Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This is a truly unique holiday experience away from roads, traffic and street lights. Access is via the owner's 4x4 down a half mile track cut into the cliff and through a ford in the nearby river. Once here you will access most places by foot, be able to spend hours on the beach or seek adventures amongst the numerous footpaths that leave here to access Gower's beaches, castles, pubs and cafes!
There are of course some draw backs:
- Vehicular access is by 4x4 only
- Heating is via wood burning stove
- Mobile phone reception is very limited
But then think of the positives:
- Vehicular access is by 4x4 only!
- Heating is via wood burning stove!
- Mobile phone reception is very limited!
- Peace, quiet, owls, bats, stars, the sound of the sea at night…
This enchanting, picturesque bay is set within the heart of the Gower Peninsular, an area so beautiful it became Britain's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). With a history rich in smuggling and quarrying it is a haven to walkers, artists and nature lovers and considered by many locals as Gower's best kept secret. Ship Cottage is a stone's throw from the beach (have a go at throwing a stone on to the beach from the balcony when you get here) and was built as a pub around 1700 to keep the quarry workers from getting too thirsty.
The beauty of this holiday location is its isolation - once you are here you will feel in another world, away from cars and traffic yet only a brisk walk east or west along the coastal paths will lead you to good Cafes and a brisk walk north to a choice of three local pubs all serving good food.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pwll Du Bay 500 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cardiff 80 km, Nearest railway: Swansea 14 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
This spacious accomodation comprises a very large open plan kitchen/diner/lounge with double sofa bed, a stone inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove. The open plan kitchen allows adequate space and facilities to cook and a table to comfortably seat 4 adults. From the kitchen french doors lead out to an outside seating area, perfect for al fresco dining. This access leads directly onto the footpath a mere 50m from the beach.
From this large room a spiral stair leads up to a large recently fitted ensuite double bedroom (also access to fold out bed and cot). Large french doors give onto a balcony with amazing sea views and additional table and chairs. The bedroom sleeps 2 adults (with one small child and one baby at a push). Lounge sleeps 2. Ideal for 2 (spacious enough for 4 if happy to share ensuite - costs include bedding and towels for 2 guests a supplement is charged for more than 2 guests £15p/head).
The property is attached to the home owners two hundred year old cottage in which there is access to washing machine and tumble dryer if needed. The heating is via an impressive large and efficient log burner in the centre of the lounge that more than adequately heats the room. The ensuite has an electric shower.
Ironing board/iron/hairdryer available on request
Internet/wifi is available but limited and not to be relied on
|Further details outdoors|
Access to this property is very limited and only suitable for brave 4x4 drivers, the 1/2 mile bumpy track leads you down into the bay along the cliff edge and down through a ford (which can flood) the drive takes some getting used to!!
We will pick you up and drop you off on handover day in our Landrover at the local shop which is 1 mile away - we would advise you to fill up with shopping goods on the way into Swansea (plenty of choice as main road in passes Sainsbury and Tesco) or a choice of two Co-operatives in Mumbles a nearby fishing village.
Pick up and drop offs to be provided - to add to the adventure sometimes the small river floods and access is then on foot via the beach
We are located at the end of a 1/2 mile 4WD only track by the sea
Ideal for walkers or nature lovers
Pets accepted at a cost of £25/ tail/ week if they are children and chicken friendly as we have both free ranging
Bedding/Towels included for 2 adults supplement of £15 per/head for any more guests
Short stays possible out of high season - 2 night break from £210
The South Wales region
Swansea Bay's a place of impressive contrasts: City and country; historic and contemporary; grand parkland and pounding surf.
Swansea Bay, south-west Wales, UK Swansea - Waterfront City, Wales' city by the sea, has Viking roots and a long, eventful history. Home to innovative visitor attractions and renowned for its awesome nightlife, it's a vibrant cultural centre, and a regional shopping hub.
Just a stone's throw away, the charismatic seaside village of Mumbles offers galleries and boutiques, snug cafés and fine dining.
The Gower Peninsula extends west of Mumbles, in miles of unspoilt coastal panoramas, award-winning golden beaches, and lush, rolling countryside.
And on the eastern edge of Swansea Bay, there's the Waterfall Country of Afan and the Vale of Neath: a must-see for walkers and cyclists alike. These steep-sided, wooded valleys are home to world-class mountain-biking, stately country parks, and the UK's second-largest forest south of the Scottish border.
