About this listing
Welcome to Ty Capel, a traditional stone built Chapel House situated in the small village of Furnace in the heart of the Dyfi Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty here in mid west Wales, within easy walking distance of Ynys-Hir RSPB reserve and the Wales Coast path.
Our home, Ty Capel, is a traditional stone built Chapel House situated in the village of Furnace in the heart of the stunning Dovey Valley, mid west Wales. The house adjoins a former Welsh Presbyterian chapel both built in 1868. Since closing its doors in 2001 the chapel has been lovingly renovated by the hosts and is now used as an artist's studio and gallery space.
Ty Capel offers a spacious (2nd floor) double bedroom full of charm with a view of the historic Dyfi Furnace. There are tea/coffee making facilities in the room and a small screen tv is available on request. We offer cotton bedding and selection of cosy blankets. The bedroom (and whole house) has central heating and in the colder months we will make sure we put it on prior to guests arrival so it is cosy and warm. We do turn the central heating off during the night, however, we provide a small heater in the room for you to use if desired.
The small bathroom, which you will share with the hosts, is just opposite your room and contains a shower with a large circular shower head. Large cotton bath towels are provided. Guests are welcome to help themselves to our selection of shampoos and shower gels (including a selection of vegan shower gels).
We offer a self- service breakfast of cereals, toast, local organic eggs, juice, tea and coffee in a cosy and rustic country kitchen with views over the Dovey valley, towards the Snowdonia National Park. Alternatively, if you fancy a big fry up before you head off for the day, you are welcome to bring your own ingredients and have use of the hob. We are happy to provide a shelf in fridge for you to store any items you have.
Off street parking is available immediately outside Ty Capel. A tip for parking... Try to pull into the space (it is like a little courtyard space) so you can then park longways in it, i.e. parallel to the road, as this will enable you to pull out again without having to reverse out into the road. But no worry, there is enough room (however which way you have parked) to do a two or three point manoeuvre so as to head out again without reversing onto the road. If in any doubt just ask us, we are happy to help.
Furnace is a small village nestled on the southern side of the Dovey valley. Furnace (Ffwrnais) takes its name from the Dyfi furnace used from the 1750's to the 19th Century to make pig iron and charcoal as fuel. One can explore the Furnace building and its waterwheel, get close to the waterfall or take a wander up one of the lanes which leads up to the Wales coast path and Cwm Einion also known as Artists Valley (Turner is said to have spent time painting here).
The RSPB Ynys- Hir is a short walk (under 20 mins) from the Ty Capel along a pleasant lane and the Dyfi Osprey project centre is a 6 minute drive away.
The stunning Ynylas beach and Dyfi estuary, part of the Dyfi National Nature Reserve, is 20 min drive from the village.
Guests are welcome to relax in front of the wood burning stove in the living room, and to peruse our library shelves of (mainly) art books if you so wish. Guests have access to the kitchen to make teas and packed lunches.
The Ty Capel garden leads down past the old capel stables to the River Einion and guests are welcome to explore, however please take care as the outcrop of rock at the river's edge can be slippery.
We are happy to show guests inside the Capel.
There is Wifi access in all rooms.
Guests have access to our OS map of the local area and we also offer bike hire.
Interaction with guests
We are always happy to welcome guests, have a chat over a cup of tea and share info about our local area. Although we may be getting on with our own things we will be around to answer any questions you may have during your stay. Equally, if guests wish to be left alone then we are happy to respect that.
Hills, mountains, lanes, reservoirs, marsh land, and beaches makes this area a ramblers and bird watchers paradise; set off from the Ty Capel up the hill lane where you can join up with the Wales Coast Path within 5 mins or journey further on up Artists valley (it is said that Turner visited and painted here) to visit the wonderful Blaeneinion beaver conservation/permaculture project.
The historic market town of Machynlleth (Ancient capital of Wales and the Southern gateway to The Snowdonia National Park) is a short 10min drive away, has many lovely little shops and cafe's, plus a short distance north of the town is the world renowned CAT - Centre of Alternative technology. Market day is on every Wednesday and is always worth a visit. Also it is home to the Mach comedy festival.
An area we love is Borth and Ynyslas, 12min drive (but the short train journey from Dovey Junct. is stunning).
Aberystwyth is a special place for us both; from a sunset stroll along the sea-front promenade, having a drink on the pier whilst starlings dance in unison around you, or journeying up Constitution Hill, there is so much beauty within this seaside town. We highly recommend a trip to Aberystwyth Arts Centre coupled with a trip to the National Library of Wales (they both boast stunning views over Aberystwyth town and the bay).
There is so much do and see in the area all easily accessible from Ty Capel;
Devils Bridge, Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway, Red Kites at Nant-Yr-Arian, Butterfly House.....
Further afield but reachable within 1hr; Oriel Davies Gallery (Newtown), Harlech Castle, Cardigan....
The Ty Capel is situated on the A487 which leads to both major towns of Aberystwyth (20mins) and Machynlleth (10mins) and offers access to/from both North and South Wales.
The nearest train Station is Dyfi Junction approx 3 mins by car. ( Birmingham-Aberystwyth-Pwllheli line). By cycle it takes roughly 10mins and it is also possible to walk to the station over the hills (45 mins approx), which is beautiful.
The X28 (hourly service Mon-Sat limited service Sunday) and the T2 bus routes pass through Furnace and stop directly outside the Ty Capel.
Other things to note
Ty Capel is situated on the A487, so there will be some road noise, especially during morning and afternoon peak hours.
The village of Furnace does Not have a pub or convenience store unfortunately, but there are pubs, shops and restaurants near by that we can recommend.
If planning a trip to Ynys Hir bird reserve be aware there is an entry fee of £5 adults, £2.50 child for non RSPB members. The Dyfi Osprey project visitors centre is open from April to September and is free entry (but relies on suggested donations)
The village does not have a pedestrian pavement so please take care when walking through the village.
We ask guests to check in after 4pm and check out by 11am.
Please remove muddy boots by the door.
No smoking inside the house please. You are welcome to smoke in the back garden.
Please keep any noise down after 10pm
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
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Hi we are Avi and Tim, both practicing artists.
Both our passions are art and gallery curating, also love having creative discussions over a cuppa or an occasional glass of wine.
Tim originally grew up surrounded by the Essex countryside, whilst during an artist residency at Aberystwyth Arts Centre he loved the area so much and decided to make this home. Along with art he enjoys music, films, and walks.
Avi is a keen reader on; art, philosophy, and politics. She is passionate about the Capel space that she has lovingly restored over the past 10yrs, and that now she runs as an arts venue.