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.
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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.
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!
Terrific house for a family celebration
We stayed at Corrantaf to celebrate my father's 80th birthday. For nine of us, the house had plenty of space for everyone, a very well equipped kitchen, and really mesmerising views across the estuary. We loved Laugharne - great pubs, fish and chips and friendly people. I'd love to go back, I'm still missing the view!
Lovely house in a fabulous setting
We had a very relaxing week in this beautiful house. The views over the estuary were just stunning, an absolute treat. The house had absolutely everything we needed and more. We wouldn’t hesitate to book it again
This place is perfect for a group!
We stayed in this lovely home for 8 days during the Christmas holidays - Laugharne is a lovely town and this house is in an idyllic setting - quiet, peaceful and amazing views, yet also close to restaurants, a castle and a couple of local pubs. The people were amazing and there were several walking trails for an afternoon or morning walk.
This house is well apportioned - great kitchen and conservatory, a lovely dining room (great for meals and game nights), and plenty of extra space if you need to peel off from the family for a nap or to read a book.
I would highly recommend heading to the Fish and Chip shop and Arthurs for a meal. A walk around the castle grounds is also well worth the time. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with this getaway home, especially if you are a mid-size group or family (we had 7 in our family and had PLENTY of space).
Thank you for your review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed staying in Corrantaf as much as we do, and that you had a great Christmas there.
THE most welcoming holiday home we have ever stayed in
A real home from home place to stay ....every accessory available and such a comfortable house
The surrounding area is stunning ...the views from most of the windows is totally enchanting and the walk to Dylan Thomas' boat house is a must ....as is his birthday walk route .
Tenby is a 40 min drive away and is a wonderful harbour town
A meal at Portreeve restaurant is highly recommended too ...just a short walk away.
Thank you Ken for the use of your home ....we will definitely be back +
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.