We live in a beautiful part of Wales overlooking Carmarthen Bay with the Gower to the left and Tenby to the right and love to share it with others. We originally bought the old farmhouse for the position and the views. Unfortunately the house was in such a state of disrepair we ended up knocking down both the barn and the house and rebuilding them both. (It also persuaded us both into a new career, as we had made such fundamental mistakes on our assessment of the property - we trained as building surveyors so that we could help others make informed decisions when buying a property - no matter how romantic or how good the views). This gave us the ability to design it just how we wanted it to be and combine the old and the new and make it into a contemporary living space with all it's original charm. Now we love to share that experience with our guests. We both work full time and do not have a lot of free time as we love to travel and socialise too. When Fiona and my brother David moved to Wales and stayed in Hen Beudy whilst looking for a property to live in, as experienced Airbnb hosts, formerly in Brixham, they suggested we join Airbnb and they would co-host with us. We had already experienced Airbnb as guests and thought it would be a great idea. We have friends scattered all over England and Wales so we often meet up half way for a few days and enjoy the experience of staying in a "home" away from home. Mottos:- Live and Let Live Live everyday as if it is your last and enjoy every minute. And the one I like the best - my favourite of them all :- Dance as though no-one is watching you, Love as though you have never been hurt before, Sing as though no-one can hear you, Live as though heaven is on earth.
The Kings Arms is a fantastic pub 5 minutes walk from Hen Beudy, offers great evening meals, fantastic steaks, real ale (CAMRA awarded), live music most Thursdays and a friendly staff and publican Calvin, who will always make you feel welcome.
They will also do any of their meals as a take out if you fancy eating it back at Hen Beudy.
Parc y Bocs Farm Shop and Cafe
Parc y Bocs was created in the community, for the community, fabulous licensed restaurant/cafe in a relaxing, scenic and friendly environment. Parc y Bocs Farm Shop is the brainchild of John Burns, the community-driven founder and MD of Kidwelly based company Burns Pet Nutrition.
A local friendly cafe. Snuggle up win the warm on a wet or cold day. Sit outside on a sunny day and watch the world go by. Situated just by Kidwelly Castle.
A very different experience in this converted pub. It is a quirky restaurant/cafe. It has a great delicatessen with organic fruit and vegetables, great Welsh cheeses,salamis, cured and smoked meats, wines - small estate, biodynamic, organic, 'natural.' A large selection of craft beer, quality pastas, rices, canned tomatoes, preserves, chocolate, coffee. Plus the do Pie of the Day to eat there or to take away.
Y Polyn is a small pub/restaurant tucked away in the verdant Towy valley between the county town of Carmarthen and chic Llandeilo.
A bit of a drive and you do have to book in advance.
Finally Ferryside regains it’s Ferry. As from 17th August and new ferry service will run from Ferryside to Llansteffan. The new amphibious boat is set to ferry people across the waters in Carmarthenshire. Passengers will be able to climb aboard on the beach before the vessel uses its motorised wheels to launch itself into the Tywi estuary. The last ferry between Ferryside and Llansteffan ended in the 1950s. In the old days it used a sail to cross but the new service has twin engines like a speed boat and wheels travelling at 4mph on dry land. The crossing dates back 1,000 years and it was popular with 19th and early 20th Century tourists from the south Wales valleys during "miners' fortnight.
Aberglasney was made famous by the BBC television series “A Garden Lost in Time” which followed its restoration. now it is said to be one of Wales’ finest gardens. A renowned plantsman’s paradise with a unique Elizabethan cloister garden at its heart, Aberglasney offers more than 10 acres of magnificent gardens which along with the fully restored ground floor of Aberglasney’s grade II* listed mansion. It has a very nice restaurant. No dogs other than guide dogs are allowed in the gardens.
Laugharne is a lovely little town with it’s Castle and estuary and was made famous by Dylan Thomas who was drawn to the place and wrote Under Milkwood in which it features greatly. The Dylan Thomas walk takes you to the boathouse passing the little shed, where he wrote his prose and then you take a flight of steps to the tiny house that jutting out from the cliff. Inside is a small museum and an ancient TV commentary from the seventies about Dylan’s life. The cafe serves reasonably priced lunches and cream teas, served by friendly staff, overlooking the estuary served by friendly staff from the tiny kitchen.
