The Gower Forge Three Cliffs Bay, Gower

£465 - £1325 per week

Why We Reccommend The Gower Forge

Within one mile of fabulous Three Cliffs Bay stands The Gower Forge a picturesque characterful old cottage beautifully converted into a cosy home packed with period features and modern comforts including a log burning stove and Jacuzzi bath.


This pretty cottage has stood for over 160 years and was once a working smithy in the picturesque hamlet of Parkmill.  Looking onto the old mill across the dancing water of the ford, this ideal holiday cottage is cosy and perfectly positioned to enjoy all the unspoiled delights that Gower has to offer.
  • The small village of Parkmill is at the "Gateway to Gower'.  In Spring the valley is overrun with bluebells and wild garlic flowers, in Summer the dappled shade of the pretty woodland is alive with wildlife.  Sitting on "The Pill" is The Gower Forge, pretty and welcoming.
  • Cross the Ford if you dare, or take the gentler approach further along the wooded lane. Enter via the stable door into the sunny yellow kitchen/diner. Well equipped with a generous farmhouse table, this is an ideal place to plan the day's excursions before packing a picnic and heading outdoors. Countryside and water views from all windows really let you know your holiday has begun.
  • Go through the kitchen into the intimate snug - perfect for quiet reading or an after-dinner snooze. Exposed stone walls remind you of the working heritage of this solid old cottage.
  • Beyond is the sitting room with log style burner, inglenook fireplace, exposed stone walls, deep sofas and further views of the water and gardens.
  • Up the little staircase is the Master Bedroom which has a king size bed, original feature fireplace, and shower. Across the landing, you will find the cosy children's bunk room, a further double bedroom and the family bathroom with Jacuzzi corner bath.  All rooms have views of The Pill, the old mill (now The Heritage Centre) and the valley beyond.
  • Outdoors there is a raised terrace equipped with table and chairs - perfect for al fresco dining and lingering evening cocktails as the sun dips through the trees.  On the other side of the house accessed via a side door off the sitting room, is a secret garden.  With high hedging and a private lawn area with woodland behind -  this is an ideal place for children to play and explore while the adults can lounge and relax.  


Little Valley Bakery and The Heritage Centre

  • One minute away, follow the smell of freshly baking bread to the Little Valley Bakery and pick up breakfast and  treats for your picnic basket before you set out for the day.
  • Delve into the fascinating history of the mill in the Heritage Centre across the Pill. Visit the operational 12th century water mill.

Three Cliffs Bay

  • Three Cliffs is one of Gower's most picturesque beaches and it's not hard to see why. The valley leading down to the sea is complete with castle, salt marshes and sand dunes and together with the three cliffs themselves, all combine to make this destination unique. 
  • Walk from the cottage along through the valley to the sea - the path is sandy and the walk is wonderful!
  • The cliffs are popular with climbers and what a location - you can actually walk underneath the cliffs through an archway! There are stepping stones to cross the river on the Penmaen side of the bay (west) but watch out for the tide and make sure you have enough time to get back. The beach has a seasonal lifeguard station. Please take care with children and dogs.
Gower Coast Path
  • Enjoy spectacular coastal scenery, historic sites, verdant woodlands, a wealth of wildlife, open commons home to wild ponies, remote beaches, medieval churches and atmospheric castles while walking the Gower Coast Path

Gower Coast Adventures - Boat Trips (May to September)

