Winter news from The Boat House b&b Laugharne

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The decorating is done for now! That’s not to say it’s finished, more that we have run out of steam.

Christmas was good. We had some lovely clients at The Boat House and they kindly brought us a gorgeous scented candle and a white amaryllis which has bloomed twice. They had Christmas dinner here, three courses with crackers and all the trimmings. The feedback was very positive.

New Year and we had some regular visitors whose granddaughter treated them to a night here. What a great gift idea. We also hosted a super couple who normally run a pub and wanted a well deserved break. Their New Year’s Eve dinner with us seemed to score highly, it was a fish extravaganza.

Then, mid January, we got married. Aaaahhhhh. We are proof that there is always hope! The day was sunny and crisp, just as we wanted. The celebrations went well, with catering by another delightful couple who we met when they stayed with us last summer. Flowers were by Sienna, hair by Bethaney, both are in Carmarthen and they each did us proud. The last guests stayed until 2am so clearly they all enjoyed themselves too.

Now we are hoping Spring will arrive soon and that the summer will be drier than last year. Bookings are encouraging and our reviews are fantastic. Running our b&b is harder work than you’d think but it keeps us out of trouble. The next major events are Easter and then the famous Laugharne weekend. Bring it on.

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All the Laugharne single ladies?

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We have heard that there is going to be a special event going on this Sunday (8th October 2017) in Laugharne. As you may know, one of the township’s claims to fame is its special status as a medieval Corporation, and this means it has an official Portreeve who has certain civic duties. This Sunday marks the end of the latest Portreeve’s 2 year term of office, so there will be a special breakfast for him and several hundred close (male) friends. Invitation only in case you wondered! After this they will attend church and thereafter repair to a hostelry for refreshments. Reading between the lines there are likely to be lots of merry gentlemen in the area so if anyone in the vicinity is single and female, it could be the time to make new friends…

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Inpromptu music at Laugharne castle

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Was it morris dancers? A band of troubadors? Folk musicians singing in the hope of supper? The music rang through The Boat House b&b so we had to go and investigate. Once outside and across the road in the Laugharne castle car park we saw a group of traditionally dressed people who love playing so much that they tour round, stopping to entertain whenever the fancy takes them. Unfortunately there wasn’t much of a crowd but those who heard it appreciated their efforts. Meanwhile, we spotted a lady on her mobile whilst wearing centuries old clothing which was an interesting juxtaposition. There’s usually something going on near our b&b in Laugharne, hope you like the picture. #Laugharne #The Boat House bed and breakfast

St David’s – just an hour away from The Boat House b&b in Laugharne

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We had a day trip to St David’s this week. It’s an arty type of place with galleries, plenty of restaurants and coffee shops, non-chain boutiques (I love anything individual) and several hills. The cathedral is massive, with an amazing wooden ceiling and stunning stained glass, particularly the two round windows near the main entrance. There are ancient tombs, well maintained gardens and a gift shop in the cathedral too. We can now wholeheartedly recommend St David’s to our guests, it’s a reasonable drive and makes a quirky interesting day trip from our bed and breakfast. Laugharne is convenient like that, pretty central and yet a place out of time worth losing yourself in. Nearly forgot too – on the way to St David’s there’s an incredible view of the sea, you feel you’re about to drive into it, when you head down the hill into Newgale. Enjoy.

The Boat House b&b is very convenient for the Fishguard – Rosslare ferry

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We hadn’t realised how many people want a nice place to stay within easy reach of the ferry from Fishguard over to Ireland, but our bed and breakfast in Laugharne fits the bill.

We’re less than an hour’s drive from Fishguard, and have plenty of places to eat and drink within walking distance of our front door in magical Laugharne. And not many b&bs have a castle view, but ours is just over the road from a 13th century castle. You can climb to the top and enjoy panoramic views over the estuary, not to mention Dylan Thomas’s boat house where he wrote many of his later works.

Next time you’re coming or going from Rosslare to West Wales think of the Boat House b&b in Laugharne, it’s a great stop on the way, arguably worth a special journey. But then we’re a bit biased.

Here’s a shot from the top of Laugharne castle. or 01994 427263

The Boat House b&b will be open for Christmas 2017

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Is it too early to mention the “C” word?! Only I just realised that it isn’t long until Christmas – our first one here in Laugharne.

We aren’t sure what to expect (nothing new there then) but we know that quite a few of our visitors have family here in the township so they may want to come and stay locally for a few days.

Can’t promise snow but there will be a warm welcome and a glass of mulled wine, maybe even mince pies. For anyone staying with us who wants a Christmas meal, that will be available by arrangement too. 

So if you’re looking for a novel way to celebrate Christmas, or seeing family in Laugharne this December, please book early on 01994 427263 or via our website:

Meanwhile here’s a pic of our local castle on a bright crisp day.

When Dylan Thomas visited our Boat House

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Our bed and breakfast in Laugharne is called The Boat House, and it has its very own link with Dylan Thomas. Apparently when the place was still a pub (The Corporation Arms) Dylan used to sit in what is our Scarlet Room, telling stories in exchange for a little refreshment. Many locals fondly remember the days when you could play darts, drink, or have a New Year’s party here. It’s a bit more sedate now, but it’s still a great place for Dylan Thomas fans, walkers (who can go on his Birthday Walk which starts over the road on the estuary), history buffs and anyone looking to escape. You can even book the Scarlet Room and soak up the literary vibes. Just call us on 01994 427263 Meanwhile, here is an inspiring view from when we visited Dylan’s Boat House, the place where he wrote many later works.

A new look at The Boat House b&b

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We are constantly upgrading the rooms here at The Boat House bed and breakfast in Laugharne. This week it’s new covers and cushions for the beds in our Scarlet and Olive rooms. Don’t they look smart?

Recently we’ve also changed the lamps in several rooms, added new signage outside, updated curtains, renewed covers for window seats, put down new runners in the hallway, and done everything we think necessary to make the place look as chic and welcoming as possible.

Lily the Dog at The Boat House B and B

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For the first time we let out the Scarlet room to some conscientious dog owners. The Scarlet room, being next to the front door, is ideal for such an adventure.

Lily then arrived. A cross between a Jack Russell and ???  What a delight. She was better behaved than most people, and

Greeting us

Curious Lily

won us over with her good natured curiosity and friendly manner. Lily did not disturb any of the other guests.

The room is now available  and open to other well behaved small dogs. Call us to discuss your booking on 01994 427263.

Dinner in Laugharne?

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Many guests who visit us at The Boat House b&b in Laugharne wonder where to eat? There are several places within convenient walking distance, but for those who want a change we can also provide dinner in house. We ask for a day’s notice, and an idea of your favourite foods (as well as those best avoided). Then we’ll put together a meal to suit you, two or three courses by special arrangement.

Just ask us for details when you book or when you check in.

We hope this means that eating in Laugharne will bring our guests a little of what they really, really want.

Here (from June) is a casseroled lamb shank with herbs and carrots, creamed celeriac and potato plus runner beans. Just so you get the idea. If summer comes back we’ll do some cold dinners too