Shopping in Llandeilo is an absolute pleasure, this colourful, picturesque town is scattered with an array of numerous small independent shops. Here you will find many unique one off items, fashionable clothing including many designer labels, high quality home wares, bespoke furniture, award winning local food suppliers, local crafts, florists, Auction house and Antiques including and an extensive Antique & Garden Centre.
A great place for browsing in small independent shops, fish and chips, ice-reams and all those lovely sea-sidey delights.
Ffos Las Racecourse
Ffos Las Racecourse is a sports, events and conferencing venue, and is a fantastic location for corporate events, weddings, functions, concerts and other occasions. The venue set in 600 acres of beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside with fantastic scenic views across the Garden of Wales. From being the largest open cast mine in Europe the transformation has been exceptional. The venue now boasts, conservation areas, solar farms, beautiful lakes, bridle ways and The Diamond Jubilee tree plantation along with the racecourse.
Machynys Peninsula Golf Club
A world-class golf course in a very dramatic setting, Machynys Peninsula - Jack Nicklaus Design. On the edge of the Carmarthen Bay, overlooking Gower, a championship course: a challenging, links-style, par 72 - offering golf as it should be. Machynys Peninsula is situated between Llanelli and Swansea in the Millennium Coastal Park.
Kidwelly Castle is a Norman castle overlooking the River Gwendraeth and the town of Kidwelly. The castle is a Grade I listed building, considered one of the finest castles in Wales. And after your visit you can go to The Gateway Cafe for lunch or a cuppa and a cake.
A Victorian house, set in a secluded location on the outskirts of Llanelli, virtually unchanged since the 19th century. Still under restoration, the house contains a fine collection of paintings by the current owner's great-grandfather and his artist friends and contemporaries. There is plenty for families to enjoy here, with a tower to be climbed if the weather is dry. The woodland gardens contain an interesting collection of plants which favour the mild climate and acid soil found here. Tours are open to the public on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month between April and September. Refreshments served in the dining room. Private tours by appointment. BOOKING VIA THE WEBSITE IS ESSENTIAL
Llansteffan Castle occupies a steeply side promontory overlooking the mouth of the River Towy. The castle was built in the early twelfth century, initially in the form of an earth and timber ringwork. Throughout the medieval period it regularly changed hands as the Anglo-Normans and Welsh vied for control which prompted regular upgrades to the structure. It is an easy walk from the car park by the beach. The beach is fantastic and there is a cafe for ice lollies or refreshments and a fish and chip van too.
WWT National Wetland Centre
WWT Llanelli is a 450 acre mosaic of lakes, scrapes, pools, streams and lagoons adjoining the salt marshes and the shore of the scenic Burry Inlet. Whether you're a serious bird watcher or just looking for fun and relaxation, you can have a day of discovery whatever the weather. Hand feed some of the rarest birds in the world, see our colourful Carribean flamingos, go bug hunting or pond dipping, enjoy bird watching from our hides and explore the reserve to see butterflies, dragonflies and more! They also have a good cafe for lunch or snacks.
National Trust - Dinefwr
Dinefwr parkland, a National Nature Reserve in Carmarthenshire, is an extremely old landscape incorporating an ancient wood pasture and deer park dating back to the dark ages. Situated in majestic hilltop locations above the Tywi Valley Dinefwr Castle not only occupies a place of great affection in the minds and traditions of the Welsh people but also offers fantastic views over the Tywi valley. And admission is free. Newton House is was built in 1660, you can still find traces of the original Newton House on a visit to the Dinefwr estate. They also have a great restaurant for lunch or afternoon tea.
Pembrey Country Park
Pembrey Country Park is one of Wales’s Top Visitor attractions providing a unique blend of coast and countryside. Set inside 500 acres of woodland and alongside eight miles of golden sands. Dogs are welcome!