Meet the owner of The Coach House and her lovely llamas!

We have a lovely and varied range of cottages on our website, all with their own highlights and attractions as a holiday destination, and each with a different history. Each cottage has an enthusiastic owner with their own story to tell. Here we talk to Ann Davies about her Pembrokeshire cottage for two, The Coach House, and the unusual livestock on her small farm.

Ann Davies and her llamas, paddling in the sea under a blue sky at Poppit Sands

Ann and her llamas at Poppit Sands

Ann’s property is an 18th-century converted stone coach house, situated in quiet countryside near St Dogmaels on the Pembrokeshire coast. Comfortable and cosy, with a quirky upside-down plan and entry on the second floor, it is in a great location for relaxing and watching the local wildlife. The River Teifi with countryside behind and boats on the river

The Coach House can be found on a peaceful, picturesque spot, on the owner’s working sheep farm, where she also keeps llamas and horses. The area is great for walking and riding, located close to the Preseli Hills, and near to where the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and northern route of the Wales Coast Path meet.

Local attractions include outdoor pursuits such as dolphin-watching, kayaking, horse riding and golf, while you can also enjoy yourself at the many local historical sites such as St Dogmaels Abbey, the amenities to be found in the historic town of Cardigan, and the lovely beaches from only three miles away.

The Coach House

The upstairs living room in the Coach House

What is the story behind The Coach House?
The Coach House was converted into a holiday letting cottage in 1988, from an original coach house. It was so designed as to make the best of the surrounding countryside, as the open plan lounge/kitchen areas has varied views from the upstairs windows, with the bedroom being downstairs.

The property forms part of my small holding at Colwyn, St Dogmaels, which has a long history – a battle between the English and Welsh took place here in the 11th century. Colwyn is at least 500 years old and is surrounded by 33 acres of permanent grazing for breeding sheep. They share the farm with 2 horses, a pony and 4 llamas. Colwyn is also a former mill, and includes the remains of the mill leat and mill race, with the millstones and wheel scrapped in the 1960’s.ceibwr-2VWa

What do visitors like to do when they stay at The Coach House?
Most visitors come to enjoy the peace and quiet The Coach House has to offer. Walking the
Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a favourite and they are keen to see the Cardigan Bay dolphins and seals. Many enjoy a day on the beach at Poppit Sands and other picturesque bays within easy reach. Other guests are fascinated by the variety of wildlife, birds and bats, as well as stargazing. Most visitors like to meet the llamas, and are interested to learn about them, and possibly take them for walks in our quiet lanes tracks and to the village, where they attract a lot of attention.

Llamas in a grassy field

Ann Davies’ llamas at home

Can you tell us a bit about owning llamas and how you came to share your life with them on the farm?
The suggestion to have some llamas came from my sister, who said they have lovely eyes and would look nice in the fields by the house. So I did some research, and hey ho, there were llamas for sale locally. They are great fun and never fail to make you smile; visitors have the opportunity to take them out walking. I have enjoyed showing them, successfully winning rosettes. They are great field managers in that they eat unwanted vegetation, and they are supposed to be guard animals at lambing time, but I think they are too used to seeing foxes, and badgers.

People ask me about the fibre (fleece but that is incorrect!) – I have a spinning wheel and I’m attempting to spin enough to knit a hat. Their fibre can also be woven into small rugs that are very hard wearing.

A picnic bench in the foreground next to a river, flowing below trees and a castle on a hilltop.

The Teifi below Cilgerran Castle

If you were a visitor to The Coach House, what would you do on an ideal day?
Personally I would explore the local area and take a walk on the coastal path, or in the Preseli Hills, seeking out historical sights of which there are many. There are some woodland walks nearby and the river gorge below Cilgerran Castle is well worth a visit. For the more adventurous, a trip to St Davids and the South Pembrokeshire coast is only an hour’s drive away, or north towards Aberystwyth makes a good day out.

What do you like best about letting The Coach House?
I have made many new friends of guests that have stayed in The Coach House. I enjoy meeting new people and sharing the wonderful environment of West Wales, and that they go home feeling relaxed and satisfied with what I have on offer here. I have a lot of local knowledge and can pass onto visitors the best places to visit. It’s very satisfying to know that most visitors to The Coach House appreciate the beauty of the area and express a desire to return.

Check availability and find out more about The Coach House.

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Travelling through history with the Archwilio app

If you are exploring Welsh archaeology, researching a site you have visited, or are out and about and want to know what lies under and above ground around you, this new app will come in handy!

