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The Anchorage

Holiday Home in Sandy Haven

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About The Anchorage

Once a pair of stone cottages in the Pembrokeshire National Park, The Anchorage has been rebuilt to preserve the original form with stone faced walls. It is a spacious, modern detached house set in two acres which stretches up the bank behind; it nestles in the sheltered valley of Sandy Haven right on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path just 50 yards from the water at high tide making it ideal for boating, kayaking and water enthusiasts. At low tide have a go at trying to catch crabs from the footbridge.

Comfortably furnished throughout in a contemporary style with a sailing theme and practical laminate flooring. The open plan living space has a modern fitted kitchen, large dining table for great family meals and snug sofas to relax on, while the spacious bedrooms offer a welcome retreat. The beautifully planted, patio garden is an ideal sheltered spot to enjoy an alfresco meal. The extensive grounds offer some wonderful picnic spots, explore the woodland trail up the hillside and admire the views to the estuary, play in Fort Sandy above the house and admire the miniature Stonehenge with its standing stones.

Ideal for boating, kayaking and water enthusiasts, walk over the cliff tops on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path to Lindsway Beach only 1 mile away, while there is a pub recommended for food in St Ishmaels. Marloes offers a variety of pubs and cafes as well as a choice of beaches.

A magical holiday home ideal for families and friends to enjoy a break and truly relax.

Things to do:


Sea kayaking is a growing popular sport in Pembrokeshire. The 1.4 mile long tidal creek of Sandy Haven (high tide line is 50 meters from The Anchorage) is an ideal sheltered place to take out children as the shore is never far away. For the more experienced kayaker there is the shore of the Milford Haven Waterway to explore. Immediately west of the entrance to Sandy Haven creek there are three secluded beaches backed by tall cliffs that are accessible only by boat from the sea. If Great Castle Head is rounded then the sands of Lindsway Bay lie ahead, but being opposite to the two-mile wide entrance to the Milford Haven Waterway, are exposed to some Atlantic swell and there is often a surf running on the beach which makes landing and getting off an interesting experience. At high tide there is a mile long section of seacliffs to the east of Sandy Haven to explore for interesting items along the high tide line. To paddle along these cliffs in a summer fog is interesting as many of the rocks have Cormorants perched on them and they loom unexpectedly out of the sea mist. (The beach at Kilroon Bay makes a good stopping place to stretch legs).

Sea Fishing

The western headlands from Freshwater West in the south, the Dale Peninsula and especially around St. Davids provide some of the best sea fishing in Wales. Bass, Flatfish and Mackerel are caught in summer and in winter in the estuaries Flounder, Cod and Whiting. Mullet can be caught throughout the year. Sea fishing trips by boat are available through the summer from Saundersfoot, Tenby, Neyland, Dale, Solva, St. Davids and Fishguard. Short trips of an hour result in Mackerel, but longer offshore trips to reefs and wreck sites produce Turbot, Ling, Conger, Bream, Ray and Pollock. Sightings of Dolphins, Porpoise and Whales are not uncommon and Sharks and Turtles are also seen. At Sandy Haven creek, Bass and Mullet are commonly caught from the rocks near the entrance to the creek.

Bird Watching

Pembrokeshire with is vast coastline with extensive cliffs, sheltered bays and exposed headlands, its offshore islands and its estuaries and tidal creeks is a wonderful place to see bird life. Herring gulls are common and their cries can be heard throughout the town of Milford Haven. Although their numbers today are much reduced from the days of the big fishing port, they are still common along the sea front at Milford Haven and have learned to spot the tourist eating a picnic and have also discovered those houses with friendly retired people. Large numbers of Jackdaws, Blackbirds, Thrushes, Starlings and Woodpigeons are common sights. Over the past few years Swans have been gathering in Sandy Haven creek and reached 22 in number in Spring 2012. Spring visitors are Swallows, Warblers and many sea birds. Summer is a good time to see the sea bird colonies. During winter in the estuaries and rivers there are Wild fowl, Waders, Slavion greebs, Great northern divers and Little egrets. Inland Peregrines, Merlins and Hen harriers hunt across the County and often disturb flocks of Lapwings and Golden plovers.

Strumble Head near Fishguard is the finest place in Pembrokeshire (islands aside) for watching sea bird and marine mammals. In spring and autumn it is a great place to watch for migrating birds with Auks, Skuas, Petrels and many types of wildfowl.

Skomer island is easily reached by boat from Martins Haven and has the largest colony of Manx shearwaters in the world (120,000 pairs). There are also Puffins (6,000 pairs), Guillemots (10,000 pairs), Razorbills, Choughs and Short-eared owls. The boats from Martins Haven also visit Skokholm and Grassholm islands. Skokholm has Puffins (2,000 pairs), Manx shearwaters (45,000 pairs), Guillemots, Razorbills, Storm petrels and Choughs. Accomodation for 15 bird watchers is available on the island, but is usually booked for some years in advance. Grassholm is 11 miles offshore and has the only Gannet colony in Wales. It has Gannets (65,000), Guillemots, and Razorbills. Ramsay island is accessible by boat for day trips from St. Justinians harbour near St. Davids, it has Razorbills, Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Shags, Choughs and Peregrine falcons. There are rigid inflatable boats from Neyland that visit Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm in a single trip.


Within a mile of the sea/water Detached Has Parking No Smoking Bath Shower Cubicle 2 + Double Beds 2 Twin Bedrooms Full Central Heating Internet Access Washing Machine Dishwasher Freezer DVD Garden Furniture Towels For Hire Games Room 4 Baths/Showers Ensuite Facilities Access to Coastal Path Near Boat Launching

Layout & Facilities

Ground Floor: Hall, open plan lounge/kitchen/diner, utility room, shower room/whb/wc, bathroom/shower attachment/whb/wc, 2 twin rooms, double room.

