Strumble Head, North Pembrokeshire coast
Griff Rhys Jones’ Pembrokeshire Farm holiday cottage on Strumble Head in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in West Wales. Sleeps 4, WIFI and pets welcome, one of the best cottages in Wales
Trehilyn Isaf, restored by BBC's Griff Rhys Jones, and the subject of the popular BBC 4 TV series 'A Pembrokeshire Farm' is regularly named among the finest of all Welsh holiday cottages.Isaf is one of the group of cottages around Trehilyn farm that form UTT's largest rental in Wales - sleeping up to 22 (or 25 in summer when the Showman's Wagon is in use). Scroll down this page to see the other Trehilyn properties. Named in the 'Top 15 Green Places to Stay in the UK' (Observer), Trehilyn is among the best self-catering cottages in the UK. Read an independent review by Time Out.
Trehilyn Isaf is an entirely independent, smaller part of this beatiful Georgian country farmhouse. This will be your view from the cottage.
Expect a genuinely stylish, quality interior with real attention to detail. Trehilyn was selected by VisitWales as representing the best quality in Wales. Click here for an aerial photo or here, here & here for guest snaps. Read the Guardian review, a TimeOut review or a guest review - everyone loves Trehilyn Isaf! Seventy acres of farmland with fine sea views (from the land, not the house) - Trehilyn is about a mile inland from the most dramatic section of the Pembrokeshire coast.
An excellent short break spent in a delightful cottage. The interior is restrained in decoration and furnishing, which suited us and the dog just fine, but as a word of caution the bedroom is accessed...
There is a Strumble Shuttle (404) from Fishguard which can be flagged down right outside (Google 'Strumble shuttle' for timetables), and there are a few trains a day to Fishguard & Goodwick Station.
Kitchen - well equipped with excellent quality appliances (Bosch dishwasher, microwave etc). Access to rear gardens - one of four doors to the property (two front, two rear), so you are never far from the wonderful outside space and fields. Good views.
Cegin Fawr - traditional ingle-nook room with dining area - large country table sits 8 easily. Dresser etc.
Lounge with contemporary woodburner, and direct access to front and rear gardens. First basket of logs supplied. digital LCD TV & DVD player. Good quality and comfortable sofa and tub chairs, stairs up to croglofft over.
Bathroom and toilet to ground floor (no shower). Bath that fills fast. Like most rooms this enjoys views over open fields.
Small 'Utility' area with washing machine and dryer.
Master bedroom (up steep stairs, gated at top), double bed (great mattress) etc with en-suite shower-room off (chrome heated towel rail etc). Large shower cubicle.
Croglofft bedroom (up steep stairs, gated at top, low headroom in parts) - best suited to kids, this has two good single beds, and overlooks the main lounge via balcony. Good quality mattresses.
Plenty of outside space for you/ the kids/ the dog to run about in! Garden furniture in rear garden, access over 70 acres (keep dog on lead around sheep). Nature walk (enclosed from livestock) along stream to far end of the farm and a ruined cottage.
Small 'honesty' shop for essentials and table tennis in barn.
Centrally-heated throughout (Carbon Neutral eco-heating system), with underfloor heating included in price.
Note that there are steep open-tread stairs up to both bedrooms (gated at top), so this cottage won't be suitable for the infirm.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome (small surcharges apply) - the Pembrokeshire coastal footpath is nearby and perfect for pooches!
This house is semi-detached with Trehilyn Uchaf, and if they are taken together an internal door between the kitchens can be opened to use them as one house.
An excellent short break spent in a delightful cottage. The interior is restrained in decoration and furnishing, which suited us and the dog just fine, but as a word of caution the bedroom is accessed by a steep staircase which might not suit everyone. The cottage is set in a beautiful location with a walk to Strumble Head doable from the doorstep, and other fine walks along the coastal park a short drive away. There is also a simple though slightly muddy walk through the farm alongside the stream. The story of the cottage's conversion is shown in the dvd which is available to purchase, and the other buildings on the property look equally interesting. We hope to stay at Trehilyn again this year.
We loved our short stay in Pembrokeshire! We ended up staying in Melin Trehilyn rather than Trehilyn Isaf because of a broken boiler. However, the cottage was perfect for our family. We had a lovely time and will come back for sure!! The recommendations for local beaches and restaurants were also great.
1st visit to Trehylin Isaf and it definitely won't be the last! The cottage was beautiful throughout, charming, cozy and luxurious. A perfect place to explore the stunning costline. Many thanks for a wonderful week.
What a wonderful find! Simple but tastefully decorated, it had a homely feel as soon as we entered. There was a comfortable bed, lovely large duvet, fluffy towels and underfloor heating which we all loved including Alfie the Labrador....perfect!
