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Carmarthen

Carmarthen offers a blend of the old and the new. According to Arthurian legend, the ‘Once and Future King’ was born in a cave just outside of the town, whilst Carmarthen today might not be home to the sword in the stone, it is most definitely provides a suitable base for your cottage holiday in south west Wales.

Widely proclaimed to be the oldest town in Wales and with a Roman fort dated from around AD75, Carmarthen provides a mix of both the old and the new. The Old Town is a place for you to slow down the pace as you wander around the myriad of cobbled streets for a walk through history, the medieval lanes crossing to Norman architecture, Art Deco details contrasted with Roman relics.

The town centre houses small independent shops as well as many high street names for you to browse and explore, but there’s more to shopping here; Carmarthen Castle, built by Henry I in the 12th Century, sits atop the banks of the River Towy. The art deco ‘Moderne’ Lyric Theatre provides a beautiful cultural hotspot. More art and culture is housed in the Oriel Myrddin Gallery.

St. Mary’s Street in Old Carmarthen is not only home to one of the smallest public houses in Britain, ‘The Plume of Feathers’, but is also said to be where Oliver Cromwell stood to watch the castle burn. The historic guildhall sits proudly at the centre of the New Town amidst another busy retail centre.

For accommodation in the area see our selection of cottages in Carmarthen.
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  • Ty Bach

    Felingwm Uchaf near Carmarthen

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC632025
    Nestled in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside; within easy reach of its stunning coastline and just 7 miles from Carmarthen itself, lies Ty Bach a three bedroomed, detached stone built retreat, brimming with comfort, character and style. This luxurious cottage has recently been extensively and meticulously refurbished by its caring owners to provide high quality holiday accommodation with immaculate interiors, generously proportioned soft furnishings and a captivating countryside view. The melody of birdsong and cascading water from the nearby stream, dance through the French doors into the living room and into the master bedroom, creating a wonderful connedtion between these stylish interiors and the surrounding tranquillity of nature. Whether dining alfresco on Ty Bach’s spacious patio, admiring the landscape garden or enjoying the comfort of the recliner leather sofas, the owner’s attention to detail in creating this countryside gem is apparent to all.Blissful, welcoming comfort awaits those returning from days of coastal adventure, exploring Brechfa Forest or just ambling home from the village pub. Set within the 120 acres of Graigwen farm, its caring owners are happy to explain the workings of this extensive sheep and cattle farm, provide kennelling and exercise ground for dogs and lockable storage for mountain bikes, fishing gear etc. While the masses foolishly by pass Carmarthenshire on route to Pembrokeshire, this area remains the unspoilt secret of the discerning traveller and has only recently gained a fraction of the recognition it deserves. Wide open landscapes remain relatively undiscovered and thankfully, totally undeveloped. The 5800 hectares of Brechfa Forest on the doorstep, offer expeditions a plenty: Way marked routes take walkers from thick conifer plantations, over gushing streams to vast open vistas and the residues of ancient woodland. The mountain bike trails offer adventure for all abilities: The Derwen Trail provides a great introduction to the sport for families and novices, while the black graded, Raven Trail will put even the most experienced to the test. Whether horse riding, fishing, cycling or walking you can’t fail to appreciate the incredible natural beauty of the area and the abundance of outdoor adventure to be had. The family, friendly Plough Inn, is renowned locally for its great food and being just 100 yards from Ty Bach, provides the ideal location to reflect on the joys of the day.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance Hall
    Sitting Room: With electric ’stove effect’ fire, Free view TV, DVD, recliner leather sofas, wooden floors and French doors onto patio, framing the countryside view.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer, slate floor and dining table and chairs for 5
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, flat screen TV and French doors onto Juliet rail, framing countryside view.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and flat screen TV and DVD
    Bedroom 3: With single bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Internet access available. Welcome pack.

    Enclosed garden with spacious patio area with garden dining furniture and BBQ. Lockable outdoor store for bicycles etc. Kennelling and exercise area for dogs (no dogs allowed inside the property). Parking for 3 + cars.

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  • Paxton View Barn

    Llanddarog, near Carmarthen

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC580

    Paxton View Barn is an attractive and airy detached barn conversion situated within the grounds of the owner’s smallholding, where they have pygmy goats, a horse and donkey, geese and chickens. The barn has been carefully renovated to provide quality accommodation with contemporary comforts.

