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Stone Barn Conversion Set In Secluded Position Overlooking The Sea

Overview

Property

Updated: 20-Nov-2016
House in Solva, Pembrokeshire, Wales - Close To Solva With All The Beaches, Surfing, Walking And Wildlife That Pembrokeshire Has To Offer

The Old Coach House Solva was converted from two ruined barns in 1973 and had been a happy family home for 40 years when Helen & Jonathan decided to renovate it and to maintain it as a holiday let. It is a spacious and luxurious holiday home, which can accommodate at least eight people, set in extensive grounds. 2015 was our first year of renting and all guests loved the house. It is located close to the picturesque West Wales fishing village of Solva in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The house has many distinct areas and even in wet weather, there is never a feeling of "cabin fever." The entrance conservatory has a 6' pool table and a selection of games from quoits and jigsaws to Bagatelle. There is wi-fi throughout and the sitting room has a piano and television with Sky including Sky Sports, a Blu-ray player, a media player and a Nintendo Wii with various family games. The garden room has cane furniture and a view of the sea and is perfect for star gazing. The absence of light pollution gives a view of the stars not commonly found in other parts of the UK. There is an outside shelter to enable the use of the Webber barbecue when the weather isn't perfect, or for smokers.(Smoking is not permitted inside the house) All linen is hotel standard and white towels and bath mats are provided. There are also lots of beach towels and equipment needed for a day on the beach, or crabbing on Solva quay. The Old Coach House Solva is an ideal location for fun, enjoyable or peaceful holidays in Pembrokeshire all year around. The house is heated by a mixture of central heating and electric radiators. It also has solar panel heated hot water and photovoltaic cells on the roof. All logs and coal for the multi-fuel burner are included in the rental price. Our website at http://www.oldcoachhousesolva.co.uk/ gives details of local activities and attractions.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access

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About the Owner

The Old Coach was converted from two ruined barns into a family home in the early 1970s by Iain & Kathy Tite. Iain left the RAF and the family moved into the property in 1975. Iain worked for a local Haulage firm, Evans & Williams and Kathy taught at Ysgol Dewi Sant, St David's.

Reluctant to sell their family home, Helen & Jonathan decided to transform it into a holiday rental. Over the last 10 months, we have achieved our objective and the house is now ready to become the ideal Pembrokeshire self-catering holiday let.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

As this is a brand new rental property, we await bookings and comments. Having taken a year to transform our family home into a superb rental property, we are sure that our future guests will not be disappointed.
Dec 2014
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15 Reviews

4.9
based on 15 holidaymaker reviews

5

Fantastic holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week staying at The Old Coach House. The house was very well equiped, more like a home than a holiday house. All the rooms were very spacious. We very much enjoyed eating our evening meal in the conservatory.

The footpath down to Solva was an added bonus. We used it to get down to the coast in order to catch the bus to various locations.

Overall a real 5 star place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous holiday house in Solva

  • 5 of 5

This house was spacious, clean and really well equipped-a great family house. The owner was extremely helpful and accommodating. The ability to join the Pembrokeshire stunning coast path from our doorstep was an added bonus, and Solva harbour is so picturesque. The kids loved crabbing and joined a local raft building competition.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing time during our second visit

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay was just as enjoyable as before! Great weather, new paths and walks in Solva and from St David's, tasty food and diners in and out, crabbing fun and a spot of shopping with cultural activities all through the week! Our hosts, JSE wonderful as always! Surfing in the ocean was a great highlight, along to learning to play cricket on the lawn... Can not wait to get back!!!! Thank you so much and happy that such a special place is welcoming and delightful to visit each time!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the Old Coach House. It is the most wonderful place to stay.

The house itself is really comfortable and spacious with the added bonus of the pool room and conservatory. The kitchen is really well equipped and the beds are very comfy.

When the weather is bad the house is lovely for just mooching around with a log burner in the main room making it cosy. When the weather is good it is in a prime spot for some of the most beautiful coastal walks.

The garden is big enough for team games and the views are a wonderful expanse which calm the mind and the soul.

Needless to say, I love this place and hope to go back again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really happy that you enjoyed your stay and made the most of the house's facilties and location. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future, Helen & Jonathan.
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4

Comfortable, spacious house with good facilities

  • 4 of 5

The house is well-appointed and warm. We particularly enjoyed the pool table and board games, and made use of the good wi-fi provided. Lovely big, airy kitchen. Bathroom facilities mainly good, but low water pressure.

Had to bring my own sheets as owner could not guarantee the linen was washed in non-bio (I am allergic to biological washing powder).

Garden is spacious and the boys played football. There is a sea view but it is really distant and you can't see that much of the sea from inside the house as there are very few windows facing south. It is such a shame the living room had such limited views sideways and none at all sea-wards, and feels quite dark. We spent a lot of time in the conservatory instead, which was very comfortable and a bit of a sun trap.

