Accommodation Focus: Penllwyn Cottages


Penllwyn Holiday Cottages

Penllwyn Holiday Cottages

Penllwyn Cottages are owned and run by Gareth and Susan Edwards.  Having lived and worked in London for a number of years they wanted to return to Wales to enjoy the quality of life that living in this beautiful unspoilt part of Wales brings.  

Having both graduated from Aberystwyth University and with Susan’s family coming from the area, Ceredigion had a natural draw.

About the Accommodation 

Penllwyn Cottages are 2 beautiful cottages converted from former farm buildings on a smallholding.

Cei Newydd Cottage – 2 ensuite bedrooms, has been converted from a former barn. It as been designed for wheelchair access and has 1 bedroom and a bathroom adapted accordingly.

DSCF0183Mwnt Cottage – sleeping 2, has been converted from a former barn, and has a beautiful galleried bedroom.  With the absence of light pollution you can enjoy some of the clearest skies in the country as you gaze up at the stars at night through the skylights.

The Interior
The cottages have been decorated using organic paints and finished with natural materials throughout. The cottages have underfloor heating provided by an eco-air source heat pump. Both cottages have the benefit of wood-burning stoves.

Places to visit & things to do nearby
Penllwyn Cottages are a short walk from the Ceredigion Coastal Path, so they are the ideal base for exploring the spectacular coastline of Cardigan Bay. The Ceredigion coast in Cardigan Bay was the first Marine Heritage stretch of coastline in the UK. Penllwyn Cottages is just under a mile from the quaint former smugglers cove at Cwmtydu, a National Trust beach.  National Trust beaches at Penbryn and Mwnt are also nearby.

See the Atlantic Grey Seal pups in Cwmtydu cove in the late Summer and Autumn.

3 miles south of New Quay.  Penllwyn Cottages are the ideal location to take a boat trip from the harbour to spot the Bottlenose Dolphins that live in Cardigan Bay.  Cardigan Bay is in fact the best place in Britain to spot Bottlenose Dolphins.  Harbour Porpoises, seals and numerous sea birds can also be spotted.

Why not learn to sail, windsurf, kayak or drive a powerboat at the Watersports Centre in New Quay .

2014 is the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas.  Penllwyn Cottages are offering guided tours of the Dylan Thomas Trail in New Quay.  The guided tours will give much information about the time that Dylan Thomas lived in New Quay during the Second World War.  This time provided great inspiration for many of the characters and places that appear later in Under Milk Wood.


During the First World War, a German submarine commander took his submarine into the cove to surface, charging his batteries and fetching fresh water from the stream that runs into the sea for his men.  He knew the cove from a peacetime holiday visit.

Siôn Cwilt became something of a national hero in Ceredigion in the early 18th century.  He lived in a cottage near Synod Inn where there is still a place known as Banc Siôn Cwilt.  It is believed Siôn had built a ‘tŷ un nos’ (a house built in one night) there because it was half way between Ffynnon Bedr, owned by Sir Herbert Lloyd, the High Sheriff of the county to whom he was related, and two beaches famous for smuggling – Cwmtydu and Cei Bach.  The area was remote and out of the way and suitable for smugglers hiding from the authorities.  Siôn Cwilt would ride his horse to meet the smugglers’ boats, armed with a sword and a gun.  As in other areas famous for smuggling, many important local people depended on smugglers for their wines and spirits, Sir Herbert among them.  Some say Siôn’s nickname – Cwilt – came from the fact that he wore colourful coats or cloaks but it is also possible that it is a corruption of the word ‘gwyllt’ (wild).  The name John Qwilt appears in the Llanina parish minutes recording the baptism of his son there in 1758.

Despite a team of armed men dedicated to the prevention of smuggling, and watch houses in New Quay where toll men kept watch for smugglers’ boats, Siôn Cwilt eluded discovery and was never caught.

Sometime later a man called Daniel Ifans was caught and arrested in Llangrannog for selling smuggled brandy. He was found guilty and hanged. Siôn Cwilt disappeared from the secluded cove at Cwmtydu.  He was never seen again.


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