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“A Pleasant Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Cawdor

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The Cawdor
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Llandeilo
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London, United Kingdom
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“A Pleasant Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

There are only a few words to describe this hotel
Amazing,
Relaxing,
Fabulous,
Star quality.
All in all the perfect place to stay, food is outstanding and the service is above any hotel we have stayed in before!
We have stayed at The Cawdor around 5 times, including the celebration of our engagement and for a best friends wedding and can't wait to return very soon!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

We use this hotel on business and have never been let down. Good rates, good breakfast and nice rooms. Lovely place to stay. Try the indian restaurant next door. It doesnt look much from the outside but the food is just fab and service great.
Evans evans beer is great brewed locally, try the range. My favourite is Cwrw which is Welsh for beer! Enjoy!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

My partner and i booked into the honeymoon suite dinefwr,no lift so we had to carry ourthings all the way to the attic which was hard work lol.... room was very big beautifully decorated , unfortunately oneof the basins were leaking , the remote for the tv was not working and there was a run of light bulbs that had blown.We dined there and had the most amazing food ever !! Service was excellent food was cooked perfect and had a lovely atmosphere in the resteraunt. Would stay there again but in another room.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

I regularly have business in Carmarthen and usually choose to stay at the Cawdor on the way down. It is consistently good, and good value too. The rooms are smart and have been refurbished, no aircon though and they can get warm in the summer. There are not many choices when you get this far into Wales but the Cawdor is recommended.

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Swansea Bay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed in Cosan which is in the courtyard. It was a beautiful sunny day and very hot but there was a fan and a bottle of iced water provided. The room is very dark and one of the strings of lights did not work but apart from that was fine. Food good. Nice shops in area. Friendly people. Diolch yn fawr.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

I cannot fault The Cawdor, the venue for my son's wedding reception on a wet June Friday.20 of us stayed the night before and all enjoyed supper together in the Bistro. We had an excellent meal and this was repeated in spades at the wedding breakfast the following day.The guests were all full of praise. Nothing was too much trouble. The fact that it rained all day really went unnoticed in so many ways.
We had exclusive use of the hotel and filled all the rooms on the wedding night. The rooms were spacious, spotless and well appointed.
We hope to return for a less busy break to enjoy the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside.
Thank you to the manager, extremely helpful events organiser, the chef and his team for the wonderful food and the patient and very efficient waiting staff.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: The Cawdor
Address: 72 Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo SA19 6EN, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Carmarthenshire > Llandeilo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Llandeilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Cawdor 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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