The Old Rectory
About the home
Please call 01239 820277 any time, evenings and weekends are when I can respond. Retreat from the busy world to this majestic 18th Century Rectory on the mountain slopes of the wild Pembrokeshire coastline. We provide perfect facilities for your holiday, retreat or workshop for groups of up to 14 (or add the adjoining Cottage for up to 20 total). Highlights include; 6 bedrooms, a cosy living room with inglenook fireplace, a large workshop space (or second living room) with big bay windows looking over Newport Bay. A private 2/3 acre of romantic wild garden, Parking for 7 cars and excellent self-catering facilities. (Add the 3 bedroom Cottage for 9 bedrooms total.)
You can have the utmost quite retreat and listen to the grass grow, or celebrate, and play music and know that you have the privacy to do so.
Many groups come annually for their spiritual retreat and find quiet in the house and garden to follow their own practice. Some like to teach and learn healing arts or leave their sculptures in the garden or rearrange the furniture for their use. The large lounge on the first floor is ideal for workshops.
Some like to have a bonfire in the garden or sleep outside in a tent. This is encouraged as the house and garden is unique in being able to offer this. Other groups come back to play music together each year or party and leave a healthy bottle collection to recycle.
There is a 3 foot stone wall between the house and the managers cottage so sound reduction is effective. Many families have up to 3 dogs. Some engineers have used the house tor several weeks doing night shift work and used the utility room for sandy and muddy garments. As long as there is respect for furnishings and the house is left clean enough for the professional cleaners to do their final touches everywhere, then many uses are welcomed.
There are several local people who offer excellent catering to support workshops, celebrations and breakfast needs. Also there are also several halls nearby to rent as extra workshop or dance space to complement workshop use. Large areas in the garden have been used for yoga groups, tai chi, and other exercises. The house is suitable for a film location, writing and painting groups.
We are surrounded by an open panorama of breathtaking views which are visible throughout the house. Behind us, the enchanted Carn Ingli (Angel Mountain), and in front, Newport Bay and the Irish Sea. From your doorstep, you can explore a web of beautiful walks through sacred sites, mystical woods and valleys, rocky highlands, and, of course, the incredible Pembrokeshire coast path.
We are a fully independent, family run business, and we are always on-call to help your stay go smoothly. With 20 years in the business, a long-standing 4 star Welsh Tourist Board rating, and thousands of happy guests, we can assure you of our ongoing standards and professionalism. We make it simple so you can just enjoy your time in this special place.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 20, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Parrog, Newport Beach, 800m|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 2km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||6 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 2 shower rooms|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (6), Double beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seating for 14, Lounge seating for 14|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared garden, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The Old Rectory sleeps 14 in 6 bedrooms.
-2 private rooms with double beds,
-2 rooms with 1 double and 1 single
-1 private room with single bed,
-1 room with 3 single beds.
-1 flexible room with 2 singles which can be joined to make a double.
Bed linens and towels are provided. All bedrooms have drawers and hanging space, a small safe, and a radiator with individual temperature control. Cots are also available and can be moved to suit needs. Please note that cot linens are not provided, and only one set of bed linens are provided for each bed, so please bring more if you will need them.
We provide a well equipped kitchen so you can be economical and independent. Please scroll down for a detailed list of kitchen items...Dining FacilitiesThe dining room seats 12 around one table. Outside dining for 12 with barbecue. A high chair is also available on request.
-The downstairs living room seats 9 and has a lovely inglenook fireplace (logs provided) that is perfect for relaxing cosy nights in. There is room for extra seating to be moved in if you all want to be seated together.
-The lobby area in the kitchen has seating for 3 with great ocean views.
-For holiday rentals, the flexible workshop space on the 1st floor is set-up as a second living room seating 4 or more, also with panoramic ocean views.
-The hallway has a piano and a small library with a range of classic literature, encyclopedias, children's books and local writers.
Central heating, log fire with logs provided, Broadband internet access (with Wifi), TV with 'Sky' box ('Cable'), VHS and DVD/CD player, telephone (with limited calls). There is a utility room with laundry and washing machine, clothes dryer, iron + board, cleaning supplies and hoover. All of the utilities and services are included in the rental price.
Parking for 6+ cars is available outside the house.
Bathroom 1 (1st floor): Bath/shower, toilet, basin.
Bathroom 2 (1st floor): Shower cubical, basin.
Bathroom 3 (1st floor): Toilet, basin.Bathroom 4 (Ground floor): Wet-room shower, toilet, basin.
