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Sloeberry Farm

UK Wales Mid Wales Ceredigion

Sloeberry Farm, Blaenannerch, Aberporth Ceredigion.

Glamping on a former farm and working mill with a private lake and stunning views across the Welsh countryside

When it comes to Wales, it's Pembrokeshire that traditionally gets all the plaudits, and there's no doubt it's an enticing part of the country. But the bordering region of Ceredigion just to the north is beginning to get noticed too, and no wonder, with cliff walks, sandy bays, fabulous beaches and fishing villages just waiting to be discovered by the unsuspecting visitor. Indeed Cardigan Bay was recently lauded by Lonely Planet as one of the 'best places to be right now" – not just in Britain but the world (!), and Cardigan itself as one of the most happening towns in Wales.

It's a point of view that Shaun and Jo Davis heartily agree with, having given up city life to buy a small listed farm and set up a beautiful and very peaceful glamping site. Situated close to the sandy expanse of Aberporth Beach, it is by any standards a glorious spot, with stunning views across the countryside, its own private lake and lots of little corners to explore – and the accommodation they have created here is as good as it gets, with Shaun and Jo the best kind of hosts: happy to leave guests to themselves but equally happy to share their passion for the area with others.

There are six bell tents, each with a firepit, picnic table and deck chairs outside, and two canvas lodges in another meadow built of wood and covered with a forest-green canvas camouflage. Inside, the bell tents feature mattresses, duvets, cooking equipment and old-style lanterns, while the canvas lodges have a wonderfully exposed wooden interior with a log-burning stove, deep red sofas and beds for up to seven people – at the back there’s an en-suite washroom and each has it’s own private shower, plus there’s a BBQ for enjoying some alfresco dining out on your veranda. All of the bell tents have access to the toilets and gas-powered showers hidden in traditional-style wooden huts at the bottom of the meadow.

Lastly it would be a pity not talk up the appeal of Sloeberry Farm itself, which you are free to roam around or just sit around and soak up the sun. There's lots of space, and the buttercup-dotted meadows and lines of mature trees seem to have been left to their own devices – for children, the opportunities are endless. You can reach the coast path and spectacular cove of Aberporth beach (3 miles away) by way of a relatively undemanding mix of footpaths and country lanes, and Cardigan town is a short drive away, with its abundance of indy shops and excellent restaurants. The coast here is also famed for any number of  outdoor pursuits, from coasteering, paddle-boarding and sea kayaking to mountain-biking and just plain old walking. It's also one of the best areas in the UK to spot dolphins, seals, puffins and other rare wildlife.

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The Owner Says

Sloeberry Farm Lodges and Bell Tents are located in 13 acres of pasture & woods, only 3 miles from the fishing village and stunning beaches of Aberporth and a short drive from the historic town of Cardigan.

Our favourite spot

Glampers, families, couples, dogs – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, large groups, stags and hens – no.

The local area

Lonely Planet recently voted Cardigan Bay "the best place to be in the world right now" and it certainly fits the bill with it's mix of fantastic beaches and coastal villages, yet still retaining a relatively uncrowded feel, especially out of peak season. Cliff walks on the coastal path, sandy bays and National Trust-owned beaches are the highlights. By car, the town of Cardigan is not far away, formed around a Norman castle which is open to the public and boasts a great café and frequent outdoor events. Nearby Cilgerran Castle (01239 621339) still welcomes visitors – its two massive drum towers dominate the surroundings. North, picture perfect New Quay has a cobbled stone harbour – with plenty of cafés and fantastic chippies, it's a great place to enjoy the views and spot the Cardigan Bay dolphins

Best local places to eat and drink

The nearest pub, the Penllwyndu Inn (01239 682533), is an easy mile and a half walk away – don’t be put off by the hangman's noose sign! There are plenty of other places to eat and drink within within easy striking distance but the nearest are either in Cardigan (5 miles) or Aberporth (3 miles). The former has plenty of choice, plus a supermarket for supplies, while the latter is slightly smaller but has a great fish and chip shop (01239 811003) next door to The Ship Inn (01239 810822), both of which have excellent views of the beach.

Why stay with us?

Bell tents contain real mattresses, duvets and blankets, gas hob cooking facilities, cold locker, kitchen equipment, firepits, picnic tables and deck chairs. There are modern toilets and gas powered showers housed in huts created by a local craftsman and a spacious washing up area. Canvas lodges sleep up to 7 people in a king bed, full size bunk beds, comfy camp bed and a king size cabin bed. They are equipped with leather sofas, wood burners, dining table and fully equipped kitten including cold locker. Each lodge has a private shower room and en suite wash room with basin and flushing toilet. On the deck there are deck chairs and bean bags. They have picnic tables, fire pits and a separate BBQ. Also, available for use is a fridge and charging points.

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