Ty Cwch Boathouse

UK Wales Mid Wales Ceredigion Aberporth

Stylishly converted, shipping-container accommodation just metres from the beach

At the foot of a steep valley, surrounded by high pastures where wild ponies roam, pebbly Cymtdu Beach is the place that 21st-century tourism seems to have forgotten. A 200-year-old lime kiln still overlooks the beach, dug into the hillside and recently restored by the National Trust, while a tiny clutch of whitewashed houses line the final stretch of road down to the waterfront. The lane is too narrow for bus loads of tourists, and the beach – just 100 metres long – is too small and sand-free to attract big crowds. It’s great for the seals, though, who return to rear their pups here every autumn. And it’s ideal, too, for those humans who have that similar inner instinct – drawing them to wild places, quiet coves and secluded stretches of coast.

Whether the setting reveals it or not, however, Cymtdu (also known as Seal Bay) is very much in the 21st century and comes complete with a suitably modern, hipster-chic collection of glamping cabins just metres from the sea. Cleverly crafted out of up-cycled shipping containers that have been clad in wind-blown pine panels and shaded by taught, canvas canopies, the accommodation is a maritime masterpiece. Stacked together like giant lego, the shipping containers are in two storeys: On the top are the three cabins, each sleeping four people in bunk beds and available to book separately or all together, while below, the compartments contain a very well-equipped communal kitchen and a cosy sofa and reading space. Beyond, extends a wide, open deck with up-cycled pallet furniture and boxes housing body-boards and rock-pooling nets for the beach.

Together, the tetris collection of cabins is known as the Ty Cwch Boathouse and, with its sail-like canopy shading the deck and round, porthole windows, it certainly has a nautical feel. If you’re bringing your own kayak or fishing equipment you can actually use it as a bit of a boathouse, too, storing your things securely while you stay. You can go from steeping your coffee to launching your kayak in a matter of minutes.

While paddlers enjoy the craggy cliffs and secret inlets, walkers with a little know-how can follow the Ceredigion Coast Path to many of the same hidden spots. It’s a half-mile trek to Castell Bach – “Little Castle” – an iron age hill fort dating to 300 BC, where the remains of earthwork defences are still visible today. The small sandy cove there is an utter joy. Sheltered by a rocky knoll that has the appearance of an island, you can sometimes find the beach empty, even on the sunniest of days. Continue further and you reach New Quay, home to pubs and restaurants aplenty and a good place to organise more tourist-orientated excursions, while, to the south, it’s the same distance to walk to the beach and welcoming pub at Llangrannog.

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Our unique collection of glamping cabins are located just metres from the coast. These smart, up-cycled shipping containers that have been clad in wind-blown pine panels and shaded by canvas canopies – making the accommodation here a maritime masterpiece! Stacked together like giant lego, our shipping containers are in two storeys: on the very top are three cabins – each sleeping four people in bunk beds and available to book separately or all together – while below, the compartments contain a well-equipped communal kitchen and a cosy sofa and reading space. Beyond, extends a wide, open deck with up-cycled pallet furniture and boxes housing body-boards and rock-pooling nets for the beach. Together, our collection of cabins is known as the Ty Cwch Boathouse and, with its sail-like canopy shading the deck and round, porthole windows, it certainly has a nautical feel. If you’re bringing your own kayak or fishing equipment you can actually use it as a bit of a boathouse, too, storing your things securely while you stay. You can go from steeping your coffee to launching your kayak in a matter of minutes. We look forward to welcoming you to Ty Cwch!

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