Tree House/Chalet in Nine Wells, Solva, Pembrokeshire, Wales - Peaceful Location, 5 Minutes Walk To The Sea And Safe Cove To Swim In
The Tree House, as its name implies, is built amongst the treetops. A gnarled apple tree branch burrows its way into the external steps and hawthorn flanks the south side. Set behind the owner's house in her own grounds, steep wooden steps lead into this unique property. The light and tranquil lounge has French doors opening onto a decked sitting area, with hammock, perfect for bird watching. Simple, yet comfortable furnishings compliment the exposed wooden floor boards and calming but cosy atmosphere - in fact this was the studio of acclaimed artist Peter Daniels. A short walk through a wooded valley owned by the National Trust, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, following a pretty stream with a pond leads to a quiet and sheltered cove, perfect for swimming, coasteering or fishing. Located between Solva and Cerfai beach this is a perfect setting for that simple retreat with or without children!
Please note: bookings of under 3 days incur an additional cleaning fee of £35.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
Elizabeth and her family moved here 30 yrs ago, working and bringing up her family in such idyllic surroundings have been a privilege we never take for granted. Its lovely to be able to share it with others who come on holiday here.
I am now a mindfulness teacher and also teach children in the surrounding schools a wonderful course called .b.
Guestbook comments from the owner
20.8.11 Robin, Tammy, Stella and Gina. Stockport, Cheshire.
We have been to Pembrokeshire six times and this is the best place we have stayed in by far. We enjoyed playing with Molly (the dog) going for walks and going to the beach. We loved it !!!
A totally chilled stay, escaping all the hustle and busle of everyday life. PERFECT. A GREAT RETREAT. Thankyou. We all loved it.
Best regards. Sear, Lou and Hue and Hugo. Xxxx
Very peaceful and relaxing. Lovely windy walks and a very cosy Tree House. Thankyou.
Kevin, celia and Marbles the Dog, (who had a great time). Kent.
Another delightfully relaxing stay at the Tree House.
p.s. some coasters and some Jif would have been useful.
Alayne and Marie Penott, Felingwm. Nice and dog friendly and sheltered.
3.4 based on 5 holidaymaker reviews
The Tree House is a special place and Elizabeth is a wonderful host. Location wise the property has it all, close to sea, beach, towns, countryside. The setting is idyllic with a beautiful meadow at the back of the property with sea views and only a short 10 minute stroll to a safe cove and headland walk. The accommodation itself is basic but comfortable providing all you need for anything up to a couple of weeks' holiday. Elizabeth was very warm and accommodating, even dog sitting for us while we visited Skomer. We could not have asked for more from either accommodation or host. We shall be back. Thank you Elizabeth!
A second peaceful and relaxing holiday.
We have just returned from a second peaceful and relaxing holiday in The Tree House. The area is wonderful - a short walk through beautiful countryside to the coastal path and the breathtaking coast.
The house is simply but comfortably furnished and the kitchen well equipped.
The heating system is excellent and there is always instant hot water.
Clear and concise information regarding the "quirks" of the house are provided together with useful maps of walks in the area.
The owner, Elizabeth, is very approachable, friendly and accommodating.
We hope to return again for a 3rd stay.
Solva is wonderful but the Tree House isn't!
Solva is a great location for a holiday. Let's leave Solva out of it !!!
Nice spot with pleasant walk to the coast from the door; decent-sized chalet; lots of hot water on demand; cooker works fine; one comfy sofa. So far so good ... but the listing (and the August season price!) makes you think that this will be quaint and lovely but it is a all a bit old and tired and gives the impression of not trying very hard at all. On arrival, chalet was cold, damp, musty, bedclothes had strong unpleasant smell. No person, or written words, or provisions (e.g. even a pint of milk) to greet us, which you kind of expect when you are paying a lot (check the august rates). No-one was ever at the main house to answer questions or help solve problems. Wifi did not work even right next to the owner's house (as was promised as a response to previous reviews). Heating works very well and you need it because of dampness (partly caused by weather obviously) and because windows in second bedroom and living room are draughty (and do not seem at all secure!). Sitting on the comfy sofa you can feel the breeze! Nowhere indoors to hang coats. Top bunk mattress has broken springs - unacceptable. Our poor lad had to try and cope with that. Chaise longue in living room is damaged and cannot be sat on with any degree of comfort utterly pointless. i have seen a previous review and the owner's response, but ... really ... no one wants broken furniture in a holiday home do they? if it is broken then it is just an obstruction, not helpful in any way, and not a 'feature'. Microwave very old and does not function properly. Figuring out the electrics was a bit of a challenge in hall/bathroom (to get light on next to shower, switch in hallway then pull chord next to shower?!?) and kitchen (unplu kettle to use toaster etc.). Ceiling lights in main bedroom did not work, though maybe there was some mysterious combination we could not discover.
