The Old Forge Pumphouse
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
The Old Forge Pumphouse was originally built in 1939. In 2006 it was completely renovated in a modern style. The holiday accommodation is in an adjoining annexe to the owner’s home. The property sits in a two acre plot with river frontage (Gwendraeth Fach). The classy apartment has a modern feel. Sleeps 2 people but a 3rd can be accommodated.
The local town of Kidwelly, with its castle, many pubs and food outlets is nearby. Brechfa Forest and the Brecon Beacons are within easy driving, as well as the market town of Carmarthen, Llanelli, Pembrey Country Park, Swansea and Gower. Lovely beaches in Pembrokeshire are within a short drive, along with the bustling country town of Narbeth, which has an abundance of food outlets, craft shops and places to explore. Kidwelly is ideally situated as a central point - there is always something to do whatever the weather.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pembrey (Cefn Sidan Sands) 5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cardiff International 115 km, Nearest railway: Kidwelly 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment has underfloor heating; sofa bed; full Sky package (including Sky Sport). Sleeps 2 people.
We now provide a travel cot and high chair - please supply your own bedlinen for the travel cot.
Full sized snooker table available in owners house.
A generous welcome pack is provided..
Access to the owners washing machine if required.
|Further details outdoors|
The river Gwendraeth Fach fronts the property for some 100m, giving private fishing rights - sea trout and trout are being caught during the season. Dippers and Kingfishers are also regular visitors to the river.
We have a beautiful, quiet garden with plenty of seating areas, plus a summer house that fronts the river.
The grounds are divided into two, with formal gardens on one side and a smallholding on the other. In the smallholding we grow our own fruit and vegetables, have chickens and goats, and keep bees (well away from the formal garden) - we encourage our guests to enjoy the grounds, and to enjoy the peace and quiet.
We are in a hamlet of just 4 houses and we are the last one - we get no passing traffic and so enjoy complete privacy. The outlook is deciduous woodland which houses a multitude of wildlife.
The annex sleeps 2 people We now provide a travel cot & highchair for small children under two or the sofa bed could be used for a small child, or if the parents prefer we can provide a blow up mattress in the bedroom. Please advise in your correspondence to us.
The annex is on the flat, with no steps from car to front door, or indeed inside the property. There are non slip tiles on the floor of the bathroom. The bathroom is not fitted with aids for disability. The furniture in the bedroom and lounge is normal household and not specifically suitable for anyone with joint problems.
The West Wales/Pembrokeshire region
Carmarthenshire is known as "the garden of Wales". It has lush rural landscapes, beautiful coastlines and interesting towns. The area is steeped in history and mythology. It has so many places to visit and things to do you will want to come back for more.
Bird watchers can enjoy seeing a wide variety of unusual birds from the property (including Buzzard, Kingfisher, Dippers and Red Kites), while there are many other bird habits nearby. Fisherman can enjoy fishing rights that comes with the accommodation (subject to individual licence) and sea fishing locally.
Kidwelly offers many attractions. The medieval castle and old priory church are in the centre of town, whilst the industrial museum is just outside at Mynddygarreg. The yearly carnival is held in July, whilst the castle offers medieval attractions during July and August. For the walkers there is the Millenium coastal path and plenty of footpaths in the area.
Other local attractions include the recently opened Ffos Las Racecourse which is around 8km away; the Royal Botanical Gardens are a 25 minute drive away; Dylan Thomas’ boathouse at Laugharne is around 30 minutes drive; Aberglasney house and gardens is just outside Llandeilo: The National Wetlands Centre is a few miles east of Llanelli; The Millennium Coastal Path can be accessed at Pembrey, providing a traffic free, hard surfaced track for cyclists and walkers; Pembrokeshire lies to the west with its fabulous beaches and beautiful countryside.
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12 Sep 2014
"The Old Forge Pumphouse annexe was a real gem"
Cathy and Paul made us very welcome, they were very helpful and friendly and although the annexe was on the small side, it was very clean and comfortable well equipped and in a beautiful location. Lot… More
Thank you for your review, we are so glad you enjoyed yourselves here in Carmarthenshire and we look forward to having you back to stay sometime in the future.
10 Sep 2014
"Lovely cottage in Carmarthenshire"
First of all, we'd like to thank Cathy and Paul for their warm welcome, it was a home away from home. Nestled in the lovely Carmarthenshire countryside, the cottage is very clean and cozy, and th… More
Thank you both, we really enjoyed having you to stay and appreciate the comments about the kitchen - we try very hard to make the cottage a home from home and it is lovely when we get positive feedback.
