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300 Year Old Listed Cottage with Inglenook Fireplace And Sea Views, A Romantic R

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Llanrhian, Nr. Porthgain, St Davids, Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Pembrokeshire, Wales - Peaceful Location, 5 Mins From Coast Path, 10 Mins Walk To The Beach, 15 Mins Walk To Pub

The Watch cottage is one of the most well loved and iconic cottages in north Pembrokeshire. It sits on its own, up a private lane, far away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. It's a perfect romantic retreat as there's so much privacy. It was built over 300 years ago and has such thick stone walls, that even in the roughest storm you can't hear the wind! It's in a perfect location, six miles from St David's, with its shops, restaurants and beaches, including Whitesands. You are a mile from the harbour of Porthgain, close to the world-famous blue lagoon at Abereiddy and probably the best beach ever - Traethllyfn. The visitor's book is full of love for this very special cottage. It's probably the smallest cottage in the world, so perfect as a romantic retreat.

It's just undergone renovation. The original beams and ship-lapped wooden walls and ceiling are painted in Farrow and Ball paint, local artists' work adorns the walls and welsh pottery & rugs are sourced from Solva & Melin Tregwnt.

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Alexandra Tilley Loughrey
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 April, 2017

About Alexandra Tilley Loughrey

I've been holidaying in this part of Pembrokeshire since I was a baby. Luckily my husband fell in love with the place and even more luckily we were able to buy the Watch - a very special and unique cottage. We know all our lovely neighbours up our secret lane and would spend most of the year here if we didn't have to work elsewhere!

What makes this cottage unique

We love the fact that the cottage is in such a special, secluded location, away from the hustle and bustle - especially in high season. But we also love the fact that it's so close to all or favourite beaches, coves, St David's, the cliff path, the Shed fish restaurant at Porthgain...

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Our stay in your beautiful cottage was perfect in every way - thank you so

much. Just didn't have enough time to visit all the amazing places ,so we

will return" - Michelle

"You have a wonderful bwythn. We'd love to return." Geraint

"We have returned from a very special stay in your magical cottage. I'm sure everyone falls in love with the place, but I was compelled to e mail you anyway! The view, the solitude, the careful renovation of such a lovely building!" Tracy

We both had the MOST beautiful time, what a amazing little cottage.We are definitely looking to book again for next year." Millie

"Just back from the Watch - had a great time - lovely weather, walks, fish+chips - and the cottage was just perfect!" Dec

"The cottage was charming. We hope to do a long weekend sometime over the next few months so will be back in touch." Kim

"This is the most perfect cottage for us and our little dog. Even better than expected from the description and pictures on internet." Sarah

"A very special place - rustic, remote and romantic!" Joanne

"Thank you for letting us stay in your adorable cottage. We had a great time. It is a beautiful part of the world."

The Watch was magnificent. We'll be booking again."

"My oh my, what a glorious place you have in Pembrokeshire! We have spent a wonderful week in your cottage and dearly hope to return at the end of the year/early next."

"What a magical place. We didn't miss television once."
Aug 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Llanrhian in Pembrokeshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower-room with toilet and hand-basin.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One bedroom with double brass bed and antique furniture. Original beamed ceiling. Wardrobe has a drawer with a selection of games in it. Having undergone an extensive amount of renovation, there is now also a wood-burner in the bedroom.
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • bay
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: This is probably the smallest cottage in the world. It has the most amazing seaview & is totally secluded, in its own garden, up a "secret lane" , with no other properties in the "grounds". Being over 300 years old the door-frames are low. There is no central heating, but there are storage heaters & inglenooks with woodburners. If you don't like lighting fires, this is not the cottage for you, because storage heaters are not as efficient as central heating - and the sheer joy of The Watch is stoking up the fire and getting all cosy next to it. We are pet friendly, but please do not allow pets on the furniture. Outside: There's a simple private garden, with outdoor table, chairs & bench. The cottage is totally detached, surrounded by fields and runs alongside a single track lane. Parking for one car. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The cottage will be clean for your arrival, including all bed-linen and tea-towels supplied.


