The Laundry

Wood burner and comfy sofas
  • Luxurious, romantic escape for couples
  • Idyllic situation on a private country estate close to the Glamorgan coast
  • Lovely sandy beaches
  • Superb facilities on the estate: fishing, swimming, tennis, and 90 acres of beautiful parkland to explore
  • Horse-riding, surfing, walking, cycling, golf in the area
  • Very accessible location

This message, left in the guest book, is typical of visitors to The Laundry: "We think Merthyr Mawr is one of the best kept secrets in Wales. The Laundry provides a relaxing getaway in a beautiful and historic setting. Cottage facilities are excellent. Step outside the door to the countryside, wildlife and a sense of peace, making it sad to leave.  Lovely people, lovely place! Thank you again."  A very special holiday cottage, The Laundry was once one of the laundry rooms for the listed Georgian manor house and is now a first-rate romantic escape for a couple, plus one babe-in-arms. Supremely comfortable and generously appointed, this lovely cottage makes the perfect setting for a really relaxing break.

Living room at The Laundry - gorgeous Merthyr Mawr cottage

This one-storey cottage has a beautiful spacious open-plan living area, with a sofa, an armchair, a wood burning stove, a table to sit and eat at, and a kitchen. Next door is the bedroom, with a top-of-the-range super-king mattress on the bed (which can be separated into twins, if liked) and a truly wonderful ensuite bathroom.

Living room Living room and kitchen
Kitchen area Kitchen at stunning renovated cottage on private estate

The garden is walled, with a pretty sitting-area on the terrace. This garden is in turn in the middle of the beautiful Merthyr Mawr estate gardens and parkland. The garden is shared with the next-door cottage, The Wash House, but outside the walled garden, the Merthyr Mawr estate gardens and parkland are yours to use and explore, so there is always somewhere completely private to be. You just need to open a door in the garden wall to disappear into gardens, meadows, and woods; or make your way to the river for some fishing, in season. The solar-heated outdoor swimming-pool is close by if the weather is fine; and there are endless places to escape to with a book or a picnic, or plenty of picturesque acres to explore on foot.

Bedroom of holiday cottage near Cardiff and the Welsh coast

Things to do around The Laundry

Apart from reviving one’s spirits in the beautiful cottage or exploring the extensive grounds, there are myriad things to do in the area. Head down to the idyllic local village of Merthyr Mawr, about 10 minutes’ walk away, and admire the picturesque thatched cottages originally built for the estate workers; or cross stepping stones over the estuary to reach the castle ruins and visit a good local pub in nearby Ogmore village. To get to the beach, make your way through the Merthyr Mawr Nature Reserve until, after about half an hour, the stunning sand dunes of Merthyr Mawr stretch out in front of you. Big breaking waves, typical of this stretch of coast, are ideal for surfers. The Ogmore riding stables are very close by, and you can take horses out to ride on the beach – a fantastic experience.

Merthyr Mawr village Beach and dunes at Merthyr Mawr

The Glamorgan Heritage Coast, which stretches for 14 miles from Aberthaw to Porthcawl is edged by the Glamorgan Heritage Coastal Path, the perfect vantage point for taking in the plunging cliffs, little secret coves and inspiring views. The coast is fringed by handsome towns, small villages and miles of footpaths and country lanes to lose oneself in.

Cardiff is a 30-minute drive away for capital city pursuits, such as opera, theatre, museums, rugby, restaurants and shopping. Less than an hour away are the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Aberglasney gardens, Llandeilo, Dinefwr Castle, the Gower Peninsula, and the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Ogmore Castle and stepping stones Cowbridge near Cardiff

The elegant market town of Cowbridge (‘Capital of the Vale of Glamorgan’) is only a short drive away and offers plenty of good places to eat out, as well as some really good sophisticated boutique shopping.

Cottage loo Planter on patio Bath/shower

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner (logs supplied, first basket included in the price)
  • Wifi
  • Mobile reception
  • TV with DVD and Freeview (plus some DVDs)
  • Radio via the TV
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Electric hob and oven
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Fridge
  • Separate freezer
  • No dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine, dryer and loo in external utility room, as well as a washing-line in the walled vegetable garden
  • Store cupboard essentials included (coffee, tea, sugar, s&p, olive oil etc)
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc)
  • Elec, heating, hot water included
  • Super-king bed can be separated into twins if preferred
  • Baby-friendly for a non-mobile baby only - no toddlers (ask owner for travel cot, high chair etc)
  • Sorry - no dogs
  • Garden furniture
  • Bathroom has loo, hand basin and bath with shower over
  • Books, maps, local information and games
  • There are plenty of walks around the estate and locally
  • Pub 15 minutes’ walk away
  • Turn out for two ponies or horses
  • Storage for bikes, surf boards, golf clubs
  • Tennis and swimming available on the estate, as well as fishing by arrangement (and with a licence)
  • Cottage has a walled garden set within 90 acres listed private parkland and garden, of interest to gardeners and dendrologists. The Laundry is next door to The Wash House, the estate’s other holiday cottage.

Live online booking

Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.

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Door into park land Path through neihboroughing park land Open, private parkland

Location map

Cottage exterior - superb self-ctaering

From the visitors book at The Laundry

"Relaxing weekend - a real chill out place to spend time in.  Everything, and more, for a real get-away-from-it-all break." 
Chantelle and Neil, Reading

By email: Hi Caroline and Ruaridh,
Thank you so much for an absolutely wonderful escape.  The weather wasn't kind to us so we didn't get to walk to the chapel, Ogmore castle or the sand dunes, but it just means we'll have to come back again!  It was just what we needed and we spent most of the weekend curled up in front of the woodburner.
Thank you again.
Jennie and Nick (Cirencester)

"We have been made to feel perfectly at home here, it has been a wonderful short break! The people in towns and villages have been so friendly! The Laundry is presented with every fine detail.  Thank you for giving us a brilliant time." Chris & Elaine, Trebilcock

"What a lovely place to spend a week away from it all.  A beautiful setting and lots of nature to wonder out in.  We recommend a walk down to Monknash beach through the woods.   Thank you all for making it possible! See you again!" Paul & Luke, London

"What a pleasure it has been to stay here in such a well-appointed, top-spec-interior cottage. We have enjoyed exploring the surrounding areas - Cowbridge, St Hilary's, Monknash to name a few, also not forgetting the majestic Merthyr Mawr estate. My advice to you all is 'be in the moment' and enjoy." Deborah & Jason, North Wales

"A very relaxing few days in a lovely cottage. The grounds surrounding The Laundry were beautiful, full of Magnolias in bloom, primroses and wood anemones.  A lovely spot, we will revisit and can certainly recommend!" Pam and Joe, Birmingham

"We think Merthyr Mawr is one of the best kept secrets in Wales. The Laundry provides a relaxing getaway in a beautiful and historic setting. Cottage facilities are excellent.  Step outside the door to the countryside, wildlife and a sense of peace, making it sad to leave.  Lovely people, lovely place! Thank you again." Natalie & Alan  - Stourbridge

"This must be the best cottage I have ever stayed in.  What a well-hidden part of the world - wonderful coast, flowers and birds.  Don't want to go home." Nancy

"Gorgeous cottage and a beautiful part of the country.  We could have stayed another week and still not run out of things to do.  The cottage is beautifully decorated and the personal finishing touches really make it special.  Thank you!"
  Kirsty and Ben, Newcastle-upon-Tyne