The Old Vicarage is a double bedroom holiday cottage, in Llangeler, in north Carmarthenshire, known as the Garden of Wales. Which is appropriate as the Old Vicarage building is not only full of character as is appropriate for a property dating back to at least the 18th century, but it is set in an acre of formal, landscaped garden surrounded by farmland. It is a perfect West Wales holiday base for couples, or a young family. There is also a folding bed for a child.
The Old Vicarage is an excellent base for touring not just Carmarthenshire but also Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. If you like castles or gardens, walking or swimming, fishing or canoeing, beaches or woodland, there is a great variety of things to do in the area around Llangeler. Llangeler is situated between Newcastle Emlyn and Llandysul. There is so much to discover and we will be delighted to let you know our favourite places to visit.
When you come and stay at the Old Vicarage you will be staying in the original vicarage which dates back to before 1760. The living room with the large beams and inglenook was the Cegin Fawr (the big Kitchen). Upstairs to the bedroom the beams and stonework are exposed all giving a wonderful atmosphere. Around 1760 a Curate fell in love with the Bishop’s daughter, they married and he built the Georgian house annexed to the original vicarage and this is where Pixie and John live. During the 20th century the house was very neglected. A little work was done prior to World War Two when a monkey tree was removed from the front of the Georgian House, whose roots had started to invade the bottom of the front wall of the house. A dry moat was also added at this time to protect the foundations of the front of the house.
When we moved into the Old Vicarage in the 1990s, it was not only the house which needed a lot of work but the garden to. We set to work on it immediately and with a lot of hard work created a beautiful garden, it measures less than 1 acre and is divided into 3 areas of roses, shrubs and a semi-formal pool with an interesting collection of unusual herbaceous plants, you can see a collection of photos here. Our garden is part of the National Garden Scheme and can be viewed by individuals and groups by appointment.
Pixie and John.