Langland Cove Guesthouse
Poor Mumbles. The appealing, low-lying city in the southern end of Swansea Bay is indeed frequently bypassed in the scramble for Three Cliffs Bay, Rhossili along with another highlights of this Gower. The huge majority of traffic to the peninsula overlook on either the scenic seal-strewn shore to the south of what’s (whisper it) a suburb of Swansea and hammering little finds like Langland Cove guesthouse.
Over the previous four decades, Carwyn and Sarah — as welcoming and friendly a few as you are most likely to meet — have flipped this B&B to a place anyone may love to call house.
“It was initially constructed as an inn,” Sarah tells my buddy Ana and mepersonally, proffering a faded black postcard showing the construction at its Victorian incarnation. It had been converted to student accommodation and then into a guesthouse.
“Not long after we purchased it,” local boy Carwyn adds, “we had been approached by [Swansea-based designer] Tamsin Leech-Griffiths, who asked us whether we might function as first ever insides project”
Bravely but sensibly, they said yes. Tamsin, a former fashion designer for Toast and Paul Smith, picked chocolate browns, greys and heavy blues to its four en suite bedrooms, offering them into unfussy contemporary fashion. Twin anglepoise lamps across the beds are possibly the only detailing which yells, “Hey, look at me!”
The telly is a sideshow as opposed to a focal point, and the walls are a tiny gallery of neighborhood landscape paintings, available. (“We do not require a commission, therefore that which belongs to the artists,” Carwyn points outside.) You will find slippers and robes, and a mini-fridge comprising real and milk coffee for your cafetière, and a plate of homemade bite-size cakes.
Before coming we would let rip at LC Swansea, Wales’s largest water park, being patiently coached to something coming surfing art on the wave system, before tackling the climbing wall. Somewhat busted, we hobbled around to 29-storey Meridian Tower — the greatest building in Wales, seemingly — and its own top-floor Grape and freshwater restaurant. The food was unspectacular but the views of Swansea Bay were peachy — or might have been but to get an ill-timed sea fret that enveloped the tower.
Breakfast in Langland Cove following day is served in a communal table. We are a multinational gathering, speaking over the issues of the planet and agreeing that you will find a powerful bad bunch of people in charge at this time.
“Some mornings I come in and there is quiet,” Carwyn informs us, “but it usually works.”
We withstand pancakes and maple syrup and also begin with freshly produced strawberry-and-banana smoothies. Ana provides her eggs Benedict up the horn while I tuck into granola, toast and raspberry jam — all home made, as is a chutney whose components were developed on Sarah and Carwyn’s allotment.
Later, we stroll round the scenic Gower Coast Course; partake of joyously mindless feats of hand-eye manipulation in the slots by Mumbles Pier; poke about medieval Oystermouth Castle; and lunch alfresco at Verdi’s about the seafront. At length, we return the brief distance to Swansea to get a tour of 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Dylan Thomas’s birthplace. It is a fitting end: Swansea is on the shortlist for UK City of Culture 2021. So best go now, until everybody’s crying about Mumbles.
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