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Country Cottage With Panoramic Views Of Tywi Valley

Overview

Property

Updated: 30-Oct-2016
Cottage in Golden Grove, Carmarthen area, Carmarthenshire, Wales - Peaceful Location To Relax And Enjoy Countryside Walks, Cycle Paths, Or Visit The Botanical Gardens

Ideally situated in the heart of the country with close access to beaches including award winning Tenby, several Norman castles, trendy market towns of Llandeilo and Narberth and the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn the cottage enjoys panoramic views of the valley below and in its own 1 acre garden bountiful with wild life including fallow deer, rabbits, squirrels, hedgehogs, bats and birds of prey. Gelli Aur tea rooms are a pleasant walk away or visit the most haunted Aberglasney Gardens and tea room, the Welsh Botanical Gardens or one of the number of castles at Dryslwyn, Dinefwr, Carreg Cennen, Llansteffan or Kidwelly. The beaches of Pembrokshire including, Pendine Sands, Saundersfoot or Tenby are an hours' drive away, Try the Millennium Coastal path to explore the tranquil green corridor along the Gower Peninsula and the Mumbles or Brechfa Mountain for miles of spectacular single track centres to explore the Black Mountain and Brecons.

Golf Courses are abundant locally or visit the newly opened Ffos Las Racecourse for excitement.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hello, my name is Julie. The cottages were our family home from 1998 - so we know how wonderful it is to spend time there. When we bought the cottages we sympathetically renovated and restored them preserving many of the original features. We are proud of the cottages and feel very attached to them but are happy opening them up and welcoming you - to enjoy with your family and friends. I will be your personal contact from inquiry to departure and aim to ensure that you have an experience you will want to repeat and recommend to others.

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Speaks English, Welsh

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for letting us stay in your charming cottage. The children loved the cabin and making dens in the woods. Great walks too for Lottie the dog. Beautiful views and cosy, well equipped cottage. Within east reach of Llansteffan Beach and plenty of Norman castles to explore! Great shopping too in Llandeilo. Sorry to leave. We will be back!
Oct 2016
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4 Reviews

3.8
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

4

Relaxing break in beautiful location.

  • 4 of 5

As a family of 4 with 2 dogs we stayed in this cottage for part of the October halfterm holiday. The cottage is in a beautiful rural location with a great view from the house and garden. There are plenty of trips suited to families accessible from the cottage - the coast, including the Gower peninsula, the Brecon Beacons, the National Botanical Gardens of Wales, Bird of Prey centre, and abundant castles! As much as anything though our boys enjoyed the easy access to the woods that border the garden where they had free roam to build dens and play. The steps to the cabin in the garden were slippery but this was clearly marked with a warning sign, and it did not stop us accessing the cabin with care. We had a power cut on our first evening which meant we had a few teething problems with the heating etc - Julie was readily available on the phone to help and talk us through how to reset the boiler etc. We found the lack of internet a welcome relief rather than a hindrance! Will definitely be adding the cottage to our shortlist of ones to return to in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Pretty little house in a lovely spot but sadly neglected

  • 1 of 5

We booked this house for a weekend away recently. The setting of the house was superb. We had been slightly surprised that the owner had told us bring our own towels when she sent the joining instructions through about a week before our stay, these were listed as included, but at least we had been given notice. Unfortunately, when we arrived we realised that unbelievably the house had no internet connection, despite this also being on the listing. There is no way we would have booked a weekend away with no internet, and had we not managed to get 4G through one mobile (at great cost) we wold have had to return home there and then.

Also, disappointingly, access to the studio at the back of the garden, advertised as a highlight of the property, was completely impossible due to poor maintenance of the steps. Finally, none of the lamps in the sitting room had bulbs in and lamps in the bedrooms had dead bulbs in.

