Its famous former resident, the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, put the town of Laugharne on the map. Describing it as a "legendary, lazy little black-magical bedlam by the sea", Thomas lived in the Boathouse (now a heritage centre) and is buried at St Martin's Church, both of which are within easy reach of our Laugharne holiday cottages.
The locals will eagerly tell you that Laugharne is beyond the law! In the 1290s, a special charter was granted by Sir Guido de Brian which means that, in theory, this quirky area could turn its nose up at Parliament.
The cockle industry was once an important part of Laugharne’s economy, and the well-known pickling firm, Parsons, has its origins here. The town also boasts several pub/restaurants and interesting shops, along with a medieval castle sited on the bank of the River Taf estuary. Both the estuary and the coastal walks that can be enjoyed in the surrounding area are rich in flora and fauna, whilst dozens of fine 16th and 17th-century buildings still stand as a reminder of a time when many wealthy shipowners, merchants and sea captains chose to settle and retire here.
Our holiday cottages in Laugharne are only four miles from the golden sands of Pendine, and the excellent National Botanic Garden of Wales is only a short drive away. The nearby market and county town of Carmarthen is also well worth a visit, with its windy streets, fabulous shops and historic buildings.
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