We rounded off a great year with none other than a 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. 2013 promises to be a great one for the Dylan Thomas Birthplace. 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.
November was the month that we picked up three awards in the Tourism Swansea Bay Awards including Best Visitor Experience in which the comments of our visitors played a huge part. Check the award details at Swansea Bay Tourism Awards website.
Great time of year to visit empty 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 Monday to Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm - when there is someone staying there times may vary (book overnight stays online on the website)
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. He would also have enjoyed World Book Night which is coming up in April – rush to get your free book from Dylan’s house.
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?!
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.
Over three years we have restored Number 5 to its condition in 1914 when it was bought as a new house by the Thomas family. From 27th October 2008 (Dylan’s 94th birthday) the house has been reborn and is available to rent as a themed self catering holiday experience - for example, if you book for 14th August 2012 you will enter 5 Cwmdonkin Drive on 14th August 1918 – the Great War is nearly over and a newspaper of the day will keep you up to date.
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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