Gelly, Dylan Thomas paradise


Private room in residential home hosted by Rolanda

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 private bath
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Great location
90% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
Great check-in experience
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Gelly's unique quality is hard to describe. The place holds a kind of mesmerising tranquillity, conducive both to relaxation and creative work.
Rest here from the troubles of modern life, gain perspective and explore the rugged, natural beauty of Wales that lies all around.
Or focus on your own creative writing, playing or composition, following Dylan Thomas who lived, mused and wrote here.
Or simply come to enjoy the wildlife, including the once endangered now ever-present, soaring Red Kite.

The space
Gelly is a charming and unique 17th century Welsh farmhouse with the elegant addition Georgian South-wing. The B&B is situated in the Georgian end, where Dylan Thomas lived with his wife Caitlin during WWII.

Gelly has kept all its original features which lend it a sense of long continuity; the large, antique four-poster bed combines romantic elegance and beauty with modern comfort and luxury, allowing you to take full advantage of the intense quiet and dark that lends the place a special quality of sleep. Optional shutters as well as curtains keep the morning light at bay for that well-earned lie-in. Fall asleep to the hooting of owls and wake to the melancholy whistling cry of the Red kite.

There is an en suite bathroom with toilet and an extra long bath (especially good for tall people) which faces south, overlooking nothing but green fields, parkland and trees.

Downstairs is the Music Room, equipped with amenities for dining (breakfast is in here), a large table to lay out your work and a Steinway grand piano for musical guests. There is an open fire for those chilly winter days.

The house is centrally heated in winter, and on hot summer days is always refreshingly cool indoors.

Although unsuitable for very young children due to the delicate antique furniture, older children and babes in arms are no problem. Please ask if you would like an extra mattress in the room.

Where you'll sleep

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Air conditioning
Indoor fireplace
Luggage dropoff allowed
Hair dryer
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

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Surrounded by farmland, the house is well removed (and hidden) from the road - a welcome escape from the noise and bustle of city life; come here to unwind, renew your spirits or reconnect with yourself (and each other). Guests have access to the idyllic front garden where you can sit and drink tea, go for a walk or simply breathe in the sweet Welsh air. Four white geese and some friendly hens and ducks may wander past..
Nature is abundant here - a recent unexpected visitor was a hedgehog in the hallway, but outside is a birdwatcher's paradise. Apart from the daily Red Kite flyovers, we have resident jays, woodpeckers, Barn and Tawny owls, herons and many besides. Moles, toads, shrews, badgers, peacock butterflies are all familiar.

Hosted by Rolanda

  1. Joined in July 2018
  • 158 Reviews
  • Identity verified
  • Superhost

During your stay

A connecting door separates the two ends of the house, giving you complete privacy and peace and quiet; however I will be available when needed and if a knock doesn't find me, the phone should do the trick.

Rolanda is a Superhost

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 5:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm not reported Show more
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
May encounter potentially dangerous animal
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy