Lampeter, Ceredigion

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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

Self catering – cottages, houses and apartments

  • Barn cottage near Lampeter in West Wales

    Y Stabl

    Sleeps 1 to 5, 2 bedrooms – £156 to £610

    Ceredigion 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.

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  • Self Catering – Lampeter

    Tangaer Cottage

    Sleeps 1 to 6, 3 bedrooms – £150 to £700 per week

    Ceredigion 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.

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  • Traditional farm cottage near Lampeter

    Ty Cerbyd

    Sleeps 1 to 3, 1 bedroom – £114 to £453

    Ceredigion 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.

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  • Rural cottages in Ceredigion

    Gwarffynnon

    Sleeps 1 to 6 – £260 to £700 per week

    Ceredigion Gwarffynnon Cottages are located in the peaceful rolling countryside of Ceredigion, yet convenient to the bays and coves of the coastline. A perfect base for a memorable holiday in Ceredigion and West Wales. Distance 1.5 miles.

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  • Coach House

    Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedroom

    Ceredigion Lampeter self catering
    Distance 3.9 miles

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