One thing is for certain, if you decide to spend your holiday at Cwmiar Farm Holiday Cottages you won’t be bored. You won’t have time during your holiday to see or do a fraction of what is available! It is impossible to mention all the possibilities here, but you will find leaflets for most of them in your cottage. Look at some of these suggestions for activities On & Off the farm.
On the FarM
On the days when you don’t want to drive out there is the playground for the children, with swings, zip-line, see-saw, tree-house, trampoline and sandpit. There is also a large arena for playing football or other ball games. Exploring and playing on the mountain (only a few steps from your cottage door) is great fun – walking somewhere where you do not have to keep to footpaths can be a strange concept, but very enjoyable and you don’t have to go far to partake of some spectacular views. There’s also bird-watching on and off the farm – Red Kites, Buzzards, even Whinchats and we saw a Hobby one evening when we were getting the horses in from the field.
Pony Fun Days can be arranged here or at the nearby riding stables and if that’s too much then hacking or lessons are also available from there. Anyone who would like to is welcome to spend time with us feeding and taking care of the animals on the farm. If that’s what you or your children would like, then please don’t forget the wellies, as paddling in the stream can be very tempting!
What better than at the end of a relaxing day to have a barbeque on the back lawn by the millpond, or on your own patio, watching the sheep and ponies grazing on the mountain, buzzards and kites overhead and our lovely Welsh Black cattle in the field, and with a glass or two of your favourite tipple, see how the setting sun casts her glorious golden glow over everything.
Off the Farm
On the other hand we are really central for hundreds of places of interest and leisure facilities – something for every one, from the usual to the unusual; some only a short hop away and others more of a hop skip and a jump, but don’t forget, if you opt to go somewhere a little further away, you’ll be driving through some of the loveliest countryside to get there. Are you sitting comfortably? Then here goes: –
Beaches – there are all sorts – sandy ones, pebbly ones and rocky ones. 45 of them (from Aberystwyth in the north round to Pembrey Country Park in the south) are award winning for cleanliness and water quality, 10 of which are our ‘local’ beaches – between half an hour to an hour’s drive away.
Our favourite is Aberporth (about 40 mins), a delight for adults and children alike; there are two bays – one either side of the headland, both are sandy and shallow with rocks on either side for climbing and exploring rock pools, and where the stream runs down the side of one of them the children build dams to make nice warm paddling pools. Last but not least, it has a little inn just across the road from and overlooking the beach, which serves good lunches and one of the best pizza’s you can find. Many visitors like Newquay beach because the town is nearby and Aberaeron is a very pretty little harbour town which is very popular.
Still with the seaside in mind is Tenby’s Silent World Aquarium and Reptile collection. From New Quay there are fast boat rides and trips to see dolphins, porpoises, sea birds and seals. From further round the coast are Dale Sea Safaris to see Puffins, Razorbills, Gannets and Fulmar as well as seals dolphins, porpoise and the elusive Manx Shearwaters.
Fishing – Licences to fish on the Teifi can be bought in Llanybydder, just 3 miles away and then you can cross over the road and fish from the river bank there, or anywhere else along the river. There is also Springwater Lakes a little further north, with 4 lakes all with access for the disabled angler.
They can arrange tickets for sea-trout and salmon fishing; they are also able to arrange for boat and beach fishing on the coast. Ramsay Island Cruises will do fishing trips as well as family cruises.
Golfing – there are several golf courses around us, from our local one (no clubhouse, no tickets, just an honesty box) but very enjoyable, to the very large, sophisticated and award winning. You could take the family to the beach at Llangrannog and spend a few hours playing golf nearby at Pentregat.
Cycling – There are several scenic cycling routes around; you can either bring your own bikes with you or hire them locally.
Horse-riding – Those who are horse-mad, like us, or have never sat on a horse before, but would like to there are plenty of opportunities apart from pony fun days, hacking out in open countryside, in the forest, or even on the beach can be easily arranged. There is even somewhere you can ride western style as well.
Bird-watching – even the more discerning bird-watcher will be kept busy on & off the farm as there have been more than 100 different species spotted here. The Red Kite visitor centre and feeding station is not far away, but you will also be seeing them every day on the farm.
Walking – all types of walking from easy walking with the family to serious walking for the hardened rambler – it’s all here on your doorstep, with breathtaking scenery, and plenty of coastal walks as well.
Leisure centres – with indoor swimming pools and varying sports and gymnasiums, some local and others within easy driving distance.
Amusement Parks and activities – again, it is not possible to mention them all here; chocolate farm, Dinosaur Park, butterflies at the rain-forest centre, bee farm where you can watch the bees making honey, the animalarium at Borth, Wales own Africa bird and animal park, sheep dog demonstrations, paint-balling, quad bike riding, go-karting, Welsh Wildlife Centre, National Wetlands Centre, National Botanic Gardens, Aberglasney, Steam railways and Folly Farm with the largest playground we have ever seen, are really to name but a few.
Sightseeing – Wales is the country of castles; they are all over the place, from ruins to the exceptionally well preserved. There are museums for everything from woollen mills to the museum of childhood.
Unusual – Dolaucothi Gold mines, where the children can sieve for gold and keep it. The Dan-yr-Ogof caves which date back 315 million years. The Iron-age settlement at Eglwyswrw; the Coracle Centre at Cenarth Falls, Canoeing for the family or kayaking on the River Teifi through Cilgerran Gorge National Nature Reserve, the habitat of otters, kingfishers, heron, dragonflies, salmon, sewin, with spectacular views of the castle. King Arthur’s Labyrinth – an amazing underground experience. The Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth.
The ski slopes at Llangrannog where they also cater for people with a disability who would like to try skiing.