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Cosy cottage and beautiful beaches - west wales

Picture the scene, white washed stone walls, rustic wooden decking, greenery for miles and that goes some way to describing the setting of The Dairy Shed, a one bedroom cottage in Ciliau Aeron. 

I've never been a huge fan of flying, and the travel to the airport and the delays etc just make a one week trip abroad that little bit less appealing when you can have a staycation instead.

Having been to Aberaeron a couple of times previously for long weekends I'd been desperate to get back there for a bit longer to really explore the coast line of west Wales. So I booked this one bedroom cottage on Airbnb and for once I was looking forward to the 5 hour drive from north London.

We set off at 6am and followed the A roads, a much more scenic and leisurely route than the endless motorways and the journey was lovely. we stopped off for a coffee and snack but still reached Ciliau Aeron early enough to enjoy the full day.

Check in time is usually 3pm but the hosts were kind enough to leave the key in the door to the cottage for us. When we walked in, I don't think we were quite prepared for what was awaiting us. The cottage was gorgeous, with a big open plan kitchen, dining room and lounge with double doors leading to the garden. At the top of the living room is a bookcase, which when you push it, opens up into a little area with a chest of draws and hanging rail. To the right was the bedroom with a large window, and a lovely big bed. To the left is the bathroom, with sink, toilet and a very good size shower. This part of the cottage is clad in birch-ply which makes it feel very Nordic, clean, spacious and warm! 

Although the hosts Dave & Sian weren't on hand to meet us they had very thoughtfully left us some Welsh cakes and a bottle of Prosecco! 

Whilst my husband started on the Welsh cakes, we took a look in the garden. It is huge and goes right up to a meadow that stretches for as far as the eye can see. 

With one week to spend here we wanted to make sure we relaxed but also to explore as much as we could. After an hour I got a message from Sian to let us know they were home and if we needed anything then just to ask. I asked Sian for some tips on the immediate area and told her we wanted to explore a bit so Sian popped over and helpfully talked us through some points of interest on the map in the living room. They have gone to the trouble of putting up a large map with information on little cards and they provided a box with leaflets on tours and places to visit. 

Sian and Dave live in the white house behind the cottage, it's not connected but it was nice to know you weren't too far from civilization.

Over the course of the week we visited Aberystwyth, Mwnt, Aberaeron harbour (a lot!) we took a steam train up to Devil's Bridge, visited the waterfalls, fed ducks in the local river, took a walk in the public sensory gardens, we visited a converted barn who brew their own ale and make stone baked pizzas (they accommodated my no cheese request!) and ate and drank like kings and queens. But best of all, we got to relax and enjoy most of our time from The Dairy Shed. 

I can't recommend this cottage enough, but like any little gem I find, I'm reluctant to shout about it too loudly. It was an absolute bargain, they're on to a good thing and already half way into their first year of business I can already see this being a huge success. I'm not sure how long Dave and Sian will keep the price so low, so all I can hope is they have a discount for returning customers as I'll definitely be back!

AR x

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