House in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, Wales - 'Reminiscent Of A 5 Star Boutique Hotel' - The Sunday Times
About John Wigley
I and my wife retired to Laugharne in 2009 and through a series of strange circumstances aquired Longshore House about 1 year later. We live only 5 minutes walk away and have the help of a marvellous manager/housekeeper, Lennie, without whom we would never have contemplated running the property. We have 3 Cocker Spaniels who are well known to just about everyone in Laugharne. You will see us walking along the estuary path 2 or 3 times almost every day.
John Wigley purchased this in 2010
Why John Wigley chose Laugharne
Laugharne offers a retreat from the pace of modern life but is less than 20 minutes by car from Carmarthen. The location, on the estuary of the River Taf, has wonderful views and an enchanting atmosphere. Dylan Thomas wrote his best-known works while living here and 'Under Milk Wood' is based on the life and characters of Laugharne. He is buried in the Laugharne churchyard and the Dylan Thomas connection brings in many visitors. There is no beach in Laugharne but 6-mile-long Pendine Sands is about 10 minutes drive away whilst other fine beaches can be found at Saundersfoot and Tenby. St David's, Britain's smallest city and the Westernmost point of Wales, is about an hour away.
What makes this unique
Longshore House is an historic stone building dating from around 1820, on 4 floors, located minutes away from the town centre in a very quiet steet. The interior was designed by the previous owner, Lesley Taylor, who had her own TV interior design programme. The furniture and fittings are an eclectic mix of traditional and modern. The garden, with views of the castle, faces South and has seating areas, a gas barbeque and a small water feature. All bed-linens and towels (other than beach-towels) are provided and guests can choose between a welcome pack of Champagne or Welsh high tea. A cot and highchair are available and, for older children (and adults!) there is a Wii console in the attic room, which doubles as the 4th bedroom. Dogs are welcome.
Max guests: 8
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Fantastic property in the heart of Laugharne
Great property in the heart of Laugharne, clean tidy and all the amenities you'll need - and a champagne reception!!
Interesting, historic and quirky house in a great location
The house is certainly large enough to accommodate a crowd; the kitchen is extremely well-equipped. Loads of fluffy white towels are provided, as well as high-quality toiletries in the bathrooms.
Because there were only two of us staying, we can only comment on the bed on the top floor, which was super-comfortable. The top-floor bathroom was also very luxurious with a huge sunken bath.
Just a couple of things occurred to us:
If you were staying in one of the first-floor bedrooms, you would either have to go up one flight to use the toilet during the night, or be brave enough to descend the extremely steep staircase to get to the downstairs shower-room...
The staircase from the hall to the first floor is certainly not for the fainthearted!
We also wondered whether the L-shaped sofa would provide enough seating for eight people?
The little garden was sheltered and sunny, but appeared very neglected and the garden furniture certainly needed a lick of paint.
We found the people in the village extremely friendly - check out the Owl & Pussycat café (also extremely dog-friendly!) and Brown's hotel.
Thank you for your review.
We are very aware of the state of the garden furniture and are in the process of replacing it - sorry it wasn't delivered before your stay.
I'm afraid there is nothing we can do about the staicase - it is a consequence of the age and history of the building and we do our best to make sure guests who may have difficulty with it are made aware of it before they book.
Brilliant place to stay while visiting Laugharne
Everything was excellent,the pictures do not justify the property!!
Will definately be returning.
Laugharne is sitated on the estuary of the river Taf. Beaches nearby include Pendine (10 minutes by car) Saundersfoot and Tenby (25 to 30 minutes by car).
Public travel to and from Laugharne is limited and use of a car is highly recommended.
Longshore House is in the centre of Laugharne. There is a Post Office/pharmacy and small Spar supermarket which provides most of your day-to-day needs. St Clears (4 miles) and Carmarthen (12 miles) provide a greater choice. Restaurants in Laugharne include The Cors (booking essential), The Portreeve, Seaview and cafes/tearooms.
Laugharne was the location featured by Dylan Thomas in 'Under Milk Wood'. The writing shed where he worked and the Boathouse where he lived are both accessible on an estuary-side walk. He is buried in the church graveyard.