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These single storey beautifully appointed cottages are ideal for touring the spectacular West Wales peninsula, the Brecon Beacons, the Pembrokeshire Coastal path and the Millennium Coastal Park.
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With its idyllic setting, the park affords guests the opportunity to bask in the beauty of South Wales’ natural landscape, where the sounds of the sea complement the serene vistas.
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Garnffrwd Park offers a quiet and peaceful holiday in beautiful wooded countryside grounds, ideally located to explore Carmarthenshire’s beautiful beaches and castles, at the centre of which is a 5 acre spring fed lake for fly fishing* and walks.
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Nestled within rolling countryside of Pembrokeshire and offering picturesque views of the Preseli Hills, Grondre Holiday Park provides the perfect place for rural retreats and blissful breaks with family and friends.
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At Landal Dylan Coastal Resort, you’ll be immersed in the awe-inspiring beauty and drama of the Carmarthenshire countryside and coastline, with spectacular scenery surrounding the clifftop lodges – and accommodation with large windows and private terraces from which to enjoy it.
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Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Llanrhidian Holiday Park offers a wonderful base from which you can explore the stunning Welsh countryside.
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Pantglas Farm

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Pantglas Farm is part of our exclusive Bouja Luxury Boutique Breaks Collection.
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Nestling in the heart of the ‘Garden of Wales’, these real log lodges sit within the grounds of Pantglas Hall Estate and unite superb facilities with a perfect base for enjoying Camarthenshire’s many delights.
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Situated less than 2 miles outside the picturesque harbour town of New Quay, Pencnwc Holiday Park has something for everyone; from an indoor pool to a family clubhouse combined with a wealth of local attractions, making this an ideal destination for a seaside getaway whatever the occasion.
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Pendine Sands Holiday Park, located in the picturesque county of Carmarthenshire in South Wales, offers a tranquil yet engaging holiday experience by the coast.
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Carmarthenshire Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to Carmarthenshire, a hidden gem in Wales where lush landscapes meet mythic castles. Savour local Welsh cakes and bara brith as you explore farmers' markets, or get your adrenaline fix coasteering along the rugged coast. For a serene escape, meander through the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Fancy a unique fact? Carmarthenshire is home to the first gold coin minted in Britain for over 1,000 years. Seeking a cosy retreat or an action-packed trip with your crew? Opting for a cabin or lodge stay in Carmarthenshire promises an unforgettable experience tailored to any travel desire.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Carmarthenshire?

Carmarthenshire, often referred to as the 'Garden of Wales', is a gem waiting to be discovered. With rolling hills, historic castles, and a coastline that's a feast for the eyes, it's a refreshing escape from city life. In 2024, the county is buzzing with new energy, hosting events like the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival and the Llandeilo Jazz Festival. Lodges offer a private retreat, often with stunning views and more space than a hotel room. They're ideal for those who crave a home-from-home experience amidst nature. Carmarthenshire's uniqueness lies in its blend of coastal beauty, verdant landscapes, and rich cultural heritage, making it a standout destination for a lodge break.

If you're visiting Carmarthenshire with kids

Absolutely, Carmarthenshire is a playground for children! With attractions like the National Botanic Garden of Wales and Pembrey Country Park, there's no shortage of adventures. Lodges provide a relaxed setting for families, often with outdoor space for kids to play. Plus, having a kitchen means easy meal times with fussy eaters.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Swimwear for beach days or water parks
  3. Rain gear – just in case!
  4. Binoculars for wildlife spotting
  5. Outdoor toys like frisbees or footballs
  6. Warm layers for chilly evenings
  7. Sun protection: hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses
  8. Camera or smartphone for capturing memories

Pet Friendly Carmarthenshire Adventures

Carmarthenshire rolls out the red carpet for pets, with many lodges offering enclosed gardens for peace of mind. Dining out? The Warren in Carmarthen and The Plough Inn at Rhosmaen are just a couple of the pet-friendly eateries. When booking, look for lodges that highlight pet-friendly amenities. Always keep a lead handy for public spaces and respect local wildlife by keeping your pet under control.

Dog walking ideas in Carmarthenshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Pembrey Country Park 8 Woodland & Beach SA16 0EJ
Llansteffan Beach 1.5 Coastal SA33 5LW
Brechfa Forest Varies Forest SA32 7RA
Millennium Coastal Path 13 Coastal & Marina SA15 2LF
Dinefwr Park 2-4 Historic Parkland SA19 6RT

Remember, these are just a few highlights of what Carmarthenshire has to offer. Whether you're a family, a couple, or bringing along a furry friend, this county has something special in store for everyone.

