Feels a bit pretentious to start a topic of such importance so looking forward to it being subsumed into something else by someone else or taking over by someone else. However, advice on booking accommodation for the Eisteddfod next year is needed as Tregaron doesn’t have a lot on offer (let alone on the week of the eisteddfod).
There appears to be a lot of places to stay around Tregaron from Lampeter in the south to Aberystwyth to the west which makes for a large geographical area. So, does anyone know a little more about where the Maes might be?
Tregaron is 19 miles south-east of Aberystwyth and 11 miles north-east of Lampeter/Llanbedr PS.
Early announcements put the Maes North of the village towards Aber. Since it will be just 6/7 miles from me ( ), my plans will not be thwarted by the weather next year.
It may already be too late to book hotels, but I’d recommend the Talbot Hotel in Tregaron (good beer - excellent restaurant) ($) and The Black Lion and Red Lion in Ystrad Meurig. Aberystwyth has plenty and will be served by a good bus service.
($) The Talbot has been graced by two famous Americans - President Jimmy Carter and @tahl
The language spoken in Tregaron is similar to Welsh but much faster.
PS There are lots of camping/caravan sites in the vicinity but they will also book up soon, I guess. Here’s a starting point
Although you can get Stotty Breads in Helsinki . I love Tregaron. There is really interesting period shop/art gallery right next to the hotel. I stopped there on the way back from the Caernarfon Parti, and people were chatting in the street in a sort of English/Welsh mix which alternated every two words
Have already looked at all possible accommodation in and around Tregarron, all booked everywhere. As we dont have a caravan will mean travelling daily. Could look to stay at Lampeter or Aber. but again difficulties finding anywhere.
So travelling every day seems only option unless, of course, someone knows of anywhere !!!
I think there is a case for using multi-booking sites in these circumstances such as booking.com, trivago, expedia and many more. I’ve just checked availability in Aberystwyth between 1-8/8/2020 on the site I use regularly and there is quite a range of accommodation left. The prices do reflect demand though. One advantage of such sites which I used this year is the ability to cancel a booking quite late and without penalty if necessary.
I’ve spent days searching… haven’t eaten or slept… become a whimpering wreck… there’s nothing, absolutely nothing.
I usually book as soon as the previous year’s Eisteddfod has come to an end and I’m usually lucky. But I’ve exhausted all resources and failed miserably.
I’ve received some wonderful advice, kind offers and leads which I need to find the time to respond to soon. But juggling two kids, logistics/travelling time, a husband worth a slipped disk and chronic pain and a a possibly busy Eisteddfod schedule is tricky.
I’ve been told by people in the know that the BBC usually book up a whole chunk of accommodation really early on, then send up cancelling a lot of them last minute. But we can’t leave it till last minute!
Diolch Huw, But having looked around have decided only possible way is to travel every day, as the mileage from here to either Aberystwyth or Lampeter each day is hardly worth the while. Also I will mean a lot of driving , whereas if we travel from here its only there and back.
As you stated where there is the odd room available the cost is prohibitive .
I sympathise and have resigned myself from now on to attending only those Eisteddfodau which are local or near family.
I do hope you manage to enjoy at least some of the week’s events.
The good news is that it never rains in Tregaron.