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“Peaceful wildlife haven”
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22 reviews
Annex
Lounge
Kitchen
Bedroom
Bathroom
Proximity of river from house
Annex seating area
Annex garden
Our wildlife pond
Just to remind you where the 'rest of the world is'!
Fancy a dip? large pool in front of the road bridge
View down the driveway of annex plus owners house in background
garden view of owners property and annex
Sunny seating area
Gwendraeth River
Summerhouse seating area
Firepit
Kidwelly Castle
Gwendraeth Fach at Industrial Museum Kidwelly
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Condo/Apartment -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales

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Mag23
Brighton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Peaceful wildlife haven”
Reviewed 6 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We have stayed at many holiday lets but usually through central companies. We chose this property for the flexibility....so unusual to be able to book just 4 nights in July/August. As nature lovers, we were so glad we went to The Old Forge Pumphouse as it is next to a river with kingfishers, dippers and otters. We saw bullfinches and nuthatches and many types of butterfly attracted by the beautiful wildlife garden. It was lovely to have our own garden (and freedom to roam the wider garden with its nooks and crannies) and so tranquil that the stresses of travelling the length of the M4 disappeared within 5 minutes of our arrival! Our hosts were helpful and friendly....as were the dogs (and chickens when they were hungry!) and the welcome provisions very generous. We look forward to returning.

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Liked best: Although not far from access route it felt peacful
Liked least: Not Applicable
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers People with pets
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Management Response
7 Aug 2014
Thank you so much - we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed the wildlife so much.
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June S
Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Tranquil and Reaxing”
Reviewed 29 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

The accommodation in the annexe was superb and could not be faulted. Everything that you needed was provided and more. We had a wonderful week and Cathy and Paul were really good hosts, friendly and helpful. Every time we returned we were greeted by chickens and dogs with a very warm welcome. Really miss this now we are home. Cathy and Paul have a wonderful home and gardens which they encourage you to share. We would whole heartedly recommend this experience.

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Liked best: The surroundings of the property
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with pets
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Management Response
8 Jul 2014
Thank you for posting such a lovely review and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Hopefully you will come back and see us soon - I am watering that fuchsia for you!
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Blancaand...
Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Beautiful and inspiring”
Reviewed 27 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014

This place is absolutely delightful and we couldn't recommend it highly enough. The accommodation is set in a stunning woodland setting by a river and is surrounded by flowers which Cathy and Paul have planted. Cathy and Paul are a very welcoming and inspiring couple, they raise chickens, goats and bees as well as growing fruit and veg, and have moulded the landscape around the accommodation into a series of natural gardens and paths which compliment the beautiful surroundings. We would love to come back and learn more from Cathy and Paul about how to tread more lightly on the environment, they are an inspiration to people who dream of living more in harmony with nature.

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c b
Swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
“Good base for exploring”
Reviewed 15 April 2014 for a stay in March 2014

Stayed four nights. Well equipped, clean and cosy, it's a good base for touring the area. Friendly hosts. Good food at local pub The Red Lion Inn, Llandyfaelog.
Note that WiFi internet is available if requested, as the Router in house needs to be moved nearer to flat to receive signal.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
21 Apr 2014
Thank you for your review - please note we have recently purchased a Wifi extender, so hopeful that the signal will be better in the annex.
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Margot C
2 reviews
“Magic”
Reviewed 10 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

This is a tiny but delightful place to stay, ideal for a couple. It is rural bliss with delightful hosts, tucked away in a secret river valley teeming with wildlife and domestic animals.If you are looking for city sophistication, or you worry about steep hills and getting out of the car to open and shut gates, then don't go here, leave it to those of us who love it!
I hesitate to recommend it as I don't want it to be booked when I want to return!
Good level access for those with mobility difficulties, but would not suit someone travelling alone who had mobility difficulties because of the gates.

