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  • Slade Cottage

  • Glamorgan Heritage Coast
  • Ref: 1201
  • 9
  • 5
  • 2
  • 1
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Slade Cottage

  • 9
  • 5
  • 2
  • 1
  • Ref: 1201
Property Highlights:

  • 5-minute walk to beautiful Dunraven Bay
  • Excellent location for family holidays
  • Homely Aga for creating holiday meals
  • Shared garden is an absolute delight
  • Within walking distance of local pub and Italian restaurant
  • Short Breaks available all year except School; Summer Holidays

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Guest Book Comments

Nice house and beautiful location and setting, which has saved it from being 2 stars, but the home is tired and we didn't feel particularly welcomed by the hosts; more of a necessary inconvenience rather than a valued customer. Whilst I like opera as much as the next man, I don't appreciate being forced to listen to it blaring out from their shed next to our garden early on Saturday morning. The TV was broken and took 3 days to get a new one (it took two days for someone to come and agree with us that it was broken.), the upstairs shower is hopeless and the holder in the downstairs one is broken; just as well there was only two of us and not the 9 it can sleep. I don't think the shower mat has been taken out and cleaned in a long time and the owner's dog had obviously been in the house but they hadn't hoovered up their dog hair. Most of all I don't appreciate having to clear up the owner's dog poo from our section of garden (3 times; the first as soon as we got there!) I left the fourth that it did on the morning we left and left them a note to advise it had not come from our dog. The single umbrella in our section of the garden was knackered, leaning precariously and therefore held down by heavy stones, though across the lawn the owners had plenty of servicable umbrellas for their own use. One umbrella and two 2-seater benches outside, in the height of a hot summer, for a house supposed to accommodate 9 people is very poor and I also don't think it is too much to ask for seat cushions. There were other minor niggles but probably born out of general dissatisfaction with the above issues. This is not a cheap property and whilst I appreciate it is a lovely location I don't think it was value for money and would not recommend it to others.

Reply from: Jill

Thank you for your comments, they have been forwarded to our Owners Team who will look into these issues with the owner. We are very sorry that your stay was not quite as expected.

A trusted customer - 13th July 2018

We go away as a family of adults yearly for our 76 year old mothers birthday. We have been to some places that have been more than expected and then others have been less. This was one that was less than expected. We travelled late at night and when we found the cottage eventually we went into the owners house as they said they had left the keys in the door . This was embarrassing for my daughters as they walked in on a sleeping couple. There should be signage outside the cottage saying it is slade cottage. The cottage itself seemed nice. It was very dusty though with cobwebs in corners and layers of dust on shelves. The window frames are old but they don't have to be dirty. The other areas were clean . The home is used as a holiday home but it could do with some deep cleaning and tlc. The advert says a working farm but we didn't see much farm work . The owner did spend all day mowing his lawn on a ride on mower over and over and over. The advert does not say the owners live directly next door with no partition in garden . They are there daily . If you have small children they cannot play ball games in garden in case the flowers are broken. The gardens are beautiful to look at. The garden you can use to walk to beach. You can sit outside on lawn. You cannot walk across owners garden outside their lived in property. They will come over to the rented property's garden to take pictures of flowers or to use the seated area further down to entertain their guests. On checkout day which is 10 o'clock the owner came knocking at 930 wanting to get in to change bed linen. So if you like privacy this cottage is a no no. If you want a place to lay your heads and you are out every day this is ok.

Reply from: Jill

Thank you for your comments, they have been forwarded to our Owners Team who will look into these issues with the owner. We are very sorry that your stay was not quite as expected.

Reply from: Jill

Thank you for your very detailed review, we are sorry that you felt overlooked and unable to enjoy the beautiful gardens and that the property needed some tlc. We have forwarded your review to the owners and await their comments.

S Scholes - 29th June 2018

I have already left feedback. The cottage itself was as detailed and the pictures were accurate, however the property needed a complete deep clean. I even had to clean the bin in the kitchen before using it! I cant imagine the owners have completed any unannounced checks on the cleaning standards, and if they clean the prosperity themselves they urgent need to review their standards. Thankfully the beds were clean and comfortable and the towels were clean and plentiful too. The shower on the first floor, a MIra, is inadequate and does not provide enough water flow for a proper shower. Finally although we understand this was a property with a shared garden we did not anticipate to share it with over 500 visitors on our first weekend. Sadly I would not return unless there were improvements made, the location was perfect for what we wanted but at a cost of over £1000 this was unsatisfactory.

Reply from: Jill

Thank you for your comments, they have been forwarded to our Owners Team who will look into these issues with the owner. We are very sorry that your stay was not quite as expected.

Reply from: Jill

Thank you for your very detailed review, we are sorry that you felt overlooked and unable to enjoy the beautiful gardens and that the property needed some tlc. We have forwarded your review to the owners and await their comments.

