Clovercliff is a gem of a cottage that overlooks the sea and some of the most spectacular coastline in the 'Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' if not the British Isles. Perched two hundred feet above and within three hundred yards of the coast of the Bristol Channel, it can be found in Google Earth at 51 deg. 33’ 34.23”N and 4 deg. 16’ 24.24”W. Whether you like walking, painting, bird watching, surfing, climbing, paragliding, or want a great location for a family holiday this is an outstanding place within 10 minutes walk of Mewslade Bay. It is also within a mile and a half of Rhossili which boasts three miles of sandy beach. For peace, quiet and somewhere to relax and watch the changes in light and weather, it often seems unbeatable. Many spectacular walks can be taken directly from the cottage along the coast or over Rhossili Down. Other natural and historic wonders of The Gower are within easy reach by car or bike. You could also venture further to Swansea with its shops, or to the National Botanic Garden of Wales, or the historic castles of Kidwelly, Weobley and Penrice.
Near Rhossili, Gower, South Wales - Beach within half mile, Exciting Birdwatching/Cliff Walks
About Liz Lucas
The Lucas Family have managed Clover Cliff since 2008 when Ollie and Liz took it over from Ollie's cousin, Patrick and the Robin family. It has been a labour of love as we have made significant improvements fitting double glazing, bringing toilet access indoors (yes indoors!), a new kitchen, new bathroom and hot water system and new storage heaters. The roof has also been renewed and isulated for cosy winter weeks beside the log burner (logs provided!) and the parking area in the field is surfaced to help with access which was sometimes a challenge in wet weather in the past. We aim to provide something that is practical and comfortable but which lets the natural surroundings speak for themselves. Working on this has brought us into contact with such friendly and supportive local people and neighbours. Although we do not live locally we aim to always be available on the end of a phone and have great people who look after the house and grounds in our absence.
Liz Lucas purchased this Cottage in 1949
Why Liz Lucas chose Swansea
The house was built by Ollie’s grandparents to give their children close contact with the natural world away from the noise and pollution of London. They were passionate about Gower and were involved in the beginnings of the Gower Society and in the campaign to have it made an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ollie’s mother was staying at Clover Cliff when he was born and the small murals painted on the plaster of the sitting room were done by his grandfather, mother and aunts. He felt the place was in his bones and although he only lived there a short time, loved wandering the cliffs and beaches as a boy. Now it is not only our business project and families holiday home but also an inspiration for artists like Ollie. Sadly, Ollie died unexpectedly in 2015 but his wife, Liz and their children and grand children continue to enjoy all the activities that Clover Cliff and the Gower has to offer and continue to enable others to do the same.
What makes this Cottage unique
Fantastic sea views, seclusion, slowing down, chilling out, contemplating the changing light and sea, watching birds, sharing our love of the natural outdoors with our children and grandchildren without having to get in a car first. Walking to Mewslade beach, surfing and making sandcastles, barbecues on the shingle at Ramsgrove and walking our dog, Ernie. Finding a secret place to sit alone on the cliffs. Walking to Hillend for lunch over Rhossili Down and back along Rhossili beach. The walk to the end of the Worm when the tide is right. Listening to winter storms outside beside the cosy wood burner. Friendly neighbours. Drawing in Mewslade valley (and just about everwhere else!) Waking up and watching the light change over The Worm as the sun comes up with a cup of tea in bed! Evening meals or a BBQ and wine looking at the sunset. Chasing rabbits - I never caught one (Ernie the dog). Please be aware that we have no television or wifi and for some mobile phone networks, the signal can be variable. A technology free holiday!
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
A magical place !
Clover Cliff Cottage felt like home from the minute we arrived. It felt welcoming and warm, and had absolutely everything we needed. We also enjoyed not having a television, it made our break relaxing, and we played games, (lots of which are provided), read (a good variety of interesting books and maps are also provided), but probably spent the most time watching the light change over the most spectacular view. The view is just stunning, and on full display from all the main living areas of the cottage, and a couple of the bedrooms. On misty mornings it was quite hypnotic watching the view reveal itself as the sun burnt off the mist. In the evenings we sat outside and watched the sun set with a glass of wine...bliss !
We walked a lot, directly from the cottage on the Coastal Path. We walked to Rhossili, The Worms Head, Mewslade Bay and to Port Eynon 6 miles along the Cliffs, the dog was exhausted ! We did need the dogs lead though, the cliffs are steep and sheep plentiful !
In all, we had a very peaceful and relaxing week at Clover Cliff, we unwound completely and were very sorry to leave. It casts quite a spell on you .. We loved it and will be going back as soon as we can.
