Llwynhelig Farm House

Near Cilycwm by the River Gwenlais in the Upper Towy Valley

about the property

Traditional Carmarthenshire family farmhouse holiday cottage with peace and quiet and a great base from which to explore this beautiful and unspoilt corner of Wales.

  • Chosen in the shortlist of UK's Cosiest Cottages (Sunday Times) 

Cilycwm Cottage is a traditional Welsh woollen miller’s cottage located by the River Gwenlais in the Upper Towy Valley. Newly renovated, this eclectically furnished bolthole offers a cosy hideaway for four people, yet close to the local village. There are fine views of the Mallaen and an interior that is both furnished in a contemporary and traditional way. The house appears on a late 18th century Cawdor Estate map of 1777. It has been carefully restored, using traditional conservation materials (lime plasters and whitewashing etc) but also using the practical and modern matrials. You cannot help to enjoy a sense of privacy, peace, with some open views, the chance to buy genuine free range hen and duck eggs from the working farm that the house sits on. It is a place for walkers, star gazers, and poets.  Clickhere to see more photos of Llwynhelig, or here for aerial photograph.

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latest review

We have just returned from a 4 night break in beautiful cil y cwm. The cottage was absolutely perfect for us,so peaceful and restful. We especially enjoyed sitting by the Woodburner each evening liste...

Christopher W, 28 October 2016

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good to know

arrival at
16:00
depart by
10:30
guests
4
7 nights from
£439.00 (based on two staying)
7 nights up to
£724.00 (based on two staying)
pets
pets welcome (max 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double, Double

facilities at Llwynhelig Farm House

bathroom
bath
general
farm or rural location
young children welcome
activities
open fire / woodburner

map - location

in detail

The property is fully solid fuel central-heated throughout

Ground floor:

  • Living room - Traditional living room with wood/coal burning open fireplace and bread oven, retro board games and a selection of books.
  • Parlour - in use as another sitting room with views of the enclosed cottage garden to the front.
  • Kitchen /Dining area - a basic but spacious & modern free-standing, galley style kitchen with views. Solid fuel Rayburn heats water and radiators and gently simmers comforting stews and the ever useful hot kettle. Electric oven, bespoke wooden kitchen sink unit. Fridge with small freezer compartment. Dinig area with traditional settle and farmhouse table - seats 6
  • Bathroom – new bathroom with bath and shower (off ki

Upstairs:

  • Master Bedroom - spacious bedroom with Iron King size bed
  • 2nd bedroom – with a double bed.

Outside:

  • Plenty of parking, an enclosed cottage garden to front, plus a larger garden with orchard that encircles the house.
  • Outside seating/dining area.
  • Set on a working farm
  • This is good walking country a footpath onto the Mallaen mountain skirts the garden and another leads in five minutes down to the friendly village pub with chef made food.

 

local area

  • Cilycwm village (pub/Norman church and chapels) – ¼ mile
  • Llandovery town (shops/pubs/castle) - 3 miles
  • Footpaths fom Cilycwm Cottage to the village or onto The Mallaen a small mountain composed of common land still owned by the Queen.
  • Llyn Brianne a large reservoir with a dramatic slipway - 4 miles
  • Mountain Biking trails at Cwmrhaeadr - 2 miles
  • River Towy fishing, swimming - 5 mins
  • Neuadd Arms Cilycwm - ¼ mile – a friendly family run village pub with chef made food.
  • The Royal Oak Rhandirmwyn – 3 miles - This operates as a shop from 10am to 2pm, offering fresh bread, dairy products, organic vegetables, local meat and other staples.
  • The Towy Bridge Inn Rhandirmwyn – 4 miles – good food, riverside pub.

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customer reviews for Llwynhelig Farm House

We have just returned from a 4 night break in beautiful cil y cwm. The cottage was absolutely perfect for us,so peaceful and restful. We especially enjoyed sitting by the Woodburner each evening listening to the radio and playing the many games provided at the cottage. We used the ray burn each day and made lots of lovely meals. The surrounding area is beautiful, we especially liked Llandovery and Llandeilo. We met the owner on arrival and he was very friendly and helpful. Our little boy, Evan, aged 6, had a brilliant time playing in the garden, playing board games, reading and helping daddy make the fire and using the torches! Thank you for a wonderful holiday

- Christopher W,
28 October 2016

This is a lovely cottage in a very quiet and beautiful location.we really enjoyed the tranquility and lack of Internet,phone or TV signal.the bed is very comfortable as is the sofa and the kitchen works well. The wood burner is great as is the coal fired Rayburn (once we got the hang of it).the owners were very helpful and friendly.there is a good range of shops in Llandovery you can walk to the local pub in the village which serves good food (and beer)there are plenty of things to do and see locally and we had to tear ourselves away.i would recommend this cottage to any friends wanting a relaxing and quiet holiday.

