and leave before 11am please on day of departure thank you.

If the cottage is ready before 4pm then we will text you to let you know.

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

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hello! We are Lisa Hellier and Mark Watkins. Lisa is a graphic designer, map maker and community artist originally from Glasgow and Mark Watkins 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. Now we have just moved into the middle section of the barn as a workshop studio and we are ready to rent out the Cartws Bach which will help us to transform the rest of the barn and gardens. We wanted 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.

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Speaks English, French, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The bed was so comfy and romantic, I loved the drapes it was just like waking up in the past. The cottage has such lovely style" Jane Peacegood, Llanbedr.

"This is such a great spot, peaceful with very friendly owners, and the cottage has been beautifully renovated"
Apr 2014
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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: Feb 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Cardiff at 100 Miles Nearest Barpub : Newport or Cardigan at 6 Miles Nearest Ferry : Fishguard at 25 Miles Nearest Golf : Newport Sands at 7 Miles Nearest Train : Clunderwen at 20 Miles Nearest Motorway : M4 at 40 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Yes at 5 Miles Nearest Beach : Newport or Poppit sands at 7 Miles 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.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
21 Oct 2016 - 5 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
6 Nov 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Happy New Year!
3 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Feb half term
11 Feb 2017 - 25 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early Spring
26 Feb 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Easter Bunny
2 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Spring Flowers
23 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
May Bank Hols
27 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early Summer Picnics
4 Jun 2017 - 22 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High Summer
23 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Empty Beaches
4 Sep 2017 - 16 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
October Holiday
21 Oct 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Woodburner Winter
6 Nov 2017 - 9 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Pre Christmas Chillout Zone
10 Dec 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Merry Christmas
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Notes on prices:
There is always a last minute reduction if the cottage has not been booked for the following week. Camping space available in the grounds if you want to bring friends to camp. £7pp pnight

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

This property is perfect for families. 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. I have planted some salad and herbs for you.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • 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


  • 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 2 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, 2 beds can be made into double bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, Comfiest organic mattress ever!
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Ideal for 2 adults & 2 children or one couple* Notes on bedrooms: The upstairs has been cleverly divided with a wooden byre to make 2 distinct sleeping areas - 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.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • 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 south facing and looks into the font yard area but is screened with flowers and shrubs. The low wall has integral seating and there is an additional pair of comfortable low garden chairs with small table. A firebowl means you can have small outdoor fire or BBQ. 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 last year we had a hummingbird hawkmoth! Our mission is to turn the gardens into a bee sanctuary full of flowers. * NOW WE HAVE 4 FRIENDLY HENS who will feed out of your hands* :) Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: 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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