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Dylan Thomas House

  • Visit Wales 4 Star Self-catering

Self-catering with 1 unit


5 Cwmdonkin Drive Birthplace and home of Dylan Thomas - a man of words

Now a Self Catering Holiday Experience...

Welcome to 5 CWMDONKIN DRIVE - join us on a journey through history. This house played a large part in shaping the style and output of one of the finest poets of the Twentieth Century. Dylan Thomas was born in the first floor front bedroom of the house in 1914 and continued to return to the family home until his parents moved out in 1937. Over two thirds of his published output was written in this house - most in the tiny bedroom next to the gurgling hot water pipes in the airing cupboard

The house has been restored to original condition when bought as a new house in 1914. From 27th October 2008 (Dylan's 94th birthday) the house has been available to let as a themed holiday experience - for example, if you book for 14th August 2009 you will enter 5 Cwmdonkin Drive on 14th August 1915 - a newspaper of the day will await you but no phone, no television and no radio!

We guarantee though that there will be something you will see or touch in this house that will live with you for a long time after. It is a house that evokes memories of Florrie Thomas' cooking and cleaning, Dylan's father DJ's life as Head of English at Swansea Grammar School and his sister Nancy's desire to be an actress.

Make a booking enquiry now if you want to be one of only 300 people a year will be fortunate enough to stay in this unique house and enjoy the Cwmdonkin Drive Experience

Christmas special programmeGardenBuilding of historical interestCentral heatingLinen providedPony trekking/horse-ridingGolf available (onsite or nearby)Cycles for hireCleaning serviceVisa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedDogs/pets accepted by arrangementAmerican Express acceptedLeisure club (onsite or nearby)Coach parties welcomedEuros acceptedSingle sex groups welcomedEvening mealsHigh chairs availableCots availableBreakfast availableOn street/public parking

5 Cwmdonkin Drive offers a taste of Edwardian living but with a21st century basket of modern appliances Children welcome from any age.


  • Christmas special programmeChristmas special programme
  • GardenGarden
  • Building of historical interestBuilding of historical interest
  • Central heatingCentral heating
  • Linen providedLinen provided
  • Pony trekking/horse-ridingPony trekking/horse-riding
  • Golf available (onsite or nearby)Golf available (onsite or nearby)
  • Cycles for hireCycles for hire
  • Cleaning serviceCleaning service
  • Visa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedVisa/Mastercard/Switch accepted
  • Dogs/pets accepted by arrangementDogs/pets accepted by arrangement
  • American Express acceptedAmerican Express accepted
  • Leisure club (onsite or nearby)Leisure club (onsite or nearby)
  • Coach parties welcomedCoach parties welcomed
  • Euros acceptedEuros accepted
  • Single sex groups welcomedSingle sex groups welcomed
  • Evening mealsEvening meals
  • High chairs availableHigh chairs available
  • Cots availableCots available
  • Breakfast availableBreakfast available
  • On street/public parkingOn street/public parking

5 Cwmdonkin Drive offers a taste of Edwardian living but with a21st century basket of modern appliances Children welcome from any age.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


This Access Statement should be read in conjunction with the descriptions for each area of the house provided by 5 Cwmdonkin Drive Limited and on the website These will provide a more detailed description of what we can offer for all our visitors. 5 Cwmdonkin Drive is an experiential self catering experience of life in a 1914 middle class family home as it develops. If you book, say, for 3-10 February 2009 then you will enter Number 5 on 3 February 1915 with a newspaper of the day to greet you. There are some concessions to modern living with central heating installed and a modern gas cooker. Other facilities are ‘state of the art for 1914 including a separate kitchen, scullery and larder. There is a restored washroom but this is not intended for use as there are launderette facilities within walking distance if required. Fresh produce delivery is available to order as well as the services of a housekeeper. The house is a listed building and has retained its original floor layouts Parking Parking is available on-street outside the house and in the adjacent Hillside Crescent. It is possible for cars to ‘double park outside the property for dropping off and picking up. The parking is on tarmac surfaced areas. Car park areas are lit with sodium lighting at night. There are footpaths on all roads. It should be noted that Cwmdonkin Drive is a steep hill and that the footpath immediately outside the house is of the original flagstones. Reception All visitors will normally be welcomed by the owners or housekeeper when they arrive during reasonable hours If visitors arrive after 8.00pm then arrangements will be made for collection of the keys. There is one step at the back of footpath and three steps at the entrance doorway with a 200mm riser which opens onto an enclosed porch. Site Facilities and Information There is a rubbish area at the rear. There will be separate recycling bins for paper, plastic, cupboard, cans and glass but we envisage that visitors will generally look to 1914 standards and only use biodegradable packaging. Rubbish collection is on a Wednesday Telephone numbers for local taxi service, doctor, hospital, dentist, vet and hospitals are available in the housebook. Mobile phone reception is patchy in this area. Accommodation The accommodation is on two levels. Generally doors are in excess of 760mm wide. The ground floor is on one level and the first floor is approached on an internal flight of stairs from the hall. On the first floor there are two steps up to the ‘best bedroom (double) and Nancys room (twin) There is level access to the separate wc, bathroom, Dylans bedroom (small single) and DJ and Florries bedroom (single). The ground floor has the ‘best room, DJs study, living room, kitchen, scullery and pantry. There is an outside wc close to the back door. This would not be suitable for wheelchair access. There is good colour contrast between walls, doors and floors in all areas. There is no televisions, video CD/DVD players but there is a wind up phonogram with 78 records, a piano and a library of pre- 1914 books in DJs study. Lighting is from overhead pendant light fittings with standard lamps in living rooms. Bedrooms have overhead lights and bedside lamps. Some lightbulbs are original or reproduction 1920s light bulbs which provide a unique ambience at night. There is no fridge but a cool pantry off the kitchen. Kitchens and bathrooms have twist top taps. General The housebook will provide further information about the services available and of walks in the local area and tours. Our sister company Clyne Farm Centre have activities and self catering cottage accommodation. Although we have tried to include as much detailed information as possible we are always happy to answer any queries on any aspect of 5 Cwmdonkin Drive.