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Two beaches and coastal path in easy walking. Edge of village location.

Bedrooms 2
Space 450 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Two bedroom traditional stone cottage with all mod cons

You can walk to enjoy the most beautiful and undiscovered treasures of North Pembrokeshire which remains unspoilt and undeveloped. And use the cottage as the centre of a touring holiday in the area. Our pricing is keen and kind - no half-term or bank holiday premiums - weekly prices which compare favourably with others. Pencraig is ideally located for a great holiday or short break for up to four people. It's a seven minute walk down the lane to the beach and then to Dinas Island beyond. The 'island' farm is now owned by the National Trust and the walk around the perimeter voted more than once AA 'Walk of the Year'. The cottage is neither overlooked or part of an estate or development. The beach and the whole Pembrokeshire coast is a natural attraction. The heather and hills in the National Park are just a mile or so away. When it comes to finding a good restaurant or local food there's no better town than Newport which is just 3 miles from the cottage. Newport has some of the best restaurants in the county, a fabulous beach and dunes, an 18 hole links golf course, unique boat club.

The cottage is ideal for quick breaks throughout the year as well as more conventional holidays. Peaceful and private, it's a ideal place for visitors to enjoy themselves.

Pencraig is a stone cottage dating back a century or two. It has a nice log fire and is really comfortable and homely. The main bedroom has a quality double, and the second room twins. The living room has two sofas, easy chair and TV in one part, and a dining table next to the kitchen which well equipped. The bathroom is modern, with full size bath and shower.

Situated midway between Newport and Fishguard, Pencraig offers the charm of a country cottage together with modern facilities. Visitors love the location and atmosphere of Pencraig, which is on rent at very attractive rates. Contact the owner, Mike Donovan, today!


It's great to have friends coming to stay for Christmas and New Year - they came last year and enjoyed the holiday so much they are back for more. Having had some Christmasses at Pencraig with my family I know how good it is. The cathedral at St Davids is of course a focus for all Christians, and the festivities in Newport are always spectacular. Catch some good weather and Jan-Feb can be a great time of year to tramp the Prescelis and the Coastal Path, and I keep the rental cost low - remember the price includes your electric and gas (please don't waste!). Get into March, the first daffodils, St Davids day and then the lovely month of April, and the season is away. Again at very reasonable prices, and I will always match those of truly comparable properties. Best wishes, Mike D

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About Us

Michael Donovan
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Member since: 2015
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This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

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Calendar last updated:
23 August, 2018

About The Owner

I'm an international agricultural journalist, and founder and editor of Practical Farm Ideas magazine. Pencraig was bought when I sold the dairy herd, as a lifetime country retreat where the family - I have four grown-up children and grandchildren - can get to and enjoy privacy in a way that's impossible in hotels, parcs and other mass-market venues.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1996

Why The Owner chose Dinas Cross

We found Pwllgwaelod beach shortly after moving to West Wales, and thought it magical, but for years were unable to re-discover it. Then we found Pencraig was for sale, and there was no question that this was the place to buy. It's small, but plenty large enough for a family of four to get a great holiday.

Prices: for some reason the rate list insists on saying the rates are 'From £...' . It's not 'from'. That's the price we ask you to pay. There are no meters, so gas, electric TV etc all included. No wi-fi - sorry.

What makes this cottage unique

"This place hasn't changed in 40 years" a passer-by remarked to me when I was doing the grass last year, and he's not far wrong. The coast is uncrowded and just not really discovered by the holiday industry, and long may that continue.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Dinas Cross around the Dinas Cross

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Bath with Shower
  • Completely re-built about three years ago, we chose a big bath, a Mira shower that works from the combi boiler - good pressure - and tiled the floor and walls.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Pencraig is cosy not grand, a cottage that wraps itself around you.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • bay
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
A relaxing living room has quality sofas, log fire and leads to the adjoining kitchen with washing machine, new electric stove, fridge, microwave etc. Royal Doulton tableware adds an extra touch, and we have quality unbreakable crockery for children and outside use. The two bedrooms, one twin and the other double, are the other side of the hall. The bathroom is smart and easy to keep clean with a combi boiler for water and central heating. There's a travel cot and high chair. The cottage is furnished as a home with good quality beds and sofas etc, and you'll find an interesting selection of books, music, paintings. The idea is to provide you with more than a shell in which to stay, but a cottage offering much more than the standard corporate rental or hotel room. Note: logs for the fire are available at the local garage, or pre-book logs by email and we can arrange for them to be there on your arrival. Contact for E-Brochure, booking form, more details


