Stay at Newfoundland, St Ishmaels (33418)

Pembrokeshire has been put on the map for its 186 miles of beautiful coastal path, stunning beaches and coves, as well as a handful of interesting islands off the shores. There is certainly a lot to explore along the Pembrokeshire coast! Why not take a step back from the sea shore and discover what is known as Pembrokeshire’s “Secret Waterway” – The Cleddau Estuary? 

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Running through the county from Milford Haven to Haverfordwest the beautiful waterway is largely hidden from the rest of the world. Follow the course of the estuary and you’ll be met with numerous peaceful and picturesque viewpoints. Join the Black Bridge circular walk and you’ll spot some of my personnel favourites! I love the mix of urban and rural scenery you get to see while wondering around the old fishing port of Milford Haven Marina and Wooded Valley of Castle Pill.

Head a little to the West and you may stumble upon our delightful property, “Newfoundland” (23283) – A beautifully renovated and sympathetically extended detached stone cottage. Newfoundland is located just a few minutes’ walk from the foreshore of The Gann Estuary, a designated SSSI area (Site of special scientific interest) that teems in wonderful birds and wildlife overlooking the sheltered Dale Bay at the entrance to the Milford Haven waterway. Sleeping 8 in 4 bedrooms and welcoming 2 pets, Newfoundland is the perfect property for a family break.

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Finished to a high standard throughout and furnished in a traditional style with antique pieces and beautiful local Tregwnt Woollen Mill fabrics, all its original charm has been retained with restored slate window sills and wooden beams. A passageway takes you to the stunning contrasting sitting room with vaulted ceiling and wood burning stove. Starter kits of logs are provided at the cottage for the two open fires allowing for cosy evenings in on the sofa with a bottle of wine and a good film. If you’d like more information on available hampers to make your stay a little extra special click here.

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My favourite aspect of this cottage is with out a doubt the two glass walls that maximize the panoramic views across the rural valley to Marloes. Whether your cosied up listening to the rain pattering against the windows or admiring the view with a glass of wine on sunnier days, it is simply breathtaking. Be sure not to forget your binoculars! We recommend the short walk to the banks of the Gann which is home to one of Pembrokeshires best birdwatching sites.

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The enclosed garden is perfect for children and dogs to play in whilst the garden furniture makes alfresco summer breakfasts a must. There is a bedroom on the ground floor while stairs lead up to two further beautiful bedrooms on the first floor with ensuite bathrooms complete with roll-tops baths.

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Spend your days relaxing or exploring the glorious Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. At low tide you can walk across to Dale (only 4 miles by road); a pretty waterside village and beach which is popular with sailors and water sport enthusiasts because of its sheltered harbour. Refresh after your walk at the waterside pub, The Griffin Inn, recently voted the Best Seafood Restaurant in 2016. There are also village pubs serving food in St Ishmaels and in the neighbouring village of Marloes. Take your pick from a number of beautiful beaches to visit including Lindsway Bay, West Dale, Musslewick and Marloes Sands. Martins Haven is the embarkation point for boat trips to the neighbouring RSPB islands of Skomer, Stokholm and Grassholm. A visit to see the puffins, seals and shearwaters should not be missed.

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If you’re a wildlife lover, you’ll be happy hear that wading birds and wildfowl are attracted to the feeding grounds of the little estuary’s saltmarsh and the Gann itself. With autumn approaching you may spot whimbrel and hundreds of migrant finches and pipits that visit the area, whilst during the summer shelduck, oystercatchers, snipe redshank and greenshank are regular visitors! During winter months, you’ll find several hundred curlew that roost on the Gann. Follow the route and you’ll further stumble upon the little bay of Monk Haven, which was given its name from an early Christian monastery that was thought to be close by. The haven used to be a landing point for pilgrims travelling to St. Davids!

For more information on this incredible property click here, or call 01437 765 765.  

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