Bronant, Aberystwyth


Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 4
A very rare opportunity to acquire a beautifully located 100 ACRE piece of paradise with lots of possibilities to live and earn a living in an idylic natural environment set amongst the Ceredigion Countryside.

There is a 4 bedroom cabin with planning consent to live there legally albeit with a restrictive occupancy covenant ( not restricted to ownership but on occupancy - see details attached), lovely well maintained garden areas with 6 superb ponds ripe for stocking with fish to provide holidays for fisherman and of course glamping accommodation (subject to any consents required)

The Woodland is currently professionally managed to provide a renewable crop for our clients and the whole site is very well cared for. The Woodland comprises Sitka Spruce, Japanese Larch, Lodgepole Pine and Mixed Broadleaves with very good wide stone tracks for access.

This is a superb Holding in a completely private setting and would be of particular interest to nature lovers and those currently working in forestry or agriculture who want to earn a living from the many possibilities this large tract of woodland has to offer.


Entrance via door into:


With coat hanging space and PV system, door into:


With wood-burning stove, window to the front, archway through to:


With a range of wall and base units, stainless steel sink/drainer, LPG cooker, door out to rear.

Bedroom 1

With two windows on sides giving views over the ponds, door into:

Bedroom 2

With window to the front.


With desk and:

Sitting Room

With two windows, through to:

Inner Hallway

Leading to:


With wash hand basin, Bath and shower area.

Separate WC

With WC & wash hand basin.

Bedroom 3

With window to the side, built-in wardrobes.

Bedroom 4

With window to the side with bunk beds and storage.

Woodland Manager's Notes - Coed Can Erw - A Living Woodland

Coed Can Erw takes its name from the 100 acres which were part of Mynydd Brith established by the Forestry Commission in 1955 as Sitka spruce monoculture destined to be managed as clearfell and replant. A few small blocks of lodgepole pine were planted on peaty scallops on the gently undulating ground at the top of the Teifi and Aeron watersheds, but most of the trees were Sitka spruce other than some older larch planted around the small roadside quarry. Soils are mainly peaty, slowly permeable, wet, very acid upland soils with a peaty surface or freely draining, slightly acid loamy soils. The altitude is approximately 203 metres above sea level. Although the site is exposed, it has produced impressive crops of timber over the first rotation. It was sold to the private sector during the 1990s disposals programme and subsequently sold on to the present owner in 2004.

The property has undergone huge changes as the original crops were felled and replaced with diverse species and as the new generation of trees have grown and are being thinned. The forest has also been inhabited since the present owner negotiated a Section 106 agreement with the County Council in 2010. A lot of skill, dedication and imagination has produced a living forest which is both a home and a workplace, as well as a garden and place of recreation. Several ponds have been created or restored providing wildlife habitats and biodiversity. An Ecological appraisal, part of a Micro-reserves project, was carried out in 2014 which provides an account of the site types and species list of plant and insect species. Venture Scouts and Chernobyl children have all benefited from the experience of being outdoors and of learning from nature.

Blocks of first rotation plantation have regularly been felled since 1990. The first was replanted with Sitka spruce and then a roadside block with Sitka and larch. The present owners inherited two clearfelled blocks with a restocking liability in 2004. Since then all restocking has been with a mixed broadleaved species. The restock is supplemented with very generous amounts of Sitka spruce natural regeneration providing a robust species composition. Re-spacing operations have been carried out to slow the competitive advantage from conifers and to enhance site productivity and maintain a resilient mixed species forest. Three subsequent clearfells have liquidated the original plantation yielding impressive volumes of timber which testifies to the productivity of the site.

The forest is now in a phase where the natural capital of the forest is being rebuilt and the species composition is being optimised to maximise the site productivity and to provide resilience. The forest infrastructure has been developed over the years with tracks providing access to all stands for regular thinning interventions. In some places, woodchip tracks were laid, before the woodfuels market emerged, providing a cost effective means of mitigating the environmental impacts of harvesting. The early thinning programme is initiating a transformation to Continuous Cover Forestry.

The property offers a great opportunity for someone to continue the work that has been started, combining an original lifestyle with a sustainable business. The property is currently managed by Sustainable Forest Management and if required by the new owners this arrangement can continue..

Agent's Notes

As you can see from the full details and from the planning consents there is a occupancy restriction on who can live (but not own) this property.

In order to actually "live" here onsite as our clients do you would normally need to satisfy the conditions attached but of course that would not

1. Preclude you from buying the property and have it as an investment and have a rent paying tenant living at the property that does satisfy the occupancy restriction.

2. Preclude you from buying the property and try to get the condition removed.

3. Preclude you from buying the property and trying to get consent for additional uses like holiday lets, glamping holidays, shepherd huts and yurts etc

Indeed if one were to play "Devils Advocate" with the occupancy restriction wording that says "restricting the occupation to a local rural enterprise worker" (see planning consent) would that mean that its acceptable for ANY buyer from ANYWHERE in the UK to say rent locally for say 3-6 mths (to make them local as there is no minimum time limit) and to then start earning a living from B&B, Glamping etc and if required cropping the wood, as presumably this would then qualify the new owner under the "rural enterprise worker" condition. Suggest taking appropriate advice regarding this aspect but you get the picture !

So as you can see there are many potential avenues to explore subject to any consents required. It would be useful if potential buyers read the planning conditions before viewing (download brochure for larger, readable text).

General Information

Viewings: Strictly via the agents, Houses For Sale in Wales

Services: Off Grid solar electricity (with back-up generator), Private water (filtered, spring-fed well), private drainage (septic tank), LPG heating, hot water & cooking.

Council Tax: Band A, Ceredigion County Council - 2020/21 - £1087.38 p.a.


From Cardigan take the main coast road A487 and continue for 23.5 miles. Go through Aberaeron and out the other side and in the next village of Aberarth, go down the dip in the village and at the top of the hill just before you leave Aberarth turn right signposted towards Cross Inn & Tregaron. Follow this road for 11 miles, going straight ahead at the cross roads in Pennant, straight ahead at the Cross Inn / New Inn cross roads, straight through Bethania & Penuwch and you will then reach the village of Tyncelyn. At the T junction turn left and then go left again signposted towards Aberystwyth on the A485. Follow this road for 2 miles, pass the village sign for Bronant and then take the first left turn signposted towards Bontnewydd (also sign posted towards Fron Farm Fishery). Follow this road for 0.7 miles and you will find the entrance track to Coed Can Erw on the right, clearly named at the entrance.

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