Self-catering holiday accommodation on the beach front

in Dylan Thomas country

CLOSED FROM 1 APRIL 2011

The Old Bakery has been open to visitors for ten years. There have been wedding and christening parties, honeymooners and family re-unions. Iíve welcomed new babies and watched children grow up into beautiful adults. Itís time to move on, but I shall never forget what a privilege it has been to share my home with those who love Llansteffan and The Old Bakery. Cariad mawr a chofion cynnes! Much love and fond memories!

"This really was the best appointed holiday place we have ever stayed in. We'd recommend it in a flash." (From the visitors book)

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is situated on the Towy River estuary in the village of Llansteffan, 8 miles from the market town of Carmarthen. The house is built around a flowery courtyard. It is on the site of the original village bakery, and the outside stone walls survive.

The sandy beach, perfect for children, is literally across the road. There are opportunities for splendid coastal walks. You could go fishing or cockle gathering, but you could also just sit still and watch the light reflect on the tidal sea, or the many sailing boats. There is plenty of driftwood so picnicking on the beach could include a beach barbecue. The house also has a wide range of books, games and dvds.

Llansteffan is a friendly village overlooked by an impressive castle, with an old church, 2 pubs, a post office, a shop and a good restaurant. There are opportunities for coastal walks, bird watching, fishing, tennis, riding, cycling, golf and boating. You could explore nearby castles, gardens, beaches and mountains.

This is Dylan Thomas country. He spent childhood holidays with his family, who lived in Llansteffan, and the village and its characters were a major influence on his work. The bakery was run by two sisters, who are said to be the models for Dai Bread's two wives in Under Milk Wood. Laugharne, where Thomas lived at the end of his life, is on the same estuary, although a different river. We recommend a visit to the boat house and his writing hut.

You are within half an hour of the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Many other castles and gardens are close by. If you wish to explore Wales further, you could plan easy day trips to the Black Mountain, the Preseli hills or the Pembrokeshire coast.

 

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 Accommodation


photo: Heather James

The accommodation is on the ground floor. It comprises two double bedrooms (one with double bed, the other with 2 single beds), a large sittingroom, a kitchen/diner, a bathroom with bath, shower and toilet, a cloakroom with second toilet. Visitors have the use of a flowery courtyard. The kitchen has a dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, fridge, cooker and microwave. There is a TV with freeview and DVD player in the sittingroom. A hairdryer is provided, as are iron, ironing board.

Bedding and towels are provided. Oil fired central heating. A child's cot and high chair are available. Sleeps 4 comfortably.

This is a no-smoking cottage. Sorry, no pets!

Tenancy runs from Saturday 3pm to the following Saturday 10am.

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 Prices for 2010. Closed from 1 April 2011.

This is your last chance to stay at the Old Bakery! The Old Bakery has been open to visitors for ten years. There have been wedding and christening parties, honeymooners and family re-unions. Iíve welcomed new babies and watched children grow up into beautiful adults. Because Iíve decided to close The Old Bakery in 2011, this year will be the last one. Itís time to move on, but I shall never forget what a privilege it has been to share my home with those who love Llansteffan and The Old Bakery. Cariad mawr a chofion cynnes! Much love and fond memories!

Weeks run from Saturday 3pm to the following Saturday 10am.
Book early, especially for school holiday periods!
Old prices still apply for remaining weeks in late 2006 - please phone for details.

Weeks Prices include electricity and heating
School holidays in July and August £550 per week

Christmas & New Year, Easter.
The bank holiday week in late May
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All weeks in June.
The first (non holiday) weeks in July

The half term in October.

£450.00 per week

Other weeks..  
..in April, May, September & October £375 per week

..in November, December, January, February, March

£350 per week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please pay 20% of the price on booking and the remainder four weeks in advance of your tenancy.

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To contact us

Please email to annoost@theoldbakery10.freeserve.co.uk

..or phone on (01267) 241 124 (from within UK), or (+44) (1267) 241 124 (from abroad).

..or write to Ann Oosthuizen, The Old Bakery, The Green, Llansteffan, Carmarthen, SA33 5LW.

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  How to find us

Take the M4 to Carmarthen. Bypass Carmarthen continuing West on the A40 towards St Clears.

Very soon after the 2nd roundabout you will see the sign to Llansteffan. This road is about 8 miles.

When you get to Llansteffan, take the road to the beach. The road curves along the estuary with the green on the left and a row of houses on the right. The Old Bakery is painted pink and has the name written clearly on the front. Park on the green.

You need to walk through a gate into the lane, and then left through a small gate into The Old Bakery. You are in a paved courtyard and the house is right in front of you. Your accommodation is downstairs.

There are regular trains to Carmarthen. Please ask us for details of bus or taxi services between Carmarthen and Llansteffan.

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  From the visitorsí book 2009

Great cottage and town. Beautiful surroundings and fantastic panorama.

What an idyllic place! I think we have found Walesí best kept secret!

I loved the perfectly set up little house. Itís charming and comfortable, with everything we needed. I loved watching the tides and walking the beach, having pate and cheese and wine with my husband in the courtyard, and lazing in the endless summer daylight.

The kids loved the simple pleasures of the beach like shell and crab collecting. It was priceless watching their faces as they jumped into large rock pools.

The Old Bakery is a home from home with extras. Never stayed anywhere with all the little refinements, flowers, welsh cakes etc. PS The Castle Inn was superb both in food and drink and service. The owners were very hospitable. Lovely cream teas at the beach shop!

Once again, time to go. As always, what does one say to sing the praises of such a place, and such a welcome.

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 Access to the Old BakeryÖ..

The Old Bakery is an old property, so it was not specially designed to cater for people living with a disability. However, as it is all on one floor, it is a most comfortable holiday cottage and, for this reason, Iíve decided to use this yearís newsletter for a detailed description of the accommodation with disabled users in mind.

From the A40 after Carmarthen, take the B4312 to the village of Llansteffan. After you enter the village, take the road to the beach, which is well signposted. This road runs along the estuary and passes The Old Bakery, which is painted pink and has the name written clearly on the front. For access to The Old Bakery, it is possible to park for short periods right next to the house. Long-term parking is on the green on the other side of the road.

The entrance to The Old Bakery is level with the road. Visitors enter through two gates into a flowery courtyard at the back of the property. The house opens onto this level paved courtyard with outdoor seating both covered and uncovered. The front door to The Old Bakery is 64cm or 25ins wide and up one broad stone step 6cm or 2ins high. The door opens onto a wide passage (1 metre or 3ft 6ins), which gives access to all the rooms in the house.

The rooms are carpeted or tiled throughout. Wide doors (42ins or 107cm) open onto the lounge. The doorway to the kitchen is 29ins or 74cm wide. The lounge is spacious and with ample lighting and remote controls for digital TV, video and radio/CD player.
The kitchen is large with ample work surfaces, a low-level oven, microwave, washingmachine, dryer and fridge freezer. A dining area with dining table and 6 chairs forms part of the kitchen.


There are two double bedrooms, one with 2 single beds, and the other with a double bed.
The bathroom has a shower over the bath, a hand-basin and a toilet. There is also a second small cloakroom with a second toilet and hand-basin. The doors to the bedrooms and bathroom are 65cm wide with ample turning space in the passage for wheelchairs.

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