Another great holiday with utt. The cottage had everything we needed.
We had such a wonderful time at Trehylin Isaf. We loved the property: carefully restored, simple, spacious and very well equipped. The gardens and the land were a real delight for us all, the children loved seeing sheep next to the garden, tractors going past the house, birds outside the window, and the nature walk - mown paths through land left to go wild and all springing into bloom - was gorgeous. The honesty shop was a really nice touch for us, we especially liked the local eggs! The house as great for children and they loved sleeping up in the crogloft - just a note that for us, with young children going to bed early, that put the sitting room out of action for us in the evenings as the children were balconied over it, but there is a lovely dining room where we hung out instead. We were lucky enough to have glorious weather, so we made the most of the beaches. It was surprisingly quick to get down even to south pembrokeshire because the good road which runs all the way to Fishguard, only 10 minutes away. Driving through Pembrokeshire in may with foxgloves, bluebells and cowslips on the hedgerows is just lovely. Thank you, we'll be back, and next time we'll bring friends!
We have just had the best time in Trehilyn Isaf. The cottage is really really well equipped and so cosy. It had everything we needed for a family of 4. Our 2 children aged 11&7 were snug in the bedroom overlooking the crogloft. The location was idyllic and handy for the coastal path walk which was just stunning. We would love to return soon.
Our stay was fantastic and we were incredibly lucky with the weather. The cottage is a lovely mix of traditional with some modern comforts and we will almost certainly be returning!
A beautifully renovated farm house, near the wild and wonderful Stumble head. Lots of fantastic walks from the door, and a short drive from Fishguard, beautiful Porthgain and St Davids, wonderful beaches and so much more. Everything about Trehilyn Isaf was perfect, from the underfloor heating, lovely big reclaimed dining table, roaring wood burner, very comfortable beds and really great shower. Wish we could of stayed longer and would definitely visit again
The cottage and surrounding land are beautiful. We absolutely loved our stay here and were lucky to have warm sun the whole time. It's the perfect base to explore the rugged coastline from St Davids in the west to Parrog in the east. The house keeper was lovely and helpful too!
We had a lovely break and the cottage was great - the shower, especially, is amazing! Lots of dog friendly beaches to visit in the area and walks along the headlands.
A beautiful cottage in a beautiful location. Be aware that the steps to both bedrooms are REALLY steep - you are basically climbing a ladder! The garden to the rear is shared with Trehilyn Uchaf. All the decoration in the cottage was beautifully done and the nature walks through the farm's grounds are wonderful.
We had a fabulous holiday at Trehilyn Isaf. The cottage was exactly as we had imagined from the photos and was set in beautiful surroundings. Inside, the housekeeping was spotless and well furnished with plenty of thought gone into the details. We would book again without a doubt.
A really interesting house and lovely area. We had brilliant sunshine and the coastal walking was excellent. Fascinating to see how the old farmhouse and barns have been restored. Highly recommend staying here.
Pembrokeshire favoured us four days of blue skies, albeit with a crisp northerly wind. When we left home in North Ceredigion spring had barely arrived, but at Trehilyn the air was full of swallows and martins and we heard our first cuckoo of the year. We walked about 20 miles of the coast path (Trefin to Goodwick), easily accessible by foot and the Strumble Shuttle from Trehilyn. There were spring flowers in abundance everywhere. Trehilyn Isaf itself was a delight - sensitively restored and very comfortable. We had seen the original airing of 'A Pembrokeshire Farm' but had largely forgotten it. Watching it again, sitting in the final result of the restoration, was a bizarre but fascinating experience. In all, a great spring break.
I try to come to Trehilyn at least once a year - it's almost my second home. The cottages are gorgeous and the setting is wonderfully quiet yet within easy reach of the coast path and some spectacular walking. I particularly recommend visiting in May when the wild flowers are at their best. Trehilyn Isaf has everything you need for a perfect break and the best shower of any cottage I've experienced!
'What a lovely cottage, perfectly restored, with all the high quality finish and comfort of a perfect hotel! Loved the fluffy white towels, woodburning stove, slate floors with underfloor heating. The cottage is brilliantly located for a number of stunning walks, and just soaking up the beautiful peace & quiet.'~ Becky & Tom from London
"Thanks for the perfect setting in which to get engaged. Loved the woodburner...perfect for evenings tucked up indoors.'' ~ Rhodri and Ian
'Brilliant! Peaceful! Spotless! Everything you could need for the perfect long weekend. Can't wait to come back!'~ Maura, Charles, Sian & David
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