Stone circle on empty moorland

Bedd Arthur Stone Circle, Preseli Hills

An online mobile introduction to Welsh heritage

The Archwilio app provides you with more information on sites in your area, combining a wealth of information with GPS. Available for smartphones and tablets, it allows you to search thousands of records of historical and archaeological sites and explore the past environment in real space and time.

Developed by the Welsh Archaeological Trusts, in conjunction with CEMAS (CEM Analytical Services), it is available for free download. When travelling away from mobile coverage, you can also store the site information on the app to use when out and about.

Mwnt hill with the church beach and the sea to the right

So come to West Wales, and find your ideal holiday cottage from which to explore our history! Choose your perfect West Wales cottage now.

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Explore West Wales’ magical Christmas markets

Christmas is little over a month away but don’t worry if you haven’t started your shopping yet, there are some magical Christmas markets on the horizon in West Wales.

Father Christmas surrounded by lights The opportunity to visit some magnificent and historic properties, sort out the Christmas shopping and enjoy delicious local food and drink all at the same time is what I love about Wales!

Picton Castle’s annual Christmas Market is on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November from 10.30am – £7 per person, under 15s £4, under 5s free.

Picton Castle behind tree branches with the ground blanketed in snow

With a fantastic range of stalls in the castle this is a magical way to start the season. A Christmas market that isn’t just British, but prides itself on being a very local one. Most stallholders are from Pembrokeshire, offering beautifully handmade wooden toys and crafted candles, tasty cheeses, funky jewellery and ceramics.

Up next is Pembroke Castle where the doors are open into the evenings: 25 and 26 November, 10am – 8pm, and 27 November 10am – 4pm.

Entry is free and the charge of £1 per child for Santa’s Grotto will be donated to charity.
Where else will you see Santa abseil down an 80ft keep?

Christmas cookies in a jar and cup cakes surrounded by festive decorations

Llanerchaeron is hosting their Christmas Food and Craft Fair on 5 and 6 December, 11.00am – 4.00pm. £4 per adult, National Trust members and children free.

This is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit with a visit to this wonderful Christmas Fair. Choose a unique gift from over 70 stalls selling the very best of local food and crafts. The house will be decorated for Christmas, there will be a visit from Father Christmas and a treasure hunt for children. ‘Out of town’ shopping at it’s very best!

Aberglasney is holding a Traditional Winter Fair on 2 and 3 December, 9.30am – 3.30pm. From humble beginnings more than 10 years ago in the Gardens’ Tearooms, this annual event is now one of the biggest events of its type with over 100 carefully chosen stalls helping to transform this world-renowned site into a Christmas shopper’s paradise.

Aberglasny gardens in the snow

The Gardens themselves, named by the Royal Horticultural Society as one of the UK’s top 10 formal gardens, will be specially lit and entertainment ranging from traditional choirs to silver bands will perform across the weekend in what will be a winter wonderland.

If you’re imagining yourself wandering around these Christmas markets and you’re hooked on the idea of a magical Christmas here, there’s still time to book your perfect self-catering holiday cottage in West Wales.

I’m really looking forward to the festivities!

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Favourite spots to eat fish and chips!

I love fish and chips and spend some (too many) Friday nights driving up and down the coast looking for a chippy and finding great spots to stop and eat. I tell myself it’s to get out more, but deep down, I know it’s the fish and chips calling my name!

fish and chips in a foam box resting on a pebbles surfaceMy favourite spot EVER is the bench in Aberporth that overlooks the beach and how convenient, the chippy is just across the road.  I have seen many hours pass by from here.

bench overlooking north beach at aberporth with village green opposite and a few white properties

Further afield (from home) is Cwm yr Eglwys in Pembrokeshire.  It’s a great little village and it feels quite quirky.  When I go here I stop in Dinas Cross to collect the goods and then do the 3-minute drive down to Cwm yr Eglwys and park myself once again… on the bench overlooking the beach.

the church ruins at Cwy yr Eglwys, Pembrokeagire with a backdrop of the sea and countryside the other side.

The Moorings in St Dogmaels is perfect a perfect spot to sit and eat your dinner. Bowen’s fish and chip shop in the village is really popular and renowned locally for the excellent food and friendly service. In fact, I live 8 miles away and make the trip often, although there are many other fish and chip shops nearby – it really is worth it!

eating fish and chips at the Moorings, St Dogmaels looking towards the River Teifi

Time this one right and you can drive to Poppit beach which is a few miles down the road. Walk off your fish supper and watch the sun go down!

