Let's start with the good points.
The rooms are gorgeous - have a look at my photos. Some B&Bs can be quite basic but goodness me, the rooms at Farlan House are tastefully decorated and the beds are wonderfully comfortable. I had a wonderful night's sleep.
The location however, is a double-edged sword. Cardiff has a reputation to be a party town and many of the hotels and B&Bs in the city centre are either near a pub, over a pub or has a function/event hall that can be used as a venue for a party. You're never too far from a party any night of the week in central Cardiff and whilst I'm no prude, I value the quality of my sleep! Farlan House is out in a very, very quiet residential neighbourhood which means you will get a very peaceful night and when you awake in the morning - you can see the sheep in the fields nearby. Just the kind of peaceful night I like!
However, being this far out away from central Cardiff (2.5 miles as the crow flies) means that if you do not have your own car, you're stuffed when it comes to public transport. The trains are infrequent, especially on weekends and the buses are even worse. Well, it's hardly Kathy's fault that public transport in Cardiff is not as regular as say somewhere like London, where you can expect far more frequent train and bus services for a suburb just 2.5 miles from the city centre. She would claim "I'm just over a mile as the crow flies to Cardiff Bay" - yes Kathy, but I am not a bird, I don't have wings and I don't fancy walking a mile to Cardiff Bay, which means I am still stuck with the infrequent, inadequate public transport system of Cardiff. But just be warned, if you do stay @ Farlan House, make sure you get a copy of the train and bus time tables before you go, so your journey there and back is smoother and you don't spend ages waiting for a train or bus. Like I said, you can't blame Kathy for Cardiff's inadequate public transport and if you have your own car, this would not be a factor at all.
PS. Kathy has her own car and like most drivers, probably hasn't taken a bus in a long time - so she doesn't really appreciate how awful the public bus service is in her neck of the woods.
Kathy the host was very kind - I had booked a double room but when I told her that my partner had to leave at 6 am and I was intending to sleep till 9 am, she allowed us to have two separate rooms so my partner would not disturb me at 6 am when he got up. The breakfast was good and this is certainly one of the nicest B&Bs I've stayed in. Shame about Cardiff's woefully inadequate public transport system - that was the only thing that spoiled my stay there. Getting there was a pain, getting back into town was more pain ...
The only let down was the lack of Welsh channels on TV - hello, we're in Wales? How come I can't get S4C on the TV in the room? Some of us do speak Welsh you know.
Would I stay there again? I am tempted as it's a lovely B&B and as long as I arm myself with the bus and train timetables (you were warned, they are so infrequent!!), I should be okay. Spending 40 minutes waiting for the next train in the rain at Cogan station for the train back into town was downright unpleasant!
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