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Situated on Wales' most southerly coast Glamorgan and the Vale of Glamorgan are home to the capital city of Cardiff. Here's you'll also find a beautiful coastal landscape of sandy beaches, windswept cliffs and the green rolling hills of the interior.

The stunning Gower Peninsula was in fact the very first place to be awarded an 'Area of Outstanding Beauty' and 50 years on it still rightly has this accolade. This enclosed peninsula is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Bristol Channel and has rich and varied landscape. Here you'll find clean sandy beaches (including Rhossili beach voted in the top ten beaches in the world by TripAdvisor in 2014), dramatic wind swept cliffs, hills, valleys and woodland; just perfect for a relaxing break where you can unwind amongst a most beautiful and unspoilt environment.

The Glamorgan Heritage Coast extends for some 14 miles from Porthcawl to Aberthaw, where there are uncrowded beaches and wonderful sea views. Of particular note is Dunraven Bay and the walk from St. Donat's to Llantwit Major is well worth tackling. While at Llantwit Major you could take the opportunity to tour the Nash Point Lighthouse, allow an hour and the tour is subject to weather conditions – remember there a lot of steps!

Porthkerry Country Park near Barry is a sheltered valley comprised of 220 acres of forest and meadowland with nature trails, picnic areas, mini-golf and a play area; it's one of the best places to keep the family entertained and is close enough to the coast for pottering by the sea or climbing up the cliffs for great views.

If you like to be beside the seaside then Whitmore Bay at Barry Island offers a winning combination of British holiday heritage and some lovely expanses of sand and sea. Similarly, the pier at Penarth offers a fantastic window into the Glamorgan holidays of yesteryear, while being a fantastic attraction in its own right.

For a calming and peaceful day out visit Dyffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan countryside. Extending over 55 acres this wonderful Edwardian Grade 1 garden has an Arboretum of trees from around the world, formal lawns, and garden rooms. To see nature at its very best then Kenfig Nature Reserve is the place to be, this sand dune nature reserve is also home to Glamorgan's biggest natural lake; a great place to see insect and bird life. It also has a visitor center and shop.

This part of Wales is not short on natural beauty and there are plenty of days out and activities to enjoy. So take a look at holiday cottages in Glamorgan.

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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

Roughly equidistant between the north and south coasts of Gower, Three Crosses lies in Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and forms the setting for these lovingly renovated, listed 18th-century properties which have won prestigious awards, namely the Lord Mayor Design Award, Wales regional winner for Built in Quality Design Award and the Gower Society Award. Originally comprising the buildings of the only farm in the village, they offer holiday accommodation of a very high standard, blending modern facilities with old world charm, have wi-fi internet access, and lie close to the 18th-century village pub serving good food.
Stretching from the pretty thriving village of Mumbles on the western edge of Swansea Bay, the south coast offers many opportunities for water sports, with beautiful sandy beaches further along the coast to the jewel of Rhossilli, and a 22-mile coastal path rewards walkers with some of the most stunning scenery in Wales. Taking on a more wild and rugged look, the north coast stretches from Llangennith along miles of deserted sandy beaches, and follows the Loughor Estuary. Beautiful walks abound in inland Gower, which boasts three Norman castles, and spectacular views of the north and south coasts can be admired from Cefyn Bryn – the spine of Gower. The Rhossilli Downs overlook the beach towards Worms Head – reached by a causeway at low tide. Home to 4 golf courses (one a few hundred yards from Crwys Farm), Gower also has surfing beaches at Llangennith and Langland, pony trekking and excellent fishing. For a change of tempo, the city of Swansea beckons. Home of Dylan Thomas, Swansea (with its cinema, bowling, indoor leisure facilities) has the largest indoor market in Wales and boasts an excellent maritime quarter containing the Welsh Maritime Museum, as well Plantasia. Travelling west towards the rugby town of Llanelli, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is a must for bird-watchers, and the Millennium Coastal Park makes an excellent cycling venue, leading to Pembrey Country Park, with woodland and 7-mile sandy beach. Further afield are Cardiff, Tenby, Dan yr Ogof Caves and the Brecon Beacons, with the Pembrokeshire coast also easily accessible. Shop 500 yards.

