Autumn/Early Winter Update

Dear All

As the last part of the year is here (and didn’t it come around quickly?) it must be time for a catch up on the news from Ty Derw and residents.

It seems a lifetime away now but October saw us jetting off to Cyprus for some sunshine. The hotel we stayed in was fabulous and we had a very chilled week. We went on a Jeep tour of the Troudos Mountains where the lovely guide introduced us to his friend Bella the donkey (he regularly shares his lunch with her apparently!). It was lovely to get away, but also nice to get back to the B&B feeling relaxed and ready to go again.








We’re often asked by guests about Jason’s photographs and if he has a website. Well now the answer is yes. We’d love you to have a look at Jason’s new website featuring his wildlife and landscape photography at 

The autumn colours have been fabulous this year. Over at Lake Vyrnwy last month Jason captured this shot of the lake and ‘fairy tower’ looking incredible in the sunshine.

It’s approaching that time of year again and if you’re starting to think about gifts for loved ones don’t forget our gift vouchers. Available for anything from a one night stay upwards for any dates (subject to availability) just give us a call or drop us an email if you’re interested. Vouchers can be emailed.

We received a booking from a young man and his girlfriend for a weekend in September. He sent us a message to say that he was going to propose and could we recommend anywhere suitable. Jason got his thinking cap on and came up with several suggestions one of which was on the beach at Llanddwyn Island on Anglesea, which is known as home to the Welsh Patron Saint of lovers. We were absolutely thrilled that he popped the question on the beach and she said yes. We have had more than one proposal from guests while staying with us and so far they have all been successful…Jason likes to think his suggested location played a part in this one.

We were very sad to discover our little dog Harry had lost the sight in his right eye recently due to a cataract. We were referred to a specialist eye surgeon in Leominster for treatment who did a brilliant job and Harry now has good sight in both eyes again. Any guests interested in throwing a ball for a very keen border terrier will find him in place by the front door at the ready and fully functioning (unless it’s raining that is, when he will be curled up in his bed…he does not ‘do’ rain!)


We often recommend the train that runs from Machynlleth up the coast to the Llyn Peninsula to our guests as it’s a beautiful journey running mostly along the coast with stunning views. In fact it was recently featured on a channel 5 series on The Worlds Most Scenic Railway Journeys. It’s definitely worth a watch.

It’s the time of year for the salmon to make their way to the spawning grounds and there is a place not far from here where if you’re patient you can see the fish jumping. Jason spent some time with the camera and managed to capture these shots. It really is an amazing sight.




Wales in winter is still stunning and we continue to welcome guests all through the year. In fact out of season the roads are very quiet and the whole place is peaceful. You can often find yourself totally alone on the local beaches and walks. A day out in the fresh air followed by a good meal in the local pub then back to Ty Derw and a welcoming cosy bed…..who needs wall to wall sunshine for a good time?

Wishing you all a great weekend

Gill and Jason