Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Maen-Offeiriad is a 5 acre small holding with 2 self catering holiday cottages (Artist's Studio (sleeps 3) and Garden House (sleeps 4) on the lower slopes of Foel Drygarn (an iron age hill fort on the high ridge of the Preseli Mountains in Pembrokeshire) about 15 minutes drive from Newport. See our website for full details of both cottages.
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It's a beautiful romantic and peaceful place, filled with birdsong. The open hillside of the Preseli Mountains is five minutes walk away, with over thirty square kilometres of hill and moorland without roads. The stunning North Pembrokeshire coastline is fifteen minutes away by car. The nearest towns are Newport, Pembs (great beaches, restaurants, local produce) and the larger town of Cardigan, about twenty minutes drive away. We are located in the Pembrokeshire National Park, the only coastal national park in the country, and is amazingly rich in wildlife, from owls and red kites to otters, dolphins and seals.
We are eco-friendly and dog friendly and the grounds and area are a nature lovers dream.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Newport 13 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cardiff 150 km, Nearest railway: Clunderwen 22 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
This cottage is a converted stone barn, formerly an artist's studio.
It has a sunny breakfast room with quarry tiles and former chapel leaded-glass window, a big open-plan living/main sleeping area with a woodburning stove, a characterful kitchen, shower room and separate toilet.
The main sleeping area is on the ground floor with a large double bed and a sleeping crog loft on the first floor provides 2 additional single beds, partially open to the main room. This area is accessed by ladders.
|Further details outdoors|
The cottages are set in five acres of gardens, copses and fields. It's very green and very quiet apart from lots of birdsong. Guests are welcome to explore our gardens and land. There's a beautiful walled garden that's a real sun-trap, and lots of nice picnic spots in the fields and under the trees.
Maen-Offeiriad (pronounced 'mine off-airy-add') means 'the priest-stone'. We've been told that the name refers to a large slab of Preseli Bluestone half-hidden beneath an oak tree, but no-one seems to know where the name comes from. The spot has been occupied for a very long time; at least 200 years. There is a very old stone pigsty next to the cottage that's a listed building!
The West Wales/Pembrokeshire region
We are located within the Pembrokeshire National Park. The cottage is at the foot of Foel Drygarn, and iron-age hill fort in the Preseli Mountains. Miles of wonderful walking is literally on the door step.
The Pembrokeshire coastal path and beaches are within a 15 minute drive.
The beaches, restaurants and shops of Newport are a 15 minute drive. Cardigan which is a larger town is about 20 minutes drive.
The famous Pentre Ifan burial chamber, and Castell Henlys which recreates an iron age village are both close by.
Fantastic walking, cycling and riding all in the area.
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29 Aug 2014
"Friendly rural retreat"
My partner and I stayed in The Artists Studio for a week of walking and kayaking. It was a perfect base - we loved the fact that you can just step out the door onto the hills. Norma and Tim were very friendly and helpful, with lots of useful information about where to go and what to do. The small kitchen is well-stocked and cooking there was a pleasure. The place feels cared-for and homely, with generous touches such as an OS map and walks book, plenty of books to read, and a stock of logs to burn for the cooler evenings. Although we were near the owners' house and another rental property, the place felt very private and secluded and gave us the break from busy city life that we wanted.
29 Aug 2014
"The Garden House - a trip to wonderland!"
We spent a lovely relaxing week in The Garden House at Maen-Offeiriad. Two adults, one teenager and two lively Labradors all felt totally at home with plenty of space and even Wi-Fi so the teen could keep in touch with the virtual world.
The cottage had everything that you could possibly need, very clean and well decorated. Very easy to live in!
The garden was sheltered and a good size with table, chairs and loungers to enjoy the afternoon sun.
The grounds of Maen-Offeiriad are an absolute delight to walk around and 'explore'.... young children must love getting to know them.
Tim and Norma, the owners, were both friendly and helpful but unobtrusive, the perfect hosts!
Pembrokeshire lived up to its reputation for beauty. There are amazing walks right on your doorstep without the need for a car. In no more than 20 minutes you can be at the beach!
So much to do, so much to see... a week only touched the surface.
Impossible to find fault - The Garden House was the perfect place to stay and we hope to return soon.
25 Aug 2014
"Peaceful, comfortable retreat, a real home- from -home"
The Garden House was modern and comfortable, yet peaceful and tranquil. The children enjoyed the piano and it was a great place for dogs, with plenty of dog friendly areas. Tim & Norma were very welcoming and friendly, ready to help whenever possible. It is in a great position to explore the surrounding area either by car or on foot.
