It can be strange can’t it, this ole thing called life. So many twists and turns. Well a strangers kindness provided us with a tranquil escape in Pembrokeshire, that we perhaps didn’t realise quite how much we needed. Nik and I have always found that being surrounded by nature is restorative and restful, and the beautiful bolt hole in Pembrokeshire that we have just returned from gave us that in abundance.
Danclawdd Cottage, situated in the heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside, right on Pembrokeshire National Park’s doorstep and nestled at the foot of the Preseli Hills, was truly the break we needed. The owners, Emma and Richard kindly invited us to stay after Niks cancer returned. I had been talking to Emma for a while on twitter, and was overwhelmed when she reached out to me with the invite. That shows you the beautiful people that they are, and why they have thought of everything to make a stay here wonderful for all of their guests. Let me tell you about this gorgeous self-catering little escape.
The drive from Essex to Wales is a pretty long one. I feel that Nik felt he was living his best life. I sang him a medley of songs from anything from Beyonce, (to fully show my vocal range) to Don McLean (no one sings Bye Bye miss American Pie quite like me) for the full 4.5 hours. He seemed to enjoy it so much, staring straight ahead, his knuckles going white from gripping the steering wheel. That’s all the signs of joy right???
Crossing the Prince Charles Bridge into Wales was a welcome sight. Our accommodation for the next 5 days was approximately an hour from the bridge, in the village of Maenclochog, so we were on the home straight. As we moved further into the Welsh countryside, the roads became smaller and more winding, the hills became higher, and the views become more spectacular. Although Nik and I had both been to Wales before, mine was no further than the Bridge (we stayed in the Celtic Manor when Nik was playing golf) and Nik’s was on his stag do! Neither of us saw much of Wales itself so it felt like our first visit.
The drive through the Welsh villages of Pembrokeshire was a delight. The traditional stone cottages that you think of with Wales were flanking the roads, rolling hills and green wherever you looked. You felt your shoulders start to loosen and drop the further you drove in. We followed the fantastic directions given to us by Emma, our cottage owner, and were soon pulling off the road, onto a hollyhock lined lane. We soon came to Danclawdd Cottage, and a grinning and waving Emma, (the cottage owner) to greet us. With nothing but fields surrounding the cottage, we knew we had found a place to pause, take a breath, and just calm, and we were so incredibly grateful to Emma and Richard for inviting us.
The Cottage – Our Tranquil Escape in Pembrokeshire
So, Danclawdd cottage, a converted 17th Century Welsh longhouse, is perfectly placed in the grounds of the home owned by Emma and Richard. Their home, a traditional Welsh stone cottage is near by, so both properties are surrounded by the ten acres of land, and complete with rescue sheep that keep an eye on proceedings! I loved my morning chats with those girls…
I absolutely loved the peace and quiet of the cottage, and sat outside with my cup of tea every morning just enjoying it. There is total silence of a night time. It was amazing. Our temporary residence is a gorgeous white cottage, with pots of flowering plants greeting you on the doorstep, and beautiful blue painted windows and door.
Inside the cottage, a hallway leads to the door of an open plan space. High, vaulted ceilings with huge wooden beams let the light flood into the cottage, aided by the several velux roof windows set in the roof. The seating and living area is to the right, kitchen area to the left and dining table just ahead of you.
A corridor leading off of this spacious open plan area takes you to the bathroom and the cottages large bedroom. The bathroom has a large bath, which was a huge bonus for me. I love a bubble bath at the end of a day exploring. There is also a fab shower too. In the bedroom, I was so excited to see that the window had far reaching views over the grounds. I just knew it was going to be gorgeous to wake up to that view.
The cottage has everything that you could possibly need for your stay, and no details are overlooked. The seating area has a wood burner, complete with a basket of logs should the evening turn chilly, a book case filled with books and DVD’s, as well as board games and local magazines. There are also plenty of leaflets giving you details of what you can do around Pembrokeshire. For those of us that struggle to totally go off grid, although the cottage is away from noise and bustle, you still have all the things we need these days like wifi, freeview tv and mobile signal! The best of both words!
When we arrived, Emma had kindly put a pint of milk in the fridge, along with some crackers and bread rolls should we arrive hungry. The well equipped kitchen had everything you need, even a coffee maker if you like your coffee freshly brewed! There was nothing that we needed, that the cottage did not provide. Every detail had been considered, so it was just move in and enjoy!
The location of the cottage means that you are well placed to explore this part of Wales with no problem. The beautiful Welsh coast, with Strumble Head lighthouse, St Davids and the beautiful beaches like Mwnt were a short drive in one direction, or you could go even deeper into the countryside driving in the other. We did both, and I will tell you all about that in my next post!
Danclawdd Cottage is available through AirBnB, (see it here) or the cottage has its own website you can access here. (I actually have a code that gives you up to £34 off an AirBnB booking, see it here) It truly is the perfect tranquil escape in Pembrokeshire, and I would fully recommend it to anyone. Emma and Richard are the perfect hosts, full of local information and recommendations should you need any. You can totally switch off here, wrapping yourself in the beautiful countryside with easily accessible stunning walks and hikes, or immersing yourself in village life in the two local villages. Or, if exploring is your thing, then like us, use it as a perfect base to get out and about in the area.
The perfect getaway right? What do you think? Does the idea of switching off for a while appeal to you? Do you like to be surrounded by peace and quiet? Have you ever stayed somewhere that gives you the ability to totally go off grid for a while sound good? Have you used AirBnB before (it was our first time) I would love to know what you think.
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