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2 cottages in a renovated barn the centre of Pembrokeshire National Park - Ash

People7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

Description

Ash

Ash Cottage has a large open plan downstairs with a dining area on a flagstone floor and a raised wooden floored sitting area with a sofa bed around a large multi fuel burner. This area can be curtained off from the rest of the downstairs when used for sleeping. The kitchen area is small but efficient with Belfast sink, fridge freezer, pine units and electric cooker and microwave.

There is a large downstairs double bedroom with an extra single bed and a bathroom next door with a full sized bath with shower over. Fairly steep Stairs lead up to a small twin room in the roof area, with a modern ensuite shower room attached.

There is a patio outside perfect for sunny breakfasts and barbecues as well as the large garden laid to grass and surrounded by natural trees and hedges.

There is ample parking.

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About the property

Ash ans Hawthorn, The Barn

Hawthorn Cottage and Ash Cottage are totally seperate rentals in a converted 18th century barn (formerly a dairy) in a rural setting on the Marloes Peninsula.

Both cottages have their own patios and bbq areas.

They share the half acre of grounds which are left semi wild with fruit trees, a large grassy area for playing and places to sit in peace.

Hawthorn is the smaller cottage and is tucked away at the end. It sleeps two in a double room with a single futon for a third person or seperate beds as needed. It is not suitable for toddlers as the bedroom is open to the stairs.

It has a large well equipped kitchen diner, with electric cooker,washing machine, microwave and an extremely well equipped kitchen. The comfortable living room has a lovely high beamed ceiling, two comfy sofas, a TV and dvd, books and maps. Patio doors lead out to a patio overlooking the surrounding garden and trees. It has a small fire-pit/bbq and garden furniture. It gets the afternoon and evening sun.

The parking is right by the front of the cottage as well as it's own drying line. There is also a shared outside tap for rinsing wet suits etc.

Ash sleeps five in two bedrooms. It has a big open plan living space with a high beamed ceiling. The sitting area has a large multi-fuel stove and comfy chairs, large sofa, TV and DVD.

The table seats six or more if needed and makes for good family meals.

There are maps, DVD's, books and a few games available.

The kitchen is a small area connected to the main living space, it is compact but very well equipped, with new electric cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer and all kitchen utensils.

Upstairs in the eaves is a small twin bedroom with a modern ensuite shower room. The beds are 2'5' wide and the head space is limited at the sides.

Downstairs is a large double bedroom with a seperate single. Good clothes storage and a double aspect. The bathroom is next door to it and has a bath with a shower over and a washing machine.

Outside the front door is a patio with large table and benches. There are further table and chairs and a bench in the garden so you can follow the sun round all day. There is a good sized coal Bbq, an outside tap and a washing line.

Both cottages have oil central heating.

The cottages are usually rented separately but work well as a whole for a group of friends or extended family.

The Barn is centrally situated in the Pembrokeshire National Park. A ten minute walk to the Coast Path and a twenty minute walk to Little Haven with its cafés and restaurants. Surrounded by country lanes that are great for cycling and walking and an easy drive to some of the most spectacular beaches and wildlife areas islands. The wonderful circular coastal walks of the Marloes Peninsula and Dale Head (known as the sunniest part of Wales!) are close by.

It is in a surprisingly quiet location so near the coast and offers a calm oasis from which to explore the area. In one direction is Dale, a boating mecca and Marloes Sands, a green award winning, beautiful wild beach. Marloes Haven offers summer boat trips to see the puffins and other wildlife of Skomer Island.

St. Brides Haven is three miles down the road and is a lovely safe swimming spot with white sand and rock pools. It is also in the Marine Park and offers some of the best diving and snorkelling in Britain.

Go in the opposite direction and you come to Little Haven and the sweep of Broadhaven blue flag sands. Newgale Beach a little further on is a long sweep of surfing beach.

The county town of Haverfordwest is only 11 miles away, offering all the usual facilities including supermarkets and weekly farmers market.

The tourist attractions of Oakwood Theme Park, Folly Farm and Blue lagoon are all within a half hours drive. Tenby, St. David's and The Preselli Hills are also within easy reach.

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Owner
Sue Hale
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
14 September, 2017

About Sue Hale

I really love Pembrokeshire and live on Gower by Swansea and visit as often as I can with children and grand children and the dogs..

I bought The Barn three years ago as a going concern and each year put any money earned into updating and improving it, without changing its quirky character and homeliness.

Sue Hale purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Sue Hale chose Pembrokeshire

The Barn is very central but extremely peacefull and it has two totally seperate cottages with lots of space inside and out.

We love:

Walking

cycling

surfing

bird-watching

walking

swimming and kayaking

playing on the sand, rock pooling

sitting in cafes with good coffee and beautiful views

eating in pubs and restaurants that serve good vegetarian food.

What makes this cottage unique

The comfort of a homely space where we can cook for ourselves but with good restaurants nearby.