-12 sets of towels and face cloths,
Further details outdoors:
The Old Rectory has 2/3 Acre of Private romantic garden with an orchard, and many magical secret corners to discover. There is a big slate dining table & barbecue at the end of the garden with views to die for of Newport Bay and the rolling hills beyond. When The Old Rectory is combined with Sunny Retreat Cottage, the gardens are also combined to open up a whole Acre of garden all to yourselves, surrounded by the ancient stone wall, and including lots of big spaces, small private areas, and open views of Carn Ingli (Angel Mountain).
30% of total cost is due for booking deposit and 70% is due 2 months before your arrival.
Payment can be taken by cheque ('check'), Internet banking, wire transaction or Paypal.
Detailed Booking conditions are available on our web site.
There are no extra charges.
As I am the owner, I can easily make decisions to accommodate your needs. You may like some contacts for catering, some dates that do not fit the calendar as presented. You may like to make music, a party, rent nearby halls, a quiet retreat, a healing course, a writing course, dance, yoga, tai chi or spiritual retreat. Various needs can accommodated and furniture can be moved to support your needs.
You have 2 living rooms and the larger one with bay window overlooking Newport Bay has had many concerts, healing workshops, lectures and performances in.
The West Wales / Pembrokeshire / Pembrokeshire region
Pembrokeshire is a place of magic, mystery & enchantment with wild landscapes, and a rich and ancient history and culture.
When you arrive, you are sure to sense the ever-present power of the land imbued with five thousand years of deeply layered history. Our area was of great spiritual significance to its early inhabitants, and an abundance of ancient monuments, relics, and sacred sites surround us. The Stone Age and Iron Age settlers, the Celts and the Normans all left their marks, which you can find within walking distance around our property. The Bluestones in the mountains here were so important to the Neolithics that they transported these huge stones, which weighed about four tonnes, to Stonehenge, 250 km away. There are many ancient standing stones and other megalithic structures dotted across our region, including Pentre Ifan, a short drive away. There are many local tales of Merlin, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and, as legend has it, our mountain, Carn Ingli (Angel Mountain) was where St. Brynach spent 40 days and nights communing with the angels. You can still find St. Brynach's cave in the nearby woodland. Our area also seems to be of special interest to life outside our world. Pembrokeshire is within the hub of extraterrestrial activity known as the 'Welsh Triangle'. Much is forgotten, or not yet understood, but it is clear that there is profound power inherent in the land here.
A web of public footpaths takes you right from our doorstep through incredible and varied landscapes.
Heading inland from the house, you will discover secret caves and streams amongst fairy-tale wooded valleys. Then, as you reach the heather-clad open moorlands, you can climb over the rocky crags and outcrops, and admire the view of the rolling hills and coastline below. Up here, you can mountain bike, ride horses, and explore the ancient settlement remains in the company of buzzards, ravens, sheep and wild mountain ponies.
A few minutes walk downhill from the house, will lead you to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which boasts over 200 miles of wild windswept cliff tops ablaze with wild flowers, and also hidden beaches, quiet coves, secret caves, thriving wildlife and the Atlantic Ocean. Our little town, Trefdraeth, meaning 'Beach-Town', is adjacent to a 1 mile long beach with dunes and an estuary, protected by craggy headlands. It provides Ideal conditions for swimming, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, fishing and bird watching.
The "ancient borough" of Newport*/Trefdraeth is historically a fishing, farming, and market town, which still maintains a strong sense of cultural and lingual integrity. The Norman church and castle stand proudly over the town's tightly winding streets and stone houses. You will discover many family run shops, cafes, and restaurants that seem to be from another era. There is so much to experience here, from fishing in a coracle, to Welsh choir festivals, and much more, but you won't make it a real Welsh experience until you go to an old gnarly pub after watching the local rugby match.
*Not to be confused with Newport, Gwent in South Wales
The Newport area
.The ancient borough of Newport/Trefdraeth has many convenient amenities, with the charm of its small "village-sized" community (roughly 1,000 people). There are excellent restaurants, pubs and cafes (the locally caught seafood is a must), as well as the usual shops such as a bakery, a butcher's, a news agent, post-office, eco-centre, and a convenience store. There are numerous art galleries, craft shops, and an antique shop. There are many sports facilities including an excellent golf course that you can see from the house, tennis courts, sports field, bicycle rentals, horse stables and tours, and boat club. Historic sites are all around us, and there are too many to mention, but we would highly recommend touring the local standing stones, churches, castles and Iron Age forts as a good start. When you arrive, we will provide you with a helpful information
How to get there
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Wherever you are coming from, we will be glad to help you find your way here. Please consult our managers when booking your stay. We look forward to seeing you.....
