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Laugharne in Carmarthenshire named as one of the best places to lives in Wales

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quality cottages laugharne1 Laugharne in Carmarthenshire named as one of the best places to lives in Wales                                                    Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse

The town which was once home to Dylan Thomas will feature on The Sunday Times Best Places to Live list this Sunday.

The guide takes into account transport links, quality of schools, natural beauty and low crime rates.

The guide names the 10 most desirable locations in Wales as:

Crickhowell, Powys

Narberth, Pembrokeshire

Cowbridge, Glamorgan

Penarth, Glamorgan

Laugharne, Carmarthenshire

Abersoch, Gwynedd

Abergavenny, Powys

Cardigan, Ceredigion

Hawarden, Flintshire

Lisvane, Cardiff

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live is edited by Sunday Times Associate Editor and regular broadcaster Eleanor Mills.

As author of the “Beyond the Brochure” property column she has visited every corner of the country to assess the pros and cons of relocating.

Eleanor says: “Scampering around Britain for my column I find there are particular bits of our crowded island which always retain a particular attraction for people. We have built on this basic information to create a definitive guide.

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live will prove invaluable for anyone starting a family, retiring, simply considering a move or planning a holiday.

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                                                            Laugharne Castle

Quality Cottages has a selection of fine holiday cottages in and around Laugharne. Click on the links for more information.

Ancient Drover’s Inn on the Kerry Ridgeway near Offa’s Dyke

Upper Castlewright Cottage, Kerry Ridgeway, Wales/England Border, sleeps 5 and welcomes pets

upper castlewright cottage 600 Ancient Drovers Inn on the Kerry Ridgeway near Offas Dyke

1175’ up on the Kerry Ridgeway in Mid Wales on the border with England the wind was bitter and low cloud obscured the promised view. It certainly didn’t feel like spring and forecasts of snow across much of the country didn’t help. What a relief to unload the car and settle in to Upper Castlewright Cottage, comfortable, toasty warm with a log fire roaring in the hearth, a bottle of red opened and tasty treats piled up on the table.

A charming building of some antiquity, Upper Castlewright Cottage dates back to the 14th century. It was a Drovers Inn twice, once in the 16th century and once more in the 17th century. We parked our car in what was the holding pen for sheep belonging to drovers in need of sustenance on route to market many years ago.

Extensively and sympathetically renovated, the cottage retains many interesting period features whilst enjoying the benefit of modern conveniences including excellent insulation, central heating, two modern and stylish bathrooms and a spacious utility room with a huge drying cabinet ideal for walkers gear. In fact walkers take note, the cottage is located on the Kerry Ridgeway 400 yards from Offa’s Dyke in a location said to be one of the finest sections of this ancient pathway.

We used the cottage as a base for exploring the surrounding area and enjoyed visits to Shrewsbury, Bishops Castle, Ludlow and can recommend good food at The Bottle and Glass in Picklescott, a pretty hamlet in the midst of beautiful countryside.

A stack of tourist information is provided in the cottage with many things to see and do nearby. We could easily have extended our short break to a week, possibly longer to discover it all.

Click on Upper Castlewright Cottage for full details.

upper castlewright cottage view Ancient Drovers Inn on the Kerry Ridgeway near Offas Dyke

Stunning Views from Haven Waterway Cottage

Kiln House, a Pembrokeshire Haven Waterway cottage sleeps 6 and welcomes one pet.

kiln house 600 Stunning Views from Haven Waterway Cottage Stunning views of the Milford Haven Waterway can be enjoyed from almost every room of this newly renovated charming cottage in the pretty village of Hazelbeach. Step from the front door onto the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and experience a different character to the wilder parts but surprisingly fascinating with no serious gradients. Just a walk away is the Ferry Inn where good food is served overlooking the Cleddau, feed swans on the foreshore on route. Kiln House is in an excellent location for exploring both north and south parts of the county with sandy beaches, family attractions, magnificent castles, boat trips and much more to keep everyone amused. For further details click on Kiln House.

waterway views Stunning Views from Haven Waterway Cottage

 

Kaffe Fassett is coming to Wales! 9th March – 2 November 2013

The Welsh Quilt Centre, Gallery Shop & Cafe, Town Hall, Lampeter  kaffe fassett 600 Kaffe Fassett is coming to Wales! 9th March   2 November 2013Visionary textile artist Kaffe Fasset is exhibiting his quilts for the first time in Wales at The Welsh Quilt Centre  in Lampeter. His vivid bold patchworks  are shown alongside beautifully stitched antique Welsh quilts from the Jen Jones collection. This presents a stunning contrast of modern and traditional quilts in an historic setting in the heart of Wales.

collect0231 150x150 Kaffe Fassett is coming to Wales! 9th March   2 November 2013Quality Cottages has a selection of fine holiday homes around the Cardigan Bay area. Click on the links for details.

