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300 Year Old Listed Cottage with Inglenook Fireplace And Sea Views, A Romantic R

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage in Llanrhian, Nr. Porthgain, St Davids, Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Pembrokeshire, Wales - Peaceful Location, 5 Mins From Coast Path, 10 Mins Walk To The Beach, 15 Mins Walk To Pub

The Watch cottage is one of the most well loved and iconic cottages in north Pembrokeshire. It sits on its own, up a private lane, far away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. It's a perfect romantic retreat as there's so much privacy. It was built over 300 years ago and has such thick stone walls, that even in the roughest storm you can't hear the wind! It's in a perfect location, six miles from St David's, with its shops, restaurants and beaches, including Whitesands. You are a mile from the harbour of Porthgain, close to the world-famous blue lagoon at Abereiddy and probably the best beach ever - Traethllyfn. The visitor's book is full of love for this very special cottage. It's probably the smallest cottage in the world, so perfect as a romantic retreat.

It's just undergone renovation. The original beams and ship-lapped wooden walls and ceiling are painted in Farrow and Ball paint, local artists' work adorns the walls and welsh pottery & rugs are sourced from Solva & Melin Tregwnt.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Llanrhian, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One bedroom with double brass bed and antique furniture. Original beamed ceiling. Wardrobe has a drawer with a selection of games in it. Having undergone an extensive amount of renovation, there is now also a wood-burner in the bedroom.
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • bay
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: This is probably the smallest cottage in the world. It has the most amazing seaview & is totally secluded, in its own garden, up a "secret lane" , with no other properties in the "grounds". Being over 300 years old the door-frames are low. There is no central heating, but there are storage heaters & inglenooks with woodburners. If you don't like lighting fires, this is not the cottage for you, because storage heaters are not as efficient as central heating - and the sheer joy of The Watch is stoking up the fire and getting all cosy next to it. We are pet friendly, but please do not allow pets on the furniture. Outside: There's a simple private garden, with outdoor table, chairs & bench. The cottage is totally detached, surrounded by fields and runs alongside a single track lane. Parking for one car. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The cottage will be clean for your arrival, including all bed-linen and tea-towels supplied.


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300 Year Old Listed Cottage with Inglenook Fireplace And Sea Views, A Romantic R
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 10 reviews

Pretty cottage with great views over the coastline

  • 4 of 5

Easy access to the coastal path

  • Review Submitted: 12/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the beauty of this unique little cottage and its breath-taking views.
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Lovely property and location,but...

  • 3 of 5

Five stars for the property and location but only 3 stars for the attention to details! When you pay the extra for a one-off property you expect the little things to be right! It’s the first time in a long while where we’ve been somewhere that where it says towels it doesn’t include bath towels - also the towels it did include was only 1 tea towel and 1 hand towel. Also there was no hot water in the bathroom and the shower head flopped around as the pole was loose and would not stay in one position! Also as already mentioned the little details were missing - with cobwebs on the main light fixture and only 2 of the 3 bulbs working and the 2 bedside lamp light bulbs covered in so much dust they didn’t make much difference whether on it off! But cottage was cosy and warm!

  • Review Submitted: 19/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Newington, sittingbourne, Kent

Simply magical

  • 5 of 5

Wow! There are not enough words!!! We arrived exhausted and broken and looking forward to a holiday. We left like new people. The cottage is so full of charm and so peaceful. The door to the cottage acts as a photo frame to the beautiful view outside. We love wood burners and it was lovely to have a fire in the evening. The weather was amazing every day. The surrounding area is trul breathtaking and the lovely cove at porthgain afforded me some wonderful meditations. We will definitely come back. It was worth the drive. The owners are great and make it known that they are a phone call away if help is needed. I was in two minds about writing a review as I feel inclined not to share lol. If you only do one holiday in a lifetime you should stay at Watch House. We didn't want to leave.

  • Review Submitted: 04/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're thrilled that you loved it as much as we do - and the numerous other people who've stayed. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review - please do come again, like so many others do. You'll be most welcome, always!
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Cosy warm nicely furnished.Fantastic views.

  • 4 of 5

Loved the cottage..setting..location. Would possibly benefit from a 'deep clean' spring clean☺

  • Review Submitted: 03/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you loved it. Thanks for your lovely comments in the visitors book too. Am rather surprised & saddened by your "deep clean" comment as not sure what you mean. If I was looking at booking the cottage I'd be put off by that comment! Though always happy to act on anything specific that people mention. We've never had a cleaning complaint before & believe Alison works really hard to make the cottage as welcoming as possible so it's like a cosy home & as you said in the visitors book "what a discovery". Best wishes, Alexandra
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Fantastic little cottage

  • 5 of 5

A great place to stay with a lovely sea view. Close to St Davids and the Welsh coastal path so a good base for walks. It is small but very comfortable, well furnished and welcoming. It is on a small country lane but easy to find thanks to the excellent directions provided by the owner. Only downside was that we did not want to leave! Two good restaurants in nearby Porthgain (particularly the 'Shed' bistro). Would certainly recommend it to friends.

