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Cefn Goleu

Pwll, South Wales & Pembrokeshire (Ref. 1003967)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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16 Customer Reviews

  • "This was a lovely big house for us to meet with family."

    Plenty of room for 4 adults and 2 children. After booking earlier in the year and then looking at recent reviews, some appeared to be disappointing. However, I think from our experience this has been addressed. Cleanliness was an issue for some and we even emailed Sykes with our concerns prior to the holiday. We were assured things had been addressed. There was a phone number for the people looking after the property and a text to the number saw a reply that they are no longer managing the property. It appears that new management/cleaners have been appointed. The house is very warm which was needed during our October stay. The Aga was lovely to cook on and was on constantly heating the house as well as central heating. The kitchen is lovely and well appointed but do take your own cleaning products. There were no dishwasher tablets, washing machine tablets and only one tea towel for the week. Consider taking your own. My wife also struggled without taking a hairdryer and that is often fairly standard. The above points could be argued that it is self catering and you provide your own but small stuff like this is often the norm when staying in Sykes Cottages. This was also the first cottage we’ve stayed in where there was no welcome provisions (tea, milk, biscuits etc - not essential). It’s a nice touch to arrive to. The TV issue seems to have been sorted after a complaint of poor signal. There a big Panasonic 50” with all channels including Netflix so no issues there. Good WiFi too. The lovely big garden was great for the kids to play hide and seek. No sign of again previously reported dog muck. Perhaps something to be addressed by owners. Very comfortable beds, clean linen, perhaps a little lacking in clothes hanging space but no big issue. Bathrooms have good showers upstairs and downstairs. We really enjoyed staying at Cefn Goleu and happily recommend it.

    Reviewed by BarryOct 2021

  • "This place COULD be really fantastic if they actually spent a little money on it."

    The place hasn't seen a lick of paint in years, the garden is neglected and over grown. The sofa was that uncomfortable that we ended up using our own fold up chairs to sit on at night. The garden furniture is falling apart. Every where you look something needs money spending on it. It isn't very clean either as there are cobwebs everywhere, this place hasn't seen a feather duster since the last time time it saw a paint brush. The views are spectacular if you look past the over grown trees. Such a shame

    We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with Cefn Goleu. The house has been owned by our family for generations and we have invested heavily in making it a place that our family and others enjoy going to. About half the rooms, including the hallway and landing were freshly painted at the start of this season. The garden is very large and although we have the lawns cut every couple of weeks in season we agree that it is a little wild. We purchased new garden chairs this season and if needed will look to replace once the weather warms up. As you might imagine, many of the trees surrounding the property do not belong to us, and they do add to what is already a very private plot. We have just switched to a new cleaning and management company, so are disappointed to hear that you did not find the property to be as clean as you expected. We understand how important this is and we will pass your comments on, although at over one hundred years old, it can be difficult to eliminate all cobwebs Property Owner

    Reviewed by JoOct 2021

  • "The garden was very untidy; briars everywhere and dog poo from previous occupants."

    There were slugs crawling up the wall. Very little space for hanging clothes and drawer space. Television was useless could not get more than one channel. Was very disappointed because we have always had lovely accommodation when booking through Sykes.

    We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your stay at Cefn Goleu. It has been in our family for generations and we want everyone to enjoy it as we have done. From 1 October we have appointed a new cleaning/management company. The television is freeview enabled and you should be able to get multiple channels as well as access to all the usual apps including iPlayer, Netflix and Amazon. There is a chest of drawers in every room, although not as you note, wardrobes. There are hanging rails in the two main bedrooms and hooks in the third. We have our lawns cut every two weeks during the growing season. The garden is very large and still a little wild however, something which our young children enjoy most about the house. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CaroleAug 2021

  • "Cefn Goleu is a lovely house with lots of potential as a holiday home."

