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Ffau'r Ddraig

(Ref. 1054646)

Cross Hands, South Wales & Pembrokeshire Show on map

4.7

Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely little house, clean and well appointed however maintenance could have ..."

    Lovely little house, clean and well appointed however maintenance could have been better location questionable due to empty plot, drive unusuable

    Reviewed by Xynia3.4Jul 2024

  • "Fabulous accommodation, very clean and dog friendly."

    Would have no problem in recommending this property.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2024

  • "Lovely peaceful little place, well fitted out, Owners next door friendly but not intrusive."

    Thickest carpet in living room that I have ever walked on! :] Couple of niggles for me - the directions provided via Google left me nonplussed and it took me ages to find it, leading to a late arrival feeling drained; There is no opening in the railing at the front, or a gate, so you have to walk around by the Owners property. May not seem too far to walk, but when you are disabled and have been out for the day every extra foot counts. The bed, whilst fine for me alone, was quite small compared to the size of the lovely bedroom.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0May 2024

  • "Thanks Elaine for a wonderful stay, my husband and I really enjoyed our 9 night stay at The Dragon’s Den."

    The place was so clean, the bed was super comfortable, we had everything we could possibly need. The location was great too, so convenient for our day trips out! Thanks again for everything, the complimentary Welsh Cakes were very much appreciated :)

    Reviewed by Holly5.0Mar 2024

  • "Elaine was a great host."

    Left us to it but there if needed. The house was really lovely and very clean - like a home from home. It was also very well equipped,plenty pots pans,kiten equipment etc - something lots of places seem to skimp on. Nice welcome pack with Welsh cakes ,tea & milk ,meant you could have a quick brew before unpacking. Great location - idel for us as we were near our friend and the botanical Gardens (where we were at an event) but close to Carmarthen. We would definitely stay again (including our cat Holly). If I had to be very very picky would like a king size bed but that's just us. We absolutely loved our stay - thank you xx

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Feb 2024

  • "Delightful."

    Dragon's Den is tucked away at the end of a quiet cul d sac. It was peaceful. Very convenient base for exploring Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. The accommodation was perfect for 2 people and our little dog. It has everything that you would need. I slept very well, the bed is very comfortable. We will definitely book again for another trip to Wales.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Dec 2023

  • "Very enjoyable stay, facilities were good."

    A good base to explore South Wales

    Reviewed by Russell4.7Sep 2023

  • "We were so fortunate to find this cottage, needing to be at several venues within a seven to ten mile radius of it, over the weekend."

    Location wise it was ideal which was our aim, but facilities and welcome were a real bonus. The cottage had everything you could need for a short or longer break. It was spotlessly clean and immediately comfortable and welcoming. A gift pack of Welsh goodies was a generous touch too. Having first cleared it with the owners, we brought our house cat with us and she too immediately settled in. We should be back in West Wales in a year's time but probably further away from Cross Hands. If available however, we would definitely look to stay here again with the positives far outweighing the additional distance.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Sep 2023

  • "The cottage is a bit on the small side downstairs but very cosy, comfortable and well equipped."

    It is situated nice and quiet on the end of a cul de sac. The owner lives next door and the cottage has access to their big garden. From this location we visited the Gower, Tenby, Swansea, Carmarthen and the Brecon Beacons. So enough to fill the week with interesting activities. Improvements to the cottage could be a bigger bed (why a queen size in such a big bedroom?) and the door to the living room opens heavyly due to the carpet underneath. Overall we can certainly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Antonie4.1Sep 2023

  • "Hi, I was so impressed of this little gem."

    A cosy and quiet little house with much love for the details. Dogs allowed so when you are interested contact Elaine for more information! Thank you so much I really enjoyed my stay!! Hugs from Germany

    Reviewed by Birgit5.0Aug 2023

  • "Overpowering smell of bleach on entering the property."

