Cruglas Farm is a 300 ha (750 acre) working livestock farm with large areas of unspoiled natural habitat set aside for wildlife, surrounded on three sides by a renowned national nature reserve. The unexploited parts of the farm include a section of the River Teifi, many ponds and lakes, wetlands and woods. As the farming business has grown, two 19thc farmhouses and outbuildings, Bryn Isaf and Swydd, became redundant for farming. Both houses and the ancient buildings around them have been completely renovated in recent years and the old stone and slate exteriors now encompass entirely modernised and well insulated internal spaces.
Bryn Isaf, completed in 2009, is a completely secluded farmhouse with ravishing views over the Cors Caron NNR and the Cambrian mountains beyond. The renovated stone and slate building contains two large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and will sleep 4-6 people. Swydd, completed in 2014, stands on its own, but is nearer to the village of Swyddffynnon. It has beautiful views over grazing pastures to a four acre lake. This similarly renovated stone and slate building has three bedrooms, of which one contains an en-suite bathroom and will sleep 6-7 people. Both self-catering houses are rated 4* by Visit Wales.
These farmhouses are located in open countryside and yet they are within 15 minutes drive from Tregaron, where there are shops, including a SPAR supermarket, a bank, two butchers, a full service garage and a locally renowned pub/restaurant ( The Talbot). The pristine Ceredigion coast is also only a short drive away. They make ideal locations for walking, cycling, birdwatching or fishing.
Cruglas Farm is managed in harmony with nature on essentially organic lines. Well organized pastures and humane livestock production are here combined with environmental conservation and restoration. The owners are passionate about wildlife and feel that, living in a landscape of such rare natural beauty, they have a responsibility to hand it on to the next generation unsullied by their farming activities.
The 800 ha Cors Caron adjoins the farm and is famous for its rare plants and insects, nesting wading birds in summer and raptors and swirling clouds of wildfowl in winter. The Ceredigion Coastal Path is only a few miles drive to the west and affords dramatic views of ancient cliffs and strange rock formations capped by windswept hanging forests. This is the haunt of Choughs, Peregrine Falcons and Grey Seals. A few miles to the east is the Tywi Forest, thousands of acres of nearly empty open land, which runs for miles along the Cambrian foothills to Llyn Brianne and is the home to some of the last remaining Red Squirrels in mainland Wales.
A little further away and an hour’s drive to the north is Ynyshir, a RSPB reserve on the Dyfi estuary famed for its Wood Warblers, Redstarts and Pied Flycatchers in summer and its winter wildfowl. About the same distance to the south is the Teifi Marshes Reserve, run by our local Wildlife Trust and including the primaeval river gorge of Cilgerran. This is home to Otters, Water Rails and, more recently, Cetti’s Warblers, pushed northwards from continental Europe by climate change.