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Cwmbach Cottages Guest House

Cwmbach Road, Cadoxton, Neath SA10 8AH Wales
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Jean H wrote a review Oct 2021
London, United Kingdom7 contributions3 helpful votes
My husband and I were highly rewarded on our choice of staying at Cwmbach Guest House in Neath . Spotlessly clean, well equipped, and very well appointed it proved to be an ideal base for our three days in the magnificent Gower Peninsular in Wales. Full English breakfasts are included and gave us the opportunity to plan memorable days out sightseeing with our host Lawrence. All in all an amazing stay helped by the most perfect weather. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Don L wrote a review Sep 2021
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Set within a beautiful location, which was both tranquil and a relaxing environment, complimented by stunning gardens and ponds, and welcoming and helpful staff, special thanks to Lawrence and Hanna for a memorable stress free break.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Joan P wrote a review Sep 2021
Margate, United Kingdom20 contributions4 helpful votes
REVIEW FOR CWMBACH COTTAGES We stayed in the three bedroom lodge which is excellently equipped and perfect for up to six people. There is a good kitchen with everything you need, a very big lounge with three sofas to sit six people and three bedrooms each having its own shower and toilet. The lodges are situated adjacent to the guest house and are self catering. However, I understand that sometimes it is possible to have breakfast provided. The guest house grounds and gardens are beautiful and all designed and landscaped by Laurence, the owner, who has a wonderful eye for design and the placement of plants. As a result the gardens are spectacular. Laurence is a very attentive owner and visits most days to ensure that everything is ok with his guests. If you are there for an extended stay, towels are changed mid week and sheets every Saturday. The location is especially good for people who enjoy rambling or hiking because it is right on the edge of beautiful countryside. We were a bit old for that so went out and about every day by car to some of the many places of interest in South Wales. The advantage of staying at Cwmbach is the location, 58 minutes to Cardiff in one direction and 64 minutes to Rhossili (the tip of the Gower Peninsular) in the opposite direction. Perfectly central for exploring beautiful South Wales. Sometimes we cooked for ourselves in the evening, sometimes had takeaway and sometimes ate out in one of the many restaurants in the area so I will give a brief account of each of those later. Whilst our holiday was in the planning stage Laurence gave us a lot of advise about where to visit and I did research on line to ensure that we visited as many places as possible and didn’t waste time when there wondering where to go. I will give some hints about the places of interest we visited and hope they may be useful. It will make this a long review (because we did a lot) but I hope it will give an idea about how special this area is and how many things there are to do. We only touched the tip of the iceberg and would need a month to see everything there is to see when staying at Cwmbach Guest House. We didn’t even get to Cardiff. THE ROYAL MINT. The Royal mint is located near Pontypridd, about 45 minutes from Cwmbach but the journey is easy and well worth it. There were still restrictions in Wales during August 2021 with bubbles limited so we booked our tickets well before to ensure that we got the day and time slot that we preferred. The Mint is a fascinating and very educational experience for both children and adults. After being shown the different processes through which each coin travels we were taken into the area where the coins are actually pressed (notes are printed in Essex) and watched literally millions of coins twinkling their way through the big machines. We were then able to purchase our very own 50p coin which was pressed in front of us and has never been touched by any person. The only thing we found disappointing was that they didn’t give us a gold bullion bar as a souvenir!!!! Perhaps next time. We finished our visit with an excellent snack meal in the cafeteria. Call 0800 032 2154 to book. LLANCAICH FAWR MANOR Lawrence recommended this as a fun visit. The Manor is also located about 45 minutes from Cwmbach but in a slightly different direction which gave opportunity to see more of this beautiful part of Wales. We arrived at the Manor in good time for our, once again, previously booked day and time slot. The Manor itself is a lovely building surrounded by well kept grounds and has authentic and aptly displayed furniture of 1645. The people who showed us around the rooms appeared to be actors dressed in costume of the time and they played their parts well, using the speech of the day which was so