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5 bed, Premier Holiday Home on edge of historic St Davids, sleeps 10-12

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's2
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Large period house in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with distant sea views - quiet, rural position only 700m to the 'City'centre and 10/15 Mins walk to coastal path/beach

Welcome to our advert!

We are very proud of our holiday rental property and hope the reviews on this website, many from returning travellers, are helpful in your decision making. Our approach is to liaise and deal with our guests on a personalised basis - in line with the concept of Owners Direct.

We recommend you click 'More Details' below and read this section of our advert in full.

Ty Glasfryn has been renovated and furnished to a high standard. It is a stone built, former farmhouse dating from the 1850's in a good size plot, and there's over 3,000 sqft of space in which you can spread out and relax.

We can sleep 10 in 5 comfortable, large bedrooms with high ceilings and other Victorian features. The high quality bedding includes mostly Vi-spring mattresses with 2 x King size, 2 x Superking size (which can be split into singles if required) and 2 x full-size bunks. There are also 2 extra adult size 'Z' beds, with comfy sprung mattresses, for use in any room if needed and so offering the chance to sleep up to a total of 12. A travel cot is available for you to use if required. Do browse through our photos and see the description of the rooms under Facilities tag above.

There are 3 showers, one bath and 4 loos in the 2 family bathrooms, en-suite and ground floor cloakroom plus a courtyard WC and hot & cold outdoor shower for sandy wetsuits or mucky dogs.

We are surrounded by fields and yet only about 700m from the centre of St Davids, or just another short walk to the coastal path and nearest beach. There is a convenient footpath which leads to the supermarket and other central facilities including a large children's play area with swings etc (both within less than 5 mins walk).

PLEASE NOTE : the local Google street view image of Ty Glasfryn is out of date. The Council have recently upgraded Glasfryn Road to incorporate a new pavement link towards the award winning Visitors Centre and then on to the middle of St Davids. This runs opposite our house and has improved further the opportunity to walk safely into the nearby central area without having to worry about parking in busier times.

Our location is ideal for you to access all this important and historic City has to offer, including it's wonderful Cathedral, Bishop's Palace and other monuments. The surrounding countryside and coastline within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is magnificent and has abundant wildlife for you to discover with Ty Glasfryn as your base.

The house sits in approx 1/3 acre with a number of mature trees and a south facing, mostly lawned garden. The perimeter is fenced and has been made as dog-proof as possible. The driveway is gated with parking area for at least 5 cars. The south facing patio has a teak table and chairs for outdoor eating & steamer chairs for relaxing. We also have a covered area for table tennis and a large, purpose built BBQ area. From the first floor landing and two of the bedrooms there are lovely panoramic views over St Davids towards Whitesands beach which is about 2 miles away. It's a great spot to watch the sun set over Cardigan Bay .

For all your self-catering needs we have a 4 oven Aga in a large, very well-equipped kitchen with a separate electric oven for non-Aga users. There is a log burner in each of the two reception rooms and radiator central heating throughout. The new wooden windows are double glazed, adding to our significant investment in insulation throughout the house. For those who yearn modern facilities we provide a large TV with freeview channels and a 'rural' Wi-Fi service is available.

Ty Glasfryn is ideally suited for small or large groups providing family holidays for all generations. It offers a peaceful, comfortably spacious, well-equipped and conveniently located holiday home as a base for you to explore everything Pembrokeshire has to offer, at all times of the year.

PLEASE NOTE : the Owners Direct booking system is highly automated and as a result it may not always provide you with the correct rental quote for your holiday. Should you, for example, wish to stay for less than 7 nights, or arrive other than on our usual changeover day, which is a Saturday, then please ask us if this is possible and for a specific price as the automated quote you receive may not show the right costs.

Lastly, I'm afraid we do not accept bookings from Hen or Stag parties.

More Details

Liz and David Cooke
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Liz and David Cooke

We are based near Oxford and have owned Ty Glasfryn for over 6 years. The purchase coincided with both our daughters being at University which meant we had time to oversee the substantial refurbishment and improvement works to set the house up how we had planned and hoped.

