What to expect from your green holiday in West Wales

The outbuildings and acres of Banceithin were unloved for many years. Out of the mess we’ve created a home, two eco-friendly Welsh holiday cottages, a wildlife haven and thriving smallholding. Our home is your home.

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Home made Bara Brith

A warm Welsh holiday welcome

Come on in!

A home baked loaf of traditional Welsh tea bread awaits you, perfect with a cup of tea as you unwind from your journey. The wood burning stove is made up ready to light, with plenty of logs provided for your first evening.

We’re happy to prepare the cottage with bunting or other decorations on request as an extra surprise for that special someone for birthdays and anniversaries.

Local Produce

Bacon, sausages and other breakfast goodies for a wholesome start to your holiday, and organic veg boxes, sourdough bread, and Welsh milk, butter and cheeses, can all be ordered ready for your arrival.

Frozen home cooked meals, meat from select local producers, sausages from our own pigs are available to buy in the Games Room. Freshly made, wood oven cooked pizzas every Wednesday evening from May to August.

Buy fresh eggs from our chickens, honey from our bees, and a selection of home made preserves from our honesty box “Market Stall”.

Free range chicken on smallholding

Things to do

There are sheep to meet and in spring and summer there are pigs to help feed; help check for eggs in the chicken coop.

Nature guides, binoculars and pond dipping kit are available for wildlife explorers. For younger children, there’s a Nature Adventure Box packed with ideas for outdoor fun, and a treehouse for den building. For everyone else, there’s a giant outdoor chessboard and shared indoor Games Room with dartboard and table tennis table.

On rainy days, if you don’t want to splash around in wellies, there are stacks of DVDs, board games and jigsaws to keep everyone busy.

Tranquility

In keeping with our rural location, there is no mobile network coverage on site, but each cottage has its own wi-fi access. For those guests who prefer a digital-detox holiday, the wi-fi can be disabled.

Switch off, retreat from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Watch the red kites soar above. Wander the smallholding, nose around the veg plot or chat to the animals. Swing in the hammock by the stream. Take your book to a quiet corner for a peaceful read with just the birds for company.

Fire pit, treehouse and hammock at Banceithin
Green Tourism Gold Award - Banceithin

Sustainability

If you’re looking for a holiday with a low environmental impact, we’re here to help. While you’re with us you’ll be using 100% renewable energy and staying in a cottage where everything from teabags to towels, from the meat in the pies to the pillow you sleep on, is procured as sustainably as possible.

We collect your crisp packets, wine corks and beer bottle caps. We compost your food waste. Repair, refuse, reduce, re-use, recycle!

We’re a Gold Member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and a Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Champion. You can read more about our green credentials in our Green Story. Our Responsible Visitor Charter will give you some tips for a green holiday.

Dark skies

Our smallholding is in one of the areas with the darkest skies in the UK and we have three Dark Sky Discovery Sites in Ceredigion. If you’re an astronomer bring your telescope to take advantage of our fantastic celestial views.

On a clear night you can look up at the sky and marvel at the stars and the brightness of the Milky Way with nothing but the naked eye. A star chart and binoculars are provided in each cottage for all us amateur star gazers, but for those who want to see a little more detail, a basic level telescope is provided in Hen Ffermdy cottage for guests to take out into the garden.

Dark skies over the Arch at Devils' Bridge
On the green front, it was interesting to read your story and it has made us think too how we could be more eco-conscious at home. We think it is brilliant that you have brought these derelict farm buildings back to life…
Rachel & Scott, Hampshire
So relaxing and so quiet and peaceful at night. David and Philippa are so welcoming, kind and accommodating. Beautiful scenery with lovely walks around. Loved seeing the sheep and pigs, the sunset spot is lovely too. All in all, 20/10 stay!
Gethin & Megan, South Wales
Once again a lovely relaxing visit… Thanks for everything, from the bara brith to the fantastic pizzas on our last evening. Hope not to leave it so long next time.
Anne & Alan, County Durham

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