Tŷ Barddu + 'hot tub'

Tanglwst, up in the Carmarthenshire hills
Guests: 6       Wifi: not available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 2 dogs), fee applies

about the property

Modernist holiday cottage interior in a traditional Carmarthenshire holiday cottage shell, with cedar hot tub. Lovely private location and big open Carmarthen hills views, this cottage for six has been regularly filmed for TV and interiors magazines as one of the finest in Wales.

  • Top 10 Best Places in Britain to Escape the Crowds' (The Times)
  • Most Inspiring Escape (Grand Designs magazine)
  • Top UK cottages with Hot Tubs (Sunday Times)
  • 'Coolest holiday cottage in West Wales' - Marie Claire
  • one of few Welsh properties to make World of Interiors magazine
  • featured in Schoner Wohnen magazine (Germany)
  • reviewed by the Guardian here
  • featured in Cereal magazine

'This luxurious bolthole, approached along a private track, has a minimalist, design-led approach. Traditional cottage meets glass and concrete- no wonder it has appeared in glossy interior mags.The environmental side has not been forgotten, with sheep-wool insulation in the roof and natural spring-water supply.' The Times (Top 10 Best Places in Britain to Escape the Crowds).

'High-end isn't the only way to high style. Under the Thatch has revolutionised our expectation of self-catering, yet weekends are affordable in a Carmarthenshire cottage, such as Tŷ Barddu, whose concrete extension houses a wet room and kitchen/diner from which a terrace and outdoor hot tub are accessed. It is quite something to float in the warm depths as rain falls and a herd of cows passes on its way to milking.' The Observer ('Holiday Homes with Grand Designs', 2012)

Read a blog (with photos) from a couple who stayed with their pooch in the middle of winter.

Tŷ Barddu is a secluded traditional hillside cottage with a minimalist & modernist interior, extension & hot tub. This is a holiday home for people that love minimalism, good architecture and design. No fuss, no clutter, just clean lines and a wonderful sense of purity. Your eyes are constantly drawn out to the landscape and the views of the Preseli mountains. Easy access down to the beaches and coast too, as well as attractive local towns and good dining.

Set in a good-sized garden up a private track, this is a minimalist, really 'hard-core' modernist escape. Set in the heart of the hills of Carmarthenshire, yet easily accessed from the M4. There are no near neighbours, and wide open country views. More photos, this time in the snow, or read another independent review here.

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A remarkable property; the fusion of traditional and modern really works. Snug and well appointed, we loved the hot tub in snow, hail and shine - literally! Always a pleasure to see what Dorian Bowen...

Sue thomas , 29 April 2017

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arrival at
16:00
depart by
11:00
guests
6
7 nights from
£498.00 (based on two staying)
7 nights up to
£889.00 (based on two staying)
pets
pets welcome (max. 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double, Double and the Sofabed (double) only

facilities at Tŷ Barddu + 'hot tub'

general
farm or rural location
young children welcome
activities
open fire / woodburner
hot tub

map - location

in detail

Centrally heated to the ground floor & electric oil-filled radiators upstairs.

  • Cegin Fawr - (up two stairs). Open plan with woodburning stove, modernist sofa (no TV), double day-bed .
  • Kitchen - (down a step) with huge patio doors to rear patio & tub. very small fitted kitchen with basic appliances. There is a fridge (no freezer box), cooker, but no dishwasher, washing machine or microwave.
  • Shower Room with dinner-plate power-shower. Chrome heated towel rail.

First Floor:

  • Master Bedroom: Double bed, lounge chairs, and a pair of single beds across width of room.
  • Bedroom Two: accessed by very steep fixed step-ladder. Double bed, restricted headroom in parts.

Outside:

  • Cedar hot-tub year round.
  • Steeply terraced gardens mostly left to rough grass.
  • Plenty of parking.

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customer reviews for Tŷ Barddu + 'hot tub'

A remarkable property; the fusion of traditional and modern really works. Snug and well appointed, we loved the hot tub in snow, hail and shine - literally! Always a pleasure to see what Dorian Bowen has accomplished. I look forward to our next visit to one of his in May (Ty Unos was great too.)

