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18th Century traditional lime washed crogloft cottage rescued from dereliction and renovated authentically and with sensitivity, located in beautiful countryside, Cross Cottage lies half an hour from several Blue Flag beaches.

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Rooms: Sleeps 6: 1 double, 2 twin rooms

£400 per week low season to £770 per week high season

Meals: Self catering, restaurant half a mile walk
Open: Year round
Address: Cross Cottage, Martletwy Cross, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 8AJ
Tel: 01629826521

Cross Cottage, Martletwy Cross, Pembrokeshire, Wales

This traditional Welsh limestone cottage is authentically restored, with croglofts. The cottage sleeps 6, in a double and two twin bedrooms, an open plan living/dining/kitchen, woodburner, downstairs bathroom, and a new shower room. There is also a large enclosed secluded and attractive garden.

*Do be aware of the crogloft stairs, which may make this property less suitable for toddlers.*

The cottage dates from at least 1773 and the earliest census records of 1841 show 2 families living here: a blacksmith and an agricultural labourer, and later shoemakers. After being unoccupied since the turn of the 20th century, the cottage was rebuilt by the previous owner using plans drawn up by well known Cardigan architect, whose concern for the conservation of Welsh cottages is well known. 

Country Living magazine featured the ‘resurrection of Cross Cottage’ in 1996 and concluded ‘Cross Cottage, deserted for 90 years, is now a home of such plain beauty and authenticity…’

Ideally located at a cross roads in the beautiful South Pembrokeshire countryside, Cross Cottage lies half an hour’s drive from several blue flag beaches including Freshwater East, Tenby, Manorbier, Broadhaven South, Barafundle, Saundersfoot, most dog friendly, and near to towns such as Narberth, Tenby and Pembroke.  Perfect for those wishing to relax and enjoy the peace, it is also close to visitor attractions such as Oakwood, Blue Lagoon and Folly Farm.

Outdoor activities and places of historical interest, Carew and Pembroke castles for example, are within easy reach. A wide range of wildlife can be seen when walking or cycling locally in places such as Minwear and Canaston Woods, Lawrenny, Cresswell Quay and Landshipping, on the Eastern Cleddau estuary- the ‘Secret Waterway’.

Local pub, the Cresselly Arms, at Cresswell Quay, about 2 miles away, serves beer out of a jug and the restaurant at Cwm Deri Vineyard is 15 minutes walk away on the  outskirts of Martletwy village.

Very little light pollution so bring your telescope as well as your camera and your bat detector too!

  • Open plan living/dining/kitchen, beamed ceilings and flagged floors; sofa and armchairs; dining table and chairs for 6; well equipped.
  • Ground floor double bedroom
  • 2 galleried twin crogloft bedrooms, accessed by steep alternating tread stairs
  • ground floor bathroom and shower rooms, both with electric showers
  • Piazetta wood burning stove
  • 21st century convenience of central heating, dishwasher, double oven, washer/dryer, microwave, fridge/freezer, flat screen TV with DVD player, Hifi, Wifi
  • Large, enclosed garden with trees, shrubs, flower beds and pond with several benches to permit sitting in or out of the sun throughout the day.
  • Ample level off road parking, could even take a small boat
  • Outside paved area is private and ideal for eating alfresco, with barbecue, table and chairs available.

 ‘Green’ features:

  • Restoration and subsequent repairs and maintenance have used lime mortar, plaster and washes
  • 2 foot thick stone walls ensure it is naturally insulated, cool in summer and warm in winter
  • Traditional wooden doors and windows made on site by local tradesmen
  • Some furniture and fittings made of recycled wood
  • Outside paving and shower room flooring in locally sourced (Gwrhyd Quarry) riven  blue pennant sandstone
  • Efficient Piazetta woodburner uses UK sustainably sourced wood
  • Electricity from Ecotricity
  • Eco cleaning products
  • Low energy lightbulbs used wherever possible
  • Most appliances are A rated
  • Dual flush WC cisterns
  • Waste recycled according to Council guidelines
  • While no public transport passes the door, the mainline railway stops at Narberth, about 8 miles and a short taxi drive away.
  • Lockable shed available for cycles (bring your own padlock)

Except for summer, Easter, Whitsun and school half terms, short stay bookings are available as is a 10% discount for couples.

Dogs are welcome but normally one.

All fuel is included.  Bed linen and towels (one bath, one hand per person but not beach towels), tea towels are provided.

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Additional information:The owner's aim is to retain authentic ethos of the cottage while providing modern facilities expected by guests eg WiFi, good electric showers, good quality electrical equipment, central heating. Awarded 4 star Visit Wales rating 

Top Eco Features at Cross Cottage:

  • 18th Century building restored

  • lime mortar, plaster and washes are used

  • paving uses local Gwrhyd riven blue pennant sandstone

  • Piazetta woodburner supplied with British wood from sustainable sources



Cross Cottage, Martletwy Cross, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Nearest train station: Narberth

Directions from station:
Taxi from mainline station about 8 miles.

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Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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