Swansea Cottages

Granted city status in 1969, Swansea is second only to Cardiff in terms of population in Wales (230,000). Swansea expanded rapidly in the C18th and C19th with the coming of the Industrial Revolution with heavy industry based on local coal predominating and with the port being of great importance.

Most of the buildings in the centre of the city are relatively modern as much was destroyed by bombing in 1941; however it does include the remains of a late C13th castle with a distinctive arcaded parapet reminiscent of the Bishop's palaces at Lamphey and St David's; it can only be viewed externally.

The city centre has changed dramatically in recent years with shopping centres and the largest covered market in Wales together with a number of major attractions. Formally Swansea's South Dock, the Marina lies at the heart of the city's redeveloped and award winning Maritime Quarter. The industrial and maritime history of Wales is told in the superb National Waterfront Museum located in Swansea's Maritime Quarter which opened in 2005 in an original waterfront warehouse linked to a new, ultra-modern slate and glass building; it uses interactive technology married with traditional displays to tell the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years.

Adjacent is Swansea's Leisure Centre, known simply as the LC. Swansea Museum on Oystermouth Road is a treasure house of the ordinary and the extraordinary from Swansea past and present. The Tramshed on Dylan Thomas Square displays memorabilia from the street trams of Swansea and the famous Mumbles railway that ran around the edge of the bay from Swansea town centre to Mumbles pier.

The Museum has many boats in its collections and three of these are kept floating in Swansea Marina by the Tramshed; these include a lightship, a tug boat and a pilot cutter. The Dylan Thomas Centre in the Maritime Quarter near to Swansea's museums has a permanent exhibition on Dylan Thomas and his life and is also home to many literary events throughout the year, including the annual Dylan Thomas Festival during October and November.

2014 marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas' birth, and many events are planned throughout the year to celebrate Swansea's most famous son. Brangwyn Hall, located within the Guildhall, is a major concert venue regularly used by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and choirs from around the country; it houses the British Empire Panels, the work of Sir Frank Brangwyn.

The Egypt Centre, a Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, is based on the University of Wales, Swansea's campus; there are over 4,500 items in the collection, most of them collected by Sir Henry Wellcome from excavations at Armant, Armana, Esna, Mostagedda, etc. Cwmdonkin Park is an urban park situated in the Uplands area of Swansea; it has a bowling green, children's play area, water gardens, tennis courts and a bandstand.

The park was an important source of inspiration to the poet Dylan Thomas who featured it in his work; he was born in Cwmdonkin Drive. Plantasia is a tropical haven of wonderful plants and animals situated in the heart of the city and featuring insects, reptiles, fish and monkeys plus bananas, pineapple plants, prickly cacti and giant bamboo.

South-west of the city centre is Clyne Valley Country Park and within its 700 acres is a very varied landscape ranging from open and wooded hillsides, steep gorges and quarries to meadowland and wet valley floor which provides a range of habitats for a great diversity of plants and animals. Until recently the Valley was an important area of industrial activity and much of this heritage is still visible within the Park.

Margam Country Park is an estate of around 850 acres located 2 miles east of Port Talbot. Now owned by the local council, it is known for its peacocks, deer (which have existed on the site since at least Norman times), aviaries with rescued birds of prey and the rare breed Glamorgan cattle. Within the Park stand the ruins of Margam Abbey (built in 1147) including the large twelve-sided chapter house dating from the C13th.

The Park is also the location of Margam Castle, a Tudor Gothic mansion house built by the owner of the estate in the early C19th. Sculptures and artwork are places along the paths which connect the house with the Orangery, which was completed in 1793.



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Porthcawl, South Wales

94806

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£358 - £621
per week
From £278 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Beach 10-minute walk from tasteful and secluded cottage which is ideal for seaside resort of Porthcawl. Dog-friendly with large grounds and near Glamorgan Heritage Coast Footpath. Fishing, golf and watersports nearby
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.5 miles
  • Pub 0.6 miles

Porthcawl, South Wales

WAY236

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£486 - £597
per week
From £374 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • First floor apartment for two in this group of historic former farm buildings, within easy reach of Swansea, Cardiff and the south coast. Zip and link bed, central heating, WiFi; shared laundry room and parking area.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Beach 5 miles
  • Pub 1 mile

Porthcawl, South Wales

46777

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£362 - £639
per week
From £281 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Accessible, spacious cottage with beach 10-minute walk away. Dog-friendly with large grounds and near Glamorgan Heritage Coast Footpath. Fishing, golf and watersports nearby. Ideal for seaside resort of Porthcawl
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.5 miles
  • Pub 2 miles
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Abercraf, Mid Wales & The Brecon Beacons

WAY226

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£331 - £531
per week
From £257 for a 3-night stay
  • Single storey stone cottage for two – open-plan studio accommodation with walk/wheel in wet room; pet welcome; ideal for touring the Brecon Beacons, Neath and Swansea Valleys and South Wales coastline.
  • 2 Guests
  • 0 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 18.5 miles
  • Pub 2 miles

Porthcawl, South Wales

WAY233

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£511 - £623
per week
From £392 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • A spacious corner cottage for two, with open-plan living room and a attractively beamed bedroom. Flexible accommodation, with zip and link super king size or twin beds, with en suite shower room.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 5 miles
  • Pub 1 mile

Porthcawl, South Wales

WAY234

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£511 - £623
per week
From £392 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Flexible, spacious accommodation for two, with zip and link bed, en suite facilities, private patio area, shared laundry and picnic paddock; easy access to the many beaches, attractions and activities of South Wales, including Swansea and Cardiff.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Beach 5 miles
  • Pub 1 mile

Abercraf, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

WAY239

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  • Holiday apartment sleeps two people in an open plan living space situated above a country pub in the village of Coelbren. This central position means that you have the best of both worlds, located just 30 minutes from the Brecon Beacons and 30 minutes from the coast.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Beach 20 miles
  • Pub 0.01 miles

Abercraf, South Wales

WAY240

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  • Perfect for a couple this holiday apartment is above a great local pub and within walking distance of several waterfalls and the Brecon Beacons National Park. In a car you can travel south and spend the day on one of the glorious beaches of Gower,
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Parking permit provided
  • Beach 20 miles
  • Pub 0.01 miles

Llandeilo, Mid Wales & The Brecon Beacons

WAW253

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£289 - £464
per week
From £226 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • A self-contained studio cottage near Llandeilo alongside the owner's home just south of Golden Grove, 4 miles SW Llandeilo and 12 miles east of Carmarthen.
  • 3 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 20 miles
  • Pub 2 miles

Swansea Valley, South Wales

BOW07

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£463 - £858
per week
From £356 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • This delightful stone cottage is conveniently located just a short drive from the great outdoors of the Brecon Beacons, the bustle of the city of Swansea and the picture-perfect beaches of the Gower peninsula.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 10 miles
  • Pub 1 mile
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Llandeilo, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

WAW328

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£381 - £611
per week
From £295 for a 3-night stay
  • A wide range of visitor attractions just a short drive from this quirky property in Llandeilo, Dinefwr Park, pubs and shops within walking distance; the cottage is well equipped and attractively presented throughout.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Beach 20 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Porthcawl, South Wales

WAY230

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£501 - £847
per week
From £385 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Comfortable family accommodation with king size and two single bedrooms, ideal for a family with older children, well situated for touring South Wales. Walking, mountain biking and treetop trails nearby, as well as the coast and cities of Swansea and Cardiff.
  • 4 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 5 miles
  • Pub 1 mile
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