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to fan the flames of love, Carmarthenshire offers the perfect backdrop. Picture yourself and your partner unwinding in a secluded lodge, perhaps with a pamper pack that includes local chocolates and bubbly. For those seeking relaxation, look for lodges that provide spa experiences; the likes of Pantglas Hall come to mind, where tranquility is part of the package. Dining out is a treat too, with many lodges boasting on-site restaurants serving up intimate dinners. And let's not forget the cherry on top: a private hot tub under the stars. It's the ultimate romantic gesture, and lodges like Coedllys Country House offer just that.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Carmarthenshire's local cuisine is a tapestry of Welsh flavours, with dishes like cawl (a hearty stew) and Welsh rarebit on many menus. For a top-notch dining experience, check out Y Polyn or The Plough Inn for their take on local produce. Families looking for a friendly atmosphere should head to The Warren, which caters to all ages with a smile. Couples might prefer the intimate setting of Sosban, known for its innovative dishes and romantic vibe.

For a good night out

When the sun sets, Carmarthenshire comes alive with options for a memorable night out. For a laid-back evening, The Ginhaus Deli in Llandeilo offers an impressive selection of gins and a cosy atmosphere. If you're after live music, The Salutation Inn is a hit with locals and visitors alike. For a more traditional pub experience, the reviews rave about The White Horse Inn; it's the place for a pint and a warm welcome.

Fishing

Anglers, rejoice! Carmarthenshire is a haven for fishing enthusiasts. Here's a list of prime spots:

  • Springwater Lakes - SA14 7NL
  • Edwinsford Salmon Fishing - SA19 6RE
  • Cothi Bridge Fishery - SA32 7NA
  • Shimano Dynamite Pond - SA33 5AJ
  • Towy Valley Fishing - SA32 8QJ

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, Carmarthenshire doesn't disappoint. Llandysul Paddlers offers everything from canoeing to white-water rafting, with prices starting around £30 per person. They're open year-round, but it's best to check ahead for seasonal activities. Then there's Pembrey Country Park, where you can go from skiing to tobogganing, with prices varying by activity. Remember to book in advance, especially during peak seasons.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Carmarthen Market Traditional Market Local crafts, food SA31 1QY
St. Catherine’s Walk Shopping Centre High street brands, eateries SA31 1GA
Gates of the West Artisan Shop Handmade gifts, souvenirs SA19 6SD
King Street Gallery Art Gallery & Shop Original art, ceramics SA31 1BH
Wrights Food Emporium Delicatessen Local produce, gourmet gifts SA32 7NG

Whether you're angling for a quiet fishing trip or seeking the thrill of outdoor adventures, Carmarthenshire's lodges offer the perfect base to explore and indulge in all the county has to offer. From romantic hot tubs to family-friendly dining, there's something for everyone in this charming Welsh county.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Carmarthenshire

Garnffrwd Park, Carmarthenshire

Driving Distance: About 7 minutes (2.94 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 5 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Garnffrwd Park offers a serene holiday experience in a picturesque wooded setting, complete with a 5-acre lake for fly fishing and scenic walks, blending natural beauty with comfort and tranquillity.

Who will love these lodges? Nature enthusiasts and those seeking a peaceful retreat will adore Garnffrwd Park. It's perfect for couples seeking a romantic getaway and families wanting to immerse themselves in the countryside. The park's quiet charm is its standout feature, offering a restful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can enjoy fly fishing in the lake (charges apply) or take leisurely walks through the lush grounds. While there's no restaurant on the premises, shops and dining options are just 2 miles away, ensuring a convenient stay.

What's nearby? The stunning Pembrokeshire coast and Gower Peninsula are a short drive away, offering beautiful beaches for relaxation or water sports. For history buffs, Carmarthenshire's castles are within easy reach, with the nearest being Kidwelly Castle, about a 30-minute drive away.

Accommodation options: Garnffrwd Park provides a range of accommodation choices, from the charming Cwtch Cottage, ideal for small families or couples, to the larger Oak and Ash Lodges, which are pet-friendly and can accommodate up to 5 guests. While none of the accommodations feature a hot tub, they all offer a cosy and inviting atmosphere.


Pantglas Hall Lodges, Carmarthenshire

Driving Distance: About 21 minutes (9.98 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Set within the enchanting grounds of Pantglas Hall Estate, these real log lodges offer a luxurious stay with access to a leisure complex, including an indoor pool, sauna, and gym, amidst the 'Garden of Wales'.

Who will love these lodges? Pantglas Hall Lodges cater to a wide audience, from couples seeking a romantic setting to families and groups looking for an activity-filled break. The estate's historical elements and comprehensive leisure facilities make it a unique and appealing destination.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The former walled garden now houses a leisure complex complete with an indoor pool, sauna, gym, games room, and even a shared hot tub. For dining, there's a restaurant and coffee shop on site, and for the active, tennis courts and a children’s play area.

