The cottage is in the heart of the bustling seaside resort of Oystermouth which boasts a high street of independent small shops and more cafes and restaurants you can visit in a fortnight so there's no need to cook. But if you do enjoy cooking, the cottage is well equipped and includes a dishwasher. There are two cosy bedrooms and everything is included. It was opened to visitors in 2011 and all the furniture and fittings are in excellent condition. It was redecorated in 2014. It has been awarded four stars by Visit Wales.
Only 15 minutes walk away from the award winning Langland Bay, the cottage is at the gateway to the marvelous Gower coast with its unspoiled beaches, cliffs and countryside. Since 2012 and the opening of the Wales Coastal Path, there are many great circular walks; you can even undertake some walks with the aid of the local bus network. There is pony trekking offered on Gower and many other leisure pursuits such as surfing and cycling in the area. Swansea Bay water sports centre is just four miles away as you approach the city.
You'll find lots to do locally for all ages. Oystermouth has a 12th century castle and a Victorian pier with amusement arcade, several ice cream parlours and a promenade all the way to the city of Swansea six miles away with museums, cinemas, theatre and state of the art leisure centre.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Nearest beach||Langland Bay 1 km|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cardiff, Nearest railway: Swansea|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Single Beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details outdoors|
Unusually in this area of quaint old streets, the cottage has a car parking space at the rear of the garden. There is also a decking area with garden furniture that is in sun from mid morning until early evening. The area is quiet but close to shops and bus stops. You could easily leave the car behind.A washing machine and rotary drier are provided.There are public tennis courts and biycles for hire in the vicinity. Further down into Gower there is pony trekking and a couple of surfing schools.
This cottage is in a short terrace at the top of a hill. However, the on site parking space means that visitors with a car will not be restricted in their mobility. Parking at the front of the property is not recommended as it could end up with a parking fine.
The cottage has a spacious through living room; the bathroom is on the ground floor.
Gloucester Place is in the heart of the old fishing village of Oystermouth in an area called Mumbles with its nearby historic lighthouse. Mumbles is on the doorstep of the wonderful Gower Coast - a 19 mile long peninsula to the west of Swansea city. It was the first in the UK to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has several easily accessible beaches and several more that are only reached by foot. The local economy is mostly mixed farming and tourism although some of its sea based industry survives on the north coast where cockles and laverbread are still gathered.
Swansea is six miles from the cottage. It offers all the usual city facilities for shopping and entertainment plus the added attraction of being a port with a modern marina and maritime museum. There are two large parks, often hosting special events. The city has an extensive industrial history which visitors can learn about at the city's own museum and on guided walks at certain times of the year.
Since 2012 and the opening of the Wales Coastal Path, it is now possible to walk from the eastern end of Swansea's old port to the end of the north Gower coast along promenade, cliffs and farmland tracks with views of the sea never far away. Details of this walk, allowing four days, can be obtained from the owner of the property. An annual walking festival takes place in June.
Oystermouth, as the name suggests, was once a busy fishing port. In the last century, tourism took over and now many of the houses in the terraced streets that run up from the sea front lend themselves well to self catering holiday cottages. The village is the heart of the area called Mumbles after the famous lighthouse of Shipping Forecast fame. There are many stories to be heard about those who, over centuries, launched the lifeboat from the now iconic boathouse at the end of Mumbles Pier and saved lives.
The area of Mumbles gets its name from local geological formations at Mumbles Head which marks the end of the glorious sweep of Swansea bay. It is marked by a still active lighthouse and a Victorian pier. Around the corner lie two bays and a well used cliff top walk beckons from the second bay, Limeslade. The old RNLI lifeboat museum provides details of the history of the various exploits of the brave men and woman who ran the old Mumbles Lifeboat.
An even longer history is waiting to be told at the 12th century Oystermouth Castle, recently reopened for tours and activities. Throughout August there are various events mounted by the Friends in the Castle Field.
The area boasts a huge variety of eating places making it ideal for an easygoing weekend stay. You will never be more than five minutes away from a cup of tea and a Welsh cake; and people come from all over to enjoy ice cream from Joe's on a sunny evening. As to dining out, you can gaze over the bay while you eat, enjoy good fresh fish, eat brasserie style or steakhouse or savour an extensive vegetarian menu.
Oystermouth beach is not suitable for bathing but the Blue Badge beaches of Langland and Caswell are within walking distance. Oystermouth tourist information centre supplies leaflets on attractions in the area including details of circular walks and cycle routes on the Gower. Oystermouth has a fantastic range of small independent shops and you are sure to enjoy browsing along the main street which includes a fresh fish slab, two greengrocers, delicatessan, artist studios, boutiques and gift shops.