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18 rooms, secluded garden, phenomenal views, dog-friendly, parking, pubs/restaurants 100 metres.
Dylan Thomas wrote about Laugharne “there is nowhere like it anywhere at all”. This beautiful and spacious house offers the best views in Laugharne, across the estuary and 30 miles of coastline. 5 bedrooms, 4 bath/shower rooms, 4 living rooms and a conservatory, plus downstairs cloakroom, fully-fitted kitchen, utility room and walk-in pantry. The fabulous Pendine Sands is a short drive away, with easy parking. The beauty of the area was highlighted recently in the BBC TV drama programme "Keeping Faith".
The house is superbly equipped and with some equally stunning traditional and antique furniture. The house has a large secluded garden and off-street parking, yet is central to all of Laugharne’s amenities. It is available for full week bookings, Friday to Friday, between March and October and at Christmas/New Year. Bookings of 3 or more days are available at other times. Email or text contact is recommended for initial enquiry.
This unique, imposing house is accessed from Cliff Road and has off-street parking for 3/4 cars without anyone being blocked in, or up to 5/6 cars with blocking. It is within 200/300 yards of Laugharne Castle, Dylan Thomas Boathouse, and the town’s bars, restaurants and shops. The house is superbly equipped, with a well-blended combination of modern and traditional furniture, including grand piano, grandfather clock, two welsh dressers, valuable antique sideboard and many other items of special interest. The central dining area and lounge are stunning, with panoramic views over Laugharne Bay. Everything you need, including bed-linen and towels, is provided. One or two well-behaved dogs are welcome, by agreement. No smoking inside the house.
Bedrooms and Bathrooms:
There are 5 newly-decorated and furnished bedrooms - 3 double, 1 twin and 1 single, some with built-in wardrobes. Most of the other furniture is matching solid oak.Two televisions are provided and there are aerial points that enable them to be used in any of the bedrooms. Hair dryers are also provided.
Bedroom 1 is a large double, with fantastic sea/estuary views. There is a built-in wardrobe, bedside cabinets, a separate chest of drawers and further cabinet with mirror on top, Full en-suite facilities with walk-in shower, large wash-basin and WC.
Bedroom 2 is another double with built-in wardrobe, bedside cabinets and chest of drawers, also full with estuary/sea views. This bedroom is not en-suite, but is directly opposite the large family bathroom, with full-size bath (with shower attachment), large wash-basin and WC.
Bedroom 3 is a large room with single bed, built-in wardrobe, and has an en-suite bathroom with wash-basin, WC and bath (with shower attachment).
Bedroom 4 is another large double-bedded room with full estuary/sea views, beautifully furnished with bedside cabinets, wardrobe, drawers and mirror unit, and a traditional grandfather clock (non-operating/chiming!!); Bedroom 5 is a slightly smaller twin-bedded room, but still fully equipped with bedside cabinet and wardrobe with drawers. Bedrooms 4 and 5 share an associated luxury shower room, with large built-in shower, large wash-basin and WC.
Dining Area, Lounge, Study and Snug:
The front porch leads into a large central room, which encompasses the dining area, with wood flooring, fireplace, ceiling beams and a feature staircase. There is a valuable antique sideboard, magnificent 8-feet long vintage Welsh Oak dining table, seating 10 in comfort, and a Hi-Fi for music. Double-doors from the dining area lead to a large lounge, with three-piece suite, wood burning stove, Grand Piano, and TV & Blu-Ray Recorder. Further doors from the central area provide access into both a Study and a Snug/Sitting Room, with a beautiful Welsh Dresser, books and games. The Lounge provides access via French doors onto the patio and a further door into the large Conservatory, which is fitted with luxury rattan furniture. The dining area, the lounge and the conservatory all offer fantastic views over the ever-changing estuary and coastline.