What's nearby? The area boasts numerous attractions, including the National Botanic Garden of Wales (20 minutes away) and the historic Dinefwr Castle (30 minutes away). Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the Brecon Beacons National Park, roughly an hour's drive from the lodges.

Accommodation options: The lodges at Pantglas Hall, such as the Powys and Dyfed, offer comfortable and stylish accommodation for up to 6 guests. While pets aren't allowed, the lodges are well-equipped with modern amenities, including multi-fuel burners and fully equipped kitchens, ensuring a homely stay.


Carmarthen Bay, Carmarthenshire

Driving Distance: About 29 minutes (17.78 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 8 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Carmarthen Bay is a vibrant holiday park with a plethora of activities, from an indoor heated pool with a waterslide to kids clubs and an adventure playground, all set against the backdrop of stunning coastal scenery.

Who will love these lodges? This park is a haven for families and groups, with its extensive range of facilities and entertainment options. The lively atmosphere and seaside location make it an ideal choice for those looking for fun-filled days and nights.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, you can enjoy swimming, mini-golf, and sports courts. Dining options include The Boathouse Bar and Restaurant, and there's an entertainment venue for evening fun. For quieter moments, the park offers scenic walks along the coast.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include Pembrey Country Park, with its beautiful beach and outdoor activities (20 minutes away), and Kidwelly Castle (15 minutes away), offering a glimpse into the region's rich history.

Accommodation options: Accommodations like the Llanarthney and Newport Lodges provide spacious and luxurious settings for up to 8 guests. While pet-friendly options are limited, the park's lodges are well-appointed with modern conveniences and some feature verandas for outdoor relaxation.


Avalon Cottages, Carmarthenshire

Driving Distance: About 25 minutes (18.52 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Avalon Cottages offer a tranquil retreat, perfect for exploring West Wales' spectacular scenery, with cosy, single-storey cottages that come complete with saunas for the ultimate relaxation experience.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for couples and small families, these cottages provide a peaceful base for those wishing to explore the region's natural beauty and historical sites. The inclusion of saunas in each cottage adds a touch of luxury to the rural charm.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? While the cottages themselves are more about relaxation and tranquillity, the surrounding area offers plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

What's nearby? Attractions within driving distance include the Teifi Valley (45 minutes away), with its salmon leap waterfalls, and the Gwilli Steam Railway (30 minutes away), offering a nostalgic journey through the Welsh countryside.

Accommodation options: The cottages at Avalon, such as Beech and Oak, cater to various group sizes, from the intimate Willow Cottage for two, to the larger Oak Cottage that can accommodate up to 6 guests. Each cottage boasts a sauna, adding an extra layer of comfort to your stay.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire, with its rolling hills and picturesque landscapes, is a haven for those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle. Whether you're staying in cosy lodges in Carmarthenshire or just passing through, there's a wealth of attractions to explore. From enchanting gardens to adrenaline-pumping activities, let's dive into the top six attractions that are a must-visit.

Dinefwr Park and Castle

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £8.50, Children £4.25
  • Postcode: SA19 6RT
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Dinefwr Park and Castle is a real treat for those who love a mix of nature and history. The National Trust property boasts a stunning 12th-century castle, an ancient deer park, and the beautiful Newton House. It's ideal for families and anyone interested in Welsh heritage. Keep an eye out for the fallow deer and the rare White Park cattle. The best time to visit is during spring when the gardens are in full bloom. Tip: Check out the calendar for special events like open-air theatre performances.

Phone number: 01558 824512 | Web: nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr


National Botanic Garden of Wales

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £11.50, Children £5
  • Postcode: SA32 8HN
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is a lush paradise for plant lovers and those seeking tranquillity. It features the world's largest single-span glasshouse, protecting a range of Mediterranean climate zone plants. It's perfect for families and garden enthusiasts. Don't miss the Butterfly House and the various themed gardens. Summer is fantastic here, with outdoor concerts and activities. Tip: Grab a picnic and enjoy the stunning views over the lake.

Phone number: 01558 667149 | Web: botanicgarden.wales


Pembrey Country Park

  • Opening Times: 06:00 - 22:00 daily
  • Prices: Car parking from £3.50
  • Postcode: SA16 0EJ
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Pembrey Country Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. With eight miles of golden sands at Cefn Sidan Beach and a variety of activities including cycling, horse riding, and even a dry ski slope, it's perfect for active families and adventure-seekers. Visit during summer for the best beach weather. Tip: Check out the park's calendar for events like music festivals and sporting competitions.

