Get out on the sea in a kayak, head down a river in a canoe, climb a rock face or a tree, with Cardigan Bay Active and Adventure Beyond. Cycle secret trails in the Cambrian Mountains and learn new mountain biking skills with West Wales Trails. Explore the uplands on a 4x4 adventure with Cambrian Safaris. Fly with the Red Kites as you paraglide from the top of Ceredigion's highest mountain. Experience the thrill of harness racing, Ceredigion's favourite equine sport, at one of the local race days.
For more ideas of things to do in Wales, have a look at the Attractions & Activities map.
Your holiday cottage is seven miles from the West Wales coast. There are beaches to suit all tastes in Cardigan Bay - from long sandy beaches with sand dunes to explore, smugglers coves with caves and rock pools, and pebble beaches accessible only to walkers.
"We have fallen in love with this part of Wales - we can't wait to come back!"
Melanie & John, Essex
There are opportunities for walkers of all levels of experience and fitness - choose from cliff top walks along the Ceredigion Coast Path, part of the new Wales Coast Path launched in May 2012; inland walks through river valleys of the Teifi, Aeron, Ystwyth and Rheidol; or hill walks high up in the Cambrian Mountains. Guides for walks in the area are included with our holiday cottage guest information book or, if you'd like to learn more about the history and folklore of our area, why not book a guided walk with Twm's Treks.
Places of Interest
The colourful Georgian coastal town of Aberaeron, with specialist produce shops and a great choice of restaurants, is 20 minutes away. Nearby Aberystwyth is home to the Vale of Rheidol steam railway and modern Arts Centre. History lovers can go back in time at Ceredigion's historical sites like Cilgerran Castle, Strata Florida Abbey and Llanerchaeron House, or follow the Peaceful Places trail of hidden churches and chapels. Those with a sweet tooth should buzz over to New Quay Honey Farm.
There is a selection of golf courses in Ceredigion, including both parkland and coastal links with spectacular scenery. The Penrhos Golf and Country Club is just down the road and provides excellent facilities, with a challenging parkland course that ascends to give great views out over Cardigan Bay.
Your holiday cottage is in one of the areas with the darkest skies in the UK, so if you're an astronomer bring your telescope to take advantage of our fantastic celestial views. A star chart is provided in each cottage for all us amateur star gazers who just want to find Orion's Belt and marvel at the brightness of the Milky Way.
" Lovely, peaceful cottage… we explored by road far and wide across the Cambrians – such beautiful, wild places! Cottage is very comfortable and warm. Welcoming touches like flowers are a delight. I have enjoyed my stay in your lovely sty-cum-cattle byre – it has been so beautifully converted. The atmosphere has been so peaceful.”
Mrs Thirlaway, Newbury
Our smallholding is blessed with a wide array of bird species as we are surrounded by grassland so you can bird spot from your cottage. Alternatively, head to the beautiful RSPB Ynys-hir reserve, home of BBC Springwatch 2011 to 2013, or visit the Dyfi Osprey Project and Welsh Wildlife Centre. Cardigan Bay is known as the Dolphin Coast, and if you book a trip with Bay To Remember or New Quay Boat Trips you may spot bottlenose dolphins and grey seals.
Ceredigion has dedicated routes for the independent cyclist such as the Ystwyth Trail and the Rheidol Cycleway. There is a bike hire centre and shop a 10 minute drive from Banceithin, and a circular cycle route passes the end of our drive heading to Aberaeron. Mountain bikers are catered for at the Nant Yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre, which offers three main mountain biking trails. Or just enjoy exploring the lanes around Banceithin - route 1; route 2 (with thanks to Richard & Elizabeth for all their pedalling!).
"Fantastic cycling in the lanes with no cars for hours on end!"
Alex & Hannah, Bristol
A variety of fishing opportunities are right on our doorstep, ranging from coarse fishing lakes suitable for the hobby angler to challenging river fishing. Day tickets are available from Tregaron Angling society for fishing the River Teifi for brown trout and salmon or in mountain trout lakes at Teifi Pools. The beaches along Cardigan Bay are excellent for sea fishing, whether from along the coast on out at sea on a fishing trip.
Food & Drink
There are plenty of places where you can buy and enjoy local fish, seafood, meat and cheeses. Follow your nose (and stomach) around the Taste Trail; try the Harbourmaster or Hive in Aberaeron; head for Y Talbot in Tregaron; wend your way to Y Ffarmers; or tuck into a box of mackerel goujons & chips from The Lime Crab & watch for dolphins on the harbour wall in the seaside town of New Quay!
Look at our Facebook page for more photos of walks and other attractions in the local area.
" Congratulations on your cottages: only superlatives can describe this place. Thank you for the warm and open welcome and the gifts. Banceithin is a fantastic starting point to discover Wales. We loved the panoramic views, the beautiful nature the good food and most of all the friendly and warm people Welshmen and women seem to be."
De Roeck Family, Belgium