Glangwili Mansion

Carmarthenshire, Wales, United Kingdom Book from

Reviewed by Daisy Gell
A warm welcome and glam décor at this 4-bedroom B&B deep in the Carmarthenshire countryside
As we pull into the long driveway that leads to Glangwili Mansion, the friendly owner George Reid steps outside to greet us. Having said hello, he then takes us to meet Ted, a tail-wagging sheep, and Merlin, his hand-tamed eagle owl. Rather unexpected, perhaps, but then again George was the director of a Scottish wildlife park in his former life - and since our visit, 3 alpacas have joined his clan. Despite the menagerie of animals, the ethos of Glangwili is boldly boutique: interiors are slick and meticulously thought out, surfaces gleam, sculptures and bold paintings peek out from every angle. In the large breakfast-cum-sitting room, George's wife Linda - who hails from nearby Llanelli - is waiting for us with a tray of tea and Welsh cakes to enjoy by the designer fireplace.

When the Reids first set eyes on Glangwili, it was a rundown mansion, with one remaining turret. But they instantly fell in love with its quiet seclusion: dense oak and pine forests cloak the hills behind. After much wrangling, it finally became theirs, and they carried out a top-to-toe internal renovation to complete their dream. Now, chic interiors, contemporary art and super-attentive service make this intimate B&B a perfect base for couples wanting to explore the forested hills, pretty towns and sandy beaches of Carmartheshire.


  • Spoiling suites with kingsize beds, fluffy dressing gowns, slippers and toiletries
  • Glorious hikes and bike routes through the surrounding Brechfa forest, and sandy beaches within an hour for kite-surfing and coastal walks
  • It's an adults-only hotel, making it a really peaceful haven for couples
  • Wonderful art by local artists, mostly bold abstract acrylics, much of it for sale
  • All the perks of a boutique hotel - lovely toiletries, powerful showers, free WiFi, and a DVD library for rainy days - at B&B prices


  • There's no restaurant so you'll have to drive out for lunch and dinner (10-20 mins)
  • With such friendly hosts this isn’t for those who want anonymity
  • We heard some noise from the neighbouring bedroom when we stayed
  • We felt that the decor, though smart, lacked a bit of soul - perhaps because it was so new when we visited

Best time to go

The B&B is open all year. The spring, summer and autumn months are best for walking, though this is a lovely, snug place to be in winter. Summer is is fiesta time in Camarthenshire, with a host of carnivals and village shows, including the Llandeilo Fawr Music and Flower Festival in July.

Our top tips

  • If the weather turns, raid the DVD library. These bedrooms were made for relaxing in, and each has a sofa to spread out on. Or you can curl up with a book on the squishy sofas in the main reception room; the huge gas fire will keep you cosy.
  • Great for...

    Great Outdoors
    • = Recommended
    • = Best in region
    • = World favourite
    • Boutique B&B
    • 4
    • Breakfast only
    • Over 12s only
    • Open all year
    • Pool
    • Spa Treatments
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym


    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.

    Features include:

    • Bathrobes
    • Cd player
    • Central heating
    • Coffee tea making
    • Dvd player
    • Hairdryer
    • Ipod dock
    • Terrace
    • Toiletries
    • Tv
    • WiFi


    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.

    Features include:

    • Breakfast
    • Coffee tea making
    • Communal dining
    • Vegetarian menu


    • Pull on your walking boots and head out into the Brechfa Forest, which starts pretty much on your doorstep - ask George for a suggested route

    • Keen gardeners can head to historic Aberglasney Gardens (open year round) or The National Botanic Gardens of Wales, both half an hour's drive from Glangwili

    • Visit nearby Laugharne, with its historic castle and literary connections to Dylan Thomas, who lived here for the last few years of his life

    • Hire a bike at the Brechfa mountain bike centre (just ask George), and explore the beautiful countryside on 2 wheels. There are loads of great trails

    • You're a 30-minute drive from the Llanelli-Pembrey coast, should you want some sea air. Its huge beaches offer great kite-surfing, or you can follow the 22km Millennium Coastal Path on foot or bicycle for stunning views of the Gower peninsula

    • Historic Carmarthen is worth a visit - the oldest town in Wales, with a beautiful Roman Fort and castle

    • Back at the B&B, play croquet and boules on the front lawn, or relax on the terrace with a cup of tea

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Croquet / boules
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Mountain biking
    • Plantlife / flora


    Over 12s only. The Garden Suite has a sofabed suitable for 1 extra guest, although the B&B is best suited to adults on a romantic break

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