The Welsh House: How to Sleep in the Past

By Abi King | Europe

Oct 20

Inside the Welsh House in Wales via @insidetravellab

Staying at the Welsh House

There’s a cool, white mottled stone where yellow daffodils blow. Amid snowdrops, long grass-flanked bluebells and early morning dew.

Thatched roofs, sloping timber and a flame-open fire.

A cottage.

A home.

A history lesson with green field views. And cockles, with ripe cheese, leathered books and inch-thick green-glass.

Authentic Welsh Holiday Cottage

Lovingly Restored Welsh Cottage

They call it the Welsh House, the fruit of one man’s dream.

And for those who wish to stay there, there’s a speck of genius amid the poetry.

For this lovingly restored cottage, built back in 1755, has made one or two wise changes to move with the times.

Hot water for the bathroom, that runs from the tap, no less.

And a thoroughly remodelled kitchen: shiny, new with fridge, stove and lashings and lashings of fresh daylight.

Renovated kitchen in the Welsh House

Authentic Wales with Creature Comforts

It is, I would say, the perfect re-imagination of cosy comfort blended with the past.

And if you view luxury as time, history and a strong sense of atmosphere, then this is the place to stay for you.

With or without the ripe Caerphilly cheese.


More About the Welsh House

The Welsh House actually refers to a number of rustic self-catering cottages. The one I stayed in is known as Bryn Eglur, which means “Clear Hill” and which lives in rural Carmarthenshire. Although it sits right next to another property, the view from the windows and the setup of the old farmhouse means you very much feel alone.

The master double bedroom connects to a modest second bedroom with a Welsh box bed (think Tudor period dramas – the detail’s not the same but the atmosphere is.) Downstairs, the living room and parlour feature Welsh antiques against lime-washed walls and the compact bathroom offers a roll-top bath and a view across the hills.

As you might expect, there’s no TV or wifi and the mobile phone reception’s barely there.

However, the complete renovation of the cowshed into a kitchen provides a bright and breezy atmosphere with a huge table and charming solid fuel rayburn stove. Find out more here.

The Welsh House - a great place to stay in Carmarthenshire Wales

Things to do near the Welsh House

Visit the Tropical Garden in Wales  – visiting the Aberglasney Gardens

Taste Popcorn Cockles – the new face of Welsh Food

Take A Short Break in Pembrokeshire

Understand what cwtch means

Spring morning in the Welsh House

Disclosure – I visited the Welsh House as a guest of Discover Carmarthenshire. As ever, as always, I kept the right to write what I like. Life’s just too short and not sweet enough, otherwise.

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