Caio (Welsh spelling, ‘Caeo’ ) is located near Lampeter on the Carmarthenshire / Ceredigion border and was once an important stopping place for the Drovers on their way to London taking livestock to market. It is also the birthplace of Llewellyn ap Gruffyd, the last Prince of an independent Wales before its conquest by Edward I of England in 1282. In bygone days, Caio boasted seven inns – there is now just one, The Brunant Arms , which offers good food and also welcomes well-behaved dogs. Although rural, the area is not remote and is served by a good range of local shops, the nearest being located in Lampeter just over the border into Ceredigion. There is also a village shop about two and a half miles away.
Caio Forest is about a mile away, within walking distance of the cottage and offers around 25 square miles of forestry tracks, ideal for walking, riding and cycling. Also Brechfa Forest is about 15 minutes’ drive away and has designated cycle tracks with different degrees of difficulty. There is also horse-riding and fishing available locally.
This part of Carmarthenshire is steeped in history – the well-known Dolaucothi Goldmines in the nearby village of Pumpsaint date back to Roman times. Wales has more castles than any other country in Europe and Carmarthenshire has some of the oldest and most complete in the whole of the UK.
With its folklore, myths and legends, this magical location is the ideal place to explore as well as being an area renowned for its outstanding landscapes and breath-taking scenery. The West Wales coastline, with its spectacular coves and sandy beaches, is within easy reach with New Quay and Aberaeron only a 40 minute drive away.