Reply from: Jill

Thank you for your useful feedback we are sorry that the property was in need of a deep clean and the shower was inadequate.  Your comments have been passed to the owner and we are awaiting their comments. 

A trusted customer - 7th May 2018

Lovely cottage.... big enough for the whole family. Everything we needed was on hand... loved the organic meat and vegetables from the farm. Owners are great hosts, very friendly.

A trusted customer - 1st February 2018

Quiet location even though the owners house and a group of holiday lets. Bit shabby in a lived sort of way but a great place to stay

A trusted customer - 31st January 2018

Thank you for such a warm welcome. The house was perfect for the family attending a local wedding and we had a great get together pre-wedding for 23 guests! A GREAT SUCCESS.

David and Annette Lort, Newton Ferris Devon - 18-Sep-201
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

What an amazing place. What an amazing stay. We enjoyed every single minute. The garden and the surroundings are inspiring and you feel the love that was put into this place in every corner. Thank you Rosamund and Peter. Hope we will be back!

Philipson family & Ens family Germany - 9-Oct-2015
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

We loved absolutely everything about Slade Cottage. Would love to see your garden in the spring.

Len & Fiona Spedding, Maxin & Liz - Oct-2015
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

Thank you R & P for letting us stay at Slade Cottage. Beautiful garden, stunning wildflower meadow and the warmest of welcomes. Hope to return!

Heather & Jeff Skinner, Finchampstead, Berkshire - 12-Jun-201
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

Delightful house and gardens - beautiful part of Wales! The walk to the beach is fantastic. We've had a lovely holiday. Thank you very much!

Simms & Struthers family, Warwickshire - 14-Aug-201
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

We enjoyed our stay so much thanks, best stay ever. The garden and cottage are beautiful with lots to do and great beaches!

The Franks, Shenkin & Overts family, Somerset, Newcastle & Swanage - 28-Aug-201
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

Fabulous holiday, beautiful garden and cottage. Have made some special memories.

The Griffiths family - 4-Sep-2015
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

We have had a wonderful holiday - thank you for making it special.

Bob & Sheila Jeffreys - 4-Sep-2015
This review was left in the guest book at the property.
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Property Description
Glamorgan Heritage Coast holiday cottage, sleeps 9 - Dogs welcome
  • Dunraven Bay, on South Wales's beautiful Glamorgan Heritage Coast, is a five minute walk away from Slade Cottage through a lovely woodland valley.
  • A light, spacious holiday cottage, the perfect setting for a memorable family holiday. Dogs welcome.
  • At the end of a 600 yard private driveway and surrounded by organic pastureland, the holiday cottage (together with The Hen House is set in the small courtyard of 'Slade' - a 'gentleman's residence' formerly part of the now privately owned Dunraven Estate at Southerndown.
  • Included in the estate is Slade Farm - a premier organic and award-winning farm, supplier of meat to Waitrose as well as to its own farm shop in nearby St Brides Major.
  • In the kitchen an oil fired Aga creates a warm hub to the house.
  • The comfortable sitting room and ground floor bedroom open onto a large garden-room which overlooks 6 beautiful and carefully tended landscaped acres of Slade Garden.
  • The shared garden is the real gem of the property with masses of spring flowers, terraced lawns and mature trees, living willow arbours and rose and clematis pergolas - a very natural garden that is open annually within the National Gardens scheme. It's a wonderful place to relax and explore!
  • The walled front courtyard is a private, sheltered outdoor space for barbecues or just for enjoying the good weather.
  • Guided farm walks, tractor rides and a wealth of information about the farm, the local natural environment and Organics are all available to cottage visitors.
  • Within walking distance is the Three Golden Cups Pub or try Florics for a wonderful Italian meal - very family friendly.


5 Bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 9. 2 Doubles, 1 Twin and 1 Single on 1st floor. 1 Twin on ground floor.

Bathroom on 1st floor with bath, shower, toilet & washbasin

Shower Room on ground floor with shower, toilet and washbasin

Sitting Room on ground floor with comfortable seating, wood burning stove, TV with Free view and double doors opening into the garden room.

Garden Room with circular table and chairs seating 6, cane sofa, occasional chairs and single futon chair. Beautiful views over 6 acres of garden stretching down the valley towards the sea.

Kitchen/Diner fully fitted, well-equipped kitchen with two-oven Aga, dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave and table and chairs.

Utility area with washer/dryer and belfast sink.

Grounds - Private gated front courtyard and rear access to 6 acres of beautiful rolling gardens shared with the owners.

