Sculpture heaven

Best romantic places in Ceredigion

We’ve looked at the top 9 romantic places to visit in Ceredigion, a chance to explore the area with your loved one.

There’s nothing like a romantic mini break for spending quality time with your other half. To give you a dose of inspiration, we’ve rounded up our top romantic places within easy driving distance of The Falcondale.

 

1.      Vale of Rheidol

Book a ticket for two on the narrow-gauge steam railway that wanders through the Rheidol valley. Hop aboard in the seaside resort of Aberystwyth and the engine will pull you up 700 feet along the hillside heading towards Devil’s bridge. At the final stop learn about the legend of Devil’s bridge, or should you be brave (and physically fit) take a walk down Jacob’s ladder and into the gorge.

An episode of tv’s Hinterland was also filmed at this location. Following your return journey take a romantic stroll along Aberystwyth’s seafront.

Vale of Rheidol railway

2.      Mwnt beach

There are numerous beaches and coves along the Cambrian bay coastline, but we believe that Mwnt is the most romantic. It’s remote location on the headland has only one building – a small white washed church. The golden sands of the beach is it’s own private cove with crashing waves and rock pools nearby. Watch-out for porpoises and dolphins that can often be seen from the shoreline.

Mwnt on the Cardigan bay coastal path

3.      Bwlch nant yr arian

The visitor centre is located at the head of a dramatic valley with walking trails and mountain biking trails leading you to the hilltops – where you can see the Cambrian Mountains up close and Cardigan Bay in the distance. Should you not be too adventurous stay in the coffee shop and view the red kite feeding spectacle (2pm GMT; 3pm BST), follow the easy barcud trail to get closer to the feeding centre. Expect to see over 150 red kites with their forked tails and swooping action.

Red Kite

4.      Sculpture heaven

A hidden gem near Rhydlewis with themed and sculpture gardens within a two and half acre plot. Wander amongst flora and fauna and discover sculpture made of wood, stone and resin from the resident artist as well as contemporary British sculptors. Smaller and larger pieces available for sale within the gallery and take advantage of their tea room with homemade cakes and a sneak peek at the workshop.

Sculpture heaven

5.      Rhiannon Gold Centre

A centre for genuine Welsh gold with unique hand-crafted designs. Their workshop creates fabulous Celtic designs using the well-regarded Welsh gold mined from the area. The centre features local Welsh artists within the gallery and has a collection of historical Celtic artefacts demonstrating the progression of visual Celtic designs. A perfect stop should you be looking for a unique gift for your partner.

Rhiannon gold centre

6.      New quay honey farm

A fun few hours can be had exploring all things “bees” at the Newquay honey farm. From watching the bees at work, exploring the hives and cold-pressing for the finished product. Before grapes were pressed for wine honey was fermented to produce mead, sample various types during your visit.

New quay honey centre

7.      Cambrian safaris

A highly recommended tour of the Cambrian Mountains via your very own guide and his trusty Land Rover Discovery.  Get collected at The Falcondale, or a pre-arranged spot and discover the wild tranquillity of Mid Wales in comfort. The area is beautifully diverse, has Instagram worthy landscapes, local history and wildlife. Whatever your particular interest your guide will take you to the very best spots!

Elan valley

8.      Adventure Beyond

How adventurous are you both? How about a leisurely canoe trip for the two of you down the river Teifi, where your professional and knowledgeable guide will not only give guidance on the activity but tell stories of sea pirates and smugglers. Picking-up the pace you could try out sea-kayaking, gorge walking or even coasteering! A most memorable and magical adventure could be arranged for the both of you to share.

Stand-up paddle boarding

9.      Twm’s Treks guided walks

What better way to explore the ruggedness of the Cambrian Mountains than with a guided walk from someone who has spent many years on it’s hills, valleys and marshes. Options include iron age hill forts, summits, coastland, nature, heritage, waterfalls and dark skies. We would suggest contacting Dafydd directly and he can make suggestions based on your interest and walking level ability – which will very possibly include welcome stops for lunch.

Bedroom 23 with bottle of Champagne

These 9 places are just our recommendations based on feedback from other guests and our own experiences. Maybe you can surprise your loved one by arranging a trip without their knowledge and bask in the envious cries of “I wish my partner was more romantic” from friends and family.

Get loved up on your next romantic trip and treat yourself and your special someone to an unforgettable couples’ getaway at The Falcondale.

