Felin Hescwm Holiday Cottage at Hescwm Mill
At a Glance
- Sleeps Up to 4 guests.
- Bedrooms 2, each with a standard double bed.
- Wet Rooms 2, both ensuite.
- Heating Underfloor heating throughout the ground floor. Skirting heating and wood burning stove, on first floor.
- TV, blue ray DVD / CD player and Apple TV.
- Wifi, and mobile signal in the cottage as long as your phone is at least 3G.
- Barbecue / Fire Pit and picnic place overlooking the sea.
- Cove, at the bottom of the garden, 150 yards from your cottage. Rock pools, mussel beds, pebbles, cliffs, dark sand and a cave at low tide.
- Network of footpaths along the coast, and up the hills and moorland behind.
- Children must be over 8, because there are unprotected watercourses and ponds in the garden.
- Dog welcome.
- Surrounded by the sea & the wild, no street lights, so the stars are amazing, yet only a mile from 3 pubs, 2 shops, fish/chips & a cafe.
In More Detail
The cottage is renovated with comfort in mind, a mixture of traditional materials, but with modern kitchen & bathroom fittings. A totally secluded balcony overlooks the fields and the cove, a wonderful place for breakfast, or a sundowner.
2 bedrooms, each with a double bed, custom made by the local blacksmith, and ensuite shower rooms, all on the ground floor. We provide towels (not for use on the beach please), Down duvets, Egyptian cotton bedding, and pocket sprung mattresses. Blacksmith made clothes hanging racks, coat hangers, drawer space, and a hair dryer in each bedroom. Please store your cases under the bed.
There are bookshelves downstairs crammed with an eclectic mix of books for swapping or donating, £1 a book goes in full to the Paul Sartori Foundation, a local charity.
The whole of the ground floor has underfloor heating.
Up stairs is open plan living, sofa and easy chair, TV, blue ray DVD / CD player and Apple TV, also wifi, and mobile signal in the cottage as long as your phone is at least 3G. Fully equipped kitchen, including Neff fan oven/induction hob/dishwasher, dining area with settle, chairs and farmhouse table. Skirting heating and wood burning stove, kindling and one basket of logs, extra baskets £6.00. Balcony at the back of the cottage, has a small table and chairs.
Next to the cottage is a utility room shared with us and heated by the cottage boiler. Inside is chest freezer, clothes washer and dryer, drying rack to dry wet outdoor clothes and walking boots, or swimming things and wetsuits, etc. There is also a Loo and sink, and a place to empty your compost and ash can (The compost bin has to be housed inside, as there is a visiting badger!) There is a washing line in the garden that you are very welcome to use.
What you will find:
Just to start you off, tea bags, herb tea bags, coffee beans, sugar, milk, salt and pepper grinders, oil and vinegar.
What to bring with you:
Please bring beach towels with you, indoor shoes / slippers (so as not to bring mud inside the cottage in bad weather) and a torch as you might need one on dark nights. There is no street lighting here, as we are outside the village which is a mile away, great for seeing the Milky Way. Please don't leave the outside light on any longer than you need, as we do value the lack of light pollution here.
You are already near the sea when you start down this single track country lane, with its high Pembrokeshire hedge banks, covered in ferns and wild flowers, you sense you are going somewhere magical. As the lane gets steeper it gets even narrower and goes into a tunnel under tall Sycamores, but don't worry, as in all exciting tales, you will make it through! If you have warning bleepers on your car, you might consider turning them off, as they may become somewhat hysterical!
Down in the bottom of the valley in amongst trees, which is amazing in itself so close to the sea, you find your old stone cottage, part of a group of Grade 2/2* Listed buildings in a garden wrestled out of the wild. In addition to your cottage is a water powered corn mill, a stone pigsty, now a garden shed, along with our house. Although our house is close to the cottage, planting provides privacy. We are happy for you to be as secluded as you wish, but we are there should you need anything, or just a chat! In a place like this garden maintenance is an ongoing business, but we strive not to be in the cottage garden, when you are using it. As you arrive you hear the sound of the waterfall, and if the tide is in and there is a sea running, the crash of breakers followed by a thousand pebbles being sucked and rolled.
We found this wonderful spot over twenty years ago. After years of careful restoration, using traditional materials and building techniques the cottage converted from the Mill Stables and Granary is ready for you, fear not, although traditional, it is designed with all your comforts in mind.
Yes, you are literally only 150 yards from a rocky cove, the magic at the end of the garden, step straight from the garden on to the beach. The beach never gets crowded as there is no car park nearby, in fact, except in the summer holidays you will often have the cove to yourself. There is a lightly used access path past the cottage, down a country walk to the sea. The cove offers everything a cove should, a wonderful variety of pebbles at the top of the beach, with sand beyond, cliffs, caves, rock pools and even mussel beds, pick a few for your supper. If you are very lucky you may find the phantom stone balancer has been on the beach and left a plethora of precariously balanced stones for the incoming tide to destroy. See pictures in the gallery. You are welcome to bring your own canoe and secure it in the garden, and then you can explore the coastline, canoe amongst the Dolphins, Seals and Guillemots, if you are very lucky, and even venture into the entrances of caves.
The Pembrokeshire coast path crosses the foreshore leading to glorious coastal walks. You can also walk inland up on to the ridge of the Northern Preseli range, with views on clear days, up to Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsular, and across to the Wicklow Mountains. There is no need to get into your car unless you wish to.
From the cottage, in our garden, there are walks along the tumbling mountain streams and round the mill pond, through the woods, and of course wild swimming in the mill pond, if you fancy a change from the sea. Down towards the sea, private from the beach but overlooking it, is a comfortable stone seat for four, together with a fire pit and barbecue.
If you want to explore the surrounding area, there are cafes, restaurants, art galleries and pubs, from St Davids at the end of the Peninsular up to Cardigan on the Teifi Estuary, and, of course, many a ruined Castle left behind from more troubled times. We are very happy for you to bring bikes, but they will have to be left outside in our carpark, and a word of warning, we are at the bottom of a very steep hill, many have bought their bikes here and never used them!
In the summer there are music festivals everywhere. Fishguard alone hosts classical, jazz and folk festivals. Then there are Agricultural Shows hosted by the county as well as all the main towns. Even the village of Nevern has its own show.
We must not forget the bird islands. You can take boats to land on for the day, or else voyage round both Skomer and Ramsey with their flocks of nesting sea birds. Further out to sea is the huge Gannet colony on Grassholm, boats sail out and around this wild rock topped with white guano and its hordes of whirling and screaming birds.
Is There A Best Time To Visit?
Maybe May or June with the masses of wild flowers, long days and all the sea birds in residence. Perhaps the autumn gales with breakers rolling into the cove and smashing on the beach. It could be the depths of winter when you curl up on the sofa by the roaring wood stove reading one of the books from the shelves. Then again you might prefer early spring when the valley is carpeted with snowdrops and spring is round the corner. And of course there are special occasions, Birthdays, Anniversaries and Celebrations come when they will.
Everyone will find something to enjoy and inspire them, whether you are artists, photographers, wildlife lovers, bird watchers, walkers, swimmers, kayakers, or just wanting peace and quiet, a refuge and rest from the bustle of daily life.
A note for those of you who expect June to be in a lower price bracket. Our reasoning is June July and August are the most popular months and June has the longest days, so visitors can enjoy the best time of year without the bustle of the school holidays. Our cottage is in a very special position in a beautiful valley, right by the sea. In June the lanes and paths are bursting with wild flowers, and all the nesting sea birds are in residence.