With green oak frame and oak floors, this detached barn has a mezzanine viewing gallery and easy walking access. Spacious beamed open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, feature fireplace, open mezzanine gallery above, rugs on oak floor and well-equipped modern fitted kitchen area. Utility. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Master double bedroom with sleigh bed and en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi, shower cubicle and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Two double beamed bedrooms, one with 5ft double bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – fuel available locally
  • Freezer
  • Enclosed rear courtyard, furniture; front courtyard
  • Hot tub
  • Ample parking
  • Children’s toys
  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • iPod dock
  • Gas BBQ

Note: The Oak Barn (ONR), The Granary (ONT) and The Dairy (ONS) may be booked together to sleep up to 16 people

WAS
NOW
£531-£1546
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Roughly equidistant between the north and south coasts of Gower, Three Crosses lies in Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and forms the setting for these lovingly renovated, listed 18th-century properties which have won prestigious awards, namely the Lord Mayor Design Award, Wales regional winner for Built in Quality Design Award and the Gower Society Award. Originally comprising the buildings of the only farm in the village, they offer holiday accommodation of a very high standard, blending modern facilities with old world charm, have wi-fi internet access, and lie close to the 18th-century village pub serving good food.
Stretching from the pretty thriving village of Mumbles on the western edge of Swansea Bay, the south coast offers many opportunities for water sports, with beautiful sandy beaches further along the coast to the jewel of Rhossilli, and a 22-mile coastal path rewards walkers with some of the most stunning scenery in Wales. Taking on a more wild and rugged look, the north coast stretches from Llangennith along miles of deserted sandy beaches, and follows the Loughor Estuary. Beautiful walks abound in inland Gower, which boasts three Norman castles, and spectacular views of the north and south coasts can be admired from Cefyn Bryn – the spine of Gower. The Rhossilli Downs overlook the beach towards Worms Head – reached by a causeway at low tide. Home to 4 golf courses (one a few hundred yards from Crwys Farm), Gower also has surfing beaches at Llangennith and Langland, pony trekking and excellent fishing. For a change of tempo, the city of Swansea beckons. Home of Dylan Thomas, Swansea (with its cinema, bowling, indoor leisure facilities) has the largest indoor market in Wales and boasts an excellent maritime quarter containing the Welsh Maritime Museum, as well Plantasia. Travelling west towards the rugby town of Llanelli, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is a must for bird-watchers, and the Millennium Coastal Park makes an excellent cycling venue, leading to Pembrey Country Park, with woodland and 7-mile sandy beach. Further afield are Cardiff, Tenby, Dan yr Ogof Caves and the Brecon Beacons, with the Pembrokeshire coast also easily accessible. Shop 500 yards.

Adjoins The Dairy, with views of Gower countryside. Living room with electric woodburner, French door to garden, patio. Well-equipped modern fitted kitchen/dining room. Shower room and toilet. Wooden staircase (with child gate at top and bottom) to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Beamed throughout.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Patio with furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • iPod dock
  • Gas BBQ

Note: The Oak Barn (ONR), The Granary (ONT) and The Dairy (ONS) may be booked together to sleep up to 16 people

WAS
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£271-£884
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Squirrel Cottage Ref: W42255

Set on the edge of an oak wood

Ideal touring base

Located on a winding country lane, backing into woodland with country views, is this 200 year old, semi-detached, stone built holiday cottage. As the crow flies, just 5 miles from the sea, but only 5 minutes from the M4; Squirrel Cottage is suitable as a country retreat and a beach holiday, or to explore the many attractions. Sympathetically refurbished with new and old antique furniture, providing stone and wood character with up-to-date conveniences. Shop and pub 0.5 miles, restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double, one with additional single bunk above, 1 bunk. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, shower cubicle and toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors and beams.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating included (£35per week October-March), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. X-box 360. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). NB: There are steps in the garden.

WAS
NOW
£275-£891
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Good walking abounds

Set in an elevated position within the grounds of the owner’s home and working farm, these three holiday properties (refs W43382, W43383, W43384) have been converted to offer very comfortable accommodation from which to enjoy the surrounding areas. Places to visit and outdoor activities are plentiful. Walking is available from the doorstep - a public footpath runs through the land - and cycling is very popular in the Afan Argoed Country Park; golf and horse riding can also be found locally. Margam Park and Dan yr Ogof showcaves are within easy driving distance. Nearby Pontardawe has a swimming pool, indoor bowls, leisure centre and arts centre with cinema. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains, or further afield, visit the Gower Peninsula - Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its beautiful sandy beaches. Swansea boasts the LC2 indoor Waterpark, a firm favourite with visitors of all ages with a lazy river, wave pool, the boardrider for indoor surfing and the masterblaster rollercoaster waterslide, as well as the maritime museum and marina. Cardiff, the vibrant capital city of Wales, offers many places of historical interest, bustling shops, nightlife, stadiums and concert arenas. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with laminate floor/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Dishwasher.

