Travel: An Autumnal Break
The October half term is my favourite time of year to go on holiday. Bright, sunny October afternoons, brisk walks, hearty meals in cosy country pubs and snuggling on a night around a log burner. Perfect!
This half term we stayed at Ty Barddu that we booked through Under the Thatch. We have stayed in eight different properties through them over the years and have enjoyed every one. They all have a unique charm and have introduced us to some beautiful parts of Wales. This area has a natural beauty and a bohemian feel to me. It is never busy and the pace of life seems so much more relaxed and enjoyable. I always come away from our holidays here feeling very content but also wanting more. Settling back into work this week has certainly been a challenge.
The cottage is in Carmarthenshire but we spent a lot of our time in Ceredigion and here is a list of some of the highlights of our visit and gems in this wonderful location.
Narberth: This quaint town has some real gems. There is the wonderful House by Betty store that stocks lots of utility ware (my favourite kind of shops) and the amazing Ultracomida, a small authentic tapas restaurant. We have visited this restaurant twice now and have been very impressed both times. You can’t book and they only serve for the lunch sittings. We arrived at 3pm and managed to get seats for six of us. It’s a real treat to visit this place and we look forward to visiting again.
Pizza Tipi: This is a Pizza Restaurant that is set outside. Seating is under a large tipi with a roaring fire pit in the centre. The pizzas are amazing with the perfect, crispy but still chewy base. The pub that is attached to it is very cosy and decorated in the signature natural style of owners of Fforest. It is a must that we visit Pizza Tipi when we stay in the area but do check opening times as it is not open all year.
Porthgain: This harbour is a wonderful place to discover. There are some gorgeous houses to admire amongst the gorgeous textures of the old fishing huts. There is an absolute gem of a pub that is a must to visit called The Sloop Inn. It has a traditional style and a very cosy atmosphere. You can eat here but booking is advised.
4. The beaches: The coastline in the area of Wales is stunning. There are many beautiful beaches to choose from but our favourites are Mwnt (a National Trust beach), Tresaith (has a waterfall), Penbryn (a National Trust beach with an excellent cafe on the car park - The Plwmp Tart), Aberporth (great for exploring and an amazing light) and Llanngrannog. These beaches are all clean and have stunning coastline surrounding them. They are almost empty in October half term and I would love to visit them in the summer. You can’t beat walking across these beautiful beaches, having them almost to yourself.
5. St David’s: The smallest city in the UK was a bit of a drive from our cottage but always worth it. It has a lovely feel to it and the cathedral ruins are worth exploring. There are some wonderful independent shops to browse and an abundance of cafes including the excellent The Meadow.
These are just the highlights of our holiday this year but West Wales has many more wonderful places to see and visit. If you have never been there I would honestly recommend it. If you also love this part of the country I’d love to hear any other paces that you would recommend. We are always looking for new places to visit.
Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.