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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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. You can see the Airbnb listing for Garden Cottage here. Do let me know if you stay there!
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