Ty Mari and Penroc are set in a stunning landscape at the interface of wild mountains and wooded valleys where sheep farming, forests and mountain top views make this one of the beautiful hidden secrets of Wales. These attractive 19th century cottages are on the outskirts of a tiny village called Cwmystwyth: they are situated 100 meters along a rough track from the main road. There is a terrace of homes either side of the track, with Ty Mari at the end and Penroc at right-angles on the headland. The fenced garden area is very limited and is shared between the cottages but there is just space for cars, sunbathing, two picnic tables and two barbecues!
Ty Mari has been in the family since 1969. We have loved it as if it was our only home and steadily improved it over the years. Penroc has been in the wider family since 1974. In 2006 it was completely refurbished and extended to include a large balcony and panoramic living area below. There is a soundproofed intercommunicating door between the cottages, which are at the end of a terrace.
In April 2017 the cottages were placed in a family trust for the next generation but the children have asked Gareth and Mary to continue running the holiday lettings.
Cwmystwyth is seventeen miles inland from Aberystwyth along the mountain road to Rhayader. There are excellent walks through the beautiful scenery that surrounds the cottages that includes hilltops, waterfalls, woodland, forests, dams and caves.
The Ystwyth valley is one of the RSPB’s successful breeding sites for Red Kites and there is fishing and pony trekking nearby. Sandy beaches are just over half an hour away and there is a narrow gauge railway from Devil’s Bridge to Aberystwyth.
Until you get away from the noise of traffic and the telephone you won’t realise how hectic everyday life can be. Family games in front of the fire, or sitting in a window seat with a good book and red kites circling overhead soon recharges the batteries.
There are bird feeders close to both cottages and you will be amazed at the varieties that come to feed.
Gareth and Mary Tuckwell (who manage the holiday lets)
Below: Ty Mari is at the far end of the row on the left and Penroc is at right-angles overlooking the Ystwyth valley