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2 bedroom, original cosy cottage, sundeck, good sea views, world-ranked beaches

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Small, cosy, well-equipped, great views, well-located near bay, beaches, village

New listing for June 2018. Fisherman's cottage from c1835 in oldest street in village. Sleeps 3+ (1 double bedroom with linen, 1 single bedroom with linen + sofa-bed in lounge without extra linen so bring your own if using it). Updated with bathroom, kitchen, heating, modern internal features. Overlooks Swansea Bay & Oystermouth Castle (Norman ruin). 100m from shoreline. Garden shares boundary with Mumbles Hill nature reserve. BBQ on sun-deck. Really cute. Dogs accepted.

Parking not possible directly at the property, except to unload or load up. Kerb-side parking spaces (pot luck, not charged-for, most of them with no time restrictions) in the streets nearby, both at the bottom and the top of the hill about 100m away. There is also a paid-for car park a bit further along Mumbles Road (guess 200m).

5 minute walk to village shops. Pier, Lifeboat Station, Oystermouth Castle, Lighthouse also an easy walk, as are good restaurants, craft-beer pubs, chippy, ice-cream parlour, newsagent, off-licence, grocer, fishmonger, butcher, baker, post office, pharmacy, doctor. 10 minute walk to cliff path and famous Gower lifeguarded beaches Rotherslade, Langand, Caswell. Car/bus/bike or a longer hike to world-ranked Three Cliffs, Mewslade and Rhossili, Culver Hole (smuggler's den worked into the cliff), Worm's Head (tidal island with nesting sea-birds and seals), Arthur's Stone (neolithic capstone tomb).

Lots to do in the immediate area, including sailing, golf, walking, tennis, bowls, archery, horse-riding, fishing, coastal tours, swimming, surfing, bird-watching, archaeology (one Gower cave is the site of Europe's oldest known ritual burial). About an hour away are additional attractions such as guided tours of underground caves, mountains, forests, waterfalls, tours of disused mines, many more ruined Norman castles c800 - 900 years old, working Welsh woollen mills, drop-dead gorgeous fishing villages, harbours and coastal islands to explore, seals and sometimes dolphins to view, covered markets, saturday markets, rugby, cricket or football to watch, indoor swimming pools, children-centric zoos and various adventure playgrounds.

The back garden consists of stone steps leading to a sun-deck. Take care that you or other members in your party such as children, don't fall down the steps. Once on the sun deck, you will find great views of the bay and the village with its castle. There is seating there, an all-weather table and a barbeque.

More Details

Alan Goss
Member since: 2018
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Welsh, Cymraeg
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018

About Alan Goss

I was born on The Gower but I spend a lot of time in Europe now with my job. So I can't meet and greet you :(

I'm on a UK mobile though (find the number in the house, I can't put it here) and you can phone me if you get stuck with anything. The changeover cleaning lady is a friend, only 2 streets away, and her number is in the house as well.

Me, my wife and our young son come back to Mumbles often. Don't be afraid to let me know if something doesn't work, because if I know about it I can fix it.

Alan Goss purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Alan Goss chose The Mumbles

It was a mess when I bought it. However, I liked the view and the proximity to the sea. It is so compact and yet neatly organised, that it reminded me of a ship's cabin somehow. Not that I've ever lived in a ship's cabin, I've only seen the sort of thing I'm talking about on films!

It was built between 1835 & 1840, pre-dating cars, electricity, the land registry, damp-courses and probably the water and gas supply. This is one of the 3 oldest streets in Mumbles. All the people who lived in it, were either fishermen or quarry workers. They used to paint the wall opposite with lime-wash. If you look closely, you can still see traces of it. That wall originally enclosed a convent "St Anne's" (St Anne's day is July 26th), then later a hotel, and the the flats you see there now. It is because it was built to border the convent, that Village Lane only ever had one side to it. The houses number up sequentially from the bottom, on the one side. Although Nos 1 & 2 were demolished and replaced by a larger house, and Nos 3 & 4 have been combined by an internal joining door, the rest of the houses are more or less original.

The other reason I wanted to live here is because my grandparents, my father, his sister and some of my cousins, lived in the large house you can see in Western Lane (look up village lane, and slightly right) during World War 2. But that was not for sale and I couldn't have afforded it anyway, so I plumped for this one in Village Lane instead.

From this part of the bay, I can look out across it and identify all the other parts of Swansea where I, my various antecedants and 50 or so assorted living cousins once lived or live now. After travelling a lot in my life and living overseas a few times, it sort of settled me to come back and find a place like this.

What makes this cottage unique

It is VERY common to hear owls hooting in the nature reserve behind the garden. It's also common to see seals on the rocks in the nearby beaches. It's less common to see dolphins, but keep your eyes open and you might be lucky. I should say to guests from overseas, that everybody in Mumbles starts their conversations in English, not Welsh. You'll be fine if you speak English, which is the dominant language here. If you want to speak Welsh though just do it, and you might be surprised by how often people will respond in Welsh. There are places only 10 miles away where Welsh dominates instead - but the people there also speak English so you'll still be ok using that.