4.8/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)


Best place in the world

  • 5 of 5

Well how beautiful is this amazing cottage...the whole cottage has a calm ambience and the fires just glowing make you feel instantly calm... No tv, no clocks (we had no idea what the time was!), just birds singing and the odd horse neighing... We didn't see a shop for 4 whole days either, loaded the car with slow cooker, food supplies, wine and ciders. That was us for 4 wonderful days.

This cottage is the most amazing tranquil place on earth... Go there... It should be on everyone's bucket list...we are going back in the autumn... Can't wait.

Thank you Alexandra for being a kind owner of an amazing cottage.

Linda and Chris.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Linda, thank you for your lovely review. We're thrilled that you had such a great holiday & love the cottage as much as we (and according to the guest book) and other guests do. Look forward to welcoming you back later in the year!
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Cosy warm nicely furnished.Fantastic views.

  • 4 of 5

Loved the cottage..setting..location. Would possibly benefit from a 'deep clean' spring clean☺

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you loved it. Thanks for your lovely comments in the visitors book too. Am rather surprised & saddened by your "deep clean" comment as not sure what you mean. If I was looking at booking the cottage I'd be put off by that comment! Though always happy to act on anything specific that people mention. We've never had a cleaning complaint before & believe Alison works really hard to make the cottage as welcoming as possible so it's like a cosy home & as you said in the visitors book "what a discovery". Best wishes, Alexandra
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Fantastic little cottage

  • 5 of 5

A great place to stay with a lovely sea view. Close to St Davids and the Welsh coastal path so a good base for walks. It is small but very comfortable, well furnished and welcoming. It is on a small country lane but easy to find thanks to the excellent directions provided by the owner. Only downside was that we did not want to leave! Two good restaurants in nearby Porthgain (particularly the 'Shed' bistro). Would certainly recommend it to friends.

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful pembrokeshire cottage

  • 5 of 5

It was a real treat to stay at the Watch House. It is one of the most unique and romantic places to stay in Wales, a cosy unaltered 18th century pembrokeshire cottage, there are very few remaining. The view of the sea from the patio and front door was amazing and no wonder it was originally built to look over the sea for smugglers. We had a memorable stay and had lovely sunsets and then cosy evenings by the log burners. I will definitely come again.

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aled, many thanks for taking the time to post this review - of course we couldn't agree more - and as you know the visitors book is filled with love for the Watch. The two woodburners, uniqueness of the cottage and its amazing location are what people adore. Look forward to welcoming you again.
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17 March 2014

  • 5 of 5

We filled the car with plenty of wood, fine wine and champagne and set off for a celebratory weekend at The Watch. We were greeted by a gently glowing fire and warm bed - felt at home immediately! Loved being mobile free, wifi free, TV free, children free, dog free and away from work! Great walks, great food, great setting and great company. Thanks for a memorable holiday - only complaint it was too short!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had such a wonderful time Phil and many thanks for your comments. In answer to your "only complaint" - you'll just have to come again - and for longer next time.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3
21 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 4
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 5
2 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 6
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 7
1 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 8
29 Sep 2017 - 2 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We're happy to negotiate for short breaks or last minute offers at quieter times.

I ask for a deposit to secure the booking, then balance six weeks before, when I send the directions etc. I prefer bank transfer as we live in the sticks, but if you're worried a cheque is fine.

Changeover Day:
Friday changeover, but in low season, especially if only booking a short-break, this can be flexible.

Notes on prices: this website has recently added a 20% "service fee", so it looks like our rates have gone up. They have not! If you pay me direct I will not add on the ridiculous amount of money that the company is trying to make! If you look under RATES this gives the realistic price (without the 20% that they add on).

Prices include all electricity and hot water. Starter pack of coal and logs also included. Short breaks from £225.

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