Phone number: 01554 742424 | Web: pembreycountrypark.wales


Llansteffan Castle

  • Opening Times: Dawn to dusk
  • Prices: Free entry
  • Postcode: SA33 5JD
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Village car park

Llansteffan Castle offers stunning views over the estuary and a glimpse into the past with its Norman ruins. It's a fantastic spot for history enthusiasts and families looking for a scenic picnic location. The walk up to the castle is a bit steep, but it's worth it for the panoramic views. Visit on a clear day to make the most of the scenery. Tip: Bring sturdy footwear for the climb and a camera to capture the breathtaking views.

Web: cadw.gov.wales/visit/places-to-visit/llansteffan-castle


Gwili Railway

  • Opening Times: Varies, check timetable
  • Prices: Adults £14, Children £7
  • Postcode: SA33 6HT
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

The Gwili Railway is a charming heritage steam railway that offers a nostalgic journey through the Carmarthenshire countryside. It's a hit with families and train enthusiasts. The railway often hosts special events like Santa Specials and Murder Mystery evenings. To see the countryside in full bloom, spring and summer are the best times to visit. Tip: Book in advance for themed events as they can sell out quickly.

Phone number: 01267 238213 | Web: gwili-railway.co.uk


Kidwelly Castle

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 16:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £6.90, Children £4.10
  • Postcode: SA17 5BQ
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Town car park

Kidwelly Castle is a well-preserved medieval fortress that offers a fascinating journey back in time. It's perfect for those who love exploring historic sites and is a great educational experience for kids. The castle provides a dramatic backdrop for photography enthusiasts. Visit during autumn for fewer crowds and a moody atmosphere. Tip: Climb to the top of the towers for an impressive view of the town and river.

Phone number: 01554 890104 | Web: cadw.gov.wales/visit/places-to-visit/kidwelly-castle

Whether you're staying in one of the many lodges in Carmarthenshire or just visiting for the day, these attractions offer a diverse range of experiences that cater to all interests. From historical explorations to natural beauty, Carmarthenshire has it all. So pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready for some unforgettable days out!

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with the comforts of home, often surrounded by nature. Many lodges in Carmarthenshire offer stunning views, with amenities like hot tubs and log burners. It's a chance to unwind, explore the countryside, and enjoy local attractions at your own pace.

What should I pack when visiting Carmarthenshire?

Pack layers for the unpredictable Welsh weather, sturdy footwear for walking, and swimwear for hot tubs or coastal visits. Don't forget chargers for your devices, and maybe some board games or books for cosy evenings in. Essentials like toiletries and basic groceries are a must, though some lodges provide starter packs.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Carmarthenshire offer parking spaces close by. It's convenient for unloading your gear upon arrival. However, check with your specific lodge as some may have designated parking areas a short walk away, especially if they're in a more secluded spot.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rainy days are a chance to enjoy indoor activities. Carmarthenshire has quaint cafes, like Wright's Food Emporium, and cultural spots such as Carmarthen Museum. Your lodge might have board games, a cosy fireplace, or a hot tub to enjoy regardless of the weather.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Yes, many local eateries and supermarkets offer delivery services to lodges. Apps like Just Eat or Deliveroo might operate in the area, but it's also worth checking out local farm shops or services like Wright's at Home for a more personal touch with local produce.

Is Carmarthenshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Definitely! Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often lower prices. Carmarthenshire's landscapes are stunning in autumn and winter, and many lodges have cosy features perfect for chillier days. Plus, local attractions like The National Botanic Garden of Wales are open year-round.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Absolutely, cleanliness is a top priority for lodge providers. Hot tubs are typically drained, cleaned, and refilled before each new guest's arrival. If you have any concerns, lodge staff are usually on hand to address them promptly.

Are there any walking or cycling trails near the lodges?

Carmarthenshire is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Trails like the Millennium Coastal Path or Brechfa Forest are perfect for both walking and cycling. Most lodges provide information on local routes, and some even offer bike hire or storage facilities.

What local attractions should we not miss?

Don't miss Dinefwr Park and Castle for a mix of nature and history, or Pembrey Country Park for beach and woodland walks. For a unique experience, visit Llansteffan Castle with its stunning estuary views. There's something for everyone in Carmarthenshire.

Is there Wi-Fi in the lodges, or should we prepare for a digital detox?

Many lodges come with Wi-Fi, allowing you to stay connected even in rural settings. However, signal strength can vary, so if uninterrupted internet is crucial, check with your lodge provider beforehand. Alternatively, embrace the opportunity for a digital detox and enjoy the tranquillity of your surroundings.

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