19 Aug 2014
"Welcoming, comfortable, private but accessible accommodation within an incredibly beautiful setting"
Welcoming, comfortable, private but accessible accommodation within an incredibly beautiful setting. The hosts were so kind, helpful and friendly but also very discrete ensuring privacy.
The grounds were beautiful - a huge job for the owners to look after but really what made the stay so brilliant for the kids and our dog - full access, freedom to roam and have adventures safely (with a bit of added parental supervision of course!).
We would certainly stay again - the facilities, while on first sight seem rustic, are high quality and all work very well. The property is beautifully cared for and was spotless when we arrived.
In the height of the season, the value for money was superb, allowing us a 2 week stay rather than 1.
Thank you for creating great memories xx
17 Aug 2014
"We felt relaxed and comfortable the minute we walked through the door"
My only reservation about writing this review is that the cottage will become so popular we won't be able to book it again!It's comfortable without being flash. It has everything you need an… More
6 Jul 2014
"The Artist's Studio"
Spent a week in the Artist's Studio & what a breath of fresh air. Peace, quiet sanctuary alongside the best of nature all around. The perfect place to unwind & recharge the batteries
27 Jun 2014
"The garden house was beautiful. lovely garden an perfect to get away from it all."
The garden house was beautiful and home from home so had all we needed for us with 2 small children and a dog.
Tim and Norma are lovely an very helpful.
Lovely garden with lots of wildlife and the eggs from the chicken very tasty too.
Close to gorgeous beaches and easy drive to next town for groceries etc.
Ticked all the boxes for us as we wanted to be somewhere quiet but not too far to drive for beaches, shops etc.
Would definitely recommend a stay here.
22 Jun 2014
"Fantastic cottage and location- couldn't ask for more"
We stayed in the Garden House which is even nicer than it's photos! Thebest self catering accomodation we have ever had, your every need and want is catered for, whether its cling film, cushions … More
17 Jun 2014
"The Artist's Studio - a cottage from a fairytale, but with all the mod cons!"
Even without the perfect weather we experienced during our stay at the Artist's Studio in North Pembrokeshire, we would have had a fantastic time. The cottage is incredibly cosy, but with its studio appeal - high, peaked ceilings, Velux windows, open plan layout and crog lofts - it had a very open feel and never felt cramped. The lush, five-acre gardens surrounding the cottage (and owners' cottage and second rental property at Maen Offeiriad) gave us the feeling of being in our own corner of Eden, and provided a very peaceful setting, with wild flowers, a meadow, lots of wildlife and plenty of shady trees. Just what we needed, and one of the many ways the cottage exceeded our expectations.
The cottage was well stocked with all the equipment we needed, and the kitchen was a pleasure to cook in. The owners' commitment to environmental responsibility was evident and admirable, and they made it easy for us to keep our holiday low-impact, by providing compost, food waste and recycling bins, as well as a jar for cooking fats and oils, ecologically friendly cleaning products, and bathroom fittings to save water (from their private, spring-fed supply - delicious for drinking water!). We also made use of the guest recommendations book and various maps and walking guides provided in the cottage - ideal, as the cottage was located on the side of the beautiful Preseli Hills, with open moorland just five minutes up the track!
Overall, our week can only be described as perfect. We loved staying at the Artist's Studio and were sad to leave! A week is not long enough to explore all the beauty and diversity of Pembrokeshire, and I'm sure we'll return to Maen Offeiriad in the future.
11 Jun 2014
"Tranquil, friendly hideaway"
Just what the doctor ordered. We wanted peace and quiet, with enough space for our loony dog and access to dog-friendly beaches. Maen-Offeiriad offered us all this plus a friendly welcome and our batteries feel fully recharged. The Artist's Studio does not pretend to be luxurious but is quirky and very comfortable, light and airy in the day and cosy at night. The cottage in which the owners live, and the other rental cottage, are close by but because of the layout (the studio's conservatory and windows face away from them and the little patio area has its own secret access to the beautiful wild gardened area) you can go all day, inside and out, without seeing anyone if that's what you choose. . And Tim and Norma, the owners, are equally happy to let you do that or to chat and advise as you wish. Most important for us was that we could relax knowing our energetic dog was free to enjoy himself too - when they say it is dog friendly they really mean it, and the resident dog, Jake, is very welcoming too. We didn't do much while we were there but relax and make the occasional trip to the beach. We didn't feel the need. We loved it.
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