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Spacious Pembrokeshire house – many folk’s idea of heaven

Spacious Pembrokeshire house, The Garth, sleeps 6 and welcomes one pet. Spacious Pembrokeshire house With fabulous panoramic views over rolling pastures to the coast at Abermaw Cove it would be hard to drag oneself away from this spacious Pembrokeshire house. Relaxing on the deck, gazing into the distance with a glass of wine in hand would be many folk’s idea of heaven. The solid oak wooden furniture throughout has been lovingly and expertly hand-crafted by the owner in his wood turning workshop in Mathry. A wide variety of similar luxury hand-made wooden items from Welsh Dressers to Loving Spoons have been sold to customers from almost every corner of the United Kingdom.

Attractions close to spacious Pembrokeshire house

The Garth, an immaculate and spacious Pembrokeshire house, makes a wonderful base from which to explore the county’s treasures. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path, St Davids tiny village city with its magnificent Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace, Fishguard harbour town, Abermawr, Aberbach and Abercastle beaches are all just a few miles away. A visit to the ancient woollen mill at Tregwynt is a must. Their exclusive range soft furnishings  would grace any home. Indeed they are very much in demand at Heals of London. There are exhilerating activities too, for the young and young at heart. Coasteering is a sport developed in Pembrokeshire. It is a thrilling way of exploring the coastline by adventure swimming, rock scrambling and jumping. So if you have a notion to visit Pembrokeshire do consider staying in The Garth. Click on the name for full details.  

Cottages in Wales do they tickle your fancy?

cottages in Wales Cottages in Wales open their doors to a remarkable and ancient land renowned for the warmth and fortitude of its people, the majesty and accessibility of its varied landscapes and its love of music, poetry, literature and art. Wales is also rapidly gaining a national and international reputation for quality food and drink from its iconic Welsh lamb and beef to cheeses, seafood, micro breweries, wines and whisky. Getting to Wales couldn’t be easier with the M4 corridor stretching from London to the Severn Bridge in a couple of hours and the cities of Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool each with major airports also just a few hours drive away. Cardiff, the capital city, has an airport too. Three National Parks, Pembrokeshire, Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia await with stunning coastline, golden beaches, tiny harbours, rolling countryside, fresh green open spaces and magnificent mountains to explore. Add star gazing in Brecon’s newly designated Dark Sky Reserve, 850 miles of non stop Wales Coast Path, Snowdonia’s mountain railway with its station at 1085 metres above sea level and perhaps you are beginning to get the picture? Welsh cottages come in many forms from traditional stone built with Welsh slate roofs, converted barns, old farmhouses, stables for people, remodelled henhouses, country manors, coastal penthouses to fisherman’s terraces all fabulously and creatively furnished in comfort and style with modern conveniences for easy living. In a land proud of its nature and wildlife its no surprise to learn that most cottages in Wales are pet friendly too. Lonely Planet says: “Wales is a place that becomes an obsession, beckoning back its visitors year after year with its friendly locals, fine food, remarkable landscapes, white-knuckle adventures and admirably green credentials. These are the marks of a country looking firmly towards a rosy future“. Wales may be small but it is perfectly formed and has much to offer. Choose from the fabulous variety of cottages in Wales’ stunning coastal, countryside and mountainous locations and discover for yourselves little Wales with a great big heart.  

