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Carmarthenshire has natural scenic beauty, glorious long beaches, a fascinating history and is also home to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, which could state its claim to be the 'Garden of Wales'. In fact this region has a blend of both great coastal and countryside locations that makes it the ideal place for a self-catering cottage holiday in wales.

The National Botanic Gardens of Wales has the largest single-span glasshouse in the world with an unrivalled collection of plants from across the world. If you're into gardening a trip to Aberglasney should also be on your agenda, here you can see perfectly restored 15th century gardens.

History plays a large part in the story of the region, so it almost goes without saying that ancient attractions are some of the biggest draws, for instance Carreg Cennen Castle which can be traced back to the 13th century. This romantic ruin offers a lovely walk up to its hillside location and amazing views. For more historical interest you could get along to the National Trust property at Dinefwr Castle and Park with its beautiful 12th century castle situated amongst a tranquil 800-acre park with wild deer and stunning flora and fauna.

For some gentle exercise visit the Millennium Coast Path, its 12 mile cycle way is perfect for family days out on the bike, with Pembrey Country Park at one end and the National Wetlands Centre at the other. Great views of the Burry estuary!

For more strenuous activity try walking Llyn Y Fan Fac, in the Black Mountains on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

A great way to see the region is to hop onto the Heart of Wales Railway, which travels a route between Swansea and Shrewsbury. These steam locomotives travel through some of the most stunning scenery in Britain.

The Dylan Thomas Boathouse in Laugharne; the author's very own holiday cottage in Carmarthenshire offers incredible views over the Tâf Estuary, so it's not hard to see how Thomas could find so much inspiration from the area.

If we've whetted your appetite take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Carmarthenshire.

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Upton Hall Ref: CC632030
Upton Hall is situated in the peaceful Cothi Valley "A Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and as you approach the main gates you will see the Cothi River, in all its splendour, as it flows through the gorge. Built in the 1920s by the retailer synonymous with quality; John Lewis’ Upton Hall offers all you’d expect and far, far more besides. Affectionately known as ‘The Wonderland’ of Upton Hall, the ½ mile of tree-lined driveway leads guests from the ornate, wrought iron gates through some of the 22 acres of grounds, to the impressive 9 bedroomed manor house, complete with indoor heated swimming pool. Whether multi-generational holidaying, enjoying a reunion with friends or simply wishing to luxuriate in these extravagant surroundings, The Wonderland offers so much for everyone: For those in search of relaxation; lounging in the sauna, on the terrace in the sunshine or in front of one of the many open fires or log burners is a must: While honing musical talent on the Baby Grand in the Music room and revelling in a good read in the library could be on the cards for some, the sumptuous bedrooms will make recovery from any such activity, utterly blissful. For the energetic and adventurous the 22 acres of open pasture, woodland and 6 miles of river offer the opportunity to explore: Fill the larder and then wind down with a few lengths of the swimming pool. Those with a discerning eye will revel in the subtle co-existence of original features alongside the mass of 21st century comfort and convenience and undoubtedly appreciate the influence of The Arts and Crafts movement in the design and detail of this architectural gem. For children, Upton Hall provides the potential to make the second floor an ‘adult free zone’, while inside and out, this private estate offers incredible freedom and the best ever game of hide and seek. The lavish formal dining room and the conservatory/terrace area offer superb venues for anyone with something to celebrate, while the large and exceptionally well-equipped kitchen areas provide all that’s required by the passionate cook or plenty of space for catering companies. ......Where else could just staying in ever offer so much?

Ground Floor: This property is heated by a biomass boiler powered by wood which provides under-floor heating on the ground floor and heating via radiators on the first and second floors. There are 2 wood-burning stoves which are functional and 8 open fires at the property (decorative features only).
Front porch leading into entrance hall: with original stained glass and teak panelling and door
Open to The Music Room: with open fire (decorative features only), Baby Grand piano, drums and impressive bay window
Dining Room: with open fire(decorative features only) and table and chairs for 12
Library/ Games Room: with football game table, open fire and library of books and DVDs
Corridor to back door and cloakroom: with WC and basin
Main staircase leading from hallway to first floor
The Main sitting-room: with large wood-burning stove, large flat-screen TV (Freeview) DVD, CD, Double aspect views on to the gardens
Hallway leading to back stairs to first and second floors, Pantry (with traditional slate slabs) and Gun Room
Kitchen: with double electric oven, Aga, Hob, grill and wok burner, microwave, large fridge/freezer with iced water dispenser, bespoke, handmade kitchen units and island with granite work-top, two bar stools and the original bread oven remains as a decorative feature in a small area off the main kitchen
Utility Room: with washing machine and tumble dryer
The Boot Room: with back entrance from the gated courtyard Herb garden. With a range of kitchen units and flushable Belfast sink ideal for cleaning muddy boots and shoes
Second Sitting room (off kitchen): with large wood-burning stove, large flat screen TV (Sky/Freeview) French doors leading to the conservatory
The Conservatory: with table and chairs for 8, French doors leading to terrace, French doors leading to the pool room
The Pool Room: with well heated indoor swimming pool (size 30’ x 15’ depth 3’ - 6’6"), Running Machine and Sauna.
Wet Room/changing room: with shower, WC and basin.

