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Sleeps 8 adults Bedrooms 3 Pets 2 Welcome Region Swansea Town/village Gower

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Comfortable Big Cottage, Gower (646HH)

Every now and then we come across a property that is as unique as it is inviting, where visitors can savour in seclusion with a stunning beach pretty much all to themselves.

Ship Cottage is over 350 years old and is the ultimate Gower coastal hideaway. A pretty white washed stone cottage with rustic and vintage styling, thanks to an interconnecting door that joins the main house to its annex, this beach front classic can sleep 14.

If your numbers are smaller, there's the option to rent the main house on its own as it sleeps 8/10, or separately again, the cosy annex is the perfect retreat for between 2 and 4 people.

For remoteness and that sense of really being away from it all, an added quirk is that your only way in or out is in a Land Rover pre-arranged with the owners. You can walk of course if you need a fix of civilisation either through the woods inland towards the village of Bishopston or along the cliff top coastal path that leads you to coffee shops, stores, pubs and less remote beaches.

As well as the quiet and chance to enjoy fires on the beach and midnight swims under the stars, guests can enjoy a sense of a being immersed in a little part of Gower history.

The original part of the house dates back to 1700 when records began but is thought to be considerably older. First a quarryman's house, it later became a smuggler's inn. Indeed neighbouring Brandy Cove is named after the illicit contraband regularly smuggled through. The building only became a private dwelling in the 1970s when through sympathetic restoration, retaining features such as beams and inglenook fireplaces, it has kept its character yet has all the modern day fixtures, fittings and features needed for a comfortable holiday retreat.

THERE IS NO VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE PROPERTY OTHER THAN VIA THE OWNER'S 4X4 LANDROVER. In very extreme cases, to add to the adventure of reaching your destination sometimes the small river floods and then access is by foot only via the beach or a woodland path (these routes add a 10 minute journey to the arrival). N.B. The owners will collect you from a meeting point on arrival and transport you to your destination

Ship Cottage (ref 646)
A three bedroom family house sleeping 8/10 people in rustic, open plan accommodation with the luxury of underfloor heating, a roll top bath, inglenook fireplace and sea views that is simply perfect for a family or group holiday or short break (off peak times only) and where dogs are welcome too.

Ship Cottage Annex (ref 652)

A delightful, one bedroom coastal bolthole offering open plan accommodation set over two floors for 2 up to 4 people (sofa bed on ground floor). A modern addition to the cottage built on in the 1970's offers a large space with a stunning inglenook fireplace make for a comfy retreat and open balcony upstairs with sea outlook. Available for short breaks during off peak times, visitors can enjoy sea views, solitude and can bring the dog too.

Ship Cottage - Approach through cottage style garden into porch/hallway. The open plan lounge/diner/kitchen is particularly light and striking with high beamed green oak ceilings, glass panels and large sliding patio doors with views over the garden.

At one end of this comfortable space is the lounge/dining area with shabby chic style leather armchair, a large sofa, book shelves, underfloor heating, a dining table with chairs and a bench.

The kitchen is unusual with some lovely design touches and comprises a double toaster, electric oven, gas hob, fridge with ice box, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine (available in cupboard under the stairs). There's plenty of counter top and storage space in modern white cupboards topped with solid wood rustic work surfaces.

There is also a seperate generous lounge with further soft seating for five including a double sofa bed and has a wood burning stove which sits alongside an original bread oven in the inglenook fireplace. The lounge also has underfloor heating and a flatscreen TV/DVD.

All three bedrooms and the family bathroom are upstairs on the first floor which has a tiered landing. The family bathroom is beautifully designed with tongue and groove panelling, underfloor heating, a Victorian style, freestanding slipper bath with shower over, wash hand basin and WC.

The super king size bedroom is simply lovely with a solid wooden bedstead, a beamed ceiling with high eaves and a sea view. There is a large wardrobe, a chest of drawers and bedside cabinets.

The double en-suite bedroom is spacious and has a desk, chest of drawers, and a wardrobe. It also has an additional single bed and an en-suite bathroom which comes complete with a shower cubicle, wash hand basin, bidet and WC.

In the third bedroom there are twin beds and a fold out bed for a smaller child.

A key feature of this holiday home is its rear garden where its unkempt country feel adds to its appeal of this remote haven. Enclosed by a stone wall and a nautically themed iron gate, stone steps lead you to a lawn where you'll find outdoor furniture.

More stone steps guide you to the highest part of the garden where surrounded by flora and fauna, you can enjoy stunning views out to sea, warming yourself on the fire pit while enjoying a drink or two under the moonlit sky.

External: Enclosed rear garden with lawn, patio area, sea views and enclosure containing free range hens to supply you with fresh eggs throughout your stay. Garden furniture.

Sleeps 8: 1 Super King, 1 Double with single bed, 1 Twin with childs fold out bed (Double sofa bed in lounge available at £15 per person per week- then sleeping 10)

C/O day - Fri. LPG gas. Bed linen & towels provided. WiFi can be intermittent. Travel cot. High chair. Books and games. 2 pets accepted. No smoking

  • CD Player
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Seaviews
  • TV, Freeview channels
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Parking, off road


Check in / Check out

Standard check-in is 4pm and standard check-out is normally 10am on your day of departure. In some cases these times vary. Always check your booking confirmation paperwork for correct timings or ask your local agent.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

LocationSouth Wales

Although smaller in size than other regions of Wales, this area still has a great selection of historical sites to visit and rolling countryside with a dramatic coastline. Perhaps best known for the impressive Brecon Beacons, this mountain range is very popular for those seeking an activity holiday with something to suit all, from mountain biking and caving to horse riding and star gazing events. The Vale of Glamorgan is worth a visit, with a 9 mile heritage coastal path not to mention the famous Barry Island with its vibrant amusement park which is all only a few miles from Cardiff.

Not just an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Wye Valley and the Vale of Usk combined can also boast having the most castles per square mile in Britain. In recognition of its revolutionary importance the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape is now a World Heritage Site and has a fascinating collection of ironworks, mines and a national museum.

Cardiff is perfect for a day of shopping and sight-seeing. The varied choice of entertainment ranges from live music venues, guided tours and art events. For a peaceful walk or nature spotting trip then the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is a beautiful and isolated place to unwind.

Area Swansea


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