by Anthony Haaland

Presents have been wrapped and opened, relatives have been satisfied and the turkey has been stuffed, eaten and eaten again and again. It is time to stop, sit down and relax and think about you for a change. You have spent the whole of the Christmas period running around helping everyone else and now it is time to focus on yourself and your needs, so take some time to pamper yourself and think about the family and the year ahead. The year ahead can bring exciting new experiences and new beginnings so why not celebrate it in a style that you have never thought of before. Get away from it all and enjoy a short break and see in the New Year on the tranquil coastline of Cardigan in the Welsh cottages waiting to welcome you home.

You can choose from a number of stunning locations and beautiful cottages in Cardigan Bay, with Welsh cottages affordable pricing it is easy to choose the right cottage for your budget to enjoy this year's special celebration.

Cardigan Bay has a lot to offer with its tourist trails and fabulous Cilgerran castle ruins to explore along with the breathtaking views of the hidden countryside. The magnificent beaches span from Pembrokeshire in the south to Ceredigion in the north and they are an adventure waiting to be discovered. There are many rare and wonderful birds that inhabit the coast of Cardigan Bay such as red kite, kestrels and peregrines. These magnificent birds can be seen all along the coastline on the cliffs and coves around the beaches. To see them in full flight is a memorable experience. Cardigan Bay has some of the most rare and beautiful wildlife that west Wales has to offer. The majestic wild dolphins that inhabit the seas of Llangrannog and New Quay can be seen from land or from the comfort of a boat trip out to sea.

The fishing and water sports are for the brave and more seasoned souls. Imagine horse riding along the coast and even cantering along the beach, a truly magical way to enjoy the New Year. When you have finished shopping in those January sales in Cardigan and the neighbouring towns of New Quay and Aberaeron, you can go back home to the Welsh cottages knowing that they are waiting for you.

If you are feeling a little more adventurous you can leave the comfort of the cottage and venture onto the high sea, to see the wild dolphins in the New Quay and LLangrannog area. These magnificent creatures can also be seen from land but the thrill of a close encounter is a must.

You can join the locals to welcome Blwyddyn Newydd Dda, Happy New Year or celebrate the New Year in style in your cottages in Cardigan Bay; it will be a cork popping New Year to remember.