I’ve always had a pretty romantic idea of packing up my stuff and heading into the forest to experience life in a cabin.
So, it was time to stop dreaming about it and give it a go!
A quick search on Airbnb brought up a traditional wooden style cabin, surrounded by woodland and just far enough from home for it to feel like a getaway.
We (me and my partner, Ryan) packed up our bags (with more food than anything else!) and headed West on Friday for two nights on the border between Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire.
It’s true what they say about the benefits of cabin life – I felt relaxed and rejuvenated after just a few hours there. No signal, no mobile data and no artificial background noise. Just birds, trees and a big bowl of vegan sausage and bean stew. It was bliss!
We made no plans for our trip and decided to roll with whatever took our fancy. So, here’s what we got up to on our weekend in Cenarth with a visit to Newcastle Emlyn and Cardigan thrown in for fun!
One of the first things we stumbled upon was Cenarth Falls. It caught our eyes as we drove over a small bridge in the centre of the village.
We visited at dusk on Friday and early on Saturday morning as the sun started to bring everything to life. All you hear is birds chirping in the trees and the water rushing its way down the rocks. It was a great way to start the first day (even if I didn’t manage to spot any otters!).
Both Newcastle Emlyn and Cardigan boast a wide range of antique stores – more than I’ve ever seen in my whole life!
It was great fun to meander our way through thousands of old trinkets and treasures. We even managed to find a beautiful glass decanter for free!
Newcastle Emlyn Castle
Despite the sun making everything a sweaty affair, we decided to wander around Newcastle Emlyn castle – which was made all the more exciting by a huge carved wooden dragon throne.
Obviously, I had to sit in it.
This was a good excuse to hide from the sun’s rays and find potential hiding spots for otters (still, no luck!).
Despite it being a gloriously sunny Saturday, we saw almost no-one on our wander around the falls and forests which made it feel even more removed from the hustle and bustle of ‘normal’ life. It really felt like we disappeared into nature.
Relaxing in the cabin
Aside from visiting nearby towns and wildlife spots, we wanted to make the most of having the cabin and our own isolated little spot of the forest so we pulled up a chair to do some reading, chatting and cookie-dunking in the mild evening air.
Although I definitely could have stayed for a few more days, just a weekend break away from technology and other distractions has made me feel much calmer, more positive and appreciative of the little things in life that we can enjoy if we just take a moment to stop.
It’s amazing how time away can bring you back to yourself.