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Review: 3 Pen Cei Guest House, Aberaeron

(June 01, 2012)

 3 Pen Cei 5* Guest House, Aberaeron


3 Pen Cei

Aberaeron is a charming seaside town on Cardigan Bay. It is characterised by pastel coloured Regency houses, arranged in neat little lines framing the lovely harbour, which forms it's central point. Perhaps the most well know, and certainly the most iconic building of note, is the Harbourmaster Hotel, which has featured in a 'Visit Wales' advertisement, and is famed for it's richly coloured (and imposing) purple frontage and excellent seafood. If I am honest, this well-known hotel was the primary reason I was already familiar with the area.

3 Pen Cei - quayside buildings3 Pen Cei - clad in deep blue

However, having perused its website, I found the décor (whilst chic and lovely) a little too modern for my tastes. Instead, I came across a delightful little boutique guest house called '3 Pen Cei', nestled two doors down from the iconic Harbourmaster. Large comfortable beds, and a more traditional style seemed the perfect place to lay our head's down after travelling back from Llandudno. And it certainly did not disappoint.

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We were fortunate to find a space to park on the busy harbour quay, right outside where we were to stay. Warmly welcomed by Lesley - the landlady of the establishment - we were shown to a beautifully appointed room and spoilt with freshly made (and still warm) Welsh cakes and a pot of tea.


3 Pen Cei - croeso 3 Pen Cei - croeso

Welcome pot of tea, with Welsh cakes


Sitting on the deep sofas, sipping our tea and enjoying our Welsh cakes, whilst looking out of our window (which overlooked the harbour), we felt at ease and relaxed.

3 Pen Cei - TeifiTeifi, at 3 Pen Cei

3 Pen Cei - TeifiTeifi 3 Pen Cei - harbour viewHarbour view from the Teifi

The room we stayed in was called Teifi - named after the river that runs through Aberteifi (Cardigan), just over 20 miles along the coast - and was beautifully decorated. The bed was sumptuously made, with excellent quality bedding and a little spring of lavender placed on the bed; a lovely touch. The bed was huge (king size) and I can easily say that it was one of the best night's sleep I have had away from home. The bathroom was spacious, with a modern walk-in shower, lovely toiletries, fluffy towels and very clean throughout. Our room was offered at £130 a night for bed and breakfast, but there are others to choose from depending on your budget and room requirements.

3 Pen Cei - Teifi's bathroomTeifi's bathroom

There are no communal rooms here. But this poses no problem, as it would be criminal to stay indoors when the beautiful harbour is there to explore. The town is also charming, with a small selection of independent shops and traditional wares on offer, which made for a very pleasant few hours walk before we built up our appetite for our pre-booked meal at the Harbourmaster Hotel that evening.

3 Pen Cei - quayside buildingsQuayside buildings

Breakfast at 3 Pen Cei Guest House was wonderful and all cooked to order. As we ate a leisurely breakfast, we watched out the window (which overlooked the harbour) as the stars of the S4C drama Teulu, filmed scenes for a forthcoming episode. After breakfast, we packed our cases back in the car and drove off – leaving an empty space where our car had been in the previous two hours filming. The director must have cursed us as they re-shot the scenes for continuity.


3 Pen Cei

3 Pen Cei Guest House thoroughly deserves its Gold Award 2012 from Cymru Wales. It was also awarded 5* by Visit Wales and a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor 2011, and we strongly recommend you visit this establishment to enjoy it yourselves.

Claire Meredith, 1 June 2011


3 Pen Cei Guest House is at:

3 Pen Cei, Aberaeron, Ceredigion SA46 0BT

Phone: 01545 571147




Also by Claire Meredith:

     Escape 5* B&B, Llandudno; June 2012

     The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd; June 2012

     Photographic study of Myddfai; February 2011

     The Crown at Whitebrook; February 2011

     The New White Lion, Llandovery; February 2011

     Ty Mawr Mansion Country House, Cilcennin, Lampeter; December 2009

     George Thomas Hospice 'Style In the City' event; May 2009


All images: © Claire Meredith

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