First Floor: Double room/ensuite bathroom/whb/wc, twin room/ensuite bathroom/whb/wc, galleried play area.

Parking: Ample on drive for car and boat trailer.

Facilities: Electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, 3 TVs/DVD players, music system, WiFi, garden furniture. Storage for kayaks, bikes etc.

Pets: No

Pet Notes: No.

Fuel Charges

Heating: Oil central heating.

Fuel Charges: Electricity & Oil: FREE.

Access Statement

This Access Statement has been prepared by the owner for your information; it is the most recent version that we have received. This statement has been prepared as objectively as possible, however with such a wide remit oversights may be made.

Please ensure all crucial requirements for a safe and enjoyable holiday are present so if you have any queries whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01437 767600.

The property is approached via a B-road. The main entrance has stone gateposts and a box containing a large lifebelt labelled ‘Anchorage, Sandy Haven’. There is ample parking space on asphalt and a lot of grass parking for boat and trailer. The main entrance door is on the end of the house opposite the garage. Two other doors open onto a brick patio garden in front of the house. It has the appearance of the original pair of cottages but inside is one large spacious house. A wooden wheel chair ramp can be found alongside the main entrance for use with the single 9 inch step. Guests will be met by the owner who will assist with luggage. Ground floor facilities include 3 bedrooms, bathroom and a shower room and a large open plan living space lounge/kitchen/diner with tables and seating for 10 guests. The house has recessed ceiling lights. Upstairs there is a galleried play room with toys and safety gates. The garden is one acre with a brick patio with raised garden boxes and garden furniture, lawn and wooded side of valley with children’s fort and camping area. A second garden also of one acre extent is separated by unlocked gates and visitors are welcome to have access to this also. There is external lighting around the outside of the house operated by indoor switches and the parking area has a light activated by motion. There is an outside water tap and hose for washing wet suits and kayaks and wall hooks for hanging wet suits. Clothes lines are at one end of the house. There is no public transport on the Dale Peninsula except for the Puffin Shuttle service – a small bus operated by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Fords family

Returned for the 5th year, running, with extra Grandson called Otto. Seal pups were a great attraction!!

Burton and Hilton Family

What a great week!! We 7 have had walking, talking,looking and cooking. Hope to return for two weeks

The Pullens, Bartletts and Mascalls

We have loved it here in this peaceful part of the county Thank you.

Mc Midiny

This was ideal house for children and the location, children enjoyed crabbing, biking and the fort

Ten Musicians

The rose garden of the Anchorage is a wonderful place for breakfast, drinking wine and conversation. All around this place you can find the most picturesque villages and little towns and the best of all - the Coast path with its cliffs, bays and clear water where you can swim if you are a hardened viking. And after a sporty day you will go back to the house and find everything to relax. And first of all, making music with our instruments under the roof. Diolch yn Fawr!

The Dalby's, Voyce's and Dixon's

A fabulous place for a family holiday. Kayaking and swimming in the week at high tide was fantastic. We can recommend the Griffin Inn at Dale for seafood.

The Lamberts

A week of Pembrokeshire weather at its very very best, sun everyday, no rain and almost no clouds. A house built with love - a one off, what a location and garden. Something for everyone, hide and seek, eating alfresco. Our favourite beaches Marloes, Barafundle, Lydstep. Recommend boat trip around Skomer, Thank you.

The Ford Family

Fantastic week, last of the Summer sunshine - Marloes sands stunning and the surf was up. 6 Grandsons loved crabbing, rock pooling and nature walks. Cottage was very comfortable and homely. We especially loved the fort, Thank you.

The Haselgrove's and Endersby's

Great week exploring the area, lovely dinner at Brook Inn and The Griffin Inn, would recommend booking if there is a large number of you. Kids loved Broad Haven beach, had great fish and chips from the cafe.

The Sharpes, Nevilles and Imms

Lovely holiday, and an excellent meal at The Griffin Inn and The Brook Inn. Cosy and comfy house, loads of space and a great sun trap by the well, Thank you.

The Packer Family

Warm welcome from John, variable weather but Pembrokeshire always beckoning. Great house and location.

The Shapley Family

Something for everybody and everyday a revelation, Thanks. My favourite part of the holiday was when I went in the sea and body boarding at Newgale (Alex, aged 10) and James (aged 4) loved the fort and exploring the garden.

The Dixon Family

A fabulous place for a family holiday , Kayaking and swimming in the week, at high tide was fantastic we can recommend the griffin inn at Dale for seafood not cheap but worth it!. July 9th - 16th 2016


Relaxed Week walking and beaching- walked to Lindsway bay and visited Tenby and Barafundle bay St Davids to do a treasure hunt,Enjoyed visiting Skomer serious games of Articulate and boggle.. We still had some summer sunshine Thankfully! 10-17th Sept 2016

Powell, Gage & Cross

Amazing house, fab location. All ages loved the crabbing bridge, lovely beaches near by!! Nice Garden

McWilliams, Grenhams & Martins

What a lovely house in a fabulous location. Loved the crabbing bridge. No rain luckly so lots of beach time, lindsway beach is worth the steps!

Sharpe & Imms

Fabulous, anglers heaven!

Birkin Family

Great place to stay. Had a lovely week- loads of paddling in sea, even had loads of sunshine


Lovely house in a fantastic location we had a great week the kids loved the bridge!! Thanks

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