Tŷ Mawr Country Hotel
Oodles of charm – period features, nooks and crannies, uncluttered bedrooms with modern touches. Great food with the finest local ingredients mostly sourced within 25 miles. Relaxed surroundings, but not remote – lots to see and do locally.
Take the country road that winds through the secluded Cothi Valley and you’ll come to the beautiful village of Brechfa set in the forest of the same name. And there you’ll find a little jewel that shines brightly (it makes a habit of attracting accolades, including top hotel ‘Oscars’). Tŷ Mawr is an intimate, cream-washed country hideaway with everything you’d expect of a place that dates from the 15th/16th centuries – thick stone walls, old beams, low ceilings, log fires and cosy nooks and crannies, all creating a warm, rustic farmhouse feel.
But you sacrifice nothing in terms of creature comforts. Tŷ Mawr has remodelled, well-appointed bedrooms that blend old with new – an appealing mix of contemporary furnishings, restful neutral colours, and luxury touches like dressing gowns and top-end toiletries. Your hosts, Paul Bennet and Melissa Hurley, come from a catering background and are committed to ensuring that the cooking perfectly complements these bucolic surroundings, with an inventive menu inspired by ‘field to fork’ sourcing of seasonal local produce. Tŷ Mawr takes its location seriously in other ways too, creating a strong ‘sense of place’ that contributes greatly to its faithful following of happy guests. The Brechfa Forest is on the doorstep, a vast area latticed with walking paths and three dedicated mountain biking trails. Salmon and sea trout fishing, driven pheasant shooting, rough shooting and woodcock and duck shooting are all available locally. Or you may prefer to relax with a good book or enjoy a game of croquet or boules in the one-acre riverside grounds laid to lawns and flowerbeds. The hotel is ‘away-from-it-all’ restful but not forbiddingly remote, it’s dog friendly too so no need to leave your beloved pet at home. Less than half an hour from the M4, it’s perfectly located for touring Carmarthenshire, Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire and for visiting Carreg Cennen Castle and the magnificent National Botanic Garden of Wales.