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Luxury Manor House in beautiful township of Laugharne, fantastic coastal views

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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About the property

18 rooms, secluded garden, dog-friendly, parking, pubs/restaurants 100 metres

Dylan Thomas wrote about Laugharne “there is nowhere like it anywhere at all”. This beautiful and spacious house offers the best views in Laugharne, across the estuary and 30 miles of coastline. 5 bedrooms, 4 bath/shower rooms, 4 living rooms and a conservatory, plus downstairs cloakroom, fully-fitted kitchen, utility room and walk-in pantry. The fabulous Pendine Sands is a short drive away, with easy parking.

The house is superbly equipped and with some equally stunning traditional and antique furniture. The house has a large secluded garden and off-street parking, yet is central to all of Laugharne’s amenities.

This unique, imposing house is on Cliff Walk and has off-street parking for 3 cars without anyone being blocked in, or up to 5/6 cars with blocking. It is within 200/300 yards of Laugharne Castle, Dylan Thomas Boathouse, and the town’s bars, restaurants and shops. The house is superbly equipped, with a well-blended combination of modern and traditional furniture, including grand piano, grandfather clock, two welsh dressers, valuable antique sideboard and many other items of special interest. The central dining area and lounge are stunning, with panoramic views over Laugharne Bay. Everything you need, including bed-linen and towels, is provided. One or two well-behaved dogs are welcome, by agreement. No smoking inside the house.

Accommodation Description

Bedrooms and Bathrooms:

There are 5 newly-decorated and furnished bedrooms - 3 double, 1 twin and 1 single, some with built-in wardrobes. 1 double has en-suite with walk-in shower, and the single has en-suite bathroom with shower attachment. 1 other double and the twin room have an associated luxury shower room, and there is a further large family bathroom with shower fitment. All three double bedrooms have fantastic sea views. A bedroom TV is provided, which can be used in any of the bedrooms.

Dining Area, Lounge, Study and Snug:

The front porch leads into a large central room, which encompasses the dining area, with wood flooring, fireplace, ceiling beams and a feature staircase. There is a valuable antique sideboard, magnificent 8-feet long vintage Welsh Oak dining table, seating 10 in comfort, and a Hi-Fi for music. Double-doors from the dining area lead to a large lounge, with three-piece suite, wood burning stove, Grand Piano, and TV & Blu-Ray Recorder. Further doors from the central area provide access into both a Study and a Snug/Sitting Room, with a beautiful Welsh Dresser, books and games. The Lounge provides access to the conservatory and French doors onto the patio. There are fantastic views of the ever-changing estuary and coastline.

Kitchen, Utility Room and Pantry:

The newly modernised fully fitted kitchen also has direct access to the conservatory, which may also be used as an informal breakfast room. Range cooker with 7-burner gas hob, 2 electric ovens and 1 further grill/oven. Microwave, dishwasher, built-in fridge, and a full set of quality crockery, cutlery, pans and utensils are provided. In addition to cupboard space, there is an adjoining walk-in pantry with extensive storage space, and a freezer. The utility room has washing machine, tumble dryer, sink and associated equipment.


Bed-linen and towels are provided. A weekly cleaning service is available for those staying more than one week. The house has full central heating, and all normal equipment is available, including Iron and Ironing Board, Hair Dryers, Travel Cot, High Chair, Telephone, Internet Access, Barbeque, Garden Furniture, etc.


The house is surrounded by a large secure garden, with more than ten trees and natural habitat. To the rear of the house is a patio and lawn with phenomenal views. The drive is fairly steep, but from the parking area much of the garden is reasonably flat.


The house is reached from the main street in Laugharne, via a single-track road, which becomes Cliff Walk (part of the Welsh Coastal Path) and “No Entry” for vehicles at the point of access to the drive. Coastal walks start from the front of the house, and there are nearby facilities for horse riding. Fishing is also popular, and there are golf courses in the area.

More Details

Ken Hickson
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Calendar last updated:
20 March, 2017

About Ken Hickson

I was born in London, educated at Grammar School in Slough and Birmingham University, and have spent almost 50 year working in the computer software industry. I started the company Symology Ltd ( in 1983, which over 30 years of successful operation has grown to employ nearly 100 professional staff. In 2014, I transferred the company into employee ownership, so that it would retain its existing culture and continue to look after both its staff and customers.

I have been married for nearly 50 years, and my wife and daughter (photographed in the Laugharne area with two grand-children) co-own the property. Although over retiring age, I am still working almost full time, and over the next few years whilst we, our daughter and grand-children only visit Laugharne occasionally, we are letting the property for periods when we do not need it ourselves.