All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£240-£764
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Oak Lodge, Lake View and Pine Lodge are three, newly built, luxury, lakeside log cabins that provide a tranquil countryside retreat with easy access to all that South West Wales has to offer. The large windows drink in views of the White Springs Lakes and the verandas provide the perfect spot to unwind after a day exploring the local area or simply to while away some relaxing hours. The three log cabins are similarly furnished to a very high standard; recliner leather sofas and chairs and large flat screen TVs are just some of the many home comforts on offer. And while White Springs, voted the UK’s Number 1 Fishery is a dream holiday spot to any fishing enthusiast it’s also a great location for anyone who enjoys water views, home comfort and convenience. Staying at the log cabins allows you to make use of the wider facilities available at White Springs, such as the Licensed Bar with games room and the availability of equipment and coaching for anyone new to fishing to have a go at catching and barbequing their own supper!
Oak Lodge, Lake View and Pine Lodge are positioned adjacent to one another, benefitting from the same fantastic outlook, with identical layout and similar furnishing.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has gas central heating and comprises:
Open plan living area
Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and lake views
Lounge/Dining Area: With comfortable leather recliner and armchair. Satellite  free  view TV and DVD player and lake views
Bedroom 1: With double bed and single bed
Bedroom 2: With double bed and single bed
Shower room: With large shower enclosure, wash basin, WC and shaver point.

All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels provided. Cot and highchair available.

Veranda with lake views and garden furniture. Lawned area to the side of each log cabin. Lockable outside store for fishing equipment etc. Off- road parking with level access to all log cabins. Launderette facilities available. Young children must be supervised at all times due to water side location. 

WAS
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£315-£705
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0

Commanding magnificent uninterrupted views over Port-Eynon Bay, these delightful, seaside holiday properties are situated on the Gower Peninsula, the UK’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fennel Cottage (ref OMK) and Malt Cottage (ref OML) each feature a first floor living room with French doors leading to a balcony, for maximum enjoyment of the sea views. Carreglwyd Farmhouse (ref OQ1) is a detached property that is comfortably furnished and offers a spacious retreat for families and large groups alike to enjoy this magnificent part of the world. For those who can bear to tear themselves away from the comfort of Croft Acre, there is an array of attractions to enjoy.
The Swansea coastline shelters many beautiful bays, glorious sandy beaches secluded coves and breathtaking cliff-top coastal walks and abundant wildlife. The headland, owned by the National Trust, has a most spectacular coastal path which veers along crags above thundering waves for 5 miles. The tip of the headland displays a natural cave, which delves into the hillside, and further along to the west, the man-made cave Culver Hole is more easily explored - possibly having served as a stronghold for the former Port Eynon Castle, which existed in days bygone. Subsequent uses have included a smugglers’ retreat, as well as an armoury and dovecote. For walkers, the area is a paradise, with the spectacular coastal path to Rhossili (5 miles) offering wonderful views. A point to visit along the way is Paviland Cave, where the skeleton of a Stone Age hunter was discovered - believed to be some 19,000 years old. The pretty village of Rhossili gives access to an isolated string of rocks, known as Worms Head, which can be reached on foot at low tide, and for those keen on surfing, boogie boards and surf boards can be hired from the village. Surfing tuition (half day and full day courses) is also available a mile or so from Rhossili at the Welsh Surfing Federation’s Surf School. Not only for watersports enthusiasts, the region is also very popular with cyclists.
Swansea, lying in the opposite direction, offers a vibrant pace of life with its many bars, restaurants and shops. Accessible within half an hour’s drive, the city’s many attractions include Plantasia - a great pyramidal glasshouse with wondrous plants and a mini-zoo of monkeys, butterflies, an aquarium and even a python. Swansea itself offers a vibrant pace of life, with its many bars, restaurants and shops. The Liberty Stadium is also home to the ’Swans’, the premier league Swansea City Football Club. The LC leisure centre has indoor climbing, a network of pools, rides and water slides, a boardrider and spa days. The Dylan Thomas Centre, which was opened on St Davids Day in 1995 as part of Swansea’s UK City of Literature celebrations and features two galleries, restaurant, book shops and craft shops, is also worth a visit.
Cardiff, the bustling capital of Wales, can be reached in an hour and has plenty to keep the whole family entertained. An extraordinary castle can be visited, as can the great Millennium Stadium - home of Welsh rugby and the nation’s football team. A vast array of museums and galleries can be enjoyed in the city, from the hands-on Fantasmic (great for children), the Centre for Visual Arts and Ffotogallery, to the more traditional National Museum and Gallery, and the regimental museums housed in the castle. The National Botanical Gardens of Wales are also worth a visit, where a Mediterannean climate is maintained in a vast glasshouse, and wonderful plants from all over the world can be enjoyed. There are also extensive shopping centres and the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. Other attractions to visit include the leisure centre and National Waterfront Museum in Swansea and Gower Heritage Centre at Parkmill. Shop 2 miles.