If you do one thing while you're here, get in the sea. It doesn't matter how cold it feels as you enter it, and it doesn't matter if it's raining and blowing a gale. When you come out again, you'll feel warm and tingling all over and the wind won't even touch you. You'll have become invincible!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in The Mumbles in Swansea

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • PLEASE NOTE this house has no driveway (it pre-dates cars), but you can stop outside it to unload and there's parking in other streets nearby (100m)
  • INFANT KIT not provided, so bring your own. And watch them on the steep steps especially in garden! BEDS & LINEN for 3 adults. Sofa bed too, no linen
  • DOGS downstairs only, not upstairs! BBQ on the sun-deck, charcoal in white bags alongside it, firelighters & tongs in right-hand kitchen drawer.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • resort
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Bathroom has WC, bath with shower over it, wash-basin
  • The boiler is also in the bathroom. The controls on it are pretty easy if you want to adjust the central heating or the temperature of the hot water. If you need them, the instructions for the boiler are in the right-hand alcove. The main stop-cock is also in the bathroom. If you need to turn off the water supply, look in the bottom of the cupboard under the bathroom sink. Even the kickboard there comes off if you pull it. Turn off every tap you can see!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Linen provided. Lots of wardrobe space
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Single Bed , Single bed, linen provided. Drawer space and shelves
  • Sleeps 3 people in 2 bedrooms, with linen and pillows provided. But also a sofa-bed downstairs which does not have linen or pillows provided. Use that if you want to for any reason, but please keep it clean and remember to bring your own linen, sleeping bags, pillows or whatever. No cot provided for infants so again, bring your own if you will need one.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
View of ruined Norman castle from bedroom window (850 years old), and of the bay. Pier, light-house, life-boat station, nature reserve, village shops, the sea, restaurants, pubs, post office, church all a very easy walk (10 minutes). The first few Gower beaches are also very close for walking. Bus, bike or car to the rest of them or treat the walk as a hike.


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2 bedroom, original cosy cottage, sundeck, good sea views, world-ranked beaches
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Full of character with a view that is to die for!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is in an ideal spot for Gower walks and local shopping. The view from the deck behind the property spans Oystermouth Castle, a church, rooftops and the bay and you can watch the sunset while sipping an evening drink! Everything inside is tasteful and you will find everything you need. Highly recommended! Alan will answer any queries you have very quickly. Value for money is incredible. Book now!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I see. Thanks Rachel. So you liked it then??*&%?! Alan x
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Lovely cottage, perfectly located

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful, quaint cottage, perched half way up the hill with views over the bay. We stayed for two nights but wish we had stayed longer.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location, very clean and well kept cottage. Great communication and fast responses

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommended if you’re looking to stay close to the waterfront. Owner was very accessible and answered all questions promptly. I would definitely stay again the next time I am back in Mumbles. Cottage offered everything you needed for a nice stay. Thank you!!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for that Craig. It's pretty cool to have visitors from the other side of the ocean, who have a family connection here. Cheers! Alan
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A lovely cottage in an excellent location

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 lovely days in the Mumbles in this charming cottage, while exploring the Gower Peninsula. The cottage itself has everything we needed fans was clean, tidy and very comfortable. The sea views from the main bedroom and roof terrace were stunning and the facilities available made for a perfect holiday home. The cottage is a short walk from the seafront and we were always able to find parking close by. As a location to explore the Gower Peninsula it was excellent - providing a great base with shops, bars and restaurants nearby while no more than half an hour’s drive from the farthest beaches in the Gower, including Rhossilli Bay. The whole area is stunning, with beautiful cliff-top walks and glorious sandy beaches very close to the cottage and all around the Peninsula. In summary, this is a perfect base for a relaxing Gower holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A pleasure having you Jessica. It's difficult to believe such a nice place with seals, wild horses, beaches etc is only 7 miles off the M4. "I must spend more time in the office" -not! Thanks for the happy review. Alan x
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Great stay! Very cute, tidy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Alan's place, he was very friendly and informative, ready to answer any questions we had. The place itself is gorgeous, very cute, an ideal seaside cottage! Views of the sea from the house, a lovely garden but unfortunately we had rain whilst we were there so didn't get to make use of it. Board games, DVDs, books, all equipment you might need in the kitchen. Great location, some nice restaurants nearby - definitely recommend the The Kitchen Table for breakfast!

Thanks again Alan for having us,

Caroline & Mike x

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you Caroline. Glad the weather didn't stop you surfing! There's a nice restaurant overlooking Langland by the way (for next time). It's called The Langland Brasserie and you can time it for a terrace or window seat while the tide is in, if you're lucky. Alan
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charming cottage with wonderful sea views

  • 5 of 5

we had a lovely stay at 16 village lane it has got everything there that you need for a perfect holiday, we found it was very clean and comfortable with wonderful sea views, and a lovely sun deck which overlooks the bay ,Alan the owner was very helpful and informative i would certainly book to go again , it comes highly recommended

carol from solihull

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really nice to know you liked it Carol. In fact it's a relief! We've only been doing this for 2 weeks and weren't sure we set the place up right. So thanks for the feedback. Fingers crossed you get the chance to explore a bit more next time, and we'll send you our list of favourite things to do! All the best, Alan
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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Ilfracombe, Dublin
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
11 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
1 Kilometres
Knab Rock
Nearest Beach
0.1 Kilometres
Swansea Bay

Parking: No driveway at the house, though you can stop to load and unload. There is kerb-side parking (not charged for, most of it not time-restricted) in the streets about 100m away both at the bottom and the top of the lane. Also a paid-for car-park about 200m away.


Prices & Availability

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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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