Stylishly converted, shipping-container accommodation just metres from the beach
At the foot of a steep valley, surrounded by high pastures where wild ponies roam, pebbly Cymtdu Beach is the place that 21st-century tourism seems to have forgotten. A 200-year-old lime kiln still overlooks the beach, dug into the hillside and recently restored by the National Trust, while a tiny clutch of whitewashed houses line the final stretch of road down to the waterfront. The lane is too narrow for bus loads of tourists, and the beach – just 100 metres long – is too small and sand-free to attract big crowds. It’s great for the seals, though, who return to rear their pups here every autumn. And it’s ideal, too, for those humans who have that similar inner instinct – drawing them to wild places, quiet coves and secluded stretches of coast.
Whether the setting reveals it or not, however, Cymtdu (also known as Seal Bay) is very much in the 21st century and comes complete with a suitably modern, hipster-chic collection of glamping cabins just metres from the sea. Cleverly crafted out of up-cycled shipping containers that have been clad in wind-blown pine panels and shaded by taught, canvas canopies, the accommodation is a maritime masterpiece. Stacked together like giant lego, the shipping containers are in two storeys: On the top are the three cabins, each sleeping four people in bunk beds and available to book separately or all together, while below, the compartments contain a very well-equipped communal kitchen and a cosy sofa and reading space. Beyond, extends a wide, open deck with up-cycled pallet furniture and boxes housing body-boards and rock-pooling nets for the beach.
Together, the tetris collection of cabins is known as the Ty Cwch Boathouse and, with its sail-like canopy shading the deck and round, porthole windows, it certainly has a nautical feel. If you’re bringing your own kayak or fishing equipment you can actually use it as a bit of a boathouse, too, storing your things securely while you stay. You can go from steeping your coffee to launching your kayak in a matter of minutes.
While paddlers enjoy the craggy cliffs and secret inlets, walkers with a little know-how can follow the Ceredigion Coast Path to many of the same hidden spots. It’s a half-mile trek to Castell Bach – “Little Castle” – an iron age hill fort dating to 300 BC, where the remains of earthwork defences are still visible today. The small sandy cove there is an utter joy. Sheltered by a rocky knoll that has the appearance of an island, you can sometimes find the beach empty, even on the sunniest of days. Continue further and you reach New Quay, home to pubs and restaurants aplenty and a good place to organise more tourist-orientated excursions, while, to the south, it’s the same distance to walk to the beach and welcoming pub at Llangrannog.
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Hosted by Nigel H.Joined in April 2021
3 Ratings · 8 reviews
Team Tyler ?.
April 22, 2021
We stayed at the Ty Cwch Boathouse for a couple of nights during the Easter Holidays. The communal areas are spacious and clean, and the kitchen has everything you could possibly need. My 2 boys particularly enjoyed the hammock, while I loved being able to hear the sea while I enjoyed a coffee.
The bedroom pod was warm and cosy, and the mattresses in the bunk beds were incredibly comfy...I slept like a log!
The Boathouse is only a couple of minutes walk from the sea, and the coastal path. We walked to New Quay, and the views were amazing throughout. There is also the option of getting the bus back if needed ;-)
We visited as a family of 4, with no other people staying at the Boathouse due to COVID restrictions, but think it would be a fantastic place to stay with friends and/or family and will definitely be back.
August 18, 2019
The location is absolutely perfect - less than one minute stroll to the beach for seal spotting or access to the coast path. It truly is an idyllic spot. And the Beach House is equally perfect. Well kitted out with everything you could possibly need and so much more, including warm outside showers, and don't be put off by bunk beds, they are super comfy. We will definitely return, I suspect regularly!
