A foraged & homemade Welsh country Christmas

If I close my eyes and imagine my perfect Christmas country retreat it might look something like this. Although it seems to have fallen straight out of a fairytale, this isn't a magazine photoshoot - it's a real home. What's more it's available to rent through Under The Thatch, so you can book a stay for your own taste of the fairytale.

The vision and creation of Dorian Bowen, Ty Unnos is a traditional thatched cottage in a remote corner of Carmarthenshire. The idea behind the house originates from an old Welsh tradition in which it was believed by some that if a person could build a house on common land in one night then the land would belong to them.

This is a real ‘home-made home’ built in a traditional way using materials readily to hand, stones from the fields, clay from the ground and timber from the woods - an authentic reconstruction of the legendary 'one night house' built between sunset and sunrise.

I was lucky enough to be an early visitor to Ty Unnos shortly after Dorian completed work on it last year and it really was like stepping back in time to a museum quality interior. Internally the cottage has been furnished with traditional Welsh antiques inspired by a slate worker’s cottage from North Wales relocated in St Fagan’s National History Museum. The only truly modern element is the bathroom which features a stunning cantilevered bath!

Dorian made the tree out of larch twigs. I think it is quite possibly the most beautiful Christmas tree I have ever seen.

Picture windows offer inspiring views of the rustic Welsh landscape and lime-washed walls and antique Welsh furnishings lend it the air of retreat, with a refreshing lack of 21st century gadgetry.

Ty Unnos sleeps 3 and is available to rent through Under the Thatch. Prices start from £234 for a short stay. You can view more pictures of the property here.

Images © Ioan Davies.

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Reader Comments (6)

Just beautiful!

December 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

This is exceptionally beautiful. I love the book ornaments! Extraordinary!

December 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

What a beautiful cosy place, now this says Christmas to me :) That tree is absolutely amazing too.

December 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharley

Thank you all for your comments. Ty Unnos really is every bit as magical as it looks in these pictures and I feel truly honoured to be able to feature Dorian's beautiful creation here on Design Hunter

December 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterHelen

Gotta love those foraged materials. This just shows that you don't have to spend a lot on decorations. Great job!

November 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

Wonderful photos - the true spirit of Christmas is here - I really really must try those recycled paperback decorations. And that tree is just truely inspiring! Beautiful!

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Hayes

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