ROMANTIC GETAWAY

 

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Top 7 things to do when it’s raining

7 things to do (or places to visit) when it’s raining

…within driving distance of The Falcondale

Spring is on it’s way! The daffodils are starting to pop-up with their golden sunshine heads, newly born lambs can be heard bleating and the dawn chorus wakes you up in the mornings.

However, we admit, the rain clouds are still around and the temperature isn’t exactly hot. So what can you do whilst staying at The Falcondale. We’ve put together some ideas of places to visit and things you can do within easy driving distance from Lampeter. Located within Ceredigion and only 2 miles from the border to Carmarthenshire and just 25 miles to the border of Pembrokeshire.

 

  1. NATIONAL WOOL MUSEUM

Dre-fach Velindre was once the heart of the Welsh wool industry and is now the place to go for everything woolly. They take you from the fleece off the sheep through to the finished product and show you how methods and industry has changed over many years.

A free entry museum with a sympathetically restored listed mill and historic machinery. Look out for workshops and specialist talks throughout the year. All you need is under cover, with a café, shop and viewing platform for the mill itself.

National Wool Museum of Wales

 

  1. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF WALES IN ABERYSTWYTH

Guided tours of the library are available Wednesdays at 2.15pm, we would recommend booking your place as they can be sold out. You will be escorted around the library and introduced to its history and most noteworthy assets. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions on display for you to wander around including the infamous Nanteos cup – thought to be the “holy grail”.

Located in Penglais overlooking the university town of Aberystwyth spend time in the café overlooking Cardigan Bay in the distance.

National Library of Wales

 

  1. CARDIGAN CASTLE

Cardigan Castle includes a Georgian Mansion and grade II listed garden. 900 years of history is at hand to explore and discover at your leisure or with a guided tour available at 2pm each day of the week. Permanent and temporary exhibitions are located at the castle with interpretation panels and multimedia technology.

Being that the castle is located in the town of Cardigan you could combine your visit with a stroll around some of the unique traditional shops.

Cardigan Castle

 

  1. DA MHILE DISTILLERY

An organic distiller of gin and liqueurs located near the town of Llandysul. Tours only happen on Wednesdays and Fridays at 3pm, and they suggest you phone and book. It is well worth planning and taking advantage of a tour, as you are taken into the distilling room itself and get to taste the varied range available.

Located in its present location from 2012 Da Mhile have produced an orange liqueur, botanical gin and seaweed gin to great acclaim. We would also recommend visiting Teifi Farmhouse Cheese as they are located at the same farm!

Da Mhile Distillery

 

  1. LLANERCHAERON NATIONAL TRUST

Found on the Lampeter to Aberaeron road, Llanerchaeron is a National Trust property which was self-sufficient in its heyday. It has its own farm, walled garden and lake that sustained 10 generations of the Lewis/Lewes family from 1634 to 1989.

The early John Nash Palladian style Georgian villa is particularly interesting, with its simple looking exterior hiding complex design features including a hidden courtyard towards the rear of the property. Look out for events such as their Christmas fayre, held on the 1st and 2nd December 2018.

Llanerchaeron national trust property

 

  1. NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS OF WALES

On the A48 (an extension to the M4) it’s not exactly on our doorstep but has been included as a way of extending your break by visiting on your way here or on your way home.

Home of the largest single span great glasshouse in the world and houses the largest collection of Mediterranean plants in the Northern hemisphere. You’ll stay dry in here as you explore the winding paths around six distinct areas of rare and some endangered species.

Within the double walled-garden you’ll find the tropical glass house which plays host to a kaleidoscope of colourful butterflies – don’t miss this gem during your visit.

National Botanical Gardens of Wales

 

  1. CAWS CENARTH CHEESE

Don’t just order your speciality cheese on-line, visit the producing process in person at Caws Cenarth’s visitor centre near the village of Cenarth. It’s best to go between 11am and 3pm from Monday to Friday to see the actual production, however the tasting of the cheese takes place during their normal opening hours.

Their delicious cheeses are showcased on The Falcondale’s own cheese boards and have won Supreme Champion in the British cheese awards. Rest assured that you will see the very highest of quality from this brand.

Caws Cenarth Cheese

3 nights for the price of 2

Stay an extra night free of charge with our Early Spring offer.

A break for couples to enjoy the beauty of Cardigan Bay and the ruggedness of the Cambrian Mountains. Whether staying mid-week or weekend the areas of Mid Wales and West Wales are full of opportunities (and some surprises).