There is one other house quite close, but we didn't feel too overlooked. Apart from that the house is very rural and away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the Old Coach House and appreciated the many facilities. We have worked hard to provide a level of comfort and entertainment so that guests have a relaxing stay regardless of weather conditions. Like most of the B&B and hotels in the area, we use a local laundry company so the type of detergent is beyond our control. We have been more than happy with the quality of the laundry service. When our parents converted the ruined barns in the 1970s, it would have been unusual to install windows in a stone wall facing the Irish Sea. The views would have been somewhat overshadowed by the inevitable cold draughts. The garden room was added in the 1990s to take advantage of the view and has a lovely sunny aspect. Helen & Jonathan.
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Can't think of anywhere nicer to stay

  • 5 of 5

This is the third time we have stayed at The Old Coach House. We love it. It's the perfect house for a family holiday and the owners have clearly spent a lot of time thinking about what they would appreciate if they went away, and made sure that they provided it for their guests. Every little thing that you might need is there - and lots more besides. We were pleasantly surprised to find a nutcracker, for example, and lots of games and DVDs. The children loved the piano, the pool table and the netball post. We loved the fabulous use of space so that we can all be together but doing separate things. Also, the location is perfect. Secluded in its own lovely grounds but very close to the picturesque harbour of Solva. Thank you so much Helen for lending us your lovely house and for making us feel so welcome. We hope to be back soon!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

Iain had spent many holidays as a boy at Newgale farm and when he spotted an advert for a barn conversion in the Times, he and Kathy visited and subsequently bought the property.

Activity and Interests

Coast/Beach:

The beautiful village of Solva with its harbour is 10 minutes walk via a footpath or 2 minutes drive in a car. The UK's smallest city of St David's is within 10 minutes drive. There are good surfing beaches such as the 3 mile natural storm beach at Newgale and Whitesands near St David's and all equipment can be hired. The Coast path is renowned for walkers and there are many companies offering boat trips, diving and island bird watching. Baby seals can be seen in September.

Travel:

A car is essential but if you want to eat out in St David's, taxis are available.

The house is an hour west of the M4. The nearest airport is Cardiff, but having hired a car it is an easy drive from Bristol or Heathrow.

Distances:

The house is within a few minutes drive of Solva & within 10 minutes drive of St David's. The supermarkets in Haverfordwest are 20 minutes away and all the fabulous Pembrokeshire beaches are easily reached. The Preseli hills, home of the Stonehenge blue stones, can also be explored. There is the Lifeboat station at St Justinian and the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy which has hosted the the World Cliff Diving Championships.

Further Details:

There are many small shops, galleries and restaurants in Solva & St David's. Upper Solva has "Bay View Stores & Post Office" owned by Gwyn Price which is known for its humorous signs and is well-stocked for a convenience store. There is an independent supermarket and banks with ATM in St David's and larger shops and supermarkets in Haverfordwest.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Christmas & New Year
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£429
for 3 nights
£1,000
 
 
My standard off-season rate
3 Jan 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
£700
 
 
Easter & Spring
7 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£364
for 3 nights
£850
 
 
May Half Term holiday
26 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,400
for 7 nights
£1,400
 
 
Early summer
4 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£120
£840
 
 
Summer High Season summer
21 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,900
for 7 nights
£1,900
 
 
My standard off-season rate
2 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
£700
 
 
October Half Term Holiday
20 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£900
for 7 nights
£900
 
 
My standard off-season rate
28 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
£700
 
 
Christmas & New Year
16 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£450
for 3 nights
From
£150
£1,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
£700
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
There are no hidden charges. The rental price includes electricity,heating, logs and coal for the multi-fuel burner.Changeover day is Friday and if booked for more than one week, the house can be serviced on a Friday.Payment must be made in full by cheque or BACS payment four weeks before the arrival date as well as a £200 deposit which will be returned promptly after your departure. A 10% booking deposit will secure your rental dates.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday. This may be flexible out of season.

Notes on prices:
Discounts for couples and short breaks are available out of season. Please enquire for prices.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Child's Highchair

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with accessible shower and toilet. Main bathroom with shower, bath, sink and toilet. Separate toilet and sink off the hall.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms 1 & 2 are spacious with King-size beds. Bedroom 3 is a twin bedded room. Bedroom 4 is a fun twin-bedded room ideal for children, accessed by a spiral staircase from the kitchen.

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Notes:

  • Outside: The house is set in 4 acres of garden and woodland. The wood has bluebells in May and two springs. Guests are welcome to enjoy the produce of the raised beds & fruit bushes in season. The pond has a child-proof metal-work cover and at the end of a private lane, there is no traffic to worry about. The front lawn can be set up for family cricket games. There are 2 patios and a shelter for smokers/ barbecuing when the weather would otherwise prevent it. Utility Room: The utility or laundry room has a washing machine, tumble drier, iron & ironing board, sink, drinks fridge and table. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The linen is hotel standard and changed every Friday and there are plenty of beach towels. All costs are included in the rental price. Other: The garden room has wicker chairs and a large wooden dining table & chairs, a Webber barbecue and out side shelter. The front conservatory is a games room with a 6' Pool table.

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