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The Den

Llanybri near Llansteffan, South Wales & Pembrokeshire (Ref. 920073)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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63 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage, beautiful views over the estuary."

    It’s got everything you need for 2 of you, and only 2 miles from the village. The first cottage I’ve been to that actually IS fully secure for dogs. We have a determined jack russell and even through his best efforts he couldn’t escape. He loved the big back garden. The bed is the comfiest I’ve slept in in a long time too. The only critism I have (which the owner probably isn’t even aware of) is the pans have no non stick left, making cooking and cleaning them a bit tricky as everything sticks. Other than that, it was perfect.

    Reviewed by LisaApr 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Den."

    On arrival we were met by Matt who was extremely friendly and explained everything to us about the cottage and surrounding area. Your car is next to the front door which makes it easy for accessing the property when unloading/packing the car. Storage space in the bedroom and kitchen is excellent plus the kitchen benefits from having a full sized fridge/freezer, dish washer and everything you require for self catering. The bed and settee are both very comfortable, just what you need after a days exploring. The outside space is totally secure for dogs and has comfortable garden furniture and wind break screen which allows you to sit and admire the outstanding view across the estuary to Laugharne. Sian and Matt are excellent hosts and we have already booked a return visit.

    Reviewed by RhiannonMar 2022

  • "Such a beautiful cottage, comfortable and cosy!"

    Sian and Matt were very welcoming! Gorgeous views from the garden, and perfect for dogs - both the front and back are properly enclosed which was perfect for our inquisitive pointers!

    Reviewed by ClaireDec 2021


    Reviewed by KathrynDec 2021

  • "The Den is aptly named being cosy, comfortable and warm."

    The bed was extremely comfortable and the added bonus being the extra large secure garden - perfect for a big oaf like my lurcher, Ronnie. Matt and Sian are great hosts and I cannot recommend the Den highly enough. I will definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by DeborahNov 2021

  • "In spite of inclement weather during our stay we had a lovely holiday."

    The cottage was exactly as we expected and the garden exceeded our expectations. With two labradors with us it meant we could relax when letting them out in the garden as it was not just enclosed, but secure. Having a gated entrance was also a bonus as we didn’t have to put the dogs on leads to get them in and out of the car, this made the holiday so much better for us. The doggy towels were also a bonus as we did have quite a lot of rain. Llansteffan beach was superb for walking, great fish and chips from Florries in the car park. Excellent, dog friendly, pub, The Farmers Arms nearby in Llanybri which also has a shop. We have already booked to go again next year.

    Reviewed by LynneOct 2021

  • "Great location for local walking ."

    . comfy & cosy cottage .. free fuel for the log burner was very welcome as we did not have control over when the heating came on /off. Comfortable bed, great TV & WiFi.

    Reviewed by AdeleSep 2021

  • "Our hosts Matt and Sian made us feel at home immediately."

    Having x2 dogs we found The Den with its secure enclosed garden perfect. The sun sets from the garden over the fields and estuary were beautiful. A dog friendly beach only minutes drive away. The Den was cosy and quiet and had all the facilities we needed and look forward to another holiday there. Thank you

    Reviewed by MaggieSep 2021

  • "We had a great time in a lively part of the country."

    The cottage was lovely and had such a big garden, and a well equipped kitchen. The hosts were very friendly and there property is well looked after.

    Reviewed by AdamAug 2021

  • "An absolutely beautiful stay in a great location for exploring Pembrokeshire and beyond."

    Matt and Sian were so friendly and the Den so cute. Peaceful. Quiet and a few surprises thrown on if we're ever back in this part of the world we'd gladly stay again.

    Reviewed by MikeJul 2021

  • "The cottage and area around was delightful and so were the facilities ar Ty Barn."

    The owners Matt and Sian were extremely helpful and were excellent hosts.

    Reviewed by AlanJun 2021

  • "Absolutely outstanding and a big thanks to Mat and Sian for their hospitality"

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2021

  • "Really Lovely cottage in a beautiful location with great views."

    Easy walk to the village and lovely beaches and coastal walks. We had a great week and our dog loved it too! Thank you Matt and Sian for a great stay.

    Reviewed by AlisonMay 2021

  • "Nice comfortable and cosy place - everything worked and we had a great long weekend."

    Owner was very friendly but left us alone to enjoy the cottage. Thank you!

    Reviewed by MartinMay 2021

  • "Lovely place to stay, cottage has everything you need, hosts very friendly."

