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Self Catering Cottages in Carmarthenshire

Often referred to as the Garden of Wales, the county of Carmarthenshire offers visitors breath-taking views of its mountain ranges, historic and wildlife laden forests, combined with an expansive coastline with beaches and seaside resorts. The county is one of the oldest in existence and this is evidenced in its many castles and historical attractions, giving Carmarthenshire a unique combination of heritage and natural beauty spots. Read more

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52.009329, -4.350405

A self-catering holiday cottage nestling in a beautiful tranquil valley on an organic dairy farm in West Wales. Enjoy a slice of country life in this haven for wildlife with lovely walks and plenty of peace and quiet. Centrally located Penyrallt Fach Cottage is ideal for relaxing or visiting the beaches, mountains and numerous attractions of Wales with Pembrokeshire, Cardigan Bay, Carmarthenshire and St David's all within driving distance for a day trip out.

Weekly price:
£620 all year
Short breaks from £120 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.918734, -4.565700

Retreat from the stress of daily life at this beautiful retreat in the Carmarthenshire countryside. Y Bwthyn is a charming stone cottage on the owner's smallholding in Blaenwaun, within walking distance of the local pub. It sleeps four guests in two bedrooms, with visitors enjoying luxuries like underfloor heating, hotel-quality linen, and a private outdoor hot tub where they can soak under the stars. Carmarthen, Cardigan Bay beaches, and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park are all within a few miles. There is a wealth of attractions, including gardens and castles, all within easy reach. Take your partner, your family or your friends and unwind in these stunning surroundings. 

Weekly guide price:
£644 to £1099
Short breaks from £135 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

52.009126, -3.687170

With miles of footpaths, mountain bike trails and sweeping country roads perfect for biking or touring, exploring the area around The Byre is a pleasure. This dog-friendly holiday cottage sleeps four guests in three bedrooms and is perfect for couples and families who want somewhere peaceful and comfortable to stay in Mid-Wales. The cottage is close to the Brecon Beacons National Park and within easy reach of Swansea, The Gower and the West Wales coast, yet only five miles from the market town of Llandovery. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly price:
£1400 all year

4  |   3  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

51.741662, -4.360238

Big families and groups of friends love The Old Cowshed, with many of them returning year after year to enjoy the high standard of accommodation and fantastic location. The former barn dates from 1864 and boasts thick stone walls and original beams together with modern luxuries and seven ensuite bedrooms that sleep up to 16 people. Carmarthen Bay is about 500 metres away, while the nearest pub is about a mile from the door. The Gower and Pembrokeshire are both within easy reach as are favourite attractions such as Oakwood Theme Park, the National Botanic Garden of Wales, and Folly Farm.

Weekly guide price:
£1825 to £3853
Short breaks from £438 per night

16  |   7  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.773280, -4.394366

The perfect coastal holiday retreat for two in the picturesque Welsh village of Llansteffan, sitting on the sandy shores of the Tywi Estuary. Special both in terms of its romantic charm and character and the stunning location, this hidden gem is a must for anyone who wants to getaway from it all, relax, walk and enjoy sea air. Two pubs within walking distance and fabulous coastal and estuary walks on the doorstep.

Weekly guide price:
£375 to £500

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.813337, -4.373679

Ty Log ("Log House", in Welsh) is a contemporary log cabin in a peaceful location with fantastic views and accessible accommodation for up to four guests in two bedrooms. It is part of a former working farm and guests have access to six acres of landscaped grounds which include ponds and a sensory garden. The cabin is less than two miles from Llangain and the Tafarn Pantydderwen pub, four miles from the coast at Llansteffan and only five miles from the ancient town of Carmarthen. The Gower, Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons National Park are all within an hour's drive. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£560 to £1090

4  |   2  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 5 Star

51.741662, -4.360238

Escape to the beauty of the Carmarthenshire coast in this charming stone cottage that is only 500 meters from Carmarthen Bay and estuary. There are beautiful walks and bike rides from the door, and the area is also a favourite for bird watching. The Gower Peninsula AONB and places like Rhossili Bay and the Mumbles are within easy reach, as are Tenby, Folly Farm, Oakwood and Narbeth. Carmarthen and Llanelli are both under half an hour's drive away, while Kidwelly is only three miles with an impressive Norman castle and Wales' oldest canal. Accommodation at Ty Llo is all on ground floor level and guests have the luxury of a hot tub. It sleeps up to six people in two bedrooms and is perfect for couples, families or friends.

Weekly guide price:
£465 to £1208
Short breaks from £111 per night

5-6  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.741662, -4.360238

Coal House is ideal for couples, families or friends as it easily sleeps between two and six people in two rooms with a sofabed (plus hot tub!). It's in a fantastic coastal location on the family-run Tanylan Farm, a few minutes stroll from Carmarthen Bay and about a mile from St Ishmael beach and village. Not only is the bay and estuary on the doorstep but the holiday cottage is also perfect for exploring Pembrokeshire and the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Tenby, Swansea and Mumbles are easily reachable in under an hour, as are places like Brechfa Forest and the western part of the Brecon Beacons National Park. There is so much to see and do that you'll be able to plan a wonderful stay no matter what season you are visiting.

