Conde Nast- 'Best UK place by sea'

House - Entire home/apt · Aberporth, Wales, United Kingdom

A converted 1908 railway carriage with wood-lined interior restored..on the very edge of Cardigan Bay. No neighbours, just you and the waves...and dolphins as Europe's largest colony live year-round just here! Sleeps 5 in two compartments!

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A converted 1908 railway carriage with wood-lined interior restored..on the very edge of Cardigan Bay. No neighbours, just you and the waves...and dolphins as Europe's largest colony live year-round just here! Sleeps 5 in two compartments!

The Space

Treat yourself to somewhere really very special!

What's included? Basically just bring yourselves, and food and drink. The bed/s are made (according to number staying) with 100% cotton linen, towels & teatowels provided, fresh dishcloth every time (and washing up liquid, and liquid soap, and first few toilet rolls). First basket of logs (and kindling, paper, matches) for the woodburner. The kitchen is equipped. All you need is to relax, get out on the veranda with your drink of choice, and start looking for dolphins!

Conde Nast Traveller - Top Five 'best spots to enjoy the British Seaside' (July 2012) 'This carriage has reached her final staging post - between the beaches of Aberporth and Tresaith. The only neighbours are the birds...this is the perfect place for toasting crumpets after a day's walking or dolphin-spotting' (Sally Shalam for Conde Naste Traveller magazine).

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Enjoy some of the finest views in Wales from our converted Edwardian railway carriage located on the coastal footpath between the sandy beaches at Aberporth and Tresaith.

Many guests see Europe's largest colony of bottle-nose dolphins in the bay in front, and direct access to the heritage coast footpath makes Wendy the ideal location for exploring the West Wales coast. Peaceful location with no roads within 300 yards. You can catch sea bass and mackerel on lines from the rocks in front of the carriage.

Guest Access

A complete detached railway carriage holiday home and direct access to the famous coastal footpath. Direct access down into the sea!

Interaction with Guests

Usually little as there is a keysafe so late arrivals OK. Local housekeeper and property manager.

The Neighborhood

(website hidden) the Ceredigion coastal footpath and you'll see why I love it! Location between two of UK's best sandy, Blue-Flag beaches.

Getting around

You can get there by train to Carmarthen then bus to Aberporth (or via Newcastle Emlyn). Car useful too.

Other Things to Note

300m walk along the coastal footpath (flat, tarmac path) from the parking area. Max. 4 adults. There is usually on-street parking available but please be mindful of local residents access, and park with due regard to safety. There is a Community Car Park nearby which can be used but be aware in peak season the car park charges up to 3.00 GBP a day. Garden enclosed but note nearby cliffs potentially dangerous for small children.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $26 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1233 /week
Monthly Price: $3086 /month
Cleaning Fee: $106
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • We had a superb time here, Wendy is very special, bags of charm and character, and a setting better to none. We watched 2 perfect sunsets sitting on the veranda. You don't have to be a train buff to enjoy this place, it's very cosy, very quiet,very beautiful.

    The accommodation was very clean everything you want is sorted, down to the kindling and logs!! Plenty of towels, we wanted for nothing!

    We found loads to do in the immediate area, walks to Aberporth and to The Ship in Tresyth - the beaches are awesome, some dog friendly and we swam in the sea most of the time, spent hours on dolphin watch but no luck, so we'll have to come back!!

    Great comms from Greg, everything is explained, and we really will be back for another visit, hopefully autumn with the log fire going!!

    Thanks Greg we loved our stay at Wendy!!

    Cheers, Chris, Pauline, Dom and Ellie and Meggy our black lab (who is completely exhausted today!!)

    June 2014
    Response from Greg:

    thanks for the kind comments - glad you loved the carriage :) Greg

    June 2014
  • ...Review continued ... Run out of space....
    We read great reviews about the Indian, but I think they were just having an off day when we went as my order was wrong 3 times’ - but what I did get was fine albeit when Trevor had finished , but ‘these things happen’ every now and then and the service lovely. We also went to the next 2 towns which were lovely, but got busier as you want along the coast –to be honest – we we glad to go back to Wendy, and kick back watching the lovely sunset with a few drinks.
    I am so glad I have found Wendy, We loved this unique property and tranquil getaway, Would have been great to know a little more how Wendy got there , and its restoration process . Amazing weekend 
    Dawn & Trevor xxx

    June 2014
    Response from Greg:

    many thanks for the lovely review! all the best Greg

    June 2014
  • We had an absolutely fantastic time at this wonderful property. "Wendy" is beautifully restored, in an amazing location, and a perfect get away. It had everything we needed, including kitchenware to make dinners in the evening. We highly recommend it. Greg was a great host, always responding quickly to inquires and providing helpful and detailed information. I will certainly look at his other properties!