The wood stoves.

The large spacious, semi-wild grounds for the kids.

The wild flowers and birdsong and peace.

space to have a BBQ .

Guestbook comments from the owner

Property has character, is spacious, is well equipped and an excellent base for exploring this beautiful area.Response
Jul 2016
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Available Rentals

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Notes

Booking Notes:
To book contact Sue Hale in the first instance by phone or email. Bookings made 8 weeks or more in advance require a deposit of £100.00 (balance due 4 weeks prior to arrival). Bookings made within 8 weeks require payment in full. Payment is by cheque or direct to bank via internet banking. A security cheque of £100 is also required and is held and returned within 3 weeks of departure date.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Saturday although there is flexibility outside the summer season. Weekends and Part weeks are also considered.

Notes on prices:
Ash: from £250 per week
Hawthorn: from £200 per week

Reductions if rented together and for longer periods.


Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in The Havens in Pembrokeshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Both cottages have oil central heating and multi-fuel stoves. In the living rooms there are televisions with free view and DVD. There are books and games available and local information. Fresh cotton linen and towels are provided. Outside: Ash Cottage There is a large garden to the front, side and rear of the cottage. There is ample parking for a number of cars. There is a large patio outside Ash Cottage perfect for sunny breakfasts, with a large charcoal barbecue. (Charcoal can be purchased locally). Hawthorn Cottage There is a patio which gets the afternoon and evening sun and guests from both cottages are welcome to use all areas. Please note: the garden is not totally dog proof and we request dogs are not left unattended at any time. All dog waste must be cleaned up. Only two dogs per cottage on arrangement.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.4583335 based on 30 reviews
5

A Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

Wow what a hidden gem we found in Ash Cottage. It is in the country but only a couple of miles away from the village shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs of Little Haven. The cottage's setting is tranquil, so much so there was no need to leave as we could have spent our time in the vast garden.

The cottage itself is a quant barn conversion with all that we needed on our holiday. We needed a cottage that accommodates dogs and this cottage with its wooden and tiled floors in the main areas are perfect. The bedrooms have carpets so keep your feet warm as does the dinning area, this would have from a dog owners perspective been better if the kitchen tiles had been used.

The family room with a double and single is a very big room and then there is the ensuite room upstairs with two single beds. We actually used the double sofa bed just so we could keep our dogs company in their new surroundings. Good power from the ensuite shower, didn't try the downstairs one.

The location is surrounded by some very quite roads ideal for exercising the dogs in the morning and a 5 minute walk to a local farm selling fresh eggs.

Excellent communication from the owner before arrival and enjoyed the complimentary Welsh cakes.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you loved it as much as we do!
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5

Beautiful garden, comfy cottage, home from home.

  • 5 of 5

Big old barn with all comforts but quite quirky and interesting. In a great area for all that Pembrokeshire has to offer. Very peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely location, fantastic garden

  • 4 of 5

Lovely location, in quiet isolated spot but only 5 minutes to coast path and beaches! Huge garden with beautiful wild flower meadow and lawn ideal for playing and relaxing. Choice of garden furniture in various corners to read or dine outdoors. Quaint cottage quite clean and reasonably well equipped. Great woodburner. Huge washing machine and clothes lines. Two showers. Very spacious for the price. Owner very helpful and quickly sorted out minor glitches. Lovely large bedroom with double and single bed. Upstairs small twin room with lovely character, but it needed hoovering under bed and a bit more careful cleaning and airing - dust and damp set off allergies!

Only negative comment is the kitchen cupboards look and smell damp and contents were dirty! The cheap washing up liquid supplied left everything sticky - hence why crockery needed rewashing with decent detergent. Also kitchen equipment not great quality (scratched/worn non stick pans, broken cheap plastic utensils) but it's a minor fault and to be expected considering the very affordable rental fee.

Dining area light and spacious. Living room attractive but is quite dark even on a sunny day - it is a converted barn and could do with more large windows being installed with views of garden, but again that would put the price up and it is great to have something so affordable! But with thick stone walls and characterful style, it is super cosy to sit using the ample sofas and armchairs round the woodburner.

Overall a great choice to explore this area,we may well return!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for such a detailed review and I am glad you enjoyed your holiday. I shall have a word with the cleaner. I am going up tomorrow with new mattresses for the single beds upstairs and new saucepans! I bought the barn two years ago and do it up slowly as money allows. I am waiting for planning permission for another roof window and a nicer looking shed but being a national park it takes time.
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4

Very quiet and relaxing. Great location for exploring the area.

  • 4 of 5

Everything needed to have a great holiday

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, mainly clean, well-equipped

  • 3 of 5

Rustic barn conversion. Good accommodation in main bedroom, second bedroom was smaller and lower than I thought, really only suitable for smaller children. Main bed was comfortable and bedding provided clean fresh. Plenty of pillows.

