Set between picturesque Aberaeron and New Quay on the beautiful Cardigan Bay coast, the villages of Ffos y Ffin and Llwyncelyn are a popular choice among house hunters looking for a home for sale in Ceredigion.
The coastline is only around two miles away from these villages, while the larger towns of Lampeter and Cardigan, with their additional amenities, are both around 30 minutes drive away.
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The ancient region of Ceredigion is awash with stories of magic, fierce battles and smugglers coming ashore in Cardigan Bay, but there is also plenty of history that can still be seen – from prehistoric times through to the Industrial Revolution.
In Llwyncelyn there’s the Welsh Independent Chapel, built in 1855 and now a Grade II listed building, while the name Ffos y Ffin is translated into English as ‘boundary ditch’, with the ditch still visible from the bridge.
Tourism & Recreation
With everything from water sports and walking to history and incredible wildlife, it’s no wonder that West Wales and Cardigan Bay are becoming increasingly popular with house hunters looking for quality of life.
Ffos y Ffin itself is well known among bird watchers as a good place to view red kites in the wild, while on the coast you can spot the dolphins, seals and other sea life that make their homes in the waters here.
Visit the picturesque town of Aberaeron (2.7 miles from Llwyncelyn and 1.5 miles from Ffos y Ffin) and you’ll soon understand why it is so popular with tourists. Its pretty coastline, colourful houses and welcoming atmosphere make it easy to visit and enjoy for a quick shopping trip, or some fish and chips and ice cream!
Also close to these villages is Llangrannog, popular with families and surfers thanks to its two beaches, while at New Quay (4.9 miles from Llwyncelyn and 6.1 miles from Ffos y Ffin) there are four beaches – Harbour, Dolau, Traethgwyn and Cei Bach. The sandy Harbour Beach is the most popular, particularly with families; Dolau is smaller and you can walk your dog there all year; Traethgwyn is the largest beach; and Cei Bach is a good choice for beachcombing.
Of course, with so much coastline, residents here are spoiled for choice when it comes to water sports! Surfing is one of the most popular activities, with lessons available to help you learn or improve. Live in these villages and it’s just a few minutes’ drive to catch some waves at the weekend or after work.
But if surfing isn’t your thing then why not try water skiing, paddle boarding, sailing, wakeboarding, kayaking or kitesurfing? At Harbour Beach in New Quay, you’ll find Cardigan Bay Watersports, a fantastic company that offers equipment rental and lessons to help you learn a new sport.
In August, don’t miss the annual Cardigan Bay Regatta, which takes place in New Quay, and has plenty of activities to enjoy – both on and in the water! The Marine Wildlife Centre is also in New Quay, and if you’re living here it’s worth finding out more about this non-profit organisation that works to preserve the marine wildlife of Cardigan Bay.
For those who prefer to stay on dry land, the countryside of Ceredigion offers a multitude of tracks and bridleways to discover on foot, bike or horseback. Walk part – or all! – of the renowned Ceredigion Coastal Path, which takes you 60 miles from Cardigan in the south to Ynyslas in the north, or simply explore the footpaths and quiet roads of this peaceful area.
Fishing is also hugely popular, with Cardigan Bay home to many different types of fish including bass and bream. Alternatively at Creuddyn Bridge, on the road to Lampeter, there are fishing lakes at The New Celtic Lakes.
In an area famed for its fascinating and varied history, you should also visit Llanerchaeron at Ciliau Aeron (just over 4 miles from these villages), an elegant Georgian villa designed by John Nash in 1790 and now owned by the National Trust. It’s hardly changed over the last 200 years, and you can visit the house, walled garden and parkland.
Living this close to Aberaeron you can also make use of the Sir Geraint Evans Leisure Centre with classes such as spinning and circuits.
For easy grocery shopping, Ffos y Ffin has a Nisa convenience store, which offers a great range of products, while Llwyncelyn has a Londis store.
Also in Llwyncelyn is the Moody Cow Farm Shop & Bistro – a fabulous place to shop for everything from fruit and veg, to quiches, cakes, local cheeses and Welsh gifts. The bistro serves some delicious snacks and meals – read more below.