Additional Information

Short breaks - Yes all year except Summer Holidays

WiFi - Yes

Changeover - Friday

Towels - Yes

Parking - Yes for 2 cars

Fuel - Oil central heating inclusive May to September. Outside these dates£35 p/w

Dogs - 1 welcome free

Travel cot - Yes

Highchair - No

Bed linen - Included as standard

About the Area
Glamorgan Heritage Coast & Coastal Path
  • The Glamorgan Heritage Coast is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
  • A minutes walk from the cottage is the 14 mile long Heritage Coastal Path (dogs welcome) with flora and fauna, birds galore, sea angling from Witches Point (designated SSSI for its geological importance) - a dramatic and fascinating coastline.
  • Still a relatively quiet and undiscovered treasure it is just a short drive from Swansea, Cardiff and the M4.
  • The red limestone and shale cliffs with their unique rock formations are embedded with fossils exposed by the tides which have to be seen to be believed.
  • Glorious beaches - at times wide and sandy, then rocky and rugged - great for surfing, swimming, windsurfing, canoeing, rock pooling and horse riding.
  • Most beaches welcome dogs all year round but on some in restricted areas only during summer months. See beach signs.
Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes
  • The huge Merthyr Mawr sand dunes include 'The Big Dipper'- one of the tallest dunes in Europe.
  • The village of Merthyr Mawr is the prettiest with roses round the doors, thatched roofs and cream teas near Porthcawl
Ogmore Castle, Dunraven Castle & the Iron Age Hill Fort
  • Ogmore's fascinating ruined Castle is reached by 52 stepping stones cross over the River Ewenny (check the tide times first!),
  • Originally on the site of an Iron Age Hillfort, all that remains of Dunraven Castle, home of the ghostly 'blue lady', is the walled garden above Dunraven Bay.
Cowbridge & Llantwit Major
  • Do go to Cowbridge with its boutique shops lining the ancient Roman Road and then to Llantwit Major where the quaint narrow streets, steeped in Welsh history, are an ancient seat of learning for Welsh Saints.
St Donats Castle & Atlantic College
  • St Donats 12th century castle, sitting on the heritage coastline is the longest continually inhabited castle in Wales. Extensively restored in the 1920's with an eclectic mix of medieval features salvaged from England and France by the Californian newspaper magnet Randolf Hearst as a retreat for his mistress and is now home to the internationally renowned Atlantic College, part of the United World Colleges.
RNLI Rescue Craft
  • With its own active RNLI Station, crewed by school staff and pupils, the RIB (rigid inflatable boat) - the world's most widely-used craft for inshore rescue - was conceived, designed and built at Atlantic College. It was named by the RNLI after its birthplace.
The Vale of Glamorgan near Glamorgan Heritage Coast holiday cottage
  • The Vale of Glamorgan has a wealth of history to discover from Cardiff to the Gower Peninsula - Neolithic, Bronze and Iron age - the hill forts overlapping with the Roman occupation and the remains are overlaid by the intervening years. From as early as 600AD religion, defence and trade are intertwined throughout the area with many castles and religious buildings remaining.
  • In the Dark Ages St Illtud's religious school at Llantwit Major had St David, the Patron Saint of Wales, as one of its pupils.
  • The nearby museum at St Fagans gathers together a fascinating range and variety of historic buildings from throughout Wales.
  • Reaching to the most southerly point in Wales, only ever minutes from the beach, with a hinterland full of stunning views and country lanes, historic castles, pretty hidden villages and ancient towns.
  • A true 'box of delights' for all the family to enjoy when holidaying in this Glamorgan Bay Heritage Coast holiday cottage. Dogs welcome.
Family Fun in the Vale of Glamorgan
  • Enjoy fulfilling days out at Porthkerry Country Park, Dyffryn Gardens, Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes, Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, Nash Point Lighthouse, Penarth Pier Pavilion and Barry Island Pleasure Park.
Cardiff Bay
  • Europe's largest waterfront development, a leisure and business hot-spot and home of the National Assembly for Wales. A number of boat tours operate from Mermaid Quay and a water taxi service operates throughout the year from the Bay to the city centre and Penarth. A great day out for 8 guests staying at this Glamorgan Heritage coast holiday cottage.
Cardiff Bay Attractions
  • Such as Techniquest Science Discovery Centre - ideal for all the family, Craft in the Bay, The Welsh Assembly at the Pierhead, Butetown History and Arts Centre, Goleulong 2000 Lightship, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre and the Wales Millennium Centre, a stunning international arts centre. The Atlantic Wharf Leisure Village provides further options for family entertainment.
  • Cardiff has been named as one of the top 10 cities in Europe. Over 319,700 friendly people live here and call it home. There are 149 pubs, bars and nightclubs (18 of them on the waterfront), 73 restaurants and 125 hotels.
The Gower Peninsula, 1 hour drive
  • Britain's first ever Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Gower, is still as breath taking and unspoiled today as it was when it was first bestowed with its coveted accolade. Enjoy stunning scenery, glorious beaches, sleepy villages and convivial inns.
Enjoy the best of both worlds when staying in this charming holiday cottage on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, tranquil countryside in the Vale and vibrant city life of the capital.
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7 Nights


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