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Florin | Luxury Self-Catering Country House | Aberaeron, West Wales

Florin

Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Wales, UK

A treasure trove of curiosities awaits at this extraordinary stately home in Ceredigion; from the flamboyant décor to the five acres of grounds featuring a grand design barbecue house and hot tub hidden in the trees. Pull open Florin’s heavy wooden door and enter a world of roaring fires, hot toddies and secret doors disguised by bookcases. Just a few miles from New Quay and the Heritage coast of West Wales, this grand seaside retreat is sure to capture the minds and hearts of the whole party.

Introduction

Florin fuses the grandeur of a Victorian country home with all the enchantment of a true wonderland. From the elaborately styled bathrooms, to secret 'Les Dandys' bookcase and dramatic living spaces such as the banquet-style dining room complete with candelabras, this luxury self-catering manor in west Wales is every inch the perfect homestay. Spend hours basking in the scenery and exploring the never-ending gardens before returning to your favourite spot, be it in the hot tub or in front of the roaring fireplace, toes warm and cheeks rosy.

Inside

Impressive inside and out, this flamboyant country home provides a visual and sensual feast, richly decorated and sumptuously furnished. Offering both a haven of tranquillity and space for celebration, gather together over wine and chatter or find a quiet corner to lose yourself in a book. After long walks in the country, sink into a bubble-topped bath tub before towelling off and slipping between the sheets of one of Florin’s seven spacious bedrooms, each one as luxurious as the next.

Outside

The tree-lined driveway on approach to Florin hints at the grandeur to come. With romantic gardens featuring ornate fountains, secret pathways and a hidden children's treehouse, the gardens are every inch enchanting. The jewel in the crown is the rustic glass-fronted garden house complete with woodburner, television, pizza oven, stone charcoal barbecue, fridge, wine cooler and hanging chair - a stylish space for entertainment in every season. Want to venture further? Embrace the Victorian spirit and relish a traditional day at the seaside.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 14 guests
    From £2,995 per week, £1,925 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 8 or up to 10 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThe first floor has three double bedrooms each with king-size beds, one with an en suite bathroom with claw-foot bath, separate walk-in shower, and another with an en suite bathroom with bath and handheld shower attachment. The second floor has three double bedrooms with king-size beds, one of which has an en suite bathroom with overhead shower. The twin bedroom also sits on the second floor, in addition to a separate wet room with shower.
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  • FeaturesHot tub, treehouse for children, library with pool table, modern garden house with pizza oven
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are very welcome, one cot and one highchair are available
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for up to five cars at the side of the house, as well as a car park which will take 30 cars. The butler´s pantry is equipped with extra cupboard space and a dishwasher, while the outside utility room has a washing machine and tumble dryer. For those looking for an exclusive wedding venue, Florin has a civil ceremony licence.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with wine from a local vineyard, TV and DVD player, WiFi internet, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started. There is also a separate garden house with a woodburner, pizza oven, kitchen, sofa, TV and dining table House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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Ceredigion

Known as one of west Wales’ most popular regions, Ceredigion is the perfect escape for couples, families or large groups looking for a break beside the sea. With a collection of award-winning sandy beaches and charming welsh cottages, Ceredigion is a unique destination for luxury self-catering holidays in Wales.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Llanarth is a small village in Ceredigion, Wales, located on the A487 between Aberystwyth and Cardigan, within three miles of both Aberaeron and New Quay.
  • By Car The house is approximately four hours from London, or two hours from Cardiff.
  • By Train Aberystwyth is half an hour away, and has regular trains from London Euston or Watford Junction using Virgin Trains and taking four hours. Train journeys take around four hours from Manchester and three hours from Birmingham New Street. 
  • By Air Cardiff International Airport is 95 miles (just over two hours) from the property.

From the owner

“Our gardens are simply exquisite and definitely have a romantic ´Alice in Wonderland´ feel to them; from the ornate fountains to the secret gardens and magical pathways entwined with roses, you can almost expect to turn the corner and see the Mad Hatter´s tea party in full swing!”

From the owner

The house was built back in the 1890s by Lloyd Daniel Lewis, the Bishop of Bangor. Ordained in 1867, he played an instrumental role in Dolgellau Grammar School as well as schools in Bangor and Brecon. He was known as the first Welsh-speaking Bishop in 200 years, and his own hymn book ‘Emyniadur yr Eglwys’ is still used to this day; we like to think that he wrote some of his beautiful hymns beneath our very own roof!

The house was later owned by William Lewis, a local solicitor who was related to the Liverpool based Lewis’ chain of department stores, the very chain that acquired Selfridges of Oxford Street in 1951. Since 2012 the house has passed into its most recent set of loving hands.