Available for booking in February, March and April (excluding Easter weekend), full details here…

Free Night

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Falcondale hotel and restaurant

7 things to do in Winter

7 things to do (or places to visit) when it’s raining

…within driving distance of Lampeter

It may be colder, with a little of the wet stuff falling – however, there are things you can do when staying at The Falcondale. Located within Ceredigion and only 2 miles from the border to Carmarthenshire and just 25 miles to the border of Pembrokeshire.

We’ve put together some ideas of places to visit and things you can do within easy driving distance from Lampeter.

 

1. NATIONAL WOOL MUSEUM

Dre-fach Velindre was once the heart of the Welsh wool industry and is now the place to go for everything woolly. They take you from the fleece off the sheep through to the finished product and show you how methods and industry has changed over many years.

A free entry museum with a sympathetically restored listed mill and historic machinery. Look out for workshops and specialist talks throughout the year. All you need is under cover, with a café, shop and viewing platform for the mill itself.

National Wool Museum of Wales

 

2. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF WALES IN ABERYSTWYTH

Guided tours of the library are available Wednesdays at 2.15pm, we would recommend booking your place as they can be sold out. You will be escorted around the library and introduced to its history and most noteworthy assets. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions on display for you to wander around including the infamous Nanteos cup – thought to be the “holy grail”.

Located in Penglais overlooking the university town of Aberystwyth spend time in the café overlooking Cardigan Bay in the distance.

National Library of Wales

 

3. CARDIGAN CASTLE

Cardigan Castle includes a Georgian Mansion and grade II listed garden. 900 years of history is at hand to explore and discover at your leisure or with a guided tour available at 2pm each day of the week. Permanent and temporary exhibitions are located at the castle with interpretation panels and multimedia technology.

Being that the castle is located in the town of Cardigan you could combine your visit with a stroll around some of the unique traditional shops.

Cardigan Castle

 

4. DA MHILE DISTILLERY

An organic distiller of gin and liqueurs located near the town of Llandysul. Tours only happen on Wednesdays and Fridays at 3pm, and they suggest you phone and book. It is well worth planning and taking advantage of a tour, as you are taken into the distilling room itself and get to taste the varied range available.

Located in its present location from 2012 Da Mhile have produced an orange liqueur, botanical gin and seaweed gin to great acclaim. We would also recommend visiting Teifi Farmhouse Cheese as they are located at the same farm!

Da Mhile Distillery

 

5. LLANERCHAERON NATIONAL TRUST

Found on the Lampeter to Aberaeron road, Llanerchaeron is a National Trust property which was self-sufficient in its heyday. It has its own farm, walled garden and lake that sustained 10 generations of the Lewis/Lewes family from 1634 to 1989.

The early John Nash Palladian style Georgian villa is particularly interesting, with its simple looking exterior hiding complex design features including a hidden courtyard towards the rear of the property. Look out for events such as their Christmas fayre, held on the 1st and 2nd December 2018.

Llanerchaeron National Trust property

 

6. NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS OF WALES

On the A48 (an extension to the M4) it’s not exactly on our doorstep but has been included as a way of extending your break by visiting on your way here or on your way home.

Home of the largest single span great glasshouse in the world and houses the largest collection of Mediterranean plants in the Northern hemisphere. You’ll stay dry in here as you explore the winding paths around six distinct areas of rare and some endangered species.

Within the double walled-garden you’ll find the tropical glass house which plays host to a kaleidoscope of colourful butterflies – don’t miss this gem during your visit.

National Botanical Gardens of Wales

 

7. CAWS CENARTH CHEESE

Don’t just order your speciality cheese on-line, visit the producing process in person at Caws Cenarth’s visitor centre near the village of Cenarth. It’s best to go between 11am and 3pm from Monday to Friday to see the actual production, however the tasting of the cheese takes place during their normal opening hours.

Their delicious cheeses are showcased on The Falcondale’s own cheese boards and have won Supreme Champion in the British cheese awards. Rest assured that you will see the very highest of quality from this brand.

Caws Cenarth Cheese

 

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Even dog-friendly weddings can be stressful. Make sure your pet is comfortable and relaxed.

The Dog Blog- Sleepover at The Falcondale Hotel

Dog Stay at The Falcondale hotel & restaurant

Where best to start my doggy adventure then with a sleepover at The Falcondale with all the luxuries that I (or any dog) could dream of!

