Why we love it
Great walking, blankets and biscuits in an area that’s warmly dog-friendly and perfect for exploring from this secluded cottage base
What you'll love
Dogs will love
- Dragging you along the network of trails that start straight from the door
- Tiring themselves out on the huge stretch of beach at Penbryn
- Being welcomed in most of the pubs and café in the dog-friendly area
Humans will love
- The characterful mix of architecture in the old barn
- The panoramic views of the Hoffnant valley
- Having the nearest neighbour a quarter of a mile away
It sometimes feels like everyone has a dog in this part of Wales, so you’ll be welcome at almost every café and pub you find as you head out from Locke’s Cottage. The area is hilly, but within a mile and a half of the front door you have everything from lush green valleys to dramatic sea cliffs, so you don’t have to pack a day bag for a massive hike and you won’t end up carrying your whippet home when it’s run out of steam. Inside, the cottage is a mix of barn conversion and cabin, with an oak tree “growing” through the centre. The well-stocked library saves you bringing your own and you can easily find something to breeze through in a couple of lazy days. Outside you’ll find a firepit, which makes a great place to end the day whether you’ve worn yourselves out on the coastal path, sat on the beach or just wandered into nearby Llangrannog for lunch.
- 1 x Double room
- 1 x Double sofa bed in upstairs Lounge
- 1 x Single sofa bed in upstairs Lounge
- The sofa beds are suitable for children only
- The cottage is powered by solar energy - the woodburner can be used to heat the hot water if there isn't enough sunlight
- Bathroom with freestanding bath
- Separate shower with outside door that can be opened for washing with a view (gas powered, available from end March to end October)
Living and relaxing
- Woodburner with firewood provided
- Small library with books to enjoy
- Games, puzzles, books and art supplies for children
- Outdoor seating area and fire pit
- Digital radio
- Reading nook
- Sofa downstairs, by the woodburner
- Upstairs lounge opening onto the balcony
- Candles supplied
Cooking and dining
- Kitchen with gas hob, electric oven and fridge freezer
- Cooking basics supplied - oil, herbs and spices, sugar, milk, tea and coffee
- Indoor dining table and chairs for four
- Outdoor dining table and chairs
For the dog
- Towels for muddy paws and soggy coats
- Water bowl
- Poo bags
- Check in 1700
- Check out 1000
- Please bring your own travel cot and any equipment for babies
- £10 per dog per stay
- This property is suitable for 2 adults and 3 children as the sofa beds are for children only
- Additional firewood available from the owners at £3 per heaped basketful
You should know
- The shower, in a hut attached to the cottage, is only available from the end of March to end of October. At other times you’ll have to use the indoor wood-fired bath
In the neighbourhood
- Llangrannog, 1.5 miles away, is a picturesque fishing village with a sandy beach surrounded by steep cliffs. It's a favourite with families, dogs and surfers. There’s a café on the edge of the beach that does lovely, home-made ice cream and a market selling local produce during the summer on Wednesday mornings.
- Nearby Mwnt is smaller than the huge Penbryn beach but a very scenic and of course dog-friendly spot. There are sweeping views across Cardigan Bay and a 14th century chapel that was a refuge for pilgrims on their way to the shrine at St Davids. It’s great for wildlife spotting and has a car park, small shop/cafe and toilets.
- The magnificent Ceredigion coast path can be accessed from just over a mile away and, for yet another beach recommendation, try The Secret Beach - accessed from the coast path via Penmorfa and set at the base of the cliffs. It’s reached by a steep staircase, which your dog will barely notice, but you might feel in the knees the next day.
- Pentre Arms in Llangrannog is a friendly inn serving hearty homemade pub food, famed as the nearest pub to the sea in Wales. At high tide the waves are just a few feet away. It’s dog friendly if you keep them on a lead in the bar and if there’s an outdoor bench free you’ll have a stunning view.
- New Quay, an attractive fishing village on a steep hill with a sheltered beach and a good range of cafés and restaurants, is a great place for spotting dolphins, seals and even the occasional whale. There are even dog-friendly boat trips, although companies ask you not to bring dogs that don’t “like people”.
- Castell Henllys Iron Age Village is an interesting and fun family day out. Dogs are allowed at the site, but only on the veranda of the café, so it’s definitely one for weather that you’re ok sitting outside in.