    All windows/doors opened but still overpowering after two hours. Mould, dirt, dead insects and fingerprints everywhere!! Bathroom filthy and shower full of black mould!! I suffered massive asthma attack so we locked up and left two hours after arrival. Drive dangerous as ridiculously steep and uneven. Kerb dangerous as previous reviewer mentioned and damaged my car!! Road not finished. Next to large area of waste ground. Dangerous access as no lighting/lighting not working and cannot access property from drive. Sykes still not responded to complaint after 6 weeks.

    Reviewed by Julie1.3Aug 2023

  • "Excellent, good value comfortable, home from home, would gladly return in the future, if available."

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely place, the let down was the bathroom & the driveway."

    The bathroom & shower really need looking at, the seals and drains are disgusting and dirty, all the shower fixtures were filthy underneath and the disability chair was disgusting. The drive at the front was on a slope and the kerb is so high it has caused a fair bit of damage to the front of the car. Lovely people run Dragons Den but the cleaners need telling. Dog owners need to be careful of the kitchen as we had 3 slugs in there one night and as doggy owner know they are dangerous to dogs. Love the little gift basket of cakes t-bags & milk

    Reviewed by Pauline2.5Jul 2023

  • "A very lovely and comfortable property."

    We were left milk, tea and welsh cakes on our arrival which was very welcome. The cottage was dog friendly which our 2 dogs were quite happy in. The only issue with the property is that the garden is shared by the owners which they very kindly said we could use but it isn't secure so if you took your eyes off the dogs for a minute they could escape into the wooded areas so always kept a lead on them. The property says it is situated in the bustling village of Crosshands but you need to use your car to get to the village especially if weather not good. Overall a very nice property with everything you need in it. Owners very nice and not intrusive.

    Reviewed by Shelagh4.7Apr 2023

  • "We had a great stay, the cottage is lovely and cosy."

    It was a super place to go back to especially on cold wet days- of which we we had a number during the week! Everything was well cared for and comfortable. The wifi signal could be a bit intermittent on occasions but it did not stop us doing what we wanted. Would we recommended Ffau’r DdrIg as a place to stay? Most definitely.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Mar 2023

  • "ABsolutely gorgeous property."

    An intimate, cosy stay that has everything available to you and makes for a real 'home away from home', and a peaceful retreat away from the noise of life. I didn't want to leave. The property is accessed via the owners driveway which is no problem atol to me, and as read in anothers review, at night the pathway to the back door of ffaur draig is unlit but all it takes to solve this is your mobile phone light. The property has far too much character and comfort to offer to miss out on. I highly recommend this place. A lovely private retreat at the far end of an estate so there is nobody looking into the property. It boasts of beautiful furniture inside that is also really comfy and It is a lovely, quiet area too. I loved everything about this place and felt very safe and well looked after. If i needed anything atol the owners were happy to help and Elaine checked in on me the first night to make sure I was okay. A lovely touch. Thankyou for a beautiful stay I shall look forward to coming again.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jan 2023

  • "Cottage not as described in the advert Property is dangerous and not enclosed Unlit entrance and the path from the driveway to the owners property to gain access is very not what you would expect or want after a long time driving then having to carry your luggage a long way and struggle down a very narrow unlit passage to get into the property and the path is also dangerous as it has a large Gap between the path and the kirb stone where my wife fell and sprained her ankle and hurt her wrist."

    So we packed up and returned home the next day.would never stay there again and it's on a housing estate.

    Reviewed by Peter2.5Dec 2022

  • "Amazing cottage everything you need it was being from home to home Amazing owners too"

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay, really nice little place."

    Clean, warm and cosy. A lovely back garden for the dog to run about. Close to Cross Hands where there are plenty of shops, takeaways and pubs. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at Frau'r Ddraig with our dog."

    It really is home from home, very cosy and comfortable, the welcome pack was much appreciated and the the dog bits too! Thank you! We would definitely recommend Ffau'r Darig to friends and family. The only suggestion I have is to have hoover and mop available, especially after all the rain, with our boy's muddy paws !

    Reviewed by Kerrie5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely property in a great location with easy access to self catering facilities and a great base from which to viait the Carmarthen area."

    Would recommend to anyone wanting privacy burt with benefit of owners next door

    Reviewed by Tony4.7Aug 2022

  • "Everything was as expected and more."

