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Pumsaint near Lampeter, South Wales & Pembrokeshire Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "Loved the cottage."

    Bit awkward to find but managed it. Clean and tidy and Mrs Davies was freindly and always spoke and checked if all was OK. Would have liked to see a yellow and black strip on the edgae of each step on the stairs but that is our only very minor issue.

    Reviewed by Trevor4.7May 2024

  • "The accommodation was perfect."

    Sheila and Huw( and Bobby the dog) were Very welcoming. The area was gorgeous. Definitely recommend Llyn Brianne reservoir to visit. Preston really enjoyed all the smell's. Was lovely to see the lambs and cow's. Would definitely recommend a stay. We will be back Paul Tracey and Preston the dog

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2024

  • "Third time staying here."

    Can't fault it. Thanks again Huw and Sheila. Regards - John and Sue.

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2024

  • "From the moment we stepped foot into the cottage, it was evident that this would be more than just a holiday getaway; it was a delightful escape into a realm of tranquillity and warm hospitality."

    Tucked away in a picturesque location promising both serenity and rustic charm, this cottage proved to be the perfect blend of homeliness and luxury. The hosts, a truly delightful couple, welcomed us with open arms and genuine smiles, setting the tone for what was to be an unforgettable stay. Their attention to detail and sincere concern for their guests' comfort was apparent from the outset. We were greeted with a freshly baked loaf of bread and a bottle of exquisite wine, gestures that made us feel not just welcomed, but truly cherished. The cottage itself exudes charm and character, with cosy furnishings that beckon you to relax and unwind. The interiors are tastefully adorned, blending rustic allure with modern conveniences, ensuring every comfort is catered to. The rooms are spacious and impeccably kept, boasting large, sumptuous beds and windows that frame the stunning views surrounding the property. Outside, the cottage grounds are equally inviting. Whether it's lounging in the garden, a meticulously tended space that invites you to revel in the soothing sounds of nature, or exploring the nearby countryside, there is an undeniable sense of peace and tranquillity that envelops you. Throughout our stay, the hosts were incredibly attentive, offering insights into local attractions and the dining spots, ensuring we experienced the best the area had to offer. Their hospitality was not just professional; it was deeply personal and heartfelt, making us feel like cherished friends. Alas, as with all good things, our holiday had to come to an end, and bidding farewell was no easy task. The hardest part of our stay was undoubtedly having to leave behind such a charming retreat and the wonderful hosts who made our visit nothing short of exceptional. For those seeking a getaway that seamlessly blends the comforts of home with the luxury of a holiday retreat, Crud-y-Barcud is unrivalled. We departed not only with cherished memories but also with a longing to return. Highly recommended for a truly special and rejuvenating holiday experience!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2024

  • "What a wonderful few days we spent ar Crud-y-Barcud."

    A lovely welcome and the nice touches were much appreciated. Warm, cozy and all we needed right there. Comfortable beds and views from our windows just so beautiful. Nice to catch up with Sheila and Huw who were very kind in sharing their farm...loved the lambing sheds and watching feeding time in the fields...but also themselves in chatting with us and making sure we were set up with all we needed. Would really like to revisit soon as we could not ask for a more relaxed happy stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Mar 2024

  • "Enjoyed our stay immensely and would recommend anyone to stay there!"

    Hosts were very friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Amanda3.8Sep 2023

  • "Fabulous location and cottage."

    Had everything we needed hosts were very accommodating and friendly and went over and above for our little boy: Peaceful location with the river on your doorstep. It was bigger than I was expecting which was a nice surprise and therefore was bread and wine waiting for us which was lovely. It wouldn’t stop us coming back but I did feel it could have been a little cleaner. I understand it’s a farmhouse on a farm so there’s bound to be evidence of that in terms of cobwebs and spiders but I did feel there could of been slightly more effort into cleaning some of them away. Thanks for having us Sheila and Hugh we would love to come back some day and Our boy did not want to leave.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.4Sep 2023

  • "A hidden treasure."

    Tranquil and beautiful with a comfy, well equipped cottage and very friendly hosts. Walks on the doorstep but other places of interest in the area. Ideal for wildlife watching : bats, kites, owls etc.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely peaceful stay, the cottage was very comfortable and the owners are very friendly and helpful with ideas of where to visit."

    1 small thing that may effect your choice to stay here is the local pub has been closed since February which means driving out if you don't want to cook.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was exactly what he had hoped for."

    It was cosy, felt like home for the week and in a beautiful location. It is a lovely farm cottage with pretty features. Having the river a stone's throw away down the track was perfect for the kids. The short drive from the main road was lovely and just the kind of roads I enjoy driving. Myself and my partner both managed to enjoy a run from the property, taking in some of the beautiful scenery. It was the ideal base for our week of adventures to Tenby, St David's and New Quay, as well as the Brecon Beacons. We would happily stay here again.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Aug 2023

  • "Still in the old days not very clean No windows would open Thick with dust Oven was filthy Stairs were leather Beds were awful Not very good at all."

