In The Press Roundup

Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages In The Press  

It’s always very exciting to discover that we’ve been featured in the press! Here’s a roundup of some of our most recent press coverage mentions for your reading pleasure…

January 2019, Telegraph Travel: “The Best 2019 Summer Holidays for Families with Babies and Toddlers”
In this article there were eight holiday locations listed, and it was wonderful to see that we were one of the only two UK destinations included.

“Four miles from the sea in west Wales, Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages features a leisure complex with indoor pool and sauna, as well as indoor and outdoor play areas. Children can help feed the rabbits, chickens, goats, ponies and potbellied pigs and collect eggs. Other facilities include a soft play area, ride-on toys and sand pit….”

Read the full article here

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Young guests enjoying being ‘mini farmers’

July 2016, Telegraph Travel: “Dive In! A Holiday To Turn Your Child Into A Water Baby”

Our residential swimming courses (run in conjunction with Ian and Cheryl of Swimming Without Stress) are always popular so it was lovely to see them featured in this Telegraph article: Dive In! A Holiday To Turn Your Child Into A Water Baby

Discover how travel writer Hattie Garlick and her ‘five-year-old, pool-phobic non-swimmer’ son Johnny got back to basics, and learned to trust the water and enjoy being in it.

….”Passing on this ease in the water is one of the most valuable lessons we can give our children. Soon, he (Ian) said, Johnny would be dunking his head under the water and swimming like a fish.

Sure enough, five minutes after we said goodbye to Ian, Johnny took off his armbands and jumped in. He tunnelled down below the water, then bobbed back up again, his head dripping water and with a huge grin on his face. Mission accomplished.”



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Andy and Sylvie at The Rural Business Awards 2018

October 2018, Tivyside Advertiser: “Cardigan Quartet Take Top Honours At Rural Business Awards”

After a nerve-wracking wait during the different selection rounds we were delighted to win Best Rural Tourism Business in our region at The Rural Business Awards Wales and NI in 2018. It happened to coincide with us having been in business for 30 years, so that made it all the more special. (And we were pleased to see some of our favourite local businesses win in their categories too – Bluestone Brewing, Crwst, and Make It In Wales.)

Here’s what the Tivyside Advertise wrote:

…“The Best Rural Tourism Business went to Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages, just outside Cardigan. Situated in stunning countryside, it has been Andy and Sylvie Gow’s home, lifestyle and livelihood since 1987. Andy puts his skills into hospitality and maintenance and Sylvie works on admin and details. 
Croft Farm boasts an eco-friendly main site with centralised biomass boilers giving carbon neutral heating and hot water for the luxury cottages, indoor heated pool and leisure facilities. There’s also a sauna, gym, indoor and outdoor play areas and farm animals.
Andy said: “We have spent the last 30 years providing memorable, stress-free holidays. We are passionate about delivering high quality, and increasingly environmentally-friendly, family-orientated breaks.
“Participating in the Rural Business Awards has been a wonderful experience, which we would recommend to any other rural businesses out there. Receiving such an accolade for our business is truly something to celebrate.””…

Click here to read the full article.


July 2018, Express Travel: “Pure Pleasures Of The Good Life”

Express journalist Paul Jeeves penned a thoughtful article about everything he and his family enjoyed about their holiday with us, as well as all the local adventures they had, including activities and days out, and their favourite eateries.

It was a pleasure as always to see how much his children enjoyed experiencing being ‘mini-farmers’ on their stay with us, and that our leisure facilities and play areas meant that everyone could relax and unwind.

“With the sun gently rising over the undulating Pembrokeshire hills we don our sunglasses and wellies to immerse ourselves in a taste of the good life. Forty-five minutes later, invigorated by a stroll around the eight-acre site, feeding eight sheep, four Kunekune pigs, two donkeys, six goats, we reached the last stop – the chicken coop.

After carefully distributing the final feed of poultry pellets we were allowed to treat ourselves to a reward for our morning toil from the 18 residents – a freshly laid egg.

Still warm as you gently carry them back to your accommodation, these eggs are in a different stratosphere to those bought in a supermarket.

Sat on the terrace, washing down breakfast with a cup of fresh coffee, you felt the stresses and strains of life in the rat race lifting from your shoulders.

And an indoor swimming pool and spa alongside a well-equipped games room, outdoor play areas and a gym helped the whole family get into holiday mode.

Indeed our children quickly teamed up with other youngsters staying on the farm and rather than sullenly stare at screens, frequently vanished to the animal barns where they were able to take out rabbits and guinea pigs to stroke and cuddle to their hearts’ content.”

Click here to read Paul’s full article in Express Travel


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Express journalist Paul Jeeves feeding the goats on our farm

June 2017, Countryfile: “Five Cottages To Go Adventuring: Celebrate Famous Five’s 75th Birthday”

This was rather a quirky mention in the press to celebrate the 75th birthday of Enid Blyton’s memorable Famous Five characters (who can forget all those lashings of ginger beer, and crooks deftly outwitted!) We certainly like to encourage our guests to enjoy plenty of adventures on their holidays with us, and the fact that 7 of our cottages are dog-friendly cottages means your dog can come too.

“Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages is nestled in coastal West Wales and, surrounded by green fields and rolling hills, making it perfectly placed for ripping adventures.  The original stone and slate farm buildings provide accommodation in ten cottages, sleeping two to twelve. 

Families can unveil the mysteries of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and have fun on a wealth of beaches and bays along the nearby coastline.  Cardigan Bay, home to the largest pod of bottlenose dolphins in Europe, as well as many seals and a variety of sea birds including puffins is not to be missed.”

You can read the full article here.


Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly farm holiday, a residential swimming course, a place to base yourself for exploring our beautiful coastal National Park, a luxury retreat to relax and unwind…or indeed a combination of all of these, we’ve got just the holiday you’re looking for.

We have ten luxury self-catering cottages sleeping between 3 and 12 people (six of which have garden hot tubs), a leisure complex with heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym, the large Play Barn with pets’ corner, and outdoor play areas with daily feeding of our farm animals. 7 of our cottages are dog-friendly.

For more information please get in touch on 01239 615179 or browse our website and click the Look & Book button for full details of availability and prices.