 

3 x Up-Cycled Sewing Workshops National Woollen Mill Drefach Felindre

 Drefach Felindre turn off the A484 near Henllan and follow the brown signs

3 x Up-Cycled Sewing Workshops

Gweithdai Uwch-Gylchu Dillad

@ National Woollen Mill/ Melin Wlan, Drefach Felindre

 

Tutor/Tiwtor: Carys-Hedd

 

Upcycled Clothing Workshop with Carys Hedd1 3 x Up Cycled Sewing Workshops National Woollen Mill Drefach Felindre 

 

 

March/Mawrth – 8,15 & 22 10-4pm

 

(3 x 1 day sessions)

 

We will start at the very beginning…

The first session:

Overcome sewing machine fear by making a hat and a cushion out of an unwanted jumper or blanket.

Subsequent sessions will embark on exciting, creative projects

re-making garments out of jumpers, skirts and trousers.

 

Sewing machines are provided or feel free to bring your own.

 

1 – session – £30/£25 cons

3 x sessions – £75/ £65 cons

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Byddwn yn dechrau o’r dechrau gan edrych ar sut i fynd ati i ddod yn gyfeillgar a’ch peiriant!

Ein prosectau cyntaf fydd het a chlustog allan o siwmper neu flanced.

Gallwn wedyn symud ymlaen at greu danteithion diddorol allan o siwmperi, sgertiau a throwsyrs.

 

Darperir peiriannau, ond gellwch ddod ag un eich hun.

 

Bookings/Am le: carys.hedd@gmail.com & info www.wenchwear.co.uk

 

Needle and Thread1 149x150 3 x Up Cycled Sewing Workshops National Woollen Mill Drefach FelindreQuality Cottages has a selection of fine holiday homes in the Teifi Valley in fabulous countryside locations. 80% welcome pets. Click on the links for further information.

 

National Botanic Garden of Wales has the Bow Wow factor!

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is allowing dogs in its grounds for the first time.
Alfie pup National Botanic Garden of Wales has the Bow Wow factor!

Since opening to the public in May 2000, the Garden has only allowed guide dogs on to its 600-acre site, which includes a national nature reserve. But, on Saturday March 9, the doors will be open to all responsible dog owners for a one-day trial.

Curator Simon Goodenough said: “The most frequently asked question by would-be visitors to the Garden is: ‘Are dogs allowed?’ so we are really reacting to public demand by holding this trial.”

Simon said it was clear the Garden should “give the trial day a try” but that there were some basic rules such as dogs being kept on leads, off the flower beds, out of the buildings and that owners clear up after their pets.

“Because we haven’t ever had dogs here, we are asking people to act responsibly and be considerate as we are not geared up for poop scooping.”

Not that Simon is expecting any problems, though: “There’s plenty of room for everyone here and plenty to explore. Many of our members and visitors are dog owners and we know they love the Garden and respect what we have here so there’s no reason to think it will be anything other than another fabulous day out at the best garden in Wales.”

The National Trust’s Bodnant Garden recently held a successful ‘doggy day’ trial and are planning a further two.

The National Botanic Garden is open from 10am until 4.30pm. There is no entrance fee for dogs.

For more information, go to www.gardenofwales.org.uk  email info@gardenofwales.org.uk  or call 01558 667149.

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HN

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Quality Cottages has an extensive range of fine properties Carmarthenshire in fabulous coastal and countryside and locations, 80 % welcome pets. Click on the links for more details.

 

Half term fun at Heatherton Sports and Theme Park Pembrokeshire

Heatherton Sports and Theme Park, St Florence, Tenby, Pembrokeshire

535873 10151428824027698 1496938258 n1 Half term fun at Heatherton Sports and Theme Park PembrokeshireHeatherton is a fun ‘World of Activities’ for all ages, near Tenby.
Free Admission, Dog Friendly and an All Weather Attraction.
01646 652000

The park is divided into Activity Zone, Family Fun Zone, Adrenalin Zone, Golf and Bowls with enough entertainment to keep you amused all day long. Heathertons  coffee shop and restaurant, provides a warm and sociable atmosphere, whether you are meeting with friends for a coffee or sitting down to a hearty meal or snack. 