Spacious living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Dining room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stoves included
  • 2 travel cots
  • Freeview TV
  • Radio/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer (in external utility)
  • Payphone
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi

WAS
NOW
£2218-£2218
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Caer Arba Ref: CC633004
Set in the heart of the beautiful Dulais Valley, Caer Arba is an impressive, three bed roomed, detached, late 19th century house in a peaceful location but within easy reach of all that South Wales has to offer. Its generously proportioned rooms and enclosed garden make Caer Arba an ideal retreat for families: The patio area at the back of the property, providing the perfect place to barbecue, unwind and reflect on the many adventures to be had from the doorstep. The large, well equipped kitchen/diner, with its vast range cooker will certainly serve all  refuelling needs, while the generously proportioned soft furnishings and tasteful surroundings of the rest of the house, ensures rest and relaxation aplenty.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With satellite Free view TV, DVD and views of the garden
Kitchen/Diner: With gas range cooker, microwave, fridge and views of the garden.
Outdoor Utility: With washing machine, tumble dryer, lots of safe storage space for bicycles etc and separate WC

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king sized bed
Bedroom 2: With double bed
Bedroom 3: With two single beds
Bathroom: With bath, shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Internet connection available on request. Freezer available on request.

Large patio area with garden furniture and BBQ. Tea tray awaiting guests arrival. Parking for 4 cars.

WAS
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£300-£610
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Peacefully set in 2 acres of lawned gardens, these four beautifully furnished and extremely well-equipped holiday cottages enjoy excellent walks straight from the back door. Sunny Croft (ref JVZ) and Penny Croft (ref JSM) adjoin one another and boast superb views from their elevated position, whilst Meadow Croft (ref OMY) is attached to the owner’s 17th-century home and Abbots Croft (ref OL8). Each cottage has a plasma TV, a mini CD player and its own terrace with beautiful views.
This is an area with lots of character, with hills that beckon the walker. For cyclists, the Afan Argoed Forestry Park, rated in the top ten in the world for mountain bike rides, is within easy reach. Spectacular drives over the inter-valley roads give amazing views, while the rich, rolling land of the Vale of Glamorgan offers many castles, interesting churches and manor houses to explore. The nearest sandy beaches are 12 miles, and the Gower Peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty famous for its beaches, magnificent coastal scenery and rich birdlife, is easily accessible.
Caerphilly is easily accessible and is famous for its magnificent castle and the crumbly white cheese which is widely available throughout the town. The capital, Cardiff, is well worth the visit and is an easy and compact city to navigate, with the River Taff flowing through the heart of the city. The Millennium Stadium sits happily alongside much older buildings including the castle which gives the city a vibrant and cosmoplitan feel to it. Tennis, riding, fishing and golf nearby. Multi-screen cinema, restaurants and shopping complex 3 miles. Village shop/P.O. 2 miles, pub serving home-cooked food (prebooking advisable), 100 yards.

