When you think of Lampeter certain phrases spring to mind, such as, rural isolation, in the middle of glorious nowhere, wonderful countryside, splendid angling, five hours from London and twelve miles to the coast. Sounds like paradise to me and, I'm sure, to all those who enjoy a quiet life.
This tiny three street town in Ceridigion has a delightful primness with a bohemian edge. The latter is provided by the staff and students of St David's University College, which is now part of the University of Wales. The college is the oldest degree awarding institution in Wales and England after Oxford and Cambridge. Because of the students the three main streets of Lampeter contain many interesting shops including Dai's Diner for incomparable pies.
The town was once an important meeting place for drovers taking their animals to market. Before that it was a Roman encampment where gold was mined. The National Trust now run the gold mine and a visitor can see what conditions the miners worked in. As for industry, Ty Nant Welsh water is bottled locally. The nearest railway station is at Aberystwyth although Lampeter is well served by buses and coaches.
But this town of elegant Georgian stone town houses is not just a sleepy backwater where time stands still; it is at the forefront of environmental issues. The town is going green with wind turbines, plantations of nut trees and campaigning for locally produced organic food. As long as you don't use your car too much you can reduce your carbon footprint just by staying in Lampeter. Everything here is as natural as possible. An equestrian centre even advertises riding with bitless bridles.
This delightful Utopia comes to vibrant life in August with a food festival, a carnival and an agricultural show.
Serviced accommodation - hotels and B&Bs
Country estate bed and breakfast at Llanon, Ceredigion
Sleeps 1 to 10 – £45 to £80
Georgian sporting estate offering bed and breakfast accommodation with stables, service courtyards, walled garden and original farmyard, parts of which date from mediaeval times. Situated in the county of Ceredigion, 15 miles south of Aberystwyth. Distance 9.9 miles.Full Details
Self catering – cottages, houses and apartments
Self Catering – Lampeter
Sleeps 1 to 6, 3 bedrooms – £150 to £700 per week
Luxury cottage near Lampeter, Mid Wales on a working farm in the beautiful Teifi Valley. Superb long distance views over the Cambrian Mountains. 16 miles to coast and beaches. Ideal for families or romantic breaks. Abundance of wildlife. Pets welcome. Distance 2.4 miles.Full Details
Farm holiday caravans at Llanwnen, Ceredigion
Sleeps 1 to 6, 2 bedrooms – £210 to £445 per week
Two well equipped and beautifully presented holiday caravans, high quality cottage and mega camping pod. Set in their own quiet garden, surrounded by countryside with fabulous views. All the great beaches of Cardigan Bay coast 13 miles. Pets welcome. Distance 4.3 miles.Full Details
Traditional farm cottage near Lampeter
Sleeps 1 to 3, 1 bedroom – £114 to £453
A romantic luxury traditional stone cottage on a working smallholding overlooking the Upper Teifi Valley - an idyllic setting on the southern edge of the Cambrian Mountains, surrounded by beautiful countryside - opportunities for walking and birdwatching. Distance 1.8 miles.Full Details
Barn cottage near Lampeter in West Wales
Sleeps 1 to 5, 2 bedrooms – £156 to £610
A cosy barn conversion which retains its original character with wooden beams and stone walls throughout, on a working smallholding on the southern edge of the Cambrian Mountains with views over the Teifi Valley. Distance 1.8 miles.Full Details