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Tregynon Cottages Wales – The Gwaun Valley
Tregynon Cottages sit in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Perched high above the ancient Gwaun Valley with its steep sides carpeted in ancient oaken forests and nestled in the foothills of the Preseli Mountains, Tregynon Cottages are guarded to the North by the Carn Ingli (Mountain of Angels) range and from the South by Foel Eryr (Eagle Mountain) which marks the Western end of the Preseli Mountains. And they are only 15 minutes from the mile-long sweep of Newport Sands. The location is a paradise for lovers of nature, history, legend and above all peace and tranquillity. And they are just over two hours’ drive from the Severn Bridge near Bristol.
Approached by a half-mile track from the nearest metalled road, Tregynon Cottages are a private cluster of three, stone cottages set in the heart of the Pembrokeshire National Park. The largest cottage, Dan y Mynydd, (meaning ‘Under the Mountain’) is now the permanent home of the owners. The two remaining self-catering cottages (Foxglove and Honeysuckle), both two-bedroomed, are available for holiday renting throughout the year. Adjacent to the cottages are naturalised ponds, a 200ft waterfall and an iron-age fortlet. All these are accessible by the right of way which starts by the gates to the cottages. Guests do not need their car to be able to enjoy the natural peace and beauty of the surrounding unspoiled countryside with its abundance of wildlife and flowers.
So rich in wildlife is this largely forgotten valley that it has been earmarked as a Special European Area of Conservation. Indeed, we have ‘resident’ badgers, buzzards, merlin and ravens whilst goshawks, harriers, peregrine falcons, polecats and otters are also seen from time to time. Red kites are commonplace here. Even the majestic osprey occasionally considers it worthwhile ‘stopping over’ on its migratory trips to and from Scotland.
For walking enthusiasts:
- forest walks which lead down from Tregynon Cottages to the valley floor some 200 ft below
- spectacular walks from the track over moorland to the peaks of the Preseli range
- 186 miles of the National Park Coast Path to explore, all of which is easily reached by car.
From the hilltops on a clear day, Ireland can be seen to the West and Snowdon to the North.
The ancient borough of Newport with its Norman castle, golf course, boat club and wonderful beach ideal for bathing, sailing and windsurfing, is just 15 minutes away. Excellent sea and river fishing for salmon, trout and sewin can be enjoyed here, whilst fly fishing enthusiasts can also benefit from the richly stocked reservoir of Llys-y-Fran. Alternatively, conquering Carn Ingli on horseback offers breath-taking views over Cardigan Bay, renowned for its bottlenose dolphins. There are also numerous boat trips to see the caves, puffins and seals which frequent the many island bird sanctuaries that lie off this coast.
For botanists and garden lovers the area has many worthwhile attractions, not least Aberglasney and the National Botanical Gardens of Wales, both of which are around an hour’s drive.
Towns in the area. A short car trip away are:
- Cardigan with its wildlife park, picturesque Teifi river and interesting shops
- Haverfordwest with its castle
- Fishguard with its extraordinary Tapestry depicting the events of the Last Invasion of Great Britain in 1797
- St. Davids with its magnificent cathedral and surfing beaches
Local Produce and Crafts
The area abounds with potters, wood-turners, weavers, candle makers, micro-brewers, cheese producers and the like producing quality hand-made products.
This is a pre-historians paradise. From the Mesolithic period through to Celtic legend evidence of occupation and building abound. Close to Tregynon Cottages are: the sunken coastal plateau with footprints dating to Mesolithic times; the Neolithic burial Chamber of Pentre Ifan with its huge pillars and capstone; and this is the land from which came the famous Bluestones which can be seen at Stonehenge. Indeed, parts of Tregynon Cottages have been built with this stone and evidence points to there being a small community on the site since the Iron-Age (c.700 B.C.) well before the Roman invasion. And the derivation of the name Tregynon (cluster of dwellings) reinforces this.
Tregynon Cottages are a little patch of heaven. Each season has its own attraction:
- the beautiful carpets of bluebells, snowdrops and pink campions in the Spring
- the stunning blaze of foxglove and flag iris with a glimpse of wild orchids in the Summer
- or the colourful tints of the heather, wild gorse and changing leaves in the Autumn.
Even in the depth of Winter nature has a beauty all of its own. Whether it be the frost covered peaks, crystal clear skies, crisp air or the exhilaration of bleak, blustery winds, the whole scene is enhanced knowing that you will be returning to the snug warmth of the cottages with 2ft thick stone walls. Whatever the season, if you are looking for peace, and want to escape to a world of its own, we believe Tregynon Cottages is the place for you.
Our aim is to ensure that your visit is happy and memorable and that you will want to return with your friends year after year. We have no doubts that the quality and comfort of the cottages combined with the natural beauty of the surroundings will play their part to convince you.