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Ty Castell, Castle House, Bed & Breakfast - Home of the Kingfisher
Ranked #1 of 3 Nantgaredig B&B and Inns
Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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“What a gem!”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

We only stayed one night but the experience was second to none. Exceptionally clean Ty Castell is a lovely house, the welcome from Paul and Steve couldn't be bettered and the evening meal was delicious as was the breakfast. Unfortunately we couldn't sit out and enjoy the garden because of the weather but that gives us a good reason for planning another visit!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Ty-Castell, Manager at Ty Castell, Castle House, Bed & Breakfast - Home of the Kingfisher, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Wonderful review, sorry about the weather, but as you say, a good reason to come back. The sun is now out and after praying for sunshine we are now hiding in the shade under the tree on the riverbank. It was a pleasure looking after you and we hope that you got the speech sorted for the NBGW and that you gave us a mention ? Thank you and See you again !
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

Paul is a wonderful host and Steve is a wonderful chef: We had dinner on the first night (we were at the wedding at the nearby Botanical Gardens on the 2nd). The food was excellent and I would thoroughly recommend eating in. The rooms are thoughtfully furnished and the ground floor room was perfect for the older members of our party. Breakfast was lovely and of a very high quality. Paul tends the garden which is stunning, overlooking the river. By the time we left, Paul and Steve made us feel like we were leaving old friends behind. This place is a real find...

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Ty-Castell, Manager at Ty Castell, Castle House, Bed & Breakfast - Home of the Kingfisher, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Thank you for your review and scores and kind comments about us. It is very rewarding when such reviews are received and we are very lucky to have had such wonderful people staying with us. We don't get it right all the time and won't please everyone, however we do our best and on this occasion we seemed to have ticked every box for you to enjoy your visit to Ty Castell. We look forward to welcoming you back sometime. Steve also acknowledges the "chef" comments.
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

We booked Ty Castell for its proximity to the Botanical Gardens, it looked nice, reviews seemed good and becuase it offered a downstairs room for my parents. The purpose of our stay was to attend a wedding nearby so unfortunately we didnt make the most the properrty and surrounding area. This was our first stay in a Guest House and were unsure what to expect. We had a thoroughly enjoyable experience hosted by Paul and Steve a great team and some excellent ambassadors for the Guest House sector. Steves cooking is really good, breakfasts cooked to order were grease free and the dinner menu had a good selection of options which they ask you chooose prior to day of arrival. I guesss this helps the freshness and quality certainly seemed so I loved the Welsh steak and Steve managed the impossible, vegetables soft enough for my parents but firm enough for my wife and I.
The property itself is lovely it is a house on the edge of the river with views to surrounding fields and nearby bridge. The gardens are their pride and joy clearly they have invested a lot of time in them and we wished we had stayed longer to relax with a cream tea at the river side. They call it the home of the Kingfisher but as apparenltly the otter ate the fish in the pond maybe they should give the otter a mention as well. The property has four guest rooms we used the downstairs twin and upstairs double. The twin was ideal for my parents due to ground floor. location, our double was spacious with ensuite shower. Both had views towards the surrounding fields and were nicely furnished and decorated. There is wifi and Tv in rooms. There is a guest lounge which is furnished with leather chairs comfy enough that i found myself feeling at home especially with a glass of whisky in my hand. Steve and Paul are very personable and would join us for a chat when they assessed the time was right this was nice as this is their home after all. Meals are in the conservatory which has lovely views of the gardens however they close this when not doing meals and having stayed with them i understand why. They work incredibly hard to make your experience enjoyable and over their years of experience have pefected a routine which they ask you to support to enable them to provide the best service they can. So check in at set times, eating dinner at one sitting, keeping the noise down, not using the conservatory outside dinner are all processes designed to improve your stay and based on our experience it works. This is a house with four guests rooms so i can imagine when full not suprisingly noise from TVs and other guests may be heard if they are a bit noisy, Paul and Steve work hard to ensure guests respect other guests.
Overall we left having had a lovely time, ate and drank well in good company sounds more like staying with friends which was what it felt like. Would happily return.

Room Tip: If my wife and i return i would definitely book kingfisher larger and has a balcony towards river si...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Ty-Castell, Manager at Ty Castell, Castle House, Bed & Breakfast - Home of the Kingfisher, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Great review and very informative both to potential guests and to us as owners. It reads as if the hotel inspector stayed with us and covered every angle, hitting the nail on the head by understanding why we have such routines that the two of us can cope with as most B&B's do not offer evening meals or accommodate people for a one/two nights. We do work incredibly hard to make your experience enjoyable and we have over their years perfected a routine which we do ask you to support to enable us to provide the best service we can, however we know that this won't please every one, more-so those that want hotel services at small B&B prices. The fact is that it works and as a small business we are still here, whilst we have watched others close down. We are the last 4 star Guest House standing in our area and bookings are up again this year. You have a wonderful family and we enjoyed your company and we would love you to return, but book early for the Kingfisher Room!
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

