There's good hiking from the door (and laminated OS maps in the rooms), while the edge of the Brecon Beacons lies 12 miles east.
The nearest train stations are Llandovery (12 miles) and Llanwrda (eight miles).
Pillows, duvets and mattresses stuffed with British wool top the king-size beds – sustainable and a boon for allergy sufferers.
"An upholsterer covered our chairs so she could shoot them for her website," explains David.
"And the local rat-catcher/sour-dough maker uses our salmon and trout fishing rights in exchange for teaching us a bit about fishing." At last summer's inaugural beer festival, farmers lent marquees and hay bales; it was a resounding success, and a bigger one is planned for next month. David – musician, pub deputy manager, salesman and gardener – wants to put in raised beds to grow their own salad (he can't dig down; there's a Roman fort below).
The monthly changing menu comprises well-priced staples (Welsh beef burgers, assorted pies) and seasonal experiments (wild-garlic pesto in April).
Breakfasts are high quality: home-made muesli, bread and jams; free-range sausages and bacon from a farm you can see out the window; obscenely creamy butter sourced from the Jersey cows down the road.
There's a bridle tie-up if you come by horse and a 10-per-cent discount on rooms for cyclists.
Comfort There's a pleasing simplicity to the bedrooms – a bit like staying with an aunt who has good taste. The people were kind and attentive, and set before me a homely but savoury supper, and a foaming tankard of ale ...[In] a large chamber, I found an excellent and clean bed, in which I enjoyed a refreshing sleep ...." Everything, and yet nothing, has changed at the Dolaucothi Arms, in the small Carmarthenshire village of Pumsaint.When George Borrow, author of Victorian travelogue Wild Wales, stayed in 1854, he found a "good specimen of an ancient Welsh hostelry".In 2014, with new landlords and new beds, but with meals that are still hearty, it is all that again – despite a short hiatus.On April 18, 1862, when the party encountered poor weather ahead of a ride to Nazareth, he wrote: 'Early in the morning it blew a regular hurricane and poured with rain and all our tents were in gt.