    Liked owners going the extra mile for our dog.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely, it was light & spacious & the bed was very comfortable, the owners were really helpful & friendly, the surrounding area was beautiful with many historical places to visit, we had a lovely time & would highly recommend it."

    Reviewed by Shelagh5.0May 2022

  • "A really great place to stay ."

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0May 2022

  • "A gorgeous little house and perfect for 2 people with views across a lawned private garden offering privacy, peace and quiet."

    Everything was clean and tastful, with a comfy lounge leather suite, and all mod cons, the property seemingly a rather recent new build. The owners were delightful leaving us a generous welcome basket of Welsh teas and Welshcakes, and evening drinks, with a caring thought towards Covid products. We loved staying at Dragon's Den which had many tiny stone carvings of dragons hiding here and there in the gardens. A convenient spot for many sightseeing spots within a short drive to shops. Thank you to both the owners for a really lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Irene5.0May 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Ffau'r Ddraig very clean and comfortable very dog friendly."

    Elaine was on hand if we needed anything won't hesitate to use again Nigel

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Apr 2022

  • "Thank you for a fantastic week, the accommodation is exactly what we needed and met our expectations"

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Apr 2022

  • "We can really recommend Ffau’r Ddraig Cross Hands."

    Flowers and welcome gifts were a nice gesture to make you feel welcome. We enjoyed our holiday in a comfortable home from home setting. It was peaceful and private, most of the things you need for your holiday are provided. Elaine and Doug the owners are very friendly and we would certainly return some time in the future. Jen

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Mar 2022

  • "Ffau’r Ddraig is a comfortable and well furnished small cottage ideal for a couple."

    Elaine, the owner was very welcoming and helpful. Cross Hands is a convenient base for visiting South and West Wales and has a number of supermarkets, shops, pubs and restaurants on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Feb 2022

  • "Very good property overall, good value for money and within easy reach of main roads."

    I felt it was a bit far from a good dog walking spot, and I found the car parking spot a bit steep.

    Reviewed by Carolyn4.7Feb 2022

  • "Our host, Elaine, was absolutely charming and welcoming."

    Ffau'r Ddraig was warm and well prepared when we arrived. All the facilities, décor and furniture were ideal and comfortable. We had a lovely week and are very happy with our choice of venue. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely owners,really helpful and friendly."

    Beautiful home from home while we are waiting to move into our new home. 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Oct 2021

  • "This is a lovely little holiday rental and was exactly as described."

    The owners were welcoming but didn't intrude on our stay and there were fresh flowers and some welcome goodies on our arrival. The garden is beautiful but isn't completely secure so if you are bringing your dog be aware of this. Excellent facilities.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.4Oct 2021

  • "Would definitely recommend Ffau'r Ddraig to anyone."

    A lovely warm welcome from the owner and a very well equipped property, well presented, clean and sanitized, with off street parking, at the end of a very quiet cul de sac. Lots of information for local attractions and if you have any questions, the owner, who lives next door, is only too pleased to help. We were also offered the use of the owners back garden, which on a nice day, would be very relaxing.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Sep 2021

  • "We was extremely pleased with our cottage, nothing was too much trouble."

    Elaine was very helpful with getting dog friendly eating places for us. We had a lovely welcome pack and flowers for our arrival. Loved our week. Thank you. Tricia and David.x

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2021

  • "It was a little difficult with the dogs, mainly the puppy as the shared garden was vast and not 100% secure."

    We needed to keep them on the leads when toileting. However in saying this the owners were very happy for us to use their garden.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2021

  • "Everything was just perfect in the accommodation."

    So clean. There was a lovely vase of fresh flowers and a welcoming pack. There was everything you needed and more. The owners were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. I was sent a friendly e mail before our arrival giving me information about ket collection and a contact number. The garden was amazing our dog loved it and so did we, a very relaxing experience. The cottage is very conveniently located for shops restaurants pubs and good access to the beaches and for other attraction. Would definitely recommend people to stay there abd I would love to return there.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2021

  • "This has been the best place we have stayed in Wales."

