- are the most visited garden in Wales – over 2.5 million visitors so far
- have been recognised as the most influential landscape scheme in Wales over the last 75 years by the Landscape Institute
- have been voted ‘No 1 Garden to Visit in Wales’ by BBC Gardeners’ World
- have been voted the number 1 ‘Wonder of Wales’, ‘Most Romantic Garden’, ‘Best Children’s Garden’ & ‘Best Afternoon Tea’ by the Western Mail
- have been voted ‘Visitors Favourite’ by Carmarthenshire Tourism Association
- have been awarded the 2016 Gold Accolade by Visit Wales
- Promote sustainability and the re-use and recycling of materials.
- Enable pupils to get their creative juices flowing.
- Have fun.
Aberglasney Winter Fair 2017
One of Carmarthenshire‘s if not Wales’s biggest and most popular Christmas Fairs begins on Friday 1st December at 11 a.m – The Aberglasney Winter Fair 2017.
Don’t miss this wonderful annual event!
We love visiting Aberglasney all year round and this particular event has grown to be increasingly popular for locals and for those from further afield. Obviously there will be fewer flowers in the beautiful borders but there is still the chance of a breathtaking walk within the grounds.
At the moment we have space at Old Oak Barn for that weekend – please email for more details. Info@oldoakbarn.co.uk
National Botanic Gardens Wales
These short clips of the National Botanic Gardens Wales near Carmarthenshire say it all! We really love the wonderful gardens which are less than half an hour from Old Oak Barn. Excellent value throughout the year, there is always something going on at weekends too. Admission prices can be found here.
Visitors always speak positively of the attraction and during the holidays there are extra events put on for children which are always popular. The recent upgrading of the playground has especially been appreciated and the Butterfly House too of course is a fantastic addition. Read some recent reviews here.
The big thing at the moment of course are the fabulous displays of snowdrops which are worth a visit this month. Next weekend is infact Snowdrop Weekend and it is expected that they will be at their best. However, here at Old Oak Barn we are now fully booked until 10 February when we do have a short weekend break available. If interested please contact me for more details.
National Botanic Gardens Wales
Situated less than 30 minutes from Old Oak Barn is Carmarthenshire’s pride and joy! We LOVE the gardens and visit often and there is always something new to enjoy. The Gardens of Wales as they are also known will amaze you not only because of the variety of plants to see but also because of the wonderful setting within the natural landscape. Open every day from 10 in the morning. The National Botanic Gardens of Wales are currently working on lots of new restoration projects – please see their website for more details.
Did you know that the National Botanic Gardens Wales :-
This year the needs of the very youngest visitors have been further met with the addition of a straw bale maze, improved play areas plus willow walks and magical woodland play areas. During holiday times there are always extra activities put on for children inside or out. Do take your little ones to the Gardens as they will love it there.
Bargain Hunt Carmarthen
Bargain Hunt comes to Carmarthen on Saturday 2 April! The venue is The National Gardens of Wales which is of course just a few miles out of the town off the A40 less than 20 minutes from the end of the M4 and just over 20 minutes from Old Oak Barn!
The Gardens of Wales as they are known are a fantastic day out at anytime of the year and our visitors nearly always spend a day there. It is great value and suitable for all ages. There are often extra activities for children during school holidays. If you would like to know anything more about this event, please telephone 01267 220260/07790 293 367.
There may be over 100 stalls displaying their goodies! Both inside the Great Glasshouse and other buildings plus outside, in a Vintage Market which is being set up for the day. Opening at 10 a.m, we are sure it will attract lots of visitors. There is plenty of parking and refreshments can be bought from inside the Gardens. At this time of year all the Spring flowers will be on show and so although the beautiful daffodils may be passing there will be lots more plants and trees on show.
We are full booked that weekend for Bargain Hunt Carmarthen and until 10 April at the moment but you may well be lucky and find somewhere to stay locally or visit the gardens just for the day! But this is Laugharne Festival weekend too so get looking now if you want a weekend away soon! It is also the Wales Weekend of Adventure! when loads of extra things are planned across Wales so second thoughts definitely get booking now if you want overnight accommodation!
Top things to do in Carmarthen
Besides the lovely beaches dotted around the coastline from Pembrey to Amroth including the famous sands of Pendine we can recommend some great places to visit while staying at Old Oak Barn
Check out this Trip Advisor link which lists the following as being worth a visit!
And we are only a few miles from Pembrokeshire which has so many beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery over the Preseli Hills and lots of popular visitor attractions for children of all ages many of which are open all year round. We know the area well and are on hand to help you plan the most of your holiday in Wales.
Free entry to Gardens of Wales in January
This January the National Gardens of Wales are offering free entry during the week and charging only £2 at weekends. Why not visit this month to take advantage of this annual offer. There may not be an abundance of flowers as in the photo above but there is still a lot to see! In addition to free entry during the week there are 3 special weekends organised. The Gardens are only 20 minutes or so from Old Oak Barn and our visitors always rate them highly.