- Sue thomas ,
29 April 2017

Wonderful peaceful time away in a wonderful house - the marriage between old and new is beautifully weighted. Will definitely return.

- Christian N,
15 February 2017

A lovely peaceful location, away from the hustle. I wasn't brave enough to try the hot tub in the wind and rain, but I'll be back again. No TV mean a welcome switch off from the everyday. Lovely and cosy all day curled on the sofa with the log burner, blanket and a book. I will return in 2017 no doubt :) Thanks

- Pamela W,
9 November 2016

Peaceful spot and thank you Dorian for fixing the hot tub, the boys really appreciated! Eirlys.

- Eirlys jones ,
30 August 2016

We had a lovely Easter break in this beautiful house. The wood burner and hot tub were greatly enjoyed. Red kites flew overhead an our 9 year old spotted lots of creatures, including newts, in the property's pond. The weather was surprisingly good and we had lovely walks along the beach at Newport and to the top of Foel Eyre. Fantastic!

- Caroline dover ,
8 April 2016

Just the peace and quiet we needed. Complete isolation if you choose - we read and watched the fire and cooked. Ideal for adults looking to recharge their batteries. Perfect.

- Tracy M,
29 March 2016

Just returned from a brilliantly relaxing weekend at Bryn Cyn! Hot tub was a fabulous addition. Just needed a bigger supply of first night logs as it was a bit chilly until we got more supplies and an oven glove please! Can't wait to return!

- Phil L,
8 March 2016

Lovely cottage, loved the hot tub.

- Andrew B,
5 January 2016

Chic interiors in a beautifully peaceful setting!

- Laura B,
25 November 2015

Had a wonderful autumn getaway in Bryncyn. The cottage is just as beautiful as it looks in the pictures A striking mixture of old and new that works brilliantly together. The cottage was warm and cosy throughout our stay.The cottage feels very remote and secluded but is not far from the main roads for exploring Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. The hot tub stole the show, it was wonderful relaxing outside in the hot tub after a days adventures in the countryside. We were lucky to have a cloudless sky one night and the view of the stars was breathtaking! We cannot wait to return Thank you

- Gairiad G,
8 November 2015

Wonderful cottage in a beautiful part of Wales. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay and will go back. The hot tub was the icing on the cake!

- Cerith W,
27 May 2015

Wonderful calm atmosphere we both felt extremely relaxed as soon as we arrived. I think we definitely benefited by bringing all of our food and drink for the stay plus extra firewood and kindling. It just allowed us to really relax and unwind without having to go out for boring supplies. Obviously this only applies if you enjoy cooking. The hot tub was just the icing on the cake even in the rainy windy January it just made it better. Dorian the owner couldn't have been more helpful. It was also very dog friendly with all the stone floors. The whole experience from the booking to the stay has been great we will definitely be using UTT again. Jess and Neil Carter

- Jessica carter ,
11 January 2015

"Stunning cottage - conversion strikes the perfect balance between the pleasing aesthetics of both the modern and traditional - it is the best of both worlds! Hot Tub is a real winner particularly at night watching shooting stars. Truly relaxing and meditative, views magnificent, snow magical. Thanks to a beautiful space and wonderful owner, a unique experience" ~ Rosie and Nathan

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1 July 2014

A delightful cottage, so peaceful at night it is a true escape from the rat race ! Dorian you have created something really special here. The hot tub is a real treat especially when it is frosty. We had stunning blue skies and crisp days – the walking is great, the coast only 30 mins' ~ Fiona & Dan Spokes (Reece)

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1 July 2014

" An absolute gem of a cottage in a superb location. The atmosphere created within the cottage, demands you to unwind and slow down to a more civilized pace ... watching the shooting stars from the hot tub"

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1 July 2014

'Very peaceful place and the hot tub is great, loved the master bedroom, great layout and design. Really enjoyed ourselves and have yet another 'Under the Thatch ' cottage to recommend to our friends' ~ Suzanne & Neil Travers

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1 July 2014
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