Ship Cottage

Bishopston, The Gower Peninsula

  • 4 Star
  • Awaiting Grading
  • Special Offer10% off Special Offer Discount on selected dates
  • Special Offer10% offer on stays until 22nd December 2023
  • Special OfferUp to 20% off Special Offer Discount - selected dates
  • Special OfferSave 10% on Christmas & New year holidays between 22nd December & 4th January

You can book this property from:

  • £1,128 per week
  • £161 per night
  • 4 Star
  • Awaiting Grading


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 king/super-king bed
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 single bed
  • 1 sofa bed


  • 2 WCs
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Bath
  • Shower


  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Sea or coastal views


  • Family friendly
  • Highchair


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Balcony

How far to ...?

  • Beach 0.3 miles
  • Pub 1.5 miles
  • Shop 1 mile

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Pony trekking/horse riding

Important - please note

House Rules

  • No Vehicular access- Full information in the property description
  • Check in: 16:00
  • Check out: 10:00


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. The cottage sleeps 8 but has an additional Annexe(via an interconnecting door) allowing both cottage and Annexe to sleep up to 14.

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 residential 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 off 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 -

Ground Floor

Lounge/Diner: Large sofa, 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 burner, oven in the inglenook fireplace. The lounge also has underfloor heating and a flatscreen TV/DVD.

First Floor

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 an additional charge of £15 for extra linen per booking- then sleeping 10

C/O day - Fri. LPG gas. Wood burner. Bed linen & towels provided. WiFi can be intermittent. Highchair by appointment. Books & games. 2 pets accepted. No smoking

Tea towels and washing up liquid are provided in the kitchen, please bring all condiments needed.

In the bathroom a hand towel, liquid soap and starter loo rolls are provided but guests will need to bring their own supply of toilet roll for their duration.

*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.


Loved it awesome location, lovely property, really helpful hosts

Mrs Kayleigh B,

The cottage was lovely but very inaccesable. Their listing should make it very clear that this is an unsuitable property for anyone with mobility or sight issues. The tracks in and out and even to the beach were extremely rocky and difficult - my elderly mum had several falls. In addition, there was a problem with the drains - raw sererage came on the patio. The owner fixed it within 2 days but it was unpleasant.

Mrs Zoe G,

Ship cottage is in a fabulous location and provided a wonderful escape. We felt thoroughly relaxed and refreshed following our week. The cleanliness of the property was ok but it was still dusty in places. Some of the lights/lamps didn't work and the hairdryer functioned intermittently. This didn't bother us hugely so we chose not to raise it during our stay but might be worth checking fixtures and fittings before the next guests. Overall we had a fantastic stay. Thank you

Mrs Victoria S,

Wonderful stay at Ship Cottage, it’s an amazing location, very comfortable cottage and our hosts were very friendly and welcoming. I highly recommend this property.

Miss P,

Lovely cottage. We all had a fantastic weekend. Was great to catch up with family and so much to do such a beautiful place.

Past Customer,

Lovely stay in this beautiful cottage, all amenities, catered for warm and comfortable , amazing walks and views delicious food our first time in Wales. We will be back

Past Customer,

What a treat big family holiday perfect position blessed with lovely weather. Thank you all so much.

Past Customer,

Another wonderful week in this piece of paradise, amazing walks, Seal Spartan, warm cosy cottage and sacred family time. Thank you

Past Customer,

Ahhhh ship Cottage, another beautiful week walking and enjoying the water. Great company and a chance to truly relax served for the first time too awesome thanks Rob and Cath

Past Customer,

What an incredible find we have had the most amazing holiday here. Lots of games on the beach coastal walks trips to the Worms head and managed to get right to the top. Had a wonderful morning Coast doing with huge 10 meter jumps. The weather was great for us and we have made such precious family memories. Thank you.

Past Customer,

What a wonderful stay ship. Cottage is in a beautiful spot. A lovely way to spend a weekend with friends and one of them mentioned. These are probably the best beaches in the UK. Thank you for letting us stay in this beautiful spot.

Past Customer,

Bringing a teenagers on holiday was always going to be a challenge, but ship. Cottage has ticked all the boxes and kept every member of the family family in holiday mode. Bob attended to our every need and provided ghost stories for the kids amusement. The beach the rocks, the proximity to all the things on the Gower has been fantastic. The cottage is comfy with everything we needed for a fabulous family holiday. What a gem and will recommend to all we know. Thanks

Past Customer,


Bishopston is located in the Gower peninsula and lies at the head of Bishops Wood and Bishopston Valley about 5miles south west of the City of Swansea. The village nestles just above the cliff tops of the South East Gower Coast and claims three popular beaches of its own, Brandy Cove, Caswell, and Pwll-du.