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Review of Henllys Lodge, Llandovery, Wales

Posted by Richard Hammond at 04:08 on Saturday 10 November 2012

Henllys Lodge is a rebuild of a 17th-century lodge, with the emphasis on modern comforts.

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Henllys Lodge, Llandovery

>> Henllys is featured in our Greentraveller Guide to the Brecon Beacons National Park

The large garden at Henllys Lodge, Llandovery. Photo: Brecon Beacon Holiday Cottages.The large garden at Henllys Lodge, Llandovery. Photo: Brecon Beacon Holiday Cottages.The Rooms
There are 4 bedrooms: 3 doubles and one with full size bunk beds. Two of the double rooms have en suite wet rooms, and large rose head showers, contemporary wc and whb. The room we stayed in had turquoise mosaic tiles from floor to ceiling. 

The Food
Self-catering, though expect a "luxurious" welcome hamper with local and/or organic foods provided by a local delicatessen on arrival. There's a sunny terrace that's great for outdoor meals overlooking the extensive garden, while indoors there's a large oak refectory table in the kitchen that seats up to 8. Nearby Llandeilo is very popular with "foodies" as it has a good selection of restaurants and food shops.

The cosy modern living room with wood burner. Photo: Brecon Beacon Holiday Cottages.The cosy modern living room with wood burner. Photo: Brecon Beacon Holiday Cottages.The Green
The property was the winner of Sustainable Building Award (2008), its heating is provided by ground source heat and solar panels, there's sheep wool insulation, and all the kitchen and laundry appliances are A rated. 

Great for families: table football at Henllys lodge. Photo: Brecon Beacon Holiday CottagesGreat for families: table football at Henllys lodge. Photo: Brecon Beacon Holiday CottagesThe Activities
The house has a lovely large lawn, so it's great for families (there's a swing at the bottom of the garden). Further afield, the beautiful countryside of Carmarthenshire is great for walking, birdwatching, cycling, and riding, plus there are lots of sites of historic interest, castles and gardens. It is at the western edge of the glorious Brecon Beacons National Park, and Fforest Fawr Geopark, the area designated in 2005 by UNESCO because of its outstanding geological heritage.

How to get to Henllys Lodge by public transport
From Swansea station, take the Heart Of Wales train line (Shrewsbury final destination). There are four trains a day whcih stop at Llandovery station. Taxis are then available to Henllys Lodge from Llandovery station.

>> See our public transport journey planner

Top Tip
Nearby Aberglasney Gardens is one of the finest gardens in Wales, and is a great day out from Henllys.

Verdict
Though an old building, it's been refurbished to a very modern standard, so expect a very polished kitchen, spick and span rooms, and all the modern creature comforts, such as Freeview TV and DVD, CD player with Ipod dock and Wi-fi. Great for families looking for a well-equiped break in the heart of the splendid countryside.

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Henllys Lodge, Llandovery

>> Henllys is featured in our Greentraveller Guide to the Brecon Beacons National Park

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