We applied our respective interior design skills and surveying experience and so after more than 25 years of just one week holidays to the area we now have a comfortable, spacious and permanent base from which we can explore and enjoy everything this special part of the country has to offer all year round. As you can see our dog Saffi is quite pleased to visit too!

Having furnished throughout for use by our family and close friends we decided to make it available for holiday rentals in 2014. We have been delighted with the feedback from all the guests who have stayed for short or long breaks, many of whom have returned each year, and if you decide to book some time here then we hope you enjoy Ty Glasfryn and the surrounding area as much as we do.

Liz and David Cooke purchased this house in 2011

Why Liz and David Cooke chose Saint David's

A position just on the edge of St Davids ticked pretty much all the boxes on our wish list for a long-term base in Pembrokeshire. Visiting this area with our daughters from almost the day they were born our needs have changed from simple, quiet beaches with acres of sand to those with rock pools for catching shrimps, to harbours with jetties for crabbing, to surfing beaches, to long walks along the beautiful coastal path, all of which are nearby. More recent options include outward bound activities on land or sea, fishing, boat trips and a variety of equipment hire for the energetic visitor.

The beaches have remained wonderfully quiet by the way - no sign of speedboats or jet skis! On days of good old UK mixed weather, the Cathedral, Bishop's Palace, galleries, gift shops, woollen mills, wood turning shops, etc are all here for you to visit and explore. Not forgetting the option for retail therapy, restaurants and welcoming pubs. Ty Glasfryn is a great starting point from where you can walk or drive to your favourite beach, cove, part of the coastal path or leave the car behind and walk into the nearby 'City'!

What makes this house unique

We ultimately chose this spot for it's peaceful and convenient location. It's a short and safe walk into central St Davids to pick up the morning papers, visit the local bakery or any gallery, shop, restaurant and pub without needing a 'designated' driver! Equally we're only a short distance from everything the Pembrokeshire National Park has to offer.

Ty Glasfryn stood out for us due to the size and scale of the rooms, it's Victorian features and the overall feel of the house when you walk through the front door. We were especially keen to create a home for both summer or winter visits which was as comfortable as possible. So we have invested in quality bedding, new showers and bathrooms, an Aga, woodburners, comfy sofas and many other conveniences including broadband and wifi.

There's ample room for outdoor games, dining and relaxing should you choose to spend time in the private, south facing garden.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"A wonderful 6 days here in St Davids. Ty Glasfryn has been a perfect family 'home from home' and we have enjoyed every minute! We hope to return one day"

"We came, we saw..... and we were utterly conquered - by this house, this part of Wales, the scenery, the sea, the surf, the sand and even the weather"

"A wonderfully relaxed few days. The world stopped and I got off for a while - a real haven. Thank you. Please can I come back?"
Sep 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saint David's in Saint David's and the Cathedral Close

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Main family bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Second family bathroom
    DownstairsToilet - off hallway
    Other facilities - Toilet , Outdoor Shower , within courtyard
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - Superking or 2 singles, dual aspect, sea view, en suite
    Bedroom 2 - King size bed, dual aspect, sea view
    Bedroom 3 - King size bed, double aspect, garden view
    Bedroom 4 - Superking or 2 singles, access through bedroom 5
    Bedroom 5 - Full size bunk beds, sleeps 2, linked with bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) plus 2 x adult size 'Z' beds also available
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • bay
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We have a good mobile signal at the house due to nearby phone masts. A welcome pack of basic provisions is provided on your arrival. Agricultural fields are adjacent and opposite, usually home to either cows or sheep.


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5 bed, Premier Holiday Home on edge of historic St Davids, sleeps 10-12
average rating of 5.0 based on 67 reviews

A wonderful house in glorious St Davids.

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a large, well equipped family house then you've found it and there's no need to look any further.

Ty Glasfryn is exceptionally comfortable, is beautifully decorated with quality interior furnishings and a super garden that is typically well maintained and bursting with daffodils in the woodland area, which is very pretty and beautifully cared for. The location of the accommodation is perfect - easy walk to the shops, cafes and restaurants in St Davids, 5 minute drive to Whitesands Bay and the coastal path.

