Earlier this year I spent 48 hours chomping my way around the foodie delights of Carmarthenshire, flitting from restaurant to restaurant on a jam-packed press trip organised by the local tourist board, Discover Carmarthenshire. A hard gig, but someone had to do it…
The base for the whirlwind weekend was the gorgeous Glan-Yr-Afon cottage, an idyllic riverside retreat in a former Welsh wool mill, recently renovated by outdoorsy couple, Tanya and Duncan. Though I didn’t get to spend as much time in it as I’d have liked, the cottage still left a lasting impression and I knew I’d be booking a return visit very soon (in fact, this is where I’ve booked my escape-from-it-all mini-moon later this year).
The Reading Room
By far my favourite feature of The Reading Room was the ‘bedroom’; a snug but luxurious, enclosed double cabin bed with carved scrolls, a stained glass window, and views into the barn below. Originally converted to allow the artist-owner to keep an eye on her horses in the foaling barn underneath, there are no longer any animals, but we did see plenty of barn swallows flitting about in the rafters.
Pete’s favourite part of the Reading Room wasn’t technically in the Reading Room. In fact, I had the almost impossible task of trying to drag him away from the large balcony on the side of the loft to have dinner with me. To be fair, I can see why he wanted to sit and admire the views for as long as possible…
The best part? You don’t need to worry about the washing up, because there’s even a built-in dishwasher 😁
Stay at The Reading Room
Prices for a one night, DIY B&B at the Reading Room range from £105 to £150 depending on the season.
Check in is available from 4pm meaning plenty of time for countryside walks before you arrive, and check out is at noon – meaning time for a lie in, too.
Not really interested in creature comforts? Is Bear Grylls is more your vibe? You’re in luck; Tanya and Duncan also have a variety of private, secluded and absolutely beautiful wild camping spots, they were kind enough to give us the guided tour.
Some of the pitches are in private fields, others perched amongst trees or next to the river. To find out more about their wild camping pitches, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on local woodland walks and cycling routes, you should also check out the Cambrian Escapes’ blog: www.cambrianescapes.co.uk/Blog
My stay at the Reading Room was complimentary, courtesy of Cambrian Escapes.