    Lovely relaxing week

    Reviewed by JoanneApr 2021

  • "Simply the best!"

    Peace, tranquility, comfort, warmth, cleanliness, traditional Welsh farmhouse with amazing views and walks galore .. history in abundance, unspoilt region with character and beautiful beaches... Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by AngelaApr 2021

  • "From the moment we drove past the chickens and the ducks, and the cottage came into site, I knew we were in for a treat."

    Our hosts greeted us on arrival and made us feel most welcome. The cottage was even lovelier and roomier, than in the photos. It was a real home from home, with loads of lovely touches. It is well laid out and very clean. The log burner warmed the place through, so quickly and made the stay such a treat and so cosy. The garden was huge, with some really comfortable garden furniture. But it is the view that is stunning, during the day and at night, that is the highlight. The photos can’t do that justice - it is mesmerising. The location of the cottage, means you can get to so many places. I cannot say how much we thoroughly enjoyed staying at The Den. We will be back!

    Reviewed by JudithSep 2020

  • "A lovely Cottage set on a wonderful site, with outstanding views of the estuary and the surrounding landscape, and of the history within this area."

    Fantastic size gardens both front and back. The accommodation was first class, and everything required was provided for, within a very clean environment. The ‘Host’s of the site were extremely welcoming, and it was a very pleasant experience to be fortunate enough to stay within such a perfect place. We could not have asked for anything more, as the weather was very good all week. A very refreshing break and I would recommend ‘The Den’ to anyone else to enjoy!

    Reviewed by JeffSep 2020

  • "Good location, good facilities,great hosts,great walks,just right for two for a week."

    Reviewed by IainMar 2020

  • "In a week when the weather was absolutely horrendous in Wales we had a fantastic time, which included shorter walks on the beach but longer stays in the tea rooms."

    Laugharne was a place we visited a couple of times. After walking to Dylan Thomas's boat house along the beach path, viewing Laugharnes castle ruins we had a lovely lunch in Arthur's, and on another day, afternoon tea at the Owl and the Pussycat, both places very nice and reasonabley priced. Llansteffan the nearest place to the den had a lovely beach for walking Alfie our mini schnauzer. It also has a great bar/restaurant called 'inn at the sticks' with excellent food reasonably priced. A log burner and friendly staff made it a cosy comfortable place to eat. Also all the places I've mentioned are very dog friendly. Sian and Matt went above and beyond in making our stay at the den as nice as could be. With Welsh cakes on arrival and fresh eggs from their own chickens nothing was too much trouble, Sian thanks for everything we will be back to make the most of the beautiful views from the garden when the weather is better. Karen Dave and Alfie the mini schnauzer.

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2020

  • "Fab time, three years in a row!"

    Reviewed by CraigNov 2019

  • "Great location and lovely hosts including their own dogs, most certainly will return in the future."

    Reviewed by RajeshAug 2019

  • "Wonderful little cottage, with secure gardens for your dogs."

    Reviewed by LouiseAug 2019

  • "A truly wonderful and peaceful holiday."

    Y Den was very clean and well presented. The garden offered beautiful views towards Laugharne and the estuary. Sian was very friendly and brought a basket of home grown vegetables for me.

    Reviewed by JennAug 2019

  • "We had a wonderful holiday in The Den, the cottage is in a beautiful location, and everything you need."

    The enclosed large garden was perfect for our two cocker spaniels, they loved it. Also the owners are a lovely couple, that could not do enough to make us feel very welcome to their home. We hope to return next year. We have stayed in various cottages over the years, The Den is definitely the best, and we will recommend to our friends. Sue & John Wolfe, Burnley.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2019

  • "A lovely relaxing weekend break and a credit to the owners, who provided us with scones and Welsh pancakes on arrival."

    Also recommending local points of interest and the best pubs for either drinking or eating. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by SimonJun 2019

  • "What a beautiful hidden gem this cottage is."

    Located in a beautiful spot with wonderful views. The owner couldn't do enough such a lovely friendly couple. We loved it so much we are going back to stay again. The cottage is full of character and charm as expected with a lovely garden over looking the estuary and beyond. Spotlessly clean and comfortable and private. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by AnnetteJun 2019

  • "Brilliant holiday Sian & Matt are very welcoming and nothing is to much trouble."

    Stunning views great walks just what we needed Imwould recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by AlisonJun 2019

  • "We had a lovely relaxing holiday, it was very peaceful and the owners very welcoming and friendly."

