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Gilbert's Cottage Mathry, North pembrokeshire

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Dogs
  • Reference 1282
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Mathry holiday cottage pet friendly sleeps 6 near North Pembrokeshire coast at Abermawr & Aberbach

About Gilbert's Cottage
Picturesque holiday cottage in the hilltop village of Mathry
  • Gilbert's Cottage is a picturesque stone Mathry holiday cottage by the side of the green in this hilltop village.  Carefully and affectionately restored, the style of the cottage is simple and uncluttered.  The original fabric, dating back to the 1600's - rough rendered white walls, oak beams and large inglenook fireplace - is complemented by warm, comfortable modern furnishings. 
  • The sitting room has deep slate sills and an oak boarded floor, with comfy sofas ranged around the 'simnai fawr' - the huge ancient fireplace with a wood burning stove. 
  • The well equipped kitchen combines calm grey colours, wooden worktops, a high beamed ceiling & slate floors and has steps leading up to the utility area and shower room beyond.  
  • The master bedroom on the ground floor, with its sloping boarded ceiling, has adjoining modern bath/shower room.  Upstairs the twin bedroom in cool blues and white and the double in rich warm red and cream, with its floor level window, entice the visitor to look forward to bedtime. 

About The Area
Mathry Village
  • The quiet hilltop village of Mathry with its church and village green, has a traditional local pub - The Farmers Arms - serving bar meals and acclaimed Sunday lunches. Newly opened and a short step from the cottage is the Siop Fach Tearoom & Collectables - with fresh decor and views across the valley, it offers delicious food (great for breakfast on the terrace looking over to the Preseli Hills) throughout the day as well as a shop with souvenirs,
  • The local Church of the Holy Martyrs (doors always open) is a stop on the 'Saints and Stones Pilgrimage' Historic Trail for pilgrims.
  • This is a wonderful base for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts. A footpath from the village crosses farmland to the beach and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path with its fantastic scenery and stunning plant and wildlife.  

Abercastle, Porthgain and Abereiddi

  • The rugged north Pembrokeshire coastline is scattered with hidden coves and beaches.  Abercastle - landing site in 1876 of the first single-handed Atlantic sailing west to east - is a tiny hamlet and pretty working harbour, home to both fishing and pleasure boats.
  • Porthgain harbour was once a vibrant centre of nineteenth century coastal industry, its large brick hoppers now designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is a popular destination for visitors and locals who come to use the harbour, dine at The Shed and The Sloop - both very popular local eateries - and enjoy the galleries, the green and the pleasant holiday atmosphere.
  • Abereiddi, just along the coast, has pretty colour washed former quarry workers cottages, black sandy beach and the remarkable Blue Lagoon - a disused quarry now filled with deep aquamarine seawater.  Popular with families, the sand which is visible at low tide, also contains a high concentration of fossils and is a draw for fossil hunters. 

Abermawr and Aberbach beaches

  • Walk with your dog down through the Pen yr Allt and Broom Woods - it is lovely at any time of year but sports an amazing carpet of bluebells and wild garlic in the Spring.  Accompanied by birdsong, the paths lead you above the marshy streambed to the un-crowded shingle and sand beaches of Abermawr and Aberbach.  If you are there in the Autumn look out for seal pups on the shoreline. 

Melin Tregwynt

  • The hundred year old and internationally renowned Tregwynt Mill, up the valley from Abermawr and Aberbach, takes a new approach to Welsh woollen goods. Revive your furnishings from a Welsh-made range of exclusive wool blankets, throws, cushions, accessories and clothing, combining traditional techniques and modern design. You might like to complete your shopping expedition with a visit to the tea room! 

St Davids Village/City, St Davids Cathedral and Bishops' Palace

  • A visit to St Davids, Britain's smallest city (little more than a village), is an essential on any holiday to Pembrokeshire.  Hidden away in the valley, the lovely medieval Cathedral with its beautiful organ and newly restored cloisters and next door, the ruined Bishops' Palace are host to musical and theatrical events through the year - make sure you don't miss the Cathedral Music Festival in late May!
  • On the hill above, the city offers clothes and outdoor shops, art galleries, coffee shops/restaurants and places to book breathtaking boat trips out to the seal and bird islands of Ramsey and Grassholm.  

