Tanglwst, up in the Carmarthenshire hills
Guests: 6       Wifi: not available       Pets? Strictly no pets allowed


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Modernist holiday cottage interior in a traditional Carmarthenshire holiday cottage shell, with cedar hot tub. Lovely private location and big open Carmarthen hills views, this cottage for six has been regularly filmed for TV and interiors magazines as one of the finest in Wales.

  • Top 10 Best Places in Britain to Escape the Crowds' (The Times)
  • Most Inspiring Escape (Grand Designs magazine)
  • Top UK cottages with Hot Tubs (Sunday Times)
  • One of few Welsh properties to make World of Interiors magazine

'This luxurious bolthole, approached along a private track, has a minimalist, design-led approach.Traditional cottage meets glass and concrete- no wonder it has appeared in glossy interior mags. The environmental side has not been forgotten, with sheep-wool insulation in the roof and natural spring-water supply.' The Times (Top 10 Best Places in Britain to Escape the Crowds).

'High-end isn't the only way to high style. Under the Thatch has revolutionised our expectation of self-catering, yet weekends are affordable in a Carmarthenshire cottage, such as Bryncyn, whose concrete extension houses a wet room and kitchen/diner from which a terrace and outdoor hot tub are accessed. It is quite something to float in the warm depths as rain falls and a herd of cows passes on its way to milking.' The Observer ('Holiday Homes with Grand Designs')

Tŷ Barddu is a secluded traditional hillside cottage with a minimalist & modernist interior, extension & hot tub. This is a holiday home for people that love minimalism, good architecture, and design. No fuss, no clutter, just clean lines and a wonderful sense of purity. Your eyes are constantly drawn out to the landscape and the views of the Preseli mountains. Easy access down to the beaches and coast too, as well as attractive local towns and good dining.

Set in a good-sized garden up a private track, this is a minimalist, really 'hard-core' modernist escape. Set in the heart of the hills of Carmarthenshire, yet easily accessed from the M4. There are no near neighbours and wide-open country views. 



latest review

Lovely cottage and owner incredibly helpful.

Julie C, April 2022

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£519 (based on 2 staying)
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£938 (based on 2 staying)
strictly no pets allowed
bed layout
Master Double, Single, Single and the Sofabed (double) only

facilities at Bryncyn

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
hot tub
young children welcome

map - location

in detail

Centrally heated to the ground floor & electric oil-filled radiators upstairs.

  • Cegin Fawr - (up two stairs). Open plan with woodburning stove, modernist sofa (no TV), double day-bed .
  • Kitchen - (down a step) with huge patio doors to rear patio & tub. very small fitted kitchen with basic appliances. There is a fridge (with freezer box), cooker and microwave but no dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Shower Room with dinner-plate power-shower. Chrome heated towel rail.

First Floor:

  • Master Bedroom: Double bed, lounge chairs, and a pair of single beds across width of room.


  • Cedar hot-tub year round.
  • Steeply terraced gardens mostly left to rough grass.
  • Plenty of parking.

local area

  • Good food / pub - The Nag’s Head, Abercych
  • Newcastle Emlyn - small local shops, castle ruins - 6 miles
  • Cardigan Bay -16 miles
  • Cenarth waterfalls and cheese farm - 15 minute drive
  • Dylan Thomas' Boathouse - See his writing 'hut' and favourite pub
  • The National Botanic Garden of Wales - 20 miles
  • also The Garden of Wales.
  • National Woollen Museum - History of weaving /spinning in Wales - 6 mins.
  • Llangrannog beach (good seafood restaurant) - 30 mins.
  • New Quay beach (dolphin boat trips) - 30 mins
  • Kayaking/canoing & lessons - 12 mins.
  • Newcastle Emlyn (castle, food) - 15 mins.

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customer reviews for Bryncyn

Lovely cottage and owner incredibly helpful.

- Julie C,
April 2022

Third time visiting the cottage and haven't had a bad stay yet we were abit apprehensive about using hot tub on cold January evening but water was lovely and warm . If you want to totally get away from everything and relax I cant think of a better place to stay.

- Alison M,
January 2022

Great cottage. Really cosy and beautifully peaceful. Loved the hot tub.

- Lucy H,
November 2021

What a lovely peaceful place to stay. Watching the night sky from the hot tub and seeing the red kites were particular highlights. Another lovely Under The Thatch cottage!

- Haley woollard ,
August 2021

The cottage is perfect for anyone looking for peace, quiet and a stress free break. Located in the heart of Carmarthenshire with stunning views from the top of the garden and dark skies for stargazers it is incredibly quiet and relaxing. The interior is beautifully designed, minimalist yet still cosy warm in the winter months and cool during a baking hot summer. The huge kitchen is well appointed with all you need to cook a decent meal. Outside the kitchen in the terrace area with a large cedar hot tub. After a busy day visiting places like Llandeilo, Aberaeron and Mwnt beach the hot tub is a great place to fully chill out. The bedroom is large, airy with a comfortable double bed and we slept incredibly well during our stay. If you don't fancy hot tubbing it then the living area has a super-comfortable sofa, a few board games and books and a woodburner whiich is easy to light and keeps the cottage warm throughout in the winter. All in all cannot recommend highly enough, we have stayed here three times and would happily return

- Louise T,
August 2020

We enjoyed a restful long weekend at this quirky cottage. An interesting mix of traditional and modern, the highlights for us were the cosy log burner and relaxing in the hot tub. We certainly made the most of the tub, despite the wintry weather! The location is peaceful and we enjoyed having no TV, instead listening to the radio or the crackle of logs. Great lunch at Y Polyn restaurant, visited beautiful Mwnt beach and Cardigan town, but mainly loved the hot tub!

