Having stayed at the Cawdor previously we decided to revisit and enjoy a little "us" time over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Llandeilo is quite a quaint, sleepy, farming town and the Cawdor is difficult to miss as the exterior is painted a rather unusual/odd colour...somewhere along the lines of salmon and, just like a salmon in the nearby River Towy, it leaps out at you as you enter the town. The hotel has parking to the rear which is accessed by turning 1st left after the hotel and then left again at the top of a short hill. There are steps down from the car park into a small courtyard and the hotel entrance is just around the corner.
Reception is standard/basic and the decor is stylish without ever convincing that the maximum amount of thought had been given to blending colours, fabrics and floor coverings.
Our room was of a good standard, although for £125 per night B&B, you would have expected it to be so. The bathroom in particular was stylish and functional but lacked a powerful light for my wife to do her "lady" things. The TV channel selection is poor and simply serves to encourage you to leave the room...which I suppose is fair enough. The bed was large and very comfortable. The colour scheme of dep red ceiling and walls did give it something of a boudoir feel but was not something we could/would consider at home. The dim room lighting added to the sense of Ooooh Laaa Laaa!
The bar area is quite stark with a clippety clop floor and dark wooden chairs and tables. There is little warmth in the bar and the selection of bar snacks we found to be extremely limited. The wine list was average but would cater for most tastes. Just off the bar there was a more welcoming and relaxing lounge area where guests could take afternoon tea or read the papers or simply relax and chat with friends.
Llandeilo is not a "happening" place...infact there is very little to do in the actual town. We took lunch in No 62 which is literally 25 metres from the hotel. It's a sort of pub/bistro and the food was of a reasonably good standard. For dinner we decided not to dine in the hotel as we had done so on a previous visit and found the dining room to be somewhat vacuous. It became increasing apparent on our stroll through the town that suitable dining options were extremely thin on the ground and we somewhat reluctantly entered and Indian restaurant close to the hotel. If we had gone on our first impressions then we probably wouldn't have stayed long in there but thankfuly we did stay and were rewarded with one of the most delicious Indian meals my wife and I can recall having. It was freshly cooked and served piping hot. The accompaning Chardonnay seem the perfect choice (more by luck and lack of alternatives) to compliment the meal. We would both heartily recommend the Indian (can't remember the name).
Breakfast the following morning was very good, well presented and of good quality
In summary, there is little to complain about regarding the Cawdor. It's not cheap and it's not going to set your pulse racing although if you're visiting for a special occasion and want to push the boat out then it would be very hard not to be impressed by the loft penthouse suite which we stayed in on a previous visit and were suitably wowed!
The Cawdor's big brother hotel, Morgan's, in Swansea is far buzzier and has a multitude of wining and dining options close by but if you're looking for a relaxing day or two in a sleepy town surrounded by gorgeous countryside then the Cawdor will probably tick most boxes.
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- Also Known As:
- Cawdor Hotel Llandeilo
- The Cawdor Llandeilo, Wales