£260 / night
Price for guests, Nights approx:

Ship Cottage Pwll Du Bishopston - Unique coastal location Gower – Home 7937874 House

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 10 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Ship Cottage Pwll Du Bishopston - Unique coastal location Gower – Home 7937874

  • House
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 10
  •  min stay varies

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


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…

Ship Cottage is unique. Yes we know lots of holiday cottages tell you they are unique but Ship Cottage really is. You will never stay in another cottage or location quite like it.

Ship Cottage is one of only two houses nestled in glorious seclusion in Pwll Du Bay on the Gower Peninsular, South Wales, an area so beautiful it became Britain's very first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Pwll Du itself is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) a designation given only to those areas that best represent our natural heritage. It is an idyllic, secluded bay backed by a wooded valley complete with its very own babbling stream. Being free from roads and accessible to all but residents only on foot the crowds are kept at bay and it is considered by many locals as Gower's best kept secret.

You will be met by the owners upon your arrival who will ferry you and your luggage down the 1 mile track by Land Rover. Thereafter you will be left to your own devices and to take advantage of the wonderful seclusion afforded by the property; fires on the beach, midnight swims, the sound of the sea at night, owls, bats, stars and the many walks through the woods or along the cliffs to coffee shops or local beaches.

The original part of the house dates back as far as records begin, at least to 1700 and is likely to be significantly older than that. Originally built as a quarryman's home it then became a smugglers' inn (the nearby Brandy Cove is named after the amount of illicit contraband smuggled through t) before falling in to private ownership in the 1970's. The recently restored property retains the character and feel of a 350 year old cottage whilst having the modern comforts we have come to expect in a holiday retreat. The ground floor has underfloor heating which warm the beautiful flagstones beneath your feet.

The generous lounge has seating for five including a double sofa bed and has a wood burning stove which sits alongside an original bread oven in the inglenook fireplace.

The large kitchen-diner has a modern rustic feel and can comfortably seat 10 at the table in the oak frame dining room. From here patio doors lead out into a pretty garden with sea views.

On the first floor there are three bedrooms; the master bedroom with super kingsize bed and some sea views, another with its own ensuite containing a double and a single bed and a third which contains a double and high top single. The family bathroom again has underfloor heating beneath slate flags and you can indulge in the roll top bath whilst gazing out to sea.

Whilst 2 guests can sleep on the sofa bed the house is more comfortable with 8 and I would only recommend 10 for a short break not a week stay. However if you need more space you can add another two to four guests by renting next door!

The house has a through door to the annexe which sleeps 2+2 and is available to rent separately It comprises a very large lounge diner with sofa, sofa bed and wood burning stove. Upstairs there is a large ensuite bedroom with double bed and fantastic balcony with amazing sea views. For more information please visit -,-swansea-county/187246

Booked together the house and the annexe sleep 10 with space for a further 4 on sofa beds and make the ideal get-away-from-it-all holiday space for family or groups of friends.

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 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.

Dogs are welcome (upto 2 at £25 p/tail)

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Super King Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed Single Bed
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed Single Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 En suite


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Safe
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Interaction with guest

I will meet you at the local post office 1.1 miles away and transport you and your belongings down.


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

Guests booking must be over 18 years old

Up to 2 pets welcome at £25 per dog (this is negotiable with owner)


About the owner

Katherine M.
Average reply time:
3 hours 2 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
14 May 2020
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French

This House has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 10. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 07 Oct 2016. Located in Swansea County, it has 7 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £905 to £1415.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 14 May 2020.


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Guest reviews

7 reviews

Very Good

“Magical return”

Reviewed 18 May 2018

Great to come back to Pwll Du after a few years absence. Just as special as always. Upgraded to the big house which is beautifully laid out. Much needed dose of Gower magic welcomed by all, including … More

Owner's reply: Thanks Katie for your response....

“Lovely old cottage in incredible location.”

Reviewed 11 Nov 2017

The drive down is awesome, come round the corner and see the cove and the cottage, followed by fording the river! Husband loved being able to use our 4 wheel drive properly for once! The cottage is l… More

Owner's reply: Thanks for your feedback I'm glad you all enjoyed it!


Reviewed 9 Jul 2017

What an utterly magical place. Whilst remote it's not cut off as there were locals walking their dogs, class trips, evening beachside fires and boats mooring in the bay. Everyone relaxed, friendl… More

Owner's reply: Thanks Fiona for the review I'm glad you had such a lovely time and look forward to coming again!

“Wow just wow!!”

Reviewed 19 Jun 2017

Fantastic weekend at such a beautiful and secluded cottage next to the beach. Perfect setting for a trip with friends. The owners were very friendly and helpful getting us to the cottage which is down… More

“Dream Cottage by the Sea”

Reviewed 9 Jun 2017

Perfect location, tucked between a stunning wooded valley and a secluded bay. Ideal for anyone looking for peaceful, top-notch accommodation in an inspiring setting. I can't recommend this enou… More

Owner's reply: Thanks for review!!

“The perfect setting for a family gathering.”

Reviewed 6 May 2017

I could not have chosen a better place to celebrate my 70th birthday. The open plan kitchen/dining area was perfect for the family to gather to cook and chat. The children did not want to leave for th… More

Owner's reply: Thanks Nadia I'm so glad you got to enjoy the magic of Pwll Du!


Reviewed 4 May 2017

We chose Ship cottage for a family reunion over Christmas. It was a perfect winter venue, with wood stove and underfloor heating to keep us warm, and the most magnificent coastal walks from the door. … More

Owner's reply: Thanks for your response it was great to have some fellow holiday letters here

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