Holiday cottages to rent in Wales: Garden Cottage, a 3-bed holiday cottage in Carmarthenshire

Holiday cottages to rent in Wales: Garden Cottage, a 3-bed holiday cottage in Carmarthenshire

If you’re looking for cottages to rent in Wales – specifically, a 3-bed holiday cottage in Carmarthenshire, south Wales – then you’re come to the right place. I want to tell you about Garden Cottage, a beautiful stone house next to Gelli Aur (Golden Grove) Mansion.

Garden Cottage, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Garden Cottage is in a lush, green part of Wales

Garden Cottage used to be the home of the head gardener, who grew crops to feed the dignitaries living at Gelli Aur. Its grounds are surrounded by a centuries-old brick wall. It’s now owned by the Crimble family. Thomas and Diane rent it out to up to 6 people who want to spend their holidays in Wales. Carmarthenshire’s a beautiful part of south Wales, with miles of quiet, unspoilt coastline, world-class National Botanic Gardens and nine ancient castles. So if you’re looking for self-catering pet-friendly cottages that give you a base for  exciting south Wales holidays, I highly recommend Garden Cottage.

Garden Cottage Carmarthenshire Wales

Garden Cottage is set well away from the main road into Llandeilo, surrounded by pretty gardens

Let me take you on a quick tour. If you’re looking for places to stay in Wales and would like to book Garden Cottage for a family holiday, or a quiet getaway with friends, call Diane on 01558 668515. Do say I sent you!

Cottages to rent in Wales: inside Garden Cottage

kitchen in Garden Cottage, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Garden Cottage’s kitchen features an Inglenook fireplace and a dining table for sociable meals

The kitchen at Garden Cottage has bags of charm, with a traditional Inglenook fireplace, original quarry tile flooring and a dining table for sociable lunches and dinners.

kitchen at Garden Cottage, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Garden Cottage’s kitchen leads off the utility room

The 3-bed house has a calm, relaxing vibe, with two separate living rooms where visitors can really spread out. Guests could easily while away the evenings, sitting with a glass of wine, or mug of hot chocolate, in front of the cosy log burner or open fire.

living room in Garden Cottage, Carmarthenshire, Wales

One of the two living rooms, both with real fires

Garden Cottage sleeps 6 and the three bedrooms (two double, one twin) all have garden views. So from the moment you wake up there’s no forgetting you’re in the middle of beautiful, peaceful countryside.

bedroom at Garden Cottage, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Garden Cottage’s bedrooms all have views of the greenery outside

Garden Cottage has two fresh, new bathrooms, both with toilets. One’s a shower room, and the other has tub where guests can have a good soak after a ramble in the countryside.

shower room at Garden Cottage, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Garden Cottage’s spacious shower room

Cottages to rent in Wales: the grounds of Garden Cottage

The house is lovely, but it’s the grounds of Garden Cottage that are the real showstopper. Set at the top of the garden, partially hidden behind stately, ancient trees, is a large ornamental lake. As you approach, you’ll often hear the honking of wild ducks and geese, or the beat of a heron’s wings. Carp swim in the lake, and nearby you may spot deer, rabbits and squirrels. This part of Wales is a haven for birds of prey. Red kites, buzzards and gos hawks are all frequent visitors to Garden Cottage.

lake at Garden Cottage, Carmarthenshire Wales

The lake at Garden Cottage is a real show-stopper

As well as the lake, Garden Cottage’s lush, rambling grounds include an orchard, where you’ll find a tulip tree with the largest trunk in Europe. Kids can play in the summer house, and guests have their own private garden space, with a patio and barbeque with chairs and a table, for al fresco dining on warm summer’s evenings.

Garden Cottage, Carmerthenshire Wales

A patio and barbeque means guests have a place to dine al fresco on sunny evenings

Cottages to rent in Wales: where is Garden Cottage?

Garden Cottage is in a fantastic spot. It’s three miles from the pretty market town of Llandeilo. The first thing you see as you drive into the town are chocolate box-coloured houses, perched above the bridge. Several cafes, boutique shops and Heavenly, a gourmet chocolatier, make Llandeilo a good spot for picking up gifts. For groceries there’s a Co-op, and a couple of convenience stores. The larger town of Carmarthen is 12 miles away.

Garden Cottage address: Golden Grove, near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Things to do in Carmarthenshire, Wales

hammock at Garden Cottage, Carmarthenshire

Garden Cottage is a relaxing place, but there’s plenty to do nearby for people who want to explore

There’s lots to see and do nearby, including Carreg Cennen, Dryslwyn and Dinefwr Castles. The National Botanical Gardens of Wales and Aberglasney Gardens are both less than half an hour’s drive away. Garden Cottage is close to the west entrance of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Hikers will find it easy to get to the walking trails at Llyn y Fan Fach and Llyn y Fach Fawr.

I’ve written here about some places to visit in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire: Laugharne, Pembrey Sands, Llansteffan and Amroth Beach. They’re all easy to get to from Garden Cottage, as are the Pembrokeshire attractions in this piece – Folly Farm, Oakwood, St Davids, Tenby and the rest of the county’s beautiful beaches. To find out more, see the Visit Wales website.

Dogs are welcome at Garden Cottage, and to make the most of the place, I’d say the use of a car was essential (there’s very little public transport in this part of Wales).

To find out it Garden Cottage is available, and a list of prices, call Diane on 01558 668515. Do let me know if you stay there!

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