Best hotels and hostels in Swansea, The Gower & Carmarthenshire

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    Larkhill Tipis

    Chickens and ducks escort guests around the fairy-lit grounds of this off-the-grid glamping site, set in farmland and a four-acres wood. Five styles of tent are available, from Iranian to Native American, and all are comfortably furnished with their own beds, gas cookers and wood fires. In a remote spot 7 miles southeast of Newcastle Emlyn, it's a wonderland for families.

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    Llethryd Barns

    Arranged in a horseshoe around a central courtyard, this handsome set of late-Georgian farm buildings has been converted into seven guest suites, each with living area and mezzanine bedroom. They all have their own entrance, so there's no sense that you're intruding in someone else's house, and breakfasts are indulgent. It's 2 miles north of Parkmill on the B4271.

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    Port Eynon YHA

    Worth special mention for its spectacular location, this former lifeboat station is as close as you can get to the sea without sleeping on the beach itself. It's cosier than your average hostel, with friendly owners and sea views from the lounge. There are washbasins in the rooms, but most share bathrooms.

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    New White Lion

    With its exterior an inviting chocolate-milkshake colour and its opulent interiors just shy of over-the-top, this boutique hotel is a stylish proposition indeed. There are only six rooms, so book ahead.

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    Parc-le-Breos House

    Set in its own private estate north of the main road, Parc-le-Breos offers 16 en-suite rooms in a Gothic Victorian hunting lodge. The majestic lounge, conservatory and dining room have grand fireplaces that crackle into action in winter, and there are great walks in the vicinity. Book ahead for the three-course dinner (£20), served 6pm to 8pm Wednesday to Sunday.

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    Llwyn Helyg Country House

    Although there's a Georgian look to this huge stone house at the edge of the village, it's actually a modern build. The three guest bedrooms are luxuriously decked out with dark wooden furniture, white Italian marble en suites and spa baths. To preserve the rarefied atmosphere, it doesn't take bookings for children under 16. Audiophiles can make advance requests to use the state-of-the-art 'Listening Room', which has a system that must be heard to be believed (and takes two hours to warm up!).

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    Dylan Thomas Birthplace

    Dylan Thomas fans now have the opportunity to stay in the house where the poet was born and spent his first 23 years. The house has been diligently maintained in period style, and you'll have the choice of staying in the bedrooms once occupied by Nancy (his sister), DJ and Florrie (his parents), and of course Dylan himself. Booking a room entails exclusive use of the house, so solo travellers may get it all to themselves for just £150.

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    Mirador Town House

    Kooky and kitsch in the extreme, all seven B&B rooms here are fancifully and elaborately themed – Roman, Mediterranean, African, Venetian, Egyptian, Asian and French – with murals on the walls and sometimes the ceilings. Comfort hasn't been sacrificed for decorative whimsy, however, and the exuberant hosts are enthusiastic cheerleaders for the bars, restaurants and general buzz of the area.

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    King Arthur Hotel

    As traditional as swords in stone and ladies of the lake, the King Arthur serves real ales in a cosy wood-panelled bar and offers a lengthy menu of tasty, rustic dishes in the nearby bistro. Accommodation is split between the pub's 1st floor and a neighbouring annexe, and it also rents a handful of romantic, stone-walled cottages in the village.

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    Boat House

    Friendly, homely and tastefully decorated, this is the smartest B&B in town, offering four well-appointed guest rooms. The building was formerly the Corporation Arms pub, where Dylan Thomas told stories in exchange for free drinks. The current owner's exceptional home-cooked breakfasts would surely assuage even Thomas' legendary hangovers.

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    Premier Inn Swansea Waterfront

    It's hard to beat the value offered by this shiny new waterfront chain hotel, just across the river from the town centre. As at all Premier Inns, rooms are generically smart, comfortable and well equipped. Book early for discounts and request a room with a view. If you're driving, note that the parking lot next door is relatively pricey.

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    Llanerchindda Farm

    In a spectacular rural setting with views over a historic rail aqueduct to the Black Mountain, this friendly guesthouse offers plenty of peace and seclusion. Rooms are simple, tidy and a little old-fashioned, and the large dining room downstairs serves evening meals on request. It's located 7 miles northeast of Llandovery, off the A483.

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    Nicholaston Farm

    This working farm overlooking Oxwich Bay has offered field camping with a view since the 1920s. There's also an attractive little farm shop-cafe, an excellent ablutions block (with underfloor heating, no less) and two super-comfortable glamping tents. Nicholaston is signposted on the southern side of the A4118, just west of Penmaen.

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    Fairyhill

    Hidden (as any proper fairy place should be) down a narrow lane northwest of Reynoldston, this Georgian country house has a suitably magical setting and extensive grounds. The eight bedrooms are stylishly furnished and there's an upmarket restaurant downstairs serving the likes of Gower salt-marsh lamb and Pembrokeshire duck.

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    King's Head

    Up the hill behind the pub of the same name, these two stone farm buildings have been simply but stylishly fitted out with modern bathrooms and underfloor heating. As well as the 20 rooms here, there are a further seven in a nearby house. Look online for weekly and five-night deals.

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    Carpenter's Arms

    Nobody says the neon lights are bright in this Broadway, the tiny village immediately south of Laugharne, and it's arguable whether there's magic in the air. But this community pub has four small but tidy and extremely well-priced rooms upstairs, and a cast of local characters to share a yarn with below.

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    White House

    More modest than its name suggests, this three-storey suburban house has an old-fashioned vibe, with chandeliers downstairs and colourful leadlights. The reasonably priced rooms all have their own bathrooms and lots of considerate extras such as bottled water, ironing facilities, safes and sewing kits.

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    Culver House

    Just a stone skip from the beach, this renovated 19th-century house offers eight self-contained apartments with all the mod cons. The upper apartments have balconies, while most of those on the ground floor open onto cute little gardens. Two-night minimum stays may be required in busier periods.

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    Drovers

    This attractive Georgian house on the town's main square has a comfortably old-fashioned feel with its ancient stone hearth, antique furniture and simply decorated bedrooms. You can take breakfast in front of a roaring fire in winter.

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    Alexander

    Perfectly positioned for the Uplands strip of bars and eateries, this oversized B&B/small hotel has 10 attractive rooms and a very friendly host. The rooms at the rear have terrific views over rooftops and water to the Mumbles.