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Esgair Berfedd

Babel, West Wales
Visit Wales - 4 star rating
Sleeps 7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Secluded cottage in glorious surroundings, within the leafy Crychan Forest
  • Ideal for long walks, cycle rides and wildlife watching
  • About 6 miles from the market town of Llandovery, with its pubs, restaurants and shops
Property code: BN150

A truly magical Welsh cottage for a large family or group of friends, which is ideal for nature lovers as it is set in enchanting forest surroundings, with picturesque valley views and wonderful walks on the doorstep.

Leave the rest of the world behind you when you stay at this spellbinding cottage in the depths of the Crychan Forest. Perfect for anyone seeking complete seclusion and utter tranquillity, the 19th-century property sleeps seven guests in four bedrooms. The rural location of the house makes it ideal for nature watching, as well as long walks and mountain bike rides. Immerse yourselves in the tranquillity of the valley then head 6 miles to Llandovery to go shopping, eat out or ponder over a cup of tea or coffee in a cafe. From Llandovery, follow the River Towy into the Cambrian Mountains. Visit the RSPB Nature Reserve at Gwenffrwd-Dinas, approximately 4 miles from the cottage.

Let yourselves into the cottage and find a traditional, welcoming country home, complete with original exposed beams. Hang your coats and leave your wellies and walking boots in the hall then make your way into the lounge. Lay a fire in the wood burner in the stone inglenook fireplace ready to light after returning home from a long walk. Choose a DVD or video to watch on the TV or perhaps gather together to play a game. The kitchen is an equally inviting space and has everything you need to prepare hearty meals for your party, including a five-ring gas hob with large oven, large upright fridge with half freezer, dishwasher, Belfast sink, and washing machine. Dine at the table in here or in the dining room, with its beamed ceiling. The wet room with WC is on this level. Follow the original wooden staircase up to the first floor, where three of your bedrooms (a single, twin and double) and a family bathroom, which has a bath with hand-held shower over, and WC, are located. Climb another staircase up to the attic, where the master double bedroom nestles beneath a sloping, beamed ceiling, which is low in places. Enjoy the luxury of having a free-standing bath within this room, where you can indulge in a long, hot soak. Please note, the roof of this farmhouse is a protected roost for bats who occasionally sneak into the house in the summer months.

Spill out into the large, natural garden here as often as the weather allows. Soak up the sunshine on the patio with a glass of chilled wine and the weekend newspapers. There is plenty of space for parking at the cottage.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 4 bedrooms – 2 doubles, 1 twin and 1 single
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 family bathroom, 1 wet room and 1 bath in the master bedroom
  • Large oven with five-ring gas hob, large upright fridge with half freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs supplied and £5 thereafter)
  • Highchair available
  • TV for DVD and VCR (no reception for TV channels)
  • Large natural garden with garden furniture
  • Ample parking
  • 1 small dog welcome
  • Limited mobile phone reception
  • Regret no WiFi
  • Water is from a spring so pressure can be low during dry spells
  • Please take extra care with children near the ruins in the garden
  • Low ceiling in double room in the eaves of the house
  • The roof of this farmhouse is a protected roost for bats who occasionally sneak into the house in the summer months.Visitors who are not happy with bats should not book this property during the summer months.
  • £40 fuel supplement on all short breaks
  • 6 miles from Llandovery, with its pubs, restaurants, shops and railway station

Sarah Greenwood

This property is personally managed by Sarah.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mr Wall September 2020

exactly what we wanted quite remote easy to access , cannot think of negatives really is a get-a-way from it cottage limited phone signal no live tv , but had great walks from the door .

Reviewed by Mrs Vesey July 2020

If you want isolation, the most beautiful countryside, quirky and comfy accommodation then this is the most wonderful Welsh holiday experience. Walkers and wildlife paradise. A haven for photographers and artists. Our dog cried when she left!

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