much more polite than modern day English. The tour was enlightening and humorous. We were able to ask questions so by the time our visit ended we felt a little of what it might have been like to be either gentry or a servant in 1645. Refreshment is available in the cafeteria, a lovely round building which overlooks the extensive open grounds of the Manor. Call 01443 412248 to book. (When I booked the staff were exceedingly helpful and gave all sorts of tips for other places to visit). ABERFAN MEMORIAL. Visiting the memorial for the Aberfan Pit Disaster of October 1966 was high on my list of priorities and I was pleased to find that Aberfan is only a 15 minutes drive from Llancaich Fawr Manor, making the two locations an ideal day trip. For those of you who are not old enough to remember, the Aberfan tragedy of 1966 was International news. A coal slag heap towered above the village as high as a small mountain and was located right behind the primary school. Tragically rain and a stream beneath the slag heap loosened the entire mound, bringing it crashing down onto the school and killing almost all the young pupils and teachers. It was a dreadful event which headlined every newspaper in the world. My reason for wanting to visit was because I had seen the pictures of the Memorial Gardens and the cemetery and I wanted to pay my respects. The gardens are on the site of the school and have low stone walls which mark the exact location of each classroom. Inside these walls there are lawns, flowers and trees, one of them planted by our Queen who visited Aberfan shortly after the tragedy. The cemetery is a very short drive away from the gardens and the headstones for each child are beautiful. It is a wonderful place to reflect and feel the peace and quiet of the surroundings. We were fortunate to be able to speak to some of the local residents whose vivid first hand memories of the events made it all very real. The cemetery and the gardens are open 24/7. THE WELSH MINING EXPERIENCE. There are two pits you can visit in different directions and both are about the same distance from Cwmbach. One is The Big Pit and the other is the Welsh Mining Experience in the Rhonda Valley. With the Mining Experience you don’t actually go down the pit but they have very cleverly created an illusion of going underground. We chose this pit for two reasons; firstly we are older and actually going down into an ex working pit might have been a bit difficult for walking but also because when we were in Wales the mine at the Big Pit was closed because of the Covid restrictions and only the museum was open. Anyway, we were glad we chose the Mining Experience because it genuinely did feel as if we were down a pit but with far less worry. We were taken around by a retired minor who had worked down the pit himself for over 30 years so he was able to give a real feel of what it was like to be underground all day and the dangers of the work. I won’t describe it more fully or I would spoil the surprises along the way but I can assure you it was both educational and highly entertaining. There is an excellent cafe serving very good snacks on the site called Caffe Bracchi. I advise booking as it gets very busy. Call 01443 682036 or go on line to book the Mining Experience. Call 07834 900978 to book Caffe Bracchi. GWILI STEAM RAILWAY Sadly we were not impressed with this railway. I know they have had a difficult time and in the circumstances the staff were coping and acted their parts well as ticket collector etc. We were unfortunate because on the day we went we had a diesel engine instead of a steam engine. The journey wasn’t too inspiring either because the view was mostly hedgerows. We purchased a cream tea in the little carriage cafe next to the car park but it was difficult to eat on the train because there are no tables in the compartments. Also the carriages were very run down and in need of refurbishment. I hope it will all be a lot better when they manage to get the better restaurant carriage up and running again once restrictions in Wales come to an end. Contact: 01267 238213 WELSH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS The gardens are large and have the worlds biggest single-span glasshouse, measuring 110 m long by 60 m wide. A visit here does depend a great deal on the weather, not the weather of the day but the weather which affects the growth of plants and flowers throughout the season. When we visited there was a lack of flowers because the seasons this year (2021) have been erratic but in spite of this it was an interesting day. The only disappointment was that we could find little information about the main house, who it belonged to etc but have since read about it on Wikipedia. Call 01443 682036 to book. The entrance ticket is valid for a seven days and you can return as many times as you like during that time. However you can book a only a maximum of seven days in advance. NATIONAL WATERFRONT MUSEUM. SWANSEA This is a good