(Third photograph.) First floor: (wheelchair access to first floor only, via ramp). Double bedroom with TV, Juliet balcony with stunning valley views, and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Stairs to ground floor: Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. Steps to patio. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Open fire – initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
  • Cot
  • Additional TV
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Juliet balcony
  • Barbecue

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Terrace with furniture
  • Shared use of owner’s gardens with summerhouse
  • Parking
  • Cycle store
  • Natural spring water supply
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£324-£802
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
May Tree Cottage Ref: CC634003
Nestled in the tranquil village of Llysworney, in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan countryside lies May Tree Cottage. Set within the 12 acre grounds of Penyrheol Farm, this 4 star, beautiful and newly converted stone barn has been renovated to a very high standard. The conversion has the latest and highest level of insulation standards demanded which ensure its energy efficient. Having a south facing aspect has given this cottage a very cosy and comfortable feel. May Tree Cottage offers the flexibility of being ’wheelchair friendly’, being on one level and designed especially for disabled users, a ramp is provided for access with wide doors throughout with all switch and socket positions positioned at the correct height. The large entrance hall leads you to the open plan lounge/diner which is light and airy having duel aspect windows, perfect for relaxing after a long day exploring the sights. Two small steps take you down into the new fully fitted kitchen which has solid oak units and everything you would need for that perfect holiday. The large double bedroom accessed from the hall, also has a duel aspect with rolling views of the countryside to ensure that peaceful nights sleep. Bedroom 2 has full sized bunk beds and the bathroom offers a bath and separate shower, both of which are also a good size and accessed from the hall. Outside there is a paved patio with picnic bench, BBQ, rotary line and sun loungers are available and as Penyrheol Farm is no longer a working farm, visitors have the pleasure of walking through the fields, but as there are some sheep around the owners request that dogs are kept on a lead. In addition horse owners may bring their horses and have use of the stables and the all weather arena and take advantage of the hacking in the local area. One of the stables has been converted into a secure and heated kennel so that guests may leave their dogs on site should they want a day away. May Tree Cottage offers country charm along with a contemporary feel along with flexibility.
There is something for  everyone here; the village pub and restaurant with its open fire is approximately 300 yards away, as is the beautiful church and duck pond. A little further along the road are fishing lakes, , and the old market town of Cowbridge with its fine restaurants and shops is just 2 miles away.  May Tree Cottage therefore provides you with the peace and tranquility of the country, easy access to Wales’s vibrant capital and close proximity to a beautiful coastline. You couldn’t ask for more!

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has PLG gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With Flat screen TV and built in DVD and radio/CD player. Comfy sofa and chairs along with Wooden dining table and chairs seating 4. Light and spacious with duel aspect windows and wooden flooring; a cosy and well presented room
Kitchen: 2 small steps down into the kitchen having electric oven and LPG gas hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and washing machine
Bedroom 1: With double bed
Bedroom 2: With two 3ft single bunk beds
Bathroom: With bath, separate shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.

Enclosed garden/patio area with attractive potted plants, picnic bench seating 4 and sun loungers. BBQ. Guests also have the use of the owners 12 acres of land. One of the stables has been converted into a secure and heated kennel so that guests may leave their dogs on site should they want a day away. In addition horse owners may bring their horses and have use of the stables and the all weather arena and go hacking on the local beaches. Parking for two cars.

WAS
NOW
£300-£610
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

"In the peace of Gower’s gentle farmland – with beaches and bays close at hand . . ."

The Gower Peninsula with its rolling countryside and miles of unspoilt coastline is the setting for these very comfortable holiday cottages which themselves are set on 30 acres of land. The cottages have been furnished and equipped to a very high standard, and are double glazed throughout. Visitors enjoy shared use of a games room with table tennis and a pool table, and may relax in the garden area; bicycles are available for hire in Swansea and facilities for water sports and fishing are close at hand. There is easy access to many beautiful sandy beaches and coves within 10 miles or so, and opportunities nearby for scenic moorland and coastal walks in this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Gowerton, with its shops and pub, and local trains to west and mid Wales, is only half a mile away.
A nearby cycle track leads to the Mumbles, which is famous for its lighthouse and lifeboat station and also boasts seaside attractions, a pleasant promenade and lots of sailing dinghies and small boats. At Penclawdd (3 miles), cockle fishermen go out on to the mudflats at low tide with horse-drawn carts to rake out the cockle harvest. Many of the Gower’s sandy beaches are backed by dunes, and some offer excellent wind-surfing; there are sandy coves with rock pools and the coastal path leads to wonderful cliff-top views. Inland, the sheep and sturdy Gower ponies roam moorlands which offer further opportunities for walks, picnics, riding and bird-watching.
A number of National Nature Reserves are home to rare birds and plants. The glistening Loughor Estuary provides a haven for waders and geese among the rice-grass, sea lavender and marsh mallow of Llanrhidian Marsh, all overlooked by the summit of Cilifor Top, which is crowned with an extensive Iron Age fort; a nearby lane passes the ruin of Weobley Castle, once a fortified manor house; on the Gower, visitors can explore history and natural history side by side at every turn, almost everywhere with the sound of the sea in the background.
Hang-gliders take off from Rhossili Down, now in the care of the National Trust, and swoop over the bay, whose three-mile sweep of golden sand is one of the most spectacular on the Welsh coast and often offers ideal conditions for surfing. The many facilities of Swansea include restaurants, shops, theatres, leisure centre, concert halls, museums, golf courses, extensive parks and gardens, a marina and the Welsh National Swimming Pool and sandy beaches with bathing (6 miles). A 30-minute drive leads to the National Botanical Gardens in Carmarthenshire, whilst an 18-hole golf course and a wildlife and wetlands sanctuary are both only ten minutes away by car.
Within an hours’ drive and well worth a visit is the lively capital city of Cardiff with its National Museum of Wales at St Fagans, as well as Cardiff Bay and the new tidal barrage. Nowadays, the Gower is more easily accessible by road, and the warming effect of the Gulf Stream means that the weather for visitors to the cosy cottages of Cefn Gorwydd can be exceptionally pleasant at any time of year. Shops ½ mile.

