Restored in conjunction with Under the Thatch at Tanglwst, Carmarthenshire, West Wales
Guests: 6       Wifi: not available       Pets? Pets allowed by special request only


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Priced for 2 staying, sleeps 6. Restored in conjunction with Under the Thatch, by our friend Dorian Bowen; here you have privacy, views, and an exquisite interior.

  • 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).

Bryncyn 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. There are no near neighbours and wide-open country views. 



latest review

Second visit to Brycyn and realised pretty quickly that it’s my favourite Welsh cottage ! Love the peacefulness and interiors, especially the extension and hot tub. Booking for a third visit : )

Carlie E, 2024

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pets allowed by special request only
bed layout
Master Double, Single, Single and the Sofabed (double) only

facilities at Bryncyn

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
no pets
hot tub
young children welcome

map - location

in detail

Centrally heated to the ground floor & electric oil-filled radiators upstairs.
No broadband internet but we have found EE mobile network works well enough to stream video

  • Cegin Fawr - (up two stairs). Open plan with woodburning stove, modernist sofa (no TV), double day-bed that can be made up as groundfloor bed (standard double) on request.
  • 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:

  • Family Bedroom : A large room across the entire first floor, with Kingsize bed and twin singles


  • 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

Second visit to Brycyn and realised pretty quickly that it’s my favourite Welsh cottage ! Love the peacefulness and interiors, especially the extension and hot tub. Booking for a third visit : )

- Carlie E,

Beautiful secluded cottage. Once you get over the shock of no internet and no tv it’s so relaxing and peaceful. (You can actually get 2 bars on EE and I could stream a bit of tv). The hot tub is lush! Loved it. Log fire gets the place toastie and shower is great. The surroundings are beautiful, really quiet but not too far off main road. Dorian was really helpful. We had a lovely stay Thankyou. - Paula


Lovely stay in a quiet, private location. Hot tub and comfy bed were stand out features. Although the conversion is showing its age and could do with some TLC, overall the simplicity and honesty of the design makes it an appealing and rewarding place to stay.

- Kathryn J,

I was looking for a quiet secluded place for my wife's birthday that both delighted the senses and provided uninterupted peace away from the distractions of the world. Bryncyn did not disappoint. The Jekyll and Hyde aspects of this historic and traditional, yet brutalist and modern cottage were wonderful. Truly is a gem that I hope to return to someday soon!

- Iolo M,

The whole booking ran very smoothly and when I had a couple of questions the staff at UTT were very personable and helpful on the phone. The cottage is well described and has been beautifully extended and restored. Nestling in the countryside it is quiet and remote, perfect for a restorative retreat away from the busy world.

- Belinda S,

We really enjoyed our stay at Bryncyn. The cottage had everything we needed, it was really clean, and it's just as secluded and peaceful as we hoped it would be from the description. We'll definitely be back!

- Glyn T,

Lovely cottage, off the beaten track near Newcastle Emlyn. Very quiet and peaceful with only the wildlife for company. The concreate extension is very eye catching and the hot tub and pond are beautiful features. Recommend going to Penbryn & MWMT beaches which are stunning and maybe visit Saundersfoot and Tenby as well.

- Andrew B,

Beautiful secluded cottage. Once you get over the shock of no internet and no tv it’s so relaxing and peaceful. (You can actually get 2 bars on EE and I could stream a bit of tv). The hot tub is lush! Loved it. Log fire gets the place toastie and shower is great. The surroundings are beautiful, really quiet but not too far off main road. Dorian was really helpful. We had a lovely stay Thankyou. - Paula


We had a great stay we arrived late on Friday night so very much in the dark and with it being winter it was also very wet! But the directions made it no issue to find the property (we did screen shot the arrival details just in case our phones didn’t work!) the cottage was warm and cosy the beds all made up and I must say we’re very comfortable. The hot tub also was a delight and a real treat even with the rain it was lovely to see the stars. A very pleasant stay from all the family we had a lovely Sunday lunch at the Masions house hotel well priced and good portions. A few areas I would recommend regarding the cottage - I’m not able to sleep with feather pillows as I have a allergy (nothing so bad to take me to hospital) so tend to take my own! So maybe a option to not have them would be good and just more of a practical side regarding the amount of furniture maybe remove the large wooden sofa and large dresser style sideboard to give more space and maybe a second L sofa around the fireplace - oh and some scissors in the kitchen! These notes are just could dos they didn’t not impact on our weekend stay just thought! Definitely will be booking with UUT again. We love our stays

- Maria C,

We had a fantastic stay at Bryncyn. What a special place. The house had everything you would need and a great mixture of cosiness and minimalist atmosphere! Hot tub under the moonlight was magic and enjoyed watching red kites fly above in the daytime!

- Harry B,

Arrival instructions were very clear & we were able to find the cottage easily. We really enjoyed our stay. We chose the cottage because it allowed us to spread out & have space for ourselves with a little one. It worked very well. The hot tub was one of these ‘spaces’ & was enjoyed by all. The outdoor space worked very well, framing the outdoors & was very relaxing, even if it was the end of October. The cottage was located near to local attractions such as Narbeth, Tenby & Newcastle Emlyn, so easy to make days out from. All in all, would visit again as it met all our needs. Thank you.

- Jim gordon ,

We had a lovely stay at Bryncyn. The cottage was comfortable, cosy and clean, and the hot tub was a great bonus! Diolch yn fawr.

- Elain J,

We had a most wonderful stay at Bryncyn. It is in a beautifully secluded spot and is a real sun trap on the patio if you are lucky enough to get the weather as we did. The hot tub is an added luxury and really made the holiday. We would highly recommend staying here if you're looking for a break away from it all just a short drive from the many beautiful beaches Pembrokeshire has to offer.

- Jon W,

Lovely cottage and owner incredibly helpful.

- Julie C,

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,

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

- Lucy H,

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 ,

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,

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 ,

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,

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,

Absolutely stunning accommodation with beautiful views, highly recommended

- Ian S,

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 ,

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,

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

- Christian N,

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,

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

- Eirlys jones ,

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 ,

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,

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,

Lovely cottage, loved the hot tub.

- Andrew B,

Chic interiors in a beautifully peaceful setting!

- Laura B,

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,

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,

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 ,

"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


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)


" 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"


'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