Fun & Frolics in Pembrokeshire Cottages for a large group of people

Ty Dewi and Ffynnon Dewi, Pembrokeshire cottages sleep 15 and welcome pets. Pembrokeshire Cottages Can you imagine the excitement, 15 members of the same family or a group of 15 friends together on holiday? Pet dogs are welcome too. Surely that must be a recipe for fun and frolics. Ty Dewi and Ffynnon Dewi are two fine Pembrokeshire cottages next door to each other, with combined accommodation for 15,  Ty Dewi, an ancient converted barn and Ffynnon Dewi, a restored traditional farmhouse at the end of a long drive in an idyllic peaceful location surrounded by 11 acres of rolling farmland (part SSSI). Children will love the large covered play area under the old hay store – badminton, table tennis, volley ball and – just in case it rains – this is a wonderful spot for a barbecue! There is a games room with pool table too. Nearby within 5 miles are the pretty coastal village of Solva, Newgale’s 2 miles of golden sands with Atlantic rollers for keen surfers, St Davids village city with a magnificent Cathedral, shops, restaurants, pubs, cafes and galleries, Whitesands Beach and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Boat trips run from St Justinians Lifeboat Station to visit the world renowned nature reserve islands of Ramsey and Skomer where scores of sea birds, as well as seals, dolphins and porpoises can be spotted. If you are planning a big get together click on Ty Dewi and Ffynnon Dewi Pembrokeshire cottages for full details. Whitesands Beach as seen from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.  

Weatherman Walking and Felin Dwarch

Felin Dwarch, luxury Pembrokeshire holiday cottage, sleeps 4 and welcomes 1 pet dog. Derek Brockway is a familiar figure to all Welsh folk. Derek joins us daily in our homes to give us our weather forecast. He is the weather man for BBC Wales. It is no secret that Derek is a keen walker and loves nothing more than striding out along the fabulous coast or through the beautiful hills and vales of his native Wales. Derek shares these favourite walks in his programme Weatherman Walking and has inspired many to follow in his footsteps – whatever the weather! If you are lucky enough to have chosen Felin Dwarch as your Wales holiday cottage then you might like to follow in Derek’s footsteps too. Keen walkers will love the 10.5 miles from Trefin (no more than 3 miles from the cottage) to Pwll Deri possibly the most dramatic cliff top scenery in Pembrokeshire. We are so used to keen walkers here in Pembrokeshire that we have even developed a coastal bus service for them. You need only walk one way then get the bus back to your starting point. What could be better? Don’t worry though, if you prefer a gentler pace of life. Felin Dwarch, nestled in a small wooded valley in a country lane is adjacent to a quiet path to the sea which winds its careful way across a field, through glorious National Trust woodland, bursting with bird life, carpeted in spring time with primroses, bluebells, pink campions, wood anemones and wild garlic, and then on to the small but perfectly formed, twin beaches of Abermawr and Aberbach. This walk is a firm favourite of Quality Cottages staff too – at any time of year.  For more information about Felin Dwarch click on the name. To download a map of Derek’s walk from Trefin to Pwll Deri click here. The walk: 1. The Ship Inn, Trefin 51.94864° N, -5.14810° W From the Ship Inn head west, down through the village along Ffordd y Felin towards the coast and join the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. 2. Trefin Mill 51.94834° N , -5.15319° W The ruins of the old mill sit above Aber Draw, with a small stream trickling down which once powered the large mill wheel. 3. Old ruined building 51.95215° N , -5.15465° W Climb up a hill with loose shale underfoot and through a wooden gate towards an old ruined house on the top of the headland. 4. Longhouse Farm 51.95815° N, -5.14176° W Pass a signpost for the farm which was once a hotspot for daffodil farming in the area but has now been taken over by the National Trust. 5. View over to sea arch 51.96117° N, -5.144294° W Just north of here, cross into farmland and to your left is a wonderful example of a natural sea arch. 6. Carreg Sampson 51.95835° N, -5.13300° W As you approach Abercastle, turn right and take a look at this magnificent Neolithic burial chamber, measuring 15 feet by 9 feet. 7. Abercastle 51.95971° N, -5.12686° W Abercastle is a scenic old trading harbour which once exported local slate, grain, butter, honey, corn, and coal. Continue along the coastal path up behind the houses. 8. Pwll Trodur 51.96126° N, -5.10687° W The track down to Pwll Trodur is steep on both sides. This dark sandy, pebble strewn naturist cove is best from mid to low tide. 9. Castell Coch promontory fort 51.96891° N, -5.09852° W To the left of the path is an Iron Age promontory fort complete with a double embankment and intricate entranceway, which is now largely obscured by bracken. 10. Abermawr 51.96812° N, -5.08616° W Head down the path to the beach at Abermawr where Brunel once proposed building a harbour and railway terminus. 11. Melin Tregwynt Mill 51.972133° N, -5.067473° W At the end of the beach, follow a pathway leading up to the road and follow it for just under a mile to the mill. Return to the beach using the same road. 12. Aberbach 51.97319° N, -5.08203° W Just before Abermawr, turn right onto a track leading down to Aberbach. At the northern end, cross over a stream and turn left up a steep track and keep going.

