Our Royal visitor – Prince Charles came to tea and announced that he was going to be patron of the 2014 centenary celebrations. Take a look at these links to the day. 2014 was a great one for the Dylan Thomas Birthplace but 2015 promises to be even better. Check our events on a regular weekly and monthly basis and exhibitions planned – check our posts regularly as they are constantly being updated and added.
It’s always a great time to visit Gower and get in some walking. Why not visit Rhossili and take the walk to Worm’s Head where Dylan once got marooned by the tide!
Number 5 is now open for house tours daily 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm – when there is someone staying there times may vary (book overnight stays online on the website) so it’s best to telephone first and we can make sure we are there to greet you.
If Dylan was around today would he have rushed home and posted his experiences and inspirations in a blog?
I think the answer is almost certainly “yes” which is perhaps one of the reasons that we have started this blog about the house and area that he remembers best.
The way Dylan worked and his prodigious output of letters would have been perfectly suited to a PC and email. His poetry took him an age to craft – some 200 versions have been recorded of some of his work – as he insisted on rewriting the whole piece even for minor changes. How much simpler with a copy of Word – but how long would he have kept a laptop before losing it?!
Number 5 Cwmdonkin Drive played a large part in shaping the style and output of Dylan Thomas. Dylan was born in the front bedroom of the house in 1914 and continued to live in the house until his parents moved out in 1937. Over two thirds of his published output was written in 5 Cwmdonkin Drive overlooking his “… long and splendid curving shore…” of Swansea Bay. This is where the subject of the film Edge of Love and author of Under Milk Wood spent his formative years. The most important room in Dylan’s life – often referred to at Wales’ first World Literary Heritage Site – is his tiny bedroom which we have just dressed as it would have been in 1934 when Dylan had just published his first book 18 Poems which set the literary world alight
Come and learn about the three year long restoration project from rundown student bedsit to sparkling new 1914 “…semi-detached Glamorgan villa...” The house has been reborn and is available to rent as a themed self catering holiday experience.
It’s back to the days when the front room was “for best” and to the home of the upwardly mobile Thomas family. See the latest Youtube interpretation with beautiful music by Osian here
Not only can your self catering stay be for a week or a short break you can even stay for just one night and book online! The house is also open for guided tours making it a unique visitor attraction. It’s also great for that special meal – why not let us host your own special Dinner with Dylan event or read the latest dinner review?
What the house evokes in its visitors is personal and subjective but we guarantee that there will be something that you will see or touch that will provide memories for a long time to come.
Is 5 Cwmdonkin Drive for you?
We think that anyone and everyone can gain something from staying or visiting the house – you might be a family or business group wanting to get away for some peace and quiet to plan your latest strategy or even a small group of friends looking for a unique venue for a birthday or other celebration (we’ll even lay on a traditionally cooked meal to an Edwardian menu).
Oh, and it’s a great place for anyone wanting to get away …so perfectly relaxing…
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