museum with many interactive exhibits. The upper floor has a lot of maritime exhibits but it was the lower floor with its industrial exhibits that was most interesting. The museum is situated, as the name implies, on the waterfront where there are many boats moored. Entrance is free but it is wise to book as numbers might still be limited. However, it is large so I don’t think there would be a problem. Call 0300 111 2 333 or book on line. BRECON MOUNTAIN RAILWAY. In spite of the fact that we still didn’t have a steam engine but a diesel when we visited this railway, we were not disappointed. It was an excellent experience from the moment we entered the station. Everything was pristine and well organised and there is a large work shop where the engines can be seen whilst being maintained. There is also a good cafeteria. The carriages had simple wooden seats but everything was spotlessly clean. We chugged through the open countryside with fantastic views of the beautiful reservoir of the Brecon Beacons before the engine was moved to the opposite end of the train ready to pull us back to the station. We stopped on the return route at another cafeteria on the edge of the reservoir which gave good opportunity for photographs. It really was a lovely day out. Call 01685 722988 for enquiries. Book on line in order to choose your seats which are laid out in ‘bubbles’ with glass screens in between for Covid protection. The train was fully booked so I suggest you book early. ST FAGAN’S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY. CARDIFF. This was our longest journey. Just under an hour on good roads but it was a wonderful interesting day out so please don’t miss it. Entrance is free so you have nothing to lose. The museum is massive so give yourself plenty of time. Just outside the main building there is a wonderful climbing adventure for children. They are clipped on to it with a harness so they can come to no harm and is a real treat for them. And it is also free!! The museum is in two halves, one half has beautiful park, water gardens and the old castle, the only disappointment being that when we visited the cafe in that area was closed and we were only able to see two rooms in the castle. However, that might have been because of Covid restrictions. I have to admit that the other side of St Fagan’s was far more interesting. Numerous ancient buildings which included workshops, old retail shops, houses and all kinds of buildings which have been dismantled and painstakingly rebuilt in a huge park. All the interiors are authentic and the shops have a wonderful array of counter service produce. There is a delightful sweet shop where you can buy sweets out of a jar; 4 ozs instead of 100 grammes!!! Our ration in the 40’s was 2 ozs per person per week, just 50 grammes. Being served at a counter for everything we purchased was the norm in the UK until we had our first self service shop in1956. This really is a wonderful day. Transport is normally provided for people with walking problems to get from area to area but sadly that wasn’t running, again because of Covid restrictions. This means there is a massive amount of walking which some older people might find difficult. I couldn’t manage it all. My suggestion is that you visit twice. It is free after all. Call  0300 111 2 333 or book on line. MUMBLES AND THE GOWER PENINSULAR. This was a very special day out. We drove from Cwmbach to Swansea on our way to Mumbles which is a delightful bay with numerous small shops and restaurants. Beds of spectacular wild flowers were scattered along the immaculately mown lawns of the promenade that extend between the two areas. It is stunning and so well cared for. We were also impressed by the wonderful floral displays throughout Swansea and the surrounding villages where walls and railings were covered with numerous and very large colourful hanging baskets. From Mumbles we carried on inland across the peninsular towards Rhossili. Along the way there are open moors where sheep and cows of numerous different breeds (some I suspect interbred) roam free. Care has to be taken because we often came across a sheep or a cow munching contentedly in the hedgerow at the side of the road. The route had a wonderful sense of freedom. When we came to Rhossili nothing could prepare us for the beauty of the views. The Worms Head (named because a series or rocks look rather like a worm sliding through the sea) in one direction and the magnificent bay in the other direction. It is a stunning site. The area is owned by the National Trust and there are plenty of parking spaces. There is a hotel which is also named The Worms Head so we went inside for a light lunch in the restaurant which looks out over incredible views. Our intention had been to drive back along the peninsular instead of returning by the inland road but unfortunately we had a battery problem with the car and had to call out the RAC. We managed to get it fixed it but instead of our planned