Blaenfforest first appeared in a rent roll register dated December 10th 1635 which listed the ‘Manor and Lordships of Newcastle Emlyn and Kennarth’ belonging to Sir Richard Vaughan, the second Earl of Carbery. The Earl of Carbery was a title created by King Charles I for Sir Richard’s father, John Vaughan, who was born in Carmarthenshire and was both a politician and a member of the King's Court.
Blaenfforest formed part of the extensive Vaughan family 'Golden Grove' Estate which stretched from Carmarthen to Pembrokeshire. In 1635 ‘Blaen Y Forest’ was reputedly a hunting lodge, surrounded by dense, natural woodland, some of which even remains today. By 1754 Blaenfforest was a 100 acre farm, still owned by the Vaughan family, and remained so for another 200 years. It wasn't until the late 1970's that Blaenfforest became a 10 acre smallholding, with holiday cottages being introduced in 2010.
From the moment we arrived at Blaenfforest we were made to feel incredibly welcome. The wicker basket with fresh eggs, home made bread and local cheese set the tone for what was an idyllic couple of days. This is a peaceful retreat in some of Wales' finest countryside. The ducks, cockerel, pigs and dogs add to the experience and feeling of remote tranquillity which is difficult to imagine elsewhere. The Granary cottage is spotless and so very well equipped that you need for nothing. Rachel is the perfect host and there if you need her but never invasive. We will definitely return.