The house is superbly equipped, Liz and David have thought of everything even down to the matches to light the log burner.

We - my husband and I, our three (adult) children, son-in-law and three grandchildren 6yrs, 4yrs, and 4mths - really didn't want to leave.

This was our second visit and we plan a third in the next year or two.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful, spacious and well equipped house

  • 5 of 5

We expected the house in St. Davids to be nice and functional, but eleven of us (including three teenagers) were so surprised at just how wonderful it was. The house is very spacious and tastefully decorated, so it feels like a very up-market home away from home without it being too over-personalised. Every part of the house was spotless, in fact it all seemed new, and there were some lovely touches such as basic provisions in the larder and well thought out instructions and local information regarding everything we could possibly think of. All the furniture was of a very high quality, which meant sofas and beds were extremely comfortable. There was enough space for us all to sit down in the two lovely lounges and it was great for all eleven of us to be able to sit round the huge dining table and eat together. The kitchen was very well equipped, so meals were easy to prepare and there was enough room in the two fridges, freezer and oven for food to be stored and cooked. We did end up buying food in the local supermarket and were pleasantly surprised at how well stocked this was and not overpriced. What was fantastic was how close this was to the house. The property has the rare combination of being in the countryside, with all the associated peace and quiet (I particularly liked looking up and being able to see a star packed sky without light pollution), but is also only five minutes walk away from the centre of St. Davids. This meant we were able to take advantage of visiting the cathedral, eating out and wandering around without having to go far at all. The weather took a turn for the worse and there was a chance we would get snowed in (luckily there were lots of board games and books in the house were we to get bored!). The owners (Liz and David) were very supportive and helpful. I had already had quite a lot of contact with them for various reasons and they provided such high customer service. They were very kind, generous and helpful, yet professional. I think their wonderful property reflects the kind of people they are (the visitors books are a testament to this) and we decided to book again every year because we had such a fabulous time. Thanks so much!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb accommodation

  • 5 of 5

A very well equipped house which is well maintained. It was clean and welcoming on arrival.

Log burners and central heating kept us warm despite temperatures of -6!

Great location with good access to St David's and the coastal path.

Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We've already booked our return trip!

  • 5 of 5

Diolch Liz and David for our first visit to Ty Glasfryn with a group of friends and Poppy, our labradoodle.

Great well equipped and comfortable house. Fabulous kitchen and huge table to enjoy chatting and having a glass of wine while cooking. Beds all comfortable. Both lounges homely especially with the fires lit and plenty of wood available as well.

Great access to the coastal path very close to the house. Also managed a walk from Porthgain to Traeth Llyfn.

Looking forward to returning next year.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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This large farmhouse, Ty Glasfryn, is fabulously comfortable and in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the early springtime in St David's again this year. The house is spacious and comfortable and the adults and children love it. The kitchen is great for self catering, and we all enjoyed sharing the cooking and everything is so convenient. The sitting rooms are warm, light and relaxing. The beds are comfortable and the view from upstairs is over fields and countryside towards the sea. The garden is large and private, plenty of room for children to play.

There is plenty of parking space on the property so it's easy to get out and about.

It's a short walk from Ty Glasfryn into St David's which is a beautiful place. For those who enjoy walking it's perfect, with easy walks to a number of points on the coastal path. We love this holiday venue, and this house and would highly recommend it. It's the third time we've been and we are all looking forward going again. It's just fabulous.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We keep coming back!

  • 5 of 5

We love this place! Never fails to provide a cosy base to either curl up in front of the log burners or enjoy winter hospitality in the St Davids pubs and restaurants after a stretch on the local beaches. We’re a group of 8 friends from college days and this is a great meeting point for us. The owners are easy to deal with and very attentive to the details, including regular upgrades of the facilities - this year the main bathroom. We hope to make it our 5th year in a row in 2019!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
700 Metres
Central St Davids
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
2.25 Miles
St Davids Golf Course
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Nearest Motorway
60 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
700 Metres
Central St Davids
Nearest Beach
0.85 Miles
Car: recommended


Caerfai - the nearest to us. It has it's own car park and nearby shop in the high season. It's about 10/15 minutes walk from Ty Glasfryn.