Aberaeron and New Quay both have more retail choices to enjoy. Charming Aberaeron is popular with visitors so it’s no surprise that the town has a choice of gift shops such as Driftwood Designs on Quay Parade and Elephants & Bananas on Market Street. You should also visit Watson & Pratts organic food stores, which has a wide choice of items to enjoy.
Head to New Quay and you’ll find more shops, including gift shops such as The Shell Shop, food shops such as Delicious Deli and the Golwg y Mor Butcher. There’s even a specialist guitar shop! And don’t miss the New Quay Honey Farm for a selection of honey and honey-based products – including their award-winning Heather Mead.
Eating & Drinking
With fabulous seafood and highest quality meats, bred on the rolling hills of West Wales, it’s no surprise that this area has a growing reputation among foodies.
In Llwyncelyn The Moody Cow is a bistro and farm shop that also serves some great steaks and burgers cooked on the grill, as well as dishes such as baked salmon fillet, Malaysian curry and vegetarian meals. It’s a very popular spot in the area!
Ffos y Ffin also has its own popular eating and drinking spot – The Red Lion Inn, a 200 year old pub that has recently reopened following an extensive renovation. With a choice of beers – including Welsh ales – it serves traditional meals such as steak pie and homemade lasagne.
In the surrounding towns and villages, you’ll also find plenty of places to enjoy a meal, a snack or a drink or two. In Llanarth, the Llanina Arms Hotel has a restaurant serving homemade food and also has accommodation, while The Cambrian Inn and Restaurant is set between Gilfachrheda and New Quay and has a Sunday carvery.
Aberaeron has even more choice of coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. Try places such as Naturally Scrumptious, which is a deli and cafe; the award-winning New Celtic Restaurant which serves some fantastic pizzas and fish dishes; or The Hive, which is famed for its honey ice creams and also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. And being this close to the sea, you can enjoy fresh fish and chips at Llond Plât.
Another option is New Quay, where you can enjoy good coffee and a range of snacks at the Bosun’s Locker, or try the Blue Bell Deli & Bistro for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For a family pub and restaurant try the popular Penrhiwllan Inn, which serves fish, burgers, steaks and more.
Depending where you find your perfect new home, you may find it easier to register with a GP in either Aberaeron or New Quay. In Aberaeron, there is an Integrated Care Centre, including Tanyfron Surgery, which is open from 8.00am until 6.15pm Monday to Friday. Alternatively, New Quay Surgery is located on Church Road, and is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am until 6.30pm.
For back issues we would also recommend an excellent chiropractor in Blaenporth (around 15 miles from these villages) – West Wales Chiropractors.
Finally, if you have animals then the closest veterinary practice is Priory Vets in Aberaeron.
We know that for families, access to good schooling is a key factor when choosing a new home. If you’re considering a house for sale in Ceredigion, then moving to these villages would give you access to the primary school in Aberaeron – Ysgol Gynradd Aberaeron.
Aberaeron is also the location of the secondary school – Aberaeron Comprehensive School – which offers a wide choice of subjects and extra-curricular activities, with education provided in both English and Welsh.
If your child – or you – are looking for further education options then the Lampeter Campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David offers full-time, part-time, online and distance learning. Depending on your interests there are courses in everything from Greek to Nursing Studies and Philosophy.
Alternatively, take a look at Coleg Ceredigion in Cardigan. It has an extensive range of courses, including hospitality, health and beauty, education, ICT and business. There are full-time, part-time or online study options available, and also provison for adult learning.
University education is also available at Aberystwyth, which is just 20 miles to the north. This award-winning university offers undergraduate, postgraduate and online courses and attracts students from around the world with its wide-ranging programme.
If you’re moving to the area and your child has educational needs such as autism or severe learning difficulties, we highly recommend Canolfan y Don at Aberporth Primary School, around 15 miles away. For older children Canolfan Y Bont is part of Ysgol Bro Pedr at Lampeter and provides education for children with a range of educational needs.
The T5 bus service connects these villages to New Quay, Cardigan and Aberystwyth and offers regular services throughout the day. However, to make the most of the area and all of the available amenities, it is necessary to have a car if you live here.
You can also find out more by using this journey planner.
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