Noyadd Trefawr

Ponthirwaun, Cardigan SA43 2RJ, Wales
Country Estate, Country House, In the Country, Manor House, Near the Sea, Restorations, Unusual Stays / Bed & Breakfast
10 Guests
3 Bedrooms

The finest mansion on the West Wales coast

Three luxurious bedrooms in one of West Wales’ leading historic houses make Noyadd Trefawr one of the UK’s most stunning B&Bs. Period elegance meets modern comforts in a stately-home setting on the Cardigan coast, a peaceful rural retreat in ten acres of landscaped grounds.

Much of Noyadd Trefawr dates back to the Elizabethan era, but it was substantially remodelled in 1820. There are three guest bedrooms. Bedroom one is a very spacious king-sized room with original Georgian panelling and views over parkland and woods, with a huge en-suite bathroom with a period cast iron bath. Bedroom two is a twin room with a pretty Georgian firelplace and garden views: it has a luxurious private shower room with underfloor heating. Bedroom three is another king-sized double, with dual aspect views over the Library Garden and ancient woodland, and an ensuite shower room with a heated marble floor. Furnishing is an eclectic range of generally antique items, but with a calm, restrained style – and never a hint of clutter.

Guests pretty much have the run of the place here. Your hosts live in a separate wing and you can feel free to rattle round  the dining room and  guest sitting room. And when the sun shines the grounds are a delight. The ten acres surrounding Noyadd Trefawr was designed and landscaped 200 years ago, and include a ha-ha, formal gardens, streams that run through a water garden into a Georgian lake and patches of ancient bluebell woodland. The grounds evolved along with the manor house, and you can even find the quarry that provided the stones for its construction. Specimen trees including oak, beach, field maple and walnut planted out in the original Victorian design have now grown to grandeur. A hundred years ago it would have taken a staff of 30 or more to maintain this property: in the 21st century you have the place to yourself and the sense of space is entrancing.

Breakfasts are served in the main dining room and feature local produce, almost always organic, and always freshly prepared. Special diets can easily be catered for but advance notice is appreciated in case any ingredients need to be ordered in. Noyadd Trefawr is licenced and light evening meals can often be arranged: for group bookings formal multi-course catering can also be arranged. Though the manor house only has three guest bedrooms The Cottage can accommodate four more – and the dining table is quite large enough to cater for everyone. Alternatively there are plenty of pubs and restaurants in the surrounding area, or 15 minutes away in Cardigan itself.

It’s not surprising that Noyadd Trefawr is Grade II* listed. It’s a unique opportunity to take your place in one of Wales’ most important stately houses – and make it your own home.

Noyadd Trefawr B&B suggests:

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Lodge Facilities

  • Building of Historical Interest
  • Dinner by Arrangement
  • Free off-street parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Garden

Local Amenities

  • Beaches
  • Bird Watching
  • Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Distillery/Brewery
  • Golf
  • Museums & Galleries
  • Nature Reserve, Wildlife Park/Area
  • Places of Historical Interest
  • Walking
  • Water Activities
  • Wild Swimming



Price per room per night based on two sharing, including breakfast

£135 - £185 

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Dinner £10 - £15 per person


Noyadd Trefawr is set in the rolling dairy pastures of Ceredigion, latticed by high-sided single-lane roads. It's very near the coast - our favourite beach, Tresaith, is five miles away but there are more at Mwnt, Penbryn, Llangranog and Poppit Sands. These are all linked by the Ceredigion coastal path, with views to sea spotting dolphins and seals. The property is set on a tributary of the Hirwaun River which itself feeds into the Teifi: riverside walks drama at Cenarth Falls, beauty at Cilgerran Castle (immortalised by JMW Turner's picture that hangs in the Tate) and grandeur as it widens out to meet the sea at St Dogmaels. It's great for walking but can also be explored by paddleboard or canoe. The area is rich with stone age burial chambers, medieval abbeys and mighty Castles. Dylan Thomas wrote 'Under Milk Wood' near here, and there are some great pubs and restaurants, with more seeming to pop up each year. Noyadd Trefawr is 10 minutes from the town of Cardigan and 40 minutes from Fishguard or Camarthen so by car it does take some reaching. It's very close to West Wales Airport but sadly this is little help as this is no use for travellers: it is, instead, Europe's centre for Unmanned Aerial Systems.


"Our third stay this year. Fabulous as always! Huge bedrooms, beautifully clean, very comfortable mattress, lovely enormous bathrooms. Wonderful drawing room with roaring fire to sit chat and read. Breakfast is superb. This time we opted for sandwiches in the evening as we’d had a big lunch. They were delicious! Wonderful grounds. Quentin and Natasha can’t do enough for you. Simply the best hotel / guest house we have stayed in."
Lucy and Eric, Hereford, November, 2022

Natasha and Quentin Penrhys-Evans

Natasha and Quentin Penrhys-Evans

  • Bio : Your hosts here are Natasha and Quentin Penrhys-Evans. Natasha spent her childhood in Brecon and Radnorshire before working in England as a journalist, fashion editor, antique collector and latterly an English Teacher. Quentin was a journalist and then a media consultant and has a passion for jazz music - you'll find quite a collection of vinyl here. In 2020 they moved in to Noyadd Trefawr and, after a year of intense renovation, opened it as a luxury B&B. Between them they project an air of effortless elegance and every guest here feels immediately at home.

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