On return home I contacted the owner of the house who claimed that Owner's Direct had failed to update her listing as she had asked - this would have included an extra charge for towels, lack of internet and a more expensive price than the one we had paid. She offered to refund us £20 for the money we had to pay for 4G data, but most unpleasantly of all when this came through to my bank account she had labelled it 'wingeing' (sic.) And there I was thinking I had been quite retrained raising the matter with her alone and not putting it into a review so that other customers would know what they were dealing with! I'd avoid and choose another holiday let in the area, if I were you.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pretty little house in a wonderful spot and cherished by all who appreciate an escape from the hassles of day to day routine! 60% of our guests revisit every year for up to two weeks at a time. I'm sorry therefore that your 2 night experience was so bad to justify such a vitriolic review. If only you had called me on arrival I would have been happy to rectify the faulty lightbulbs. The 4G connection works brilliantly and is why we dispensed with the intermittent Internet. The cabin is a wonderful place to enjoy the views and for health and safety reasons we display a safety sign to remind our guests that the wood is slippery when wet. The cottage is well loved and this year we have invested in new double glazed windows throughout for our guests enjoyment. I didn't enjoy receiving your email asking for refund in return for not submitting a review and I would have much preferred receiving a call from you to discuss. Inspite of reimbursing your costs you posted one anyway but this might have been in response to the cleaning company's review of the standard they found the cottage on your departure. In any event I wish you all the best and as my mother in law often says 'sometimes it's good to stop and smell the flowers' !
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Great cottage in lovely location

  • 5 of 5

Lovely location with great views and so quiet and peaceful. Julie was great in communicating my stay at the property and there was everything there you could need.

Enjoyed a lot of lovely countryside and plenty of places to visit in the surrounding area.

Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a peaceful break and central to lots of great places to visit.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well located cottage within easy reach of wonderful shopping in Llandeilo, eateries & country walks

  • 5 of 5

A most relaxing, enjoyable stay in a fantastic cottage with amazing views in all weather. We will return!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We think it's a piece of god's earth and a well kept secret! We're pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back!
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Location

From the Owner

We were fortunate to be able to acquire, what were then, two dilapidated cottages in the best location in the valley of Golden Grove overlooking the Towy Valley and Cilsan Bridge (which is the location where I was born)! This is a magical place where you can appreciate the wonders of the countryside, the wildlife, as it constantly changes each season. A place that we have always looked forward to escaping to enjoy its peace and tranquillity no matter what time of the year it is.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Cardiff at 50 Miles Nearest Barpub : Llandeilo at 5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Fishguard at 30 Miles Nearest Golf : Carmarthen at 10 Miles Nearest Train : Llandeilo at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : M4 at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Wrights Emporium Llanarthne at 3 Miles Nearest Ski : Pembre Llanelli at 20 Miles Nearest Beach : Llansteffan at 15 Miles Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

Llansteffan Beach - 20 minutes drive away - a partly sand dune and pebble beach on the banks of an estuary with a Norman castle up on the hill to explore.

Award winning Tenby, Pendine Sands and Saundersfoot - popular tourist beaches approx 50 minutes drive

Gower Peninsular - including Mumbles - approx 40 minutes drive

Pembre Coastal beach and Millennium Cycle path - 40 minutes drive

Travel:

Nearest airport is Cardiff airport circa 1 hours drive away

Distances:

The cottage is well located to explore the surrounding countryside and beaches. There are several picturesque walks from the front door of the cottage into surrounding woodlands where nature is at its most bountiful with rabbits, fallow deer and red kites in abundance. The nearest village of Llandeilo with its ample pubs, cafes and bars including the Ginhaus, Vodkabar, The Cawdor Hotel and several coffee shops, supermarkets and local organic butchers, delicatessen, eclectic kitchen shop and Toast fashion house is approx 5 miles away. Market day is on every Friday. Carmarthen, the main town is approx 20 minutes drive away and is home to large super markets and department stores. Castles, Botanical gardens, cycle paths, golf courses, riding centres and tea rooms are close by.

Further Details:

Llandeilo is a market town with speciality shops, vets, doctors, dentists, banks, restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and includes Toast fashion store, Heavenly ice cream parlour, Peppercorn kitchen store - 5 minutes drive

Aberglasney Country House, gardens and tea rooms - the most haunted house in Britain - 5 minutes drive

Gelli Aur Country Park - 5 minutes walk

National Botanical Gardens for Wales - 5 minutes drive

Local train stations are at Llandeilo and Carmarthen - links to Swansea and trains to London Paddington or the West Country.

