Malthouse Holiday Cottage, Gower
Gower Getaways are very excited to have this adorable, pet-friendly cottage as part of our portfolio. It is packed full of charming features and quirky details. Here you will feel as if you had been transported into an Enid Blyton storybook! Its location is also good - it's on the road above the wooded, National Trust managed Bishopston Valley. Footpaths follow this secluded valley, with its incredible limestone geology, down to Pwll Du Bay, an isolated and idyllic beach, and one of Gower's most beautiful.
The house is a two minute walk from the Joiners and the Valley, two country pubs which sit opposite each other and both serve food. Also a few minutes walk away is a well-stocked local Co-op. All the beaches of Gower are easily reached by car or on foot on the coastal path if you are a walker. The busy village of Mumbles with its galleries, boutiques and restaurants, is less than 10 minutes drive away.
About this property:
The Malthouse, Bishopston, is a quirky cottage, lovingly renovated and restored to reflect its origins as an 18th century malt house. We adore its traditional, vintage decor and the way that it has been designed to feel spacious and airy whilst still retaining its Welsh cottage charm.
The sitting room is cosy with exposed beams and quarry tiles and a comfy sofa next to the wood burning stove. Together with underfloor heating in the kitchen and bathroom, the heating is simple with a wood-burning stove that provides heating for the whole house, with logs being provided for your stay. There is a a drop-leaf dining table which can be opened out for more formal dining or moved for board games by the fire, a games and crafts cupboard and a digital TV with DVD.
Off the sitting room is a cute kitchen divided into two by an arched doorway through an incredibly thick stone wall. The vintage-style kitchen is wood-clad and pretty with a Belfast sink, dishwasher and fridge in one half and the cooker and handmade dresser in the other. There is a small breakfast table.
The back door leads out to a timber-framed sun porch and small enclosed private garden, with patio and flower borders. The sun porch extends to form a covered bike store/drying area and further secure storage is available on request. Upstairs there is a galleried bedroom. This master bedroom is a wonderful place to escape after a hard day on the beach, with its double height ceiling and exposed beams. The galleried loft area is described by the owners as a 'reading loft', but it also has a day bed which can be made up for you as a 3ft single bed, and beneath it is stored a comfortable trundle bed which can be used for a second child if you wish.
Access is through the master bedroom and so these extra beds would not suit everyone and due to the open stairs and tiled floors, please be aware that the house is not suitable for very young children, very tall people or people with limited mobility. A playpen is available on request. The pretty bathroom has many sweet design features and a chic rustic feel. There is a walk in shower, wash hand basin and W.C.
Parking for the cottage is a few yards away on the corner of Church street, where there is nearly always ample room.
C/O day - Friday
If you’re thinking of taking a holiday or short break in Wales, it would be hard to resist booking a getaway on the Gower Peninsula. From Mumbles to Penclawdd, it’s easy to find a property suitable for all party members to enjoy!
When looking at the map of the Gower Peninsular, Mumbles to Caswell seems like a long trip away, however the Coastal path can take you on a breath-taking walk, with café’s and benches along the way for those much needed rests and coffees. In Caswell, you’ll be greeted by the rippling waves on Caswell Bay used by paddlers and surfers alike, you can even book surfing lessons while on your holiday here.
If you’re looking for a village, away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbles but still in comfortable walking distance to Caswell Bay, Bishopston has all you need for a family holiday or a friendly gathering, with schools, pubs/gastro restaurants, shops and a park. Bishopston even has a hidden gem in the form of a secluded beach called Pwll Du which is accessed through an off road track.
From Bishopston, heading West of the Gower you will come across Pennard, Southgate and Parkmill. These sweet villages bring you to the properties situated closest to Three Cliffs Bay, a popularly photographed, iconic beach – well worth the visit, as seen on many brochures and posters for the Gower Peninsular. Roughly a mile further down the Gower Peninsular lie fresh water rivers, grassy landscapes and ‘pick your own’ fruit and veg farm’s and cafés belonging to the villages of Penmaen and Nicholaston. Here you can enjoy isolated walks and despite the country appearance you’re still never too far from the beaches Three Cliffs, Tor Bay, Nicholaston Burrows and Oxwich.
With sand dunes, water sports and even a leisure park, Oxwich Bay can provide the perfect base for beach a getaway. With the Oxwich Bay Hotel providing meals, drinks and snacks, there is no need to stray too far from the beach on a sunny day. Not far from this busy beach is the most South point of Gower and a quaint village called Port Eynon. Home to many campsites and caravan parks with the beaches of Port Eynon and Horton boasting the coast line, the village accommodates for friends and families with fish and chip shops, pubs and restaurants just minutes from the sandy beaches.
To the centre of the Gower lie The villages of Reynoldston and Knelston. Most visited for the King Arthur Hotel, serving gastro pub food and drinks which can be enjoyed in front of a log burning fire. The landscapes provide great surroundings for long walks and the beaches of Rhossili, Port Eynon and Llangennith are a short drive away.
When on the Gower Peninsular, most would argue that this trip would not be complete without visit to Rhossili Bay. Winning awards for it’s Natural Outstanding Beauty this ‘Epic’ dog friendly beach is home of the Worms Head. Rhossili Bay is notorious for being in the UK’s top beaches, as voted by Trip Advisors visitors – even more boastful; the beach was voted as Wales’ Best Beach 2017. From awards to spectacular views and walks, Rhossili is a must visit where surfers can enjoy the Atlantic swell, giving the rest of us stunning views. All of which can be seen from the comfort of the benches from the public houses near by – keep an eye out for those seals and dolphins too!
If water sports is what you are looking for, you can’t look too far from Llangennith in the North West of Gower, included in most ‘top 10 surfing beaches’. Popular to campers and visitors from all around the world the area welcomes surfers and sightseers alike. With the Kings Head Inn at the heart of Llangennith, a lovely pet friendly place to rest after those long walks.
The final stretch of the Gower Peninsular leads to Crofy and Penclawdd, where the lovely panoramic views of the River Loughor set the scene for the gorgeous sun sets. Take walks along the Burry Estuary, see where the salt marsh lambs breed and where fresh cockles are picked for the local produce stores and Swansea Market.
Malthouse Holiday Cottage Availability
ages 4 - 16
ages 0 - 3