Saturday & Sunday January 10-11 – Antiques Weekend
Saturday & Sunday January 17-18 – Woodcraft Weekend
Saturday January 31: Snowdrop Day – talks and walks and buy-your-own snowdrop collection
February Events at The Gardens of Wales
Saturday February 14-Sunday February 22 – Going Flat Out for Pancakes at half-term
Cookery, pancake races plus lots more full-on half-term fun and games.
Sunday February 22 – Seed Swap Sunday
Bring along some seeds and swap them with fellow growers and take part in lots of talks and activities around the subject of ‘growing your own’.
Friday February 27 – Star Party
Come and join the Swansea Astronomical Society in the stunning surrounds of Lord Foster’s Great Glasshouse for an evening of star-gazing. The SAS’s stellar experts will be giving talks, too, and helping you with any difficulties you are having with your telescopes at a series of special one-on-one clinics. 6pm-9pm.
Christmas Tree Competition at Garden of Wales
This year’s contest is on Thursday 4th December and the theme is “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” to help mark 100 years since Dylan Thomas’ birth. Schools will be up against the clock to decorate their Christmas tree using reused and recycled materials to create imaginative and colourful decorations based on this year’s theme.
The aims of the event are to:
If you want to get involved, just contact Kay Bailey on email@example.com
Virtual perspectives Film Have a peep at this lovely film of the gardens!
What is the National Trust?
The National Trust is a well recognised and widely known UK conservation charity, protecting historic places and green spaces, and opening them up for ever, for everyone. There are over 500 places to visit throughout the UK and many in Wales which are all well worth visiting throughout the year.
Dinefwr (above) is only about half an hour from St Clears just east of Carmarthen and boasts lovely views of the Towy Valley. In West Wales we have several wonderful properties and gardens most of which are easily visited for the day if staying at Old Oak Barn. If you are a member of the NT then entry is of course free. Click here for more details on the costs and benefits of joining this great charity
The main locations include:-
The Gardens of Wales.
Situated only a short drive from Carmarthen and only 25 minutes from Old Oak Barn are the fabulous Gardens of Wales. We have vouchers which will enable one adult to get in free along with one fee paying adult. Well worth a visit at any time of the year. The photos below were all taken in August 2014.
Open every day except December 24 and 25 between 10 – 6 April – September and between 10 – 4 October – March there is always something going on at The Gardens. It rarely gets crowded and is a great day out for all ages.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales has declared Friday September 12, 2014, to be “Meet the Neighbours day”, which means free entry for anyone able to prove they live in the SA31 postcode area. This special ‘Postcode Day’ initiative includes key talks by Garden staff and behind-the-scenes tours.
Recent News September 2014
The first stage of a £6.7 million plan to restore historic Regency landscape at the National Botanic Garden of Wales has been given the green light.
What will be the biggest project in the Garden’s history aims to uncover the origins of Middleton Hall – the 568-acre estate that the Garden now occupies and to tell the story of more than 250 years of East India Company influence that shaped the landscape of this part of Wales.
It was announced in September) that the Garden has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) with a pledge of more than £300,000 to develop its plans for the Regency Restoration project.
The scheme includes major archaeological work which will reveal the secrets of the estate from the time of Shakespeare and before, and see the restoration of the later Regency landscape that was one of the finest water parks in Britain. When completed, the Garden will once more feature the necklace of seven lakes, cascades, falls and weirs created more than 200 years ago and again boast the Regency planting scheme that formed the heart of its parkland.
New photos of Old Oak Barn self catering holiday let in Carmarthenshire – open this winter for short breaks!
We have some great new photos of Old Oak Barn taken in November on a crisp sunny afternoon. They complement the new Old Oak Barn 360Virtual Tour which was taken on the same day.
The first photo shows how sunny the south facing patio is at any time of the year. The highly scented white jasmine was still in leaf and will need a good trim soon!
The photo above of the kitchen shows how spacious this room is. With two windows and a stable door it is always light and airy.The large main room is a wonderful space to relax and enjoy company of friends and family. The hand crafted alder floor was sawn from timber grown in the woods on the farm. Wifi is available in every room and so far has been very reliable and visitors appreciate the fact this is included in the price.
Two bedrooms are more than comfortable and both are simply furnished too. Both have veluxes and high ceilings but are warm and cosy all year round with underfloor heating from the biomass boiler which uses sustainable wood we produce ourselves from managed woodlands either here or in Carmarthenshire or Pembrokeshire.
The delightful bathroom overlooks the shrubbery and down to the little stream at the back. In May you can almost smell the bluebells if the window is open. Warm floor to hop on after a shower or a bath is lovely and there is plenty of space in this room for extra bits and bobs.
The views from every room are magnificent and give an indication of the lovely rural setting of Old Oak Barn.
Down at the bottom of your private garden is a patch of lawn with a washing line and two small swings suitable for little ones. We are open all year round for holidays and short breaks including long weekends out of the main season. Currently we have a few days available between Christmas and New Year for those wanting to get away and discover Carmarthenshire for themselves, 26 December until 30 December – please phone.
We are very child friendly and can promise there are lots of good books, toys, games and puzzles for all ages. A small selection of DVDs and CDs is also available.