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Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire has natural scenic beauty, glorious long beaches, a fascinating history and is also home to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, which could state its claim to be the ‘Garden of Wales’. In fact this region has a blend of both great coastal and countryside locations that makes it the ideal place for a self-catering cottage holiday in wales.

The National Botanic Gardens of Wales has the largest single-span glasshouse in the world with an unrivalled collection of plants from across the world. If you’re into gardening a trip to Aberglasney should also be on your agenda, here you can see perfectly restored 15th century gardens.

History plays a large part in the story of the region, so it almost goes without saying that ancient attractions are some of the biggest draws, for instance Carreg Cennen Castle which can be traced back to the 13th century. This romantic ruin offers a lovely walk up to its hillside location and amazing views. For more historical interest you could get along to the National Trust property at Dinefwr Castle and Park with its beautiful 12th century castle situated amongst a tranquil 800-acre park with wild deer and stunning flora and fauna.

For some gentle exercise visit the Millennium Coast Path, its 12 mile cycle way is perfect for family days out on the bike, with Pembrey Country Park at one end and the National Wetlands Centre at the other. Great views of the Burry estuary!

For more strenuous activity try walking Llyn Y Fan Fac, in the Black Mountains on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

A great way to see the region is to hop onto the Heart of Wales Railway, which travels a route between Swansea and Shrewsbury. These steam locomotives travel through some of the most stunning scenery in Britain.

The Dylan Thomas Boathouse in Laugharne; the author’s very own holiday cottage in Carmarthenshire offers incredible views over the Tâf Estuary, so it’s not hard to see how Thomas could find so much inspiration from the area.

If we’ve whetted your appetite take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Carmarthenshire.
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  • Llwyncrwn Farm Cottages - Hen Hafod

    Pencader, nr. Llandysul

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 31093

    Nestled peacefully in the beautiful Carmarthenshire hills on a 30-acre working small holding, these two tastefully presented, semi-detached, converted barns (refs 31092 and 31093), have been restored to a very good standard making it a perfect base for a family or couples looking to explore the rugged hills and historic sites of Carmarthenshire. The former stone barns dating back to the 18th century, have been lovingly restored into two stylish and comfortable holiday properties, which are ideal for those in search of a peaceful rural retreat. Each room has been presented with quality furnishings and spacious living areas with lots of welcoming touches for that ultimate holiday experience. Outside, guests are invited to stroll the 30 acres of farmland which enjoys scenic woodland walks and wildlife ponds, and there is a variety of farm animals including ducks, geese, pigs and sheep. The area has lots to offer, including fantastic walks around Brechfa Forest, which is also renowned for its fantastic mountain bike trails. The beautiful beaches of Cardigan Bay are within easy reach, as are the National Botanic Gardens of Wales and the historic Aberglasney Gardens located in the picturesque Towy Valley countryside. The charming market towns of Carmarthen, Llandeilo and Cardigan are rich with Welsh culture and offer a selection of traditional pubs, cafés, gift shops and historical sites waiting to be explored. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Double height living/dining room. Kitchen. Shower room and toilet. First floor: 1 galleried double bedroom.

    Laundry service by arrangement with owner. Small enclosed lawned courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Cycle store. No children.

    Both properties: Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 30-acre farmland with natural woodland. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets working farm, sheep country. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Bronhaul Farm Cottages - Bronhaul Bach

    Bancyfelin, nr. Carmarthen

    Grade
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    Ref: 25954

    Ideal location for walking

    These well presented semi-detached holiday cottages (refs 25954, 27252 and 28182) are located on a small working farm, adjacent to the owner’s home, in the rural countryside, a few miles from the bustling market town of Carmarthen. Bronhaul Farm Cottages offer a taste of country life and have been finished to a very good standard, making it a perfect base to explore the dramatic coastline of Pembrokeshire with its unspoilt beautiful beaches, and the mountains of mid Wales. Conveniently located, the area abounds with fantastic walks around the nearby Preseli Hills and National Botanic Gardens of Wales. Nearby, explore the historic castles of Manorbier, Carew, Dinefwr and Pembroke. Visit the town of Laugharne, which was home to the famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, his boat house and an imposing castle. Less than a 30-minute drive are thrilling leisure parks including Oakwood Theme Park, Bluestone waterpark and Folly Farm, an ideal day out for a family looking for an adventure. Brechfa Forest offers great cycle trails along with the Millennium Coastal Path and Pembrey Country Park. There are many nearby Welsh cafes, restaurants and pubs to visit and sample good local produce. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with tiled floor/dining/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Small CD and DVD library. No children under 18 years.