Whitesands - the main beach for St Davids just over 2 miles away. Facilities include a car park, cafe, toilets, surf school and wet suit hire, lifeguards. Dogs - not permitted on the beach between 1st May and 30th September although there's space adjacent to the sand where you can base yourself. This is on the coastal path and there's a small cove within a short walk where dogs are permitted.

Newgale - huge at low tide! About 6 miles away. Parking, lifeguard, toilets, shop, cafe, pub, surf school, kite surf. Some dog restrictions.

Many others to visit!


Haverfordwest rail station is within 16 miles

Fishguard ferry and rail station is within 15 miles

Drive to the end of the M4 and keep going - plenty of dual carriageway to keep you moving!

There are regular local 'hopper' buses linking to places of interest (pick up point within 250m of Ty Glasfryn) and national bus services to/from St Davids. The use of a car however is recommended to explore the wider region.


Centre of St Davids - 700m

Cathedral/Bishop's Palace - just off the central area

Nearest supermarket/bakery - 300m

Oriel Y Parc award winning visitors centre - 250m

Hopper bus stop - 250m

Coastal path - 1.25km (0.75 miles)

Caerfai beach - 1.35km (0.85 miles)

Whitesands beach - 3.6km (2.25 miles)

Further Details:

There are numerous activities in this area for you to explore, at all times of the year and in all weather conditions!

Just put 'St Davids' or 'Pembrokeshire Coast National park' in any search engine for a taste of what's on offer and a list of local events and activities.

Not surprisingly the St Davids Cathedral is the centrepiece of the 'City', which you can easily walk to from Ty Glasfryn. This is one of the most important ecclesiastical sites in Wales with the original church established here in the 6th Century. The current buildings - the ruin of the Bishop's Palace and the wonderful Cathedral, which is in full use today - stem from the 12th Century and are a 'must see' to appreciate their full splendour.

Don't think St Davids is a metropolis though - the resident population is only around 1,600 people!

Ty Glasfryn also sits within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park so apart from the many beaches, coves and the coastal path to explore there is the wonderful wildlife to admire and plenty of places to visit and activities to pursue.

Beyond the Cathedral and Bishop's Palace our favourites include the numerous galleries in St Davids and the wider area, the nearby villages and towns of Solva, Porthgain and Narberth, the local TYF Adventures for coasteering, surfing, sea kayaking & rock climbing, and Voyages of Discovery for boat trips. There's Ramsey Island, horse riding and pony trekking, sheep dog trials, woollen mills, pottery painting, gardens to explore and restaurants to enjoy - the list goes on!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Saint David's, Pembrokeshire

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
14 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Summer
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Half Term
20 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Winter
3 Nov 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
5 Jan 2019 - 15 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Half Term
16 Feb 2019 - 1 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Mar 2019 - 29 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
30 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter holidays
6 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 Apr 2019 - 24 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May BH
25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
1 Jun 2019 - 5 Jul 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
6 Jul 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
31 Aug 2019 - 20 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AUTOMATIC QUOTATION YOU RECEIVE FROM THIS ADVERT MAY NOT BE CORRECT FOR STAYS OF LESS THAN 7 DAYS. Unfortunately the table above, and the Owners Direct computer system that initially replies to your enquiry, does not provide sufficient flexibility for our short stay rates to be clearly stated.

For off-peak stays of less than 7 nights - USUALLY A MINIMUM OF 3 NIGHTS WHEN YOU INCLUDE A WEEKEND - please ask about our rates at the time of your enquiry. Once we receive your request we will reply to you directly with the correct total cost for you to consider.

Reservations are held for 48 hours on confirmation of your intention to book.

Full booking Terms & Conditions are provided at the time of your enquiry.

Changeover Day: Saturday

Arrivals: Not before 4pm please, and departures by 10am on your final day

Notes on prices:

Prices include our welcome pack of some basic provisions, linen and towels (not beach towels), wi-fi, plus all reasonable use of gas, electricity, water, logs/kindling. Cleaning on your departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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