A MAGICAL 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom WiFi cottage lovingly restored and maintained
About Peter Lay
The cottage is owned by sporting outdoor enthusiasts and National Trust supporters Peter and Sally Lay who live with their family in Gloucestershire, UK. We are a strongly ethically and environmentally driven enterprise. We enjoy a love of the sea and value the heritage and unique environmental qualities of this coastal area. Peter, a geography and education graduate from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, enjoyed a long career in marketing working with world famous brands. Today, in a 'second' career he works in public office. Sally is a social studies graduate of London's Royal Holloway College and combines the job of mum with work as a medical secretary. They are committed to sharing this outstanding location with like minded visitors to Pembrokeshire and to delivering an exceptional holiday experience at an affordable price.
Peter Lay purchased this Cottage in 2002
Why Peter Lay chose Stackpole
This is a romantic traditional stone built (1862) cottage, bursting with character, sited a mere km or so from the famous Pembrokeshire National Coast Park footpath and two amazing world class, National Trust owned beaches. The environment is a haven for anyone with an interest in geography, geology, history, conservation, wild life (particularly ornithology), photography, fauna and magnificent seascapes. It is also perfectly located for outdoor enthusiasts and particularly those who enjoy any of the following activites: walking, coastal trail runs, cycling, swimming, surfing, sailing, water ski, fishing and enjoying fine, remote and relaxing beaches away from the madding crowd. A National Nature Reserve of special international importance, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Norman churches and medieval castles are either a short walk or road journey from the property. The property is popular with members and families of The National Trust and the British based Women's Institute. It sits peacefully in a secluded woodland glade festooned with wild life and fauna within the National Trust owned Stackpole Estate. The quality of fixture and fittings, kitchen equipment and in-home entertainment, coupled with the presentation of the cottage is modelled to at least the high standards found in National Trust Holiday Cottages throughout the UK.
What makes this Cottage unique
The stream side property offers total privacy and is set at the end of a tree lined track in a woodland glade. Unlike so many holiday rentals in the area this is not a communal unit- there are no neighbours, owners or holiday makers! The managed gardens comprise of nearly one acre and the surrounding woodland views encompass a further five acres. A babbling stream runs alongside one side of the garden and is a fond and lasting memory for many guests. Pooh sticks are a favourite game for the children. The adjacent woods provide a playground of exploration and mountain bike fun for all the family. This property is toasty warm in winter and cool in summer with a variety of sun terraces and outdoor furniture. It is maintianed to a high standard and is continually improved year on year. There are gentle grade short walks to Britain's smallest harbour at Stackpole Quay, (which is also home to the mouth watering Boathouse Café), the famous Lily Ponds at Bosherston, the nation's favourite beach at Barafundle Bay and historic Pembroke Town (with its medieval castle being the birth place of King Henry VII) is a short car journey away. Love technology, TV or the internet? This property has TWO wide screen, LED HD Smart Samsung TV's fully internet connected enabling you to surf the web and enjoy all the various iPlayer channels so you will never miss out on any important or favourite TV broadcast. Connect your notebooks, tablets or smart phones via the Samsung file share protocols to view your pictures and video or play your music and films. Unlimited Wi-Fi with booster system for comprehensive signal reach.
Children allowed - Beware of stream with a high bankBeware of stream with a high bank
Pets allowed - We welcome up to TWO pets (max 42 kgs each) We welcome up to TWO pets (max 42 kgs each)
No smoking - This is a strictly NO SMOKING property. This is a strictly NO SMOKING property.
Max guests: 6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
A beautiful week .
Wonderfull - thank you.
Enjoyed our week at Wood Cottage. The dog loved the walks on the doorstep. Athena was really welcoming and the house was clean and tidy. A real country ‘escape’.
Super cottage, very well equipped, superb location
We’ve had many cottage holidays over the years, but Wood Cottage was the cosiest and best equipped we’ve ever visited. The location was perfect – nice and quiet, but within an easy drive of all the main attractions and beauty spots of Pembrokeshire. We were warm and contented, and definitely hope to return in the future!
Charming, beautifully located and well equipped
From the moment you approach this cottage from a little unmade lane you just know it will be special. Set in a wooded clearing and right next to an ancient Norman church it is a perfect base in which to explore this part of Pembrokeshire. There are walks to the coast and into the Stackpole estate which can start from the doorstep of this charming 'Dolly Parton' pink cottage.
Wood Cottage is well equipped for a self catering break or there is the option of the local pub (The Stackpole Inn) a short walk from the property, through the wood or road which has a rather extensive menu, I could recommend the fish dishes. Take a torch though, as the nights are really dark, but so refreshing to not have the light pollution.
In summary, we where very happy with our stay at Wood Cottage. A perfect venue for a relaxing break with history and charm.
A wonderful week at Wood Cottage
Our family and two dogs had a lovely time in this snug , comfortable, well equipped and very clean cottage. Thanks to Athena for the thoughtful welcome pack and flowers. We enjoyed walks through the surrounding woods to Stackpole Court, Stackpole Quay and Barafundle. We also visited nearby Carew and Tenby. It was lovely to be in Pembrokeshire without all the crowds and to see the snowdrops and primroses in bloom around the cottage and in the woods. We were happy to help the National Trust with their litter pick on Freshwater West, sadly finding lots of small plastic items and bits of fishing nets in amongst the seaweed. We also went to a very interesting talk at the Power House in Pembroke about buildings in Pembrokeshire, as well as enjoying the hospitality of the Stackpole Inn and the Cresselly Arms. We'll be back!
Peace, perfect peace!
This is a fabulous place to stay if you want seclusion and peace. Very comfortable and well equipped cottage; immaculately clean and cosy. We really enjoyed walking through the Stackpole woodland, as did our border collie who couldn't quite believe her luck. The walk to fabulous Barafundle from the cottage was just a bit too long for us but easily reached by car. A couple of minor household maintenance issues were speedily dealt with by Peter and they didn't negatively impact upon our stay. In all, a glorious New Year's break.
Wood Cottage ( a 2015 Visit Wales 4 STAR accredited holiday property), is located in an exceptionally desirable coastal location on the National Trust owned Stackpole Estate, in an unspoiled corner of south Pembrokeshire in south west Wales. It is within a short stroll of the famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path, one of Britain’s National Trails, and the village of Stackpole is a mere 10 minute walk away. With only 15 designated National Trails in England and Wales it’s no wonder that this cottage also sits in the heart of Europe’s only coastal National Park. Wood Cottage nestles peacefully alone in nearly an acre of its own private land. It is completely sheltered from on-shore winds by a streamlined woodland glade. The property is at the end of an exclusive vehicle friendly tree lined track. From the doorstep walk to Barafundle Beach, voted time and time again as one of the best beaches in Britain and the world and often likened to a Caribbean beach! Historic Pembroke Town and the Victorian seaside town of Tenby are close by.
Other Activities: Rock climbing, photography, coastal walks, Dolphin safari
Golf: There is an 18 hole course at Pembroke Dock enjoying views of the Milford Haven estuary (about 7 km), a championship links course at Tenby (7 km), and a country park course at Trefloyne (12 km).