Basically, this place needs to be much cheaper (in which case you would call it cheap and cheerful and could then maybe see the charm) or it needs to be much better quality pretty much throughout. It feels like it was once up together and charming but has been on the slide for a while now. shame. we would not recommend this unfortunately.
A peaceful and idyllic get away (but needs TLC)
We chose this place as we are both artists & enjoy staying in unusual places, and expected 'shabby chic' but unfortunately it was more shabby than chic and is in need of considerable updating. We enjoyed our holiday and don't wish to be negative but feel we should point out to people thinking of booking, what to expect. To summarise; negatives: no wifi in property (only outside owners house) sofas & soft furnishings are old & uncomfortable and need replacing, all rooms need thorough clean & re-paint and windows (with some of the best views) are interrupted by paint/mist. New mattress covers/ duvet are needed on double bed. Positive points: The property is in an idyllic peaceful location for walking along the coast/birdwatching & relaxing. The owner is friendly and you are given complete privacy during your stay.
From the Owner
“My husband was a painter and we ran a gallery from our home, my husbands studio was what is now The Tree House. What sold the property to us was that we could just walk out of our house with a cup of coffee in hand and walk out into such beauty. My husband painted this valley over and over again.”
Activity and Interests
A 5 minute walk to a lovely, sheltered cove with pebble beach, safe for swimming. with waterfall, natural swimming pool about 15 feet deep and diving platforms in rocks. One headland is an Iron Age fort and a nearby headland called Elephants Head has a natural blow hole like Wookey Hole - a travel writer wrote.
Clean sandy beaches abound in the vicinity.
Even though the buses stop at Nine Wells, it is recommended to have a car. Parking: 1 car only but extra cars can be safely parked in the NT car park at the beginning of our drive.
Solva, a coastal village with all amenities is 3 minutes by car and a 20minute walk over the fields or longer along the coast.
St Davids is 5 minutes by car, or a 40 minute walk along the coast.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
22 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Oct 2016 - 25 Nov 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
26 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
17 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
30% deposit is required with full payment 6 weeks before the holiday starts.
Preffered changeover day is Saturday but happy to be flexible off season
Notes on prices:
Short breaks available out of season and up to 20% off full price for couples. Please inquire for availability.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The Tree House is located in a valley that is designated an SSSI (site of special scientific interest) as well as being a SAC (special area of conservation) Porth Y Rhaw cove sheltered and safe to swim in. Site of discovery of largest trilobite and best example of a coastal Iron Age fort. (great for grass sliding) http://www.pemcoastphotos.com/_photo_3099950.html Enjoy swimming and diving and jumping in natural deep rock pool. Discover Elephants Head cove. The entire headland just to the north of and next to Porth y Rhaw is shaped like the head of an elephant complete with a trunk of rocks weaving out into the ocean. The mouth is a natural arch through the headland which if the tide is right and there is a reasonable swell creates a blow hole that spews a fountain of water from its opening. It was compared to Wookey Hole in Somerset by a travel writer in the 50’s. She said people would flock to it in the future…… still a well kept secret. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/the-holy-wells-of-wales-2154864 http://www.dyfedarchaeology.org.uk/projects/holywells.pdf .”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Refrigerator ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- children welcome ...
- pets considered ...
- wheelchair inaccessible
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities
- bay fishing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom with shower, washbasin and wc.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with adult sized bunks.
- Balcony ...
- Bicycles ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- 1 bicycles
- Outside: There is a private decking area, perched in the tree tops on one side and open to a field on the other. Access to the property is through the garden of the main property where any children are very welcome to play. Also an amazing tree swing over the valley which is of course at your own risk. Adults and children alike love this. Utility Room: Washing machine/ dryer Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen for beds are provided along with tea towels etc.