Living The Coastal Cottage Life In South Wales

Cwtch (Welsh pronunciation: [kʊtʃ]) means ‘cuddle’ in Welsh and this is exactly the feeling you get staying at the gorgeous Gwestyr Wennol Cottage in Trefin, Pembrokeshire. Surrounded by stunning scenery and a myriad of coastal walks, the cottage is a warm hug of a house that makes the ideal family getaway. 

I visited with my husband and two sons and it really did feel like a real home-away-from home. Both the accommodation and the area proved a huge hit with my husband and I and our two boys – here’s what makes Gwestyr Wennol Cottage such a great base to experience a weekend of relaxed, coastal living as a family at this beautiful coastal cottage.

Cosy Cottage Life With Luxurious Touches

You’ll discover Gwestyr Wennol Cottage tucked away down a private driveway in the gorgeous little village of Trefin and it is a real gem of a place. 

Firstly, the amount of space offered in the cottage itself is a huge advantage. With three large bedrooms, a living room, a cosy snug, plus an extremely well-equipped kitchen and very large garden. There is so much room for all the family to spread out or come together as needed. This is a big bonus for families like ours, as varying ages means flexibility of the available space is much appreciated. 

The large garden looks out over uninterrupted, sprawling views of beautiful Welsh countryside. You can also enjoy this from inside the cottage, through large windows giving stunning views that can be enjoyed from the main living room, master bedroom and kitchen. Or for ultimate luxury and relaxation, you can sink into the large hot tub which is the ideal spot from which to drink in the gorgeous Pembrokeshire countryside. 

The hot tub was already hot and waiting to be used upon arrival, so we jumped straight in, which was a great way to start the weekend. For our sons aged 7 and 9, it comes as no surprise that it was this hot tub that was the real star, however touches like building blocks in the bedroom were very much enjoyed by my youngest, plus the massive variety of DVDs stocked in the living room (for all ages), and multiple board games available for use, were a hit with all of us and indicative of the thoughtful touches that were present throughout.

The décor throughout the cottage was modern and fresh, with a nod to whimsical beach chic; I loved the beachcomber aesthetic that gently ran throughout the rooms. 

The log burner in the snug and all furniture and fittings were of extremely high quality. A special mention to the bathrooms and kitchen as the quality of the fittings and appliances was first rate. Plus, the kitchen was stocked with all the crockery, cutlery and accessories you could possibly need which makes preparing meals whilst at the cottage an absolute breeze.

Coastal Cottages have been helping guests plan trips to Pembrokeshire for nearly 40 years and it certainly shows. 

Their attention to detail shines; from the very helpful detailed maps, local contacts and things to do that are carefully documented and waiting for you on the hall table; through to the local treats waiting in the fridge. We also opted to have a celebration hamper waiting upon arrival (note: this is an additional cost of £50) but it was a lovely way to be welcomed to our long weekend as it included treats like Welsh Cakes and sweet treats from independent local suppliers, locally sourced ciders and even branded plastic Prosecco glasses that are ideal for use in the cottage’s hot tub.

Cottage highlights include:

  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 Star Rating
  • Dog Friendly
  • Hot Tub (additional £100, book in advance)
  • Short Walk to beach
  • Woodburner
  • Rear lawned garden
  • Short walk to pub
  • Near the Coast Path
  • Barbecue

A Great Base For Exploring Pembrokeshire

What is truly wonderful about Gwestyr Wennol Cottage is just how close it is to Aberfelin Cove and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. It is a 5 minutes’ walk through the small, picturesque village of Trefin (look out for the cute mini library within the old-fashioned phone box!) before you come to the beach at Aberferlin. An idyllic setting that takes you back to nature and allows space to reconnect as a family in what feels like a return to traditional coastal holidays, full of rope swings, beach combing and rock pools.

The beach is a gorgeous sand and shingle beach. The rock pools become exposed at low tide and provided hours of fun and we all enjoyed walking the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and heading out to explore this stunning coastline on foot. We walked one of the shorter coastal path routes (using the maps provided by Coastal Cottages in our cottage), and it was the perfect distance and difficulty for primary school age children; not too demanding and providing some awe-inspiring coastal views.

The cottage is also only a few minutes to the local Trefin village pub, The Ship Inn, which was warm, quaint, welcoming to families and offers great quality pub food should you wish to eat out.

If you’re wanting to venture further afield, you can drive 15 minutes by car to visit the historic tiny City of St Davids, or the famous Whitesands Beach – named officially one of the best beaches – is beautiful and is about 10 minutes by car, too.

The Verdict

If you are looking for a great getaway to fully immerse yourself in relaxed, coastal living, then Gwestyr Wennol Cottage in Trefin, Pembrokeshire is an ideal destination. 

For more details or to book your stay, visit: Coastal Cottages.

Review and images by Victoria Reddington @vic_reddington

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