Activities near Newport
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
27 May 2012
Great place for getting a bunch of friends or family together. Views over the bay. Loads of room for lazing around both inside and out. Easily booked with no dramas. All things you need are supplied. Really nice break just two nights not long enough.
Thank you so much for bringing your family and taking the time to write a review. Hopefully you can all come for longer holiday another time. In the lower season and in time gaps, I do try to make these weekend rates affordable.
Yes, the distance from some places can be long, but at least once you are off the motorway there is a lot of stunning scenery. Some call it geography therapy; to get away a certain distance to such a different land, and feel your cares dropping away mile by mile.
Lots of groups love having 2 living rooms at the house. There are the hallways, the piano area and different places to laze around inside. There are always improvements being made. Welcome back anytime. Deanna
24 Jan 2012
The Old Rectory sleeps 14 people in 6 bedrooms and has a dining room (just) large enough for everyone to share meals together, so it is perfect for large family (or friend) gatherings. Two living rooms - one quiet one without tv - make it easy for the different generations to get away from one another when needed, but it is possible for everyone to squeeze in together for noisy games. The house feels like the home of a thoughtful and interesting friend rather than a holiday rental, with books, paintings and maps on the walls, interesting furniture and even a piano. The views all around are stunning and a thoughtfully positioned terrace, though at the far end of the garden from the house, allows you to make the most of them. There are great walks right from the doorstep, uphill to the mountains of Mynydd Preseli, or downhill to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and beaches. Newport has a number of useful shops, so it is possible to arrive and park the car and not use it again for a week. Overall a fantastic place to stay, the best we have found for our family, it is just a shame that it is so popular in the school holidays that it can be hard to book.
22 Oct 2011
I have spent many marvelous weeks in the Old Rectory over 3 decades. The charm of the house, the views of nearby coastal and mountain wilderness and also the small town of Newport have not changed. When hiking on the nountains and in valleys the welsh stories and fairy tales start to live. There are so many interesting Celtic and ancient monuments like the stone circles and dolmens.
This old Newport town is nicely located below the old castle. The atmosphere is the same as a hundred years ago. Also you can meet real characters there. I remember a lovely shopkeeper, who was wearing shorts every single the day of the year, if it was rain or cold, with only one exception: Christmas. Then the man was wearing long trousers.
The scenery is breathtaking beautiful in all directions and you can enjoy it also through any windows from the house.
The wild life around the Rectory as well on the mountains and seashore is an amazing experience. For a bird watcher it is paradise. There are so many different kinds of birds like owls and hawks even in the garden there. There were buffins, seagulls and guillemonts following our boat when we went to Skomer Island. If you are lucky, you also can see seals and their pups on the beaches.
For an explorer hiking around the Pembrokeshire coast, a shorter or longer trip will offer unforgettable memories. Step by step you can see different views when walking down to the sea. I loved taking different friends there and exploring many beaches, pubs ans swimming in the sea. I can recommend all these experiences. I have valuable memories of The Old Rectory that have made my life richer and those will never be forgotten.
What great adventures you have had over many years coming all the way from Finland. Thank you for sharing.
You have such beautiful nature and old buildings in your Scandinavian homeland, but still, you notice and love these different special details of the house, nature and interesting people. The puffins and guillemots of Skomer island are so unforgettable. It becomes an annual pilgrimage for me to go there. I was lucky to film many puffins that came so close and even touched me this year. Also as a Dyfed Wildlife member I can stay overnight on the island to see the shearwaters, and go to other places like the Cardigan Wildlife Park that are closeby.
