Strange bedfellows they would make but not really – the travel world is warming up to a relatively new concept that offers you the luxury you want in the midst of wilderness with quality of me time at hand – Luxurious self-catering farm cottages. Farm cottages and luxury, you would ask? Yes, you read that right.
I got one such chance, and my first experience, at a recent stay at a self-catering luxurious farm house cottage in South Wales – the Cilhendre Fawr Farm Cottages.
Picture this – vast green landscape, plush green hills dotted with specks of white cottages, a beautiful little town and a quaint little farm located on top of a hill surrounded by acres of empty green fields. Driving from London (about 5 hours in all), your first memory of arriving at the Farm is driving up a lovely hill road flanked by trees all around. Green, yellow, orange leaves – autumn is the new spring.
You enter the Farm to see a stony grey building with white windows and no balconies. Wrong place maybe? Or perhaps it’s a barn? A stable? It’s a bit disappointing at first, to be honest, but the building definitely does not give an inkling of what it holds – do not judge a building by its look.
The building hosts about 3 independent, self-serving cottages in the front and three in the back. Each cottage is designed with great taste and clearly by someone who understands the term “minimalistic luxury” – nothing overboard but everything at hand. Perfect. The cottage has a lovely kitchen, a large living room with an old style fireplace and three rooms and one bathroom on the first floor. The cottage comes with all modern equipment and amenities and all you have to do is to get your own stuff to cook – it’s a self-catering cottage, so you have to manage your food and everything else – you do get linens and toiletries but best to check out their website to see a list of what they will provide. The cottage has a TV and some books, but its best to pick up the latter and chill out on the bench placed in the small little garden in front of the house.
If the bench isn’t your style, then you can laze in the hot bath tub in front of your cottage and watch the lush green mountains and read your book. The hot tub is shared by 3 cottages but is mostly empty (I guess it had more to do with the rains and freezing weather than anything else – but I assume it’s quite occupied in summers). Even with the weather being cold and fierce, a walk down the hill is a must to experience the beauty of the nature around you. If you are walking, then take a few more steps to check out the local town of Swansea.
If you are traveling with family, then there is a small playground built for kids with two swings and one slide set.
Overall, it’s a lovely place to stay. The Farm owners (I believe they stay close by) are quite pleasant and have arranged everything quite nicely. They are accessible if you have any problems.
The only challenge is the self-catering bit. One dosen’t know what and how much to take? But that’s something I will cover in my next post (coming up in few days) – how to prepare yourself for stay at a self-catering cottage. Till then, enjoy the Farm pictures and try a different holiday when you plan next.
Website and contact details:
Cilhendre Fawr Farm Cottage website link: www.holiday-cottages-south-wales.co.uk
Contact numbers: 01792 862210, 07971 880028 (Mobile)