    From the warm welcome email prior to arriving to the very helpful information pack set the tone for a wonderful stay. For the two of us it was a home from home everything we need was provided. The accommodation was clean, comfortable and upto date with many homely touches. It is an ideal place to stay with the hosts next door ready with recommendations for visits and places to see.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely warm & cozy accommodation with a fantastic host who was so helpful."

    Great location for some ‘hidden gems’ of South Wales. Thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2021

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Summary

  • One double bedroom
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, stairgate and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Veranda with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (more on request)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.9 miles
  • Enterprise Shopping Center within 1 mile
  • Note: The property lies next door to the owner's home but is a completely detached

The property

Lying in the bustling village of Cross Hands in the historic county of Carmarthenshire in South Wales is this charming detached cottage, Ffau'r Ddraig.

Perfect for a couple's getaway, this property enjoys an open-plan living space and is within easy reach of all the necessary amenities of the village, as well as the wonderful Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park) being under ten miles away.

Park up on the driveway before entering your Welsh holiday home, first passing the ground-floor shower room where you can begin your day with a refreshing rinse in the walk-in shower.

Venture into the living space, coming to the sitting area which offers a delightful spot to relax after a day of activities, with two plush leather armchairs and a sofa, you can find a snug spot to watch the TV amidst the homely decor.

In the corner you'll find the dining table where you can plan your itinerary and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals prepared in the kitchen.

Discover an electric oven and hob, a fridge/freezer and a microwave at hand to assist you in rustling up tasty dishes and on-the-go picnics.

Enjoy a refreshing evening drink out on the veranda to the front of the property, with seating here for two, you can talk over your favourite moments of the day as the sun goes down.

Retire to the double bedroom on the first floor to get some rest, with skylights above to let in the bright morning light on waking, along with elegant decor and storage for your things.

The village of Cross Hands has all you need for a self-catered stay, with several takeaways for an indulgent evening, a pub/restaurant and a local convenience shop, with the neighbouring village of Gorslas home to some amenities too.

The vast Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park) is just under ten miles away and offers a wealth of walking trails to enjoy, including The Beacons Horseshoe, The Route of The Romans and The Black Mountain of the West.

Head to the National Trust Nature Reserve Dinefwr and visit Dinefwr Castle where the 12th century remains reside on a hilltop and offer panoramic view of the valley below, with walks along the River Towy offering a pleasant afternoon activity.

Those who are green-fingered will love to see the beautiful Aberglasney, one of Wales' finest gardens, as well as the National Botanic Garden of Wales with a wonderful tropical glasshouse designed by Norman Foster surrounded by formal gardens, woodland and lakes, it's a picturesque setting for anyone to enjoy.

Spend a day near the riverside in the town of Llanelli which offers a host of restaurants, pubs and shops, as well as a cinema for a rainy day, while Swansea offers a lively nightlife as well as The National Waterfront Museum, Plantasia and Swansea Botanical Gardens.

For a romantic escape to South Wales enjoy the tranquility of Ffau'r Ddraig.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location

CROSS HANDS

Llanelli 9.7 miles; Carmarthen 12 miles; Swansea 18.7 miles.

Cross Hands is a small village lying in the historic county of Carmarthenshire, just under ten miles from the extraordinary Brecon Beacons National Park. The village offers a range of amenities, including a bar/restaurant, a local convenience shop and several takeaways, catering to all your needs on a self-catered stay. Discover the beautiful National Botanic Garden of Wales offering a lovely day out exploring the lakes, woodlands, formal gardens and large tropical glasshouse, designed by Norman Foster the acclaimed architect. Venture up to the Dinefwr Nature Reserve, run by the National Trust, and home to the 12th century remains of Dinefwr Castle, taking in the scenic views of the valley below. Explore the vast Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) at your leisure, choosing from an array of walks and trails to suit all abilities, with historic sites scattered in the countryside like the 13th century ruined Carreg Cennen Castle. Within reach of Llanelli, Swansea and the lovely Port Talbot, Cross Hands makes a great base for a South Wales adventure.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas