18 rooms, secluded garden, dog-friendly, parking, pubs/restaurants 100 metres
About Ken Hickson
I was born in London, educated at Grammar School in Slough and Birmingham University, and have spent almost 50 year working in the computer software industry. I started the company Symology Ltd (www.symology.co.uk) in 1983, which over 30 years of successful operation has grown to employ nearly 100 professional staff. In 2014, I transferred the company into employee ownership, so that it would retain its existing culture and continue to look after both its staff and customers. I have been married for nearly 50 years, and my wife and daughter (photographed in the Laugharne area with two grand-children) co-own the property. Although over retiring age, I am still working almost full time, and over the next few years whilst we, our daughter and grand-children only visit Laugharne occasionally, we are letting the property for periods when we do not need it ourselves.
Ken Hickson purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2014
Why Ken Hickson chose Laugharne
We first came to Laugharne over thirty years ago and, like many visitors, were captivated by its beauty and unique atmosphere - old-world charm coupled with a culture of friendliness and fun. We returned again and again, before eventually buying this house in 2014. Having completely re-furbished the house, modernising the kitchen and shower rooms, re-fitting the bedrooms, but retaining the traditional splendour of the living accommodation, we are now sharing it with visitors for the first time.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
Laugharne itself has a unique friendly atmosphere and is both natural and unspoiled. The town itself has a population of only around 1,500, but unusually has its own independent "Laugharne Corporation" (one of only two in the UK) as a result of a Royal charter dating back to 1270. Although small, the town has some amazingly good facilities, and is so well known that it regularly attracts stars of television and screen for its festival days. It has a hotel and a restaurant, both of which have been voted in the Top 10 by a national Sunday newspaper. The famous Browns Hotel has been visited by many well-konwn people. Apart from Dylan Thomas, the poet who lived in Laugharne, Browns Hotel has hosted people as famous as President Carter, Richard Burton & ElizabethTaylor, Peter O’Toole, Charles and Camilla, Mick Jagger, Pierce Brosnan, Alexi Sayle and Cerys Matthews. The house itself boasts what is probably the best views in Laugharne, and has the seclusion of a large private garden, whilst only being a few hundred metres from all the facilities and places of interest offered by Laugharne. It is also only 10 minutes drive from the beautiful, safe sands of Pendine, with its own history of holding the world land speed record in 1928 on the 7 mile long beach.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
No smoking inside the house.
Maximum 2 dogs allowed, by agreement.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
what a gem
Cannot believe our luck in finding this gem! Lovely house in a lovely location. Everything on your doorstep with excellent restaurants of all price ranges. The house is perfect for great family social gatherings and "comes alive". Yes, most certainly on my list a must visit again. Thank you Ken for making this lovely family home available to my family and also welcomed our dogs.
Thank you for your review, Audrie - I'm so glad you all had a great time.
Corran Tad Laugharne
Stunning and spacious house with fantastic views. Really well equipped and great for families. Ideal base for visiting beaches, castles etc. Village of Laugharne is very pretty and amenities such as cafes, small shops etc are all within walking distance. Very dog-friendly as well.
Wow wow and wow !! What a property! The view of the estuary sitting in the garden is wonderful. The property is only a short walk to centre of Laugharne where there are plenty of eateries, lovely walks from property too. Would highly recommend you stay here!
Lovely Laugharne and Corrantaf
The property was beautiful both inside and out. The views were amazing, The outdoor table or the sunroom became our favorite hangout. Plenty of space for all. Everything that a large family or group could need.
Ken always responded quickly to any communication and was always helpful and friendly.
Excellent holiday house
What a lovely house and the views of the estuary are stunning...even in the rain. The best equipped house we have rented, everything we needed was there.
I'm so sorry that you were unlucky with the weather, but I am glad you loved the house and location. Thank you for your review and for being such excellent guests.
A big birthday celebration which was made possible by this amazing property.
Great location, great property, very well appointed and very clean.
A big thank you all round!
Laugharne is a quiet, picturesque and unspoiled estuary town, in breathtakingly beautiful surroundings. There is a uniquely friendly community atmosphere, which makes you feel at home as soon as you arrive. It is famous as the location that inspired Dylan Thomas in much of his writing, including “Under Milk Wood” which was based on the town and its people - as soon as you feel the Laugharne atmosphere, you will understand why. Browns Hotel, Dylan’s favourite drinking haunt, and the nearby Cors Restaurant have both been voted by national newspapers into the top five of places to visit, and there are a number of other excellent pubs and restaurants. Visiting the Dylan Thomas Boathouse and the historic Laugharne Castle are “musts”. The town has a fascinating culture and a long history, including as a significant port in the sixteenth century. Surprisingly, given its seclusion, it is only 4 miles from a dual carriageway that links with the UK motorway network, and can be reached within 3 hours by car from London or middle England.
Laugharne has a small local supermarket, Post Office/Chemist, bakery, gift/book shops, “deli” and a number of coffee/tea houses, pubs and eating places (from light snacks to gourmet meals). Those who have visited never cease to be fascinated by its charm and the warmth of its local people. The equally famous Pendine (World Land Speed record on the 7-mile long sands in 1928) is only ten minutes drive away, and the beauty/grandeur of the entire Pembrokeshire coast is at hand.
There are a host of attractions to visit in the wider area covering all tastes, including the Welsh National Showcaves, numerous Castles, Botanic Gardens, Oakwood theme park, working farms, steam trains, etc.