Ivy Cottage Holiday Cottage in Little Haven
Ivy Cottage, only a three minute stroll from the sea, provides a welcoming and comfortable base from which to enjoy the glorious beaches, activities, and the spectacular, uncrowded countryside of Pembrokeshire. One of the earliest houses in the conservation area of this tiny, picturesque fishing village, the cottage has been renovated to a high standard by local craftsmen while still preserving its original character.
The cottage sits in a cul-de-sac - close to but removed from the bustle of the village, its pubs and the beach.
In the cosy sitting room you can enjoy a relaxing evening in front of the open fire, perhaps watching a film from the large collection on DVD, after a day spent walking the cliffs and coves of the Pembrokeshire Coast path. The separate dining room also offers a comfortable place for listening to music, catching up on emails, or simply reading in peace.
A third seating area gives easy access to the steps leading up to the small private, south-facing garden, with patio, summerhouse, garden furniture and some sea views. This sun-trap makes an ideal retreat from the busy centre of the village and you can sit back peacefully, drink in hand, enjoying the extensive views over the valley and out towards the sea.
There is a shower room on the ground floor, and in the well-equipped oak kitchen you will find double oven, ceramic hob, extractor fan, dishwasher, fridge, proper freezer and everything needed for cooking.
If you don’t feel like making a meal, just a short stroll away Little Haven boasts 3 excellent pubs with restaurants. Each one has its own character, but all provide excellent food using local produce, as well as an interesting variety of beers. There are also restaurants in Haverfordwest which offer home delivery.
Upstairs there are two comfortable, pretty bedrooms with pine furniture and ample storage space. One bedroom has a king size bed and a single, while the other room has twin beds. There is a bespoke oak and granite bathroom with wash hand basin, toilet, and bath.
Ivy Cottage provides a cosy, peaceful and unique retreat, perfect for couples and small families and a ‘home from home’, ideal for all seasons.
Little Haven is a charming, old fishing village on the coast of St Brides Bay, in the heart of the Pembrokeshire National Park. It nestles in a cove at the junction of two streams. Too small for much development, Little Haven retains its traditional charm. In spite of its size, it has an art gallery, café, a seafood shop which offers coffee and local products, and three pubs offering a warm welcome and good, locally sourced food. Just over the headland, or across the wide beach at low tide, is Broad Haven which has a well-stocked convenience store as well as a selection of other eating places, and craft, beach and water sport shops.
Little Haven is within easy reach of both north and south of the county, as well as the historic centres of St Davids, Tenby, and Pembroke with its medieval castle. It makes a superb and peaceful centre from which to explore the award-winning golden beaches, dramatic coastal paths, clear waters and amazing wildlife of this splendid part of Wales. There is also a multitude of activities including golf, horse riding, zorbing, karting, family attractions, water sports and much more.
Wildlife abounds. You can take boat trips to fish for mackerel, or to see the dolphins and seals, or visit the island reserves of Skomer, Skokholm, Ramsey and Grassholm with their thousands of puffins, shearwaters, gannets and gulls. The marine reserve in the waters around this section of the coast also offers rewarding snorkelling and diving. In the autumn secluded coves shelter seal pups.
Other water sports available include bodyboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, and, for the adventurous, coasteering. The village has a slipway for launching small boats and there is a water sports shop which rents out equipment just half a mile away in Broad Haven. Or you can just relax on the sand or on the village green while keeping an eye on children dam building, exploring rock pools and playing on the sheltered, award-winning family beach.
If you would rather keep your feet on dry land, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park offers some of the best natural walking experiences in Britain. The stunning 186 mile long coastal path runs through Little Haven and there are countless other paths and trails crossing hills and moorlands, passing by prehistoric burial chambers, through secluded coves, river valleys, and ancient woodlands and along the challenging wild cliffs. The Puffin Shuttle bus provides easy transport up and down the coast for those who wish to leave their car behind.
Truly, Pembrokeshire offers something for everyone and Little Haven is at its heart!
(July 16 2017)
Ground Floor: Hall, kitchen, lounge, dining room/2nd sitting area, shower room/whb/wc, utility, 3rd sitting area.
First Floor: Family room/kingsize bed/single, twin room, bathroom/whb/wc.
Facilities: Electric cooker/ceramic hob/double oven, extractor hood, fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, TV, DVD player, DVR, CD player/MP3 and USB player/DAB radio, DVDs, books and games, WiFi, phone - incoming calls, garden furniture, summerhouse.
Heating: Night storage, open fire, convectors, electric fires.
Electricity: £25 per week Sept - May, free June - August
Parking: In public car park - 1 permit provided for 1 car 15th March - 7th November. Car park free at other times.
General: Electric cooker/ceramic hob/double oven, extractor hood, fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, TV, DVD player, DVR, CD player/MP3 and USB player/DAB radio, DVDs, books and games, WiFi, phone - incoming calls, garden furniture, summerhouse.
Pets: 1 small dog, no cats.
Wonderful week - weather great. The cottage is a privilege to stay in.