In brief...

 

Inside, the cottage is snug and furnished to residential standards with high quality fittings and furniture. It benefits from two bathrooms and is tastefully decorated. The property is equipped with an upgraded WiFi broadband facility, wireless and  hardwired internet connected LED, high definition wide screen TVs.

 

It feels really homely, relaxed and is spotlessly clean (caretaking arrangements were changed in 2014), with lots of extras including DVDs, CDs, board games and a comprehensive guest information folder. It is centrally heated throughout for all year round comfort by an efficient condensing boiler providing limitless amounts of hot water.

 

The cottage has been sympathetically restored and systematically maintained to a high standard. It enjoys a Four Star rating from Visit Wales awarded in 2008 and 2014.

 

Courtesy hand towels, tea towels and bath mats are provided. On arrival, why not quench your thirst with a pot of tea from the welcome tray or light up the real log fire. A 'first night' starter supply of coal and logs is provided. Light the open fire on those nippy nights to create that extra cosy atmosphere and feast your senses on the sight and smell of cracking logs.

 

Although the cottage can sleep 6 in three bedrooms, we don't recommend it for more than 4 adults, plus 2 children but it is still cosy for a couple. Please note that there is no reliable mobile phone coverage in the cottage grounds but any SMART phone will work with the broadband for voice traffic phone calls using apps such as BT SmartTalk.  A land-line telephone is also available for guest use on an 'honesty box' basis.

 

 

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In brief...

 

• Visit Wales FOUR Star graded Holiday Cottage 2014

• Ground floor shower room and w/c

• Real open log fire place

• Fully equipped country style kitchen

Kitchen & Lounge

Bedrooms

Bathrooms

Grounds

History

 

Downstairs

 

Entrance Hall/Utility

Tiled floor area containing boiler, washing machine, condenser tumble drier, ironing board, iron and clothes drier. Room to hang jackets and dry wet boots or wet suits. Honesty telephone with access to local numbers, national local numbers and emergency services. Accepts incoming calls.

 

Kitchen/Diner

Well equipped country style kitchen with tiled floor, free standing pine units and traditional Welsh dresser. Contains all the equipment (and little touches like a teapot cosy) you could possible need for a gourmet dinner party or Christmas Day lunch including a Belfast sink. Double electric oven with ceramic hob (now replaces the original bread oven), family size frost free fridge freezer, microwave, large toaster, dishwasher, plenty of cupboard space or food etc. Pine table and chairs to seat six, high chair available on request free of charge. Good quality radio/CD/cassette player and a selection of CD's for most tastes.

 

Extensive open views to the garden patio, bird table, stream and woods.

 

Living Room

Light and airy in summer, warm and cosy in winter. One double and one triple seat leather sofa with throws and scatter cushions, One leather armchair, large fireplace rug over wooden floor, coffee table, log basket, coal pail etc. - all you need for that good book or film plus a real open fire. Wide screen HD 39" TV with DVD and video. Numerous digital radio stations to choose from depending on your mood. Enjoys views over garden, stream and woods. Light your candles at night and the moon and stars shine in!

                                                                                                               

 

Bedrooms

 

Upstairs Double Bedroom

This room oozes romantic charm with its gable window and gently sloping ceiling and soft lighting. Sink into the whipped-cream softness of the White Goose Down duvet and you'll never want to get up. The duvet weight is changed according to season, so you'll never be too hot or wanting more.

 

Wrap yourself in the luxurious linen and nestle into the goose feather and down pillows and you could be out in a light. All bedroom soft furnishings are hypo-allergenic. The 4' 6" pine bed comes with an electric blanket in the period October to April and we've recently added 'a state of the art' memory foam mattress giving you the perfect medium to firm body support.

 

Woodland views and a DAB digital radio alarm clock complement this room. A large travel cot is also available for use free of charge.

 

 

Upstairs Twin Bedroom

Located just across the landing from the double bedroom this large and airy room enjoys duel aspect woodland views. The 3' pine beds also come with the latest development in mattress technology. We are told you will not find more comfortable mattresses in the country! This is a large bedroom filled with character and light. A discreet wall mounted wide screen LED SMART high definition TV (FreeSat / Freeview) with DVD, video and 'All Share' wireless functionalites will entertain the children at those times when all you want is to be left alone. There is a library of children's films for all ages in this room. The beds enjoy the same luxurious duvets, pillows and linen as described for the double bedroom.