    To the front and side of the barn, there is a spacious stone patio leading to a lawned area, the perfect spot for enjoying an al-fresco meal with a drink. The interiors feature exposed stone, brickwork and oak lintels which add much character, and the combination of underfloor heating and a wood burner provide all the warmth and cosiness you will need. The full-length feature window and patio doors allow natural light to flood the rooms, and the open-plan living space boasts comfortable seating and a bespoke kitchen with an induction hob and a built-in oven. Also on the ground floor, there is a twin bedroom and a separate toilet. On the first floor, you will find the family bathroom and two bedrooms, both with kingsize beds, one of which also has an en-suite shower room and a delightful balcony with table and chairs, to take full advantage of the view of Paxton‘s Tower, after which the barn was named.

    The tower is a neo-Gothic folly built by Sir William Paxton in honour of Lord Nelson. Well worth a visit, it is situated on a hilltop near Llanarthney, and its location provides fabulous views over the National Botanic Gardens of Wales and the Towy Valley. These famous botanic gardens, just two miles away, are a fascinating blend of the contemporary with the historic. You will find an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span domed glasshouse, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape, which provides the stage for a packed programme of events and courses throughout the year, whatever the weather.

    Carmarthenshire has some of the most spectacular and diverse landscapes in south-west Wales. You can travel over breathtaking mountains, through lush, green landscapes, discover secluded castles and ancient forests, as well as vast expanses of golden sandy beaches such as the Pembrey (one of the longest in Wales), Laugharne, Pendine and Lansteffan. Also within easy reach are a wealth of attractions found along the Pembrokeshire Coastline and the Gower Peninsula.

    Just a 10-minute drive away is Carmarthen; the oldest town in Wales and the birthplace of Merlin according to Arthurian legends. The town offers an array of shopping, entertainment and dining options, and equally worthy a visit is the old jail house, which dates back to the 1530s. Today, it serves as a museum nestling within the outer walls of the imposing County Hall. Just outside the town, you can take a ride aboard the Gwilil Steam Railway, which puffs its way through the Carmarthenshire countryside, and special adult and family events take place throughout the year.

    Why not come and stay at Paxton View Barn and find out for yourself how much there is to discover in this wonderful region? When you have enjoyed a busy day’s exploring, you will find a “Croesco Cynnes” or a warm Welsh welcome just half a mile away in one of the two traditional pubs, complete with oak beams, roaring log fires and locally sourced produce. One of them, a 14th century thatched pub, has its own brewery crafting real ales and cider. The owners live in the adjacent building, so help is always at hand. Beach 20 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    3 steps to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With tiled stone floor.
    Living area: With wood burner, 42" Smart TV, DVD player and patio doors with 2 steps down to garden.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Step down to...
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds and Freeview TV.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV and patio doors with step up to balcony.

    Oil underfloor central heating (radiators on first floor), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Enclosed patio with garden furniture, leading to small lawned garden. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Springer Cottage

    Llansteffan

    Grade
    6
    3
    4
    1
    Ref: CC632024
    Springer Cottage is a spacious mid terraced holiday cottage situated in the village of Llansteffan, which itself is nestled between the Towy Estuary with its glorious sandy beach and the rolling Welsh countryside. French doors extend the living space into a fully enclosed, landscaped rear garden which benefits from a sun trap patio area and a back gate leading to the beach and the village itself. Inside, facilities such as a dishwasher and pet room/utility room, along with an abundance of soft furnishings, make Springer Cottage a haven of comfort and convenience.

