Unique Accommodation: Luxury retreat in the heart of Wales


Photo: Tynhryd Retreat

It must have taken a lot of imagination for Gareth and Sian to get started with their amazing project in Mid Wales. To transform and old and run down barn into a 5 star luxury retreat and holiday heaven takes a lot of passion – and after five years of hard work they made their dream come true a couple of years ago. A dream surrounded by the idyllic Welsh scenery of rolling hills and grazing sheep.


I had the chance to experience this for myself and to spend a night here, as I was recently touring Mid and North Wales on my Epic Train Tour of Wales, and this was one of my first stops. The Tynrhyd Retreat is nestled in the tranquille surrounds near Devil’s Bridge in the Ceredigion region, and despite the natural setting you have a short drive down to the lively seaside town of Aberystwyth from here. The best of both worlds on the doorstep.


Photo: Tynrhyd Retreat

The Tynrhyd complex is beautifully done and blends in well with the nature. Crafted in wood and stone, and still with a cozy and warm atmosphere despite being extremely spacious – sleeping up to 50 people. It functions as a self catering holiday home with a range of suites and apartments, welcoming everything from families, different sizes of groups, wedding parties, companies and conferences. It’s fabulously flexible!


Photo: Tynrhyd Retreat

Inside I was impressed with the lounge and kitchen areas and not at least the cinema room and the games rooom with the large pool table. But generally I just really liked the warm welcoming feel of this place and its hosts, and I appreciated quality details like the arched wooden beams and authentic church benches that proofs the love for this project. Another great thing is the way the whole building is lit up – both by natural daylight and by lamps at night.


Photo: Tynrhyd Retreat


Photo: Tynrhyd Retreat

Outside the views are wide and free and the area around the buildings include an outdoor hot tub, a barbecue area, football fields and more – not to mention several beautifully carved wooden sculptures by a local artist.


Photo: Tynrhyd Retreat

The Tynrhyd Retreat is perfect if you’re looking for a unique venue or holiday let, from where you’ll have access to excellent walking and mountain bike routes and plenty of other natural experiences. It is also an excellent base from where to explore most of Wales, as you’ll have relatively short drives to all corners of the country.

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Attractions nearby

Devil’s Bridge is just down the road where you can see the legendary three bridges and the Devil’s Bridge Falls. Don’t miss out on a lunch at the Hafod Hotel or a train ride down town Aberystwyth with the Vale of Rheidol Railway. Read more about this beautiful steam train and the rest of the Devil’s Bridge area in my blog post: Travel by steam to Devil’s Bridge with the Vale of Rheidol Railway


The Vale of Rheidol Railway at the Devil’s Bridge Station

Aberystwyth is a short drive or train ride away and offers plenty of things to do beside the sea. The town also has a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafés if you want to combine your natural retreat with urban pleasures. Read much more about Aberystwyth in my blog post: Aberystwyth – the unmissable gateway between North and South

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By Brian Schæfer Dreyer