The Area Surrounding Red Kite Cottages
At 1000 ft above the sea level, Red Kite Cottages provide a fantastic base for rambling and hill walking. Main walks in the area include: The Ceredigion Coastal Path, Borth to Devilís Bridge, Devilís Bridge to Pentrhydfendigaid, Aberaeron to Lampeter, and The Teifi Estuary Walks. There are many footpaths in the area for ramblers: one leading across the land of the property and one just around the corner leading to an Old Lead Mine.
The area is steeped in History and culture; Ffair Rhos was famous in the Middle Ages for its wool market and was on the cattle and livestock droving trails. There are also many old mine workings in the area mainly of lead, peaking in the late 19th century, but also some of zinc, copper, silver and gold. The main house itself was once a Mining Managers Cottage, the main part of it built in the 18th century and was also a public house serving drovers, farmers and miners.
There are many sites of interest and of historical and architectural importance in the area, including: Strata Florida Abbey at Pontryhdfendigaid (the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey made rich by the wool trade in the middle ages) and mining museumís such as Llywernog (18th century silver/lead mine), located 15 minutes outside Aberystwyth on the A44.
North of Ffair Rhos is Machynlleth where the National Centre for Alternative Technology is situated, also the gate way to North Wales and the Snowdonia National Park, and once the location of the last parliament within Wales pro-claimed by Prince of Wales Owain Glyndwr in the early 15th century. The legend says he is buried at Strata Florida Abbey.
Only 6 miles south there is the charming town of Tregaron, famous for Cors Caron, one of the finest expanses of raised bog in Europe, internationally renowned for its rich ecology, fauna and flora. Tregaron offers great facilities for visitors such us the local information centre, small supermarket, butchers, pubs and cafes, shops, three banks, doctors surgery, hairdressers, indoor swimming pool and the Welsh Gold Centre (Rhiannonís), famous for rare Welsh gold and silver jewelry and unique souvenirs made by local artists. This is also where the legend of Twm Sion Cati (1530-1609), described as the Welsh Robin Hood originates.
Ffair Rhos is only 15 miles from the coast, with Aberystwyth being a small, but attractive coastal resort, with a University, cinema, hospital and other amenities. There are many beaches along the Cardigan heritage coast with splendid and spectacular cliffs and a famous petrified forest at Ynyslas is a particularly popular and unique attraction of the area. There is also a variety of wildlife with seabirds and choughs on the cliffs as well as famous bottlenose Dolphins and seals.