Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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Wales holidays: Heaven on earth is truly found in the tranquil setting of Carmarthen

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WHAT TO DO

As well as exploring the beaches of Llansteffan and serene estuaries of Laugharne, there are many other delights you can enjoy touring this quaint county.

Following the success of BBC drama Keeping Faith, fans of the show can enjoy many of the filming locations in the midst of the other activities’ visitors can embark on.

Stop off in Carmarthen, the oldest town in Wales, to explore Carmarthen castle as well as checking out the courthouse in the middle of the town square – one of the first stops on the Keeping Faith Superfan Trail.

Next, take a trip to the tranquil town of Laugharne where you can tackle the 2-mile Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk.

Whilst learning about the life of times of the Welsh poet at the Dylan Thomas Boathouse, you can also enjoy listening to the gentle waves of the estuary lapping up against the grounds of Laugharne Castle – one of the most enjoyable moments of my trip to this beautiful county.

The beaches of Pendine sands and Llansteffan – a 20-minute drive from Carmarthen – are a must for any visitor to make a stop at, with the opportunity to sail the shores for yourself with Carmarthan Bay Ferries.

During my trip and visits to the beaches, I let my mind get lost in the surroundings, watching time go by as I sat and watched the gentle waves make their way to shore.

WHERE TO STAY

To really make yourself feel at home and to escape the buzz of Carmarthen for just a few hours, the town of Laugharne once again offers peaceful hot spots for relaxation just a 15-minute drive from the county’s main hub.

Holiday homes such as Ty-Ni cottage provide the perfect remedy for this, allowing a family of four or just a couple to set up camp for the duration of the stay.

Ty-Ni cottage is just a stones throw away from The Cors Country House, yet another filming location used by the creative team for BBC’s Keeping Faith and an absolute must for fans of the show to visit.

On arrival, you are welcomed to a property which is pristine, seemingly untouched and ready for you to make the most of your break.

The accommodation has all the amenities you would want from home away from home, giving you the opportunity to self-cater if you wanted to enjoy a cosy night in.

Ty Ni Cottage is available from £160 for 3x nights (minimum stay) based on two sharing on a self-catering basis. Book at www.ty-ni.co.uk or call 07770 303444.

WHERE TO EAT

It must be said, the restaurants and eateries which make up this beautiful county pride themselves on making the most of their homegrown produce, and too right.

Not only can you tuck into a hearty lunch before enjoying a three-course culinary experience in the county’s renowned fine dining establishments, you are made to feel welcomed by the friendly staff and proprietors of the many exquisite eateries.

Pethauda café in the heart of Carmarthen is the ideal place to stop off for a flavoursome bite to eat at lunchtime – and make sure to enjoy an award-winning cake or two, you won’t regret it.

Just down the road, The Warren again provides some of the most edible food to quench your taste for local, seasonal and wholesome delights, as well as your plate being presented to a degree any hungry customer would be taken in by before digging in.

The family-run business of the Ferryman Deli located in the town of Laugharne also helps to delight your midday cravings with plates showcasing some of Wales’ greatest produce.

In the evening, why not treat yourself to a three-course feast at the Penderyn Restaurant, located next door to The Browns Hotel.

Both my companion and I were thoroughly impressed with the mouth-watering menu, enjoying a rustic starter of a Roasted Portobello Mushroom with grilled sourdough before tucking into the juiciest steak accompanied by a glimmering Peppercorn sauce and some of the crunchiest chips I have ever come across

We had just enough space to squeeze in a dessert and was I glad I’d saved some room as I let my taste buds enjoy the creamiest Deconstructed Vanilla Cheesecake with honey ice-cream.

But if you fancy soaking up the mountainous and awe-inspiring views of Carmarthen, why not stop off at the 5-star award winning Jabajak Vineyard Restaurants with Rooms.

Visitors are welcome to make the most of the tranquil setting by booking one of the rooms for an unforgettable stay, but holidaymakers are more than welcome to indulge in the 5-star a la carte menu of this establishment which I described as heaven on earth, located on the border between Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.

Prided on using freshly grown produce from the vineyard itself, the menu boasts culinary delights I’ve only ever dreamed of.

One of the standout dishes of the three-course extravaganza was the smoked duck fillet, served with an array of fresh vegetables and the smoothest, richest bbq sauce I have ever had the delight of eating.

The collection of wines on offer must also be enjoyed, with the beverages made from the grapes grown in the vineyard on site, which just finish off each dish perfectly.

FINAL WORD

Carmarthenshire is rich with history and beautiful landscapes and is a truly special little pocket of Wales. You may arrive as a guest, but you leave as one of the family, with the community welcoming all who may cross its path with open arms. This is a holiday not to be missed.

Discover more about Carmarthen at http://www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/

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