Waunifor is located between the tiny Welsh villages of Maesycrugiau and Llanfihangel-Ar-Arth, in the heart of the beautiful Teifi Valley, amidst the rolling green hills and wooded valleys of West Wales.
There some very pleasant walks by the river at Maesycrugiau and Llanfihangel about five minutes from Waunifor, as well as through the lanes and footpaths that traverse the idyllic countryside that surrounds us. The peaceful landscape and abundant wildlife make for enjoyable walking throughout the year.
For our cycling visitors, the Teifi Trail, part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network, passes the gates of Waunifor, and will take you through some great scenery to the coast at Cardigan, or inland to the wild beauty of the Tregaron area.
The Teifi also provides great fishing and opportunities for water sports, as well as inspiring views for artists and photographers
Waunifor is in a very quiet, rural area with very little traffic and low population, and is therefore quite a haven for wildlife. The mixture of trees and shrubs, and the pond and stream here at Waunifor provide diverse habitats for a wide range of birds including woodpeckers, nuthatches, kingfishers and large numbers of tits and finches. It is not uncommon to see badgers, deer, foxes and other animals in the vicinity and otters around the banks of the Teifi and its tributaries. The flora life is also rich and varied, with many wild flowers still flourishing here that have become rare elsewhere. Red Kites have been carefully nurtured back from the brink of national extinction, by a special programme in this part of Wales, and are now a common sight (but still breath-taking!) in the skies of Ceredigion.
Twenty minutes drive from Waunifor will bring you to the beautiful coast of Cardigan Bay, with its unspoilt beaches, coastal footpath and charming harbour towns. Award winning clean, uncrowded beaches that are wonderful for traditional family days on the beach, and refreshing and picturesque every day of the year.
Carmarthen Bay is also within easy reach, with such delights as picturesque Llaugharne and Pendine Sands, a beach that was long enough to use for the land speed records set by Sir Malcolm Campbell.
The beaches of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire are often referred to as ‘undiscovered’ and ‘ a well kept secret’ and are charming in their lack of commercial exploitation.
The towns and villages of West Wales are not ‘clones’! They each have unique character with many individual shops and local pubs and restaurants, rather than the ubiquitous collections of chains and precincts that have spread blandness over so many British town centres. This area has a very high proportion of artists and crafts people, and this is reflected in the amount of galleries and craft shops selling unique locally made arts and crafts. There are also many local producers of fine foods, with an emphasis on the natural, organic and traditional methods of production, these are often available from the farm gate (or makers premises) and local markets as well as shops.
Our nearest town is Llandysul (4 miles away) , with a range of shops and amenities, including mini-markets, butchers, post office, chemists, banks, takeaways etc, see here for more information.
The larger towns in the area are:
Carmarthen (12 miles away) with a market, large supermarkets and a wide range of shops, restaurants, cinema etc, see here for more information.
Lampeter (8 miles away), ancient University town with supermarkets and a range of shops, see here for more information.
Cardigan (16 miles away), on the Teifi estuary, has an art centre with cinema, theatre and gallery, as well as a good range of shops and amenities see here for more information.
Newcastle Emlyn (9 miles away) has a good choice of restaurants and some interesting shops as well as a couple of smallish supermarkets, banks, cafes, chemist etc. The Coopers Arms in Newcastle Emlyn is (as far as we know) the nearest WiFi hotspot (beer and food also available!). The independent town website is here for more information.
There are many interesting places to visit in the area.
For those interested in plants and gardens there is Aberglasney (‘a garden lost in time’) and The National Botanic Gardens of Wales, both located just the other side of Carmarthen. The National Trust owned Llanerchaeron has extensive grounds, including an organic farm and two walled kitchen gardens, and the John Nash house is largely unaltered and has a fascinating service courtyard with dairy, salting house etc. A few minutes drive from Waunifor is Norwood Gardens, three acres of individual gardens, with different natures and planting schemes and also sculptures set within the gardens.
The National Woollen Museum is only a few miles away, with recently redeveloped visitor facilities and free admission it is certainly worth a visit.
If you (or your children!) prefer a theme park, there are three locally, Oakwood, Folly Farm and Groveland and paint-ball games at Cenarth. Children also enjoy the Teifi Valley narrow gauge railway.
There are many opportunities to get active including canoeing at Llandysul, dry skiing and sledging at Llangranog, as well as surfing at several beaches, where equipment and tuition can also be hired.