Dog stays at The Falcondale

From first paws in the door you can tell it’s dog friendly with yummy homemade treats on the desk and bowls and blankets in the room waiting for me.

For £20 you can order a pampered pooch box which gives you a blanket, poo bags, a rope toy, biscuits and a chewy ear – all of which were noticed by me as soon as I got into the room.

Dog treats at The Falcondale

At meal times I sat down in the conservatory whilst my owner ate their dinner. I enjoyed my very own doggy dinner of chicken, rice and gravy with a chewy ear for dessert for £5! Breakfast was back to rations of biscuits from me – which I thought was not so luxurious as my dinner the night before!

With 14 acres of woodlands and lawns it is perfect for walking, with the long south drive and paths around the garden there was plenty of different walks for my to try – a few too many maybe as I was sooo tired. If you fancied a longer walk there’s directions for a variety of walks available from reception.

Even dog-friendly weddings can be stressful. Make sure your pet is comfortable and relaxed.

I am always excited when I see the Falcondale through the car window!

Freya signature

 

Pets Welcome

Bedroom number 17

A new and fresh bedroom suite

A new bedroom suite at The Falcondale

Look at the fabulously re-decorated and re-configured suite that is now available on the top floor – overlooking the Teifi valley towards Lampeter. A Welsh countryside view to live for.

View from room 17

 

Performing a make-over

Our regular guests will know that we are continuously improving and updating the facilities here at The Falcondale. The quieter winter months gives us the perfect opportunity to take a room out of service and perform a make-over. Last winter (November/ December 2017, and January/February/March 2018) it was the turn of room 16 and 17.

 

AS IT WAS

Room 16 and 17 are both located on the top floor of the hotel. If you were to drive towards the hotel from the South Drive, room 17’s window would be on the top left ‘tower’. Room 16 would be the window around the corner.

Room 16 was one of the smallest rooms in the hotel and had a walk-in shower (no bath), whereas room 17 had the beautiful window seat and overlooked the valley.

Valley View Doubles Standard Double Rooms - Room 16

 

THE DECISION MAKING

A decision was made by Lisa (proprietor) to combine the two rooms and create a luxurious suite! The whole team at The Falcondale were very happy with this decision and we couldn’t wait to see the finished results.

Building works

The layout of the bathroom / lounge and bedroom was decided having consulted with many friends and family. The bedroom will remain overlooking the valley at the front of the hotel, whereas the main door entrance will bring you directly into the lounge with the bathroom in the middle separating both areas.

Being that The Falcondale is over 150 years old you are never quite sure what you’ll find once you start moving walls / doorways and stripping back the décor. Knowing this could throw up issues we planned extra time for this part of the transformation.

We found interesting brown and yellow 70’s style wallpaper and the hearth of an old chimney!

Room number 17

 

Colour scheme

With any room make-over the colour scheme is important and we rely on Lisa’s skill in choosing colours and palettes that are classic – yet modern. We took inspiration from Farrow-and-Ball and ended up with a fresh green / mustard yellow and light grey (Elephant’s breath) combination.

The dragonfly motif was discovered by chance, and we think it provides interest and vibrancy to the suite.

Room number 17 suite

 

The bathroom

Back in 2000 when Chris and Lisa first took over the business some of the bedrooms did not have en-suite facilities, and so during the renovations this was a priority. 18 years later and people’s expectations and requirements have moved on from being functional to needing to have the WOW factor.

The bathrooms for both original rooms were combined to create one large space which could comfortably have a free-standing bath and a magnificent walk-in shower. Large modern stone-like tiles were added which creates an illusion of an even bigger space.

Room 17 bathroom

 

The finishing touches

The suite was completed in April ready for our first guests to enjoy its use. However, Lisa still had some finishing touches that she wanted to add. Since being back in use this has included a chest of drawers, a bed throw and some more cushions. One further addition will be artwork in the lounge area of the suite, but its proving difficult to find something that we like – and so it will be added once the correct item is found.

The planning of this renovation took around 6 months, and another 6 months to put into action. We believe its better to take our time when doing these bigger projects as its important to get them right.

We all hope that you enjoy the time and care that was taken to create our latest suite.

We cannot now see how it was ever two rooms!

Suite lounge in room 17 Room number 17

 

Making a booking

Room bookings can be made by either clicking on BOOK A ROOM at the top of the website or contacting us on 01570 422910.

Take a look at our Bedroom Gallery to see other rooms that are available at The Falcondale.

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