    June 2014
    Response from Greg:

    aw thanks - glad you enjoyed and thanks for the compliments. See you again!

    June 2014
  • A wonderful find. Wendy is a unique, beautiful and relaxing stay. Plenty to discover or alternatively plenty of reasons to never leave!

    Greg was helpful and accommodating throughout.

    May 2014
    Response from Greg:

    thanks Tom - you're welcome at any of my places in Wales, Ireland, Spain, Poland :)

    May 2014
  • We had a rather magical stay at 'Wendy' - it is in a spectacular location, with lovely views out over the Cardigan bay and coast. The accommodation itself was cosy, clean, characterful and well equipped. Bathroom and kitchen were surprisingly spacious and the 'platform' covered balcony a real delight - we frequently ate dinner and breakfast there. Wonderful that it is dog friendly too - 'the Ship' north along the coast in the next bay let you bring dogs inside so you can eat, as well as having a nice outdoor seating area.

    May 2014
    Response from Greg:

    Many thanks Abigail - glad you enjoyed your stay, and thanks!

    May 2014
  • We couldn't have been more delighted with this location. The carriage is charming beyond words, cosy, easily accessed via a public footpath and in 10 minutes of walking, Aberporth is a quaint and sleepy seaside village housing a post-office and pharmacy (they share a shop!), a chinese take-away, an Indian restaurant and take-away (which shares its access with the local pub) and a further pub (the Ship) next to the very popular (expect long queues) fish and chip shop. The carriage itself is well set up to cook yourself a meal, but as we were only there for 4 nights and also went up to eat at Jamieson's on the main road (all the write-ups on Tripadvisor etc about this place are accurate- the steak is to die for and the service is great) we didn't do any cooking. The one thing the photos do not show of the property is just how you are actually situated on a very public footpath gaining access to the nearby caravan park and extremely popular with local dog-walkers- as Wendy deservedly causes a lot of attention, be sure to keep the blinds down to the front of the carriage if walking up and down in anything less than full dress!! Our network provider (we both have the same one!) gave No Service the whole time we were away- this was both a blessing and a curse. Note to O2/Giffgaff- could do better! We loved how cut-off we were with no phone and wifi access for a while but with two teenagers left at home, we could have done with a bit better contact. Be warned; with no wifi or phone reception (other networks do seem to be picked up from nearby Tresaith and Aberporth but O2 isn't), you will find that the cosy wooden interior of Wendy lends itself to the best night's sleep you have probably had in ages!! We certainly did and can't wait to come back again with the rest of the family!!

    April 2014
    Response from Greg:

    many thanks for your kind comments :P

    April 2014
  • A wonderful location, very peaceful and great for walks with the dog to all the quiet beaches. We had lovely spring sunshine to enjoy sitting on the veranda and watching the sea.

    March 2014
    Response from Greg:

    aw thanks - glad you enjoyed yourselves! best wishes, Greg

    March 2014
  • Most highly recommended. A very fun outing. Kids loved it !

    March 2014
    Response from Greg:

    glad you enjoyed it and had such a sunny weekend! :)

    March 2014
  • We booked Wendy as a surprise for my best friends 40th birthday, hoping to spot dolphins. We didn't see any but I can honestly say she was not disappointed. Despite the cold outside, once the curtains were drawn and the log burner blazing it was beautifully snug. The accommodation was spotlessly clean and really comfortable, absolutely fine for two couples. The view is stunning and we sat out on our covered balcony, wrapped up warm, with our champagne and just watched for hours. This is a ruggedly beautiful part of the world with lovely walks and scenery. Perfect if you fancy some time away from the hustle bustle. I'd highly recommend it. Thank you to Greg for his swift and helpful responses to any questions we had. :-)

    January 2014
    Response from Greg:

    glad you had a good time :) the dolphins (Europe's largest colony) are there in the bay all year (they don't migrate) but you tend to see them on warm days as the sun brings the fish to the surface and they chase the fish. Do come back in the summer :)

    January 2014
  • We had a lovely stay at wendy. The view is lovely, such great location. The rooms were clean, stylish and cosy. The log burner was great, much needed on our winter break. The host replied to commumications quickly and was very accommodating, even giving us restaurant recommendations. We would highly recommend a stay here.

    December 2013
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I'm an architectural historian and founder of travel company Under the Thatch - I restore unusual and historic buildings across Europe and let them for holidays. I'm a former University lecturer from the University of Wales, and have written several books and TV series on archiecture in the UK. I live my partner and our dogs in Donegal, Ireland. I speak English, Welsh and Polish.
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