Llofft y Seren
Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Remote yet with a railway station just 5 minutes walk away, Llofft y Seren (which means 'Star Loft' in Welsh) is wonderful place to retreat to with a stack of books or your sketchbook. Bringing your binoculars might be a good idea too as at the last count we had 42 different species of bird including a rare glimpse of a Goshawk earlier this year. Nestled between the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian Mountains, Llofft y Seren is just four miles north of the rural market town of Llandovery. As well as relaxing, this is a gorgeous location for nature trails, cycling and fishing as well as being an handy base for visiting the many tourist attractions in the area. Guests are provided with free logs for the woodburning stove and receive a free welcome hamper on arrival.
Start days are Fridays or Mondays. Full weeks and short breaks are offered all year round. Short breaks are 4 nights Mon-Fri or 3 nights Fri-Mon. We only let Easter, Christmas and New Year as full weeks. Artist in residence lets are available on request.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender guests can be sure of a warm welcome.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cardiff 128 km, Nearest railway: Cynghordy Station 300 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
|Further details indoors|
Accomodation is arranged 'Coaching House' style with the living space in the eves of the barn above the artist's studio below (so ceiling height is 6'4"/1.93m) max).
Open plan; beautifully decorated with vintage furniture and reclaimed oak floorboards.
Mp3 player/ipod dock (please bring the cable that goes with your model).
Daybed nook where you can stretch out, relax and read by day. Turns into single bed.
Bathroom has a bath with hand-held 'telephone' style shower mixer (ceiling height doesn't allow for over bath-shower). All taps are levers. A bathboard and movable hand grips are provided on request.
Artist's studio, with sink, easel and small supply of artist materials for the use of guests, double doors can be fully opened (with utility area with plenty of space to store bikes, mobility scooters etc).
Other equipment includes child's booster seat for dining table and wooden cot (set up on request)
The stairs up to the front door have handrails on either side and anti-slip strips on the treads. Please do ask for any further information, we would be very happy to take photos of any areas you have queries about access or mobility issues.
The cottage comes with a small stock of hand soap, bubble bath, toilet rolls, laundry liquid and fabric conditioner, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, cleaning spray, olive oil, tea and coffee, sugar, salt and pepper.
The cottage has been built into the eves of the barn and
Llofft y Seren is close to our own house but we are mindful of our guests' privacy.
|Further details outdoors|
- Bistro set on the balcony
- Picnic table in the wooded glade
- Welcome to freely wander around the one and half acre grounds
- Help yourself to herbs
Free Welcome Hamper
To support you as we don't have a village shop, we are offering our guests a complimentary welcome hamper of local goodies for your first evening meal and your first breakfast so that you can relax and not have to worry about shopping on your first night. This is especially handy if you are visiting us by train and don't want to worry about managing shopping bags as well as your luggage. There are lots of shops close to Heart of Wales Line stations just one or two stops away and in Llandovery, our nearest local town (5 miles).
Whenever we have fruit, herbs or vegetables in season, we would be delighted to share them with you, free of charge.
Our focus is on supporting the local area, fairtrade, energy use and sensitivity to the environment.
We are welcoming to all, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender guests.
The West Wales/Pembrokeshire region
In Arthurian legend, Carmarthenshire was the birthplace of Merlin, and in modern times became the home to poet Dylan Thomas. Known as the Garden of Wales, here you can find a stunning array of landscapes from the mountains of the Brecon Beacons through the beautiful and broad Tywi valley to the open beaches of Pendine sands. Carmarthenshire has some of the finest castles in the UK, several of Wales's loveliest gardens and a rich and diverse heritage. Here you'll find stylish eateries, great local produce and welcoming country pubs, in fact some of the best attractions of West Wales but without the crowds.
Nestled between the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian Mountains with their beautiful natural scenery, this is a truly tranquil location and yet in easy reach of many local attractions, either by car or by train.
Transport and Tours
The Heart of Wales Line connects Swansea to Shrewsbury. Easy to do days out from stations that work well are Llandrindod Wells, Llandovery and Llandeilo. From Llandeilo, on Tues and Thurs in the summer you can get the Towy Valley Explorer which will take you to Dinefwr Castle, Aberglasney Gardens, The National Botanic Gardens of Wales and Dryswlyn Castle, you can find out more at www.thebusthatmeetsthetrain.co.uk
We can also recommend Tywi Tours who do a wonderful range of minibus tours around the area and will pick you up from your cottage.
Walking, Cycling, Fishing, Swimming
You can choose lots of walks from the cottage door or start your walk from the one of the Heart of Wales stations. We are right next to Crychan Forest which has many walking and cycling trails, and our local Poor Man's Wood, an ancient woodland given in bequest to the people of the Llandovery area. Further afield you can explore the wildness of The Epynt or the Black Mountain in the Brecon Beacons (which you can see from the garden) and its stunning Carmarthen Fans and enchanting Llyn y Fan Fach, recently rated by Lonely Planet as one of the world's most unusual lakes. This lake is famous for its connection with the Physicians of Myddfai - a nearby village with a craft centre and cafe. The local Dinefwr Ramblers welcome holiday makers on their guided walks. In the cottage we have local OS maps and the local walking guides Great Walks from the Heart of Wales Railway and Walks around Llandovery.