- Marilyn G,
18 October 2016

Lovely traditional cottage, it was extremely hot and sunny the whole weekend we visited so spent most of it in the gorgeous garden. This cottage is ideal for dogs with the large garden to explore and plenty of walks on the doorstep. It was bliss not having any WiFi, TV or phone reception, we really got to relax and enjoy our stay. Would highly recommend staying here.

- Gemma francis ,
6 June 2016

The 4 of us (Adults) had a fantastic time in Llwnhelig Farmhouse, it is a beautiful cottage next to a river with lovely tended gardens, which if you have kids is perfect. The woodburner was always on at night, making it very cosy. Although there is no phone signal or TV we had plenty to do. Lots of walking, reading, eating and drinking, it was a perfect bank holiday weekend getaway. It is easy to get to, however the instructions could benefit with adding that the farm you go through is also a caravan park, so look out for the caravan club sign.

- Mark T,
31 May 2016

We had a great stay. It is a lovely cottage in a beautiful surrounding.

- F.a. ten cate , 3022 DN (Netherlands),
11 May 2016

We had a really relaxing and enjoyable stay. Some of our highlights were; the walks up the mallean and to the waterfall near Rhandiirmwyn, the cosy Rayburn when it got all the heating going and just the relaxing atmosphere of the radio and the fireside. The geese and chickens in the farm yard we're lovely to watch and we even managed to sit out if the back and enjoy a sunny afternoon. We also slept incredibly well. The bird song and sound of the river, and the smell of coal in he Rayburn made it wonderfully authentic. I also liked the fact there was no guest book which made it seem like we had just happened to find a convenient,y nice cosy farmhouse that we could just stop in for a while. We hope to return and explore a bit more! Tim &Juan & Edith ( the Airedale)

- Tim W,
4 April 2016

We had a wonderful stay in this cottage. It is rustic and comfortable. The surrounding garden with the apple trees is very beautiful as is the walled garden opposite. We enjoyed a few morning strolls next to the river that runs along next to the cottage. We found the nearby village to have everything we needed and two of the local pubs (you will find them easily) were exceptionally friendly and served great food. Had a few lovely days out in the surrounding villages and spent a couple of nights enjoyably playing scrabble by the open fire. A magical little place.

- Haile reed ,
17 November 2015

Lovely cottage, lovely surrounding. Great to get away from every day stress. Lovely beds never wanted to get out of them. Nights spent in front of log fire listening to radio and reading or playing board games.

- Lynne C,
18 September 2015

Cil-y-Cwm Cottage was an ideal location to escape the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives; we both work in central London and live on the outskirts. It's a really cosy cottage, made cosier in the evening by the log fire and Rayburn, and it was a blissful experience to sit out during the daylight hours in the sunlit garden with the sound of the river babbling away nearby. We'd have no hesitation in recommending this property. Paul & Helen, London UK

- Paul bolland ,
14 September 2015

Great, authentic cottage. Lots to do in the valley. A real Welsh Shangri-La. ;)

- Charles lee ,
10 August 2015

Such a fantastic spot, beautiful gardens with a very comfortable stay.

- Stuart M,
20 July 2015

We had three nights at the cottage and found it delightful. It has been well converted and provides a very cosy feel to the cottage. We particularly enjoyed the aga cooker and open fire, along with the tranquil setting and stunning views from the privacy of the enclosed garden. All the rooms were kitted out nicely, and we liked the various quirks of the cottage, such as the antique board games and book case for us to peruse. It was also a nice touch leaving a fresh loaf of bread and locally produced butter and milk. We would definitely recommend the cottage to those seeking a quiet escape in beautiful Welsh countryside.

- Emma jane W,
2 June 2015

Lovely authentic cottage in wonderful surroundings.

- Richard M,
31 May 2015
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