    A superb base for exploring the sensational counties of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. Just a 300 metre amble from the back gate takes you to the centre of the village. With its Norman Castle dominating the headland above its sandy beach, its 12th century church and ancient streets, this place often feels suspended in time and is widely regarded as Wales’s best kept secret! With fantastic views across the Towy Estuary to the village of Ferryside, Llansteffan boasts a foodie pub, cafe and a fine restaurant; plenty of choice for re fuelling following coastal walks around the headland of Wharley Point to take in the sensational views of the Taf Estuary and Laugharne: Those in search of further gastronomic adventure must head for Laugharne: Once home to the Welsh writer, Dylan Thomas, it’s now home to numerous restaurants, pubs, cafes and galleries. Enjoy a a lunch time snack alongside the water at The Boat House Cafe, also part museum; this place was the last home of the much loved writer. Or feast on fine, locally sourced produce at Seaview, a splendid restaurant within what was once his first marital home in the town. With regular family friendly activities taking place at its magnificent medieval castle, Laugharne is a place you’ll want to visit time and time again. The county town of Carmarthen lies just 8 miles from Springer Cottage and offers plenty of shops, pubs, restaurants, galleries, cinema etc. The town lays claim to being the oldest in Wales and originates from AD75. A roman amphitheatre remains in the town, one of only 7 in the UK. Legend has it that Carmarthen was the home of Merlin, the wizard of Arthurian folklore; something lauded annually at a summer festival celebrating all things myth and magical at Carmarthen Park. The Angel Vaults Restaurant provides a great venue for lunches or evening meals for those exploring this intriguing county town. Whether returning from the ’Go Ape’ adventures at Pembrey Country Park, pony trekking across stunning beaches or a boat trip out of Tenby to the serenity of Caldey Island, you can’t fail to appreciate the comfort and convenience of Springer Cottage. With easy access to so much, including both golf and watersports within five miles, yet tucked away from the bustling tourist trail, this cottage provides the perfect place for whatever holiday you wish to create.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises;
    Lounge: With stone built fireplace, Free view TV and DVD; French doors leading out onto the patio
    Dining Room: With dining furniture for 6
    Kitchen: With cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher
    Utility/Pet Room: With washing machine and dog crate.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With double bed
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds
    Bathroom:With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair available

    Fully enclosed landscaped garden with block paved patio area. Lockable outdoor store for bikes, fishing gear etc. Parking for two cars on quiet road.

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  • Top Barn

    Trelech, nr. St Clears

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: OS9


    Nestled peacefully in 7-acre open/woodland grounds, on the edge of the Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire borders, this charming, semi-detached (other property unoccupied) barn conversion, adjacent to the owners’ home, makes a perfect holiday base for families or couples looking to explore the rolling hills and unblemished beaches of west Wales. The barn has been sympathetically resorted to retain much of its original attractive features, including stone walls and oak beams. Lots of welcoming touches have been added, such as slate flooring and a traditional wood-burning stove for those cosy nights in. Guests can relax on their own private patio area and enjoy splendid views over the 7 acres of woodland. For the more energetic, cycle the many local cycle routes or take a short drive to the rugged Preseli Hills and ramble the numerous trails amongst the picturesque countryside. The nearby market towns of Newcastle Emlyn and Carmarthen are rich with Welsh culture and offer an array of traditional pubs and restaurants, boutique shops and medieval castles. Visit Laugharne, home of the famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, where visitors can discover his iconic boat house or explore the 13th-century Norman castle which lies on the fringe of the glistening river Taf. Take a trip to the popular tourist resort of Tenby and discover its selection of sandy beaches and spectacular coastline, or enjoy thrilling leisure parks, including Oakwood and Folly Farm. Golf can also be found in the local area. Beach 16 miles. Shop 9 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Spacious, open-plan, beamed living room with wood-burning stove and French doors/dining room with galley-style kitchen area and slate floors. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Further double bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. All rooms with wooden floors.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Coed Adam

    Llangyndeyrn, Kidwelly

    Grade
    7
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC632008
    Nestled in the heart of the Carmarthenshire countryside, within easy reach of its stunning coastline and just 6 miles from Carmarthen itself, lies Coed Adam, an idyllic, picture-postcard farmhouse set in 10 acres of its own land. Built in the early 1800s, this spacious haven has been sympathetically refurbished to provide an interior brimming with style, comfort and character. It’s a place where peace and tranquillity reign supreme; rare red kites swoop majestically through daytime skies while barn owls punctuate the serene silence of the night-time hours. Its patio area, with magnificent views overlooking the beautiful Gwendraeth Valley and taking the eye as far as the Black Mountains, is a wonderful spot to relax and unwind amidst the carefree chorus of nature. Inside, comfortable sofas beneath traditional oak beamed ceilings offer the perfect ingredients for cosy evenings around the inglenook fire place or log-burner in one of its two inviting living-rooms. The mass of surrounding land offers plenty of space for exuberant children (and adults!) to enjoy and explore the fascinating array of flora and fauna of the Carmarthenshire countryside: While Coed Adam’s stylish bedrooms offer a blissfully, luxurious end to the many days of adventure to be had from the doorstep.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge:  with Freeview TV and DVD with features including an impressive inglenook fireplace, exposed beams and views across the old farmyard to rustic stone barns