    Reviewed by Alan1.3Jul 2023

  • "Charming well equipped cottage in a beautiful setting."

    The nicest and most helpful of hosts. Could not fault it in any way

    Reviewed by Anita5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a very warm welcome from Sheila and Hew, not forgetting the dogs."

    The cottage was very well equipped and gave us a quiet and peaceful base for our holiday. A very handy post box at the gate for those holiday post cards.

    Reviewed by William5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely location, very well equipped cottage,friendly owners"

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2023

  • "It was the best cottage ever, absolutely perfect, very well equipped, clean, just fantastic, I loved Stainless cookware, not like scratched tefal that usually we see."

    We loved Wales and Welsh people, the farmers were amazing, letting my daughter feed the lambs. Everything was perfect

    Reviewed by Cihan5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a wonderful holiday and owner Sheila is an absolute gem!"

    !! We were welcomed with wine and freshly baked bread! Sheila filled us in about places to visit and we thoroughly enjoyed driving through the beautiful Welsh countryside and to make things even better, we had no rain! Unfortunately we were unable to go walking due to physical problems but walking would have added to this already perfect holiday let. We strongly recommend it for anyone wanting some peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by Averil5.0Jan 2023

  • "Cosy comfortable cottage we had a very relaxing 5 day stay wifi was a bit slow ..."

    Cosy comfortable cottage we had a very relaxing 5 day stay wifi was a bit slow so unable to call family on Christmas day but overall an enjoyable stay

    Reviewed by Ian3.8Dec 2022

  • "We did not realise that we were going to stay with Huw and Sheila until just the day before and were very please when we knew because we have been friends for a number of years now."

    It was the location that decided where we stayed because we were having extensive building works done on our house and could not be at home whilst the it was done. Hence the cottage as our temporary home. Excellent property and facilities and Huw and Sheila had no control over the sub-zero temperature we had across Mid Wales at the time! Many thanks to both of them from very grateful guests.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Nov 2022

  • "Staircase oversize risers, do not comply with Building Regs."

    One room which doubles as kitchen, utility, living and dining room. Not suitable for Pensioners or persons of limited mobility. Had to curtail holiday after 30 minutes as wife could not manage the 9 inch risers. No offer of reimbursement, proprietor unhelpful. Generally poor conversion .

    Reviewed by Randall2.5Oct 2022

  • "Wonderful stay in lovely converted coach house with everything needed for a confortable stay."

    Beautiful spot with panoramic views and farm walks and river two minute walk, which kids and dog adored. Welcoming friendly hosts. Recommend Dolaucothi Arms for delicious food, Saddle Tramps riding for breathtaking horse ride, and Devil’s Bridge Falls worth the drive. A lovely break thank you

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Aug 2022

  • "Was exactly what we needed after a stressful few months."

    Loved the quietness and being away from it all. House was well equipped to cook meals if required. Owner helpful and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Oct 2021

  • "Fantastic holiday set in a beautiful location."

    The property had lots of character, we especially enjoyed helping out with the sheep! Very friendly and helpful hosts who recommended a variety of places for us to visit during our stay.

    Reviewed by Victoria4.7Aug 2021

  • "We had an amazing holiday at Crud-y-Barcud."

    The accomodation is much more spacious than we expected, and it is a perfect peaceful and beautiful base to explore the area. There is plenty to do locally, such as the gold mines or Dinefwr estate. The hosts are lovely, which helped to make us feel comfortable and at home whilst on holiday. The whole family has had a fantastic holiday, and we would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a lovely week staying at Crud-y-Barcud with our two young sons."

    The setting was idyllic with beautiful scenery in all directions, the boys could have spent the entire week playing in the river and exploring and been happy! Mr & Mrs Davies were very welcoming and helpful, offering advise on local walks and places to visit in the area. The dogs were also very friendly and it was great to see them going off to work around the farm. The cottage had all the amenities we needed and was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed our stay so much we booked to go back later in the year.

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Jul 2021

  • "Our hosts, Sheila and Hew, were very welcoming and knowledgable on the local area."

    We were surrounded by hundreds of sheep and beautiful countryside. Gorgeous sandy beaches were an hour or so away. We all enjoyed a very relaxing and enjoyable stay in this outstanding part of Wales. We would definitely recommend a visit and Sheila and Hew’s warm hospitality.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jul 2021

  • "Such a lovely and beautiful place."

    ... Sheila and Hew were so lovely and welcoming... we’re trying to go again before Christmas... a perfect break away from the busy city life. Thank you

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Oct 2020

  • "A lovely cottage with gorgeous views."

    The hosts were very friendly and gave us some good tips on where to go. We were also lucky to see if any of the sheep were having babies. A lovely time.