The Craft Shack offers a range of beverages, ice creams and baguettes that can be enjoyed while watching the children in the playzone and on the Tree Tops sky Tower.

Fast food is also available from the outdoor BBQ during summer periods, for quick lunch stops.

 

images6 300x143 Half term fun at Heatherton Sports and Theme Park PembrokeshireQuality Cottages has a selection of fine holiday homes in Pembrokeshire in fabulous coastal and countryside locations. 80% welcome pets. Click on the links for further information.

 

Cycling Tour of Pembrokeshire 27th & 28th April

The Tour of Pembrokeshire is a cycling charity event, the two main beneficiaries this year will be the Wales Air Ambulance and the RNLI

tour of pembrokeshire1 Cycling Tour of Pembrokeshire 27th & 28th April

Photo by Cyclosport                                                                                                                            The 2012 Tour of Pembrokeshire was a great success, with over 650 participants bathed in Pembrokeshire sunshine on Saturday the 12th of May 2012. The 2012 tour saw a revised route taking in more of the mountainous terrain in the north of the County with 50, 75 and 100 mile routes each encompassing higher climbs as their distances increased making the Tour suitable for a wide range of rider abilities. In addition to this, a successful family ride was staged on Sunday the 13th of May in which many of the families of Tour riders who had travelled to the event got the chance go for an 8 or 16 mile charity ride of their own.

The 2013 Tour is set to provide more of the same, with some minor route changes to make even more of the hills and views on offer in the north of Pembrokeshire for the 50, 75 and 100 mile routes. The 2013 Tour is to be held on the 27th of April 2013, once again on a Saturday giving riders a chance to make a weekend of the event with the family ride on the Sunday the 28th of April 2013

This year Sabbath are very kindly donating one of their titanium bikes as a prize for the Tour of Pembrokeshire rider who raises the most sponsorship money for charity at the event, which will start and finish from the wonderful Oriel y Parc venue in St David’s. The Tour of Pembrokeshire is fast becoming one of the must‐ride events in the sportive calendar, with a range of difficulty to suit both novice and seasoned sportive rider, coupled with the beauty of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park it’s set to grow in popularity for years to come.

small bicycle Cycling Tour of Pembrokeshire 27th & 28th April

 

Quality Cottages has an extensive range of fine properties in Pembrokeshire in fabulous coastal, countryside and hillside locations, 80 % welcome pets. Click on the link for more details.

 

 

Get away from it all in the fabulous Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia cottage sleeps 6 and welcomes pets

 

1063loc1 Get away from it all in the fabulous Snowdonia National ParkAt the foot of Cadair Idris in the Snowdonia National Park Gors y Gader is a comfortable spacious bungalow for holidays near the market town of Dolgellau and stunning Mawddach Estuary. See BBC’s Julia Bradbury walking the level footpath all along the estuary edge with breathtaking views of Diffwys and the Rhinogs on route.

atmospheric mawddach Get away from it all in the fabulous Snowdonia National Park

 

The sandy beaches of Barmouth and Fairbourne are just a short drive away as is Coed y Brenin Forest where visitors of all ages will enjoy the visitor centre, café, adventure playground, walkways and world class mountain bike trails.

Click on Gors y Gader for full details and arrange your Snowdonia get away today.

 

A pristine winter retreat in snowy North Wales.

Barn above Dee Valley and near Bala Lake sleeps 2 and welcomes 2 pets945view51 A pristine winter retreat in snowy North Wales.

Standing on a snowy hill sparkling in the winter sunlight Barn above Dee Valley welcomes adventurous guests. Imagine being warmly cocooned in toasty comfort whilst enjoying this pristine view – a true winter wonderland. You can make snow angels and snowmen to your hearts content and relish crisp white walks with your dogs in the magnificent Snowdonia National Park. For those who would like a snow bound winter break, access by 4×4 is possible to the barn or parking at owners road gate – if necessary owners will ferry guest’s luggage up by quad bike – the 350 m walk up to the holiday barn is not challenging for able bodied people.

barn above dee valley A pristine winter retreat in snowy North Wales.

 

For full details click on Barn above Dee Valley.