Weekly guide price:
£465 to £1320
Short breaks from £111 per night

4-6  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.741662, -4.360238

Wrth y Nant is the smallest of six lovely self-catering properties on Tanylan Farm, with its size appealing to couples and small families. The two-bedroom cottage is part of a 16th-century longhouse, which has accommodation over two levels and an enclosed patio garden with a hot tub. You can walk to the South West Coast Path and the shore of Carmarthen Bay in minutes, and excellent walks and cycling routes lead from the door. Carmarthenshire is waiting for you to discover its castles, market towns and unforgettable views. With the Gower Peninsula and Pembrokeshire both within easy reach, you can enjoy a holiday at Wrth y Nant at any time of the year.

Weekly guide price:
£382 to £776
Short breaks from £91 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.741662, -4.360238

The window that once lured ships to their doom now frames stunning views of Carmarthen Bay in the master bedroom of Bryntowy. The detached stone self-catering cottage is on a privately owned family farm, about 500 metres from the water and a mile from St Ishmael's beach and village. Ferryside, Kidwelly and Carmarthen are all within just a few miles of this charming property, which sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms and is ideal for families. The location is perfect for a relaxing holiday exploring not only Carmarthenshire but also Pembrokeshire and the Gower.

Weekly guide price:
£471 to £992
Short breaks from £157 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.741662, -4.360238

What's not to love about this charming stone holiday cottage which has been carefully created from a 16th Century longhouse? The three-bedroom cottage sleeps up to six people and is just 500 metres from the coast of Carmarthen Bay and the West Coast Footpath. St Ishmael's beach and village pub are about a mile away, and there are countless miles of footpaths, bridleways and cycling routes within easy reach. Kidwelly and Carmarthen are within a short drive, while places like Rhossili Bay, Mumbles, Oakwood Theme Park and Folly Farm are all within easy reach. The space and layout of Hawton make it perfect for families and friends.

Weekly guide price:
£471 to £992
Short breaks from £113 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.013548, -4.386867

How can you resist a glamping experience like this! The owners of the Ceridwen Centre have lovingly converted a vintage, 1964 Leyland double-decker bus into a unique self-catering holiday experience that has space for four people (or up to six by arrangement with some reconfiguration of the downstairs area). The Ceridwen Centre is a mile from Drefach Felindre and the Tafarn John y Gwas pub, although you don't have to go that far for a drink or a cooked meal, as the site has excellent facilities. A great choice for those looking for a little fun, walking, cycling, fishing and exploring this beautiful part of Wales.

Weekly guide price:
£633 to £652
Short breaks from £139 per night

4-6  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.013548, -4.386867

The Ceridwen Centre is a fantastic venue in the beautiful Teifi Valley. They offer a variety of accommodation sleeping between 2 and 19 people, including this environmentally friendly 'glamping' pod that was built in a flower meadow using recycled material, and sleeps two people in a large double bed. Fun and with a hint of country romantic charm, Caban Bach Eco Pod is ideal for couples seeking a peaceful escape and sits within 40 acres of organic farmland with a mountain bike centre, licensed cafe and on-site shop selling local produce and crafts (plus Welsh ice-cream!). Close to beaches, waterfalls, friendly towns and villages, and the stunning River Teifi, Ceridwen Centre is just perfect for discovering everything magical about Wales.

Weekly guide price:
£342 to £368

2  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.809566, -4.495084

A welcoming riverside holiday cottage for couples and families, including those with pets. Manordaf Holiday Cottage is on the edge of St Clears, a relaxed walk from shops, cafes and pubs, and within easy reach of beautiful beaches and local attractions. It sleeps four people in two bedrooms with accommodation all on ground floor level. Guests can walk, cycle (there is secure bicycle storage), fish, play golf, and enjoy sights and attractions like Laugharne Castle, Dylan Thomas' boathouse, Pendine Sands Museum of Speed, Folly Farm, and the National Botanic Garden of Wales. 

Weekly guide price:
£630 to £1085
Short breaks from £90 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.013548, -4.386867

The owners of the Ceridwen Centre live the "reduce, reuse, recycle" ethos on their organic farm in the beautiful Teifi Valley in Mid-Wales, having transformed an ordinary static caravan into a wood-and-corrugated-tin cottage with a deep verandah and space for up to five people to sleep in two double bedrooms. It is one of a collection of self-catering properties with 40-private acres that include a wood-fired hot tub (hired on a first come first served basis), woodland walks, mountain bike centre and a shop selling homemade meals and fresh vegetables. The venue is perfect for everything from a solo retreat to a fun-filled family reunion or celebration for up to 60 people.

