Romantic Castles for Valentine’s Day
Published: Sunday 2nd Feb 2014
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Wales Cottage Holidays visitors to the Carmarthen and Llandovery area should head for Carreg Cennen and Llansteffan on Valentine’s (or any other) Day, two castles considered to be among the most romantic ruins in Britain.
There are few castles in Wales which can boast a more spectacular location than Carreg Cennen. Its ruins crown a precipitous crag in a remote western corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park a few miles south-east of Llandeilo. Perched on a 100m cliff, there’s a dramatic trek through a passageway cut into the cliff-face and down into a hidden cave below the castle. Nearby Wales Cottage Holidays properties for couples include The Walk, a pretty stone cottage in interesting Llandeilo, and The Studio near Golden Grove, with use of a lovely two-acre garden including croquet lawn.
Llansteffan is an impressive, dramatically sited stronghold crowning a hilltop overlooking the Tywi estuary some 7 miles south-west of Carmarthen. Its remains are those of a castle established in the earlier C12th within the site of an Iron Age promontory fort. Rebuilt in stone, it was held by the de Camvilles for much of the Middle Ages. Stay at Ty Steffan, a single storey eco-friendly cottage for two with gorgeous views across countryside and down the Tywi estuary to Llansteffan Castle.
Both castles are maintained by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, and must surely rank amongst the most photogenic of Welsh historic sites.