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|Prices for group size 10|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|4 Jan 13||11 Jan 13||£ 550||-||-||Flexible|
|11 Jan 13||15 Feb 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Night|
|Includes Half Term||15 Feb 13||29 Mar 13||£ 1290||-||-||1 Night|
|Easter (one or both weeks||29 Mar 13||12 Apr 13||£ 1350||-||-||1 Night|
|12 Apr 13||24 May 13||£ 1290||-||-||1 Night|
|Whitsun/Half Term||24 May 13||31 May 13||£ 1150||-||-||1 Night|
|31 May 13||7 Jun 13||£ 1350||-||-||1 Night|
|7 Jun 13||21 Jun 13||£ 1350||-||-||2 Nights|
|21 Jun 13||5 Jul 13||£ 1350||-||-||1 Night|
|5 Jul 13||12 Jul 13||£ 1450||-||-||1 Night|
|School Summer Holidays||12 Jul 13||9 Aug 13||£ 2100||-||-||1 Week|
|Special Summer Weekend||9 Aug 13||12 Aug 13||£ 2200||£ 650||£ 650||2 Nights|
|School Summer Holidays||12 Aug 13||30 Aug 13||£ 2100||-||-||1 Week|
|30 Aug 13||13 Sep 13||£ 1050||-||-||1 Night|
|13 Sep 13||27 Sep 13||£ 900||-||-||1 Night|
|27 Sep 13||25 Oct 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Night|
|Half Term||25 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||£ 900||-||-||1 Night|
|1 Nov 13||20 Dec 13||£ 825||-||-||1 Night|
|Christmas||20 Dec 13||27 Dec 13||£ 1650||-||-||1 Night|
|New Years||27 Dec 13||3 Jan 14||£ 1650||-||-||1 Night|
|3 Jan 14||15 Jan 14||£ 550||-||-||1 Night|
|Prices for group size 14|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|New Years||28 Dec 12||4 Jan 13||£ 2100||-||-||Flexible|
|4 Jan 13||11 Jan 13||£ 690||-||-||Flexible|
|11 Jan 13||15 Feb 13||£ 790||-||-||1 Night|
|Includes Half Term||15 Feb 13||29 Mar 13||£ 1400||-||-||1 Night|
|Easter (either week)||29 Mar 13||12 Apr 13||£ 1490||-||-||1 Night|
|12 Apr 13||24 May 13||£ 1390||-||-||1 Night|
|Whitsun/Half Term||24 May 13||31 May 13||£ 1190||-||-||1 Night|
|31 May 13||7 Jun 13||£ 1290||-||-||1 Night|
|7 Jun 13||21 Jun 13||£ 1390||-||-||1 Night|
|21 Jun 13||5 Jul 13||£ 1800||-||-||1 Night|
|5 Jul 13||12 Jul 13||£ 1900||-||-||1 Night|
|School Summer Holidays||12 Jul 13||9 Aug 13||£ 2200||-||-||1 Week|
|Special Weekend||9 Aug 13||12 Aug 13||£ 2200||£ 790||£ 790||2 Nights|
|School Summer Holidays||12 Aug 13||30 Aug 13||£ 2200||-||-||1 Week|
|30 Aug 13||13 Sep 13||£ 1250||-||-||1 Night|
|13 Sep 13||27 Sep 13||£ 1100||-||-||1 Night|
|27 Sep 13||25 Oct 13||£ 800||-||-||1 Night|
|Half Term||25 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||£ 1200||-||-||1 Night|
|1 Nov 13||18 Dec 13||£ 1100||-||-||1 Night|
|Christmas||18 Dec 13||27 Dec 13||£ 2100||-||-||1 Night|
|New Years||27 Dec 13||3 Jan 14||£ 2100||-||-||1 Night|
|3 Jan 14||15 Jan 14||£ 690||-||-||1 Night|
|Prices for group size 20|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Includes Half Term||15 Feb 13||29 Mar 13||£ 1900||-||-||1 Night|
|Easter (either week)||29 Mar 13||12 Apr 13||£ 1980||-||-||1 Night|
|12 Apr 13||24 May 13||£ 1900||-||-||1 Night|
|Whitsun/Half Term||24 May 13||31 May 13||£ 1450||-||-||1 Night|
|31 May 13||7 Jun 13||£ 1980||-||-||1 Night|
|7 Jun 13||21 Jun 13||£ 1850||-||-||1 Night|
|21 Jun 13||12 Jul 13||£ 2500||-||-||1 Night|
|12 Jul 13||30 Aug 13||£ 2790||-||-||1 Night|
|30 Aug 13||13 Sep 13||£ 1660||-||-||1 Night|
|13 Sep 13||27 Sep 13||£ 1460||-||-||1 Night|
|27 Sep 13||25 Oct 13||£ 1080||-||-||1 Night|
|Half Term||25 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||£ 1600||-||-||1 Night|
|1 Nov 13||18 Dec 13||£ 1460||-||-||1 Night|
|Christmas||18 Dec 13||27 Dec 13||£ 2790||-||-||1 Night|
|New Years||27 Dec 13||3 Jan 14||£ 2790||-||-||1 Night|
|3 Jan 14||15 Jan 14||£ 920||-||-||1 Night|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday and Saturday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
There are no surprise additional costs. Rental includes all taxes, cleaning, WIFI, towels, linen, some basic kitchen supplies. Please ask about any weekend visits, that are usually 30 to 50% less than the weekly rate. Longer stays or smaller group discounts are often available. At short notice when there is a gap in the calender we can be more flexible with prices.. I can send a rental agreement by email upon request. Payment can be made by online banking, cheque or Paypal (credit or debit card). 30% holds the booking and the balance is due 2 months before the holiday.Enquire now
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