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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are plenty of popular attractions in and around the town, the highlights of which we have recommended below.
One of the most impressive historical buildings in Wales is Kidwelly Castle, which is one of the town’s main attractions. Built in the early 12th century, the castle has a dramatic past of conflict and numerous different inhabitants, and is now a fantastic place to visit to learn more about the history of the area and see a wonderfully preserved example of ancient architecture.
If you’re looking for natural beauty, the Glan yr Afon nature reserve is close to the town and has several footpaths that offer lovely walks around the area. Kidwelly Quay is another charming place for a walk, and whilst the canal and quay are no longer in use by boats they are a haven for many species of British wildlife.
On a rainy day, the Kidwelly Industrial Museum is just a mile outside of the town centre and is home to the second oldest tinplate works in the UK. Entry is free, although donations are encouraged, and there is a great range of different industrial machinery on display at all times of the year as well as seasonal exhibitions.
Once you’ve explored the tourist attractions in Kidwelly, there’s plenty more to do a little further afield. The nearby Pembrey Country Park on the coast is a beautiful green space with plenty of footpaths and places to stop for a picnic, along with facilities that include a dry ski slope and model railway.
If you’re looking for something a little more adrenaline-filled, Pembrey Circuit is a nearby motorsports racing track that offers driving experiences in a range of classic and modern cars, as well as a calendar of professional bike, car and truck races around the circuit.
If you’re after a proper Welsh seaside experience, a day trip to St Ishmael or Llansteffan on the other side of the River Towy will give you access to sandy beaches and classic coastal attractions. Llansteffan Castle is also nearby, showcasing ruins from the Iron Age with wonderful views out over the sea.
As with many locations in Wales, the best time of year to visit is over the summer when the weather across the Uk will be at its warmest and driest. If you're not too bothered about getting caught in the rain then the town will be much less busy in April-May and September-October, but if you’re planning lots of outdoor activities then July or August will give you the best weather.