Small, cosy, well-equipped, great views, well-located near bay, beaches, village
- english, french, Welsh, Cymraeg
About Alan Goss
I was born on The Gower but I spend too much time away now, sailing on South Coast or doing export work (Europe), and with my scattered family in the UK. So I can't usually meet and greet you :( I'm on a UK mobile though (find the number in the house, I can't put it here) and you can phone me if you get stuck with anything. The changeover cleaning lady is a friend, only 2 streets away, and her number is in the house as well. We come home to Mumbles often. Don't be afraid to let me know if something doesn't work, because if I know about it I can fix it.
Alan Goss purchased this Cottage in 2010
Why Alan Goss chose The Mumbles
It was a mess when I bought it. However, I liked the view and the proximity to the sea. It is so compact and yet neatly organised, that it reminded me of a ship's cabin somehow. Not that I've ever lived in a ship's cabin, I've only seen the sort of thing I'm talking about on films! It was built between 1835 & 1840, pre-dating cars, electricity, the land registry, damp-courses and probably the water and gas supply. This is one of the 3 oldest streets in Mumbles. All the people who lived in it, were either fishermen or quarry workers. They used to paint the wall opposite with lime-wash. If you look closely, you can still see traces of it. That wall originally enclosed a convent "St Anne's" (St Anne's day is July 26th), then later a hotel, and the the flats you see there now. It is because it was built to border the convent, that Village Lane only ever had one side to it. The houses number up sequentially from the bottom, on the one side. Although Nos 1 & 2 were demolished and replaced by a larger house, and Nos 3 & 4 have been combined by an internal joining door, the rest of the houses are more or less original. The other reason I wanted to live here is because my grandparents, my father, his sister and some of my cousins, lived in the large house you can see in Western Lane (look up village lane, and slightly right) during World War 2. But that was not for sale and I couldn't have afforded it anyway, so I plumped for this one in Village Lane instead. From this part of the bay, I can look out across it and identify all the other parts of Swansea where I, my various antecedants and 50 or so assorted living cousins once lived or live now. After travelling a lot in my life and living overseas a few times, it sort of settled me to come back and find a place like this.
What makes this Cottage unique
It is VERY common to hear owls hooting in the nature reserve behind the garden. It's also common to see seals on the rocks in the nearby beaches. It's less common to see dolphins, but keep your eyes open and you might be lucky. I should say to guests from overseas, that everybody in Mumbles starts their conversations in English, not Welsh. You'll be fine if you speak English, which is the dominant language here. If you want to speak Welsh though just do it, and you might be surprised by how often people will respond in Welsh. There are places only 10 miles away where Welsh dominates instead - but the people there also speak English so you'll still be ok using that. If you do one thing while you're here, get in the sea. It doesn't matter how cold it feels as you enter it, and it doesn't matter if it's raining and blowing a gale. When you come out again, you'll feel warm and tingling all over and the wind won't even touch you. You'll have become invincible!
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Max guests:3 (sleeps up to 3 adults)
PLEASE NOTE this house has no driveway (it pre-dates cars), but you can stop outside it to unload and there's parking in other streets nearby (100m)
INFANT KIT not provided, so bring your own. And watch them on the steep steps especially in garden! BEDS & LINEN for 3 adults. Sofa bed too, no linen
DOGS downstairs only, not upstairs! BBQ on the sun-deck, charcoal in white bags alongside it, firelighters & tongs in right-hand kitchen drawer.
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
What a gem! I will be back 😊
Just got back from an amazing week at this wonderful cottage. We had the best time out and about during the day, and it was always a pleasure to get ‘home’. It was absolutely ideal for what we wanted, very comfortable and spotlessly clean on arrival. Parking can be a bit tricky (Friday night I had to use the pay and display car park but found free parking the rest of the week) but it was a minor thing for such a great place to stay. I’d highly recommend and will certainly head back to explore the area more.