When decorating the house, we wanted to create a fun environment for adults, children and big-kids alike! We fused the traditional features of this historical home with some modern and personal touches: there is a Welsh dresser that has been passed down to the daughter in the family for five generations, and china that my grandmother bought in auctions, all of which is mixed with French antiques and contemporary pieces.

The Appleton-Jones Family

Owner recommendations

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

The Hive, Aberaeron
To Eat

The Hive, Aberaeron

This restaurant tempts with great food and plenty of outside space for the kids to enjoy. They serve delicious coffee during the day and are most famous for their honey ice cream, which you can take away in big, mouth-watering scoops.

Ceredigion Coastal Path
To Do

Ceredigion Coastal Path

The Ceredigion Coastal Path follows a 60-mile route between the Teifi and Dyfi estuaries - starting just south of Cardigan and heading northwards towards Ynyslas. Spot pretty wild flowers, seabirds and wildlife along the way.

Adventure Beyond
To Do

Adventure Beyond

A professional and environmentally-aware adventure company, Adventure Beyond organises activity trips for novices and pros, including canoeing, kayaking, coasteering, surfing, climbing, bush-crafts and much more.

Llanerchaeron
To See

Llanerchaeron

The pleasure grounds, ornamental lake and parkland of this 18th century estate provide peaceful walks. The Home Farm complex has an impressive range of traditional, atmospheric outbuildings and is a working organic farm.

Guest Testimonials

This was our second visit to Florin and it was just as stunning as the first. After a pretty horrendous drive from London, arriving to a house with fires lit, and our shopping already unpacked was an absolute relief, everyone felt like they were coming home. The ´hut´ is a fantastic addition and beautifully finished, and would be particularly incredible in the summer. We love the personal touches from the owners too, and the Saturday bacon delivery. The beds are insane, like sleeping on clouds. We loved it!

Everything about our stay was phenomenal! Florin ticked every single box for me and was the perfect venue for making my partner´s surprise birthday an incredible experience. The location, quality, facilities and finishing touches everything were above and beyond! As well as the property being perfect, having the opportunity to meet the owner was extra special, they are wonderful. The owner showed us around the property and it was lovely to meet a part of the family behind the house! Thank you for taking the time to do this.

Absolutely brilliant property, fantastic location, really wonderful place to stay and the owner was exceptionally friendly and welcoming.

A fantastic property. Everyone really enjoyed their stay and we had a wonderful time celebrating at the property. We would love to come back again one day.

Many thanks for the fantastic hospitality. Great house, awesome facilities and such welcoming people. We will be back!

A fab house, perfect for a big birthday celebration with your nearest and dearest. Fancy dress on the Saturday night was hilarious! We had superb food cooked by Tom Holden catering! The house is superbly equipped, everything you could ever need is here and in plentiful quantities. A really chilled and relaxed weekend, thanks so much for having us as your guests, we have had a weekend to remember!

Florin was a wonderful house and the owners were extremely hospitable and always available to help if there was a problem or a question. The house had everything one could wish for and the little thoughtful details were greatly appreciated.

A wonderful house! Many thanks for opening the doors of this most amazing building, we loved our stay.

Florin was just simply a very beautiful house and really exceeded our expectations in every way. The out door eating area is stunning. The owners who we met were lovely and simply could not do enough in the run up to our stay to ensure we had a very special time.

Fabulous period property in an amazing setting and fabulous grounds. Basically it had it all! Especially as we had our Texan sister-in-law with us who was blown away by the history and style of Florin.

We all spent a really wonderful and unforgettable weekend at ´Florin´ and perhaps you could pass on our thanks to the owner, Ffion and her father, Meirion for all the extra little touches that made our stay so extra special.

The property itself is stunning, and with the grounds around it as well, it is a fantastic, private location. The owner of the property met us with the keys on arrival and immediately made us feel at home. There was nothing he could not help us with and he was a pleasure to deal with. I will highly recommend this property to my friends and family.

The property was lovely and far better than we had expected. We are very pleased. The owner was very helpful and always available if required.

We had a family get together at The Florin for my daughters 40th. Ages from 14yrs to mid 80s and we all had a fantastic time. The house was fabulous, the owners very kind and helpful. A lovely welcome on arrival. All the little extras, the Hamper, the bacon, the bread, the cakes. It was all delightful. Nice and clean too. Will certainly use U.H.S. again. Straight forward and easy to book, pleasant and agreeable service.

The owners were most helpful and made us most welcome. We were made to feel very special. The many little extras like the cakes for tea on arrival,the delivery of bacon from the butcher for our breakfast next morning and the beautifully presented hamper were a joy to receive. It was all tip top and perfect. Left us all with smiles on our faces.

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