Ty Steffan (WAW217)
Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Eco-friendly single storey cottage in an out-of-the way location 5 miles from Carmarthen, very peaceful and with outstanding views to the Tywi estuary and Llansteffan Castle. Guests have use of 5 acres of beautiful gardens, great for wildlife watching, and you're right by the Wales Coast Path for lovely walking. Enjoy cycling, golf, pony trekking, castles and gardens, and don't forget Laugharne for Dylan Thomas's boathouse and Pembrey for track racing.
Size: Sleeps 2, 1 bedroom
Nearest beach: 4 miles
Nearest amenities: 1.5 miles
Pets: Sorry no pets
Short breaks: Available at this property
Smoking: Permitted, preferably outside
Rooms: Bedroom, ensuite shower room, kitchen/living room
Beds: 1 double bed
General: Ground source heating, solar power; TV, DVD, hi-fi
Utilities: Electric cooker, microwave, fridge; shared washing machine & freezer
Standard: Kettle, toaster, iron
Other: Linen and towels provided
Outdoors: Private seating area with barbecue, furniture and patio heater; access to 5 acres
Parking: Private parking
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The West Wales/Pembrokeshire region
Wales is a place of natural beauty and diversity. The north east of Wales features some traditional seaside towns and spectacular views and is a great place to stay. The West coast has some great coastal walks and lovely sandy beaches to discover. Surfing and dog walking is popular in this area. The north west has highlights including Mount Snowdon and the Isle of Anglesey in this magical part of Wales; you will find a break here relaxing or if you fancy going for a climb then it would be adventurous. The south coast of Wales has sandy beaches but also the benefit of access some of Wales' largest cities including the capital Cardiff. The Brecon Beacons are full of steep mountain escarpments, waterfalls and spectacular views. In mid Wales you will begin to discover the appeal of the Valleys. And finally, Pembrokeshire has jagged coastlines, secret bays and some of the finest coastal towns line this area and you can see why people return every year to holiday there.
This county town on the River Towy with a population of nearly 14,000 claims to be the oldest town in Wales; a Roman fort is believed to date from the first century and nearby is one of two remaining Roman amphitheatres in Wales. The site of Carmarthen castle is known to have been used since 1105; destroyed in 1215 by Llywelyn the Great it was rebuilt in 1223 and Carmarthen was among the first medieval walled towns in Wales.
Carmarthenshire County Museum is just out of the town at Abergwili housed in an old house which has been in continuous use since about 1290, surrounded by lawns, gardens and trees and bordered by a lake; founded as a college it became the Bishop's Palace for the diocese of St David's . The Palace is a fitting setting for a variety of collections; the elegant C17th and C18th galleries have furniture and portraits, the C20th shows a kitchen and living room of the 1940's and another gallery houses Penrhiwbeili Farmhouse with its unique collection of furniture and ceramics from the family, where the two ground floor rooms are easily fitted into the bishop's bedroom.
There is a C19th schoolroom and a clogmaker's workshop, a large collection of apothecary jars from an old chemist's shop in Carmarthen, gold articles from the Roman gold mines at Dolaucothi and a large and very important collection of standing stones dating back to pre-historic times.
The town has a recently opened shopping centre with a multi-screen cinema, department store, market hall, restaurants and a multi-storey car park. In the area are some major attractions including the National Botanic Garden of Wales to the east of the town.
Opened in May 2000 it is now the most visited garden in Wales having been voted the number 1 'Wonder of Wales'. The Garden has an amazing collection of over 8000 different plant varieties, spread across 560 acres of beautiful countryside and a stunning range of themed gardens have been developed to appeal to a wide range of visitors, from those who just love the sight and smells of flowers to those who want to know about medicinal plants or the latest DNA research into plant evolution.
There are always plenty of activities for families in the school and bank holidays, and the Garden has a year round diverse programme of events and the world's largest single spanned glasshouse that has the best display of Mediterranean climate zone plants in the Northern hemisphere.
The last remaining section of the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth railway line closed in 1973. Today the Gwili Railway runs from Bronwydd Arms Station (about 4 miles north of Carmarthen) to a new halt at Danycoed, a living reminder of a Great Western Railway branch line set in the Carmarthenshire hills.
Some 5 miles north of Carmarthen at Pont ar Sais is the Gwili Pottery, which has been creating domestic pottery for over 25 years and has a wide variety of different shapes in around 30 designs. From vases and plates to jugs and lamp bases, each piece has the unique feel of an artwork because everything is hand-made. Visitors are welcome to visit to see the pots being made and view the gallery, where the whole range of ceramics is on display.
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