Between Lessons

There’s nothing to do.

That’s the beauty of leaving the stimuli of home life behind. A quiet head and relaxed atmosphere make for a perfect learning environment.

As lovely as the cottages are, you don’t have to sit around all day.  Bustling market town Cardigan, pretty villages like St Dogmaels, where Ian and Cheryl live,  the Pembrokeshire Coast and the gorgeous River Teifi are all less than 20 minutes drive away.

Ancient woodland walks, stone circles in famers’ fields, gentle riverside strolls,  strenuous coastal hikes (with plenty of opportunities for a swim),  are some of the delights to enhance your stay. We can give you advice on where to go.

You can spend as much time as you like in the pool between lessons. We don’t want you to overdo it, and rest between lessons is beneficial, but it’s good to have the opportunity to work things out for yourself.

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There are sweeping beaches, secret coves and stunning coastal path walks all a short drive away. Cardigan Bay has the largest population of bottle-nosed dolphins in England and Wales, which you can see from the shore or during a boat trip with A Bay to Remember, in Cardigan.

The Teifi River is a local gem, great for canoeing and swimming. If we’re free and the weather’s good, we might come with you and give you a ride in our Canadian canoe. At dusk, have a peek at the coracle fishermen.

Oh, and there’s the eerily beautiful Preseli Hills, littered with burial mounds and stone circles.

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There’s some great places to eat at night,  like the Pizza Tipi by the river in Cardigan, and the dog friendly Nags Head in Abercych, always good for food.

There’s plenty of local history to discover at the heritage centres at the abbey in St Dogmaels, Cardigan Castle and the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve, with its excellent Glass House cafe – all very nearby.

The market town of Cardigan has some interesting independent retailers and cool daytime places to eat, Crwst , also at Poppit Sands, and Stiwdio 3 

We love the dolphin inhabited Ceredigion Coast, just north of Cardigan, from Aberporth to Mwnt, Tresaith, Penbryn, Morfa Cove (aka secret beach) and Llangrannog. These wonderful beaches and coves have an undiscovered feel to them.

The Plwmp Tart at Penbryn is excellent, the little beach cafe at Mwnt is another gem. We also like the Ship Inn at Tresaith, which overlooks Tresaith beach.

There’s always something on at Theatre Mwldan – live theatre, music and cinema. St Dogmaels local producers’ market was winner of the BBC Food and Farming Awards – Best Market 2016.  Also check out Glebelands Market Garden.

We’ll let you have our up to date secret list of recommendations for eating, walking and swimming.