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Gorgeous sandstone cottages and nature reserve on a leafy Victorian country estate near the stunning coast of West Pembrokeshire. The cottages have log burners and modern appliances. Home-made meals available on request.

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Rooms: Nine cottages; 1 to 5 bedrooms per cottage, for 2-10 guests
Price:

Prices from £306

Meals: Self-catering
Open: All year round
Address: Rosemoor, Walwyn's Castle, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 3ED
Tel: +44 (0)1437 78 13 26
 

Why we've chosen Rosemoor Country Cottages, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Formerly the seat of a large Victorian country estate, Rosemoor sits on a hillside, overlooking a wooded valley with its own nature reserve and lake. Within the grounds are the cottages, in the former outbuildings to the house. Built of warm red sandstone, two feet thick, they are attractively grouped around an open courtyard, apart from the Coach House, Gardener's Cottage and Holly Tree, which are a short distance away from the others. The whole is surrounded by open country, trees and fields, with superb views all round.

The cottages have been fully modernised for comfortable 21st century living, with a keen eye for low impact: natural materials, very high levels of thermal insulation, underfloor heating, log burners, solar hot water for some, and what heating that is required is sourced from our centralised wood-fired biomass boiler. We have two solar photovoltaic panel arrays on site, with a total output of almost 14kWpeak, which on a yearly basis cover more than half our total electricity consumption.

In all of what we offer we are guided by our preference for “simple” luxury, which to us means spaciousness, high levels of comfort, high quality appliances, fixtures and fittings, an uncluttered look, and clean, classical lines. There are extensive gardens, and, well away from the cottages, a playground with huge swings, a big four-seater seesaw, gymnasts' bars, bouncy bike, and lots of space for ball games. In the old walled garden we have a vegetable plot, a chicken run, some apple trees, and a fruit cage. Any surplus produce is for sale to guests.

The nature reserve with its 5-acre lake is a botanist's delight and is home to a great variety of birds and other wildlife; there are regular sightings of otters and kingfishers. The skies are patrolled by buzzards and other birds of prey, and peregrine falcons nest nearby. Adjacent to the nature reserve, still within our grounds, is a rath, the site of a large iron-age fort, superimposed onto which the Normans built a motte-and-bailey castle when they conquered this part of Wales at the end of the eleventh century. This is now a scheduled ancient monument.

The whole of Pembrokeshire is within easy reach: the coast and coast path (2 miles), scores of beaches, the islands (Skomer in particular is at the tip of the Dale peninsula - we're at its neck), and even the Preseli Hills, source of some of the stones at Stonehenge, are only little over half an hour by car. Walking opportunities abound: the 186 miles of coast path, but also a great variety of (circular) inland walks, and lovely walks directly from your doorstep; some short and easy, some a little more strenuous. And at the end there is always – even in autumn or winter – the comfort of a welcomingly warm and cosy cottage, a hot bath or shower, a fire in the log burner, all with little untoward ecological impact.

And finally, should you be unable to fully disengage from life in the fast lane whilst staying with us, we offer free Wi-Fi access through our dedicated hotspot for guests.

How does Rosemoor Country Cottages and Nature Reserve minimise its impact on the environment and contribute to a sense of place?

To reduce its draw on energy, almost all buildings have been insulated to well over most recent building regulations, including lofts with 450 mm of mineral wool, as well as walls and window glazing. The buildings are fitted with under floor heating, all appliances are A rated, there are water saving devices in toilets, on showers and taps, all toilets are dual-flush, solar water heating is used for laundry and the all other heating needs and hot water are from a centralized biomass boiler. All construction/refurbishing materials are chosen with a view to their sustainability, including wood slate for floors, worktops, roofs, rain screen cladding, and wooden windows.

Recycling facilities are in adherence of local council’s regulations and guests are encouraged to use on site composting facilities for garden and kitchen waste. Eco friendly cleaners and toiletries are purchased in bulk and refillable dispensers are used, which reduces landfill waste. Produce from the onsite organic kitchen garden and free range chicken flock is available for guests. The owners offer a collection service from/to nearest train station, to encourage arrival by public transport and minimise the impact on the Nature Reserve and the surrounding natural landscapes and biodiversity of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Approximately 25 of the 35 acres of the property have been dedicated as a nature reserve. 

Top Eco Features at Rosemoor Country Cottages and Nature Reserve

 
  • Underfloor heating which is more energy efficient than radiators

  • Organic kitchen garden and free range chicken flock

  • Hosts offer a collection service from/to nearest train station

  • Sustainable construction materials

  • Solar water heating for laundry and centralized biomass boiler for heating & hot water

  • Private composting facilities for garden/kitchen wast

 

Location

Rosemoor Country Cottages, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Nearest train station: Haverfordwest (6.5 miles appr.)

Directions from station:
There are no regular bus services, but we are happy to collect from and drop off at train station on day of arrival/departure if arranged some time in advance. Coastal buses in season stop fairly close by; these allow easy exploration of all of the Pembrokeshire Coast and Coast Path. School buses may be used by non-schoolgoers during term times.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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