Lodge on a Lake

UK Wales South Wales Glamorgan

  • Adults only
  • Hot Tubs
  • Hot tubs
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Secluded lakeside lodges that show you needn’t travel far from Cardiff city to find countryside

There’s something comically appropriate about wallowing in a hot tub at Cefn Mably Lakes. It’s as if, when dusk comes and the day-visitors have gone home, you are joining the fish in their peaceful, watery solitude. Gaze at the sky, bask in the greenery of your surroundings and watch the last thin wisps of smoke from your barbecue as they drift like ripples through the air. Life lodging by the lake at Cefn Mably is good. Be you man or fish, it’s a perfectly pleasant place to be.

Just 15 minute’s drive from Cardiff city centre, it’s tough to believe such a scene could be right on the edge of busy, urban environs. The brown tourist signs that lead you down the final country lanes to Cefn Mably Lakes are like pointers into a rural hideaway; a greening wilderness that’s shielded from the city.

Once there, the eight different lakes – half for course fishing and half for carp – spread across the vast 35-acre space, with most of the glamping lodges situated beside the Spring Lake in a quiet corner. Each has an outside deck and hot tub, with views across the water, while, inside, the wooden lodges have a kitchen area, double bed and fully en-suite facilities. All have a parking space directly alongside and have their own, secluded location along the lakeshore, while the Pochard cabin has an entire private lake to itself.

If you’re a keen fisherman, then Pochard, Kingfisher or the Osprey Cabin are the pick of the bunch – you can cast directly from your deck – while those who stay in Grebe are permitted to fish on the other lakes instead. If you’re not angling to go angling, meanwhile, then the Heron Cabin has the most secluded location (best for birdwatchers) and opportunities still abound in the immediate surroundings. You can walk past hedgerows thick with blackberries and along the local footpaths to the nearest pub, one mile away, or hop in the car to visit Caerphilly Castle or the beaches of Cardiff Bay. Oh, and did we mention that the city is right on the doorstep?

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5 cabins each in its own location along the waters edge. Cabins are en-suite (shower, toilet and radiator) and feature a kitchen area with a gas cooker, grill, microwave and fridge and a double bed that converts to a sofa in the day. All linen and towels provided. Each has a deck with a table and chairs plus its own private hot tub. Visitors have full access to 8 fishing lakes, with the stock including carp, bream, tench, barbel and roach and. The fish also attract plenty of birdlife – keep your eyes peeled for herons and kingfishers.

Also super fast fibre broadband in each of the cabins which is free.

Suitable For

Cabin stays only. No tents, campervans, caravans or dogs permitted.


If you visit the Moody Sow Farm Shop (01633 680034; see Food & Drink) you might as well explore the Cefn Mably Farm Park (01633 680312) while you’re there – the popular farm has plenty of animals to see. Golfers will love the Cardiff Golf Centre (029 2036 1122), 2 miles away, though The Celtic Manor course (01633 413000; 15-minute drive) is the most famous location nearby. It’s having the city on the doorstep, though, that makes Cefn Mably Lakes such a joy. For those coming out of town, the Lakes is an excellent country spot to kick back and retreat, while those heading into the city will find they’re just 15 minutes from the centre of the action, plus Cardiff Bay and Caerphilly Castle (029 2088 3143) are within very easy reach.

Food & Drink

Breakfast is available from the on-site café between 8am–10am, with coffees and snacks on sale all day. It’s ½ mile to the award winning Moody Sow Farm Shop (01633 680034), which is perfect for stocking up on BBQ meat or picnic grub. There’s also a good walk (around 1 mile) to the The Cefn Maby Arms pub (01633 680347).

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Our uniqueness is our lodges are set right on the waters edge, each one different, perfectly blended into the stunning Welsh countryside, the cabins give a panoramic view and provide a fully made up double bed, bathroom that includes radiator, shower and toilet plus a fully fitted kitchen providing gas hob, grill, microwave and fridge. The icing on the cake though is your own private stunning cedar wood hot tubs!!

The lakes were established in 1994 and as such we've built up and incredible reputation for the fishing. However, it doesn't stop there, we're very close to Cardiff city centre, the bay and Caerphilly for people looking to explore our great city. Plus with the location were in we have great walks, cycle paths and country pubs on our doorstep. There is also an award winning farm shop within 300 yards that can provide you with everything you need for a picnic/BBQ or breakfast!


5 wooden cabin lodges all with super fast fibre broadband (each sleep 2, apart from 'Pochard', which sleeps 4).

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Contact Lodge on a Lake, Cefn Mably Lakes, Cefn Mably, Cardiff, Glamorgan CF3 6LP

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Getting There

Cefn Mably Lakes is 5 minutes from junction 28 of the M4. Take the exit signposted Castleton (A48) and follow this road for about 3 miles. Once into Castleton, just past The Coach & Horses pub, there is a brown tourist sign to Cefn Mably Lakes. Follow this through the lanes and it will take you right to the site.

Cardiff and Newport are the main train stations nearby. Cardiff has regular trains from across the country. Once there, catch the number 30 bus to Castleton, then either get a taxi, walk the remainder (2½ miles) or hide in the pub!


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Why book with I Love This Campsite?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
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  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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