Cottage / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

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
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 en suite
Nearest beach Pwll Du Bay 500 m
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
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 Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Cooker, Fridge
Furniture Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set
Access Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

This spacious accomodation comprises a very large open plan kitchen/diner/lounge with fold out 4ft (small 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). Large french doors give onto a balcony with amazing sea views and additional table and chairs. The bedroom sleeps 2 adults. Lounge sleeps 2. Ideal for 2 (spacious enough for 4 if happy to share ensuite which has access from bedroon and hall 'Jack and Jill') The cost 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 shower and toilet.

Ironing board/iron available on request

Internet/wifi is available but limited and not to be relied on

Cot/booster available on request

Further details outdoors

Access to this property is very limited which is its unique selling point. We will pick you up and drop you off on handover day (usually Friday) in our Landrover at the local shop which is just over 1 mile away unless you have a 4WD and are happy to use it.

The track is only suitable for brave 4x4 drivers, the 1/2 mile bumpysingle 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 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 a smaller Co-operative in the village of Bishopston or two larger Co-operatives in Mumbles a nearby fishing village. You can leave you car near the shop in a resdiential area and we will run you down to Pwll Du Bay.

NOTE:- To add to the adventure sometimes (rarely) the small river floods and access is then on foot via the beach or via the local woodland path (these routes add a 10 minute walk to the arrival via the 4WD)

Further details

We are located at the end of a 1/2 mile 4WD only track by the sea

Ideal for walkers or nature lovers

Children welcome

Pets welcome but we are only able to accomodate 2 dogs per booking at a cost of £20/ tail/ week if they are children friendly as we have some 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 Vale of Glamorgan 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

Gower history

For more information and a free local guide to activities please see


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