Blaencwm Lodge, Llangadog/ Myddfai
Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
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, 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 2, 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 2014 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 for two persons.. You are welcome to bring a baby and cot. If you do choose to have children to visit , 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.
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14 Sep 2014
"A delightful, welcoming haven of tranquility."
We spent the most fantastic, peaceful week in this delightful cottage. There was a lovely welcome note, and milk, coffee, tea and biscuits waiting for us on our arrival. The accommodation was superb -… More
5 Aug 2014
"Lovely cottage in a great location."
Blaencwm Lodge is perfect for couples wanting to get away from it all but within a few minutes drive of a small village with a pubs/restaurants. The cottage has a comfy bed, cosy lounge with wood fire… More
Great to get a '5 star' review from a seasoned Tripadvisor 'Senior Reviewer'! It's wonderful to get such appreciation, and I look forward to this guest's promised return
15 Jun 2014
"Great location, character, comfort and convenience"
Peaceful location with great views. Very well equipped. Good shops and pubs nearby in Llangadog and Llandovery. Ideal countryside for walking and cycling (if you don't mind the odd hill or two). … More
It is wonderful that guests are making use of the local railway which wends its way dreamily from Shrewsbury to Swansea, stopping conveniently at Llangadog station, only 3 miles from the cottage.
3 Nov 2013
"Relaxing and homely"
The owner went out of her way to offer us the dates we wanted, and I am so grateful she did. The place is small, warm and homely. Felt relaxed and welcome from the get go. Postcode in Tomtom took us s… More
I am pleased we have further happy guests determined to return. (The previous week's guests were on their seventh visit). Blaencwm Lodge seems to hit the spot with people whatever the season. It had never occurred to me to mention that the wifi speed and mobile signal strength are surprisingly good - but generally that is true; and important to an increasing number of people.
6 Aug 2013
"What a lovely, cosy and comfortable cottage"
We have enjoyed our stay at Blaencwm Lodge so much. It is a amazing place to be in the beautifull scenery of the Welsh hills on the edge of Brecon Beacons N.P. Cosy and comfortable to stay with lots o… More
It is lovely to have such appreciative guests. Particularly as in this case they were kind enough to send us an image of the spotted flycatchers in our nesting-box!
23 Feb 2013
"Wonderful place to stay."
Just returned from a three day stay at Blaencwm Lodge. We feel lucky to have found this great cottage which is very well presented. Very peaceful setting with fantastic views which can be seen from the lovely kitchen from where you can also watch the many species of birds.. Woodburner in the lounge was an added bonus in the cold weather. Hoping to return in warmer weather to take advantage of the pretty garden which has a stream and many different seating areas. We have stayed in many places which have been lovely but this cottage is one of the best.
I am delighted you enjoyed Blaencwm in what was a pretty cold spell.. I was glad to be able to get there myself in advance of your visit and assure that the woodburner was 'humming' for your arival. I am pleased you will return for the sunny garden experience!
15 Jan 2013
"A welcome retreat in the beauty of the Brecons"
We spent five amazingly refreshing days at Blaencwm Lodge across NYE 2012 and we simply cannot say enough about this charming cottage. We arrived in the dark after a delayed departure from London to … More
Heart-warming comments. Thank you. J
14 Dec 2012
"A piece of heaven"
We have just spent a three day short break at Blaencwm Lodge.....we can only describe it a heaven. A beautiful, clean cottage with inviting log burner. A comfy large bed with crisp cotton sheets!
We were lucky to enjoy crisp, frosty and sunny days. The views from the kitchen / dining room are amazing. The bird feeders attract a variety of birds including a beautiful woodpecker who visited daily. The red kite flying in the sky was also a wonderful sight.
The peace and tranquility certainly recharged our batteries!
A return visit in the near future is a definite for us!
Thank you Jean. Your welcome card and chocolates were a lovely thought. The Christmas decorations were just perfect! x
Lovely comments; thank you. It is rewarding when guests appreciate - as in this case - the little quality points like good quality bed linen
18 Nov 2012
"A lovely, cosy Welsh retreat with stunning views"
We had a wonderful, peaceful stay in this charming lodge. The weather prevented us from making full use of the well designed garden which has plenty of seating areas for you to admire the fabulous views and listen to the brook bubbling on by.
The owners were very helpful; it's evident that they have put a lot of thought and care into equipping the lodge which had everything you could possibly need during your stay.
Don't be put off by the thought of storage heaters. Having endured them in the past and found them ineffective we were both concerned about how warm the lodge would be. However, they worked brilliantly and kept the lodge very toasty. Logs were in plentiful supply for the wood burner.
There were lots of books, games, CDs and DVDs provided along with wi-fi in the (unlikely) event that the scenery and abundant birdlife in the garden do not keep you entertained. We were privileged to see a Red Kite most days in the field at the back of the garden.
Lots to see and do in the local area. The National Caves and Dinosaur Park were excellent.
But mostly we just stayed in, enjoying the lodge and the solitude.
One small watch-out to mention: you probably don't want to attempt to get to the lodge in a sports car as the roads are very rural and, when we visited, prone to slight flooding. It's not a dirt track and you don't need a 4x4 but anything too sporty might be difficult.
Yes, Blaencwm is almost as enjoyable when it's cold or wet outside. We are off to enjoy it ourselves now. A few bracing walks and some real relaxation in front of the woodburner should set us up for the rigours of Christmas ahead! J
19 Aug 2012
"Peace and quiet in a real country cottage"
Location was fantastic so peaceful. Cottage kitchen was great with all mode cons. Bedroom and livingroom cosy with lovely wood fires. Garden with 3 seating areas to enjoy the stunning views.
Thank you. I am glad the seating areas were appreciated, as the 'West terrace' is entirely new, and marvellous for viewing the sunsets
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