Every now and then we come across a property that is as unique as it is inviting, where visitors can savour in seclusion with a stunning beach pretty much all to themselves.
Ship Cottage is over 350 years old and is the ultimate Gower coastal hideaway. A pretty white washed stone cottage with rustic and vintage styling, thanks to an interconnecting door that joins the main house to its annexe, this beach front classic can sleep 14.
If your numbers are smaller, there's the option to rent the main house on its own as it sleeps 8/10, or separately again, the cosy annex is the perfect retreat for between 2 and 4 people.
For remoteness and that sense of really being away from it all, an added quirk is that your only way in or out is in a Land Rover pre-arranged with the owners. You can walk of course if you need a fix of civilisation either through the woods inland towards the village of Bishopston or along the cliff top coastal path that leads you to coffee shops, stores, pubs and less remote beaches.
As well as the quiet and chance to enjoy fires on the beach and midnight swims under the stars, guests can enjoy a sense of a being immersed in a little part of Gower history.
The original part of the house dates back to 1700 when records began but is thought to be considerably older. First a quarryman's house, it later became a smuggler's inn. Indeed neighbouring Brandy Cove is named after the illicit contraband regularly smuggled through. The building only became a private dwelling in the 1970s when through sympathetic restoration, retaining features such as beams and inglenook fireplaces, it has kept its character yet has all the modern day fixtures, fittings and features needed for a comfortable holiday retreat.
THERE IS NO VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE PROPERTY OTHER THAN VIA THE OWNER'S 4X4 LANDROVER (day of arrival and departure only). In very extreme cases, to add to the adventure of reaching your destination sometimes the small river floods and then access is by foot only via the beach or a woodland path (these routes add a 10 minute journey to the arrival). N.B. Guests leave their car in a residnetial area 1.1 miles from the property. The owners will collect you from a meeting point on arrival and transport you to your destination.
Guests are welcome to bring their own 4wd if they are confident to drive of road and be liable for their own car. The track is rough and steep and cars may get scratched-the owner is happy to talk you through the access route.
Ship Cottage (ref. 646)
A 3-bedroom family house sleeping 8/10 people in rustic, open plan accommodation with the luxury of underfloor heating, a roll top bath, inglenook fireplace and sea views that is simply perfect for a family or group holiday or short break (off peak times only) and where dogs are welcome too.
Ship Cottage Annex (ref. 652)
A delightful, 1-bedroom coastal bolthole offering open plan accommodation set over two floors for 2 up to 4 people (sofa bed on ground floor). A modern addition to the cottage built on in the 1970's offers a large space with a stunning inglenook fireplace make for a comfy retreat and open balcony upstairs with sea outlook. Available for short breaks during off peak times, visitors can enjoy sea views, solitude and can bring the dog too.
Ship Cottage -
Lounge/Diner: Largesofa, underfloor heating, a dining table with chairs and a bench.
Kitchen: Electric oven, gas hob, fridge with ice box, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine (available in cupboard under the stairs).
Reception: Soft seating for five including a double sofa bed and has a wood burning stove, oven in the inglenook fireplace. The lounge also has underfloor heating and a flatscreen TV/DVD.
A tiered landing.
Master Bedroom: Superking size bed, wardrobe, a chest of drawers.
Bedroom 2: Double bed, chest of drawers, and a wardrobe. It also has an additional single bed and an en suite shower room, with a shower cubicle, wash hand basin, bidet and WC.
Bedroom 3: Triple bunk bed (double bed with single over) and wardrobe.
Family Bathroom: Victorian style, freestanding slipper bath with shower over, wash hand basin and WC.
External: A key feature of this holiday home is its rear garden where its unkempt country feel adds to its appeal of this remote haven. Enclosed by a stone wall and a nautically themed iron gate, stone steps lead you to a lawn where you'll find outdoor furniture. Enclosed rear garden with lawn, patio area, sea views and enclosure containing free range hens to supply you with fresh eggs throughout your stay. Garden furniture.
Sleeps 8: 1 Superking, 2 Triple (1 Double with Single over, 1 Double with extra Single (child's bed)), Double sofa bed in lounge available at £15 per person per week- then sleeping 10
C/O day - Fri. LPG gas. Bed linen & towels provided. WiFi can be intermittent. Highchair. Books & games. 2 pets accepted. No smoking
*Weekend discount available - reference 646 only* - 15% discount for 3 night breaks commencing on a Friday (February only and excluding school holidays), call for discount to be applied.