Things to see and do
Situated in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt valleys in Wales - the Tywi, many of our guests tell us that they spend more time than they thought just relaxing in Cae’r Beili, spending quality time together and watching country life from the comfort of a chair. However, for the more adventurous there is plenty to see and do and despite our rural and peaceful location we are very centrally placed, easy to reach and an ideal spot from which to explore Mid, South and West Wales.
The village of Cil-y-cwm, has a small friendly pub serving excellent food. The village street was once a drover’ road and the cobbled watercourses which used to be filled with water for cattle to drink can still be seen today. The village church has fifteenth century wall murals and a yew tree which is at least 1, 500 years old. The Methodist Chapel, built in 1740, was one of the first Methodist Chapels in Wales.
The whole area, in the lower foothills of the Cambrian Mountains and on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, is outstanding for walkers, birdwatchers, photographers, artist and all country lovers. There are gentle strolls or more strenuous hikes from the cottage door including one to a magnificent waterfall. The area is a natural habitat for all kinds of wildlife and flora and it is common to see red kites, kestrels , sparrow hawks and many other birds. There are two RSPB Reserves - Dinas and Gwenffrwd. There are even red squirrels in the area!
Cycling, fishing, riding and golf can all be arranged locally.
Guests are also very welcome onto the farm to observe farming activities such as lambing and shearing.
Other attractions in the area include:
- National Botanic Garden of Wales, featuring the largest single span greenhouse in the world this is Wales premier horticultural treasure set in 500 arcres of parkland.
- Aberglasney Garden, restored Jacobian gardens and mansion house featured in the BBC series "A Garden Lost In Time"
- Dolaucothi Gold Mines, unique gold mines worked by the Romans over 2,000 years ago.
- Dinefwr Park and Castle, a centre of influence in Carmarthenshire for thousands of years and renowned for its house, deer park and ancient castle overlooking the Twyi.
- Carreg Cennen Castle, one of the finest castles in Wales in a dramatic location.
- Cwm Rhaeadr (waterfall valley). A beautiful woodland valley with walks and cycle tracks for all abilities - just a short walk from the cottage.
- Brecon Beacons National Park, a wealth of attactions, sights and activities for all interests and ages.
- Cambrian Mountain Society
For further information on our area visit our community website