Fishguard

  • This Mathry holiday cottage lies north of the little market town of Fishguard which boasts a range of small shops, pubs and restaurants, an excellent Saturday Farmers Market selling delicious fresh local produce, an award winning Leisure Centre and a small cinema. 
  • Famous as the site of the Last Invasion of Britain in 1797, the event is commemorated by a tapestry displayed in the Town Hall; sewn by local needlewomen, it marks the 1997 Bicentenary of the event during which the British commander set up his headquarters in the Royal Oak pub on the square.
  • Come to Fishguard for music - Folk Festival in May, International Music Festival in late July and Aberjazz - the jazz and blues festival in mid August.
  • The Irish Ferry sails from the ferry terminal at neighbouring Goodwick - a daily service to Rosslare in Ireland.

 Workshop Wales Gallery

  • Just outside Fishguard, and certainly worth a visit, is the Workshop Wales Gallery with its inspiring collection of over forty local, national and international artists' work - there is a summer sculpture show in the beautiful gardens too! 

Golfing Breaks Pembrokeshire Wales

  • Family owned Priskilly Forest Golf Course is a few minute's drive from Mathry.  Open all year to visitors of any ability, it is a 9 hole gem, set amongst mature oaks, sycamores and rhododendrons and with panoramic views from Strumble Head to the Preseli Mountains. All your golfing requirements - either for purchase or hire - are available at the golf shop.  The Club House also serves excellent food and drink.
  • St Davids City Golf Course is a spectacular 9 hole course on the headland overlooking Whitesands Beach - a real challenge! 

Outdoor Activities in North Pembrokeshire

  • At both Newgale and Whitesands surf hire and instruction is available at the beach.  In St Davids, TYF Adventure offers a wide variety of activities and just down the road from Mathry, Preseli Venture offer instruction in sea kayaking and surfing.  There is lots to chose from if you are looking for adventure!
  • Inland explore the Preseli Mountains - wonderful views, hill walking, cycling or driving.  Visit the mysterious and beautiful Gwaun Valley - a timeless world with hanging deciduous woodlands. 

Llys y Fran Reservoir & Country Park

  • A little further afield is the reservoir at Llys y Fran.  It offers a wonderful day out in the country for the whole family - enjoy walking, bird watching, boating, fishing, picnicking and the views of the country.
Watersports
  • Pembrokeshire offers myriad opportunities for all types of watersports. Try surfing, coasteering, sea kayaking, sailing, stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing and so much more.
Family Fun
  • Dr Beynon's Bug Farm and Grub Kitchen, Hangar Five trampoline park, West Wales Karting, the Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Company, Scolton Manor and Country Park, Folly Farm, Manor Wildlife Park and Castell Henllys reconstructed Iron Age settlement are just a few of the quality family attractions in Pembrokeshire.
Gardens
  • Visit Dyffryn Fernant, Manorowen Walled Garden and Penlan Uchaf all beautiful gardens open to the public near Fishguard.

Characterful family and dog friendly holiday cottage in the hilltop village of Mathry for year round holidays in north Pembrokeshire. Do read the reviews.

Property Layout

3 bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 6. 1 Double and 1 Twin, both on 1st floor. Master bedroom with ensuite on ground floor. 

Shower room with double shower on ground floor.

Kitchen well appointed with double electric oven, ceramic 5-burner hob & grill, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer and door to outside dining area.  Steps to:

Utility area with butler sink and washing machine, boiler room and door to the shower room.

Sitting/Dining room with oak floor, large inglenook fireplace and slate-silled alcove. 2 + 3 seater sofas and large leather pouffe, Free sat TV/DVD and CD. Dining table and chairs to seat 6.  Comfortable occasional chair. Open tread staircase to first floor - Caution with narrow treads.

Grounds small enclosed front garden with wood store, decking and bench, grassed area and raised beds with mature shrubs. Small rear garden with gravelled area for alfresco dining.


