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Charming and sophisticated haven for two, distant sea views, books and music and wonderful gardens.

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A trusted customer - 5th January 2019

Lovely cottage, ideal for 2 people. Good location for visiting tourist hot spots and for walking the Pembrokeshire coastal path

Robert K - 20th October 2018

Booking and pre-stay information were very precise and welcome. The cottage Llys Isaf is situated idyllically in a secluded garden abundant with foliage and flower in the village of St. Nicholas. The interior is very comfortable and blends in well with the traditional style of the cottage. The furniture and equipment (e.g. the kitchen) go well beyond the equipment one would expect of a holiday cottage (literatury, baby grand piano, CD-collection). However, three aspects need to be mentioned which might be worth improving: 1. the shower has a very low water pressure on the warm water tap, so that it is hardly possible to shower properly. Instead, one has to kneel or to crouch in the bath and hope for enough water to come (this would be difficult for persons with physical disabilities!). Is this the "traditional bathroom" mentioned in the overall information? 2. The seating area in front of the cottage could do with a bit more care. Not only was there a dried up Christmas tree in a pot in the corner, but the swing seat was unusable due to bird droppings. 3. Even though we arrived one day later than our booking commenced, the air in the cottage gave the impression of being unaired,stale and damp; it might have been a good idea to air the cottage, since it must have stood empty at least for one day. The owners were very friendly and welcoming. With regard to the infrastructure I would like to mention that the distance to the Farmers Arms Pub in Mathry seems to be longer than 3 miles (as indicated in the information). The pub itself does not live up to the expectations caused by e.g. very good Tripadvisor ratings. The food was average at best.

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Heinrich-Otto Hannemann - 28th July 2018

The most beautiful cottage in a great location for walking. We I’ll be back.

Frances Turnbull - 16th June 2018

Great cottage in a lovely location

A trusted customer - 13th June 2018

Great cottage and very helpful owners.

Richard Dodd - 21st May 2018
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Property Description

Charming, beautifully appointed North Pembrokehsire haven.

  • �A haven for musicians, cyclists, walkers and gardeners.
  • This delightful cottage was once home to the coachman for the big house next door (now occupied by the current owners). It is hidden off the road in a charming country garden setting approached via a wooded driveway and surrounded by an exquisite profusion of colourful flowers and mature planting.
  • Enjoy far reaching views over rolling pastures to the twin beaches of Aberbach and Abermawr beyond.
  • The cottage oozes charm and sophistication with a fine baby grand piano, a wealth of reading material and a comprehensive collection of CD's.
  • The beautifully appointed cosy sitting room with comfy sofas is warmed by a wood burning stove and a generous welcome pack of logs. It is a tranquil setting to relax and unwind.
  • Food preparation and eating in the smart designer kitchen with a Neff induction hob is a joy - beautifully designed and crafted for the small space.
  • Upstairs is an enchanting double bedroom with part exposed timbers, country furniture and a traditional bathroom.
  • While away sunny days in the fabulous garden either on the private terrace or shared lawn. A swing seat, wooden bench and dining furniture are provided and a gas barbecue is available on request.
  • Bicycle storage is available perfect for those who intend to explore the National Cycle Route No 4 which passes just 300 metres from the cottage.
  • The garden and grounds, shared with the adjoining owner's house, are truly exquisite with a vast array of plants collected from around the country and globe.The owners are knowledgeable collectors of beautiful plants having widely travelled. The cottage is adorned with a collection of antiques from around the World from their travels.
  • A dog is welcome (a 36" box is available).

1 Bedroom sleeping a maximum of 2 adults. 1 Double bedroom on 1st floor. 

Bathroom Bath with hand held shower /mixer tap,  (new electric shower being installed Spring 2019) toilet, and wash basin.

Kitchen Fully fitted kitchen with Neff induction and hob, oven, Fridge/freezer, Dishwasher, Washer/dryer and microwave, breakfast bar (all beautifully fitted).

Lounge 3 seater sofa, and 2 seater sofa, armchair, occasional gate-leg table that can be used to dine, TV, DVD-player. CD player and traditional wood burning stove, baby grand piano.

Grounds private patio area with table and chairs, and swing-seat (unenclosed). Use of shared grounds and woodlands covering 1.5 acres.