Weekly guide price:
£547 to £571
Short breaks from £139 per night

5  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.813337, -4.373679

The owners of Bwthyn Creigiau have turned a former Georgian piggery into a beautiful holiday cottage that sleeps six people in three bedrooms. Original beams and stone walls have been brought into the 21st-century with triple glazing and underfloor heating, and the family have used their experience to create a space that feels like home but which is accessible and wheelchair-friendly. The self-catering cottage is just outside the village of Llangain and a short drive from both historical Carmarthen and the Twyi Estuary and beaches, with the Gower and Pembrokeshire also accessible for a day out. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£560 to £1090

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 5 Star

51.912087, -4.102346

This spacious lodge cabin looks perfectly at home in its woodland setting. It is one of a handful of self-catering properties scattered around the 44-acre Pantglas Hall Estate, with guests having shared access to amenities that include a heated indoor swimming pool, games room, tennis court, bar and restaurant. It is close to fantastic footpaths and cycling routes, with attractions like the National Botanic Gardens, Gower Peninsula and Brechfa Forest all within easy reach. The three-bedroom lodge sleeps up to six people and is perfect for families and friends.

Weekly guide price:
£675 to £920

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.773511, -4.395231

Everything about this charming cottage will help you relax, from its open-plan living room with a log burner to the spacious deck built over a stream and the village location within walking distance of the beach and the pub. Heddfan Cottage is in Llansteffan in the Tywi Valley which overlooks beautiful Carmarthen Bay. It is convenient for beaches, museums and other attractions that include the National Botanic Gardens, Oakwood and Folly Farm. Carmarthen is only eight miles away with an excellent choice of shops, cafes and other amenities. The cottage can sleep up to four people in two rooms so is perfect for couples and small families, and is also dog-friendly.

Weekly guide price:
£350 to £650

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.926828, -4.093705

Perfect for couples, friends and singles, this cosy comfy garden annex provides a good base for exploring West Wales and its many attractions. Sitting on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Llanfynydd (with pub), the annex affords beautiful views and a lovely countryside setting from which to relax. Great outdoor activities and within easy reach of Carmarthen, the Brecon Beacons and the coast.

Weekly price:
£595 all year

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.926828, -4.093705

Beautifully presented and full of charm, this welcoming Welsh cottage dates back to the 15th century and enjoys a beautiful quiet location close to the town of Carmarthen in the picturesque Towy Valley. Lots of attractions close by including the National Botanical Garden of Wales, Oakwood Theme Park and the medieval house and gardens of Aberglasney. The coast and Brecon Beacons National Park are also within easy reach by car, and there are an abundance of outdoor adventures to enjoy on the doorstep. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£660 to £915

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 5 Star

Learn more about Carmarthenshire

For literary fans, the county has played an important role in 20th century poetry as it was home to Dylan Thomas who penned numerous poems in addition to screenplays in his short life. The poet often referred to the county as his inspiration for much of his work and for a time he lived in a small boathouse overlooking Carmarthen Bay.

Although the area is often associated with its beautiful rural landscapes, there are numerous beaches on its coastline too. Pendine beach is perhaps the most dramatic in the county and to the west you can view ragged cliffs and rock pools overlooking the water below, whilst the east is characterised by long stretches of sand and dunes. In fact, the beach was used as preparation for D-Day as parts of its makeup resembled Normandy. Carmarthenshire retains a healthy active and outdoor lifestyle and for enthusiasts of the great outdoors then it is one of the best places in Wales to visit. You can mountain bike around the wooded and mystical Brechfa Forest, raft or canoe down its various fast flowing rivers, horse ride along its windswept beaches and fish along its coast.

For nature lovers the country really is one of the most attractive around. The Brecon Beacons National Park extends into its borders and offers numerous trekking and relaxed walking routes. From deep gorges, rugged carboniferous limestone and hidden caves, the park is full of surprises and natural wonders.

Some of the oldest castles in the whole of the UK and Europe can be found in the county. Carreg Cennen Castle features an underground passageway and spooky caverns, whilst the whole area is steeped in Arthurian legend. Carmarthenshire Museum is set in a 13th century house in Abergwili and features relics and information from throughout the county’s history, including a section of tree rumoured to be associated with the mythical Merlin.

Carmarthenshire also has its own culinary significance. Sewin, salt marsh lamb, laverbread (made from seaweed) and Carmarthen Ham are all specialities of the area and should definitely be tried in some of its numerous old age pubs and restaurants.

The county of Carmarthenshire manages to include a diverse range of different activities and interests within its borders. It is one of the most beautiful places in Wales and has inspired many people in numerous walks of life. For outdoor enthusiasts then you can find countless activities set amongst the stunning landscapes and the county has a deep sense of history with its castles and links to the mystical Middle Ages. From long stretches of coastline to rolling valleys, Carmarthenshire can boast to offering something for all tastes in the south of Wales.