  • Explore the Gower coast from Mumbles to Worms Head aboard a boat trip aboard a large RIB (rigid inflatable) Board at Knab Rock, Port Eynon or Oxwich. Look out for grey seals, porpoises and dolphins as well as seabirds such as Razorbills and Guillemots (June and July), Gannets and Shearwaters.
Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill
  • Set in the grounds of a 12th century water mill, the Gower Heritage Centre houses a rural museum. craft centre, the world's smallest cinema, children's play areas and a gift shop. A variety of events is hosted during the year.
Rhossili Beach and Worms Head
  • Journey out along one of Wales's most iconic cliff walks, with breathtaking views of the golden sand of Rhossili, to the rugged limestone rocks of the south Gower coast. 
  • On your return, stop off for lunch at The Bay Bistro which offers home made treats together with simply stunning views of beautiful Rhossili Beach from every table. If the tide is out you will even see the bones of The Helvicta wreck reaching out through the sands.  
  • Restored by your lunch, take the challenging walk to the highest point on Gower and down onto this most iconic of Wales's beaches. Burial chambers, radar stations and shipwrecks are only some of the highlights you will pass along the way. Watch the surfers ride the waves and if you fancy a lesson head over to Llangennith and Ask PJ at his Surf Shop and he will fit you out with all you need to get up and riding. Or if retail therapy is more up your street there are gift shops and a National Trust Shop here.
Local Eateries
  • Cross the road and take the short stroll up river to the Gower Inn - a classic family pub which serves honest pub fare and offers seasonal menus.  
  • The King Arthur Hotel on the green at Reynoldston is a delightful country pub with log fires and a cosy restaurant.  Sit outside on the village green and watch the ponies grazing. Booking recommended.
  • The Plough and Harrow - an award winning gastro pub - is a ten minute drive away at Murton and well worth a visit. Booking recommended.
Mumbles Lifeboat Station 
  • The Mumbles Lifeboat Station has a remarkable history of bravery stretching over 170 years and it's crews have been presented with 33 awards for gallantry. The station has also witnessed tragedy with 18 lifeboat crew losing their lives saving others at sea. It is a humbling place to visit! 
  • The new lifeboat station was completed in 2014 and sits alongside the original building, now preserved in remembrance of all those who lost their lives at sea.
Swansea Market
  • Visit Swansea Market for authentic Welsh delicacies - Lava bread and freshly gathered cockles have been served by generations of well known 'cockle ladies'.  Try hot fresh Welsh cakes, straight from the bake stone. Absolutely delicious.
The Plough and Harrow, Bishopston
  • Winner of the Gastropub of the Year 2016, Food Awards Wales, Winner - Best Pub in West Glamorgan 2016, The National Pub & Bar Awards and The Times Newspaper's Top 100 Sunday Lunches in UK 2016. This multi-award winning gem of a pub is small and friendly and consistently turns out fantastic seasonal food. Evening booking essential to avoid disappointment. It is 10 minutes by car.
The Beach House, Oxwich Bay
  • You simply cannot miss dining at Gowers' newest hip hangout. With a stunning location right on the bay at Oxwich, The Beach House serves a pared-down menu with exquisite yet simple flavours.  A welcome addition to the group which includes The Grove at Narberth and Coast at Saundersfoot.
The Dylan Thomas Centre and The Swansea Museum and Marina
  • In Swansea, the birthplace of Dylan Thomas, The Dylan Thomas Centre is home to the permanent exhibition "Love the Words", which opened on 27 October 2014, Dylan’s 100th birthday. The interactive displays tell the story of the work, life and cultural context of one of the twentieth century’s most significant writers and the exhibition includes a learning space, activities for children and a temporary exhibition area. 
  • Finish off the day with a stroll around the Marina, maybe stopping off for lunch in one of the many waterside bars and cafes.  Swansea's Museums are conveniently situated here for a fascinating insight into the industrial past of this dynamic city.


Sleeping 6 guests in 3 bedrooms (ideally suited for 4 adults, 2 children). 1 Double with Kingsize bed and ensuite, 1 Double, 1 Children's' Bunk room. All on 1st floor.

Bathroom with Jacuzzi corner bath, shower over, toilet and washbasin on the 1st floor.

Sitting Room with 2 x 2 seater sofas, 2 armchairs. Gas fired log style burner. Door leading to the vestibule and lawn garden beyond.

Snug with two leather recliners. Open fireplace (not in use).

Kitchen/Diner open plan fitted country kitchen with electric  Cooker, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, and freezer, washing machine. Farmhouse table and 6 chairs. Small TV.

Grounds Lawn hedged garden with table and chairs.  Raised separate terrace.


Additional Information


Short breaks - Winter

WiFi - No

Changeover - Saturday

Towels - Yes

Parking - Yes ample

Fuel - Central heating, gas fired log burner, storage heaters inclusive May to September. Outside these dates £30 p/w

Dogs - No

Travel cot - Yes on request

Highchair - Yes on request


Is there parking for at least one car within the cottage grounds? Yes

Is there a gate to open? No

If no parking within the grounds is there parking within 100m? No

Does this parking have reserved disabled spaces (min width 3.6m)? No

Are there paths? No

Are paths level and firm? No

Type of suface Gravel

Are there dropped kerbs or changes in level? No

Are paths at least 1.2m wide? No

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