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Liked best: everything!
Liked least: the tiny colander
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Older travelers
People with pets
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Management Response
11 Mar 2014
Thank you Margot and Robert for reviewing our property, we are glad you enjoyed your stay.
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lodgealan
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Improvements Needed”
Reviewed 13 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

The property was located in a lovely setting although it was extremely small and came with a few snags. For two days we had no hot water caused by a depleted oil tank this made life a little difficult for bathing and washing. It was impossible to sit outside and enjoy the good weather as mine host spent all day using a petrol strimmer to clear an overgrown area. Apologies were given but that doesn’t ease the problem when we had come away for a relaxing time.

The property was advertised as ‘aged friendly’ although not wheelchair accessible. We both have mobility problems and getting in and out of the bath was extremely difficult as no grab rails were provided. The lounge had just one sofa bed which was too low making it impossible to get up after sitting down. What is needed is a small high rise high back armchair. We came prepared with our own portable chair.

Apart from that the owners were very helpful and nice to know and we would guess a wonderful place to stay in normal circumstances.

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Liked best: Livestock
Liked least: Lack of hot water
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
20 Oct 2013
We would like firstly to apologise to these guests for the problems they incurred during their stay with us, however we are saddened by the fact that they didn't talk to us directly about these problems when they were here which would have enabled us to have made their stay more restful / comfortable. They stayed a week Sat - Sat.
It is regretful that the boiler chose this time to breakdown, but actually they were only inconvenienced on one day and not two as stated. It was actually me who first drew the problem to their attention as I had hoped they hadn't been inconvenienced when I had found we had no hot water and I was assured they hadn't been. Then I kept them in the loop thereafter with regard to oil delivery and repair, with the unfortunate incidence of no hotwater just once during this period.
With regard to strimming - if we had only known they wanted to sit outside we would have changed our schedule around so that they could have done so. However they made no attempt to sit outside when we weren't strimming nor did they talk to us about this inconvenience on the many times we passed the time of day. I had apologised for the noise on the first day of clearing (Monday) and was assured by our guests that it wasn't a problem and they understood we had to do it. Monday was actually the worst day with only a couple of hours in the afternoon on Tues / Wed / Thurs. The area is our wildlife meadow, which we cut back each Autumn to keep any bramble and nettle under control and allow flowers to come through the following year. We are rewarded for our trouble with a host of wild flowers starting in January with snowdrops and gorse then a multitude of other bee / butterfly friendly plants following. This area is really important to us and this year in particular it has been a wonderful nectar cafe.
Yes we advertise as suitable for people with mobility problems because the annexe is completely on the flat and there are non slip tiles on the floor in the bathroom. The space makes it easy for people to get around. Again, if we had known the bath had been a problem to get in and out of then we could of either offered them the use of our downstairs walk in shower, but if that hadn't suited I could have made a trip to the mobility people in Carmarthen and hired bath aids. I must stress we are not unapproachable and we very much want our guests to have a comfortable stay. The annexe has 3 rooms - the bedroom and living / kitchen area both 12ft square and the bathroom 12 x 7. I agree the space is not vast, but the price we charge reflects this and the majority of our guests use it as a base to explore the surrounding welsh countryside. We do however take great pains to make it a home from home and have been complimented regularly about kitchen utensils, generous welcome pack and store cupboard items. Any space, however vast, would feel small if you sit in it for long periods of time and unfortunately these guests did spend a great deal of time sitting indoors. Carmarthenshire / Gower / Pembrokeshire all have wonderful places to visit, with cafes to just sit even if you have problems getting around, where you can admire the views, birds, wildlife or whatever takes your fancy.
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BarbG13_1...
Berkeley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Lovely relaxing break”
Reviewed 21 May 2013 for a stay in April 2013

We spent a great week in this cosy cottage. It had everything we needed for a peaceful and relaxing break plus a thoughtful welcome pack. The grounds of the pumphouse are lovely and within minutes a dipper visited the river just outside. Cathy was very helpful with advice about the local area etc. It is a good centre for exploring that area of Wales with it's varied and beautiful scenery and walks. It was so nice to come home in the evenings to a warm cottage after some rather wet days!
Would visit again.

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Liked best: The setting of the cottage
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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