The Randalls and Rosie the BMD.
Another five stars from us
"Us" is: a Mum, two grown-up sons (21 and 18) and their teenage sisters (16 and 14). We all enjoyed the place so much. The biggest compliment is that even the beloved computer was not missed!
It is obvious that the location is for nature lovers - we recommend hiking boots. We had warm and sunny weather but could also imagine the place to be very cozy in less favourable conditions. The personal information provided regarding the history of the house and the surrounding landscape was much appreciated and contributed to the fact that we felt well and at home and - for the short period that we were there - also responsible for the preservation of this wonderful spot on earth.
So good luck to Clover Cliff, Liz, Oliver and Gail and all the future guests.
It's great to hear that you enjoyed the natural beauty of the surrounding area, and also the coziness of the cottage. Thanks for the review, and it's lovely to hear that you felt so at home at Clover Cliff.
This is a property that is extremely hard to beat in terms of it's location. It is isolated, but does not feel lonely. The sky and the sea, and nature in all it's great beauty, dominate. This is not a place for the technophobe, but a place to unwind, relax and rejuvenate. Just a few yards from from the cottage is the coast path, with stunning views of the little coves and beaches nearby, and endless potential for walking and exploring. Rhossili beach nearby is magnificent, the sight of which never ceases to lift the spirits with its beauty.
The property is accurately described, and warm, cosy and comfortable.
My daughter, son in law and year old baby enjoyed staying in the roof bedroom, and so long as you are careful and fit, the tiny staircase would not pose too much of a problem.
All the amenities one could wish for are not far away in the little village of the Mumbles, including lots of lovely little shops to suit all the family. The Italian restaurant Verdi's has wonderful food and specially ice cream, but that just may have been superseded this year by the discovery of Joe's coffee crunch ice cream.......delicious! If all that a city centre can offer is required, Swansea is just along the bay, but really, for me, nowhere beats just being at Clover Cliffe cottage; it's just perfect, but please don't tell too many people!
Thanks for taking the trouble to write a review and we are delighted that you have again enjoyed Clover Cliff so much. It is good to see Mumbles praised so highly for its holiday amenities, not to mention its ice cream!
Gower is now our favourite place. Clover Cliff gave us everything we look for in our family holidays, the beauty of nature all around us - the location and setting is perfect. We have camped for our last few hols and the luxury of hot water, warm beds etc was much appreciated. Great attention to detail with all you need yet not overly fussy this place was perfect for us, the renovations have kept the essence and the history of Clover Cliff with modern comforts, we loved it. We found Gower locals so friendly and helpful too.
Our group included teenagers aged 19 and 15, and 12 and 8 yr olds, no one was bored or missed TV or internet very much at all, the kids spent many hours late into the night hunched over the monopoly board after days spent discovering coves or walking out to Worms Head or body boarding in the fabulous surf at Mewslade and Rhossili.
I almost don't want to write this review telling others how great this place is! We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to gain some wonderful family memories at this very special place.
We will return!
Thanks for such a lovely review, it's great to hear that you enjoyed the Gower and all that it offers so much. We'd love to have you back, but do book early if you want your two week stay! Thank you for the spectacular photographs you sent, a treat to see you all enjoying the uncrowded beaches.
See you soon!
Simple , obviously much loved accommodation.
Thanks for the review. Its great to know that the cottage is appreciated as much by other people as it is by us!
A totally secluded cottage, with no traffic noise or close neighbours. Perched on the clifftops (100 metres away from the sea) in a stunning natural and wild location. The nearest B road is half a mile away.
Coast Path within 100 metres leading to many rocky coves, less than 1/2 mile to Mewslade Bay, Rhossili Bay and Worm's Head 1.3 miles. Many wonderful habitats locally with wildlife, caves, streams and spectacular cliff scenery. The award winning Oxwich and Three Cliffs Bays are seven and nine miles away by car respectively.
Cardiff, the nearest International Airport is 1 hr 44 minutes away and Swansea mainline railway station with links to all of the UK is 40 minutes away. A car is strongly recommended for travel to and from the cottage. There is a private airport at Swansea.
Rhossili 1.5 miles, Swansea 18 miles.
Rhossili 1.5 miles, Port Eynon 4 miles, Reynoldston 4.6 miles, Llangennith (Surf School and hire) 7.7 miles by car or 3 miles walk. National Botanical Garden of Wales, 36 miles.
Get away from it all, spending time outdoors on the stunning, yet wild, Gower coastline and it's splendid beaches. Enjoy your evenings in front of a log burne or watching the sun set, without distractions of the internet and television (board games and books aplenty).