    All properties: Soild fuel central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared natural wooded grounds, gardens and paddock. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from well. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced lake in grounds.

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  • Cwrt-Y-Cadno, Trimsaran

    Kidwelly

    Grade
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    1
    Ref: CC632001
    The recently built Cwrt Y Cadno sits above other housing on a winding mountainside road leading from the village of Trimsaran in Carmarthenshire. It overlooks the beautiful Gwendraith Valley and is just a few miles from the coast. Adjoining the owner’s property, this apartment, spread over two floors, boasts an impeccable finish and tasteful interior throughout. From under floor heating throughout and Wifi connection to the complementary Welsh welcome tray and bath products, the quality of provision is clear for all to appreciate. At the end of a busy day spent exploring the many delights the area has to offer, the comfortable living room, with its three generously proportioned sofas, is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. Fold away table with 4 chairs and door leading to rear of property.
    Access to first floor is via a steep open plan staircase.

    First Floor: Landing: Desk for use as study area with Wifi connection.
    Lounge/Dining area: With satellite Free View TV/DVD and views of Ffos Las racecourse.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom: With double bed and Captain’s bed single bed with additional fold out single beneath (for + 2)

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. WI-fi facility. Rotary washing line

    Secure lock up shed for bicycles and other outdoor equipment. Garden with furniture. Parking for 2 cars.

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  • Rhiwddu Barns -Ramblers Retreat

    Gwynfe, nr. Llangadog

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: ON9

    Set in a fabulous secluded location, surrounded by panoramic views of the black mountains, Rhiwddu Barns is located within the Brecon Beacons National Park (AONB) and offers peace and tranquillity in abundance. These three semi-detached, holiday cottages, converted from traditional farm buildings have been sympathetically restored and furnished to a very good standard, providing an ideal touring base for a family or couple. Outside, there are private patio areas where you can sit, relax and unwind, whilst watching the peregrine falcons and red kites soar over the magnificent scenery. The Brecon Beacons is a natural playground for ramblers, birdwatchers and mountain bikers alike, offering breath-taking views with fantastic walks amidst the tumbling waterfalls and shimmering lakes. Nearby, the ancient market towns of Llandelio and Llandovery are famous for the strong Welsh culture and offer plenty of shops, traditional pubs and restaurants, within a short driving. Explore the historic castles of the west including Dryslwyn, Carreg Cennen and Dynefwr. For family days out, visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Dan Yr Ogof Caves, Dolaucoth Goldmines or an hour’s drive; enjoy the thrilling leisure parks of Pembrokeshire or visit Oakwood, Folly Farm and Bluestone, set in the popular coastal resort of Tenby. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Large living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only)/dining room with wooden floor/farmhouse-style kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, toilet and slate floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, TV and oak beams.

    • Two TVs
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer

    • Electricity, underfloor oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared natural grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Cennen Cottages at Blaenllynnant, Y Bwthyn

    Gwynfe, Llangadog

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: OXM

    Y Bwthyn (Little Cottage) is one of three Cennen Cottages properties situated in a courtyard setting within one of the most beautiful and secluded areas in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The properties are architect-designed conversions of C19 stone barns and are finished to a very high standard. They form part of historic Blaenllynnant Farm, the home of Sir John Williams who was physician to Queen Victoria and the founder of the National Library of Wales. Each property is well separated from the others and has its own lawned grounds and outstanding views of the Black Mountain. Red kites and buzzards abound.
    This is excellent walking country, not only on Blaenllynnant Farm itself, but also to nearby Carreg Cennen Castle (named Wales’ most spectacular castle) and the Black Mountain. Garn Goch, the site of an Iron Age fort with superb views of the upper Towy Valley, is only 3 miles away. There are good restaurants and pubs in Llandeilo (6 miles), Llangadog (8 miles) and the village of Trap (4 miles). Within easy driving distance are the Gower, Pembrokeshire and Cardiganshire coasts. Nearby attractions include the National Botanical Garden of Wales, Aberglasney Garden and, in Llandeilo, Dinefwr Castle and Park. Shops 6 miles.
    The properties are easily accessible, being only 12 miles from the end of the M4 and 8 miles from the A40.

