You may or may not have noticed, but in the last few months we have added a great selection of fifteen cottages to our portfolio, and they’re all within one location. Gellifawr.
Nestled in the heart of the Preseli Hills near the Gwaun Valley is where you’ll find these fifteen beautiful stone cottages. Centred around a landscaped courtyard, they are accompanied by a wonderful country house hotel and are set within 6 acres of grounds complete with two enclosed lakes, picnic spots and breath-taking views.
We here at Coastal Cottages, love the chance to get out and visit properties and so we jumped at the invitation to stay overnight in the Gellifawr cottages!
Our stay began with a rather wet and windy drive from the office – so wet that we had to make a run for it from the car to reception to get our cottage key! Despite the miserable weather, we couldn’t have had a warmer welcome. Kelly from the office had already sorted out who was staying in which cottage, so all we had to do was say who we were at reception to receive our key. Nothing was too much trouble, and Jane kindly showed Sarah and I (in the pouring rain don’t forget!) to our cottage at the furthest end of the courtyard. We entered the cottage and Jane then explained how to work the heating and how to get on the WiFi – an important piece of information in this day and age!
Jane then left and went back to reception ready to show the next few members of our party to their cottages whilst Sarah and I dried ourselves off from the wet weather!
Gellifawr was once a working farm and so the fifteen cottages at Gellifawr are all converted 18th Century barns. I had the privilege of staying in The Coach House, a truly beautiful stone cottage at the far end of the courtyard with a view of all the other cottages. The Coach House is just one half of the building you see above, as it is has been split into two apartments – downstairs being The Coach House and Grooms upstairs. Sarah of course, nabbed the double room whilst Gemma and I shared the twin, and Laura stayed in the single.
Each of the cottages has been given a homely feel incorporating many original features such as exposed stone walls, slate floors, wooden beams. The Coach House had a particularly cosy open-space living and dining area with two sofas; a great space for those evenings in where you want to curl up with a good movie and a nice home-cooked meal.
Once everyone had arrived, we headed to the bar where we were greeted with a glass of warm mulled wine and a seat around a roaring log fire – just the thing for such a wintery evening. After our mulled wine, we moved into the restaurant ready for a three course meal. (Word of warning: don’t have too large a lunch if you’re planning to dine in their restaurant that evening!)
The food was truly delicious, and the staff couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful. I had Leek and Potato Soup, followed by the Pan Fried Breast of Pembrokeshire Chicken with Cured Welsh Bacon and Mushroom Jus and Sautéed Potatoes (oh my gosh!), then Bara Brith Cheesecake for dessert. Usually I try to not eat all my soup as a starter, but there was no way I wasn’t going to finish this soup! So as you would expect, I was as full as a house by the time I’d finished my third course!
In the morning, we returned to the restaurant for breakfast where we were welcomed with fresh tea and coffee, hot mini croissants, fresh fruit and a full fried breakfast! What a way to set you up for the day! It was a sunny and crisp day, enabling us to have a clearer view of the cottage exteriors and the courtyard. The Coach House where I was staying has a spacious paved patio, perfect for that first cup of tea on a warm morning or alfresco dining in the evening maybe.
After breakfast, we packed up our belongings, said goodbye to our cottages and the fantastic staff, and headed back to work – after all, Friday is a working day! (For some anyway, I was lucky enough to have the day off!) Due to the lovely clear morning we had, the drive back to the office really was something special as the views across the countryside were beautiful – definitely not to be missed!
One of the highlights of our stay, was the peacefulness. Positioned in the Preseli Hills, it really is a tranquil area of the county to stay in. Perfect for those who enjoy long walks in the countryside and for those who need a little break from a hectic lifestyle, as there are a number of footpaths and cycle trails nearby.
Of course, you can always explore the six acres of grounds at Gellifawr or if you fancy travelling a little further, the seaside village of Newport and harbour-side village of Fishguard are both just a short drive – great for a morning of shopping, some lunch or even hopping onto the Coastal Path! Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time to explore as we would on a week-long holiday, but knowing the area as we do, we know there’s plenty to do and see!
There is also no mobile signal meaning you have the opportunity to really embrace the peace and unwind. I don’t know about you, but every now and again it’s so enjoyable to take that break from the real world. So make the most of it!
Foel Cwmcerwyn: The highest peak of the Preseli Hills at 1,759 feet above sea level
Whether you’re hoping for a romantic break, a walking holiday, or a peaceful weekend away with all the family, the Gellifawr cottages are sure to please everyone. For those of you who couldn’t bear the thought of holidaying without your four-legged friend, fear not! Some of the properties are dog-friendly, just take a look at our website to find out which ones!
With cottages such as Y Stordy which sleeps two, to Celiog Y Gwynt with a four poster bed, to larger properties such as Dove Cottage which sleeps six; it’s the perfect place to get away with a larger group too as you can bring gran and grandad to stay next door!
Doesn’t everyone love a four-poster bed?!
If you would like to discuss staying at one of the Gellifawr cottages, just call a member of our Reservations Team on 01437 765765 who will be able to check availability for you.
It really was an absolute pleasure to stay at Gellifawr, and we’d like to say a huge thank you to Jane and all the staff who made our stay so wonderful.