Kitchen, Utility Room and Pantry:
The newly modernised fully fitted kitchen also has direct access to the conservatory, which may be used as an informal breakfast room. The Range cooker has a 7-burner gas hob, 2 electric ovens and a further grill/oven. There is a microwave, dishwasher, built-in fridge, toaster and filter coffee maker, plus a large range of quality crockery, glass-ware, cutlery, pans, casseroles, dishes, basins, other cookware, serving dishes, etc. A Sabatier knife-block and a very extensive set of utensils are also provided. In addition to cupboard space within the kitchen, there is an adjoining walk-in pantry with extensive storage space, an additional refrigerator and a freezer, plus other equipment such as trays and kitchen scales. The separate utility room has washing machine, tumble dryer, sink and associated equipment. On exit from the side-door of the house, there is a washing whirl-line close at hand.
Bed-linen and towels (but not beach towels) are provided. A weekly cleaning service is available for those staying more than one week. The house has full central heating, and all normal equipment is available, including Iron and Ironing Board, Hair Dryers, Travel Cot, High Chair, Telephone, Internet Access, Barbeque, Garden Furniture, etc.
The house is surrounded by a large secure garden, with lovely stone walls built using local stone as required by the conservation authority. The garden contains more than ten trees, including two Oak trees and a Walnut tree, and other natural habitat. To the rear of the house is a patio and lawn with phenomenal views. There is an outside table over 8 feet in length, capable of seating 8 to 10, and two additional benches for soaking up the sun and views., The drive is fairly steep, but from the parking area much of the garden is reasonably flat.
The house is reached from the main street in Laugharne, via a single-track road, which becomes Cliff Walk (part of the Welsh Coastal Path) and “No Entry” for vehicles past the point of access to the drive of the house. Coastal walks start from the front of the house, and there are nearby facilities for horse riding. Fishing is also popular, and there are golf courses in the area.
More about Ken Hickson (the Owner) and Laugharne:
I was born in London, educated at Grammar School in Slough and Birmingham University, and have spent 50 years working in the computer software industry. I started the company Symology Ltd (www.symology.co.uk) in 1983, which over 30 years of successful operation has grown to employ over 100 professional staff. In 2014, I transferred the company into employee ownership, so that it would retain its existing culture and continue to look after both its staff and customers.
I have been married for nearly 50 years, and my wife and daughter co-own Corrantaf. Although over retiring age, I am still working almost full time, and over the next few years whilst we, our daughter and grand-children only visit Laugharne occasionally, we are letting the property for periods when we do not need it ourselves.
We first came to Laugharne nearly forty years ago and, like many visitors, were captivated by its beauty and unique atmosphere - old-world charm coupled with a culture of friendliness and fun. We returned again and again, before eventually buying this house in 2014. Having completely re-furbished the house, modernising the kitchen and shower rooms, re-fitting the bedrooms, but retaining the traditional splendour of the living accommodation, we are now sharing it with visitors for the first time.
What makes this manor house unique
Laugharne itself has a unique friendly atmosphere and is both natural and unspoiled. The town itself has a population of only around 1,500, but unusually has its own independent "Laugharne Corporation" (one of only two in the UK) as a result of a Royal charter dating back to 1293, and is steeped in history. Although small, the town has some amazingly good facilities, and is so well known that it regularly attracts stars of television and screen for its festival days. It has a hotel and a restaurant, both of which have been voted in the Top 10 by a national Sunday newspaper. The famous Browns Hotel has been visited by many well-known people, as famous as President Carter, Richard Burton & ElizabethTaylor, Peter O’Toole, Charles and Camilla, Mick Jagger, and Pierce Brosnan. Charlotte Church, Neil Morrissey, Alexi Sayle and Cerys Matthews are among regular visitors to Laugharne.
Perhaps the most famous resident in recent times was the poet Dylan Thomas, who lived in Laugharne and produced "Under Milk Wood" and other work based on Laugharne and its folk. Starting from the front gate of the house, you can stroll off on "Dylan's Birthday Walk", and experience the magical surroundings that inspired one of his most famous poems.
The house itself boasts what is probably the best views in Laugharne, and has the seclusion of a large private garden, whilst only being a few hundred metres from all the facilities and places of interest offered by Laugharne. It is also less than 10 minutes drive from the beautiful, safe sands of Pendine, with its own history of holding the world land speed record (178 miles per hour in 1928) on the 7 mile long beach.