Cheers Joy. You go there and get ok weather. I go there and it rains. Another guest goes there and gets good weather. I go there and it rains. Repeat, etc. It's insane, but I love it too. Life...
Cosy well equipped cottage in a fantastic location, everything we were looking for as a last minute break after a busy Christmas. Plenty of cafe’s and restaurants within walking distance as is the coastal path along the edge of the Gower’s beautiful beaches.
Glad you liked your time there. Thanks for the 5 stars. You can come again!!! Alan x
Beautiful place, sea and castle views and a endearing homely feel.
Perfect sized property for my family of three. The lay out is perfect. A stunning quaint cottage in the heart of the Mumbles.
Thank-you Hadley. Quick note: you left a bathrobe behind. Let me know your instructions for it. Alan
Lovely fisherman ‘s cottage
This lovely fisherman ‘s cottage is in a great location for all that the Mumbles has to offer. It has everything you will need for your holiday
Thanks for that. Glad you liked it. Fisherman's cottage... It is true that the breadwinners in the terraced cottages in this street, were typically looking after very large households (in some cases, more than 10 individuals in a house - almost inconceivable to me) and working in basic industries. The most common basic industries for Village Lane would have been fishing, including oyster fishing, quarry working, and lime-work. I'm not exactly sure what the different specialisms are in the "lime-work" industry, but it would have been manual labour. Quite a lot of the topography around Mumbles is shaped by old, overgrown quarries. I presume these produced limestone which was then processed into agricultural fertiliser for use down the Gower in across the water in Devon, or limewash which would have been used to brighton up local brick and stonework. If you inspect the wall which faces No 16 Village Lane, you will see layer upon layer of limewash over it, a decoration habit which probably stopped a few decades ago. Ho hum, well there you go. Give me flushing toilets, fresh water and mains electricity please...
Lovely stay in November 2019
We loved this cute, cosy and characterful cottage. It was the perfect base for visiting our son, at Swansea university. The area is lovely and the shops and restaurants were very dog friendly. The communication with the owner, Alan, was great and he provides a large amount of information about the local facilities and places to visit nearby. Hope to return in the New Year.
Thanks for that Toni. Let me know by email, which restaurants were the "good for dogs" ones and I'll make a note of it for other guests. I've got the low-down on dog-friendly beaches, but it's a work in progress for restaurants. Cheers, Alan x
Lovely little cottage ideal for a couple and very well appointed. We had a good week in November exploring the beautiful Gower peninsula.
Cheers Helen. You must have nerves of steel not to mention the weather! I call it "tactile". Alan x
Parking: No driveway at the house, though you can stop to load and unload. There is kerb-side parking (not charged for, most of it not time-restricted) in the streets about 100m away both at the bottom and the top of the lane. Also a paid-for car-park about 200m away.
If you haven't already, please make sure you look at photographs 5 & 6 on the webpage, which show how to get to 16 Village Lane from the main road, using the old narrow streets. Photographs 1, 2 & 3 also give you an idea of the steepness of the lane and some of the photographs of the inside of the house show the internal step up from the lounge to the dining area etc - see photos 9, 12 & 13.
Regarding dogs, there are some Gower beaches which accept dogs all year around, mainly the "wild" beaches, whereas there are some beaches which don't permit dogs in the summer - mainly the "resort" beaches. You can google this to find out which are which and I also provide information on it by email if asked.
Inside the cottage there are maps of the wider area within 2 hours' drive. This is because if you have transport, the mountains and museum coal mines, the stalactite caves, some very pretty waterfalls, woollen mills, castles and rock climbing locations suddenly become abundant, as do the fishing villages of further west in Carmarthen, Pembrokeshire and Cardiganshire with their tea rooms, restaurants and unique feel. Tenby is the largest of these - It is a walled town and fishing village combined, with a lot of happy colourful stuff going on. I can email you a good list of hints and tips regarding places to visit and things to do, but the list is also waiting for you inside the cottage.