Couldn't find instructions for the showers and if you turned the shower off and back on again while still in it, you got scaldded which is not good for children.

Being a rustic and basic conversion, there were lots of nooks and crannies for the many spiders to hide in and appear from, with lots of cobwebs which had been there for a while. This freaked our Autistic daughter out and we had many spider removals needed during the week.

Lovely week in a nice quiet rural location and we had better weather than expected. Lots in the area to see and do, especially for nature lovers.

Wood burner and radiators much appreciated (woodburner door needs some attention though as we couldn't get the door to shut properly) on the occasional chilly evening.

Hot water for baths a bit unreliable, but showers had plenty.

Very well equipped for 5 people.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry to hear you were not totally happy with Ash. Spiders and barn conversions are always a problem especially in September. However, I have been having problems with my cleaning firm this summer and am changing agency and updating for next year, Sue
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Perfect base for beautiful Pembrokeshire

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Pembrokeshire and we were blown away by its beauty - despite it raining 48 hours solid!!

The barn was a bit tricky to find, mainly due to all the info being on my phone and I hadn't anticipated the lack of reception! Which was actually a blessing in disguise. Stopped and met a lovely 93 year old man who showed pointed us in the right direction. Everyone on the whole holiday was so friendly. It's actually not too hard to find if you remember (unlike I did) that there is a plaque with 'The Barn' outside.

The accommodation itself was perfect for our family of 4 (children are 5.5 and 2.5). Upstairs bedroom is really sweet and it's handy having the en suite. We found our bed really comfy and it was also handy having a spare single in there as our younger one gets lonely in the middle of the night(!) We settled in straight away.

The kitchen is really well equipped and everything was clean yet homely. Nice dining area. Plenty of room and i'd imagine the stove would be lovely when it's colder. Outdoor space is nice and great for kids to run around / play on the rope swing. BBQ could do with a clean so we didn't use that! There is wifi but it's patchy, not that you need it really. German couple in Hawthorn were nice and the kids loved playing with their gorgeous dog.

It rained solid for the first 2 days and we appreciated having a cosy base. First full day we went to Pembroke Castle (recommended) and got soaked! The second rainy day we messed about at St Bride's Haven and spotted a seal and also went to look at the boats and Milford Haven and went to the little museum there (friendly staff, nice to kids). Crows Nest cafe along the marina nice and brilliant value.

The sun came out thankfully and we had some amazing days at Marloes Sands and Barafundle. Totally blew us away. Kids managed the walk to both fine (although you do have to be careful!). Also had a nice day at Broad Haven which is really easy with kids and (Ocean Cafe does nice takeaway fish and chips). Little Haven lovely - recommend Castle pub for Family meals. Tenby lovely too and castle beach was great.

Spoiled for choice with beaches and walks in Pembrokeshire. We've been to Cornwall, Devon and Dorset a lot and I have to say Pembrokeshire might've just topped all of them. Partly due to the ultra friendly people and great value (no hoiked up prices) but mainly due to the gorgeous scenery.

Thanks Sue, your place was just right. Highly recommended! Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely, detailed review. Reviews like this are really helpful for families to get an idea of The Barn and Pembrokeshire. (Like cornwall but 30 years ago+good cafes!) Poldark, eat your heart out!
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Location

Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Cardiff
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Little Haven
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Pembroke
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Haverfordwest
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Haverfordwest
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
M4
Nearest Restaurant
11 Miles
Little Haven
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Little Haven
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Walking the coast path.

Cycling around the many quiet ( and surprisingly flat!) country lanes. Part of the National Cycle routes.

Wildlife and bird watching on the islands and cliffs.

Surfing at Newgale.

Swimming at Broad haven, St.Brides Bay and Marloes bay.

Boating and wind surfing at Dale.

Diving in the marine park around Skomer island.

Enjoying the local cafés, pubs and restaurants.

Many historic areas including St. Davids with its ancient monuments and cathedral.

Coast/Beach:

The cottage is 1.5 miles from Little Haven and 2 Miles from Broad Haven (with blue flag beaches and family friendly).

3 miles from the sheltered cove of St. brides beautiful clear water.

4 miles from the beautiful and wild Marloes sands.

1 mile from the Pembrokeshire Coastal path.

Travel:

Nearest airport is Cardiff - 120 miles.

Direct trains from London to Milford Haven - 10 miles.

Local public bus transport is good in the summer months with excellent access all along the coast road and to the beaches.

Good cycling area.

Distances:

Ten minutes (9 miles) from Haverfordwest and Milford Haven by car.

Twenty minutes to St. Davids.

Twenty minutes to family attractions like Oakwood theme park and blue lagoon.

Further Details:

Pembrokeshire has lots of places for eating out. The nearest to Ash Cottage are in Little Haven which has The Swan (highly acclaimed), The St Brides and The Castle (great pub food) and the Old Post Office (cafe and pizzas).

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