Welcome to our holiday cottages set in the beautiful Tywi valley
Welcome to Llety Mieri and its collection of cottages. All three cottages have been named after the castles which are located within the local area. Dinefwr Castle is a National Trust property located at the top of Llandeilo town, Carreg Cennen is run by Cadw and is based outside the village of Trap. Dryslwyn is further up the B4300 towards Llanarthne and is a great castle (free of charge) for you to take a picnic and enjoy the views.
At Llety Mieri we have a courtyard surrounding the three cottages, including a paddock and an orchard for you to enjoy. There are picnic tables in the paddock and orchard. On occasion, there may be sheep grazing in the orchard. The old hay barn has been converted into a games room which is also available for you to use.
Dogs are welcome to run freely in the safety of the smaller paddock. You are also welcome to walk around the orchard but please be mindful of any sheep and keep dogs on a lead if there are animals in the orchard.
We hope you enjoy your stay here in this lovely part of Wales.
Llety Mieri History
Liety Mieri was for many centuries a tenant farm on the Cawdor estate. The current buildings date back to the 18/19th centuries but there was probably a building on the site of the old longhouse in medieval times. Over time Llety Mieri was known as Liety Merry and Liety Mary. The spelling varies with every map it is marked on.
There was a farmhouse at Llety Mieri in 1648 when it was reputed that Oliver Cromwell spent the night in Golden Grove on his way to Pembroke. The farmhouse mentioned in the following extract is thought to have been Llety Mieri.
"A popular tradition, relates that Cromwell went out of his direct route to spend a night at Golden Grove near Llandilo, the seat of the leading Royalist in South Wales, Richard Vaughan, second Earl of Carbery, celebrated as the patron of Jeremy Taylor. This legend further relates that Lord Carbery, who was then living quietly in retirement, on learning of Oliver's approach, fled to a neighbouring farm-house, where he remained in hiding until his unwelcome visitor had departed. Still further the story proceeds to add that a year or two later Cromwell sent his unwilling host a present of some deer from the royal parks, but with what object he did so is not clear, unless it were to be considered as a belated return for Lord Carbery's involuntary hospitality."
Herbert M. Vaughan, 1937 "Vaughan Family of Wales"
Legend goes on to say that Oliver Cromwell rode through the orchard at Llety Mieri looking for Lord Carbery but failed to find him as he was hiding in an oak tree! Lord Carbery may or may not have been up an oak tree but all references to Llety Mieri mention an orchard.
During the second world war the Roberts family lived here and had a dairy producing butter and cheese. Two little girls from Swansea were evacuated to the farm and lived with the family for 2 years. They would walk to the school at Ffairfach across the fields as the current driveway wasn't built until the late 1950s. To make the walk easier for them Mr Roberts put stepping stones across the stream in the field. The current B4300 was a toll road so access to the farm and neighbouring cottages was by the old coach road to the south of the farmstead.
After the death of Mr Roberts in the 1970's the farmstead was abandoned and the farm at Pentrecwn took over the fields. In 1987 Catherine and Patrick McLoughlin bought the by now derelict farm buildings and orchard. They restored the buildings and in 1991 began to let out the cottages as holiday homes.
The storms in the late 1980's felled many of the old fruit trees in the orchard, many of which were over 100 years old. In 2010 over 50 new fruit trees were planted.
We moved to Llety Mieri in 2021 from Oxfordshire with our two children. We have a cat called Ollie and a black and white cocker spaniel called Betsy. They are both very friendly!