 

 

 

 

Downstairs Twin Bedroom

Doze off to sleep on comfy 2' 6" pine beds (electric blankets provided October to April), with the soothing sound of the local owls and babbling stream. Although the smallest of three bedrooms, we know the children (and some adults) will on arrival fight over this one! A real 'snug in a rug' room, yet close to the kettle in the morning.

 

 

 

 

 

Bathrooms

 

Ground Floor Shower Room

A warm, well ventilated, good size room with a tiled floor (care needed when wet), offering wooded views. Easy access high quality Matki cubicle on a traditional stone tray and powerful electric shower. Coupled with a w/c and large basin this is an ideal bathroom for elderly guests. Please note there are no mobility aids for those physically challenged.

 

Upstairs Family Bathroom

With full matching suite and Victorian style bath taps and handheld shower, here you can soak away any aches from the coastal path. There is an endless supply of instant hot water, so you will never be waiting for the water to heat up before taking the next bath, or fussing with a hot water

 timer.

 

                     

 

The Grounds

Enjoy the private and extensively well maintained gardens with an inviting south facing summer house and multiple terraces. Ideal for the cane furniture, sun loungers, sun umbrella and afternoon drinks. Or choose from the main patio with its large solid wood dining table (including a 'lazy susan'), 6 adjustable reclining arm chairs (cushions in high summer), large parasol and traditional barrel BBQ.

 

There is a large gated driveway which can accommodate at least 3 cars or boat trailer etc. Boats can be launched locally from Freshwater East beach, Angle beach or Hobbs Point in nearby Pembroke Dock.

 

Woodland

 

Wood Cottage sits peacefully within the historic Stackpole Estate. It is partially surrounded by ancient woodland providing protection from on-shore winds and stormy weather. A 20 minute walk along a woodland National Trust  path leads to a National Nature Reserve and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Comprising of 202 hectares this is one of Wales's most important historic landscapes, (and protected under International Law) containing remains of Bronze and Iron Age, life plus important plant and wildlife communities.

 

Wild sandy beaches, a romantic quay, sandy coves, dramatic cliffs, rocky islets, breath taking coastline and lakes, wet woodland and marsh are all a leisurely walk or mountain bike ride from the step of the cottage door.

 

Wood cottage will be a real treat for anyone who enjoys coastal walking (some of the best in Europe), spotting wildlife (otters, seals, dolphins, sea birds, whales, if lucky), and relaxing in beautiful surroundings or by an open fire.

 

This is a wonderful place to escape. The sound of owls or the babble of a stream over red sandstone, or the whistle of the wind through the trees on a windy day will be your only likely intrusions.

 

History

 

This delightful Victorian cottage is a perfect place to holiday and retreat from modern life.

 

The 2nd Earl of Cawdor had it built from locally quarried limestone in 1862. Limestone was exported throughout the 19th century from nearby Stackpole Quay, one of Britain's smallest harbours. The quay was used to bring in luxury goods for Stackpole Court, a home of the Campbells of Cawdor from Inverness, Scotland (and Macbeth fame) since 1698. The Scottish flag is still flown to this date from the late 12th Century tower of Stackpole Elidor church, pictured left.

 

However, this area is also know as 'Little England' beyond Wales, adding to its wealth of myth and legend. This reflects the long history of Anglicisation in the area, dating back to Norman times, who held the area as an important trading and staging post to Ireland. The large number of Norman castles in the small area testifies to the importance it held in their eyes. The locality has been completely English speaking since the Normans arrived in 1093.

 

 

Wood Cottage will feel remote but it is in fact just 12 minutes walk to the village of Stackpole and the award winning Stackpole Inn. The fortified castle town of Pembroke, pictured right (birthplace of Henry Tudor - founder of the Tudor dynasty - in 1457, later King Henry VII and the first Welshman to wear the English crown) is just 3.5 miles by car or bus. It comprises one of the most complete Norman castles in the country and is surrounded on 3 sides by the mill pond. Pembroke town offers a delicatessen, butcher, restaurants, pubs, a supermarket and good selection of other shops including an excellent and sensibly priced fish and chip shop!

Wood Cottage

Stackpole Estate | Pembroke | Pembrokeshire |  SA71 5BZ | West Wales | UK

 

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