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Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas lists home on Airbnb

Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas lists home on Airbnb

Former Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas will let his home to fans looking for accommodation in the valleys.

Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas has listed his home in the Welsh countryside on home-sharing website Airbnb.

Apart from the Union Flag, Thomas (jokingly) prohibits any England jerseys or flags.
Apart from the Union Flag, Thomas (jokingly) prohibits any England jerseys or flags.

Following in the steps of former England player Lewis Moody, the openly gay rugby star is opening the doors to his home in the Vale of Glamorgan for fans – or those just looking for a quiet retreat by the sea – for £150 (€206, $230) per night.

Three cozy, yet stylish, bedrooms sleep up to six guests.
Three cozy, yet stylish, bedrooms sleep up to six guests.

The stylish, yet cozy, house in St Bridges Major can sleep up to six people, sharing three double beds and a spacious bathroom with a large roll top bath Thomas recommends guests dive into – although not literally, please – to relax.

Dive in: the large roll top bath is perfect to take a time-out.
Dive in: the large roll top bath is perfect to take a time-out.

Upon arrival, the former rugby pro will welcome guests and give them the grand tour of the house; those especially keen on testing his skills will be happy to hear Thomas is always up for a ‘kick about’ at his first professional club, Bridgend RFC – as long as there are no England jerseys involved.

Dinner and a chat under the large gothic chandelier can set the world to rights.
Dinner and a chat under the large gothic chandelier can set the world to rights.

Spacious dining facilities, complete with a stunning chandelier, and a garden offer plenty of space; a night in the lounge becomes even better by getting a fire going before relaxing on the couches.

Open stone walls and visible beams give the lounge a homey, inviting atmosphere.
Open stone walls and visible beams give the lounge a homey, inviting atmosphere.

House rules are simple: no pets, no parties, no smoking and please sing along heartily when the Welsh national anthem is played on game day– oh, and no bad reviews of Thomas’s book.

Light a fire in the fireplace to instantly make the lounge even cozier.
Light a fire in the fireplace to instantly make the lounge even cozier.

But it’s not all about the rugby, with the stunning coastline of South Wales (great for leisurely walks) just around the corner and a good pub, called The Star Inn, just a few miles away.

The towns of Bridgend and Pencoed offer a slightly busier experience, and Cardiff can be reached in less than an hour either on the train or by car.

It wouldn't be a former rugby star's home without some form of memorabilia - and Gareth Thomas's mother has plenty more.
It wouldn’t be a former rugby star’s home without some form of memorabilia – and Gareth Thomas’s mother has plenty more.

Guests should also be prepared to welcome a very special guest: according to the listing on Airbnb, Thomas’s mum likes to pop round – in which case, guests are advised to offer her a cup of tea.

And, as the rugby star’s childhood home is nearby, his mother is also happy to show guests the extensive collection of medals and memorabilia, including a lycra outfit worn when Thomas was on Dancing on Ice – a tour around her ‘Gareth shrine’, as Thomas describes it.

Available for a minimum of five nights, one night in the star’s home clocks in at £150 (€206, $230).