Laugharne in Carmarthenshire named as one of the best places to lives in Wales

Post shared by This is South Wales                                                     Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse The town which was once home to Dylan Thomas will feature on The Sunday Times Best Places to Live list this Sunday. The guide takes into account transport links, quality of schools, natural beauty and low crime rates. The guide names the 10 most desirable locations in Wales as: Crickhowell, Powys Narberth, Pembrokeshire Cowbridge, Glamorgan Penarth, Glamorgan Laugharne, Carmarthenshire Abersoch, Gwynedd Abergavenny, Powys Cardigan, Ceredigion Hawarden, Flintshire Lisvane, Cardiff The Sunday Times Best Places to Live is edited by Sunday Times Associate Editor and regular broadcaster Eleanor Mills. As author of the “Beyond the Brochure” property column she has visited every corner of the country to assess the pros and cons of relocating. Eleanor says: “Scampering around Britain for my column I find there are particular bits of our crowded island which always retain a particular attraction for people. We have built on this basic information to create a definitive guide. The Sunday Times Best Places to Live will prove invaluable for anyone starting a family, retiring, simply considering a move or planning a holiday.                                                             Laugharne Castle Quality Cottages has a selection of fine holiday cottages in and around Laugharne. Click on the links for more information.

Ancient Drover’s Inn on the Kerry Ridgeway near Offa’s Dyke

Upper Castlewright Cottage, Kerry Ridgeway, Wales/England Border, sleeps 5 and welcomes pets 1175’ up on the Kerry Ridgeway in Mid Wales on the border with England the wind was bitter and low cloud obscured the promised view. It certainly didn’t feel like spring and forecasts of snow across much of the country didn’t help. What a relief to unload the car and settle in to Upper Castlewright Cottage, comfortable, toasty warm with a log fire roaring in the hearth, a bottle of red opened and tasty treats piled up on the table. A charming building of some antiquity, Upper Castlewright Cottage dates back to the 14th century. It was a Drovers Inn twice, once in the 16th century and once more in the 17th century. We parked our car in what was the holding pen for sheep belonging to drovers in need of sustenance on route to market many years ago. Extensively and sympathetically renovated, the cottage retains many interesting period features whilst enjoying the benefit of modern conveniences including excellent insulation, central heating, two modern and stylish bathrooms and a spacious utility room with a huge drying cabinet ideal for walkers gear. In fact walkers take note, the cottage is located on the Kerry Ridgeway 400 yards from Offa’s Dyke in a location said to be one of the finest sections of this ancient pathway. We used the cottage as a base for exploring the surrounding area and enjoyed visits to Shrewsbury, Bishops Castle, Ludlow and can recommend good food at The Bottle and Glass in Picklescott, a pretty hamlet in the midst of beautiful countryside. A stack of tourist information is provided in the cottage with many things to see and do nearby. We could easily have extended our short break to a week, possibly longer to discover it all. Click on Upper Castlewright Cottage for full details.

