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The Glasshouse | Luxury Self-Catering House | Cardigan, Wales

The Glasshouse

Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales, UK

On the banks of the River Teifi with a front row seat overlooking the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve, The Glasshouse is a wildlife lover’s dream near Cardigan and the Welsh coast. Enormous skies and a meandering estuary collide outside the apex window of this modern self-catering retreat that is seemingly set between two worlds, where otters race on the water's edge and starling murmurations dance across flamingo pink skies.



Composed by a duo of classical musicians, The Glasshouse is a soothing waterside retreat where honest, natural materials reflect the marshlands and ash trees which form the landscape outside. Evolving from humble cottage to contemporary sanctuary over the span of 100 years, this luxury home was designed with nature and deep relaxation in mind. A riverside hot tub promises a true escape into the wild, where connection to each other and Mother Nature far outweigh any to tech or office emails.


Floorboards reclaimed from the trees which were cut down in the garden and slate from the quarry up the road; The Glasshouse has risen from the very earth on which it stands. Renovated with passion, precision and creativity at its very heart, spend a serene morning moment watching birds soar over the water before a riotous family breakfast of jam-laden crumpets and steaming pots of coffee on the bespoke dining table. As day turns to night, retreat to one of five indulgent bedrooms spread over the ground and first floors.


Surrounded by two and a half acres of woodlands and stream, lake and marshlands, The Glasshouse’s gardens are a true celebration of Afon Teifi’s rhythm; letting the tides, weather and habitats set the ever-evolving scene. For the wild swimmers in the group, take a bracing dip in the river followed by warming up in the bubbling hot tub, before settling around the fire pit for hot toddies and barbecued sausages as the sun sets fire to the sky.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 10 guests
    From £3,850 per week, £2,895 per short break
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 4 or up to 6 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are three bedrooms on the ground floor, one with super king-size bed and en suite with bath and shower, one with zip-and-link bed and one with king-size bed. The family shower room is also on the ground floor. Upstairs there are two further bedrooms, the master with super king-size bed and en suite bathroom with freestanding bath and walk-in shower and one bedroom with king-size bed and en suite shower room.
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  • FeaturesHot tub
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabies and children are very welcome. One travel cot and one clip-on highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThe large, modern kitchen includes two Neff ovens and a large Neff induction hob, larder fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave and Nespresso coffee machine. Guests are advised to use the paths provided on the steeper banks leading down to the water and those who wish to swim in the river should refrain from diving off the pontoon as the depth of the water can vary greatly due to the tides. With direct access to the river and an unfenced lake, parents are advised to supervise children in the garden.
  • Homestay includesLuxury hamper of local produce, WiFi Internet, Smart TV with Netflix and Amazon Prime, Dolby cinema surround sound, local coffee, board games...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
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Riverside reclining
An architectural aesthetic juxtaposes the verdant surrounds
An idyllic spot for wildlife lovers

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Home to artists, mavericks and bon vivants, Cardigan´s small footprint is by no means a reflection of its mighty personality. Colourful buildings, independent shops and boutique eateries can be found on every street, while the town also serves as a springboard for the west Wales coast.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The Glasshouse is located on the banks of the River Teifi, a three minute drive from the centre of Cardigan.
  • By Car The property is five hours from London, just less than three hours from Bristol and two hours from Cardiff.
  • By Train The closest train station is Carmarthen, which is 27 miles, or one hour, away by car, with regular transport links from Bristol and the rest of the country.
  • By Air Bristol Airport is approximately three hours away by car; Cardiff Airport two hours away.

From the owner

“The minute we saw the view from the house, we fell in love.”

From the owner

Cardigan is Tim´s family home and he has been coming to the area his whole life. When he spotted The Glasshouse for sale, we saw a chance to renovate a dilapidated house with jungle-like, overgrown gardens and a lake in an unbelievably magical situation. 

Being situated right next to a wildlife reserve makes it feel like we are in a David Attenborough documentary every day with incredible wildlife from birds and fish to otters just outside the windows. The house was originally the water bailiff´s cottage where he would watch out for illegal salmon poaching and there are still the odd signs of his work, with a giant winch for pulling in the boats and a small hidden lagoon with its own slipway. At the very far corner of the property, at low tide, there is a secret bench amongst the willows for spying on poachers or otters, or these day stand-up paddleboarders!

The Glasshouse is a haven for any water-related activities. We have our own fishing rights and there is an abundance of trout, sea bass, mullet and salmon (though the salmon has to be returned to the water). From the pontoon it is easy to go river swimming, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding or just simply sit next to the water and enjoy the view, whether at sunrise or sunset.

Kat & Tim

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Cardigan with an insider’s perspective.

St Dogmaels Abbey, St Dogmaels

To See

St Dogmaels Abbey, St Dogmaels

Spanning four centuries of monastic life, this 12th century religious centre takes visitors on a tour through the ages. A museum can be found in the restored Coach House and light refreshments are available to enjoy in the grounds.

SY23, Aberystwyth

To Eat

SY23, Aberystwyth

Slightly further afield, but worth every moment of the journey, this Michelin Star restaurant where locally, foraged food from the sea and hedgerows are the stars of the show.

Bar 45, Cardigan

To Do

Bar 45, Cardigan

Whether on your way out for dinner or as an afternoon shopping pitstop, pop into Cardigan´s one and only gin bar to sample some of the region´s finest tipples, all cosied up by the fire.

Poppit Sands, Cardigan

To Do

Poppit Sands, Cardigan

A large, blue flag beach at the mouth of the Teifi estuary popular with both surfers and families. This is also the beginning, and end, of the Pembrokeshire coast path, for any keen walkers in the group.

Guest Testimonials

Whilst ordinarily we would prefer a property within easy walking distance of the nearest village / town, the location of the Glasshouse with the nature reserve opposite was outstanding. It was a fantastic looking property with an impressive view.

We really loved the area, the property was very well located near Cardigan so lots to see and do. We absolutely loved the river and the views. Tremendous privacy and beautiful wetlands reserve across the way meant that we felt in the middle of nowhere. We all enjoyed the hot tub and loved the kayaks.

We found the Glasshouse to be exactly as pictured, with a serene and beautiful atmosphere. We loved our stay. The welcome basket provided was lovely.

We had a lovely time and the house was absolutely beautiful. Please thank the owners for sharing it with us. Just as lovely was the area, previously not known to us. Fabulous wide empty beaches, castles galore, and really nice little towns. Narbeth was a lovely surprise. Tip top. We look forward to our next Unique Homestays property!

We enjoyed the location and the design of the house and the grounds. It was lovely and tranquil and we could just enjoy nature from the hot tub or swing. Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home, we had a very relaxing time.

Unique extras

From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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