What’s it like?

The painstaking refurbishment of this 1790s farmhouse in rural Laugharne started in 2006, and wasn’t fully complete until last summer. But as they say, good things come to those who wait. The mezzanine suites in the old barn have been kitted out with spiral staircases, red pony-skin armchairs and free-standing tubs. There’s a little spa and a pool, while design features such as 300-year-old milk wheels propped up in the courtyard remind you of the farmhouse’s former life. There are exotic touches elsewhere, such as the giant Moroccan wooden door that leads into the restaurant, where perfect poached eggs are served to couples in linen shirts and Sunday morning chinos.

And the food?

The glass-fronted restaurant looks out over dry-stone walls and butterflies flitting between beetroots and shallots in the vegetable garden; the chef (pinched from Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons) serves roast Welsh lamb with confit potatoes, and mandarin creme briilee. Day trips nearby? Laugharne is Dylan Thomas country. Venture down the steep stone steps to the Boathouse (01994 427420, www.dylanthomasboathouse. com; £3.75), where he wrote Under Milk Wood. There’s a little wooden canoe in the parlour that he brought back from America for his son, and a stirring view from his writing shed – across the Taf Estuary to the Gower Peninsula. The tearoom serves great homemade bam brith (fruit loaf).

How much?

Doubles from £265, B&B (01994 427417, www.hurst-house.co.uk).