    The Den was very clean and private, but the owners were there if they were needed. We would definitely recommend visits to friends and family.

    Reviewed by JonathanMay 2019

  • "One of the best holiday cottages we've stayed at."

    The hosts were extremely warm and welcoming. Even our dog had a wonderful week, since the garden space provided was 'dog-friendly' and the general atmosphere relaxed. We hope to return in future years.

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location and perfect for anyone with a dog."

    Really enjoyed having the log burner which soon warmed the cottage up. Totally enclosed garden with lovely views and an enclosed paddock to walk the dogs.

    Reviewed by NigelMay 2019

  • "Absolutely fabulous, the Den was just what we needed for both exploring and chilling after a day out with the furry babies."

    Considering it’s next door to the owners it was really private. Sian and Matt were super accommodating with our very inquisitive pup who after a 9 mile walk still felt the need to jump the fence disappearing into the sunset. When we got up in the morning they had gone to the effort of enhancing the fence

    Reviewed by JaneApr 2019

  • "Lovely cottage to stay in very welcoming hosts."

    Nice pub in the village for food and the locals vey friendly.

    Reviewed by KarenMar 2019

  • "The lovely dog friendly so comfortable great garden"

    Reviewed by JaniceMar 2019

  • "We enjoyed a lovely peaceful weekend at the Den."

    Although the weather was very wet and windy we stayed in the cosy living room with our two dogs and relaxed in front of the lovely wood burner. The garden was huge and despite the rain the dogs loved the freeedom to run and also their walks around the big field at the end of the garden. The views are spectacular (once the rain cleared a bit to see them) and the cottage itself has everything you need to enjoy a “home from home”. A really enjoyable time was has by all.

    Reviewed by MaryMar 2019

  • "Beautiful place, would highly recommend!"

    Cozy.. peaceful.. everything you need & very accommodating! Very rural.. surrounded by fields, amazing views! Llansteffan beach & castle just down the rd, great walk, but very hilly on way back! Even though rural, shops etc weren’t too far to drive either! All rounder great little holiday.. Thanks

    Reviewed by ClareDec 2018

  • "Lovely place, lovely hosts, great for dogs, loved it!"

    Reviewed by CraigNov 2018

  • "Just spent a week at this amazing cottage and are already planning on returning next spring."

    Cosy with an amazing back garden which was great for our 2 dogs. Fantastic views especially at sunset. It has been the best cottage we have stayed in by far. Couldnt recommend enough Was perfect

    Reviewed by HeatherOct 2018

  • "Beautiful, clean accommodation."

    ...wonderful back garden for a dog to run in...totally enclosed. Wonderful view over estuary and quite a lot of places to visit in the area.

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2018

  • "The Den is very well equipped cottage and you're made very welcome with some delicious cake ."

    Easy to get to lots of places . Beaches are very good for dog walking. Farmers Arms pub serves good food and dogs are made welcome in the bar area .

    Reviewed by LindsaySep 2018

  • "The Den is perfect for couples with dogs."

    The hosts Sian and Matt are very helpful and friendly, but not intrusive even though they live next door. The accommodation provides everything you could need for a very comfortable holiday. It is very tastefully decorated with every effort made to make it feel like a home from home. The view from the rear garden over the estuary is spectacular, and both gardens are secure and perfect for dogs. It's a nice walk in the evening down to the local pub, the 'Farmers Arms' for a drink or pub meal. It's also dog friendly in the bar area. We can recommend the Sunday carvery. LLansteffan is so handy, and has a lovely beach where we walked our dogs every morning. It is so peaceful, and you can see the ferry going back and forth to Ferryside. The beach isn't even crowded during the day, but dogs aren't allowed on the main part, only at each end...the guide was a little difficult to follow, even the locals were a little confused where the boundaries were. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our weeks did our dogs, and I really cannot praise Matt and Sian enough.

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage with such lovely hosts!"

    Very friendly and helpful couldn’t ask for nicer people. Arrived with lovely home made cake which was delicious! Very tiny detail was taken care of on the cottage and the garden was large and secure which was needed for my dog who loves to escape at any opportunity. Wild defiantly go back!

    Reviewed by PaigeJul 2018

  • "Amazing view from a huge field of a garden that went with the cottage which was so very generously fitted out."