    Obviously the owners have invested a great deal in the kitchen and other parts of the house. However there are some important flaws: downstairs toilet seat loose, Downstairs basin tap loose, general state of cleanliness disappointing. Empty cigarette packet by the back door and still dust in corners and on sofa. Used tissues under the arm chair cushion. General lack of amenities such as brush or vacuum cleaner. We were not sure if we followed a large group but dust pan in cupboard looked to be coated in vomit!! Having said that the beds were comfortable and the property is spacious. But in the current climate it is cleanliness that is the key and, despite the supposed 'deep clean' between guests, Cefn Goleu falls short. Unfortunately we are not the only guests to comment on this.

    We are sorry that you did not find Cefn Goleu to be cleaned to the standards you rightly expect. Cleanliness is also important to us and we are pleased that from 1 October 2021 we are working with a new cleaning and management company. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2021

  • "Lovely place with a great position."

    Great get away! My kids have had a fabulous time!

    Reviewed by RachelJun 2021

  • "This is a lovely property, which has clearly had some money spent on it (new bathroom/shower/modern kitchen."

    ) It is also a pretty house in potentially lovely grounds, and overall we enjoyed our holiday there. However, I would provide some feedback, which I noted had also been made last year in the visitors book at the property. 1) The garden was overgrown and in desperate need of a mow and cutback. There were weeds in the seating area. Not a spoiler, but seems a shame not to maintain the garden for guests. It would have been a real shame for a party with little children. 2) There may be an issue with damp, as even new painted areas were peeling off in most rooms. It may be impossible for the owner to fix this given the age of the house, but it was a little off putting. There was no damp smell or anything, just patches on the walls and small areas of plaster damage. 3) Slugs - they accessed the downstairs bedroom from the floorboard cracks at night. It didn't bother me, but my wife was horrified. Again, simply DIY would fix this, as there were plentiful gaps in the skirting boards and the odd floorboard was woodworm damaged. 4) Main sofa in lounge- seems petty, but it is really uncomfortable, as it is very deep with little support. The room was very nice, but it was a fight to avoid the main seating. 5) Cleanliness- Cobwebs in the rooms, and no evidence of any purposeful clean prior to our arrival other than a quick hoover and change of sheets. That said, it is a pretty property and was not filthy or anything, but just looks uncared for, which is both a shame, and not really acceptable given the normal quality of sykes properties and the cost of rental. Positive - Nice new large kitchen, and lovely Aga which kept it warm. The property is very pretty, although needs some TLC! It has huge potential to be much nicer with a few days work on the garden and grounds, and a deep clean. Beds - they were very comfortable and clearly beds and mattresses of high quality. A lovely location close to stunning views and a nice walk along the Millenium Way. Apologies from us - the instructions for bin collection were not in an obvious place and we didn't find them until after the collection day. We therefore had to leave rubbish bagged on departure day, though we did take all our many bottles down the road to the glass recycle bins. Thanks

    Reviewed by ChrisMay 2021

  • "The bathrooms, kitchen and bedrooms were very clean and well maintained."

    The living room had not been cleaned very well - when a child sat on the rug we found her clothing absolutely covered in dog hairs. Also when we 'plumped up' the sofa seat cushions, clouds of dust came out of them. Owners should also be made aware that the bay window leaks quite badly when it rains and several pools of water gather in the sill. As it is only the beginning of the summer season we were shocked to find that the patio chairs were in a bad state of repair, with one having several holes in the seat. Also the rotary washing line in the garden has no lengths of line at all, which is odd when they provide pegs!! The paperwork in the house asked us to empty all food waste into the large food caddy, but that was missing from the property. There was also quite a bit of dog mess to the right hand side of the front of the house so we had to barricade that area from the children. Perhaps the cleaners need to check these things?

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2021

  • "This location was fabulous."

    Lots of privacy in the garden and the property is not over looked either, and we loved this aspect. Very well laid out, and decorated too. Thouroughly loved the decor and ambience of this home. The only niggly thing was that the owneer or the management company had not provided Sykes the correct key code so we had to contact the number provided upon arrival, who did respond immediately so all good. A couple fo the kitchen drawers had empty bread and chocolate wrappers from previous stays so hence crumbles, but luckily we were not going to use the drawers as it was a short stay. The management company did immeidately offered for cleaners to come over to clean which was a good response. I suggest the owner / management company look at the fluch for the upstairs toilet, although it worked but with some effort. Overall we loved our stay and would definitely come back to this property.