    Single-storey holiday cottage. Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, plate glass gable end with door to terrace, ceiling to roof apex, slate floor and fully fitted kitchen. Double bedroom with wooden floor and fully tiled en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity and full oil central heating (underfloor in living room, dining room and kitchen), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Large lawned garden with terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Shared use of gym
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • Unfenced pond in grounds
    • Small freezer
    • Wi-Fi
    • Telephone

    Note: Ysgubor Fawr (OXK), Ty Nant (OXL), Y Bwthyn (OXM), Rhandir Long House (OXJ) and Rhandir Barn (OX4) can be booked together to sleep up to 25 people. The magnificent dining room at Ysgubor Fawr has seating for 20 and more can be added. The adjacent kitchen is well equipped and easily lends itself to use by caterers.

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  • Mara Cottage

    Dinas, nr. Crymych

    Grade
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    Ref: OW3


    Nestled in a scenic wooded valley in the charming hamlet of Dinas, this traditional Welsh barn conversion, adjacent to the owners’ home, is situated in 10 acres of matured grounds with two friendly resident horses, where wildlife flourishes and flowers blossom. The former barn dating back to the mid 18th century, has been carefully restored to uncover much of its original charm and character, including exposed Welsh oak beams and stone walls, with lots of welcoming touches added to provide couples with the perfect romantic retreat whatever the occasion. The open-plan living area is featured on the first floor which allows guests the freedom to snuggle up on the sofa next to the cosy wood-burning stove or on a warm summers evening, sit back and relax on the private balcony and watch the sun set over the picturesque countryside. Outside, the rugged woodland offers peace and tranquillity in abundance, where you can enjoy scenic walks along the glistening stream which leads into the village. Conveniently located on the borders of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, the area abounds with fantastic walks and historic sites dotted around the county, including the ancient burial chamber of Pentre Ifan Dolmen tucked away peacefully in the Preseli Hills and the majestic sites of Cardigan, Cilgerran and Carew castles. The traditional market towns of Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthen and Cardigan are within easy reach. The iconic coastline of Pembrokeshire is within easy reach and features the picturesque coastal resorts of Newport and St Davids, as is the heritage coastline of Cardigan Bay which is famously renowned for spotting grey seals and bottlenose dolphins on a clear day! The historic town of Laugharne is just a short drive away and is famous for birthplace of the late Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, which features his iconic boat house and historic castle lying peacefully on the edge of the River Taf. The property is located 10¾ miles away from the popular Carmarthen Golf Club. Horse riding can be found 7¼ miles away. Shop 7 miles, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Double bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: Large, beamed open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and French doors to balcony/small, galley-style kitchen with wooden floors. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full Economy 7 central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared 10-acre natural woodland grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Stabling and pasture on request
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream, pond and sloping banks in grounds

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  • Wauntwr Cottages - Bwthyn Bach

    Wauntwr, Trelech

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 29177

    Excellent base for both touring and walking

    Lying peacefully in a rural location on the owners’ smallholding, near the small hamlet village of Trelech, these semi-detached holiday cottages (29176 and 29177) have been finished to a very good standard, offering an excellent touring base for a family or couples alike. Conveniently located, they are in an area that abounds with fantastic walks around the nearby Preselli Hills, a natural playground for mountain bikers, ramblers and walkers. Situated close to the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire borders, guests can discover the famous castles of the west including Carreg Cennen, Kidwelly and Laugharne, once home to famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and his iconic boat house. Visit the popular tourist resorts of Tenby and Narbeth and explore the array of boutique shops, fantastic restaurants and award-winning theme parks including Oakwood, Manor House and Folly Farm, home to Wales’ very own colony of giraffes. Golf, riding and fishing nearby. Shop 8 miles, pub serving food 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Tiled floors throughout.

    Both properties: Underfloor central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Shared use of field. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Game Keepers

    Llangadog

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: HW7729

    Two delightfully located cottages on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park and in stunning countryside share a cobbled courtyard with the owners stables and carriage driving centre. Llangadog itself, 3 miles, is a charming village with pubs and eateries. Close by is the spectacular Red Kite Feeding Centre and buzzards also abound. Salmon, sewin and trout are found in the crystal clear waters of the rivers and mountain streams; the area is idyllic for walking, cycling, bird watching, fishing and carriage driving. National Botanical Gardens of Wales and Aberglasney Gardens are not to be missed. The ancient market towns of Llandovery, 3 miles and Llandeilo, 9 miles offer history and places to eat whilst Llandeilo also boasts an antique centre, interesting shops and castle.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Garden and furniture.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Use of owners washing machine (by arrangement). Freezer. Shared grounds. Shared parking. Cycle store (on request). Carriage driving lessons and rides available (by arrangement, at cost).