    The peace was so welcome and the owners were so very helpful but not in your face in the least but left us to approach them if necessary. We were honestly thoroughly delighted with the property for our very happy and successful holiday. Wales is lovely. May be one comment would be helpful to others is advice to call in at Tescos in Carmarthen before arriving at Llansteffan as the village stores had very little to offer and was not open always.

    Reviewed by BridgetJul 2018

  • "Fabulous views from garden which was enclosed with comfortable seating."

    Felt relaxed and our dog also enjoyed her holiday!

    Reviewed by RitaJul 2018

  • "Perfect setting ."

    The owners who live next door were very welcoming and bent over backwards to make our stay outstanding. We will be coming back without any doubt. Thanks again.

    Reviewed by AlanJun 2018

  • "This was the most dog friendly cottage we have ever stayed in."

    Large enclosed garden with lovely views over the estuary. Could let the dog out in the garden for a run knowing she had plenty of space and was secure. Very friendly hosts and relaxing cottage.

    Reviewed by RonaldJun 2018

  • "The Den is a great place for dogs - plenty of room to run, and very safe."

    Sian and Matt were excellent hosts.

    Reviewed by DianaJun 2018

  • "Can’t keep away from this cottage."

    Perfect for visiting Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. Beautiful area and cottage. Matt and Sian are lovely but not intrusive. Enjoy!

    Reviewed by MalcolmApr 2018

  • "SION and Mathew are lovely and friendly people anything is no bother."

    The cottage is just right. The gardens are good as when it was wet the dogs went in the front garden and when it was dry they run around the long back garden which was great when dry. A five minute drive and we were on the beach local shop the post office you can get by with but only open 8.30am to 2.30pm, a must to remember. We all had a lovely time us two adults and are two dogs, which got on with there two dogs

    Reviewed by KathrynMar 2018

  • "The Den is a lovely self contained ground floor accommodation."

    Clean, comfortable, had everything needed and the views are spectacular. Owners really lovely too.

    Reviewed by ShelleyFeb 2018

  • "Peace and quite."

    Great Hosts.

    Reviewed by CarlosNov 2017

  • "Amazing cottage in a beautiful location."

    Felt so spoilt and looked after, so we were able to really relax and make the most of it. Well worth a visit and will definitely be going back!

    Reviewed by KatherineOct 2017

  • "Excellent well equipped cottage in perfect location."

    Owners are very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by MalcolmAug 2017

  • "Wonderful warm welcome from Sian and Matt, nothing was too much trouble."

    Beautiful location within easy walking distance of village. Very comfortable accommodation with every facility. Looking forward to staying again!

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2017

  • "The hosts Sian and Matt were extremely friendly and helpful."

    Reviewed by RoyJun 2017

  • "Great welcome from owners 100% dog friendly big garden for dogs to run beautiful views very relaxing hope to return"

    Reviewed by PatriciaJun 2017

  • "The cottage was extremely well appointed and the owners are exceptionally friendly and helpful."

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2017

  • "The owners Sian and Matt very good hosts"

    Reviewed by WendyMay 2017

  • "My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at this cottage, the cottage was welcoming and comfortable."

    Very well equipped and everything had been considered. The surroundings were just as described on the website which was what attracted us to booking this cottage. Matt and Sian (the owners) were very helpful without being intrusive. Loved the farm surroundings, excellent view from the garden. Convenient location for places of interest, including the "Farmers Arms" which is a very short walk away, providing good valued food/plenty of choice and friendly staff. Very good value for money, would definitely recommend this to other couples, especially if you have dogs as there are a good choice of walks

    Reviewed by SusanNov 2016

  • "The Den is simply amazing!"

    ! The wood burner was a real treat and the owners are very friendly! We took our dog with us and the front and back garden is secure so he could have a run around with us worrying he had got out! Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by BonnieOct 2016

  • "Excellent cottage."

    Very welcoming owners who more than go the extra mile. Quiet rural area good local pub with food.

    Reviewed by JaniceOct 2016

  • "Lovely cottage - small but thoughtfully designed, beautifully decorated and very comfortable."

    For dog owners there is a large grassed garden fully dog proofed, which also has fantastic views over the estuary. Pub within walking distance serves good meals (dogs allowed in bar) or take away. We found the wi fi and phone reception a bit intermittent but that's our only negative. The owners are lovely - nothing too much trouble - and new laid eggs are great for breakfast! Location: ideal for exploring the Camarthen and Pembroke coasts and inland but you do need to drive back up to the A40 - though the road is good. Locally there are walks around Llan y bri and LlanLlansteffan which is a small but pretty seaside resort with excellent Tea Rooms and great view across the estuary. The estuaries are great for bird watchers.