May 20, 2019
ty Cwch Cabin 1
myself and 9 friends stayed the weekend (17th may).The area is fantastic with the beach close by and a stream.There is a cafe near the beach selling coffee,panninis etc.The pod itself is ideal for large groups with a large outside area that can be opened up to admire the surroundings .Everything you need is supplied with lovely little touches like books,fishing nets,board games etc.The kitchen is very well equipt with lots of plates cutlery etc There is a phone number for a mini bus/taxi service and this service is great-very reliable.If you would like to walk to Newquay along the coastal path,this takes approx 1.30 hrs but wouldnt recommend for young children as quite near the edge in some parts,also quite a few wild ponies ! There is also a seal that visits the bay regularly.
Anything you need to know-ask a local ! They are more than happy to help and recommend places to eat etc
We are already booking to return later this year and cannot wait
May 6, 2019
We have just returned from a long weekend here with two other families. Fantastic location, really quirky accommodation right on the coastal path and only a stones throw from the sea. I highly recommend it
May 4, 2019
We were a big group, taking over the whole place with overspill in camper vans and B&B using the Boathouse during the day. Ty Cwch took everything we threw at it and gave back memories, comfort and fun. Being quite early in the year, the social area needed the blankets but the pods were deliciously warm and comfortable. The kitchen and dining areas work really well. We kayaked and walked and danced and really enjoyed ourselves. The wifi worked superbly across the site. Highly recommended.
April 26, 2019
Extraordinary house made of sea containers with everything you could possibly want, from wifi to outdoor hammocks. Stunning location metres from a small beach and on the coastal path. Magical.
From the host
Our unique collection of glamping cabins are located just metres from the coast. These smart, up-cycled shipping containers have been clad in weathered Larch boards and shaded by canvas canopies – making the accommodation here a maritime masterpiece! Stacked together like giant lego, our shipping containers are in two storeys: on the very top are three cabins – each sleeping four people in bunk beds and available to book separately or all together – while below, the compartments contain a well-equipped communal kitchen and dining area, and a cosy sitting room. Beyond, extends a wide, open deck with up-cycled pallet furniture and boxes housing body-boards and rock-pooling nets for the beach. Together, our collection of cabins is known as the Ty Cwch Boathouse and, with its sail-like canopy shading the deck and round, porthole windows, it certainly has a nautical feel. If you’re bringing your own kayak or fishing equipment you can actually use it as a bit of a boathouse, too, storing your things securely while you stay. You can go from steeping your coffee to launching your kayak in a matter of minutes. We look forward to welcoming you to Ty Cwch!
Ty Cwch Boathouse is just metres from the beach so, unsurprisingly, the common thing to do here is grab a wetsuit, board or sea kayak and wander down to the waterfront (you're welcome to bring your own equipment and store it in the boat house). Be sure to check out the restored lime kiln that marks the back of the beach, too – supposedly popular with smugglers in years past. There's a good café and ample space for launching kayaks. Cwmtydu is known for its hidden seclusion. If you want to organise some activities contact our partner Rhydian Wilson at ICY UK Ltd or for more amenities and to organise boat hire, head north to nearby New Quay (4 miles). The section of the Ceredigion Coast Path from just outside Ty Cwch Boathouse is sublime. From the south, it drops down into Cwytydu by descending along the valley side before climbing out of the bay again towards New Quay. In either direction it's a pleasant 4-mile walk to the nearest village (and pub). The beach and coves along the coast by Cwmtydu are a particularly popular place for seals to rear their pups, so keep your eye out (and give them plenty of space), while, further out, dolphins can sometimes be spotted on a clear day – the bay is home to the largest population of bottlenose dolphins in Europe.
Food and drink
About 10 metres away is a small café – Melyn y Gors (01545 560321) – that serves excellent light bites and homemade ice-cream you can eat down on the beach. Open all year, their carrot cake is particularly recommended. Otherwise, until the Crown reopens at Easter, (2 miles away at the top of the valley), the nearest pubs are all 4 miles away in Llangrannog (by road or coastal path) or New Quay (a touch under 4 miles by the coastal path). The latter has more options.