The lodge is called Llareggub, after the cheekily named village at the heart of Dylan Thomas' “Under Milk Wood. It sits in a village of lodges, within a mature woodland area. The village pattern follows the contours of the sloping land, and carefully planted shrubbery ensures that each of the lodges has privacy, and is not directly overlooked by another.

 

The Penlan Village has a range of communal facilities, including a well equipped children's play area with swings, roundabout and slide, and wooden climbing frames, plus an open air heated swimming pool, bar and restaurant, on-site shop and a small children's games arcade.

Even in the height of summer it's a peaceful corner of the world, with an active dawn chorus to wake you, and remind you of your country setting.

The village nestles in the most far western corner of Carmarthenshire, but by crossing the river Teifi at Cenarth, just a mile away, you enter southern Cardiganshire. A mile in the other direction, and by crossing the Cych river at Abercych, you're in  north Pembrokeshire. In just a five minute jaunt, you can be in three different counties. Unique or what? 

Cenarth itself is well known for its Falls, and also the location of the world's only museum dedicated to the Coracle fishing boat. This one man boat, designed so that the rower can both row one handed and fish with the other at the same time, has cousins all over the world, and the museum has examples from North America, Asia and Africa. A marvellous example of man's ingenuity in working with nature.

Within a ten mile radius of the village you will find a host of attractions. The National Wool Museum (free), is full of interesting working machinery and the enthusiastic staff have a range of practical and research activities for the young.

Nearby Newcastle Emlyn is a shoppers' delight with dozens of independent traders - two antique emporia, two deli's, lots of cafes and eateries, butchers, bakers, florists, chemists, a quilting workshop, and a good handful of quality gift shops. You know, the sort of high street that used to exist everywhere ! Go back in time, when things were just less hurried.

Also within that ten mile radius is the Internal Fire Museum featuring an amazing number of static steam driven engines previously used in the agricultural, water and brewing industries. The working engines give off that delightful mix of steam vapours, coke and oil that is so heady.

If the coast is your preference there are safe and flagged beaches all along the Cardigan coast at Aberareon, New Quay, Cwmtydu, Llangrannog, Tresaith, Penbryn, Mwnt and St.Dogmaels. Good quality surfing at Newgale in Pembrokeshire The seas are rich in seals and dolphins, and boat trips take you out to their usual locations. There's also sea fishing and river angling sites throughout the area, plus some coarse fishing. The nearby Starlight Riding Centre is run by one of the Welsh dressage team, so get in the saddle.

Within a mile of the village is the unspoilt Cych Valley, one of the undiscovered beauties of Wales, with hardly room to slot a sheet of paper between the trees that line the five mile valley. The Cych Valley was once the heart of the clog making industry in Wales. Just off the  Cych Valley are the Ffynone Woods. Once part of the Ffynone Estate, latterly owned by Lloyd George's grandson, these woodlands house a sparkling waterfall at the end of a half mile woodland walk. Just beautiful, and one of the most tranquil spots in west Wales. 

Slightly further afield is the unspoilt Gwaun, Valley, where you will find one of Wales' best tearooms at Penlan Uchaf, with spectacular views of the Preseli Hills, only rivalled for location by the tearooms at Henllys Iron Age Fort, where the kids can pretend to hunt mammoths and  sabre toothed tigers, and learn how to make iron age crafts.

Stacks of seasonal activities from coracle racing galas, sheepdog trials, pony trotting at Talgarreg, Aberystwyth and Tregaron, numerous agricultural shows, tractor racing at Crymych, food festivals, music festivals at Penlan Village, Llangrannog, and the spectacular Rhosygilwen mansion in north Pembrokeshire, just 10 minutes by car. Rhosygilwen hosts a wide range of music events from Folk, to Jazz, Cabaret, Classical and Opera, usually at least fortnightly throughout the year.

I promise you, you'll need a rest when you get home! For all these events I can give you an up to date programme of options on your arrival, and fill you in on other days out to the Rheidol Vallet Steam Train, the Tawe Valley with the refurbished Aberglasney mansion, the hilltown of Llandeilo with its two castles and nearby ruined Talley abbey. But if you want castles, we got castles - at nearby Newcastle Emlyn (three miles), Cilgerran( eight miles), Cardigan (six miles), and the list just goes on.

I think you may get the impression that I like this part of the world. No, I love it !

All of the above are within 12 miles of your lodge.

  

David.G.Llewelyn

 

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