4 Star Guest House, Welsh St. Donats, Cowbridge, CF71 7ST

The history of Bryn-Y-Ddafad.

The original dwelling at Bryn-y-Ddafad is believed to date back to the 16th Century.

Miss Diana Airdre purchased the property from Lydia Hopkins, widow of Thomas Hopkins of Cross Tree Cottage, Aberthin (a village 2 miles away) for £100 in April 1940. Well known by the locals (mainly farmers) as Diana's, the cottage was used as a meeting place and local shop selling commodities such as cigarettes and lemonade.

After Diana Airdre's death in 1973, Bryn-y-Ddafad was sold at auction to the present owners (Glyn & June Jenkins) for the sum of £4,200. The sale was featured in the property column of a local newspaper in which it was described as "one of the most primitive dwellings to come on the agents' books for some considerable time", having a corrugated iron roof, no electricity or gas supplies and no mains water.

South Wales Echo (William Ricketts) 'Guess the Price', Thursday May 9th 1974.

Guess the PriceAs the report noted, it was "a country cottage ripe for improvement". In 1975 we obtained planning consent to extend Bryn-y-Ddafad. Excavation for the extension revealed the presence of an underground stream that necessitated the demolition of the original cottage. The construction work commenced in 1976, on a concrete raft, with all the original stone being recycled. In December 1977 our family finally moved in. The property was originally rebuilt as our family home. View original article here.

Bryn-Y-Ddafad June and GlynLeft with an 'empty nest' in the nineties, we decided to build an extension and, upon completion in August 1998, to open the property as a guesthouse.

In 2002 planning consent was obtained to convert a very large detached garage and some further buildings into Y Bwthyn Bach (the little cottage), which was opened in December that year. The cottage serves as either additional bed & breakfast accommodation or as a self catering unit.

In 2006 further outbuildings were converted into new garages. In 2012 solar PV and solar thermal panels were fitted  and a biomass boiler was installed making us of the 'greenest' B & B's in South Wales.  

Bryn-y-Ddafad is open all year except when friends housesit while we are on holiday. It is also home to our very friendly black Labrador retrievers Iollo and Oscar who sleep in the utility room but are not allowed elsewhere in the house. The two remaining residents are our black & white cats Georgy and Ginny who live in the outbuildings.  

Buzzards and heron are often spotted in the vicinity and occasionally Canada Geese who nest on local ponds. Apart from some assistance with the cleaning, the business is run entirely by us and guests can be assured of receiving our personal care and attention at all times.