Our South Wales Adventure!
We have just spent a lovely week in South Wales and were now back home and I think the dogs have slept for the last two days straight!
The cottage we stayed in, which was one of 3 was called Blaenwenllan holiday cottages in Newcastle Emlyn. We booked through Sykes cottages and it even had the advantage of a hot tub which was a luxury especially after some of the long dog walks. The garden which was secure for the dogs which was great to be able to just leave the back door open and relax.
The owners Lesley and Les had thought of everything. We had a welcome pack on arrival which had tea, coffee, sugar, bread, milk and butter! We even had a specific doggy welcome pack which had all the dog friendly places to go and eat in the area.
There was a washing machine and dryer in the outhouse which is a god send for muddy dog towels and clothes.
After arriving a bit early on the Friday (as we always do!) we went to have a look around the local town Newcastle Emlyn which was around 4 miles away. We were surprised how dog friendly all the pubs were. We stopped off at the Daffodil at Penrhiwllan which was a gorgeous more upper end restaurant where surprisingly dogs were welcome inside in the bar area.
Freddie and Buster liked their new home for the week. Even though Buster does look like he’s done something wrong hahaha!
On the Saturday we took a bit of a road trip to New Quay we had a little walk around; the boys were very excited, and Buster got a little overwhelmed with the giant inflatable floats and managed to wiggle his way out of his collar – que the crazy people running after a dog stopping all the traffic, luckily it was only a little side street but god my heart was in my mouth!
The Whittaker’s have arrived!
We then had a drive to Cardigan and had a walk down the high street and after a little mooch around the shops, indoor market and the old school sweet shop (which is a must to go and get a quarter of your childhood favourite sweets!) we enjoyed a nice spot of lunch at the castle café & Cellar Bar which is very dog friendly! The boys even got a free sausage each. See trip advisors reviews.
Sunday was a bit of a wet start and Buster and Mr Whittaker don’t like to get wet at all haha but we were having a more in depth read of the Doggy welcome pack and found the directions to a local woodland waterfall. Now given the recent dry spell we weren’t thinking Niagara falls but thought it may be worth and adventure. It was called Ffynone Falls in Abercych. It was well worth the walk it’s a hidden gem in the middle of the woods. You can either take the harder route up through the woods or there is a shorter route directly from the car park to it.
Monday was a trip to Cardigan Island Farm Park. What a Steal, Dogs are allowed in on a lead at all times. But for the 3 of us it was £12!! You can see and feed the farm animals. They have horses, Sheep, Lama, Goats, Pigs and a large play area for the kids! But the main attraction is the costal walk along the cliff edge where you can watch for the seals. We saw a few bobbing in and out for the water.
Lunch was lovely although dogs aren’t allowed inside the dining area or shop. So you’re restricted to eating outside if you bring the pooch but on a nice day it’s not an issue! The views are amazing out to sea.
Also if you are camping or caravanning there is a campsite attached to the Park too.
We stopped off on the way back in a little sea front called Aberporth. It was small but very understated! It was a dog friendly (to one side) beach and a sandy one too which the boys had a good run round after being on their leads all day at the farm park and they loved it playing with the other dogs and running in and out of the sea. It was getting late on and we decided we would definitely come back later in the week to enjoy the beach and sea.
On Tuesday we took a long road trip to Tenby. It was another long drive (43 miles from the cottage) but was defiantly worth it. Tenby is a lovely town and has the remains of the castle that integrate into the towns houses and restaurants is very quaint. It had a very medieval feel to the town.
Some of the Beach had dog restrictions. But a lot of shops allowed dogs in which was great too. I didn’t have to leave Mrs Whitt outside with the boys too much. Haha!
We even went to a dog friendly ice cream parlour which was really cool. They are very creative with their ice creams. Me and Abbie shared a Butterfly sundae. The trip advisor reviews are average. But I thought it was good if not just getting a bit tired looking.
Wednesday we went to a town called Aberaeron and we went pebble hunting while Fred carted lots of sea weed around! Argh and we went and did some crabbing. Abbie caught 3 crabs I caught 1 and Mr Whitt caught a tiny fish! Hahaha again spoilt for choice for Lunch we decided on the Monachty pub as it was close by and had a decent lunch menu. We did have a bit of a wait but it was ok and very welcoming for the boys.
Then the last full day was here before we knew it! And the best day it was. The sky was blue (for the first time in the whole holiday, but we can’t complain after the weather we have had this year so far in the UK!) So we Decided to go back to Aberport and do another coastal walk and see where we ended up! We parked up and the tide was in and the beach looked lovely first thing with hardly anyone one on it yet. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…
What a little gem! It was a steep drop down to the beach but we had a nice hour playing on the beach and having an ice cream. Well that’s compulsory isn’t it?
We then set back off back to Aberporth where we had our packed lunch and played on the Beach. But I think buster had enough of walking and playing on the beach! Hahaha
He literally didn’t move the lazy pup! Whereas Fred learnt to have a swim in the sea. We were very proud of him JI’ve never had a spaniel that like water unbelievably