“A warm welcome and glam décor at this 4-bedroom B&B deep in the Carmarthenshire countryside”
The 4 suites look out over the driveway and front lawn. Décor is plush, colours are rich and the design is bold. Expect stacks of pillows, shiny leather sofas, sparkling new bathrooms. But although rooms are glamorous, fluffy dressing gowns and slippers make you feel at home.
We stayed in the Burgundy Suite, which was airy and light, despite the arresting aubergine-coloured feature wall. Cosseted by the utter peace, we slept really well in the squishy kingsize bed - which can also be made up as a twin. The shower in our bathroom was gloriously powerful, and the toiletries (once we had wrestled them from the holder) smelt lovely. We liked the huge stack of wonderfully fluffy towels, and the tea tray with Welsh cakes on the side.
The Chartreuse Suite was our favourite, with a vintage chandelier and silk and velvet furnishings. The emerald and cream décor is beautiful, making it worth the extra cost in our opinion, especially for couples as there's a bathtub for 2. Be aware though that you only get a handheld shower, which may not suit all.
The Champagne Suite is the smallest, but it still has plenty of room for a seating area - each room has a leather sofa - and the cream walls make it feel bright and spacious. An additional window facing the side of the house looks over the alpaca paddock.
The latest addition is the Garden Suite, which is set on the ground floor (it was unfinished when we visited). This is the largest of the suites and has a seating area with a sofabed (which can accommodate 1 extra guest), a flat screen TV, an electric fire to keep you cosy on winter evenings and a private south-facing terrace - perfect for an early morning coffee. The ensuite has a large ‘wet-room’ shower cubicle.
Downstairs in the main house is a spacious, art-filled sitting room which doubles up as the breakfast room. It's spotlessly clean, with a flueless designer gas fire to huddle round in the winter. George and Linda live in an adjoining building at the back of the house, which is connected via the kitchen; flop down in the sitting room and they may well pop in to check if you need anything.
Breakfast is served in the main reception room. Help yourself to a selection of fresh fruit, cereals, pastries and yoghurt at the breakfast bar, then let George tempt you with delicious smoked salmon (true to his Scottish roots). Combined with beautifully cooked poached eggs, we had a lovely meal. You can also opt for a full cooked Welsh breakfast, or a veggie alternative. George will keep refreshing your coffee, encourage you to eat a little more, and generally provide an attentive but relaxed service.
Glangwili is a B&B so you'll have to head out for lunch and dinner - no hardship, given the growing clutch of excellent local eateries. The Railway Inn (7km) is the nearest, offering real ales and good pub grub; but we ventured a little further to The Cors in Laugharne, and were amply rewarded. Run by Nick, an old friend of George and Linda’s, this is an intimate restaurant in a family home, set atop a beautiful boggy garden ('cors' means bog in Welsh). There's a choice of 4-5 starters and mains, with fabulous meat and fish choices - and refreshingly good veggie options, too. Our smoked haddock crème brulee was a delicious starter, topped only by a fantastic fennel and parmesan gratin as the main dish. Be aware that it's open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings only.
Otherwise, just ask Linda and George for recommendations. They have lived in the area for many years and give reliable advice about where to go.