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Caban Cwtch, Ceredigion

A 1970s woodland cabin, with eye-popping decor to match. You’re not just travelling to west Wales – you’re heading back in time, too

I learnt the Welsh word ‘cwtch’ from my friend in the Mumbles – it’s one of those words that doesn’t have a ready translation but it sort of means a cuddle, although you can do it on your own too (‘I’m just going to cwtch up on the sofa tonight’). A lovely word. And very apt for this little cabin in the woods in Ceredigion, which, with its enveloping pine panelling and diminutive size, could be a cuddle in built form.

For the interiors, the owner has taken their cue from the age of the building itself – 1973 – and gone all-out pop-art on the place, with curvaceous furniture, Roy Lichtenstein art on the walls and mind-bending graphic prints. The attention to detail is really nice, and it’s what makes the place really – a cheerful orange metal colander, lime-green kitchen units and funky crockery all add to the sense of fun (and time-travel). A decked area with bench and planted grasses makes for a good spot to unwind at the end of a day’s walking, beach-exploring or castle-visiting; you can walk directly to Cenarth Falls from the cabin.

Set in woodland, the cabin is part of a ‘holiday village’, so you can use the facilities on site (open-air swimming pool, games room, playground), or not. Caban Cwtch is one of three decorated in vintage style here (see the other two here and here), which can all be hired together for bigger groups. Cwtch is the largest one, and the nicest-designed one to my mind, plus it’s not overlooked, a good bonus.

Nearby: Walking, from the door (there’s a riverside pub, the Nag’s Head, also a walk away); some really really good beaches, like Mwnt and Poppit Sands, are about half an hour away; Cardigan, 7 miles, is good for a wander around its craft shops and galleries; cheese fans must head to Caws Cenarth

Essential details:

  • Cenarth, Ceredigion
  • Sleeps 4
  • From £142 for a two-night stay
  • Available through Under the Thatch

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Photos via Under the Thatch and Flickr

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