    Reviewed by PatriciaSep 2016

  • "This was probably the most delightful cottage that I have ever hired."

    So welcoming. Friendly owners, nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by KathiAug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • One king-size double bedroom with TV and en-suite WC
  • Separate shower room and open plan living, dining and sitting area
  • The fitted kitchen includes an integrated fridge/freezer, double oven, microwave and dishwasher
  • The dining table and chairs and the sofa are next to the cosy woodburner.
  • Timed central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with Freeview (one Smart TV), DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack of wood for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent, please bring own beach towels
  • Ample off road parking
  • Gated secure parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed front patio with furniture and rear enclosed lawned garden with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • (BBQ hire charges apply) Bike storage
  • Kayaks and fishing equipment hire available from owners
  • Two well-behaved dog welcome
  • Dog walking areas (subject to animals/seasons)
  • Smoking is prohibited within the cottage, garden and grounds
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub with restaurant 5 mins walk
  • Note: Not suitable for wheelchairs
  • Note: There is no room in the bedroom for a cot
  • Note: Duck or hen available to rent for the duration of your stay to look after and collect eggs
  • Contact owner for more details
  • Note: Ideal for active individuals who enjoy exploring outdoors/dog walking/stargazing

The property

This delightful, 19th Century solid stone ground floor cottage is situated next to the owners farmhouse and adjacent to a small certified location caravan site in a tranquil 28 acre smallholding on the outskirts of the rural villages of Llansteffan/Llanybri.

With acres of rolling hills and a panoramic uninterrupted coastal views of Laugharne and Caldey Island, Fferm Heol Down Farm was previously an ancient hamlet and is set in peaceful surroundings where you can get back to nature and enjoy slow paced village life. The Den is a luxury self-contained annex, situated in an original part of the farmhouse at Fferm Heol Down Farm.

Contemporary yet full of character, this spacious ground floor cottage has exposed stone walls, wooden beams, complimentary wifi, fully fitted kitchen and a wood burning fire.

The Den also has its own entrance, parking and garden for individuals and couples who want complete isolation from the hustle and bustle of everyday life! From the rear of the property, you can enjoy superb, panoramic far-reaching views of the countryside and in particular landmarks such as Caldey Island and the infamous Dylan Thomas' Boathouse in Laugharne.

At night, the rural location of The Den makes it an ideal location to stargaze and admire the pretty far away lights of Laugharne Town reflecting off the estuary water. The all year round, dog friendly Llansteffan Beach is just a 20 minute walk/5 minute drive, so you can easily enjoy long walks or relax with local fish and chips on the beach.

The Wales Coastal Path can be accessed from Llansteffan Beach or within a 15 minute walk from The Den.

This cottage is ideal for keen walkers and those who enjoy exploring the outdoors with their four legged friends. For those who want to eat out, the nearest pub/restaurant is a 5 minute walk from the cottage and specialises in authentic Thai cuisine.

The village of Llansteffan hosts more pub/restuarants and has a few cafe's, local village shop and two art galleries. Situated in Carmarthen, the heart of West Wales, The Den has an ideal central location to explore the whole of South West Wales including Pembrokeshire and the Gower Peninsula.

Carmarthen is also the oldest Town in Wales and steeped in history.

Arthurian enthusiastists will be aware that Carmarthen is widely known as the birthplace of the legendary wizard, Merlin and there are many things to discover locally.

Carmarthen is just a 20 minute drive from The Den and further boasts a wide selection of shops, restaurants and pubs.

For those who do not wish to drive, The Den is situated on a bus route with daily buses into Carmarthen.

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About the location


Carmarthen 7 miles.

Llansteffan is a lovely seaside village with its own castle ruins, post office, general store and pub serving local food. Just a short journey takes you to the county town of Carmarthen with numerous shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs, and a daily market. This beautiful part of Wales has everything for a perfect holiday, from the peace of the vast sandy beaches to the noise and excitement of the motor racing track at Pembrey. A visit to Dylan Thomas' Boat House at Laugharne, a day exploring the castles, mills and craft centres dotted around the scenic countryside or a day enjoying the walks right from the doorstep of this perfect base make for a wonderful experience for all the family.

Smoking is prohibited within the cottage, garden and grounds.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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