There’s no reason why you can’t find your own favourite spots.  The next time you’re in West Wales, stop at a chippy and wander about our country lanes for 10 minutes or so, you’re bound to find somewhere spectacular! There’s nothing quite like the cold, crisp air against your face as you take in that aroma of your vinegary treat! Hungry?

For somewhere to stay, browse our collection of self-catering holiday cottages in West Wales.

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We’re living the city life in West Wales!

Over the last few weeks, I’ve come to realise that living in West Wales isn’t that dissimilar to big city life!

Here are 5 reasons why:

1. The commute to work is often crowded and has some sort of hold up!
On the right, passengers on a tube in London, on the left a flock of sheep in the road
2. Friday nights are just so busy…
Crowds in Leicester square on the left and a clear evening perfect for star gazing in West Wales on the left

3. It seems the resident birds are deeply in love! Awww.
two pigeons kissing on the left, two puffins kissing on the right, love birds

4. Life is more often than not on the ‘go slow’
annoyed driver on the left, a woman walking the coast path along Cardigan Bay on the left

5. You’re always on the look out for the local wildlife
rat on the left and pictures of a dolphin and a seal with its pup on the right

Let’s face it, we all need a break from the hustle and bustle so if you fancy trading the tube for the sheep, or the traffic jams for the dramatic coast path, we’ve got lots of cottages in West Wales to choose from.

Hope you enjoyed!

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This guest is so creative!

It’s not every day a cottage owner opens her guestbook to find an illustrated review from her guests. The owner of Old School Barn found this fantastic illustration in hers when her visitors left the property last month.

Dave and his wife Tomo stayed at Old School Barn in September. They said they loved their time there and hope it won’t be their last.

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Our very clever in-house web developer translated their message from Japanese to English for us: “Thank you very much! We loved our stay in the Barn. Hopefully it won’t be our last!! Dave and Tomo 9/9/16.”

Find your perfect holiday cottage in West Wales, and don’t forget to get creative with the guestbook!

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Five fun fact-filled days out

Looking for a day out with a difference? Want to give your children an enjoyable experience by learning through play or experience? To learn a subject and remember it well, why not live it!?

While holidays are all about having fun, you may wish for something more educational for your children. Whether providing some extra-curricular learning, or giving your children an experience to reinforce what they have learned in school or at home, there are some great sites in West Wales which provide fantastic insights into a range of subjects for all ages.

Here are five ideas which we think would appeal to your children and also give them a great educational experience, and a chance to learn something new:

1. Castell Henllys3 boys with blue celtic style painted faces having fun at Castell Henllys

Forget the classroom: come and experience history as real life! Once a part of the Demetae tribe with up to 100 villagers, Castell Henllys is a reconstructed Iron Age Village and hillfort that has been rebuilt exactly where it once stood, with large roundhouses and real Iron Age pigs!

See how villagers lived here over 2000 years ago, and experience their lifestyle at first hand whilst inspiring your children to learn and spark their imagination through re-enactment and hands-on activities.

With living history activities, you can learn how to be an Iron Age Warrior, hear stories of the past around the campfire, discover how the buildings themselves were made, and watch a woodsman in action. Other attractions include a sculpture trail, wildlife walks including Bats and Otters, costumed guided tours, craft demonstrations and seasonal events such as Roman Day and a Wildlife Watch day.

Facilities include a Visitor Centre, Café and Shop. There are two car parks and good facilities for disabled visitors. Open all year round 10.00-5.00, apart from Christmas and New Year.

Also visit: Pentre Ifan Neolithic Burial Chamber; Gors Fawr Stone Circle with views of the Preselis.

Stay at: Penpedwast Lower Barn; The Vestry; or another pretty cottage in North Pembrokeshire!

For information and prices visit the Castell Henllys website or call 01239 891319.

2. The Silver Mountain Experience3 young men/boys working in a mine inear the Cambrain Mountains when it was operational

Llywernog Silver-Lead Mine is a combination of a former mine and Lord Of The Rings brought to life. Near Aberystwyth, it was founded in 1742 and transformed into the mythical wonderland it is today in 2012. An out-of-this-world experience, it has many different aspects to appeal to your children.

Fun educational features include a restored mine and its buildings and equipment, mine shafts and giant waterwheel. There are also a wide range of activities such as bushcraft skills, panning for Fool’s Gold and dam-building.

