House / 6 bedrooms / sleeps 18 Home 45821
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House / 6 bedrooms / 5 bathrooms / sleeps 18
- Beach / lakeside relaxation
- Nearest beach 0.8 km
- Great for children of all ages
- Car advised
- Pets welcome
- Private garden
Description from owner
Children are well catered for and dogs are very welcome. 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 18 (or add the adjoining Cottage for up to 26 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 in total for up to 26 and 10 cars.) You can have the utmost quiet retreat and listen to the grass grow, or celebrate, and play loud 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. All minorities are welcome. Some like to teach and learn
Children are well catered for and dogs are very welcome. 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 18 (or add the adjoining Cottage for up to 26 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 in total for up to 26 and 10 cars.) You can have the utmost quiet retreat and listen to the grass grow, or celebrate, and play loud 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. All minorities are welcome. 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 as well as the cottage living room. 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. Noise is no problem if you rent both properties. Likewise you can ensure peace as there are no neighbours around.There is a 3 foot stone wall between the house and the cottage so sound reduction is effective. Many families have up to 3 dogs if both places are rented.. Some engineers have used the house for 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.Welcome
The 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 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
Bed & bathroom
- bedroom 1: king bed
bedroom 2: double bed
bedroom 3: double bed single bed
bedroom 4: double bed single bed
bedroom 5: single bed
bedroom 6: 3 single beds
beds in other rooms: 2 sofa beds
- 2 family bathrooms, 2 en suites, 1 shower rooms
- Great for children of all ages
- Pets welcome
- 2 Cots available >
- High chair available
- Wi-Fi available
- Shared garden
- Private garden
- Sea view
- Internet access
- Central heating
- Pool or snooker table
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- High chair available
- Satellite TV
- Video player
- DVD player
- CD player
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Long term lets (over 1 month)
- Corporate bookings
- Suitable for people with restricted mobility
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by wire transfer).
- No smoking at this property
- Cancellation policy
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“Fantastic House in Idyllic Location”
Booked this fantastic house for a friend's stag do who wanted something a little off the beaten track rather than the normal stag do. House was huge with loads of social areas including the huge garden in which we had a great barbecue to finish the weekend with. Close to local amenities (recommend the local butchers for barbecue meat!!) and to the sandy beach. Would definitely recommend to large groups and families.
Thank you for coming and sending a review. Some people are wary of stag parties but you were very respectful and the house was left just fine. You are so welcome to come back. As our only neighbours are cows, those that rent both the Rectory and Cottage can make as much noise as they like at any time, or have silence on a retreat.
“Tranquility in abundance!”
We all loved the holiday setting so much that we wished that we had two weeks instead of one. The old charm and the lovely garden brought back the children in the three teenage boys (16,18 &19) who were with us, they ran around playing man hunt and throwing frisbees like they were 10 years old again, one commented that it was the best holiday he had ever had, and there was me worrying that they might be bored! A great holiday and setting, would love to return.
Thank you for sharing your joy and happiness. That huge garden has had so very many happy uses and frisbee is one of them. Also, thank you for posting back the guest book. So easy to do those little things when maps etc go in the car, no problem. Glad that you enjoyed reading it with all of these great experiences and tips of places to visit. Our team looks forward to you coming back again for more fun and tranquility.
“Well worth the drive”
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
“A very comfortable house in beautiful surrondings well set up for the convenience of large family groups.”
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.
“Landscape, history, nature life, first class housing inteh same package”
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. Welcome back Deanna
“Wonderful accomodation for our entire family”
This is a very spacious house which allows the children plenty of room to enjoy themselves and allow parents/grandparents to relax. The large dining room gave us the opportunity to have a golden wedding celebration at which we were able to accomodate additional family guests. Kitchen very well equipped, plenty of cutlery, crockery etc. The situation outside the town was particularly peaceful but near enough to pick up freshly baked bread for breakfast. Our entire family regard this as a very special place. We will be back.
Thank you so much for coming and sharing your experience of the house. I am so glad that it satisfied all generations of your family for your golden wedding anniversary. The big birch table in the dining room has recently been replaced with a larger thick elm table made from a tree in the garden. Your shoes were finally found and posted to you. We always hold on to valuable things like that until claimed. That bakery is like no other, a very individual home business, I love it too. Newport now has a regular weekly street market with impressive local produce as well. Welcome back Deanna
“Readily located, beautiful situation with easy access to shopping.”
