Countryside Staycation In Wales
At the beginning of 2021 Cefncilwg was refurbished by us, the Davies family to create something special for others to enjoy! We are passionate farmers who want others to enjoy their own piece of countryside during their stay. We are so happy with what has been achieved so far and are thrilled with our decision to make Cefncilwg a holiday let! Your stay at Cefncilwg will not disappoint, with cozy bedrooms, panoramic views a hot tub and within miles of the gorgeous tourist town of Llandeilo you will be spoilt for choice. We are also dog friendly too!
Welcome to Cefncilwg
Reserve Today and Enjoy Your Stay
Welcome to Cefncilwg, your escape to the country! The house and grounds have so much to offer for a relaxing and enjoyable stay in the welsh countryside. The house itself compromises 3 reception rooms and a snug on the upper floor as well as 5 bedrooms with very comfortable beds(so our guests tell us). There are 3 king size rooms a double and a twin. Outside compromises of firstly the most spectacular views from every direction, outdoor seating area, pond, enclosed garden, park and without forgetting our large hot tub! Being just outside the gorgeous tourist Town of Llandeilo and within miles of many popular attractions you will be truly spoilt for choice of places to visit during your stay!
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Cefncilwg, a beautiful farmhouse in a quiet area,
It’s a little hidden gem, in an un spoilt part of Carmarthenshire
Going back to the early 1800’s Cefncilwg was a farm on the Taliaris Estate. It has been a home to many families, a safe place which has seen changes in the world but has remained a haven of peace.
Taliaris Estate was owned by the Peel family, they lived at the mansion now known as Taliaris Park. The Peel family had lived there since 1838 they came from Lancashire (Cotton Merchants, we believe)
During the 1920’s - 1930’s the house and grounds were in their glory with 7 maids, and a Nursemaid a dressmaking lady coming in 2-3 days a week, a Cook, a Butler/Chauffeur, a gardener or two, a handy man, a gamekeeper then there came extra staff to do the extra work. This is a very small estate compared to many.
Mr. Humphrey Lee Peel was the owner of the estate until he died suddenly aged
just 57 in 1951.
He was popular with all that knew him, he was a Justice of the Peace, and chairman of the Llandeilo bench.
He continued to be very involved with Taliaris Church which is located about a mile away on the B4302 Talley – Llandeilo main road. His father had contributed to the restoration of the Church during his time at Taliaris.
After the death of Mr Humphrey Peel, his widow and only son lived on at the Mansion, and only a few months after the death of his father a “coming of age Party” was held at Taliaris to celebrate the new heir.
Mr. Robert Shuldham Gwynne Peel became the new Lord of the Manor
It would be difficult to find an Estate where better feelings exist and where a family is more revered
High indeed, in honour and respect, is the name of the Peel among the tenants and people.
Sadly the son and heir became ill was taken to Westminster hospital and after a short illness of only a fortnight he died at the young age of 24 yrs old. He was, as his father before him a very popular young man both with his friends at Eton, London and at his Estate here at Taliaris.
As a mark of respect both father and son were carried to the Church by their farming tenants their coffins draped with the Union Jack.
After this the Estate was crippled by death duties, his mother Mrs Valencia Peel was left no choice but to sell.
Most of the tenants bought their farm, prices at that time were low compared to today’s prices and Cefncilwg would be around the £2,000 mark ( this was around 1960’s) but it was a struggle to find the money to buy their homes
Mrs Peel sold the Mansion and contents in 1967 and moved back to London.
The farms were in a poor state with buildings such as there were in poor state of repair.
Here at Cefncilwg there would be the house which is one of the oldest on the estate with several add-ons and the stone barn which would have consisted of the archways for the horse drawn machinery the cow sheds the tall doors in the middle for using the threshing machine etc and the pig sty. The loft was used for the servants to sleep and storage of cattle feeds and Wool (to pay the rent) etc.
The water was from the well on the farmyard
No electricity. No Phones. No mains water.
Milking their cows by hand was the norm, this was poured into a separating machine which separated the cream from the skimmed milk. The cream was made into butter and cheese the skimmed milk was given to the pigs and calves which they reared on the farm. Milk was sold in churns from the early 1940’s collected from the Milks stand. They also kept a flock of ewes.
Come Christmas selling some geese and chickens hatched on the farm, helped to pay for the long winter months
Small scale but enough to live a simple life.
Chapel at Salem (Welsh) or Church at Taliaris (English) every Sunday morning and evening.
Washing the clothes every Monday these would be hung outside to dry or in wet weather in the kitchen above the open fire ( where the Rayburn is now) a lot of hard work no automatic machines in those days. Collars starched and every item ironed.
Baking day – Baking the bread for the week a lot of food to be made for big families plus a servant boy or two and making enough to last for most of the week – no popping out for a takeaway and Pubs only sold beer.
Cleaning day – no hovers, so scrubbing and brushing then polishing and cleaning the brass.
Oil lamps to prepare each day
Making butter and cheese ready to sell at the market at Llandeilo
Life was certainly different, being part of the local community was very important as farms depended on helping each other in times of need and during harvest.
We as a family live on a farm which was part of the same Estate and were fortunate to buy the farm when it came on the market, we then bought some of Cefncilwg land when it came on the market in the 1990’s we farmed it as part of our own farm as the land joins on to our own land.
2020 Cefncilwg farmyard came on the market and we were in a position to purchase it, and so Cefncilwg Farmhouse Holiday Let began, we gave it a bit of a lick and polish and now it is as you find it with some added extras
A Hot tub is our newest venture as it seems everyone enjoys relaxing in hot bubbly water enjoying the panoramic view of the Towy Valley and on to the Brecon Beacons.
We have many plans to develop Cefncilwg further within the next year. We are in the process of discussion about a fishing lake, to create a natural swimming pond an indoor play area for the little ones in one of the outbuildings. Who knows what else we may decide!
How life at Cefncilwg has changed!!
We’re Here for You
After a long journey the last thing you want to do is run to the shops. We want to make sure you have some basics to help you enjoy your first night with us. We aim to use local produce and some popular welsh delicacies.
We have free wifi, a google mini with spotify and a full tv streaming package on both televisions for all guests staying with us to use at their leisure.
We’re happy to provide our guests with extra services to meet their specific needs. Special Celebration? That’s why we want to offer additional tipi, glamping packages in our gorgeous orchard for part of your stay. (Subject to additional cost and subject to availability)
Where to eat out during your stay!
Angel, Salem (within walking distance)
Beautiful pub classics for you to enjoy as well as specials. When visiting here we have not been dissapointed with the lovely food on offer as well as a lovely atmosphere in the bar area with the locals.
The Cawdors, Llandeilo (within 3 miles)
The Cawdors is the ideal wedding venue. It hosts many weddings. The food is outstanding and they have won many awards. If you are looking for somewhere special to go for a nice meal then choose the Cawdors. They also do lunch time snacks and meals and have a lovely coutyard too.
The Plough, Rhosmaen (within 3 miles)
This is one of our favorites as all involved in Cefncilwg celebrated their weddings at The Plough and was truly amazing. The food is absolutely beautiful. I always go for the steak and red wine sauce if i was to recommend my favorite! Beautiful grounds at the Plough and always a first class welcome and service.
Still not sure?
There is still plenty of choice with other cafe`s and restaurants in the area. Click on the link below by trip advisor for a list others