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!

The Space

Treat yourself to somewhere really very special!

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: $1210 /week
Monthly Price: $3028 /month
Cleaning Fee: $104
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
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  • 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
  • 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
    Greg
    Response from Greg:

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

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

    March 2014
    Greg
    Response from Greg:

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

  • 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
    Greg
    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 :)

  • 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
  • Lovely original property in an idyllic location. Fantastic sunset/ sunrise saw seals and dolphins from the veranda in front of Wendy. Exactly what we expected from the description and exceeded our expectations as a holiday. Great local amenities including a fantastic Indian restaurant in Aberporth and gorgeous beaches along the coastal path.

    July 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 dalmatian dog in central Kraków, Poland. I speak English, Welsh and Polish.
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