Seaside Retreat


Y Stabl is a converted stable at the seaside home of the poet Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch in the Victorian terraces of New Quay looking out over Cardigan Bay. Off the beaten track yet in the heart of the village, this tiny bolt hole is a couple of hundred yards up a steep hill from the beach.

The emphasis here is on small and simple. Sleeping two, this coastal retreat has its own little lawned garden and compact parking space and is only a ten minute walk from the Pembrokeshire and Ceredigon Coastal Path, making it ideal for walkers or for those who want to combine a walking and writing break. There is a long history of writing and walking, from Coleridge and Wordsworth rambling through Cumbria and the Quantocks to Edward Thomas tramping across Hampshire to Simon Armitage striding the Pennine Way and the South West Coast Path. Discover a further connection between literature and landscape by following the Dylan Thomas Trail around New Quay where Dylan lived during the war and explore the paths Dylan walked in the nearby Aeron Valley.

Whether you are looking for the peace and space to work on a writing project by yourself or whether you'd like to be mentored through your manuscript by Samantha, Y Stabl is an ideal place to get creative. Go to the Writing page for further details.

If you'd like a holiday by the sea where you can walk the coastal path, spot the dolphins or simply enjoy a boat trip to see the seals, take a look at what the cottage has to offer and check out things to do in the area. Ceredigion's coastline is special, located as it is between Pembrokeshire's National Park and Snowdonia. By walking some (or all) or its 60 miles of coastline you will discover tiny villages, small ports and secluded smugglers' coves as well as Iron Age hillforts. Ceredigion's beaches appear regularly as winners of the Blue Flag awards, a sign of the quality of the waters. The first footpaths along the Ceredigion coastline were opened in 1979 and the Ceredigion Coastal Path was completed in 2008. It now forms part of the Wales Coast Path and sits conveniently at a midway point between the northern and southern sections of the path.

Much of the Cardigan Bay coastline is designated Heritage Coast with a wealth of wildlife to enjoy. The 60 mile route can be walked in seven sections with cafes, pubs and restaurants en route in picturesque villages to provide a break. An official guidebook to the Ceredigion Coastal Path is available at Ceredigion Tourist Information Centres and at


  • sleeps 2-3

  • superb seaviews

  • woodburning stove

  • private garden

  • own parking

Writers Retreat
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