Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Guests won't want to go home after staying in the wonderful Coombe Cottage in the pretty hamlet of Overton on the slopes above Port Eynon Bay. Coombe Cottage has breathtaking views across the surrounding fields to the sea. Nearby footpaths lead in one direction to the pebbly beach of Overton Mere and in the other direction to Rhosilli Downs and Bay which is listed by the Guardian as one of the top ten places to walk in the UK. The cottage has an idyllic rural location, but is only a few minutes from the busy village of Port Eynon. The sandy bay of Port Eynon was voted the Best British Beach in the 2011 Cadbury Flake 99 Great British Beach Awards. The village of Port Eynon has a gift shop, a surf shop, The Smuggler's Haunt restaurant, two fish and chip shops and The Ship Inn pub. Coombe Cottage itself is a stunning property. It has a huge, double height open plan living area with french doors onto a terrace with spectacular views across the countryside to the sea.
Coombe cottage is a wonderful place to stay if you are looking for a rural retreat with access to the stunning scenery of Gower. The sandy Bay of Port Eynon and the village of the same name is very nearby. The heart of the property is the double height, open plan living area. This is a very glamorous space set off by slate floor tiles, pale nautical colours complementing the sea views beyond the wall of glass which makes up the back elevation of the property. The modern hand built kitchen with granite work tops and a sleek breakfast bar, is a very sociable area to whip up a meal, whilst other family members or friends relax on the two elegant sofas in the lounge area. Here the central chimney breast has been retained to striking effect and is a great spot for the large flat panel television. The dining area is also in this open plan space and is a great spot for dinner parties or casual family meals. There is a utility room behind the kitchen area. A short corridor off the kitchen diner leads to a bedroom with a king size bed and large built in wardrobes. This room has a stylish en suite shower room. A few steps down from the dining area there is a second shower room and two further bedrooms. One has a super king size bed and french doors onto the terrace and the other bedroom has bunk beds. The main staircase in the living room leads up to the master bedroom again with a super king size bed. This room has dual aspect windows and an en suite bathroom. The over bath shower hadn't been added at the time we did the photography. The outside space consists of a large area of lawn and the terrace with outside furniture, overlooking the surrounding fields and the sea. This is a fabulous property in a great location.
Coombe Cottage has been recently refurbished to a very high standard throughout. Features such as curtains and blinds will be added before the first guests arrive.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Port Eynon 1.2km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The South Wales region
The Gower offers a dramatic and varied landscape. The numerous beautiful bays of golden sand and secluded coves are linked by a coastal path allowing you to explore the entire coast of the peninsular. Sandy beaches backed by dunes and dramatic limestone cliffs are found on South and West Gower. To the North of the peninsular the landscape changes to salt marshes and there are many nature reserves providing a bird watcher's paradise.
Often compared to the Bay of Naples, Swansea Bay is a five mile sweep of golden sand linking the Swansea Maritime Quarter and Mumbles Head. A beautiful panorama of sea and water. Running the length of the bay is a promenade ideal for a stroll or cycle ride. If you arenâ??t feeling energetic a trip on the Swansea Bay Rider might be just the ticket. The Swansea Bay Rider is a land train which runs between Southend Gardens in Mumbles and Blackpill Lido on bank holiday weekends in May and throughout the Summer.
Close to Mumbles are the popular beaches of Langland and Caswell Bay, The Blue Flag Beach of Langland is very accessible, with ramps at both ends of the bay allowing pushchairs onto the beach. A beautiful curving bay with Victorian beach huts and palm trees. There's ample parking and three eateries, one an upmarket licensed Brasserie and two beach side cafes with everything from bacon sandwiches to buckets and spades. This is a popular surfers venue with a designated swimmers area and life guards on duty. There are rock pools galore for the children and lovely golden sand.
Caswell is a beautiful Blue Flag beach with a large car park and its own beachside cafe as well as a snack bar and beach shop. There is a life guard in attendance during the summer months and a surf school in operation. Out of season this beach becomes a surfers paradise.
Travelling further onto the Gower Peninsula the stunning secluded bay of Three Cliffs is one of the most photographed locations on Gower and was recently featured on the television programme Britain's Favourite View. Wonderful golden sands backed on one side by high dunes which are perfect for sunbathing.
In 2007 The Travel Magazine named Oxwich beach the most beautiful in Britain, describing it as "magnificent and unspoilt" and as a "great place for adults and children to explore". There is a wide range of habitats with the beach backed by salt marshes, woodland and sand dunes. Oxwich is a wonderful beach for swimming and water sports. Its position facing South East means that the water is particularly calm and perfectly suited for windsurfing, kayaking, waterskiing and power boating, all of which is on offer on this popular beach. There is car parking directly behind the western end of the beach and this along with toilets and a kiosk means it is a very accessible and convenient beach.
The last city before rural Wales, Swansea, boasts an Olympic swimming pool, The National Waterfront Museum and the Museum of Transport. Let us not forget the Grand Theatre, the LC2 water park, a Casino and two multi-screen cinemas. There are several festivals including â??Escape to the Parkâ?? a dance music event held in Singleton Park, this venue also hosts the BBC Proms in the Park . The ever growing Swansea Bay Summer festival runs throughout the summer with live music, theater, childrenâ??s entertainment and sports events. Many events are free but it is worth remembering to book in advance for the international artists who perform in the festival.
Wales' second city Swansea nestles around the crescent shaped Swansea bay with its miles of golden sand.
The restoration of Wind street, (pronounced Wine), hints of the past wealth of the city with its beautiful buildings transformed from banks into bars and restaurants. This street has become world famous as a party venue.
The Maritime Quarter, an internationally awarded architectural project, combines the beautiful architecture of the waterfront which survived the German bombs with a new marina development including galleries, museums cafes and bars. The development, which was praised by Prince Charles for its sympathetic architecture has greatly enhanced the city and strengthened itâ??s links with the waterfront.
There are many beautiful places to see within the environs of the city. The Vivian family, who accumulated great wealth through copper smelting in the 19th century, spent a good deal of that money developing the grounds of their estates; notably Clyne Castle and Singleton Abbey. These properties and their gardens and parklands were subsequently acquired by the city of Swansea. Clyne Gardens is extremely beautiful with many rare Azaleas and Rhododendrons as well as ancient trees . Singleton Park houses a stunning walled Botanical Garden surrounded by beautifully landscaped parklands sloping gently towards the sea. Swanseaâ??s position on the edge of the Gower means it is perfectly placed as a tourist destination.
The small Gower hamlet of Overton is in a quiet, rural spot surrounded by fields and flanked by the coast. A wonderful place to recharge your batteries, relax and explore Gower from the north side of the peninsula. Overton Mere is a an undulating limestone valley fringing a rocky plateau famous for bird watching, breathtaking scenery, marine life and walks around the coast. The mere is filled with rock pools and salt water rivulets and exposed remnants of bygone wrecks can be seen at low tide. On the eastern side of the mere you can see culver hole hidden in the cliffs from the stony beach. This unusual cave has a four storey staircase within and a masonry facade and was used by smugglers until recently. The nearest beach and larger village is Port Eynon, voted as one of the most perfect family beaches in the U.K. Rugged and wild it is still safe for families to enjoy with cafes, a bistro pub, quirky craft galleries and the ruins of the salt house to explore. There is a well stocked grocers shop, pub and chip shop in the village. The little church of St. Cattwgâ??s with itâ??s beautiful stained glass has a memorial to the many life boat crews that have lost their lives in the area and are buried in the churchyard.