- Clare dixon ,
January 2020

We had a wonderful weekend away at Ty Barddu, I liked the simplicity and original features, we were warm and comfortable, in a quiet location, but you need to plan ahead no popping out for milk, the hot tub was really lovely and made our stay, thanks again UTT

- Lynne P,
December 2019

A wonderful place. Beautiful scenery and all the services you need at Newcastle Emlyn only 10 mins drive away. I first saw this place in Cereal magazine 11 years ago but this was the first time I made it there - well worth the wait though and hopefully will be back again.

- Mark O,
October 2019

Absolutely stunning accommodation with beautiful views, highly recommended

- Ian S,
June 2019

Wow, what a fabulous place. The perfect balance of cosy (the original cottage complete with wood burner) and cool (the concrete extension and hot tub). We all loved the hot tub which was warm and relaxing even when it snowed, rained and the wind blew. We'd definitely recommend this place.

- Romany simon ,
February 2018

A remarkable property; the fusion of traditional and modern really works. Snug and well appointed, we loved the hot tub in snow, hail and shine - literally! Always a pleasure to see what Dorian Bowen has accomplished. I look forward to our next visit to one of his in May (Ty Unos was great too.)

- Sue T,
April 2017

Wonderful peaceful time away in a wonderful house - the marriage between old and new is beautifully weighted. Will definitely return.

- Christian N,
February 2017

A lovely peaceful location, away from the hustle. I wasn't brave enough to try the hot tub in the wind and rain, but I'll be back again. No TV mean a welcome switch off from the everyday. Lovely and cosy all day curled on the sofa with the log burner, blanket and a book. I will return in 2017 no doubt :) Thanks

- Pamela W,
November 2016

Peaceful spot and thank you Dorian for fixing the hot tub, the boys really appreciated! Eirlys.

- Eirlys jones ,
August 2016

We had a lovely Easter break in this beautiful house. The wood burner and hot tub were greatly enjoyed. Red kites flew overhead an our 9 year old spotted lots of creatures, including newts, in the property's pond. The weather was surprisingly good and we had lovely walks along the beach at Newport and to the top of Foel Eyre. Fantastic!

- Caroline dover ,
April 2016

Just the peace and quiet we needed. Complete isolation if you choose - we read and watched the fire and cooked. Ideal for adults looking to recharge their batteries. Perfect.

- Tracy M,
March 2016

Just returned from a brilliantly relaxing weekend at Bryn Cyn! Hot tub was a fabulous addition. Just needed a bigger supply of first night logs as it was a bit chilly until we got more supplies and an oven glove please! Can't wait to return!

- Phil L,
March 2016

Lovely cottage, loved the hot tub.

- Andrew B,
January 2016

Chic interiors in a beautifully peaceful setting!

- Laura B,
November 2015

Had a wonderful autumn getaway in Bryncyn. The cottage is just as beautiful as it looks in the pictures A striking mixture of old and new that works brilliantly together. The cottage was warm and cosy throughout our stay.The cottage feels very remote and secluded but is not far from the main roads for exploring Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. The hot tub stole the show, it was wonderful relaxing outside in the hot tub after a days adventures in the countryside. We were lucky to have a cloudless sky one night and the view of the stars was breathtaking! We cannot wait to return Thank you

- Gairiad G,
November 2015

Wonderful cottage in a beautiful part of Wales. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay and will go back. The hot tub was the icing on the cake!

- Cerith W,
May 2015

Wonderful calm atmosphere we both felt extremely relaxed as soon as we arrived. I think we definitely benefited by bringing all of our food and drink for the stay plus extra firewood and kindling. It just allowed us to really relax and unwind without having to go out for boring supplies. Obviously this only applies if you enjoy cooking. The hot tub was just the icing on the cake even in the rainy windy January it just made it better. Dorian the owner couldn't have been more helpful. It was also very dog friendly with all the stone floors. The whole experience from the booking to the stay has been great we will definitely be using UTT again. Jess and Neil Carter

- Jessica carter ,
January 2015

"Stunning cottage - conversion strikes the perfect balance between the pleasing aesthetics of both the modern and traditional - it is the best of both worlds! Hot Tub is a real winner particularly at night watching shooting stars. Truly relaxing and meditative, views magnificent, snow magical. Thanks to a beautiful space and wonderful owner, a unique experience" ~ Rosie and Nathan

July 2014

A delightful cottage, so peaceful at night it is a true escape from the rat race ! Dorian you have created something really special here. The hot tub is a real treat especially when it is frosty. We had stunning blue skies and crisp days – the walking is great, the coast only 30 mins' ~ Fiona & Dan Spokes (Reece)

July 2014

" An absolute gem of a cottage in a superb location. The atmosphere created within the cottage, demands you to unwind and slow down to a more civilized pace ... watching the shooting stars from the hot tub"

July 2014

'Very peaceful place and the hot tub is great, loved the master bedroom, great layout and design. Really enjoyed ourselves and have yet another 'Under the Thatch ' cottage to recommend to our friends' ~ Suzanne & Neil Travers

July 2014