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?
Cardiff, 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
16 Ratings · 29 reviews
August 10, 2022
The Grebe Cabin
I went to stay at lodge on a lake for my 30th birthday last week and ended up engaged :D and it was beautiful! The lodge was equipped with all you need for a stay! The bed in Grebe was so comfortable!!
We defo recommend staying here , so much so we cant wait to come back!! So peaceful and relaxing , looking out onto the lake from the comfort of the bed :D
Thank you :)
August 8, 2022
The Pochard Cabin
It was a great location and good facilities, the outside area was great! However I think the cleaning side of it needs to looked at
The hideaway had a funny smell, bleach stains up the wall and all over a lamp shade. Also the floor was dirty with mouse droppings by the sofa.
The sleeping area was great but again the bathroom could do with some TLC the toilet seat was loose and again bleach up the wall by the ladder and the extraction fan needed cleaning.
Sorry for not a so positive response but overall it was a lovely stay and well equipped just a bit of TLC maybe needed
July 25, 2022
The Wagtail Cabin
The lodge's are well maintained and have all your needs for your stay. If you like peace and quiet nobody bothered us all our stay. The fishing was amazing landed over 400 pounds of carp. On site stocked with all your fishing need friendly staff. I will be booking for the 3rd time next year 2023.
July 9, 2022
The Heron Cabin
Very peaceful and relaxing, cabin was clean, well enough equipped, even had a cafetiere.
June 20, 2022
The Heron Cabin
It was a nice location and very quiet. Lovely relaxing weekend
June 15, 2022
The Pochard Cabin
Was amazing highly recommend
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!
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).