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A Sawday's Special Place to Stay

Selected by
The Independent Oct 5th 2013:
'50 Best British Breaks'

Photos of cottages in the Patchwork Holidays group.

Andy Paget &
Eeva-Maria Mutka
Pen Pynfarch
SA44 4RU
tel: 01559 389 917

Map and Directions(pdf)

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Rehearsals, Retreats, Groups and Small Conferences

Holiday Accommodation - Mill Stream Cottage and The Wren's Nest

The Farmhouse Cottage Track into the Woods

Penpynfarch is situated at the end of a lane half way up a wooded valley, about 1& 1/2 miles from the village centre of Llandysul. There is 40 acres of land which includes woods, open pasture, a lake and the Gwyddil stream the banks of which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). There is a wealth of wildflowers, birdlife and other wildlife in the valley."Pen Pynfarch" means head of the mill stream.

The location offers real tranquility and seclusion but at the same time is ideally placed to explore the area, being 10 minutes drive or 15 minutes cycle ride from Llandysul, within easy reach of the market towns of Newcastle Emlyn, Lampeter and Carmarthen and about 30 mins. drive to the beautiful coastline of Ceredigion with it's unspoilt beaches and seaside towns. Pen Pynfarch and the public footpath through its "fairy tale woods" are on a
Llandysul Country Walk and also featured in this collection of Llandysul Trails.

wood sorrel

Mill Stream Cottage

"A very special, secret place to stay."

Lane to Penpynfarch Mill Stream Cottage Front The Gwyddil river

for up to 5 people.
Prices start at £275 per week.
Bookings from Fri-Fri or weekend Fri-Mon or mid-week break Mon-Fri.

Please contact us by Phone or Email for Availability and Prices - NEW WEBSITE online soon

The cottage is part of the traditional stone-built farm building.
The inside is simple and homely with a woodburning stove and supply of logs from site. It is furnished mostly with up-cycled vintage or antique pieces in keeping with the buildings.
The kitchen area has been renovated using reclaimed materials and traditional lime plaster and finishes.
The cottage has central heating throughout.
Upstairs there's 1 double and 1 twin bedroom. The living room has a dining table with an old-fashioned wooden window seat & sitting area with a sofa, sofabed and woodburner,
there's a fully equipped kitchen (fridge with a freezer box & gas cooker), bathroom (with shower above bath) and porch.

Living Room with Dining Table Living Room with flowers Window Seat

Landing The Woodburner Hall Space


Kitchen Into Hall Kitchen

Double Bed Double Room

Double Room Twin Room Twin Room


Bathroom Bathroom

There is a TV with DVD player and Wi-fi available. No mobile reception in the buildings, only on higher ground.

You're welcome to bring your family dog (provided they're well behaved). We have a £2/night charge for dogs.

Included in prices are linen, wood for log-burner, heating, gas and electricity.

A travel cot and high chair are available on request.

There is a BBQ available to use.

We have a swing in a tree and some outdoor games available;
you can hang a badminton net in the back garden or a hammock by the lake.

You can usually buy eggs from smallholdings on the lane (walking distance) or if our ducks are laying, we will give you some duck eggs.

We will have a welcome basket of basics (ie. tea, coffee, sugar, milk, oil, salt & pepper) ready for you to get started.

You can order a Local/Organic produce food box via Green Bean Organics
and have it delivered free to Pen Pynfarch.

Cottage sign Ducks & Woodshed Outdoor sitting handmade from our trees

The Farmhouse Cottage front Mill Stream Cottage lawn

Door to the Mill Stream Cottage Bench in Front

"It's a beautiful and special, protected place; and the surrounding country is full of tumbling clear streams and lovely walking."

"Thank you for sharing your beautiful cottage with us. We will be sad to be leaving. However we will come back and we will tell everyone about you and Penpynfarch."

"Such a peaceful place - we hope to be back some day."

"Thank you for being here and for making it possible for like-minded souls to enjoy this lovely place."

"Had a wonderful, relaxing, quiet week here - with superb weather too. The children particularly enjoyed the animals!"

"A unique place - so much richness in the valley - the water, the light. A sanctuary - so welcome."

Front flower beds Front with Calendulas Annual flowers

More photos on our page

The Wren's Nest

For 1 to 3 people.

From £200/week, inclusive.
Bookings from Fri-Fri or weekend Fri-Mon or mid-week break Mon-Fri.

Please contact us by Phone or Email for Availability and Prices - NEW WEBSITE online soon

Living room (with a Hideaway sofabed), a fully equipped kitchen area , a small double bedroom,
bathroom with a walk-in shower and a Separett indoor composting toilet.
Central heating.
Wi-fi Broadband access. No television. Mobile reception only on higher ground.

You can usually buy eggs from smallholdings on the lane (walking distance) or if our ducks are laying, we will give you some duck eggs.

We will have a welcome basket of basics (ie. tea, coffee, sugar, milk, oil, salt & pepper) ready for you to get started.

You can order a Local/Organic produce food box via Green Bean Organics
and have it delivered free to Pen Pynfarch.