  • Review Submitted: 26/05/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Best place in the world

  • 5 of 5

Well how beautiful is this amazing cottage...the whole cottage has a calm ambience and the fires just glowing make you feel instantly calm... No tv, no clocks (we had no idea what the time was!), just birds singing and the odd horse neighing... We didn't see a shop for 4 whole days either, loaded the car with slow cooker, food supplies, wine and ciders. That was us for 4 wonderful days.

This cottage is the most amazing tranquil place on earth... Go there... It should be on everyone's bucket list...we are going back in the autumn... Can't wait.

Thank you Alexandra for being a kind owner of an amazing cottage.

Linda and Chris.

  • Review Submitted: 11/04/2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Linda, thank you for your lovely review. We're thrilled that you had such a great holiday & love the cottage as much as we (and according to the guest book) and other guests do. Look forward to welcoming you back later in the year!
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Alexandra Tilley Loughrey
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Calendar last updated:
17 February, 2018

About Alexandra Tilley Loughrey

I've been holidaying in this part of Pembrokeshire since I was a baby. Luckily my husband fell in love with the place and even more luckily we were able to buy the Watch - a very special and unique cottage. We know all our lovely neighbours up our secret lane and would spend most of the year here if we didn't have to work elsewhere!

What makes this cottage unique

We love the fact that the cottage is in such a special, secluded location, away from the hustle and bustle - especially in high season. But we also love the fact that it's so close to all or favourite beaches, coves, St David's, the cliff path, the Shed fish restaurant at Porthgain...

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Our stay in your beautiful cottage was perfect in every way - thank you so

much. Just didn't have enough time to visit all the amazing places ,so we

will return" - Michelle

"You have a wonderful bwythn. We'd love to return." Geraint

"We have returned from a very special stay in your magical cottage. I'm sure everyone falls in love with the place, but I was compelled to e mail you anyway! The view, the solitude, the careful renovation of such a lovely building!" Tracy

We both had the MOST beautiful time, what a amazing little cottage.We are definitely looking to book again for next year." Millie

"Just back from the Watch - had a great time - lovely weather, walks, fish+chips - and the cottage was just perfect!" Dec

"The cottage was charming. We hope to do a long weekend sometime over the next few months so will be back in touch." Kim

"This is the most perfect cottage for us and our little dog. Even better than expected from the description and pictures on internet." Sarah

"A very special place - rustic, remote and romantic!" Joanne

"Thank you for letting us stay in your adorable cottage. We had a great time. It is a beautiful part of the world."

The Watch was magnificent. We'll be booking again."

"My oh my, what a glorious place you have in Pembrokeshire! We have spent a wonderful week in your cottage and dearly hope to return at the end of the year/early next."

"What a magical place. We didn't miss television once."
Aug 2015
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Car: recommended


Beach within 10 minute walk. World-famous Pembrokeshire coast path within 5 minute walk.

One of the local beaches listed in top ten UK beaches:

Further Details:

We don't provide a cot or any baby facilities, but are more than happy if you want to bring your own.

For food shopping, St David's (6 miles, ten mins drive) has a butcher, green-grocers, deli and a small supermarket - plus a fabulous WI market on a Thursday morning. The Shed restaurant in Porthgain ( 5 mins drive) has a fresh fish counter and the house next to the Sloop Inn sells fresh locally caught crab & lobster. For papers, milk, fresh pastries etc the petrol station at Square & Compass (2 miles, 7 mins drive) is really convenient. Fishguard (7 miles, 15 mins drive) has a co-op, Tesco metro and a baker. Haverfordwest (15 miles, 30 mins drive) has a Morrisons, Tesco (that does online delivery), Aldi, Lidl.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We're happy to negotiate for short breaks or last minute offers at quieter times.

I ask for a deposit to secure the booking, then balance six weeks before, when I send the directions etc. I prefer bank transfer as we live in the sticks, but if you're worried a cheque is fine.

Changeover Day:
Friday changeover, but in low season, especially if only booking a short-break, this can be flexible.

Notes on prices: this website has recently added a 20% "service fee", so it looks like our rates have gone up. They have not! If you pay me direct I will not add on the ridiculous amount of money that the company is trying to make! If you look under RATES this gives the realistic price (without the 20% that they add on).

Prices include all electricity and hot water. Starter pack of coal and logs also included. Short breaks from £225.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.