'Swansea is the gateway to the Gower Peninsula, a compact compendium of coastal delights - from the golden-sand expanses of scenic Three Cliffs Bay, to the pounding surf and wind-blown ridge-walking at Rhossili' ... Lonely Planet
For more information and a free local guide to activities please see http://visitswanseabay.com
The 19 mile-long Gower Peninsula starts at Mumbles and extends westwards. It's famous for its beautiful coastline and beaches (from vast Rhossili to tiny, secluded Pwll Du), and is a favourite destination for walkers and surfers. Inland you'll find sheltered woodland and rolling grasslands; country pubs and fine food
“...Gorgeous sandy beaches, flower-fringed limestone cliffs and easy-going coastal walks, near Swansea and its superb National Waterfront Museum' ... Lonely Planet”
The Gower Peninsula's beaches are some of Wales' cleanest and most beautiful. The Independent describes Rhossili as "the supermodel of British beaches", while Llangennith is one of The Guardian's 'Top 10 UK Surf Spots'.
For history lovers, the area boasts many ancient sites, monuments, caves, castles, shipwrecks and landmarks including Arthur's Stone, Giants Grave burial chamber and Pennard Castle. Stone Age artefacts have been discovered in Gower caves, including the oldest dated modern human remains ever discovered in Britain.
Nearby in the village there are three pubs all of which offer good food and the Joiners Arms a CAMRA award winning pub has its own ales.
A few miles East and you can visit Mumbles a fishing village situated in the sweep of Swansea bay which offers a range of clothes shops, coffee shops, bars and restaurants popular with holiday makers.
If you head West you can explore the more natural delights that Gower offers a range of beautidul sandy bays, popular with walkers, climbers and surfers. Gower has a number of pubs and restaurants and offers a variety of activities for people. There are three great golf courses and three riding stables within a 6 mile radius of Pwll Du.
Pwlldu is a very secluded bay in the heart of The Gower Peninsular Britains first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This secluded and picturesque bay with a history rich in smuggling and quarrying is a haven to many. There are only two properties based in the bay a stones throw from the beach both previously pubs built to keep the quarry workers from getting too thirsty.
In the Autumn and Winter - enjoy the beauty of bishopston valley woods, the wild weather, crashing waves and and beautiful coastal paths - enjoy the cosiness of one of the local pubs and come home to light a warm and welcoming log fire.
In Spring and Summer - enjoy the stretch of Gowers beaches swimming, kayaking, surfing. Or just enjoy the peace of Pwll Du bay lounge on the balcony overlooking the bay and listen to the sea and by night enjoy the stars in the expanse of open sky.
For more information and free guides to Swansea see the links above
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4 Feb 2014
"Fabulous location - lovely cottage"
The cottage is in a beautiful location, right on the beach. The owners were very friendly and welcoming and got us set up very quickly. The cottage was very clean and well equipped and the bedroom o… More
10 Nov 2013
"Slice of heaven on earth"
Just returned from a breath taking break at Ship cottage. Beautiful romantic cottage on the stunning Gower coast. Superb hosts, stunning location and landscape that changes on a daily basis...nature … More
Ellie, thanks for your note on trip advisor. Hope getting back to reality has not been too harsh and that you can come again! Kath
8 Oct 2013
The location of the cottage is brilliant for walkers. I wouldn't advise it if you aren't keen on walking though, as the cottage is only accessible by 4x4, so the owner had someone come up in… More
5 Sep 2013
We stayed here for 2 glorious days. We have visited Gower for over 20 years but this was the best find ever. The owners are extremely friendly and helpful. We are booking for next year (and the year a… More
19 Aug 2013
"A perfect location to relax and recharge your battery"
We used our own vehicle so the adventure started straight away! The lane to the cottage is not as daunting as it looks.Bob and Kath were great hosts, available, but not intrusive.They descibed the bay… More
22 Jun 2012
"Ideal Location for Walkers"
Ship Cottage is in a Beautifull Location, so tranquil it was the perfect place for our stress free holiday. Kath and Bob were very welcoming and helpfull. You have the added bonus of your own beach 2 mins walk from your back door and spectacular views. Ideal for walkers but do take lots of supplies nearest shop is 20 mins walk
Thankyou for your comments - glad you enjoyed and hope to see you again!
7 Jun 2012
"Magical location and warmest of welcomes!"
Enjoyed a perfect week of relaxation in this wonderful location - just what we needed! Kath and Bob are so helpful and friendly. We did not want to leave and will certainly return to this perfect haven. The beach on the doorstep; wonderfull walks and wildlife, the log fire in the evenings and we loved the verandah to sit out on. Many thanks!
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