January time can be bleak and that’s why I aim to have a little travel break. This year, I decided to get Rik a few days away for his Christmas gift (selfish present totally!) After trawling through loads of places, I could find any that allowed you to stay less than 4 days. Then I found idyllic Pengelli Farm Lodge, (pet friendly) situated among 122 acres land with horses. Perfect.
GETTING TO PENGELLI FARM LODGE
It took us 2 hours and 15 minutes travelling from mid-Wales. The roads were winding and we couldn’t have found it without a sat- nav. If you’re looking for something remote where you won’t be disturbed then this is the place.
It’s about a mile out of a tiny villages called Llansawel. It’s so tiny, the local pub also doubles up as a shop selling essentials. We stopped here, The Black Lion, for a spot of lunch (great vegetarian menu) and to pick up a few home comforts (I advise you to bring your food and drink with you as the landlady only keeps a small selection).
Address: Pengelli Farm Lodge – Llansawel, LLandeilo, Carmarthenshire, SA19 7LQ
We were greeted by two inquisitive peacocks – they wouldn’t stop long enough for photos and a welcoming and smiley Meredith, or Mez for short, the owner of the lodge. We found out that the place used to be owned by Olympic athlete Steve Ovett.
We were flabbergasted when we walked in. The view of the hills were mesmerizing! Vast and lush greenery with a few farm houses dotted about in the distance. The pictures on the site are stunning and my ones are OK but they just don’t portray its superb beauty.
You’d have to be there!
I’d describe the lodge as vintage looking, well presented, clean and indeed home from home. Attention to detail is apparent and it has everything you need including tea, coffee, milk, a well equipped kitchen, washing facilities, towels, log fire and a bubbling hot tub!
Helping ourselves to the milk in the fridge, we made a brew and gorged on (well Rik did) the Welsh cakes left by the cleaner who bakes them herself.
We didn’t bother to unpack as we were too occupied with the view! I then went and took some pictures, some video footage and proceeded to chill out. Start as you mean to go on…
OUR STAY AT PENGELLI LODGE
As outdoorsey type folk we are addicted to going out but there was something about this little lodge that made us want to hibernate here for good! It’s perfect for a romantic getaway. We spent time cooking, listening to music, lots of dancing, sharing stories, playing cards and talking about our own log cabin and small holding plans for the future.
And then there was the starry Friday evening where we spent lazing around in the hot tub, moon, cloud and constellation gazing. We even took advantage of the bubbling amazingness again on a cold, windy and rainy Saturday night. The mist rolled in around us, it was pitch black apart from the dim solar lights. It was tranquil.
(No photos here….) 😛
THINGS TO DO IN CARMARTHENSHIRE
There is loads to do and Mez leaves lots of maps and itineraries for you so if you do plan on going out, you’ll be spoiled for choice. We decided to take a womble on his land and went to see his 15 mares. They rolled around in the mud, tried to eat my hair and were interested in my red coat….
It’s a beautiful walk down and you’re treated to views of woods, farmland and streams for miles around.
We then decided to have a drive around and somehow ended up in Aberaeron, where we even spotted a surfer. It was blustery and cold that day – that’s dedication right there!
I then had an idea to visit Cardigan Bay which only looked like it was up the road – an hour later, (I’ve never been that good with navigation) we arrived! I wasn’t that impressed with the bay – hoping to witness golden sands and impressive views but I think the now gale force winds and torrential rain, ruined the sights just a little… I’m sure we’ll visit again though to give it a fair chance. I actually wished that we’d stayed in Carmarthenshire because it’s beautiful!
To tell you the truth, we just wanted to get back to our lovely log cabin in the serene Carmarthenshire hills.
NEARLY HOME TIME…
It’s nice to stand still sometime. To have all of your creature comforts catered for and to only have to think about what’s in front of you. Relax the weary feet, the restless soul and curl up next to the log burner with great food, greater company and fantastic views.
Realising what is important in life…
My mornings were my favourite. I sat on the picnic table outside as Rik cooked duck egg omelettes and I read the lodge’s testimonials. It was endearing to see how many happy people have been here and you can tell – it has such a beautiful soul this place, something you can’t fake.
With a 10 am check out, we packed, had breakfast with a view one last time, did a quick clean up and chatted with Mez again for a little while. He’s in the process of converting a barn which will be available for holiday lettings also in the near future. It was great to listen to his up and coming plans, I’m really looking forward to seeing his progression.
I’m already planning my next visit….
Psst – here’s my first video (my skills need work but still).
Where have you been travelling to lately?