Stunning Views from Haven Waterway Cottage

Kiln House, a Pembrokeshire Haven Waterway cottage sleeps 6 and welcomes one pet. Stunning views of the Milford Haven Waterway can be enjoyed from almost every room of this newly renovated charming cottage in the pretty village of Hazelbeach. Step from the front door onto the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and experience a different character to the wilder parts but surprisingly fascinating with no serious gradients. Just a walk away is the Ferry Inn where good food is served overlooking the Cleddau, feed swans on the foreshore on route. Kiln House is in an excellent location for exploring both north and south parts of the county with sandy beaches, family attractions, magnificent castles, boat trips and much more to keep everyone amused. For further details click on Kiln House.  

Kaffe Fassett is coming to Wales! 9th March – 2 November 2013

The Welsh Quilt Centre, Gallery Shop & Cafe, Town Hall, Lampeter  Visionary textile artist Kaffe Fasset is exhibiting his quilts for the first time in Wales at The Welsh Quilt Centre  in Lampeter. His vivid bold patchworks  are shown alongside beautifully stitched antique Welsh quilts from the Jen Jones collection. This presents a stunning contrast of modern and traditional quilts in an historic setting in the heart of Wales. Quality Cottages has a selection of fine holiday homes around the Cardigan Bay area. Click on the links for details.  

3 x Up-Cycled Sewing Workshops National Woollen Mill Drefach Felindre

 Drefach Felindre turn off the A484 near Henllan and follow the brown signs

3 x Up-Cycled Sewing Workshops

Gweithdai Uwch-Gylchu Dillad

@ National Woollen Mill/ Melin Wlan, Drefach Felindre


Tutor/Tiwtor: Carys-Hedd





March/Mawrth – 8,15 & 22 10-4pm


(3 x 1 day sessions)


We will start at the very beginning…

The first session:

Overcome sewing machine fear by making a hat and a cushion out of an unwanted jumper or blanket.

Subsequent sessions will embark on exciting, creative projects

re-making garments out of jumpers, skirts and trousers.


Sewing machines are provided or feel free to bring your own.


1 – session – £30/£25 cons

3 x sessions – £75/ £65 cons


Byddwn yn dechrau o’r dechrau gan edrych ar sut i fynd ati i ddod yn gyfeillgar a’ch peiriant!

Ein prosectau cyntaf fydd het a chlustog allan o siwmper neu flanced.

Gallwn wedyn symud ymlaen at greu danteithion diddorol allan o siwmperi, sgertiau a throwsyrs.


Darperir peiriannau, ond gellwch ddod ag un eich hun.


Bookings/Am le: & info


Quality Cottages has a selection of fine holiday homes in the Teifi Valley in fabulous countryside locations. 80% welcome pets. Click on the links for further information.


National Botanic Garden of Wales has the Bow Wow factor!

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is allowing dogs in its grounds for the first time.
Since opening to the public in May 2000, the Garden has only allowed guide dogs on to its 600-acre site, which includes a national nature reserve. But, on Saturday March 9, the doors will be open to all responsible dog owners for a one-day trial. Curator Simon Goodenough said: “The most frequently asked question by would-be visitors to the Garden is: ‘Are dogs allowed?’ so we are really reacting to public demand by holding this trial.” Simon said it was clear the Garden should “give the trial day a try” but that there were some basic rules such as dogs being kept on leads, off the flower beds, out of the buildings and that owners clear up after their pets. “Because we haven’t ever had dogs here, we are asking people to act responsibly and be considerate as we are not geared up for poop scooping.” Not that Simon is expecting any problems, though: “There’s plenty of room for everyone here and plenty to explore. Many of our members and visitors are dog owners and we know they love the Garden and respect what we have here so there’s no reason to think it will be anything other than another fabulous day out at the best garden in Wales.” The National Trust’s Bodnant Garden recently held a successful ‘doggy day’ trial and are planning a further two. The National Botanic Garden is open from 10am until 4.30pm. There is no entrance fee for dogs. For more information, go to  email  or call 01558 667149. National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HN   Quality Cottages has an extensive range of fine properties Carmarthenshire in fabulous coastal and countryside and locations, 80 % welcome pets. Click on the links for more details.