Here are a few ideas to help you get started as you plan your unforgettable stay at Cae Bach. If you're after a relaxing stay, or a more exciting break, there's something for everyone.There's plenty to do in and around Aberystwyth.
Stroll along the 2,000 metre length promenade and you'll pass a variety of Aberystwyth's landmarks, from the harbour in the south to the busy main beach and Constitution Hill at the northern end – where you can join in the age old student ritual of 'kicking the bar', or tapping on the railings. The main prom features the Bandstand, a venue for live music in summer and Aber's pier. At the new promenade, you will see the impressive old college and the castle ruins. Enjoy a drink or snack at PDs Diner, or The Hut, which both have a good selection of ice cream.
After a leisurely walk down into town, the Cliff Railway is a great way to get back up to Cae Bach. Once on top of Constitution Hill you will find amazing seascape views, a Camera Obscura, as well as a cafe and bar with a choice of food and drink.
The biggest library in Wales holds 6.5 million books and periodicals. This imposing building houses permanent and temporary exhibitions, and a chance to see paintings by great Welsh artists such as Kyffin Williams. There is a cafe and a shop full of wonderful Welsh books and crafts.
Cae Bach is the perfect location to start exploring the coastal path – to the north or the south. Clarach beach is a leisurely walk north, whilst Borth (with its ancient, submerged petrified forest) is a little more challenging, but worth it for the train ride back. Head south and you will arrive at Llanrhystud and Aberaeron town.
RSPB Nant yr Arian Nature Reserve
This beautiful nature reserve is a great attraction for walkers and mountain bikers. The red kites are fed daily by the lake (2pm in winter, GMT / 3pm in summer, BST), or explore one of three bike tracks. There is also a great cafe on site.
Vale of Rheidol Railway
Step back in time as you catch a steam train to Devil’s Bridge along the 11 mile (17 km) narrow gauge railway track. This line opened in 1902 to serve local lead ore and timber industries and has only halted its service during times of war.
One of Wales's main attractions, this is a remarkable site as the River Mynach cascades 300 feet (90 metres) to the River Rheidol below. According to folklore the first of three bridges was constructed by the Devil himself. Catch the train from Aberystwyth, and we recommend lunch at Yr Hafod Hotel which sits atop the falls themselves.
An elegant, Georgian mansion by the River Aeron about 20 minutes from Aber. Built in 1790 by architect John Nash, (Buckingham Palace and Brighton Pavilion are also on his CV), the house is now a working organic farm, with Welsh black cattle, rare Welsh pigs and Llanwenog sheep. This National Trust building also has a beautiful walled garden and a cafe. It's worth taking a look at the upcoming events and tours.
Catch a film at the old-fashioned independent Commodore cinema at the arts centre in town, or take a trip to Libanus 1877 boutique cinema in Borth which offers big comfy seats and warm blankets.