6 Aug 2014
"Peaceful wildlife haven"
We have stayed at many holiday lets but usually through central companies. We chose this property for the flexibility....so unusual to be able to book just 4 nights in July/August. As nature lovers, w… More
Thank you so much - we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed the wildlife so much.
29 Jun 2014
"Tranquil and Reaxing"
The accommodation in the annexe was superb and could not be faulted. Everything that you needed was provided and more. We had a wonderful week and Cathy and Paul were really good hosts, friendly and h… More
Thank you for posting such a lovely review and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Hopefully you will come back and see us soon - I am watering that fuchsia for you!
27 May 2014
"Beautiful and inspiring"
This place is absolutely delightful and we couldn't recommend it highly enough. The accommodation is set in a stunning woodland setting by a river and is surrounded by flowers which Cathy and Pau… More
15 Apr 2014
"Good base for exploring"
Stayed four nights. Well equipped, clean and cosy, it's a good base for touring the area. Friendly hosts. Good food at local pub The Red Lion Inn, Llandyfaelog.Note that WiFi internet is availabl… More
Thank you for your review - please note we have recently purchased a Wifi extender, so hopeful that the signal will be better in the annex.
10 Mar 2014
This is a tiny but delightful place to stay, ideal for a couple. It is rural bliss with delightful hosts, tucked away in a secret river valley teeming with wildlife and domestic animals.If you are lo… More
Thank you Margot and Robert for reviewing our property, we are glad you enjoyed your stay.
13 Oct 2013
The property was located in a lovely setting although it was extremely small and came with a few snags. For two days we had no hot water caused by a depleted oil tank this made life a little difficult… More
We would like firstly to apologise to these guests for the problems they incurred during their stay with us, however we are saddened by the fact that they didn't talk to us directly about these problems when they were here which would have enabled us to have made their stay more restful / comfortable. They stayed a week Sat - Sat.
It is regretful that the boiler chose this time to breakdown, but actually they were only inconvenienced on one day and not two as stated. It was actually me who first drew the problem to their attention as I had hoped they hadn't been inconvenienced when I had found we had no hot water and I was assured they hadn't been. Then I kept them in the loop thereafter with regard to oil delivery and repair, with the unfortunate incidence of no hotwater just once during this period.
With regard to strimming - if we had only known they wanted to sit outside we would have changed our schedule around so that they could have done so. However they made no attempt to sit outside when we weren't strimming nor did they talk to us about this inconvenience on the many times we passed the time of day. I had apologised for the noise on the first day of clearing (Monday) and was assured by our guests that it wasn't a problem and they understood we had to do it. Monday was actually the worst day with only a couple of hours in the afternoon on Tues / Wed / Thurs. The area is our wildlife meadow, which we cut back each Autumn to keep any bramble and nettle under control and allow flowers to come through the following year. We are rewarded for our trouble with a host of wild flowers starting in January with snowdrops and gorse then a multitude of other bee / butterfly friendly plants following. This area is really important to us and this year in particular it has been a wonderful nectar cafe.
Yes we advertise as suitable for people with mobility problems because the annexe is completely on the flat and there are non slip tiles on the floor in the bathroom. The space makes it easy for people to get around. Again, if we had known the bath had been a problem to get in and out of then we could of either offered them the use of our downstairs walk in shower, but if that hadn't suited I could have made a trip to the mobility people in Carmarthen and hired bath aids. I must stress we are not unapproachable and we very much want our guests to have a comfortable stay. The annexe has 3 rooms - the bedroom and living / kitchen area both 12ft square and the bathroom 12 x 7. I agree the space is not vast, but the price we charge reflects this and the majority of our guests use it as a base to explore the surrounding welsh countryside. We do however take great pains to make it a home from home and have been complimented regularly about kitchen utensils, generous welcome pack and store cupboard items. Any space, however vast, would feel small if you sit in it for long periods of time and unfortunately these guests did spend a great deal of time sitting indoors. Carmarthenshire / Gower / Pembrokeshire all have wonderful places to visit, with cafes to just sit even if you have problems getting around, where you can admire the views, birds, wildlife or whatever takes your fancy.
21 May 2013
"Lovely relaxing break"
We spent a great week in this cosy cottage. It had everything we needed for a peaceful and relaxing break plus a thoughtful welcome pack. The grounds of the pumphouse are lovely and within minutes a d… More
23 Apr 2013
"Perfect place for nice break!"
Very beautiful and peaceful place..perfect for couples..cottage is surrounded by lot of scenic beauty with a small waterfall..perfect way to start your day! Away from the city but easily reachable.
The owners are very nice and kind..my wife left her watch in the apartment, Cathy (owner) was kind enough to send it back to us.
Will definitely want to visit this place again!
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