The Dolaucothi Arms BnB

The Dolaucothi Arms

David Joy and Esther Hubert have run the Dolaucothi since 2013, when they came to the area and opened the pub again after five years empty, making it a vibrant and welcoming spot for locals and visitors. In George Borrow’s 1862 guide ‘Wild Wales’ he describes ‘a comfortable old-fashioned place … a good specimen of an ancient Welsh hostelry’, and much the same could be said today.

Our large beer garden stretches out behind the pub with views over the valley and the rivers Cothi and Twrch to which the pub has fishing rights (see our angling pages). Enjoy a pint at one of the benches on the lawn, meet our friendly hens, or take a look (from a safe distance!) at our bee hives – dogs are very welcome, however we would be grateful if they were kept on the lead, in the interest of the chickens and our pub cat, Lily,

Dave runs things out front, there’s real ale and cider on the pumps from great Welsh breweries like Evan Evans, Wye Valley and Purple Moose; as well as a carefully chosen wine list from European vineyards. Menus are driven by great local produce and everything is made from scratch in our kitchen by Esther and her very small team. Our changing dinner menu evolves as ingredients come into season, working with our fantastic suppliers to make the most of what is good now, and you’ll find plenty of old favourites on our bar menu, too.  We pride ourselves on old fashioned hospitality so service is relaxed and informal, and we love a good chat. In 2016 we were thrilled to be included for the first time in the Michelin guide and we also appear in by the AA pubs guide, Good Pub guide and Alastair Sawday’s Pubs and Inns guide.

We are at the heart of the National Trust’s Dolaucothi Estate, in fact our grade two listed building and many of the cottages and tenanted farms close by are owned and conserved by the Trust (you can spot them by their red and white paintwork). There are well marked trails across the 2,500 acre estate of wooded hills and sweeping valleys right from our door, and we’re only a fifteen minute stroll from the Dolaucothi Goldmine, so you can earn that pub lunch!

Our annual bank holiday Beer Festival has gone from strength to strength, in it’s fourth year, it’s become much anticipated within the local area – our festival bar hosts award winning beer and cider from all over Wales, there’s live music all day and local food stalls, too. This year’s event will be on Sunday the 28th of August 2016.

Dolaucothi Caravan site, Carmarthenshire

Dolaucothi Estate caravan site

Why not extend your trip to Carmarthenshire and stay at the idyllic Dolaucothi Estate caravan site? Did you know it's a great place to try out some stargazing?