Stunning rustic-luxe cottage for 2, surrounded by open countryside and an easy drive from beaches
Sleeps 2 + a child
In short, this is lovely, an impossibly romantic cottage in a Welsh meadow. The kitchen is beautifully panelled, wooden beams soar overhead and little glass bottles hold posies of wildflowers. Somehow expansive and cosy at the same time, the open-plan space flows from living area up to a pretty bedroom, past a log burner framed by lapis-blue sofas. Every detail is perfect.
With Pembrokeshire Coast National Park on the doorstep, you’ll plan days of windswept walks along stunning and empty beaches. But once you get here you’ll find it very tempting to just stay put, for the most part. In warm weather, laze in the wildflower gardens, watching swifts dart in and out of the eaves and buzzards wheeling overhead. In autumn and winter, read the shelves of great books, do jigsaws and wrap up in traditional Welsh wool blankets by the firepit. The owners – one a musician – hold concerts and music courses on-site, so you may even hear melodies floating on the breeze.
Awarded gold by Green Tourism. Eco paints and lime render were used in the renovation, there are solar panels and a rainwater harvester, and the owners use eco companies for gas and electricity.
- Take the meandering woodland walk into Newport (45 mins). There’s a 12thC Norman Castle, you can rummage for antiques in the Carningli Centre and The Newport Collective showcases local artists.
- Food lovers are spoilt for choice around here: we recommend coffee and cake at Pwnc or lunch at Tides Kitchen & Wine Bar. Pubwise, The Golden Lion is the best.
- Cycle the coastal path to Traeth Llyfn cove. Backed by cliffs and sprinkled with rock pools, it’s a tricky-to-get-down-to gem, so there’s a high chance you’ll have it all to yourself. Refuel with fish and chips at The Shed in Porthgain, and end with drinks and beautiful views at The Old Sailors on Pwllgwaelod beach.
- Taxi to LLys Meddyg for dinner one evening; we had one of the best meals of our life here.
- Behind the cottage you’ll find the Preseli Hills, great for hiking, horse riding, views and beer! To taste the refreshing local amber ale, there’s no better place than the Dyffryn Arms – legendary landlady Bessie, now in her 80s, insists on serving it by the jug.
- St David’s on the westernmost tip is another must-visit (Europe’s smallest city), as is pretty Fishguard. Swing by Dyffryn Fernant gardens from the latter – a riot of colourful inspiration.