This sturdy cottage has one double bedroom, a traditional open fireplace, kitchen, bathroom and an upstairs bedroom with single beds (restricted headroom and requiring nimbleness re access). Its quirky character is part of the cottage's charm - suitable to holidaymakers keen on simple living. A futon would sleep a fifth person upstairs if open plan is acceptable. Fully furnished, with a video for DVDs, Washing machine, Fridge, Gas cooker, and Broadband internet. Situated in the unrivalled Gwaun Valley, the cottage is backed by steep-sided oak clad valleyside, and a bubbling stream flows beside the property. Secluded garden with hanging line, seats, table and barbecue. Very quiet, protected and peaceful, with pubs about 1 mile in either direction (one of them well known: 'Bessie's') beaches including Newport Sands, 3-5 miles, legendary Pembrokeshire coastal walks, fishing, fresh water and sea. For active living, or just enjoying your leisure, it makes for an unforgettable holiday experience. Beside the Pembrokeshire National Park, and in a protected site of Special Scientific Interest, the Gwaun Valley abounds in wildlife and interesting insects. A small and beautiful river flows down the valley, with Brown Trout. On blowy days, the valley tends to be warmer than upland areas.
'Close-to-nature' style holiday cottage, off beaten track, gateway to adventure
- english, french, german
- Calendar last updated:
- 19 Mar 2019
About PHILIP MACGREGOR
In 1956 my family and another jointly bought the cottage. It remained as a holiday cottage, kept by the two families till the mid 80s. The cottage passed to the next generation and I've kept it in traditional style. It has been a big but rewarding commitment keeping my links to the past in the welcoming community, with familiar sights, walks, pubs and people. I have always fished for the excellent (but rather small) trout in the river five minutes away on foot.
PHILIP MACGREGOR purchased this Cottage in 1956
Why PHILIP MACGREGOR chose Fishguard
I have known the property all my life. Its positive effect never wanes. The charm of place and simplicity that creates an enduring appeal. Countless families from all over the UK have shared the pleasures of the cottage over the past 50 years. With very few exceptions they have found its magic worked for them, with returners year on year. The full visitors' book tributes cannot be put on OwnersDirect, since the entries precede this era. The resident community in the valley are extremely welcoming and helpful. HERE ARE A FEW TRIBUTES FROM THE PAST ............................................................................................ Don’t change or “improve anything”, especially the stairs! Attic very good for train set on rainy day. Dyffryn Fernant splendid as ever. Same for Carninglie and Aber Rhigias. At least the rain was an excuse to have a summer fire. Cwm Gwaun brewery also good again. Will probably be back for a third time. ............. Such a peaceful and special place. It’s lovely sitting in the grassy car park space looking out across the valley on a golden evening. Looking forward to coming back next year. Thanks to the people who left the tea leaves. We’ve seen hawks, a jay and various other interesting birds we’ll need to look up. The cottage is a perfect place for children. Susan loved the attic with the low door that kept the parents out and baby James loved staring up at the beamed ceiling. Had the usual amusing spider adventure – this time it was lurking in my hair towel. Lobsters at Pwll Gwaelod (a beach). .... An excellent location with a lot of stuff to do including walking down streams and making dens. A nice garden and very comfy rooms. I loved the visit. Thank you. ... Quirky but quaint. Very cosy – loved the location and the peace. The running water is very relaxing. Did lots of walks so feel fitter than when we arrived. ... Once again we have had a wonderful time at this fantastic cottage.
What makes this Cottage unique
Silences, colour, and all the excitements of a down-to-earth living. In a national park that has not allowed change for decades, it really is something from a different world. It usually leaves the traveller with a heightened sense of wellbeing, more energy, and even, at times, a suntan.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Good for Gwaun Valley
Cottage very well situated for exploring Cwm Gwaun Valley, Preseli Hills and coastal areas around Fishguard with excellent walks directly from the cottage. Equipped with everything we needed and welsh cakes and milk on arrival a bonus.
Tranquil and relaxing
The cottage is situated in a beautiful little valley. It's very quiet and peaceful - very little passing traffic. Perfect for getting away from it all. The bed in the ground floor bedroom is an utter delight -so comfortable and cosy!
An interesting cottage! Warm and comfortable, and with a helpful owner. I would rate it higher but for the following points: 1 Details should make clear that the upstairs area is hardly suitable for the elderly: a difficult ladder/staircase and a 4ft-high doorway were too much for my wife (74) and sister-in-law (79) - so they shared the double bed downstairs while I (77) braved the climb several times a day! 2. Details should make clear there is no TV (only a DVD-player) and that various aerials in two downstairs rooms are now redundant. Otherwise the only "improvement" I would have appreciated was a better shower: I find mixer taps on the bath fitting are notoriously difficult to use to get the right temperature.
Thanks for the very helpful feedback. I appreciate the well made-point and have now stated that some agility is needed upstairs. The DVD-only restriction is stated. In your email to me you also gave a very nice comment: “The cottage is comfortable, warm and well-equipped, and I would certainly recommend it”. That’s very encouraging too.
The expected basic comfort in a great area
The description is accurate, and the area is great for nature and scenery. We loved that so much. The cottage is quite small, so we were glad to get out, as with two grown up children, the living space wasn’t all that massive to share... Shame tv wasn’t available for those damp evenings (specially as we were over from abroad and would have enjoyed watching British programmes). The communication with Philip was very efficient and easy, so any questions were rapidly answered.
Thank you for your review and positive comments on your experience. Sorry you missed TV but signal is difficult so actually we have only ever put 'video for DVD' in the description - but this year we have also installed WiFi.
If you want a few days away from it all, yet within 15 minutes drive of the sea and the mountains, this is the place for you. A lovely, rural, rambling cottage where the only noises are the burbling brook, the birds and the sheep, then you will love this cottage. It doesn't have all the mod cons - but it is well appointed, and a lovely place to go and relax and get some real peace and country air.
We had an amazing time!
Phil the owner was very helpful with directions and posting the key promptly. Thanks Phil.
The cottage was perfect loved the inglenook.
Beautiful location. Friendly locals. Just wish we could have stayed longer as we didn't have chance to visit the very local pub.
Also dog friendly. Warning tall people low doorways.
The area includes fantastic scenery, good walks, beaches, pubs and restaurants. The cottage location is excellent for children with wooded hill, garden, and a stream, and interesting cottage rooms upstairs. There are Celtic monuments, and plenty of tourist attractions, plus tourism trips from St David's, 45 minutes drive away. Beaches are 15 minutes from the cottage.