There is a range of other exciting opportunities to inspire your imagination: find the dragon on an adventure trail; build dens in Woo Hoo Wood where there are also adventure trails and a maze; explore Silver River play area with a water channel system to splash around in; or play games on Shroomy Hill. Special events include a Dragon Egg Hunt, Summer Ghost Walks and Halloween Horror Mazes. For the brave amongst you, try the Black Chasm and face your fears in the dark in this terrifying attraction.

Open March to October, with guided tours available. Amenities include Coffee Shop with hot and cold snacks, Picnic Areas, Gift Shop, and free parking.

Also visit: Dolaucothi Gold Mines; Colby Woodland Gardens and its deserted coal mine.

Stay at: remote Tynyfron; Hen Ysgubor; or another lovely cottage in the Cambrian Mountains.

For information and prices visit the Silver Mountain Experience website or call 01970 890620.

3. A bushcraft and wild food experienceA close up of hands holding 8 wild mushrooms

Forest schools and learning bushcraft are becoming a part of our children’s education. Discovering where our food comes from, practising survival skills, and respecting nature while living off the land are great activities for the young – and are brilliant ways to have fun outdoors as well!

Bushcraft takes you back to basics, sparking your imagination whilst trying new things, all with a professional on hand. Activities include making fire, building shelter, finding water, wildlife awareness, animal tracking, nature walks and archery. Whether you fancy a family outing, or a great experience for a group of children, there are a number of choices available.

Buzzard Chris Bushcraft is in South Pembrokeshire, and offers a range of different courses. Dryad Bushcraft is based near West Wales on the Gower Peninsular, and runs a family bushcraft camp.

Some organisations can also take you for a meal from the outdoors. With wild food foraging, your children can find fresh food and herbs from a variety of places, as well as learning how to prepare and cook them.

Funghi Forays are based in the Elan Valley and offer a chance to learn about the wild mushrooms available out there. Wild About Pembrokeshire can take you out foraging along the seashore or down hedgerows, to learn about what to eat and how to cook it. Wild Pickings is based in Cardigan and runs courses which children can join too.

4. New Quay Honey FarmHoney bees in a bee hive on a honeyconb

Why not come for an educational yet tasty experience! Set in the beautiful Ceredigion countryside across which their hives are spread, New Quay Honey Farm combines an informative day out with the opportunity to treat your family.

Learn how bees live, hives work and honey is produced, or search for the queen bee and watch her lay her eggs. Also learn about their tropical ant colony. The farm produces a range of honey, including set or runny, heather, mountain or wildflower. It also has a Meadery where its own honey is turned into mead with several flavours available, and where you can learn about the process and the history of Welsh mead, the oldest known alcoholic drink.

The Tearoom serves homemade cakes, cream teas and ice creams, including honey flavoured ice cream! There is also a Wildlife Garden, Picnic Area, Visitor Centre and Shop, selling their honey, mead, and beeswax products such as candles, cosmetics and polish.

The Live Bee Exhibition is open from May to October, where you can watch the bees at work behind glass and begin to understand a day in the life of a worker, drone or queen bee. There are also exhibitions and courses available including Beekeeping and Cookery Courses. Open Easter to October, closed Sundays and Mondays (apart from Bank Holidays).

Also visit: Brynderi Honey Farm for homemade ice creams and sorbets; Caws Cenarth Creamery for delicious local cheeses and how they are made.

Stay at: Penyrallt Cottage; Fronnant, or one of the other lovely cottages in the Cardigan Bay area.

For information and prices visit the New Quay Honey Farm website or call 01545 560822.

5. WWT Llanelli Wetlands CentreA flamingo stood in water looking down on its chick

Come for an adventure in the great outdoors where you can meet the wildlife up close. Llanelli Wetlands Centre has a great assortment of ducks, swans and geese to meet – and feed by hand! There are exotic Caribbean Flamingos, Butterflies, Dragonflies, as well as a host of other birds and wildlife to spot around the site – and with recent sightings posted to let you know what to look out for.

With 450 acres of wildlife-packed wetlands to explore, complete with paths, Nature Trails and Viewing Tower, your children will learn a lot and play a lot! There are a range of hides to watch birds and wildlife from, with views of marshland and the estuary. Try the Swans Nest Maze and spot the eggs, or the Water Vole City with its winding tunnels to crawl through. There are seasonal activities during the holidays or at weekends – build a den, try pond-dipping or a variety of indoor crafts.