scenic route we had to follow the RAC van to ensure that we didn’t get stranded again. Luckily we were ok but it was disappointing not to see the bays and beaches of this area of outstanding natural beauty. Hopefully there will be a next time. RESTAURANTS These are the local Neath restaurants we ate in. (Neath is 2.5 miles from Cwmbach Cottage Guest House). The Meat and Greet in Neath. This popular chain was the best food we had. Very unpretentious with a relaxed atmosphere in the centre of Neath. Staff extremely efficient and also very friendly. The menu was excellent and included Wagyu Beef Pie and Wagyu Beefburgers. I had never had Wagyu beef before and wondered what all the fuss was about this meat but now I know. It is melt in the mouth delicious. Contact: 01639 642163 The Dyffryn Arms. This is a delightful pub restaurants in Bryncoch just outside the centre of Neath. The food is good, the staff efficient and the pub is a relaxing beamed building which is large but well sectioned off so that it still has an intimate feel. Contact: 01639 636184 My tip is that you eat early as there are some very good specials which quickly disappear. The Crown and Sceptre This is the closest pub/restaurant to Cwmbach Guest house. It isn’t far but it would be a stiff climb up the hill home. I suggest a taxi back. We celebrated our friend’s 80th birthday here and the landlady kindly provided balloons and a birthday banner to help with our surprise for him. The food was typical pub food which was well cooked. We had a lovely evening in a happy and welcoming atmosphere. Contact Rian: 01639 638042 The Castle Hotel, Neath. It sounded quite grand so we expected a really nice meal but sadly we were disappointed. It wasn’t bad but the standard and quality wasn’t what we expected for a hotel restaurant. Contact: 01639 641119 The Loft, Neath The Loft is the restaurant for the Glyn Clydach Hotel in Neath. Set in beautiful countryside and with stunning views it is located just outside Neath. This restaurant lives up to the standard of food we expected from a good hotel and the prices were no more expensive than other restaurants we visited. The food was excellent, the head waitress and her staff were very efficient and, as well as the views, the dining room had a lovely atmosphere. Contact: 01792 818411 Bistro Pierre, The Mumbles. We came across this restaurant during our trip to The Mumbles and the Gower Peninsular and tried to get a table on our way home. However, it is extremely popular and was fully booked. We decided it was well worth a special trip so we booked a table for another night. There is plenty of seating room outside but also a very nice bar inside on the ground floor. The restaurant is on the first floor which has stunning views over the Mumbles Bay. The menu is varied and, as you would expect in a busy eatery that caters for all age groups, it was extremely busy but that added to the atmosphere. So, we were glad we made the effort to come back and had a very enjoyable evening. It is also the ideal place to celebrate a special occasion. Contact: 01792 824117 It’s been a long review but Cwmbach Cottages Guest House is a very special place so I wanted to highlight how worthwhile it is to stay here. I hope you do and that you have as good a time as we did.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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LauramayLondon wrote a review Aug 2019
London3 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed here for 5 nights and cannot recommend it highly enough. Staying in one of the lodges we have also had a breakfast in the guest house which has been wonderful and the perfect combination of the freedom to eat in the cottage/lodge with the luxury of having a breakfast cooked. We will definitely be returning!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Rachel H wrote a review Jul 2019
14 contributions1 helpful vote
Had a lovely stay at Cwmbach guesthouse. The guest house was full so we were accommodated in one of the cottages. It was very comfortable, clean and tidy. The host served a lovely breakfast in the dining room overlooking the hills and beautiful gardens. Will definitely stay again when visiting the area.
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Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Which popular attractions are close to Cwmbach Cottages Guest House?
Nearby attractions include The Escape Game (7.6 km), Gnoll Estate (1.8 km), and Aberdulais Tin Works & Waterfall (1.7 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Mint Masala, The Brit Pub, and La Casona.
Is Cwmbach Cottages Guest House located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Cadoxton.
Are there any historical sites close to Cwmbach Cottages Guest House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Neath Abbey (2.7 km) and Neath Castle (1.4 km).
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Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.