    Reviewed by HApr 2021

  • "We had a wonderful week, great facilities, loved the arga and log burner."

    Great kitchen and lounge, nice comfy beds, plenty of room. Great cycling and walking on the Millenium path, fab beach walks at Burry Port and Pembrey National Park. The garden is large but could do with some TLC and some touch up of paint on some of the walls from wear and tear. We would stay at this house again and also recommend it.

    Reviewed by LitaSep 2020

  • "Beautiful house with wonderful views and a great location."

    The extra things on arrival were lovely too. Plenty of info on everything. The aga was lovely. Comfy beds.Though ours in the main bedroom had a slightly damp feel and whilst plugging in my phone charger which is located behind the headboard I was quite shocked to see all the dust and cobwebs. There is, what looks like an overgrown pond in the garden. People staying here really need to be aware of it. We had a 4 year old with us and luckily we were there a few days before so was aware of it before the others arrived. We also had to use the throws from the beds to cover the sofa as it smelt a bit of damp dogs and was quite hairy and when plumping the cushions a huge amount of dust came out of it. So wasn't keen to relax on it without the bed throws. We still really enjoyed our stay but felt others need to be aware of some points.

    Reviewed by TomAug 2020

  • "Great location for cyclists/walkers accessing the coast."

    The cottage was warm welcoming and absolutely lovely!

    Reviewed by RuthJul 2020

  • "A really brilliant and luxurious house - really worth pointing out how close it ..."

    A really brilliant and luxurious house - really worth pointing out how close it is to some fantastic flat cycle routes along the coastal area which is a real bonus - miles of stunning white sand beaches - no restrictions for dogs on beach - A well furnished - well appointed stay-

    Reviewed by TarquinJul 2020

  • "Rainy week in Wales with no TV that worked other than a few minutes BBC online if you were lucky, Asked to wait in for repairs which were not done."

    Left early. Added to which, the neighbouring property which overlooks this one was having extensive renovations from before 8 until after 6 . This included all day drilling, 100 foot crane one day. Not relaxing, not peaceful, not recommended. Asked for partial refund. No response.

    Reviewed by AlisonMar 2020

  • "Really lovely home, very nice that toys were provided when taking kids, only thing I would say is there was a room with stair gates, which obviously we could have used, but didn’t have the key for it."

    Other than that we all had a great time.

    Reviewed by HayleyFeb 2020

  • "We have just got back from a week in this lovely house."

    We couldn’t fault the house, the beds were really comfortable, kitchen was well equipped (except for not having a sieve to drain rice) and good off road parking. The view over the estuary was also beautiful. Our only complaint was that after ringing Sykes to ask if the garden was enclosed for dogs ie fenced we were asked if we could come a week later as a gate was going to be fitted so the garden would be secure before our stay. However the garden was actually only enclosed by a hedge in some places with big gaps leading out onto the road and a massive gap under the gate that even an Alsatian could get under. Sadly this meant that we couldn’t let our dogs out loose as they'd easily get out onto the road. This was meant to be a recovery holiday for my mum as she wasn’t well, we’d planned to just sit out in the garden but couldn’t sit out as it just wouldn’t be fair to leave the dogs inside. We had to take them out on the lead morning and night. I notice the listing has been updated to say the garden is enclosed by a hedge and there is no additional fencing but I do think that when the property says dog friendly, the garden should be secure. The only other thing was that the listing said fuel was included however the wood burner in the living room only had one compressed log. The living room only had a small radiator so on rainy days the wood burner was needed. The instructions at the property said you could only use those type of logs however there was a massive pile of logs outside the property locked away?

    Reviewed by HarrietJun 2019

  • "This house was fab so spacious and clean , we stay in near by areas every6/8weeks and this has been the best property"

    Reviewed by NicholaJun 2019

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The property

Positioned between Llanelli town and the beautiful harbour town of Burry Port, in the small village of Pwll, which cradles part of the South West Wales coastline, is Cefn Goleu just 10 mins from the Millenium Coastal Path.

