Cardigan Bay Properties is a family run business owned by two local ladies, Helen Worrall and Tania Dutnell, who were born and raised in the area.
While in the midst of a global pandemic, the likes never experienced before in our lifetime, and during a recession, two friends and former colleagues decided now would be the perfect time to set up their own business!
We have known each other since 1990 and, over the course of the years, have worked together for around seven years. Following on from the spring lockdown and furlough of 2020, we took stock of our options. For the first time in our working careers we both had a significant length of time off, while being furloughed, longer than we both had off during our maternity leave! It made us realise that time with our families was precious and whilst we both love working, and have always worked hard, we were always working for others and not doing things the way we thought best, for the clients we represented or for our families.
The pandemic has opened up a whole new way of working which means it is now totally acceptable to work from home, in fact it is encouraged, and by running our business in this way, we will be able to operate more flexible working hours. This will fit in with the ‘new normal’ we are becoming accustomed to, and help give us that all important work/life balance people aspire to.
We both know we make a formidable team, and by working more flexible hours it means we will always be on hand to answer those all important calls, book in those much needed viewings, reply to the email enquiries and find you that perfect buyer!
We love our local area and are very proud of what our stunning part of West Wales has to offer and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to pass on to our home owners and buyers alike.
We are very excited to be setting up a brand new style of estate agency and are looking forward to working with you on your property adventure.
Meet Helen Worrall
I was born in the rural village of Sarnau, 10 miles north of the beautiful and popular market town of Cardigan, one mile from the idyllic National Trust beach of Penbryn. My parents still live in our family home and most of my siblings and extended family live locally. I attended Penmorfa primary school, a local school which has since been closed, followed by Cardigan secondary school.
I started off my working career with horses, firstly working for a show pony yard, progressing to a riding school as a teacher. When I was 20 I moved away for four years to pursue a career in horse racing in and around the Newmarket area. But realising that there is no place quite like home, I moved back in 1997 and set up my own horse related business.
In 2001, when my son was two years old, I changed work direction and retrained in office and administration work. I started a new career first of all in office administration, progressing to estate agency for three years, then on to working for a large online company as a marketing and commercial manager, specialising in car hire and holiday lets. I did this for over eight years before returning to estate agency, which is where my passion lies.
Throughout the years, in parallel with my work, I undertook training courses to help advance my knowledge and become certified in the areas I was working. For example I obtained my Clait Plus OCR Level 2 and my OCR Level 3 diploma in text processing in 2004 and my Prince2 Practitioner project management qualification in 2011.
I love helping people find the right property for their needs, which in turn helps my clients move on to their next dream home! My experience with horses and love for the outdoors, means I am extremely helpful in offering sound advice to anyone looking for property with land. And my expertise and knowledge from the online marketing and e-commerce world means I can keep the business ahead of the curve with technological advances.
I now live in a rural village with my husband Mark, our rescue dog, two rescue cats, three horses and a mule!
Meet Tania Dutnell
I was born in Cardigan hospital in 1977 and grew up in the village of Betws Ifan, which is located just a few miles from the coast, near the beautiful beaches of Penbryn, Aberporth and Tresaith. This is a wonderful location to grow up in, it gave us the freedom as children to play on the beach and run around the fields and woodlands. Which sparked my continued interest in wildlife and our beautiful countryside. I loved fishing with my dad, watching the otters and kingfishers (usually doing a lot better than me) and I looked forward to attending the agricultural shows in the area with my mum. We would love showing the Shetland ponies at the show, as my grandmother owned the Seva Shetland Pony Stud.
My father’s family have always lived in the area, while my mum’s family were relocated here after the war, her step-father was stationed at the R.A.F base in Aberporth. I attended the local primary school at Glynarthen in the days when the class size was a maximum of six pupils, a close knit and nurturing community. I then went to Newcastle Emlyn secondary school (which was considerably larger) and progressed to college in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.
After trying a few different jobs, from beauty therapy to working in a call centre, at the age of 25 I secured a job as a negotiator for an estate agent based in Cardigan and never looked back. I proceeded to work for the same company for over 18 years gaining local knowledge, qualifications, years of experience, progressing to team leader running a head office and on to being the branch manager of a successful office in Cardigan.
I lived in Cardigan for many years and have recently moved back to the rural village of Betws Ifan with my husband, and this has enabled us to give our two daughters the freedom of growing up in the countryside. We have added three rescue kittens to our family and plan to expand our smallholding soon.
My aim is to give everyone the very best service and guidance in selling or buying their home, and I feel we should always put support and accurate information at the forefront of what we do to make their transaction and transition a happy and successful one.
We are NAEA PropertyMark Protected
We are members of NAEA Propertymark which means we meet higher industry standards than the law demands. We undertake regular training to ensure we’re at the forefront of developments in the industry and to provide the very best moving experience to you. Click here for more information.