Hill House Retreats is a UK retreat set amidst a peaceful and quiet location in a conservation area on the coast of West Wales. Hill House overlooks the quaint village of Llansteffan in Carmarthenshire and offers glorious beaches and woodland walks within easy walking distance of the house, as seen through nearly every window. There is free parking along the beach in the town.
The beach in Llansteffan stretches along the Towy estuary. Especially during low tide the sandy beach seems never ending, and you can walk around the headland to discover even more beaches and beautiful views.
Llansteffan is renowned for its twelfth-century Norman castle, now a ruin but in a good state of preservation. Entrance to the castle is free, and free parking is available at the main beach car park. It is one of a number of well-preserved castles which can be visited in this part of Wales. The views from the castle are truly spectacular. Opposite the entrance to the driveway of Hill House is the medieval church of St Stephen, whose tower is visible from many windows of the house.
Shops and Food in Llansteffan
You will find a few small shops and pubs to keep you going in Llansteffan. The Village Stores stocks some of the essentials and houses the local post office. By the beach car park you will discover The Beach Shop & Tea Room. At the foot of the drive of Hill House are The Castle Hotel and The Sticks Hotel, which both serve good food and offer takeaway options. There are also a number of pubs and restaurants a short drive away in Carmarthen which offer variety.
A Short Distance from Hill House
Nearby is the village of Laugharne, made famous by Dylan Thomas, who once lived there in the Boat House. You can visit to learn more about this great Welsh poet and where he wrote his best work. Laugharne is a picturesque seaside town rich in Georgian architecture, with its own impressive castle, and offers a good range of pubs, restaurants and cafes.
Carmarthen town is less than 10 miles away from Hill House and offers the conveniences of a busy market town while retaining period charm and many buildings of interest. From major supermarkets, independent and chain stores, to the large indoor market, you’ll find what you need in Carmarthen.
The National Botanical Gardens of Wales are a short, 15-mile drive away and welcome visitors with world-famous gardens and the bio-dome. The botanical gardens run events throughout the year and offer a tranquil place in which to relax and unwind.
Other places guests might like to visit include Pembrey Country Park, Aberglasney Gardens, St David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, and the Preseli Mountains with their array of standing stones and ancient burial chambers. The Pembrokeshire coastal path takes in some of the UK’s most dramatic coastline and cliffs, and the Llanelli Wetlands Centre might also be of interest. There are a number of brochures about places of interest in the common room of Hill House.