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Out of this world to step back in time to actually get to see where Dylan Thomas got his... read more

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Excellent – A Must for Dylan Fans

Advise visitors not to turn up at the house and expect it to be open. Beforehand visit the Dylan... read more

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Our visit to Dylan Thomas Home was a unique and humbling experience, Annie, owner and guide was a passionate and informative host, the House is alive with Dylan's spirit everywhere and this is certainly not another stuffy architectural relic with vague historical connections. I spent my youth in Swansea and Annie over cups of tea defined Dylan's character but also his place amongst Swansea folk. A captivating two hours, hats off to Annie and her assistants, highly recommended.

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

I don't know of anywhere else in the world that you can sit down for dinner with your friends in the very home where a poet was born and brought up. They have the period of the house spot on and you can imagine exactly what home life must have been like for the young Dylan. The hosts then entertain you to a fantastic meal all bought fresh that day from Swansea market (Just like Dylan's Mam would have done) and all local produce. The tour and the entertainment given by our hosts were both informative and delightful. Good banter had by all. It was one of those nights which will stay with us forever and we still talk about it now. If you want to impress your friends (especially if they come 'from away')with an unusual night out, you can't beat an evening at Cwm Donkin it is truely unique

2  Thank Eironwy
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Everyday life on the Wales seacoast is vivid in Dylan Thomas's poems, stories, and radio broadcasts. You can stay at his childhood home, the setting of the popular story "A Child's Christmas in Wales." Anne Haden, the owner, has lovingly restored the house to the way it was in 1914, the year that the family moved in, and she sponsors a number of literary events at the house during the year. The grandfather clock of the story still chimes by the hour. The velvet chaise lounge sits in front of the window with its lacy curtains. Patterned wallpaper accentuates the heavy, dark woodwork. Anne serves a fancy afternoon tea party with Welsh cakes--bunlike sweets with raisins, fresh from the oven--on Dylan's birthday, October 27, and her traditional Welsh dinner is available afterward. In addition to afternoon tea, she made us a meal typical of the kind Dylan's mother Florie cooked when we stayed there in June. We started off with edible small clams from the nearby estuary, laverbread, a highly nutritious seaweed, and samphire, sea asparagus, which was followed by lamb, mashed potatoes, cooked celery, carrots, and lemon posset, a tart custard on top of a sweeter one. Annie is well versed on the biography of the poet, and has had the descendants visit the home on several occasions. At one point she wiped her brow, and sighed, "Dylan is my son, you know." We slept in the back bedroom, the parents' room, while our friends took the front bedroom, where Dylan was born. We had the advantage of a view that cascaded down over the rooftops to the sea, a vision so evident in his poetry, while the birthplace room overlooks the street. As we settled into our rooms, Anne told us that Dylan liked to recite his poems in the bathroom, as he aimed to project words and phrases with the force of his preacher uncle. Breakfast was self serve, with ample Welsh foods Anne had left in the fridge and cold room. The next morning we strolled through Cwmdonkin Park with its open fields across the street. "Hunchback in the Park," the contemplation of an elderly local who lived in a doghouse, was set there. Prince Charles recently visited in his role of sponsor of the 2014 Dylan Thomas Birthplace celebrations, which will take place in a number of locations throughout the country. There are very few writers' homes where you can stay overnight, and this is the most authentic one I've been to. (I've written two books on literary places.) Anne is a superb hostess and a marvelous cook, and she is well versed in the biographical material on the poet and his family. Her devotion to the birthplace came through when she was telling us about all the research that went into the restoration. At one point she sighed, chuckled and said softly, "Dylan is my son, you know." Our two nights there are a vibrant, sweet travel memory. A highly recommended experience!

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Dylan Thomas's Home is an exquisite re-creation down to the last detail. Congratulations to Geoff and Annie Hayden for their remarkable achievement. Swansea must be proud of you both.

3  Thank Bob H
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

The house has been lovingly restored to reflect how it would have looked when Dylan lived there as a child. I attended a wonderful evening of poetry there, which evoked Dylan's spirit and added greatly to my enjoyment of a visit to Swansea.
Recommended.

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