Set next to Ty Ysgubor, this very comfortably furnished cottage has a beamed living/dining room with rugs on quarry-tiled floor and electric fire set in stone fireplace. Archway and step down to modern fitted kitchen. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Three bedrooms, all with sloping, beamed ceilings; one double, one twin and one single. Shower room and toilet.

  • NSH £21 per week
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Dishwasher

  • Radiant fire
  • Convector heaters
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (at cost) and payphone
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared garden with furniture
  • Parking
  • Shared games room with table tennis and pool table
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£374-£877
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3

These two holiday homes (ref 26842 and 28479) are set in an elevated position within the grounds of the owner’s home, with woodland and a golf course behind. Located on the edge of Pontardawe, with its swimming pool, leisure centre, indoor bowls and arts centre with cinema, this property gives easy access to the Black Mountains and the Gower Peninsula with its sandy beaches. Great cycling in the Afan Argoed Country Park. Showcaves, Margam Park, Brecon Beacons and Aberglasney Gardens are all within easy driving distance. Shops, pubs and restaurants ½ mile. These properties can be booked together to sleep up to 12 guests; The Stables has a dining table to seat 10 with another 2 around the granite island.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with breakfast area, beams and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with tiled floor and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 2 twin, both with Velux and shared en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Freeview TV. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars).

Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. iPod dock. CD. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Access via rough track.

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£299-£849
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3
The Willows Ref: OSO

Set in 18 acres of beautiful rural countryside in the heart of Gower, this delightfully converted barn provides great family holiday accommodation. Adjoining the owners’ home, it is set in a relaxed and peaceful location. Full advantage is taken of the views from the decking area, which overlooks a fenced play area, fields, woodlands and a large wild flower meadow - as well as a pond with geese and ducks. There is also a hot tub for visitors’ use. This leads further on to a wooden summerhouse with a large deck overlooking a lake. This is truly a nature lover’s paradise, for young and old alike.
The Willows is ideally placed for exploring the Gower countryside, coastline and footpaths as it is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nearby is Parc Le Breos, with its Roman burial grounds and pony trekking centre. Adjacent is the Three Cliffs Beach, which is overlooked by Pennard Castle and boasts an amazing view of the river winding down into the sea. A trip to Mumbles is well worth a visit, especially for those who enjoy fine cuisine. Mumbles is renowned for its collection of excellent restaurants and cafés, as well as being a traditional seaside town. One of the most curious landscapes in Gower is the reedy nature reserve around Oxwich Burrows, a flatland of salt and freshwater marshes. The marshes are dotted with pools and surrounded by ancient woodland which lead down to one of the most coveted beaches at Oxwich Bay. A local pub can be found nearby. Shop 1 mile.

All on one level. Spacious beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove in stone fireplace, French doors and wooden floor. Beamed well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with slate floor. Two double bedrooms, each with 6ft bed, wooden floor and one with en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Sky TV (plasma screen, surround sound)
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer (in external building)
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Courtyard with patio and furniture
  • Shared 18-acre natural unspoilt grounds with decked area and woodland
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Hot tub
  • Pool table
  • Surf/body board and wetsuit hire by arrangement with owner
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Lake, pond and drops in grounds

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£632-£1980
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