The kitchen is exceptionally well equipped with several recent modifications including a new large stove, and everything in good working order. It enjoys panoramic views of the countryside and bay and provides plenty of room for gathering. The adjoining dining room is large and friendly. The upper accommodation easily caters for large parties by way of bathroom amenities and the bedrooms are equipped with excellent quality linens and towels. There is ample space for either interaction or resting quietly and the gardens have plenty of lawn with abundant trees and shrubs. We found particularly attractive and most unusual a beautiful, large slate table situated at the rear of the Rectory garden, which was part of a BBQ area and enjoyed stunning views of the bay.
This is terrific to hear your appreciation for the recent modifications, views, house and increasing standards. The slate table is unusual and the huge slabs have been come out of what had been a "dairy" before. The shopping opportunities are surprisingly good in this small town of Newport. The Wholefood shop is amazing, the real butcher, fish shop and bakery offers the highest standards of fresh foods in a wonderful friendly atmosphere. You don't need to go anywhere else. The wholefood shop will deliver as well. Welcome back anytime.
As if the coast and countryside around it weren't enough, the Old Rectory and its grounds are an utter joy. The gardens are filled with trees and places to dine al fresco - eating breakfast while taking in the sweeping cliffs and bay is recommended - and the rooms are comfortable and spacious and the open areas, such as the lounges and kitchen, are well-equipped and positively homely. They even have a piano. The house is situated away from the not-very-busy main road, but close enough to shops in Newport and is in easy reach of Haverfordwest and Fishguard to the south and Cardigan to the north. Walks along the coastal paths nearby are delightful and the scenery is both dramatic and enchanting. Perhaps we were just lucky with the weather, but the sun shone for us nearly every day. Our only gripe was, we had only booked for a week! Thank you for a brilliant holiday (and one we hope to repeat next year).
I am so happy that you felt that the house and grounds are an "utter joy". Lovely that the piano gets used so much. It resonates well in the stone flagged hallway and has a traditional piano stool and some music books in the library. Many guests return for this very reason. The garden is quite extensive so I am glad that you found places to dine al fresco. There are two main slate tables and lots of movable benches and chairs. The high stone wall and trees do protect it from stronger breezes so sun bathing, dancing, picnics and meditation are often more comfortable in the garden than down on the beach. Some groups have ALL their meals outside which is fun. This is such a wonderful response for any owner to receive. Thank you so much Deanna
Gelli Olau is a wonderful mix of Paradise and Home. Our family celebrated a very important day whilst we were there and the whole house and garden offered a perfect venue for us to share an unforgettable time together. The facilities are gorgeous and practical for extended groups, with a sense of spaciousness so everyone can find some quiet moments for themselves whilst enjoying the party! We all loved our time at Gelli Olau and will return as often as possible.
Thank you for sharing your positive visit for your important celebration at The Old Rectory, also known as Gelli-Olau (it's Welsh name). Your experience of feeling "at home" and also "in paradise" is just what drew me to buy the property 26 years ago. Over the years the renovations and improvements have been focused to enhance both those home and paradise mix. I do feel that the house somehow has a soul of it's own and the old walls both absorb and reflect the long years of deeply happy experiences. Good that you were able to have a quiet time in cosy rooms or "join the party" in the 2 living rooms and garden. This is a fact that I should accent more. The 3 floors, the layout of rooms, large spaces, and some internal thick stone walls helps enable the sound reduction as well. Welcome back any time. Deanna
We had a wonderful stay at this lovely home. The views from all the rooms are so beautiful, the furniture, the feeling of space and timelessness, the walls seemed to speak to you. The garden was very tranquil and we were so close to the water, the light and the colours. We left there (very reluctantly) feeling relaxed and at ease. Would happily go back any time, lovely for a large family get together because it is so spacious or, for us, just some much needed R&R
Thank you so much for coming and sharing your experience. It is precious to to hear that it met your need for "R&R". The house is suitable for many things like parties and workshops, but that feeling of "space and timelessness" is a rare and restorative gift that the house and garden is abundant in offering. It warms my heart that you both felt it and have been willing to share it on this forum. That feeling was there when I bought the house over 25 years ago. The major renovations over the years have been intended to enhance what was always there. Welcome back any time. Deanna
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