Cottage - Ger-y-Mor
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
A lovely old cottage, built in around 1863, within easy reach of all facilities. Delightful private courtyard garden, and secure storage for your bikes (the Coastal pathway is only a few hundred yards away). A stone-built terraced cottage, close to the harbour and beach. Originally built for his workers by a Victorian entrepreneur, it is now a cosy welcoming home that can be your base for a relaxing holiday in the Garden of Wales.
Just 5 minutes walk to the beach, in one direction, or the shops and pubs in the other.
The cottage became available for holiday lets in July 2011, and we were delighted to receive a 4-star grading from VisitWales shortly afterwards.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Burry Port 400 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||400 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cardiff 94 km, Nearest railway: Pembrey & Burry Port 400 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The 'freezer' is the ice-box within the Fridge.
Whilst towels are provided, please bring your own beach towels.
For more background and photos - see our blog at www.ger-y-mor.co.uk
|Further details outdoors|
The small courtyard garden catches the sun all day long. Ideal for barbecues.
You can see the sea from the back bedroom, although we would not quite count this as a 'sea-view'!
Bicycle hire is available from one of the local shops (5 minutes walk away).
Parking is in the road outside the cottage, but the road is quiet and one of the widest in the town.
The West Wales/Pembrokeshire region
An area that is full of interesting things to see and do - without having to travel too far.
Apart from our own delightful and uncrowded beaches (either side of the harbour), why not visit Pembrey Country Park (a few miles west of Burry Port), home to Cefn Sidan beach - some 7 miles or so of golden sand, with panoramic views across Carmarthen Bay. A few miles further west and you come across Ferryside on the Towy estuary. If you wish to stray out of the county, one side we have Swansea (and the renowned Gower peninsula) and the other side is Pembrokeshire (Saundersfoot, Tenby etc).
No shortage of these in Wales, and locally you could visit Kidwelly Castle or (on the other side of the River Towy) Llansteffan Castle. Across the border in Pembrokeshire, there is Carew Castle and Manorbier Castle, and in Swansea, there is Swansea Castle (not much left these days) and Oystermouth Castle (in Mumbles).
Lots of 'individual' shops in the smaller towns (for example, Llandeilo [45 minutes away] or Narberth [about 55 minutes]). Carmarthen is a lovely old county town with many small shops, as well as a new shopping centre with many big name stores. In the other direction is Llanelli with two thriving out-of-town shopping areas (Parc Trostre and Parc Pemberton).
A few minutes from the cottage is the Millennium Coastal Path - 10 miles or so of (reasonably) flat cycling. Lots of safe cycling in Pembrey Country Park and, for the more ambitious, options like the Carmarthen & Llanelli Loop (about 50 miles in length).
Apart from a pleasant stroll along the coastal path, there are several other enjoyable walks. You could even try St Illtyd's walk (this goes from Pembrey Country Park to Margam Country Park - about 64 miles of it)!
No shortage of fantastic courses - there are 3 courses within 10 miles of the cottage, plus several others a little further afield. There is also a pitch & putt course in Pembrey Country Park.
Fancy skiing? Try the dry ski slope in Pembrey Country Park. Horse riding is there as well. Indoor bowls in Llanelli. Or maybe see Llanelli's famous rugby team at Parc y Scarlets.
Apart from sightings along the coast, there are some (free) hides in Pembrey Country Park, and of course the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Llanelli.
There are many male voice choirs and brass bands in the area, as well as folk clubs, open mic nights, and live bands in local pubs. (I can recommend a great local rock & roll band - I happen to be in it!)
Why not visit the National Botanical Garden of Wales (about 17 miles away) or Aberglasney House and Gardens (about 21 miles).
Folly Farm (Kilgetty - 37 miles away), Dinosaur Park (Tenby), and Oakwood (near Narberth).
There are lots - Carmarthenshire County Museum, National Woollen Museum (Llandysul), Dylan Thomas Boathouse (Laugharne), Kidwelly Industrial Museum (Mynyddygarreg), Museum of Speed (Pendine), Museum of Childhood (Llangeler), etc.. And do try to fit in a visit to St Fagans National History Museum (near Cardiff) on the way to (or from) Burry Port.
Whetted your appetite? We hope so, so come and stay in our cottage and find out for yourself.
Burry Port is a small town five miles west of Llanelli, on the Loughor estuary. The town's harbour is where Amelia Earhart landed in 1928 as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
These days, you can get here much more easily, and discover Carmarthenshire's 'best kept secret'.
No village or town of Burry Port existed until about 1850, springing up around the new docks adjacent to Pembrey. Originally, local people made a living from farming and fishing before the industrial revolution brought the railways and collieries to the area. Mining and the trade in coal led to the harbour being constructed in 1832, after the 'Old Harbour' at Pembrey started to silt up.
In the 20th century, with the closure of the Cwm Mawr mines, the railway sidings around the harbour were lifted, and since then the town has gradually shaken of its industrial heritage. The harbour is now a marina for small leisure craft. Over the last decade, considerable improvements have been carried out, and visitors are now discovering the town's fantastic location.
Nearby is the Pembrey Country Park (and Cefn Sidan sands), and also Ffos Las racecourse. Burry Port lies on the Millennium Coastal Path, for walking or cycling. The railway station is very convenient, and trains go east (to Swansea, Cardiff, London) and west into Pembrokeshire. You can even charter a boat for fishing or sight-seeing.
The town has a good complement of local shops and a selection of pubs and places to eat. There are currently plans for further development around the harbour including a cinema.
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4 Sep 2013
"Lovely week in the perfect location"
It seems the Gower gets all the coverage for beaches but Burry Port is a strong contender. We had a lovely stay at the house and enjoyed the proximity to the beach in Burry Port and the cycle path to… More
24 Jun 2013
"A South-West Wales delight"
We spent a very enjoyable week at Ger-y-Mor. The property is a very substantial terraced house in a quiet road, and warm and comfortable: a large lounge, sizeable kitchen with everything needed, and t… More
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