This is a popular fishing area, known for salmon and 'Sewin' – the Welsh name for sea trout. If you decide to go to the Usk reservoir, take plenty of £1 coins for the license ticket machine – which is basically an adapted car park machine!
If wild swimming is your thing, you could try the pretty Washpool in Cwm Irfon (at your own risk of course). If you prefer something a little less 'intrepid', there is a public swimming pool in Llandovery. For something more luxurious then we can personally recommend the spa complex at the Lake Country House in Llangammarch Wells, less than 10 miles away. A beautiful setting and the hotel is known for excellent food.
Places to Visit
In nearby Pumsaint are the Dolaucothi Gold Mines, the only known roman gold mines in Britain. We've been, it's brilliant. Likewise we can recommend going to the Red Kite Feeding Station and watching the drama of these huge birds of prey swooping down for their tea. We are also very close to the RSPB reserve of Dinas, with its boardwalks, crags, rushing river and Twm Siôn Cati's cave. Further up from here is the spectacular reservoir of Llyn Brianne above the village of Rhandirmwyn.
At Dinefwr in Llandeilo there is a 12th century castle, country park and historic house. Nearby is the famous Carrag Cennen castle, the smaller but mysterious Dryslwyn castle and the picturesque ruins of the Talley Abbey, beloved of artists.
Arts, Crafts, and Antiques
The Tywi Valley has one of the highest concentrations of artists and crafts people in Wales, many of the local towns have galleries and craft centres. Llandeilo in particular has some fine shops and boutiques. Here you can find the local artists consortium Crafts Alive and a vast antiques and vintage warehouse called The Works – which also has a tiny but really lovely garden centre attached. Further afield is the antiques centre in Trecastle, and in Builth Wells, home of the Royal Welsh Show Grounds, they regularly hold antiques fairs as well as many other events. A little south of Builth is the Erwood Craft Centre.
Places to Eat
The Castle Hotel in Llandovery does really good gastropub style food with an emphasis on local ingredients. Awesome afternoon teas. The West End Café has a reputation among bikers (and everyone else) for having great breakfasts. The nearest place to go for a proper Sunday lunch is the Drovers Rest in Llanwrtyd Wells but you will need to book. Nice tea and cakes. For a special occassion, also in Llanwrtyd, we recommend The Carlton Riverside – one of the most highly rated restaurants in Wales. Lovely dining room overlooking the River Irfon and serves fine food with local and seasonal produce.
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18 Aug 2014
We had an extremely enjoyable and relaxing week at Seren Loft. The apartment upstairs has been lovingly furnished, the kitchen is well equipped, and most important of all: the bed is very comfortable!… More
11 Aug 2014
"Get 'away from it all' without a car!"
If you're looking for a wonderfully peaceful place to get away from it all but within walking distance of a railway station then look no further! Llofft y Seren is a gentle five-minute stroll fro… More
7 Aug 2014
"Romantic cozy cottage"
Such a lovely place to stay. Arriving by train was made so easy by the very thoughtful owners who picked us up from the station, I hadn't realized that we could have walked to the cottage in less… More
9 Apr 2013
"A Great Quiet Retreat"
We have just had a most enjoyable 8 days stay at Llofft y Seren.It is very cosy and comfortable. The kitchen is very well equipped.It was very cold and snowy when we were there but with central heatin… More
26 Mar 2013
"Fantastic, cosy and homely loft - a perfect retreat for couples"
I was really impressed by the quality of everything at Llofft y Seren. The place was lovely and homely with fantastic facilities and great attention to detail. The welcome hamper was perfect, with my vegan diet proving no problem at all. Myself and my boyfriend had a gorgeous, relaxing stay with plenty of things to do nearby amidst the beautiful countryside. We hope to return in the future and I can't recommend it highly enough. The only problem some people might find is the ceiling height, especially if they are particularly tall.
11 Mar 2013
"A Cosy Cottage, even in cold and wet weather."
February was our third visit to Seren Loft and this review is to confirm that even in late Autumn and Early Spring you can be warm and comfortable. The timed central heating together with the option of lighting the wood burning stove ensured the rooms stayed cosy. Although in the previous review we said we missed having a full height shower, this time we really appreciated soaking in the bath after being out in the cold. When the sun shone we even managed to sit on the balcony for lunch, it was so sheltered.I am looking forward to being there sometime when it is warm enough to sit outside for breakfast!
9 Mar 2013
"Ideal Rural Retreat"
I stayed here with my partner for a week, hoping to recharge the batteries. When we arrived, there was a sumptuous and very welcome 'welcome hamper' of local produce, and everything we neede… More
7 Feb 2013
"Comfortable Rural Retreat"
This was our second visit to Llofft y Seren in as many months. The accommodation is spacious but cosy, well equipped and very comfortable. The generous welcome hamper contains delicious locally source… More
31 Dec 2012
"Relaxing and comfortable retreat in beautiful countryside"
Easy to book, great location and easy to find with good information provided in advance.Friendly hosts, nothing was too much trouble. The Lloft was well provided with information and maps, and little … More
13 Nov 2012
"Gorgeous, welcoming, well-equipped cottage, lovely scenery, charming hosts"
We slightly overstuffed the accommodation with very small children as well as two adults and a larger child, but we were very comfortable. It was extremely easy to find by train, and we were met at th… More
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