    Sitting room:  with wood-burning stove housed in an exposed stone chimney breast, TV and DVD

    Kitchen / diner:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge / freezer, dishwasher and washing machine with large table and chairs and lovely countryside views

    Utility room:  with additional storage and space and salting troughs – an interesting original feature

    First Floor: Bedroom 1:  with king-size bed.  The Cream and Black Room with beamed ceiling and countryside views

    Bedroom 2:  with double bed.  The Vaulted Room with beamed ceiling and countryside views

    Bedroom 3:  with two single beds (and additional single bed for +1 on request).  The Valley View Room with beamed ceiling and fantastic valley views.

    Bathroom :  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All oil and electricity included. First supply of fuel for stove provided. Bed linen and towels supplied.  .

    Large garden, farmyard and patio area with outside furniture and BBQ. Parking for several cars. Cowshed games room with pool table, darts, table football and giant Jenga. Outside table tennis table available.
    This property has a private water supply.

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  • Bwthyn Y Mynach

    Nantgaredig, nr. Carmarthen

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: OQ4

    Peacefully set in a rural location with fantastic views of the Towy Valley, this detached, sensitively restored Welsh barn is a perfect holiday base. Explore the Brecon Beacons, Brechfa Forest or visit Llandeilo, Carmarthen, Aberglasney, Carreg Cennen Castle or Tenby beach. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Two beamed living/dining areas with wood-burning stove, French doors, open plan with large farmhouse-style kitchen. Slate floors throughout. Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room, toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with double sofa bed (alternative sleeping only), French doors to balcony and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with French doors to balcony and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Two DVDs
    • Two radio/CDs
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, enclosed lawned garden with enclosed patio, terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared use of owners’ 70-acre grounds
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Hot tub
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Fenced river in grounds

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  • Elm Cottages - Elm Cottage

    Cwmbach, nr. Whitland

    Grade
    8
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: W40630

    Fantastic views

    On arrival, you will be met with the most fantastic views from outside these properties, as far reaching as Devon. These stylish, fully renovated adjacent properties (refs W40630 and W42961) would make an ideal base for touring and exploring the beautiful countryside and coasts of this corner of Wales. The wonderful sandy beaches and quiet coves at Tenby, Saundersfoot and Pendine on the south coast are all within an easy drive, while those to the north and west offer excellent surfing. St David’s Cathedral is within reach while keen walkers should head for the Preseli Hills, 5 miles to the north west, and the acclaimed Pembrokeshire National Park coastal footpath. With abundant medieval castles and prehistoric sites, including the impressive reconstructed iron age fort of Castell Henllys, quiet market towns and theme parks to amuse the children, this would be hard to beat as a holiday venue. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed, patio doors, beams and tiled floor. Dining room with patio doors, beams and tiled floor. Kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Conservatory with wooden floor. Separate toilet. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, both with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Rayburn oven. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed courtyard with patio, terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Llecheigon Farmhouse

    Ffynnonddrain, nr. Carmarthen

    Grade
    12
    6
    2
    3
    Ref: HW7128

    Enjoying panoramic views over hills and glorious countryside, this attractive, spacious family farmhouse perfect for reunions. Set on a dairy farm – the owners are happy to show visitors around – it is within easy reach of many of this lovely area’s attractions including the glorious sandy beach at Llansteffan. The National Botanical Gardens, fine historic houses and gardens and several great Norman castles are all worth a visit. This is excellent walking country and the Gwelli Steam Railway, offering journeys through lovely wooded valley scenery, is only 3 miles away. Further afield is the Oakwood Leisure Park with its famous roller coaster. The market town of Carmarthen, 3 miles, boasts a wide range of shops and restaurants as well as a cinema, theatre, sports centre and indoor swimming pool, museum, and an 18-hole golf course. Lovely sandy beaches and sailing on Carmarthan Bay, 12 miles. Fishing 6 miles. Horse riding nearby. Country pub serving food 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite wet room with toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, one with additional single and en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating included (May 7th - 16th September usage by arrangement). Electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Video. CD. Rayburn. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Payphone. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Table football. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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