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Lodge on a Lake

· Cardiff, Caerphilly County, Wales
1 acre hosted by Owen J.
2 glamping pitches
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Best in South Wales: 2nd place
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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 spread across the vast 35-acre space, with 8 cabins split between the Spring and Bridge lake in the far corners of the site with the pochard sitting in between them. Each has an outside deck and hot tub, with views across the water, while, inside, the modern 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, Skylark, Woodpecker, Robin, Wagtail 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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33 Ratings · 36 reviews
Karl J.recommends
January 23, 2024
The Heron Cabin
Our stay at Lodge on a Lake.
A really peaceful stay at Lodge on a Lake! We couldn't have asked for any more during our stay; relaxing walks, beautiful views over the lake ahead of us, lots of wildlife and tranquility. A great time spent away in lovely surroundings!
Chelsea S.recommends
January 17, 2024
The Heron Cabin
I booked the Heron for a change of scenery whilst working from home, and what a perfect setting. Working from the here meant I was really able to make the most of all it has to offer, especially the wildlife
Steven D.recommends
April 10, 2023
The Heron Cabin
Was a lovely place, staff were very friendly and fishing was good 👍
Sara G.recommends
November 1, 2022
The Heron Cabin
Really comfortable stay. The Heron cabin was kitted out fully and thoughtfully. Nearby access to decent walks and pubs, perfect combination for relaxing getaway, even if you don't fish. Cheers
Stephanie B.recommends
October 21, 2022
The Robin Cabin
It was gorgeous from start to finish. Impeccable accommodation and completely private and secluded. Exactly what we needed
Marites G.recommends
September 12, 2022
The Wagtail Cabin
Lodge on a Lake
It was a great experience for me and my husband! Very quiet, clean lodge and the hot tub (you can jump anytime you want it). I can give 10 out of 10
Cardiff, Caerphilly County, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Owen J.Joined in July 2017
From the host
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!
Nearby attractions

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 and 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).

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