Open 9.30-5.00, all year round, with Café, Shop, free parking, good transport links and disabled access across the site, with great facilities for disabled visitors.

Also visit: The Welsh Wildlife Centre; Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

Stay at: Trepartridge Cottage or another one of our Carmarthenshire cottages.

For information and prices visit the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust website or call 01554 741087.

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The best places to spot autumn colour in West Wales

One of the most spectacular sights on a blowy autumn day – and a highlight of the year – is the expanse of colour produced by woodlands during this season. Something to brighten our days with the dark of winter looming ahead!4 people on an autumnal sunset walk

Here in West Wales there are a host of sites for you to visit, beautiful woodlands to walk among, and vistas to gaze at. Creating a grand spectacle particularly where there are large numbers of the right kinds of tree, the leaves start to turn in September and continue through October.

Places to visit

Why not go for an autumn walk, whether in natural woodland or one of the many formal gardens?

Newton House in the distance behind autumn leaves

Dinefwr Park

For golden beech leaves, visit the Hafod Estate near Aberystwyth, with its eerily beautiful river, and waterfalls, gorges and hillsides buried under the canopy. There are tracks and trails winding through the woods at Bwlch Nant yr Arian as well as a Visitor Centre and views of Red Kites, and the 18th-century landscape at Dinefwr Park is perfect for an autumn stroll.

Acer leaves against a blue sky

Acers

Acers and Dogwoods brighten up the woodland walks at Colby Woodland Gardens. There are three ancient woodlands of native trees at Green Castle Woods, near Carmarthen, while the Elan Valley’s beautiful displays are set off by its reservoirs and rivers.

For a more formal setting, the display of Nissa, Cornus and Sorrel trees at Aberglasney are a lovely sight, while the Acers, Maples, Crab Apples and exotic Katsura Tree at the National Botanic Gardens are a must-see.

To see all these and much much more, why not book a holiday in one of our beautiful holiday cottages in West Wales.

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Dog-friendly walking holidays in West Wales

Now that the summer is out of the way and we head into autumn, it’s the best time to start planning your walking holiday with your most loved companion!

Beach restrictions are lifted at the end of September, the weather is cooler and the area is generally a little quieter, perfect for a last minute break to the coast.black and white whippet on cliff path

If you’re planning on getting away, we’ve got tons of dog-friendly cottages to choose from, and you can book direct with the owner, too – super easy!

Hit the coast path4 images, one of a black and white whippet stood near a beach, another of a fluffy white dog carrying a stick in its mouth, another of the coastline in Ceredigion and one of the witches cauldron in Pembrokeshire

Ceredigion: Bottlenose dolphins and seals are popular on the coast of Cardigan Bay. The Ceredigion coast path is renowned for its mixture of landscapes to include dramatic high cliffs, sandy bays and many interesting spots along the way such as Borth’s sunken forest. For more information and to plan your route see our guide to walking the Ceredigion coast path.

Pembrokeshire: Quite a few walking boots have been worn out over the years since the Pembrokeshire coastal path first opened, and we’re not surprised, it’s absolutely stunning! Many are tempted here every year to experience the dramatic coastline. A wonderful walk discovering some of the diamonds of Pembrokeshire’s treasure chest makes a perfect day out. Use our guide to walking the Pembrokeshire coast path to plan your trip and get prepared.

Carmarthenshire: Carmarthenshire has a continuous route all the way along its coast. Popular spots include Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse, near Laugharne and the view of Kidwelly’s medieval castle. There are many glorious and varied beaches along the way, prefect cooling off points for you and your dog! Carmarthenshire Bay is one of the most important conservation areas in Wales. To plan your walk, use our guide to walking the Carmarthenshire coast path.

Whichever West Wales county you choose to base yourself in for your walking holiday with your dog, we’re 99% certain this is how he or she will appear at the end of your stay!black and white whippet asleep in garden

 Tips for walking the coast path with your dog:

  • Keep your dog on a lead in areas of exposed cliff edges
  • Take a small container and bottle of water in your bag as some sections have no access to drinking water
  • Make sure you check the route before you go, some have stiles with no provisions for dog access, unless you can haul your dog over, you may want to choose an alternative
  • If your dog somehow ends up in the water or stuck in mud, don’t go in after him/her – move to a safe area and call your dog, chances are he/she will come to you
  • If you’re worried call 999 and ask for the Coastguard

Most of all, have fun! Dogs love a good outing and what better way than walking the out-of-this-world coastline of West Wales?

