Milk Wood LLanybri, Near Laugharne.

£485 - £1155 per week

Why We Reccommend Milk Wood

Close to the sandy shore and ancient castle of Llansteffan and within easy reach of Dylan Thomas' Laugharne, this pet friendly characterful cottage with a cosy log burning stove is full of charm and comfort.

Description

Many places claim a connection with Dylan Thomas, however, there are few characterful cottages that have the provenance that Milk Wood proudly celebrates. Welcomes one small dog and has a log burning stove as well as a sustainable wood burning hot tub.
  • This once humble hay barn, lovingly converted into a unique and stylish characterful cottage, sits in Plas Uchaf Farm, originally owned by Dylan’s Aunt Ann Williams.
  • In the years that followed her death, Dylan would regularly visit Llanybri from his Laugharne boathouse to visit his other Aunt Annie whom he loved, and who was the inspiration for his famous poem ‘Fern Hill’ and among other works such as ‘The Peaches’.
  • There are photographs of the two of them walking the lanes by the farm, enjoying the peaceful countryside, during his most prolific literary years.
  • The second love of his time here was directly opposite the farm gate – The Farmers Arms. Dylan could be found on many a night in his regular spot under the dartboard, notebook in hand, considering his next literary triumph.
  • Today, Dylan’s heritage lives on in this beautiful pet friendly characterful cottage. Small thoughtful touches remind us of the great playwright and poet, carefully balanced with warm and luxurious fixtures and fittings. Colourful contemporary touches sit harmoniously with the more traditional of period features.
  • Tasteful design and colour accents, create the feel of a boutique hotel, while the upside-down interior planning contribute to the charm of this unique holiday home. Attention to detail is everywhere that you look, from the decorative finishes to the state of the art Sonos sound system and smart TV.
  • The living accommodation is split over two floors, with a beautiful well equipped kitchen on the ground floor and a spacious loft apartment style lounge with a log burning stove above. Bedrooms are situated on both ground and first floor, each with metal king size beds and sumptuous throws.
  • Outside there is a lovely small terrace to dine alfresco as well as a sustainable wood burning hot tub, beckoning you for a well deserved soak after your day of sightseeing.


Location

Llanybri
  • The small rural village of Llanybri is surrounded by peaceful countryside bridging the Towy and Taf Estuaries. The  Farmers Arms pub is the hub of the community and offers excellent food - both Thai and British. There are lovely local beaches, an imposing castle at nearby Llansteffan and easy access to both Carmarthen (the county town) and a wealth of diverse visitor attractions.
Llansteffan 
  • A little less than two miles away is the waterside village of Llansteffan - the long sandy beach perfect for taking a relaxed stroll or combing the sand for appealing flotsam and jetsam. Scotts Bay, a short walk around the headland from the main beach provides sheltered bathing, and access to St. Antwn's Well for spiritual solace.
  • In the village you will find the 'Inn at The Sticks', the local gastro pub which offers excellent food as well as a beer garden to enjoy. Yr Hen Dafarn, known locally as Big Bills, is only open Friday and Saturday evening but well worth booking a table. Bill is a hunter and fisherman but also renowned as a top chef.  Come and sample his great choice of locally sourced inspiring menus.
  • Nearby the Old Post Office houses a Welsh Delicatessen as well as serving tasty meals and great coffee and the papers on Sunday mornings.
  • The Mansion House is perfect for a refined afternoon teatime treat or excellent Sunday lunch.  They are also open for evening meals - booking in advance is essential. The owners learnt their trade at The Dorchester. Park Lane and their chef trained at The Ritz.
St Clears & Food Shopping
  • Visit the village of St Clears (just 6 miles away), once a thriving port on the River Taf. There is a newly opened riverside walk, local food shops including Neil’s - an excellent fish and chip take away, and two prize-winning butchers, Philip Hughes (Pie Makers of Distinction) and Eynons (Britain’s Best Butchers & Food Hall 2007).
  • There are several pubs known for good food including The Black Lion, Santa Clara Inn and The Butchers Arms, often frequented by Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin. 
Laugharne and Eating Out 10 miles
  • Although just three and a half miles away across the estuary, Laugharne is ten miles by road - but certainly worth making the trip.  For memorable meals, Laugharne has plenty to offer.
  • Browns Hotel, famous as Dylan Thomas’s preferred drinking establishment, is open for lunch or supper.
  • Just down the road is the Cors Restaurant, awarded Good Food Guide & AA Restaurant Guide double Rosette. A romantic restaurant set in a ‘fairy-tale’ garden with unpretentious, well-executed, straightforward cooking.
  • Hidden in the marshlands just outside the village, The Corran Resort & Spa offers pampering spa treatments and a restaurant where the ethos is to offer ‘well-prepared, thoughtfully cooked and beautifully presented cuisine with more than a hint of Welsh character.
  • However, the main attraction to Laugharne is of course Dylan Thomas’s Boat House. This is where he wrote most of his famous poems and stories. Here you can experience the famous ‘heron priested shore’ first hand while enjoying tea and welsh cakes at the house.

