Travel – The Welsh House…

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Last month, for my birthday weekend, we travelled to Wales to stay in the most beautiful holiday let – The Welsh House.  Deep rural Wales, Dylan Thomas country, steeped in local history it felt like stepping back in time.

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The Welsh House, is a series of three beautifully built and sympathetically restored Welsh holiday lets.  Each one unique and stunning.  We were met by the owner Dorian, who showed us around our home for the weekend – Bryn ElgurAn authentic traditional Welsh Cottage set in a remote location with one of the best preserved Welsh Cottage interiors (built 1755).

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The house, is a traditional two up, two down.  With a modern kitchen to the side, with original slate floors and bright red aga to keep you warm.  Dorian explained that he wanted to show how people lived in Carmarthenshire in years gone by.  And he certainly has done that, by painstakingly restoring each room, to include the original floorboards, white lime washed walls and traditional furniture.

the welsh house littlegreenshed blog 6 the welsh house littlegreenshed blog 8 the welsh house littlegreenshed blog 7We felt completely at home.  Looking after the resident cat – Mrs Jones – and playing in the acres of woodland and fields surrounding the house.  Outside the back door is a small vegetable garden where Dorian grows onions, Kale and other flowers and vegetables.  The boys discovered the stream, climbed trees and played French cricket on the lawn.  While Dan read the paper, I played with flowers, capturing the incredible light flooding into each room.

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The decor is rustic to say the very least, but it is welcoming and very comfortable.  With a red Welsh blanket thrown over an Ercol sofa in the lounge and a large scrubbed farmhouse table with plenty of chairs in the kitchen.

Upstairs the bedrooms are co-joined, with the boys sleeping in a traditional antique double box bed, they slept comfortably and soundly.

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Bryn Elgur gave us the break we all needed.

What we loved:

  • A chance to slow down and appreciate the beauty and details of life
  • Eating a home cooked meal, with the kitchen door wide open to listen to the rain.
  • Lying on the grass and looking up at the stars.
  • Playing hide and seek in the long grass in the meadow.
  • Sleeping in late.
  • Mrs Jones
  • The rustic beauty of the decor

What we did in the area:

  • Visited Barafundle Beach – best beach in the world
  • Walked the lanes of Tenby eating ice-cream
  • Visited Dylan Thomas’ writing shed
  • Walked the local lanes 

If you are looking to step away from the stresses of modern day life, then Bryn Elgur is a must.  I urge you to go!  For more information on booking a break at Bryn Elgur, please visit their website.

Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel blog

Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.

  • This is simply beautiful. I love rural Wales and nothing is more cosy to me than a traditional cottage. Our own house is only a century older, but it feels practically modern compared to this. Its on my holiday-cottage-must-do list!

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