What you see is a typical 19th century Teifi Valley farmhouse but if you look carefully inside, you will discover bits of something much older; the remains of an early timber framed “clom” (cob) thatched longhouse.

Despite its great age we have tried to make it reasonably accessible for those with disabilities but we have had to make compromises if we were to keep the house’s charac-ter. (See “Access Statement” below.)

In the conversion we have strived to apply best “green” principles but what was appropriate in previous centuries is not necessarily so now. Again we have made a few (minor) compromises on the side of comfort rather than historical accuracy. Insulation levels are high for a house of this type, but not obtrusive. Timbers used are generally local and paints natural. You won’t find much toxic p.v.c in this house!

Inside, you will find plenty of traditional Welsh textiles on the walls and beds. If you want to see more you should visit Jen’s shop in the little 18th century cottage at Pont-brendu.

The heating system is still oil-fired but we are working on reducing that in the future. Good thermostatic controls on each radiator and an effective wood-burning stove mean that you won’t have to deplete the national oil reserves to keep warm.

"We have loved the house, loved, in particular, the quilts, the books, the interesting tapestries and art. It's been a real sanctuary and we appreciate the care and artistry that has gone into creating such a welcoming 'home from home'" - the O'Reillys & McCalls

The Surroundings

Dolau Canol, surrounded by pastoral farmland, is set in the heart of an historic rural estate that has remained in the same family for over three hundred years. The house lies within a few yards of the River Teifi, famous for its game fishing and now a Special Area of Conservation recognising its international importance for conserving biodiversity.

If you go quietly and watch carefully you will see plenty of wild life. At dusk you should watch the silent flight of the barn owl from his home in the barn near the house or the badger snuffling on his way past from the wood. (The owl needs quiet and privacy and if he loses that, he will abandon his home.) There is an ancient heronry in the wood where you can watch the herons’ ungainly flight down to the river where they have to compete for their dinners with goosanders, cormorants, otters and fishermen. The elegant red kite can often be seen wheeling overhead. Green and great spotted woodpeckers, jays, and in winter, woodcock and snipe all add to the list. The river is so unpolluted that water-crowfoot grows in it and also the scarce floating water-plantain. Dragon-flies, butterflies and glorious moths.... the list goes on!

The old farmyard, bounded by the house and stone barns, is now a lawn with its pond in one corner. (It isn’t very deep but do take care if you are bringing small children.) Incidentally, the red-brick building was put up to house the farm’s first tractor in 1932.

"We've had simply the best Xmas! Lovely, wonderful cottage - truly peaceful and a 'switch-off' kind of place. Penbryn beach is a must - on a par with my favourite South African beach. The stars on a clear night are pretty special too. Thank you!" - Amanda, Elliott, Thomas, Emilia, Maria, Vie and Scooter, the dog

The nearby Cambrian Hills provide all sorts of beautiful walks and activities. For some ideas, check out this video of the area covered by the "Cambrian Initiative".

Ground floor accommodation

  • Entrance passage
  • Living room with wood-burning stove in the old inglenook
  • Sitting room with flat-screen television and DVD player
  • Kitchen with electric cooker, double sink, larder fridge and dishwasher
  • Utility room with washing machine and clothes dryer
  • Extra fridge/freezer in utility room
  • Single bedroom
  • Shower room with basin and WC

First floor accommodation

  • Landing with sitting area
  • Two double bedrooms
  • Single bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, basin & WC

Bedding

  • Fresh linen and towels are provided
  • If you are staying longer than a week, the linen and towels will be replaced
  • The cupboard on the landing contains extra bedding, hot water bottles & hair dryer
  • Hypo-allergenic pillows have green tags.
  • All duvets are hypo-allergenic

Food storage and kitchen

There is a larder fridge in the kitchen There is also a fridge-freezer in the utility room but you will need to turn it on if you require the extra storage. Leave the cooker turned on at the wall. If the cooker won’t turn on, check the wall switch and check the cooker’s timer is off. (Get rid of the little ‘A’ in the corner of the cooker’s display.) If the microwave won’t turn on, check that its child safety lock isn’t on.

Water and Heating

Continuous hot water The mains water pressure is low. To fill the bath faster, run the hot water first then add the cold. To use the shower, make sure no other taps are running. Heating comes on twice; morning and evening. (Ask us if you need more) Each radiator is controlled with its own thermostatic valve. A medium setting is best. Boiler controls are in the cupboard opposite the shower room The wood-burning stove in the living room is very effective. Don’t over-stoke it and remember it gets extremely hot so don’t use it if you have small children with you. You will find dry logs behind the red-brick building.

Lighting and Safety

The exterior lights are all worked on sensors, not switches. The light at the top of the stairs works automatically when you come out of a bedroom or go near the top of the stairs. Table lamps in some of the rooms are worked from the light switch by the door.

Cleaning

We provide ecologically less damaging detergents for sink, dishwasher and washing machine. (You can use your own preferred detergents if you want.) Clothes line behind the red-brick building For spills and accidents you will find vacuum cleaner, brush, bucket and mop under the stairs The water is very soft so you can halve the amounts of detergents needed in hard-water areas. In the dishwasher, we don’t find rinse-aids necessary with our soft water. There are also ecological WC cleaners which should be used for the sake of the private drainage system.