There are more sheep than people in Wales. Millions more. You can’t get away from this fact at Bwlch Cliced, which Welsh-speakers amongst you will know refers to the ear mark on sheep that acts as a sign of ownership amongst the countless other woolly four-legged natives.
You’ll no doubt see a few in the surrounding fields, for Bwlch Cliced stands on a small working farm. But what really grabs the attention are the widescreen sea and mountain views over the lovely Dyfi Estuary, where green hills slide into the waters of Cardigan Bay. On a clear day you’ll see as far as Snowdonia’s mighty Cader Idris and the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula. By now, you’ll know you’re somewhere rustic and rural. But there’s nothing unsophisticated about the accommodation.
From the outside, Bwlch Cliced, with its thick walls of local stone topped by a slate roof, conforms to stereotype (yes, it was once a workaday barn). Venture inside and suddenly you’re bang on-trend in contemporary surroundings defined by uncluttered, clean-lined design. From kitchen to bedrooms, lounge to bathroom, it’s dazzling, cool and comfy all at the same time – and cosy, with tiled underfloor heating. You’ll be greeted by a warm croeso (welcome) from your Welsh-speaking hosts together with tea, cakes and lots of local information. And, as a finishing touch, there’s specially commissioned artwork, reinforcing Bwlch Cliced’s strong sense of place, inspired by the local story of wool and textiles (just in case you’d forgotten about all those sheep outside).