Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Blaencwm Lodge is a magical, detached single-storey property originating in the 17th century, sitting in its private, south-facing garden bordered by a stream. Its cosy sitting room (with sofa bed) and one bedroom are original, exposed-beamed and traditional. Free logs for the woodburner are available all year round. The airy dining and kitchen room is recently-built and attractive, and its double-glazed, oak-framed windows offer big skies and extensive scenic views, especially to the west and its sunsets. The night skies - for star watching - are acknowledged authoritatively as world-class
Blaencwm is also something of a wildlife paradise. This one-time only toehold of the red kite also has a variety of other rarer bird sightings, including goshawks, pied flycatchers, crossbills and others. The guestbook indicates an unofficial competition for sightings with over 30 species spotted in/from the garden alone. We have come face to face with a polecat in the roadside bank outside, and pheasants usually drift in to scoop up the birdfood discarded by picky smaller birds. A red squirrel has been spotted in the adjacent spinney in 2013. More domestically, a treat for many are the daily visits of horses in the adjoining field.
With regret, dogs cannot be admitted to Blaencwm Lodge and its grounds.
Blaencwm Lodge is not one of the majority of cottages which are adjacent to owners' residences or in clusters. You will be on your own to relax and enjoy Blaencwm's peace, charm and seclusion- yet 2.6 miles from the pub! (and shops; and 3 miles from the railway station)
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Llangadog 5 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
Blaencwm's sitting room has a woodburner stove, sofa bed, television, dvd player, storage heater and telephone (self-pay). The bedroom has an exposed pine floor, storage heater, plenty of books and a working open fireplace. The mattress and bedding are of high quality. The bright bathroom has a bath, a good shower and a shaving point. A small storage heater ticks over and a wall-fixed fan heater is available for a quick boost of heat. Both are of bathroom specification. The dining and kitchen room has a solid oak floor, fridge-freezer, cooker/oven, microwave (the type that 'does everything'), coffee grinder, cafetiere; and granite work surface. There is a top-of-class washer/dryer adjacent to the kitchen.
Windows throughout the property are (oak-frame) double-glazed
|Further details outdoors||
The garden itself has a number of viewing points too; and the pleasure of a glass of wine, watching the sun go down, from indoors or out, in perfect peace broken only by birdsong and the tumbling stream never wanes. A chimenea provides an extra glow on the terrace on off-season evenings, and there is a 'pizza oven firepit' barbecue. Being south-facing and private, the garden is also a good place for relaxed sunbathing. In fact it is possible to follow the sun for most of the day, using any of five different seating areas. Four face south and west for the sunsets, and one east for breakfast (well brunch anyway). For the culinarily inclined, at least six herbs are usually to be found growing a few paces from the kitchen door. (Oregano - wonderful with local lamb, is colonising the place!). There is a parking place.
The access road is a proper council-maintained tarmac one, and yet quiet and peaceful due to its being a no-through road with only one property beyond it
Logs for the woodburner are free.
Reasonable electricity consumption is included.
An average of 330 MB of internet access per day is included.
Linen for up to 2 persons sharing the bedroom bed is provided, including bedding, towels and tea towels. Bedding for the sofa bed is not provided.
Smoking areas are in the garden.
With considerable regret, we are unable to accept pets.
Blaencwm Lodge is offered ideally for two persons; though there is a double sofa-bed in the sitting room, for which you would need to bring own bedding. You are welcome to bring a baby and cot. If you do choose to have children to stay, you need to be aware that the garden and environs are potentially dangerous, given that there are steep drops into often-deep pools which are unfenced.
The Prince of Wales has selected Myddfai for his Welsh home!
The West Wales/Pembrokeshire region
Nearby are historic castles - Carreg Cennen being described as the most theatrically-set castle in Wales: the national Botanic gardens under its astonishing glass dome; Aberglasney Gardens; the stunningly-set RSPB Dinas-Gwenfrwdd; Brecon Beacons National Park walking from Blaencwm Lodge's doorstep. Myddfai, and its 'Phsicians of Myddfai' history, is very near; and Llyn-y-Fan Fach, the mysterious lake of the "Lady of the Lake" legend is up the mountain from it.
Further afield are "Waterfall Land" and its network of caves; and a wide choice of coastline scenery to south and west, including the unsung "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty"-designated Gower coast.
Blaencwm Lodge is situated on a peaceful no-through road in the parish of Myddfai, and is one mile from the western boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Blaencwm is closest as the crow flies - and by forestry track - to the village of Myddfai, but it bears the postal address of Llangadog, the closest village by road, 2.6 miles away, a pleasant and peaceful walk on a very quiet minor road. Llangadog, situated on the Towy, has two excellent eating pubs, a thriving church with a proud musical tradition, and even a station stop on the famously scenic Central Wales Line. There is a general store and an excellent butcher.
Llandovery, somewhat larger than Llangadog, is 4.2 miles in the opposite direction.
There are glorious walking opportunities in the surrounding National Park and Towy Valley. The Carmarthenshire and Gower coasts to the south and Cardiganshire beaches to the west are roughly equidistant, and accessed largely by quiet and scenic roads which are a pleasure in themselves. The stunning Gwenffrwd-Dinas RSPB reserve is 14 miles away.