This spacious holiday home is in a desirable location for scenic cycling routes and gentle walking trails, with plenty more attractions nearby to keep the whole family entertained.

It is well-suited to groups of friends, couples or a large family looking to get away to the sea and experience a different kind of holiday.

Kick off your shoes in the hallway, on return from one of your coastal adventures, and make yourselves comfortable in the lounge.

The woodburning stove will keep you toasty and warm during those winter months, as you curl up on the sofa with your loved ones in front of the TV.

You have a lovely double bedroom occupying the ground floor, with a hanging rail, storage unit and dual aspect windows and is finished with a beautiful feature fireplace and surround.

As you head through to the kitchen, you can feel the warmth from the AGA range cooker as it continuously burns away in the background.

Rustle up a home-made meal with all your culinary needs catered for in the sleek, integrated kitchen units, and get the whole family together in the dining room to catch up over a bottle of wine and scrumptious food.

You can admire the wonderful views out of the bay window over the Gower estuary and imagine the sand between your toes.

At the end of your evening, catch your rest in the ground floor bedroom or head upstairs to find three more well-appointed bedrooms.

The master bedroom has a light and airy feel in such a large space, perfect for young families as it has plenty of room for a cot.

You can choose to relax in the bathtub in the family bathroom to soothe your aching muscles or wake up to a refreshing shower each morning, with the additional ground floor shower room coming in handy when you arrive back from the beach.

If walking and cycling is your thing, you can enjoy some of the most scenic routes in Wales along the Millennium Coastal Path, while the Pembrey Country Park offers activities galore, keeping the whole family entertained, try out Wales' longest toboggan run, discover many wildlife trails and find Cefn Sidan beach boasting eight miles of golden sands.

Nearby Llanelli offers many pubs and restaurants to grab a bite to eat and Carmarthen, many independent and high street shops to browse.

The house is conveniently located for trips to fantastic beaches on the Gower, shopping and restaurants on the Mumbles in Swansea, and visiting Camarthen and Pembrokeshire.

For the avid golfer Ashburnham and Machynys championship golf courses are each within 15 minutes drive, perfect.

Enjoy a relaxing holiday in idyllic surroundings.


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double, 1 x double, 1 x family room with a adult bunk with pull-out single bed and a single bed, 1 x ground floor double
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, separate shower, basin and WC, ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Gas hob, Electric oven, AGA range cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, Nespresso coffee machine
  • TV, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Starter long burning log provided for the woodburning stove, logs can be purchased nearby for your stay
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Front, side and rear lawned garden with patio area and seating
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.6 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: Property suitable for up to 8 adults and 2 children
  • Please note: lawn is enclosed by a hedge
  • There is no additional fencing
  • Please note: This property has a £250 good house keeping bond.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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About the location


Llanelli 2.6 miles; Carmarthen 16.9 miles

This small coastal village is nestled between the traditional mining town of Llanelli and idyllic Burry Port, on the South West Wales coastline. It boasts an elevated position rising away from the coast, giving you views of the Gower Peninsula, and it is also home to the Amelia Earhart Plaque, which commemorates the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, who landed in the estuary near Pwll in June 1928. The village also has a local shop, pet shop and Post Office, as well as a few pubs. Venture over to the bustling harbour at Burry Port and watch the fishermen return to shore with their boats brimming with fish, or pay a visit to the 8-mile long Cefn Sidan beach and 550 acres of lush woodland at Pembrey Country Park. Walkers and cyclists can discover one of the most scenic routes in Wales along the Millennium Coastal Path, and for all kinds of sports, Llanelli is the ideal location. You can watch rugby matches, try a spot of racing at the Pembrey Circuit and try out a series of golf courses, while Carmarthen, which is easily accessed by car, offers plenty for the shopping enthusiast. Visit Carmarthen Castle to brush up on your history of the area or choose to uncover many Welsh exhibits in the Carmarthenshire County Museum, and enjoy a picturesque train journey on the Gwili Steam Railway. With so much to see and do in this beautiful part of Wales, where better to stay on your next UK holiday?

Note: Property suitable for up to 8 adults and 2 children.
Note: Property has a £250 good house keeping bond.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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