Choose your perfect dog-friendly holiday cottage here.

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Win a holiday at Brig-y-don in Llangrannog!

You don’t want to miss out on this one! Enter our free prize draw to win a 2-night break for 4 at Brig-y-don in the popular village of Llangrannog on Cardigan Bay.

On 7 October, we will draw the winning entry at random. The lucky winner will then be able to book any available 2-night break between 1 November 2016 and 31 March 2017, outside school holidays, rent-free for up to 4 people. (Sorry, no pets allowed). Only one entry per person, you must be 18 or over at the time of the holiday. Closing date for entries is 6 October 2016. See full terms and conditions of the draw.

Find out more about Brig-y-don in Llangrannog

Brig-y-don has a rich history and an interesting story of how the property has been passed through the Jones family for generations, since its construction in 1912.

3 images together, one of Brig-ydon's kitchen one of the living room and another of a double bed in a white bedroom

The family roots

The family originate from a farm called Cilie, just outside of Llangrannog. The farm is a well-known name in the area as the Jones family notoriously won all the poetry and Bardic competitions in Wales during the 20th Century and were regularly spotted on television. They were affectionately known as Bois Y Cilie (The Cilie Boys).

One of the 9 children, Tom Jones, settled in the heart of the village at the end of the First World War until the 1950s as publican of the Pentre Arms, which stills serves the community today. He was the first person to purchase a car in the area and used it to provide a taxi service for guests to visit.

In 1922, Tom Jones and his wife welcomed one of their 9 children into the world. They named him Ewyndon, a made up name translating to ‘foam of the sea’, due to his birth taking place on a very rough December day, when a stormy sea was casting its foam against the pub.

Three images of Llangrannog, West Wales

Cowboys and bank managers

Most of Ewyndon’s brothers and sisters left home to explore the world. His brother Ellis emigrated to America and became a cowboy, returning only in the late sixties as a stranger. Two of the sisters, Beryl and Anne-Jane, stayed in the village moving from the ‘Pentre Arms’ to ‘Angorfa’, the large house next to ‘The Ship’ pub, where they ran another Bed and Breakfast for over 50 years.

Ewyndon returned to Llangrannog after the Second World War and joined the bank. This was a respectable career at which he was very successful, rising to top managerial level. He later met his wife Peggy and they had two children, Simon and Judith.

Purchasing Brynmorfa and Brig-y-don

In 1967, the couple purchased two properties in the village, Brynmorfa and Brig-y-don. They were bought from a retired Merchant Seaman, Captain Evans, for what was then a princely sum of £3,650.

The family spent many school holidays in Llangrannog. With Ewyndon’s career leading the family to move every three to four years, it meant that the village once more became the next generation’s stable family base.

Brynmorfa was always rented out to holidaymakers when the Jones family were not in residence, its stunning location making it a firm favourite year after year.

Ewyndon passed away in 2010 and his ashes were scattered over the limekiln in front of Brig-y-don, always to be in Llangrannog, his home, the place he loved.

His wife, Peggy, who is a fit 90-year-old, moved to Jersey to live with her daughter Judith.

Brig-y-don and Brynmorfa seaside holiday cottages in Llangrannog, West Wales

The latest generation of owners

The Llangrannog property was passed on and now Simon and his wife Jane, who also live in Jersey, own this small part of Llangrannog, maintaining the close family ties to the Jones’ roots for future generations.

Simon’s love of Llangrannog was cemented in his teenage years with long summer holidays by the beach, steadfast friends and pretty much coming and going as he pleased.

Simon and Jane realised that the property required much renovation to bring it into the 21st century, having been largely untouched since 1912.

The properties today

Extensive work has been carried out at Brynmorfa and the adjoining cottage Brig-y-don, enhancing both properties sympathetically. Possibly the most successful part of the work to date was the construction of an additional en suite bedroom in Brynmorfa’s attic.

When the gable end was opened up to create a balcony, the vista over the bay and coastline was breathtaking. Truly a crowning glory! A place to sit, relax and be content.

Simon and Jane visit regularly with their two children, Morgan and Katie, and Peggy still comes along with them too! Because Brynmorfa, Brig-y-don and Llangrannog are still home to them, continued improvement and investment is planned for the future, ensuring a great place for them and their holidaymakers to relax and enjoy the stunning coastline and Llangrannog’s unique village life.

To see more of how the cottages are today – or even book a holiday in one of them! – take a look at the photos and details for Brynmorfa and Brig-y-don.

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