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  • Malting Floor Cottage

    Laugharne

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W43204


    This quaint little holiday cottage is situated just off the estuary and makes a perfect hideaway. The property has been decorated and furnished to a very good standard. Situated close to Dylan Thomas’s former home – the iconic Boathouse – it is one of the most famous views in Wales; then there’s the poet’s restored writing shed overlooking the stunning Taf Estuary, and his favourite watering hole, the Brown’s Hotel. There’s so much more to Laugharne than the resting place of the English-language poet from Wales. But ’the strangest town in Wales’ (as Dylan famously called it), is a mecca for walkers, birdwatchers and fishermen as well as artists, writers, poets and painters. Laugharne’s imposing castle overlooks the estuary, Carmarthen Bay and beyond. Just a stone’s throw away from the Pembrokeshire border, guests can explore the spectacular coastline and discover the picturesque harbour towns of Tenby and Saundersfoot, which are rich with seafood restaurants, golden beaches and thrilling leisure attractions, including Oakwood, Manor House Zoo and Heatherton. Horse riding nearby. Ideal for golfers. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Car park 50 yards. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Blaenffynnon Barn

    Dinas near Newcastle Emlyn

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC632059
    Nestled in tranquil countryside, Blaenffynnon Barn enjoys open views of the encircled woodlands and picture postcard valley, spreading through the Carmarthenshire landscape. This single storey barn conversion is located on the owner’s nine-acre organic small holding with pigs, sheep, geese and ducks, just outside the quaint village of Dinas near Trelech, which offers an ideal base from which to explore the many delights of the area. The property is full of character with an imposing slate floor directing you to the focal wood burner to enjoy those cosy evenings in. From the thoughtfully appointed master bedroom you won’t escape the sweeping valley views below. Formal dining is available in the kitchen however you may prefer to dine alfresco and take in the tranquillity and the unobstructed views from the private patio of the valley below.
    Blaenffynnon Barn is the perfect location for exploring both the coast and countryside of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion giving you a wider choice of places to explore. Walkers will enjoy the Preseli Mountains and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path which covers some 180 miles. The market town of Newcastle Emlyn lies on the River Teifi and hosts many boutique and craft shops. Travelling downstream the River Teifi you will stumble across the majestic Cenarth Falls, which if you time it right, in the Autumn you can see the salmon and sea trout leaping up the falls which really is a magnificent sight.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: Spacious with slate floor.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, 32" Freesat TV, DVD player, iPod dock and patio doors.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder at cost. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.

    Large lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared 9-acre natural grounds. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Stabling available by arrangement. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds, 100 yards.

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  • Pant-y-Bryn Bach

    Llandovery

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: W42590

    Beautiful traditional cottage

    This detached holiday cottage is a beautiful conversion of a Welsh longhouse, renovated to a very good standard. There are splendid views towards The Black Mountains and the Cambrian Mountains, or you can visit the historic wells of Llanwrtyd or Llangammarch. Llandovery is situated 3 miles away on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, whilst 6 miles away is Myddfai, famous for its physicians. The area is full of beautiful walks and bridleways, with an RSPB nature reserve near Llyn Brianne Reservoir. The beautiful forests of Cwm Rhaeadr and Crychan are a short distance away. Guests can bring their own horse (book separately) and enjoy riding in this stunning scenery. Approx 11 miles away is the market town of Llandeilo. Pub 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom (can be double on request).

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Private garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. No children.

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  • Bank Cottage

    Llandeilo

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: OR6


    Situated in the heart of the historic town of Llandeilo, this 18th-century boutique bolthole, one of a pair, has retained much of its original charm and character, making it a perfect base for a couple looking for a romantic getaway. The cottage has been beautifully appointed to retain its elegant simplicity with a vintage and contemporary style throughout and lots of welcoming touches added for that luxury experience. The heart of Llandeilo is on your doorstep, famous for its award winning chocolate shop, boutique shopping and elegant restaurants dotted around the town. Discover the county’s historic sites including Carreg Cennen and Aberglasney Manor or explore the heritage park of Dinefwr and learn its rich history behind its beautiful 12th century castle situated amongst a tranquil 800-acre park with wild deer running free. For an adventurous day out, try walking the iconic ‘Llyn-y-Fan-Fach’ (Lady of the Lake), which boasts fantastic views over the Brecon Beacons National Park amidst shimmering lakes and tumbling waterfalls. Horse riding and golf nearby. Shop and pub 50 yards.

    Beamed living room with feature fireplace/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only) and galley-style kitchen area with granite worktops. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard
    • Patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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