Llety Cynin, just past St Clears

  • If you want to take some time out and indulge yourself, Llety Cynin is just a 15 minute drive away and offers a relaxing leisure complex with indoor heated 40 foot pool, spa, sauna and gym. There is also a Coffee Lounge which serves breakfast all day, as well as locally-sourced lunches, or why not treat yourself to an Afternoon Tea.
Carmarthen County & Market Town 
  • Visit the ancient market and county town of Carmarthen (8.5 miles away), which with its Roman foundations is said to be the oldest town in Wales. Bustling with individual shops, there is a good range of local amenities including Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Tesco and Morrisons, filling station, chemist, doctor, vet, bank, post office, internet café and chain stores. Carmarthen's new shopping centre claims the West End has come to West Wales.
  • There is also an indoor market where you can buy delicious local produce including ‘The Royal Cake’ which was given the royal approval by Prince Charles on a recent visit to Llansteffan. Browse second hand books, antiques and more. 
Ffos Las Racecourse
  • Ffos Las, the first turf racecourse to open in the UK in more than 80 years, is a 40 minute drive away.  Built on the site of an opencast mine after the demise of the mining industry, the course offers both flat and national hunt racing. Whether you are a seasoned follower or are just looking for a colourful and memorable day out, Ffos Las is well worth a visit.
Llandeilo
  • This colourful picturesque busy country town climbs up the hillside from the River Towy.  Meander around the twisted lanes or take a themed walk and discover all that Llandeilo has to offer. 
  • Lots of  individual and independent shops sell a range of unusual gifts, home wares, bespoke furniture and local crafts. There are award winning local food suppliers - try the Ginhaus Deli for delicious and mouthwatering fare - and shops selling fashionable clothing, an extensive antique and garden centre and even an auction house!
  • With a wide variety of places to eat and drink - The Cawdor Arms Hotel is the place to be seen over morning coffee and Sunday papers!
Gower
  • From Llanybri it is an easy drive to the Gower Peninsula - the first area in Britain to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Gower's rugged coastline, dramatic sea cliffs and lovely beaches are bordered by the All Wales Coast Path - it is a really special destination for a day out from Milk Wood! 
Caldey Island Boat Trips, Tenby
  • About 40 minute’s drive from Milkwood is the lovely walled town of Tenby. An ancient settlement, it is a pretty and vibrant town with a wealth of listed and remarkable buildings. 
  • There are four beaches surrounding the town and a great range of shops and restaurants.
  • Once there you might take a trip to beautiful Caldey Island with it’s unspoilt beaches, abundance of wildlife and a whitewashed monastery where the monks produce luxurious products such as perfume, shortbread and chocolate. Trips leave from Tenby.
Aberglasney & National Botanical Garden of Wales, Tywi Valley 
  • A little to the east of Carmarthen in the beautiful Tywi Valley, set amongst lush rolling countryside dotted with romantic ruined castles, garden lovers will appreciate both Middleton, the National Botanical Gardens of Wales ('The Great Glasshouse') and historic Aberglasney (a 'Garden Lost in Time'). These remarkable and very different gardens are well worth a visit!

Layout

2 Bedrooms sleeping 4. 1 Double with Kingsize bed and ensuite shower (shower cubicle, toilet and basin) on 1st floor. 1 Double with Kingsize bed and patio doors to terrace, on ground floor. 

Family bathroom
with bath, shower over, basin and toilet on the ground floor. 

Kitchen/Dining room 
with hand-made units and luxury appliances, table and chairs to seat 4. Comfortable chairs and log burning stove - welcome pack of logs provided.

Sitting room 
Corner sofa and large flat screen TV, Netflix, Farrow & Ball wallpaper, Sonos sound system.

Grounds 
private lawn area to front and private terrace to the side with sustainable wood burning hot tub - £30 per stay


Additional Information

 

Short breaks - Winter

WiFi - Yes

Changeover - Friday

Towels - Yes and bath robes

Parking - Yes for 1 car, further parking 100m away

Fuel - inclusive May to September. Outside these dates £25 p/w

Dogs - 1 at £25 p/w plus £50 refundable deposit

Hot Tub - £30 p/w

Travel cot - No 

Highchair - No

Accessibility

Is there parking for at least one car within the cottage grounds? Yes

Is there a gate to open? Yes

If no parking within the grounds is there parking within 100m? No

Does this parking have reserved disabled spaces (min width 3.6m)? No

Are there paths? No

Are paths level and firm? No

Type of suface Gravel

Are there dropped kerbs or changes in level? Yes

Are paths at least 1.2m wide? No

Are there dropped kerbs or changes in level? No


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