Take time out to write

Generations of Samantha's family have read and painted in this seaside garden, high up in the pretty terraces of New Quay and it was here that Samantha began writing. Having gained so much from the peace of the garden, Samantha wanted to share something of its magic with other writers so decided to convert the old stable into a writers' retreat. We welcome artists of any discipline who are looking for a break by the sea.

The cottage looks over to Majoda, the house where Dylan Thomas started writing Under Milk Wood. You can follow the blue plaques and walk the Dylan Thomas Trail around New Quay to absorb some of the sights and sounds which inspired his world-famous play for voices.

No distractions, no timetables, just writing 

We'll leave you in peace to work by yourself but if you'd like to be mentored through a writing project or if you need another eye over a manuscript you're finishing, get in touch with Samantha using the contact form to discuss your requirements and the additional costs. Samantha can:

  • give detailed line by line feedback on your poems

  • identify the strengths in your poems to enable you to work to those

  • help you structure your collection thematically

  • provide advice on presenting your work for publication


Writing and walking

Be part of the tradition of writing and walking in Britain which started with Coleridge and Wordsworth rambling through Cumbria to Edward Thomas tramping across Hampshire to Simon Armitage striding the Pennine Way, and discover a further connection between literature and landscape when you follow the Dylan Thomas Trail around New Quay, the village where Dylan lived during the war. Farther afield, explore the paths and lanes that Dylan loved around the Aeron Valley using as a guide David N. Thomas's invaluable book, The Dylan Thomas Trail (Y Lolfa, 2002), a copy of which is provided for guests at Y Stabl.