I recently stayed at Ty Castell with my sister, step-father and mum who is in a wheelchair. We all had an enjoyable and relaxing three night stay. The accommodation was superb, everywhere was spotlessly clean and comfortable. Mum's ground floor room, the Otter, was ideal for her disabled needs although a ramp at the front door would have been helpful. My sister and I adored the view of the garden and the river from the balcony of our Kingfisher room. Our hosts could not be faulted and they could not do enough for Mum even to the point of re-arranging the furniture for her. The garden was amazing, my sister even spotted a kingfisher on the river, which made the holiday for her. We had planned to eat in the first night but we were so impressed that we ate there every night. We hope to return in the near future.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Ty-Castell, Manager at Ty Castell, Castle House, Bed & Breakfast - Home of the Kingfisher, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
It was a pleasure looking after you all, we enjoy good company and you were certainly that with some happy memories returning as we met your mum for the first time. The ground floor Otters room lend itself to those not to clever on their feet and the doors are wider than other rooms to accommodate wheelchair access. We regret that the ramp at the front door collapsed some time ago and as we had no disabled guests for a while we never replaced it, however this will be put right for 2015 when hopefully you will return. We are pleased that you enjoyed your evening meals which has been many a guests reason for choosing Ty Castell over others that have since closed down. Steve enjoys cooking and thanks you for your comments, however for the benefit of TA readers we have to have advance orders or else we simply would not be able to offer such a complex menu as we do not have the storage space. We are not a restaurant open to the public. Thank you for your review.
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

My husband and I stayed at Ty Castell as we had a wedding to go to in Nantgaredig. The room was beautiful with an amazing balcony looking out over the gardens and river. The gardens are out of this world with a number of 'rooms' to sit in - and the place is so quiet!

The hosts were really welcoming and breakfast was gorgeous. I would highly recommend anyone to stay at Ty Castel.

We hope to be back soon!

Room Tip: Choose the Kingfisher room for the balcony - definitely recommend it!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ty-Castell, Manager at Ty Castell, Castle House, Bed & Breakfast - Home of the Kingfisher, responded to this review, 8 May 2014
We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and love your comments and scores. We hope to see you again sometime when you can relax more on the Kingfisher balcony and take in what this stunning location as to offer. Hope you enjoyed the wedding and they said "I do " to each other.
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

We had high expectations after reading the reviews on Tripadvisor and were not disappointed. Nothing was too much trouble for our personable hosts. We took full advantage of the cuisine and enjoyed a first class 3 course dinner with wine. Our only grip was that the weather was not hot enough for us to sit in the beautiful garden overlooking the river but our hosts cannot be faulted for this. If we visit this part of Wales again we would not hesitate to revisit Ty Castell.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ty-Castell, Manager at Ty Castell, Castle House, Bed & Breakfast - Home of the Kingfisher, responded to this review, 8 May 2014
Great review, thank you. Pleased to hear that your only grip was the weather and we lived up to expectations. Hopefully you will pick a window when the weather is better next time , however the garden is looking great after the rain as winter is blown away and spring pops up. Don't forget that Ty Castell is one of the few accommodations in the area that takes visitors in for one, two or more nights, so watch the 5 day weather forecast, book and enjoy the best of the weather on a short break. We don't turn away one nighters !
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Tenby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

I enjoyed a lovely stay at Ty Castell, as a treat for me having a few days off work and away from the hustle and bustle of my usual week. From booking through to departure, nothing was too much trouble. I was greeted warmly and made to feel very welcome. Whilst I chose not to eat in on my first night, I did so on the second and third nights and in keeping with the high standards and quality of breakfast, both meals were superb.

The weather during my stay was great which meant that on one afternoon, having visited some of the suggested attractions in the area, I returned and spent a lovely couple of peaceful hours sitting in the beautifully kept garden, listening to bird song and the gentle sounds of the river.

I would happily recommend Ty Castell to anyone looking for a peaceful, yet well situated, getaway, whether for a couple of nights or a longer break. I will definitely be returning again in the future.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Ty-Castell, Manager at Ty Castell, Castle House, Bed & Breakfast - Home of the Kingfisher, responded to this review, 8 May 2014
Thank you for a wonderful review. Your mentioned desired needs for your holiday are what we strive to achieve for our guests and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and got out of your holiday what you wished for, we couldn't be happier. It was a pleasure to look after you and any time the office gets too much, click, book, stay and relax in what guests tell us and we know is the best 4 star B&B in the Garden of Wales. Everything you wish for in a holiday including quality evening meals is here waiting for your return. See you soon !
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Property: Ty Castell, Castle House, Bed & Breakfast - Home of the Kingfisher
Address: Ty Castell Station Road, Nantgaredig, Carmarthen SA32 7LQ, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Carmarthenshire > Carmarthen > Nantgaredig
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Nantgaredig
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ty Castell, Castle House, Bed & Breakfast - Home of the Kingfisher 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ty Castell (Welsh for Castle House), sits on the door step of the National Botanic Gardens of Wales in the heart of the Carmarthenshire countryside, in a small hamlet village called Nantgaredig just 4 miles from Carmarthen Town. Ideally situated with good road links for cross county explorations of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and beyond. West Wales boasts rich culture & heritage shaped through major periods in history. Explore narrow gauge railways, castles, caves and much more. With an abundance of activities and attractions all year round and for evening meals try the popular local Y Polyn public house which has two AA rosettes and is featured in the Good Food Guide. Also on the doorstep in walking distance is the recently renovated Railway Inn Country pub serving bar meals. ... more   less 
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