Entrance Approach 2 The Wren's Nest - sitting out overlooking the valley

Wren's Nest Living Space Wren's Nest Living Space
Wren's Nest Table View

Wren's Nest Kitchen Wren's Nest Bed

The Renovated ShowerRoom with Separett Compost toilet The Renovated Shower Room The Renovated Shower Room

“Thank you for a wonderful few days in your homely cottage. We had a lovely weekend, relaxing and hiking.
I’m sure we’ll be back! “

“Enjoyed the view from the window, lots of birds to see.... Been on walks, down to the lake, walked through the forest, walked a couple of times to Llandysul along the old railtrack.
Very peaceful and relaxing place. Hope to return sometime in the future.”

“An amazing spot – we’ve had a fantastic weekend. ..We’ll definately be back when we can (plus one!) – there’s lots more exploring to do yet. Thanks for a great stay!”

“We have had a lovely time in The Wren’s Nest – it is such a lovely place! We’ve really enjpyed exploring the valley,
the woods and river. “

“We’ve enjoyed the relaxing setting and the welcoming atmosphere at Penpynfarch. “

“...The Cottage is beautiful – I particularly like the serving hatch in the bedroom!”

Rose July 2013

Explore Our Woodland Valley

In the woods Between the lake & stream Play of light

Old lane in the woods

Tumbling streams Old ruin by footpath Take a hammock to the valley

At Pen Pynfarch, the woods are just outside your door.
You can sit on a terrace overlooking the valley or stroll in our woods, round the lake and along the historic mill leat (which was used to drive farm machinery at Pen Pynfarch). You'll find the Gwyddil river, the lake with a spot that's perfect for picnics and camp fires, moss covered trees, old ruins, a stunning diversity of wild flowers and plants, newts, frogs, damsel flies, dragon flies, herons, ravens, buzzards, dippers, wagtails and many other small birds. If you're very quiet (and like getting up early!) you may even glimpse an otter.

Heron In Our Valley The Old Leat path The Old Quarry

Looking at Pond Insects Monkey Swing Fun with Sticks

For children, it's a perfect place to pull on your wellies and go on small adventures.
It's an ideal place to walk your dog.

Canada Geese on Lake A den Fingerbowl made with clay from the riverbed A Froglet

Winter months, focus on wood

Autumn view over the valley

Firewood making Traditional Hedge laying Logs for the woodburners

Andy and Eeva, and their two children have lived at Penpynfarch since 2002.

Your hosts, Andy and Eeva-Maria.

Ducks Ducks Twmi Beehives in May Molly

We have Molly, our friendly family dog, and two cats, Twmi and April. We keep ducks and bees.

The House Mulching of Veg beds Tractor & Compost toilet Homegrown Veg

The Main Range Summer View

The Local Area

Penbryn beach Marloes beach

Pen Pynfarch is located in the beautiful rural landscape of South West Wales. You can walk to the old town of Llandysul along the disused railway line in about 30 minutes. It is about half an hour's drive from Carmarthen and from the market towns of Newcastle Emlyn and Lampeter. The coast, with some excellent beaches and clifftop walks (including the National Trust beach at Penbryn, Llangrannog, Poppit Sands etc.) is within easy reach. There are many sites of historical interest to explore; castles, mills, the National Woollen Museum in Drefach Felindre etc.
There's mountain bike trails in Brechfa Forest and we are only 7 minutes drive from one of the leading white water centres in Wales!
Llandysul Paddlers offer canoeing, kayaking, river swimming, raft building, mountain biking, abseiling and coasteering.

 Canoeing 5 mins away Llandysul Paddlers

There are some exceptional places to eat in our area: Y Polyn Restaurant near the Botanic Garden,
The Wright's Independent Food Emporium near Carmarthen & Brechfa, The 25 Mile in Cardigan, The Beach Hut in Llangrannog and
La Calabria, an Italian with great home-made ice creams about 15 minutes away from us.
Young and old will like this super simple quality burger bar, in Brechfa, perfect al fresco eating after a walk or a cycle at The Shed.
We hear Hammet House
is a treat, on the Teifi in Llechryd.
One of the nicest pubs near us is Talardd Arms in Llanllwni.
You can get more local up-to-date information from Places to Go in Carmarthenshire and Activities and Attractions in Ceredigion and
Things to Do in Pembrokeshire

It's worth checking out a fresh new site with interesting blogs about
Walking, cycling and driving tours in the Teifi Valley

For an idea of the local landscapes, watch a short film of an aerial journey in the Teifi valley
Teifi - From Sea To Source

West Wales Map

Map and Directions(pdf)

The Yard

feet in stream winter skyline stitchwort stream,stone & young nettles

You can see why Alastair Sawday's think we're a Special Place Sawday's Special Places

You can also find us on
Organic Holidays: Mill Stream Cottage
Organic Holidays: The Wren's Nest
"Bio-Natur-Urlaub", Natural Holidays

The photographs on this website were taken by Katariina Jarvinen, Dave Daggers, James Lockley, Jeff Higley, Juha Korhonen, Malcolm Manning & Andy Paget.