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Two beaches and coastal path in easy walking. Edge of village location.
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 18 reviews

Quiet little hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Quiet little cottage on the edge of Brynhenllan.Coast Path access from just down the road at Pwllgwaelod.

The cottage is situated near to a wooded Cwm and the view from the breakfast table is pure tree canopy filled with little winged things.

Outside there are two areas for sitting. A lawned area with some great little plants and shrubs cast iron table and chairs and a more secluded area behind the cottage with a larger table.

Great places to sit and listen to the amazing amount of birdsong.

Pencraig is also handily placed for a "No car holiday"

The T5 which covers from Haverford West to Aberystwyth is a 10 minute walk away and the Poppit Rocket shuttle bus runs right past the door.

There are countless paths in the area.

Newport is six minutes away on the bus.

Good Wholefood shop there.

Cardigan is 30 minutes away and us a great little town.

Best food is at Food For Thought in the main street.

Great menu and very aware of dietary needs like gluten free and vegan.

Had a great time at Brynhenllan.

Thanks to Mike for renting us his cottage 👍😁

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The beds and bedding were comfy and very clean. Very peaceful.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay, pity the tv did not work, so we enjoyed the radio programmes. One of the settees was very comfortable, the other one needs replacing. Nice bathroom and kitchen.

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy and at the foothills of the preselies too

  • 5 of 5

Lovely quiet cottage perfect for the preselies the coast for stormy nights and for us

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nothing nicer than hunkering down in an old stone cottage with a fire in the grate. So glad it was perfect for you!
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Cosy cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Just spent a lovely relaxing week here. Great location, short walk down the hill to beautiful beach. Daughter loved climbing and rock pooling! Friendly local pubs. Cosy cottage to come back to and chill in front of the fire. perfect break, Pembrokeshire just beautiful. Thanks mike!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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It was a nice cottage

  • 5 of 5

WERE did have a great time

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Good value

  • 5 of 5

Easy and relaxing cottage. Good position for coastal walks and beaches

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Sailors Safety, Pwllgwaelod
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
60 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Sailors Safety, Pwllgwaelod
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Pwllgwaelod / Cwm-y-Eglwys
Car: recommended

Car: 2.5 hours from Cardiff, 4.5 hours from west London. Cottage to the end of the M4 Motorway is 1.15 hours

Train: to Fishguard Harbour station is 4 miles, then taxi or bus.

Air: to Cardiff International Airport

Sea: Fishguard - Rosslare ferry. 3.50 hour crossing

Southern Wales region

The north coast of Pembrokeshire has cliffs and coves, places to explore and enjoy. Visitors will find attractive and affordable places to visit and eat in. The National Park includes a swathe of open country in the Prescelli hills which are very close to Dinas village (1 mile). Pwllgwaelod is a sandy cove facing Fishguard bay, and Cwm-yr-Egwys a similar cove facing Newport Bay. These beaches provide safe swimming and have natural shelter. The area has plenty of history - ancient chapels, monuments and burial sites, and St Davids Cathedral.


Riding, boats and swimming, walking, and some great off-road bike trails make N Pembs a place for where you can enjoy activities at reasonable prices and without crowds. There's a lot of culture, Brynhenllan village having a number of well known artists as residents. The St Davids music festival in the cathedral, the Fishguard Music Festival and other music activities such as Cardigan Eisteddfod, male voice choirs all provide different and memorable evenings. Being outside busy Newport can be a bonus in the summer season. You can borrow my 14ft Skipper dinghy if you're a competent sailor. There is a bike at the cottage, and another available.


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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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