Ken Hickson purchased this chateau / country house in 2014

Why Ken Hickson chose Carmarthenshire

We first came to Laugharne over thirty years ago and, like many visitors, were captivated by its beauty and unique atmosphere - old-world charm coupled with a culture of friendliness and fun. We returned again and again, before eventually buying this house in 2014. Having completely re-furbished the house, modernising the kitchen and shower rooms, re-fitting the bedrooms, but retaining the traditional splendour of the living accommodation, we are now sharing it with visitors for the first time.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Laugharne itself has a unique friendly atmosphere and is both natural and unspoiled. The town itself has a population of only around 1,500, but unusually has its own independent "Laugharne Corporation" (one of only two in the UK) as a result of a Royal charter dating back to 1270. Although small, the town has some amazingly good facilities, and is so well known that it regularly attracts stars of television and screen for its festival days. It has a hotel and a restaurant, both of which have been voted in the Top 10 by a national Sunday newspaper. The famous Browns Hotel has been visited by many well-konwn people. Apart from Dylan Thomas, the poet who lived in Laugharne, Browns Hotel has hosted people as famous as President Carter, Richard Burton & ElizabethTaylor, Peter O’Toole, Charles and Camilla, Mick Jagger, Pierce Brosnan, Alexi Sayle and Cerys Matthews.

The house itself boasts what is probably the best views in Laugharne, and has the seclusion of a large private garden, whilst only being a few hundred metres from all the facilities and places of interest offered by Laugharne. It is also only 10 minutes drive from the beautiful, safe sands of Pendine, with its own history of holding the world land speed record in 1928 on the 7 mile long beach.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Laugharne, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 9
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Family Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    En-suite Bedroom 1: - toilet , shower enclosure
    En-suite Bedroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bedroom 4/5 Shower room - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Family Bathroom is a large room with bath/shower attachment, WC and large washbasin with bathroom cabinet and light over. En-suite Bedroom 1 has a large walk-in shower, WC and large washbasin with mirror/light over. En-suite Bedroom 3 has a bath with shower attachment, WC and large washbasin. Room shared between Bedrooms 4 and 5, has large corner shower cubicle, WC and large washbasin with mirror over.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , A travel cot is available if required.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 single bed
  • Bedroom 1: Double aspect. large double bedroom with fantastic sea views. Bedside cabinet, chest of drawers and built-in wardrobes. En-suite. Bedroom 2: Double aspect bedroom also with sea views. Bedside cabinets, chest of drawers and built-in wardrobe. Not en-suite, but directly opposite family bathroom. Bedroom 3: Large single room, with built-in wardrobe, bedside cabinet and small dressing table/mirror unit. En-suite. Bedroom 4: Double aspect large double bedroom with sea views. New matching oak furniture comprising bedside cabinets, wardrobe, drawers and mirror unit, plus old grandfather clock (not operating or chiming!!). Sharing shower room with: Bedroom 5: Twin bedded room with bedside cabinet and hanging rack, overlooking the from of the house, with built in cupboard/wardrobe just outside the door.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
The seclusion of a large private garden, with fantastic sea views, yet only a few hundred metres from all the facilities of Laugharne, including Laugharne Castle, Dylan Thomas Boathouse, excellent pubs, restaurants and shops for day-today requirements. Only a few miles from one of the best beaches in UK, with easy parking. There is beautiful coastline and great walks. The area is surrounded by places of interest to visit, including castles, Pendine Speed museum, national show caves, a theme park, steam railway, Folly Farm and zoo. botanical gardens, and many more.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

Luxury Manor House in beautiful township of Laugharne, fantastic coastal views
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Very comfortable stay for 8 people.

  • 4 of 5


Perfect location in village, able to get to all Laugharne's hotspots.

There were 8 of us in our friendship group and the house had all the comfort we needed. We were able to sight see, walk and visit the area coming back to a comfortable house in the evening, cook and sit by the fire in the evening.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having received a comment about a "fabulous" week, with no negative comments at all, I was a little perplexed and disappointed by a 4 star rating, when every other review has been 5 star. So, I contacted the guest and asked if there was anything I could improve. I received the following response: "Only little things, for 8 adults( one with broken ribs and one getting over a knee op ) there was not enough comfortable seating in the sitting room - two sofas and one armchair leaves at least two people on hard chairs or the floor ! The kitchen door knocks the radiator so is always half way across the opening, as we ate in in the evenings and breakfast there was a lot of ferrying stuff to the dining table, just a little irksome. We still really enjoyed our stay and the house !" I'm not sure there is more I can do. The kitchen door provides a full door-width opening, and there are some additional comfortable chairs in other reception rooms that could easily be moved into the large lounge if required.
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Perfect. A Dream Getaway, a gorgeous house and an idyllic setting.

  • 5 of 5

Better than advertised. Everything you need to make your stay an absolute pleasure. Little treats left for us on arrival (like the fully decorated Xmas tree and a welcome pack including beers etc). A warm and comfortable house with lots of fully furnished rooms. Splendid picturesque views and lots to see and do in the area. We will certainly cherish the memories of this Christmas. I definitely plan on returning. Thank you for a wonderful stay Ken.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb location, lovely house, comfortable and well-equipped

  • 5 of 5

Super location overlooking the estuary. Warm, comfortable, clean house with big communal areas and smaller separate rooms for quiet times. Very well equipped kitchen, with pantry and utility room separate. Efficient heating, and a pre-laid multifuel stove in the lounge was a lovely touch.

