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Traditional Welsh Cottage in countryside near Martletwy, Narberth, Pembrokeshire
Ideally situated at a crossroads in beautiful South Pembrokeshire, Cross Cottage is half an hour's drive from several Blue Flag beaches including Freshwater East, Tenby, Manorbier, Barafundle, Saundersfoot, most dog friendly. It is close to the small towns of Narberth, Tenby and Pembroke and to visitor attractions such as Oakwood, Blue Lagoon and Folly Farm. Carew and Pembroke castles are nearby and a wide range of wildlife can be seen when walking or cycling locally in the ancient woodland of Minwear and Canaston, and the hamlets of Lawrenny, Cresswell Quay and Landshipping, on the Eastern Cleddau estuary - the 'Secret Waterway'. The local pub, the Cresselly Arms at Cresswell Quay, is about 2 miles away and serves beer out of a jug; the restaurant at the Cwm Deri vineyard is 15 minutes walk away on the outskirts of Martletwy village.
Cross Cottage provides 4 star accommodation as graded by 'Visit Wales'. It sleeps 6 people in 3 bedrooms; 1 double downstairs and 2 twin, curtained, galleried, 'crogloft' bedrooms. These are accessed by ladder type stairs. Thick lime-washed stone walls, beamed ceilings and flagged floors give immense character and charm to this 300 year old cottage. This was originally featured by Country Living magazine in 1996 for its sensitive reconstruction: 'Cross Cottage, deserted for 90 years, is now a home of such plain beauty and authenticity....'. The open plan living/dining/kitchen has oil central heating and also a Piazetta wood-burning stove, easy chairs, sofa and dining table and chairs to seat 6. The bathroom is downstairs. For 2016, there is a newly contructed shower room also on the ground floor. The two foot thick walls ensure the house stays cool in the summer but warm and cosy in winter. A special feature is the large, enclosed garden with trees, shrubs, flower borders and pond. The recently relaid paved area provides a very pleasant and private space for eating and drinking al fresco. There is ample, level parking on the enclosed driveway which could accommodate a small boat.
Guests tell us that one of its key advantages is being centrally located in South Pembrokeshire so that lots of beaches, seaside towns and tourist attractions are easily accessible.
Despite dating from the 18th century and housing two families in the 19th century, including shoemakers and blacksmith, Cross Cottage now offers 21st century conveniences and environmentally friendly features.
There is very little light pollution so bring your telescope as well as your camera and your bat detector too!
Short breaks are available out of the main season, minimum 3 nights. Costs are a proportion of the full week's price ie 3 nights - 60%, 4 nights - 70%, 5 nights - 80%. As the cottage is open plan, it is not possible to put dogs in a kitchen/utility room at night time, as some people choose to do. Owners need to bring their own dogs' beds so that dogs do not sleep on furniture. Outside: Large, enclosed garden with space for children to play. Paved area, south facing so enjoys the sun, is ideal for eating out - table and garden chairs are stored in shed, with small portable barbecue. Several benches around the garden ensure being able to sit in sun/shade at different times of the day. Utility Room: Fridge/freezer; washer/drier Cleaning / Towels / Linen Bed linen, towels (1 bath and 1 hand towel per person) and tea towels provided. Cottage is cleaned and linen changed weekly at the changeover day of Saturday.