Additional Information

Short breaks - Winter

WiFi - Yes

Changeover - Saturday

Towels - Yes

Parking - Yes for 1 car

Fuel -oil central heating and wood burning stove

Dogs - 1 dogs at £25 p/w

Travel cot - No

Highchair - No

About the Area

 Aberbach and Abermawr

  • Just two miles from the cottage is a valley where National Trust woodland paths lead down through a bluebell wood to the sand and shingle beaches at Abermawr and Aberbach. This is a lovely (potentially circular) walk through a tree-filled valley – great for children and dogs (welcome all year) and for grown up walkers too!
  • Play on the beach at Abermawr or the little cove at Aberbach and keep your eyes open for seals there in the autumn.

Strumble Head and Pwll Deri

  • Fifteen minutes’ drive away and a meandering route over the rocky headland is Strumble Head and the lighthouse. Well worth a visit, it is really the ends of the earth where you can look out to sea to spot pods of porpoises who pass in the overfalls off the rocks.
  • Two and a half miles to the north of St Nicholas are the steep cliffs atf Pwll Deri. The subject of a famous Welsh poem, it is a wild and dramatic place and great for bird and seal watching. From the cliffs there are amazing views over the ocean and of the Garn Fawr Hillfort behind.

Melin Tregwynt

  • Melin Tregwynt is one of the two remaining woollen mills in Pembrokeshire. With skills passed down through generations of weavers, the mill produces lovely, locally designed blankets and throws which travel from this little mill to destinations round the world. Enjoy the mill and the shop and perhaps take tea in the little café.


  • Fishguard is the closest town to the St Nicholas with a selection of shops, cafes and restaurants. If you are looking for a place to eat - Ffwrn is recommended for its wood fired pizzas for lunch or evening. They also regularly host music nights; Peppers is quickly gaining a reputation as Pembrokeshire’s leading Jazz venue; Bar 5 is popular for cocktails and tapas; The Gourmet Pig is a fantastic Deli with local produce and treats; The Fishguard Farmers Market held every other Saturday in the town hall sells a variety of different delicious local products.

St Davids City Village

  • 12 miles to the south of St Nicholas is the iconic village of St Davids. Britain’s smallest city, busy with useful shops as well as gift and clothes shops and galleries to enjoy. The village is remarkable in having a lovely 12th century cathedral and bishops’ palace.
  • The peninsula, surrounded by sea, is a centre for boat trips. There are several different organisations in the town offering wildlife trips round Ramsey and out to the offshore islands. 

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and Porthgain

  • The famous Pembrokeshire coastal path circles the coast round Strumble Head and south towards St Davids. Keen walkers can join at many points on the way but walks planned with a start or finish point at Porthgain will combine the delights of the coastal scenery with the opportunity to have food and drink in the popular Shed Bistro or Sloop Inn. The village is extraordinary with the remains of its industrial past incorporated into a popular tourist destination and art lovers can peruse the galleries while their children play on the village green!
  • Visitors with dogs are welcome in Pembrokeshire but if you take them on coastal path walks take care of the cliff edge – the grass and flowers frequently overhang the cliff face and dogs like to look over the edge!

Mathry Village and the Farmers Arms Pub

  • About three and a half miles from St Nicholas is the hilltop village of Mathry and the popular Farmers Arms pub. This is a traditional pub serving good food and is well-used by locals – a good venue for lunch or supper!

Strumble shuttle

  • Your travels up and down the coast will be enhanced by using the local bus – the Strumble Shuttle. The Shuttle visits most villages and inlets and can be hailed as it passes. Get a timetable online or from the local Tourist Information Centre (Fishguard or St Davids) and take the bus. You will see the scenery, meet the locals and reduce your carbon footprint!

Gwaun Valley Gardens and The Dyffryn Arms

  • Take a short drive up the lovely Gwaun Valley to the Dyffryn Arms - known locally as Bessie's after the landlady who serves real ale from a jug in what is basically her licensed front room. It’s an experience not to be missed!
  • Visit the nearby Pembrokeshire Gardens open to the public. Penlan Uchaf has acres of landscaped garden including a fast flowing stream set high above the Gwaun Valley. Dyffryn Fernant Gardens, set in 6 acres of grounds and features courtyard roses, orchard, wild flowers, wood, walks and more.

Picton Castle and Gardens, Haverfordwest

  • A beautiful 40 acre woodland garden surrounds the enchanting 13th century castle and both are open to the public. Visit the gallery, shop and courtyard restaurant as well. The castle hosts a rolling programme of family friendly events throughout the year.
Animal Lovers
  • Animals lovers of all ages should make a beeline for south Pembrokeshire where award winning Folly Farm and Manor Wildlife Park have a diverse collection of small and large animals on show. Expect to see meerkats, lemurs, gibbons, lions, tigers, rhinos, zebras, penguins, ostriches and more.
Revel in this delightful haven as your base for exploring the north Pembrokeshire countryside



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