The Dolaucothi Arms

Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire

Friendly pub with a relaxed feel, cosy wood burners, pretty bedrooms, lush gardens and delicious home-cooked food - bring the dog!


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


David and Esther’s cute little inn sits in a village deep in rural Carmarthenshire. It’s an absolute gem, a testament to beautiful simplicity, with lovely interiors that see no need to abandon their period charm for contemporary design. Instead, you find beautiful Georgian windows, original tiles in the bar, then varnished floorboards in the airy restaurant. It’s a little like walking onto the pages of a Jane Austen novel, a touch of old-world charm. Pick up a pint of local ale, sink into a chesterfield sofa and roast away in front of the wood-burner; in summer you decant into the pretty garden for a pint in the sun. Excellent food waits – homemade soups and pies, pork and elderflower sausages, the best local steaks, sticky toffee pudding. Circular walks help you atone, there’s a river at the bottom of the garden, then National Trust goldmines to visit in the village. Bedrooms upstairs are a steal with smart colours, woollen throws and sparkling bathrooms; some have garden views, all get decanters of port. Breakfast is a treat, Aberglasney Gardens are within easy reach. Don’t miss Sunday lunch.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Dogs welcome in bar.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Lunch from £5. Dinner, 3 courses, £20-£25. Sunday lunch from £9.


Nightly price
from £75
Singles £65-£70. Extra bed/sofabed available £20 per person per night.
3 Doubles
From £75


Amazing family friendly pub. cosy, buzzing and delicious home-cooked food! great big garden and a cosy snug. the service was brilliant and all the staff were so helpful and smiley. Would definitely recommend!


This is a lovely place to stay, comfortable bed, lovely linen, interesting books in the rooms, warm rooms, delicious food, welcoming hosts, we (and the dog) really appreciated this fabulous place.

Fiona, London

It was a pleasure to stay at the Dolaugothi Arms. Rooms are simple but well equipped, with comfortable beds, lovely toiletries and efficient showers. The decanter of port was a nice touch, although we did not partake! The breakfast menu was excellent and we enjoyed each of our evening meals (the lime chocolate brownie was a particular hit!). An ideal location for visiting a variety of historical sites and picturesque villages and towns.


Found this on Sawdays - It's only a little country inn, but it has been beautifully restored by the National Trust, who own the building. We had a great meal in the delightfully furnished restaurant downstairs, and our dog was made very welcome too, but it was when we got to our rooms upstairs we realised quite how far the young husband and wife team who now run this lovely inn had gone to produce a quality experience - they are beautifully appointed. And the breakfast was equally fine. This is somewhere very special and great value for money - can't recommend it enough.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from David Joy & Esther Hubert

  • The Dolaucothi estate walks start from our door – from a short stroll to the Cothi trail (11km) – and there are lovely walks on the Dinefwr Deer park in Llandeilo, a 20 minute drive.
  • We are lucky to be between the western Beacons which has excellent waymarked trails, and the wild expanse of the Cambrian Mountains and there are OS maps of the surrounding area for guests’ use.
  • The pub looks after 4 miles of double bank rights on the Cothi river. The nearby Towy river is renowned for sea trout (known locally as Sewin) and some salmon runs. Springwater fishing lakes is a five minute drive.
  • RSPB Gwenffrwd Dinas Nature Reserve – Follow the trail set in a rugged river valley amongst alder and oak woodland, you might spot a pied flycatcher or sandpiper, and certainly a kite or two.
  • Brechfa forest – Four mountain biking trails of varying difficulty within 20 minutes drive (as well as footpaths and bridleways). Bring your own bike and we’ll store it for you, cycle hire and trail guiding is available locally.
  • Nearby Five Saints riding centre offer day and half day rides across stunning countryside for all abilities. For canoeing and other watersports, Llandysul paddlers is a 40 minute drive. Activities with both can be arranged with a few days notice.