Additional Information

 

Short breaks - No

WiFi - Yes

Changeover - Friday

Towels - Yes

Parking - Yes for 2 cars adjacent to front garden

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

Dogs - 2. 1 dog free, additional dog £25 p/w

Travel cot - No

Highchair - No

Access Information

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

Is there a gate to open? Yes

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

Does this parking have reserved disabled spaces (min width 3.6m)? Yes

Are there paths? Yes

Are paths level and firm? Yes

Type of suface Gravel

Are there dropped kerbs or changes in level? Yes

Are paths at least 1.2m wide? Yes

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Why you love Gilbert's Cottage
We have just had the most glorious week in your wonderful cottage. It is so comfortable and you have provided everything we could possibly want. We would love to come back again. We have also had fantastic sunshine all week! Glorious dog friendly walks along the coastal path from Strumble Head down to Solva. Wonderful holiday. Thank you
Paul & Chris Newton.
Nicest cottage we've stayed in! Beautifully stylish, comfortable and well equipped cottage in a convenient location. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay exploring the area - the beaches are great and St David's is lovely. All very doggy friendly. Beware of the enclosed back garden though - our little spaniel scaled the wall and took herself off to the pub!!!!! Thankfully a very nice pub though food not to our liking - plenty of great places to eat in the area though. Only one very small criticism - no welcome pack. But overall a good time was had by all!!!!!!!!!
Richardson party, Cambridge
Thank you for such a beautiful cottage! The children have enjoyed exploring all the spaces. We have spent most of the time on Whitesand beach surfing. Farmers Arms is a lovely local pub offering a warm welcome. Will be back next year.
Sarah, Andy, Katie & Jack herdsman. Reading
Your cottage is beautiful! Every detail thought through, thank you for such a lovely place to stay. Found some lovely dog friendly beaches and weather wasn't bad either.Thank you again.
Anne & Les Crocombe
Wow factor - you should be proud of what you have done here. Best cottage we have stayed in and best location (especially with local pub).To many best places to mention from Newgale to the Blue Lagoon. We will be back and hopefully to your lovely cottage!
Deb,Chris,Jamie & George Wilson. West Yorkshire
Thank you! Had a fabulous week - great weather, great walks and great food. Could stay here forever; the cottage and garden has such a lovely feel being so beautifully and tastefully decorated.
Anita & John Park. Hampshire
What a fantastic and homely cottage, love every part of it, especially the face in the wall!! Will definitely try and stay here again, it was awesome. (From our 6yr old).Thank you for sharing this lovely place.
Sally, Colin & Ellen. Northamptonshire
We have had a relaxing, lovely week here, in your beautiful cottage. We found the accommodation extremely comfortable and homely, and we all felt relaxed. You also have an excellent selection of games, books, and DVD's. We never stay at the same place twice, but I think we may break that family tradition after discovering here.Thank you for a wonderful week.
Gary, Lynda, Richard, Lewis & Imogen Smith. Somerset
Property Layout

3 bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 6. 1 Double and 1 Twin, both on 1st floor. Master bedroom with ensuite on ground floor. 

Shower room with double shower on ground floor.

Kitchen well appointed with double electric oven, ceramic 5-burner hob & grill, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer and door to outside dining area.  Steps to:

Utility area with butler sink and washing machine, boiler room and door to the shower room.

Sitting/Dining room with oak floor, large inglenook fireplace and slate-silled alcove. 2 + 3 seater sofas and large leather pouffe, Free sat TV/DVD and CD. Dining table and chairs to seat 6.  Comfortable occasional chair. Open tread staircase to first floor - Caution with narrow treads.

Grounds small enclosed front garden with wood store, decking and bench, grassed area and raised beds with mature shrubs. Small rear garden with gravelled area for alfresco dining.


Additional Information

 

Short breaks - No

WiFi - Yes

Changeover - Friday

Towels - Yes

Parking - Yes for 2 cars adjacent to front garden

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

Dogs - 2. 1 dog free, additional dog £25 p/w

Travel cot - No

Highchair - No

Access Information

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

Is there a gate to open? Yes

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

Does this parking have reserved disabled spaces (min width 3.6m)? Yes

Are there paths? Yes

Are paths level and firm? Yes

Type of suface Gravel

Are there dropped kerbs or changes in level? Yes

Are paths at least 1.2m wide? Yes

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