Access to M4 motorway is approx 10 minutes drive

Carmarthen - is the main town circa 20 minutes away

Cardiff - 50 miles away by car

Millennium Coastal Path - 40 minutes drive

Brechfa Mountain Biking Centre - 10 minutes drive

Glynhir and Carmarthen Golf Clubs - circa 20 minutes drive

Ffos Las Racecourse - approx 40 minutes drive

Dinefwr Riding Centre - approx 10 minutes

Beaches - at Tenby, Pendine and Saundersfoot - approx 1 hours drive

Llansteffan Beach and castle - 20 minutes drive

Castles at Dinefwr and Dryslwyn - 5 minutes drive

Y Polyn, Llanarthney award winning restaurant - 10 minutes drive

Pontargothi Gold Mines - 20 minutes drive

Folly Farm - 40 minutes drive

Oakwood park fun-fare - 40 minutes drive

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Christmas and New Year
18 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
£200
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£550
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£150
for 2 nights
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£75
£400
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
Bookings to made via e-mail. Deposits to be paid within 7 working days with final payment due 2 months before the date of the holiday.

Changeover Day:Saturday as a rule. Towels are NOT provided
Changeover day is Saturday. Arrival after 2.30am and departure by 10.00am

Notes on prices:
Prices are for week long bookings, but 3 or 4 night breaks are available from £150 - £300. Please contact me if you're interested in a short stay.
Prices include bed linen, heating, electricity and cleaning.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Located just 5 minutes drive from the market town of Llandeilo where we love to spend a Saturday morning enjoying brunch at Cafe Braz or the Cawdor Hotel before wondering around the many shops including fashionable Toast, Peppercorn kitchen shop, jewellers Mari Thomas and the many antique shops and markets. There are ample country walks around the cottage inc Gelli Aur Country Park and tea rooms or head for Wrights Food Emporium or Y Polyn, both award winning restaurants. 0r Award winning beach Tenby or Saundersfoot/Pendine and shopping destination Narberth (1 hour drive) the Millennium Coastal Cycle Path (40 mins drive) National Botanical Gardens (10 mins drive) Aberglasney Gardens (2 mins drive), Brechfa Forest Mountain Biking Centre (30 mins drive) Castles of Dynefwr and Dryslwyn.

Property Type

  • cottage

General

  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • The main bathroom consists of the original cast iron roll bath, a separate shower and wc. Decorated with black and white tiles and farrow and ball paints it's warm, yet trendy. Note that the cast iron roll top bath is the original and does have some signs of its age.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot, Travel cot only provided with high chair
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The main bedroom consists of a large king size bed with side cabinets, wardrobe and chest. From your bedroom you can stare out at the valley below shrouded in a veil of mist as day breaks. The 2nd bedroom is equally well equipped with 2 single beds.

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • 1 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The 2 bedroom cottage has been recently redecorated and provides a cosy retreat away from hustle and bustle of daily life. The bedrooms are situated on the first floor approached via a single staircase leading up from the ground floor hall. The ground floor offer a large living room with panoramic views across the valley, separate dining room again with panoramic views. The fitted kitchen leads from the dining room and is well catered with fitted cooker, hob and overhead fan, washer dryer and fridge with freezer compartment. The ground floor bathroom benefits from an overhead power shower. Outside: The cottage stands in an acre plot of garden and has its own log cabin with panoramic views over the Tywi Valley. Guests can enjoy a glass of wine as the sun goes down and darkness quietly absorbs the surrounding forests and wild life. Immediately behind the cottage is a large patio and a lawn planted with shrubs and flowers and a path that leads to the top of the garden and a large wood cabin (Cottage No 1 only) with its own balcony to enjoy the spectacular views across the valley. Both the patios and Cabin are supplied with garden furniture including table, chairs and wooden benches. Residents can enjoy a barbecue and relax as the sun goes down. The gardens attract wild deer in the Autumn as they wonder into the orchard and enjoy eating the apples fallen from the trees. In Winter the mist blankets the valley below like a 'dragon's breath' and slowly lifts as the day breaks.

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