First Floor: Landing: with WC and basin one end, family bathroom the other and a seating area mid-way.
Bedroom 1: with king-sized bed with luxury linen and deep memory foam mattresses, TV and open fire (decorative features only).
Bedroom 2: with king-size bed with luxury linen and deep memory foam mattresses and TV     
Bedroom 3: with king-size bed with luxury linen and deep memory foam mattresses and TV     
Bedroom 4: with king size bed with luxury linen and deep memory foam mattresses, open fire(decorative features only).  and TV
Bedroom 5: The Master Bedroom: with Super-Kingsized bed with luxury linen and deep memory foam mattresses, TV, walk-in wardrobe, double aspect views on to garden.  Ensuite: with double shower cubicle, WC, basin, bidet, heated towel rail and shaver point
Bedroom 6:  with double bed with luxury linen and a deep memoery foam mattress, TV. Ensuite: with shower cubicle, basin, WC, heated towel rail and shaver point
Bedroom 7: with king-sized bed with luxury linen and deep memory foam mattresses, TV. Ensuite: with Roll top bath, WC and basin
Family bathroom (off landing): with roll top bath, shower cubicle, WC, basin, heated towel rail and shaver point.
Please note: The bannister on the main staircase is 82cm high. Due to architectural design of the balcony, the rail is 60cm high. Extra care should be taken especially if there are young children in your party.

Second Floor: Restricted head height on access stairs and in both bedrooms.  This floor is principally designed as accommodation for children)
Bedroom 8: with two single beds (Can be zip linked on request to form a Super-king-sized bed) and TV
Bedroom  9: with two single beds (Can be zip linked on request to form a Super-king-sized bed) and TV

22 acres of woodland and open pasture. Large lawned area to the fore, landscaped areas surround the house. Gated kitchen courtyard to the side of Upton Hall with Herb Garden. Terraced area to the front and side of the house with garden dining furniture and barbeque. Parking for 6 cars. Family groups only.

Grade 5 Star rating

Shared indoor swimming pool

These purpose-built holiday cottages (refs 24574, 27255 and 27257) have been constructed or converted from the original farmhouse buildings and an old Welsh longhouse. Welsh craftsmanship at its best - only the finest local tradesmen and materials have been used for the conversion of these buildings. They are situated in an elevated position on the edge of Broadlay near Ferryside on the old pilgrim road to St David’s Cathedral a half mile from the Three Rivers Hotel and Spa. Guests are welcome to use all the facilities at the hotel such as the swimming pool. There is generous amenity space and a country adventure play area for small accompanied children. The complex is on the local bus route which connects to Carmarthen via the hotel and Ferryside railway station. In the opposite direction, Kidwelly and Swansea are en route. Ferryside is uncommercialised, peaceful and quiet; the ideal getaway for a perfect weekend (or longer) break. It is also, due to its proximity to Carmarthen, Llanelli and other centres, an ideal corporate meeting place. Kidwelly, with its Norman castle, industrial heritage museum, Pembrey Country Park and Motorsport Centre, within approximately 10 minutes’ travelling time. The National Botanical Gardens, Laugharne (famous for Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse) and many Pembrokeshire attractions are about half an hour’s drive. There are many places to visit including Dylan Thomas’ cottage, where he spent the last years of his life. The Millennium Coastal Cycle Path, part of the national cycle path network, meanders through approximately 20 miles of local coastline, passing through local areas of interest. Places to visit include Kidwelly Castle, the Penclawydd Wildfowl Centre, and the Loughor Estuary with views of the Mumbles Peninsula south of Swansea. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory. Utility room. Wet room with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, both with patio doors and en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 further double, both with additional single and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open-tread stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional single, both with Velux and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas included. High chair. Seven Freeview TVs. Range with gas hob and electric oven. Payphone. Lawned courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Cycle store.

All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared use of landscaped gardens. Ample parking. Shared indoor swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.3m to 1.5m, open daily 7am - 10pm) with changing and shower facilities, Jacuzzi, gym, sauna, steam room, games room and solarium (in hotel, 500 yards). Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: There are farm vehicles on display and significant drops within the grounds.

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