Really comfortable beds and good quality duvets.

Great to sit in the conservatory on wet days and watch the sea.

Good carvery nearby on Sunday, interesting places within driving distance, good walks in the area.

We'll definitely be returning!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A stunning property with views to die for.

  • 5 of 5

What can we say about this house other than it was perfect. The setting, the view, the layout, the facilities all these made our stay very memorable. The owners directions and info about house and surroundings were spot on , and gave us plenty of ideas on how to spend our time in this lovely area. Pembrey country park was one of our favourites and luckily the weather was good. Portreeves and cors restaurants were both excellent. We would love to return to this fabulous house and hopefully in the not too distant future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Corrantaf is stunning with breathtaking views.

  • 5 of 5

Everything about Corrantaf was excellent from the moment we arrived to the time we sadly had to leave. Our nine-strong party - seven adults and two young children - were well catered for in every department. We settled in immediately and thought it a nice touch to receive a welcoming and much appreciated drink after our long haul. While the house offered us all the facilities we required, its superb elevated position provided stunning views across the estuary and beyond. Situated near a small shopping area, we found it catered for all our needs with cafes and restaurants worthy of more than one visit. The locals proved to be very helpful and friendly and provided service with a smile. Our housekeeper also ensured we didn't need anything explaining she was only a reassuring 'phone call away.

We all agreed it was a wonderful experience and would not hesitate in recommending it to others. Who knows, perhaps we will return one's hoping!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great location, fabulous views and a grand house.

  • 5 of 5

Corrantaf was a superb location for our family holiday. The first thing to capture our attention was the view over the estuary. We found it mesmerising, constantly changing, enticing us to check it out as the waters ebbed and flowed. The sea birds that descended on the sandbanks did not disappoint either. With six adults and two children to accommodate, the generous proportions of the house and all mod cons made our stay very comfortable indeed. The little things like lots of hot water, two fridges (for wine and beer), a selection of games for rainy days made our stay utterly relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable. For some unknown reason we all naturally gravitated to the conservatory which was light and airy. Breakfast on the patio on our first morning there was a great start to our holiday. We were able to eat out on the patio on a couple of days.

Pre-arrival directions and information about the house and location were quite detailed, which was very helpful. So too were the recommendations of eateries, pubs and nearby attractions. We headed for the beach at Pendine Sands which was fabulous; white sands and a clean beach. The kids loved it. Laugharne itself is a charming village with a variety of interesting walks and enough history to keep us engaged. The locals were friendly and helpful and the housekeeper telephoned to check we had all we needed. We couldn’t have been better looked after.

I’m sure we will return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
New Three Mariners
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Portreeves Tafarn
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Car: recommended

Laugharne is a quiet, picturesque and unspoiled estuary town, in breathtakingly beautiful surroundings. There is a uniquely friendly community atmosphere, which makes you feel at home as soon as you arrive. It is famous as the location that inspired Dylan Thomas in much of his writing, including “Under Milk Wood” which was based on the town and its people - as soon as you feel the Laugharne atmosphere, you will understand why. Browns Hotel, Dylan’s favourite drinking haunt, and the nearby Cors Restaurant have both been voted by national newspapers into the top five of places to visit, and there are a number of other excellent pubs and restaurants. Visiting the Dylan Thomas Boathouse and the historic Laugharne Castle are “musts”. The town has a fascinating culture and a long history, including as a significant port in the sixteenth century. Surprisingly, given its seclusion, it is only 4 miles from a dual carriageway that links with the UK motorway network, and can be reached within 3 hours by car from London or middle England.

Laugharne has a small local supermarket, Post Office/Chemist, bakery, gift/book shops, “deli” and a number of coffee/tea houses, pubs and eating places (from light snacks to gourmet meals). Those who have visited never cease to be fascinated by its charm and the warmth of its local people. The equally famous Pendine (World Land Speed record on the 7-mile long sands in 1928) is only ten minutes drive away, and the beauty/grandeur of the entire Pembrokeshire coast is at hand.

There are a host of attractions to visit in the wider area covering all tastes, including the Welsh National Showcaves, numerous Castles, Botanic Gardens, Oakwood theme park, working farms, steam trains, etc.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Laugharne, United Kingdom

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Laugharne Week
31 Mar 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Easter 2017
7 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
April/May 2017
21 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Summer half-term
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Early June 2017
2 Jun 2017 - 15 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Mid-Summer 2017
16 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Summer Holidays
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Early Autumn 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 21 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
22 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Autumn Half-term
20 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Dylan fortnight
27 Oct 2017 - 9 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
New Year 2018
29 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$0

During the main holiday season, the property is available only for full-week lettings. The house is available from 4 pm on the day of arrival until 10 am on the day of departure, when the house must be left clean and tidy to enable it to be prepared for any following customers.

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