    Reviewed by Sonia5.0Dec 2019

  • "Sheila and Huw were lovely Sheila even made us some bread rolls which were yummy."

    Even though the weather was not brilliant we had a really good stay visiting lots of places that we had not been to before and would recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by Shan5.0Sep 2019

  • "Our second visit to Crud-y-Barcud and another memorable holiday in the Welsh hills."

    A warm welcome on this working farm which has lovely scenery.

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Sep 2019

  • "It was just what I wanted the peace and quietness, lots of things to do ."

    Planning is needed for days out which we did before we went .

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Aug 2019

  • "It was truly outstanding"

    Reviewed by Robbie5.0Aug 2019

  • "This short stay in a working farm cottage was truly delightful."

    A really warm welcome from Sheila and Huw added to this even more. We enjoyed our walks in the nearby countryside and seeing the local farm livestock. Hats off to everyone working hard in agriculture to keep the rest of us in food. Just brilliant. Many thanks, the Tetley family

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Jun 2019

  • "Everything you need for a great family holiday, for a very reasonable price."

    The owners are very nice and helpful. The boys loved the dogs. There are very lovely walks and drives in the area. The surroundings were spectacular. We definitely will book it again someday.

    Reviewed by Mariska5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely area."

    Great cottage. Very nice people who looked after us.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Sep 2018

  • "Crud-y-Barcud is a lovely cottage in a beautiful setting, in the heart of the Dolacothi Estate."

    The accommodation & facilities are well thought out and comfortable, we very much enjoyed being part of the farm, the boys were constantly popping out to see what was going on. The farm dogs were great company, and Sheila takes great care to make sure that we were happy with everything. Fantastic walks directly from the cottage, up hills or along the river plus superb marked trails around Dolacothi Estate. So much to see and do in the area, with the Brecon Beacons and the coast within driving distance.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jul 2018

  • "Crud-y-Barcud is even nicer than its photographs - and larger than we anticipated."

    The owners could not have been more welcoming or helpful. It is in a beautiful, unspoilt part of Wales. Perfect for a quiet, relaxing getaway.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Jul 2018

  • "We had a warm welcome at Cru-y-Barcud with all the amenities we could wish for."

    It's a great rural getaway and staying on a working farm really makes you feel part of the landscape. We'd both love to stay again!

    Reviewed by S5.0May 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, CD/radio, WiFi and selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture.- Please note there is a big yard and garden for use but dogs must be kept on leads on the full grounds
  • No smoking
  • Shop 5 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: Cottage has narrow stairs
  • Note: Low beam in double bedroom, and two steps into twin room
  • Note: The owner keeps dogs in the farm yard
  • Note: Cottage on working farm, some related noise and traffic will be experienced.Note: Two well behaved small/medium dogs welcome there is a charge of £25 per week for a second dog

The property

Pumsaint 1.5 miles.

This charming Welsh cottage converted from an old carthouse is attached to the owner’s farmhouse, on a working livestock farm on the National Trust's Dolaucothi Estate, close to the small village of Pumsaint and within driving distance of both Lampeter and Llandovery.

Situated in the most glorious countryside, this Pumsaint cottage is a perfect rural retreat to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Inside this cottage near Lampeter is an abundance of character features, such as exposed beams, painted stone walls and a wooden staircase, which leads to the bedrooms and shower room.

In such a character property, the furnishings reflect the style and make for a very comfortable holiday base.

Your Welsh cottage has a private side garden, from where spectacular views can be seen.

This is an ideal opportunity to experience country living - in the evening you may spot the resident bats flitting about, while in the day you’re welcome to wander around the farmland and watch sheep farmers at work.

Spend time walking or cycling around the country lanes, whilst admiring the open countryside and you may spot an array of birds soaring effortlessly overhead.

Within reach of this Pumsaint cottage are gold mines, and a little further afield is the spectacular West Wales coastline.

From this delightful Pumsaint cottage you’re guaranteed memorable days out amidst spectacular scenery.

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About the location


Lampeter 8 miles; Llandovery 11 miles.

Nestled in the spectacular Cothi Valley, the small Welsh village of Pumsaint, also spelt Pumpsaint meaning five saints, is in a part of Wales which is almost undiscovered by visitors and is the perfect location for walkers, cyclists and birdwatchers. After a great day out, the village pub offers both drinks and food and is a place to meet up with the locals to find out a bit more about this delightful location. Visit the Red Kite centre or the nearby Dolaucothi Gold Mines, which offers a unique insight into the ancient mining in the area and are truly memorable for all ages. The riding school nearby offers a chance to enjoy the superb countryside from a different perspective, and why not try a spot of fishing, visit the Brianne Dam or the Botanical Gardens. Alternatively, venture to the West Wales coast for sandy beaches and the famous coastal path. A wonderful area of Wales to visit.

Please Note : Property only accepts a maximum of 2 dogs, there is a charge of £25 per week for a second dog

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas