Lower Porthmawr sits majestically above the internationally acclaimed Whitesands beach in the heart of the Pembrokeshire National Park. The views from the cottage are directly across the Irish Sea towards Ramsey Island and are truly spectacular. The cottage has been sympathetically renovated in the traditional Pembrokeshire style and following it's completion won the master builders national award. It is only a short walk to the Pembrokeshire coastal path and a 5 minute drive to the cathedral city of St Davids. Whitesands Roost is a barn conversion, and is on the same site as Lower Porthmawr. It sleeps 4 and boasts 2 private areas for viewing the coastline and Ramsey Island.
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About Debbie Henchoz
I own both Lower Porthmawr and the Roost in Pembrokeshire which offer amazing coastal scenery and walking, relaxation and serenity, plus many adventure sports. Please explore the site and choose which you would prefer I look forward to hearing from you Debbie
Debbie Henchoz purchased this Barn in 1999
Why Debbie Henchoz chose Saint David's and the Cathedral Close
The cottages are situated in one of the most amazing locations. They are in South Wales, 1 mile from St Davids, the smallest city in Wales, which has a beautiful cathedral and an assortment of restaurants, cafes and craft shops. However, the highlight of the location is that the cottages sit high on a hill looking directly over the Irish sea and across to Ramsey Island. The whole area, which includes the Pembrokeshire Coastal path - 180 miles - is a national park and therefore pristine. Whitesands Beach, beautiful in it's own right but also delightful for families with it's many rock pools, is also a haven for surfers and swimmers. The coast is home to many seals and the nearby Ramsey Sound hosts porpoise and an abundance of sea life.
What makes this Barn unique
The cottages are only a 5 minute walk from Whitesands Beach and the coastal path and only a 15 minute walk to an isolated beach inaccessible by car. The views from the coastal path are incredible, whichever direction you walk in. The cottages have a variety of maps and guide books to help you find your way around. We do take dogs on request and the surrounding area is ideal for them. When guests have discovered Lower Porthmawr and The Roost, they return time and time again. Try it for yourself and you will see why.
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A perfect retreat.
Although we only stayed four four nights we had a lovely time and loved the layout of this unique cottage. We have never stayed anywhere quite like it. Although we had picked a time when the weather decided to throw heavy rain and gales at us, the cottage was never less than welcoming and cosy with everything catered for. The log burner heated the building to an extremely nice warmth in addition to the permanent background heating so that we felt really snug as the wind and rain lashed the windows. When the skies cleared for a day the cottage showed its true colours with magnificent views and just the right amount of privacy and isolation. Although the large plot is shared with another cottage, this in no way detracted from its charms and apart from an occasional nod and "hello" from the other holiday makers our peace and privacy were unaffected.
I am delighted that so many guests take the time to write reviews.
It's very much appreciated and if there are any problems I am always happy to address them. It's my greatest joy when I receive a personal and positive response and it also helps anyone who is potentially looking to book. I love my cottages and hope everyone who visits feels the same. My two caretakers are at the root of the success of the cottages, I could not be without them.
Beautiful Cottage and surrounding area
We had a great weekend in the ‘Roost’ cottage. It was the perfect size for a small family like ours, it was well equipped, clean, tidy and in the perfect setting. We are walkers and the house is the perfect starting point for a number of local walks and though up on a hillside was only 5mins walk from the beach. St David’s was also only a 10min drive and we loved it their also. I’m also a keen cyclist and cycling around the area was breath taking (if not very hilly). The only thing to note was that if you are a road bike cyclist you can’t cycle to and from the propert as the path up to the cottage is a stoney/mud track. I drove down to the beach car park with the bike on the car and cycled from there.
Overall, we had a great stay at the ‘Roost’ which was helped with a weekend of great sunny weather. Highly recommend.
A lovely cottage.
The Roost is very well equipped and comfortable
The location is perfect for walking the Pembrokeshire coastal path and just 5 minutes walk from the beautiful Whitesands beach.
Our 3rd stay in January and we will be back next year.
We thourghly recommend it.
Superb location and cottage
Well presented, cosy and brilliant location. Can’t wait to go back.
Lovely little Roost
We had a long weekend break at The Roost and even though the weather was unkind it didn't matter. At the end of the day it was a nice little space to come back to, a good distance from both beaches and the coastal path. And dog friendly too. Be warned though, if you do have a pooch you won't be able to take them on the local Whitesands beach, as they are banned from May to the end of September. However there is a lovely little cove just up from The Roost where you could take them :)
The cottage is kept in good order and if anything goes wrong the caretaker is on hand.
We will return.
Cosy, well-equipped cottage in a wonderful setting
Saint David's is a beautiful place, and Whitesands, where the cottage is situated, has a wonderful beach and great access to walks along the stunning coastal path.
The Roost is in a truly excellent location, very close to the beach and about 2.5 miles from the centre of St David's, where there's a small but very pleasant range of pubs and restaurants.
The cottage has very good facilities, and is clean and tastefully furnished.
Coast/Beach: Whitesands beach 5 minute walk/ 1 minute drive - Beautiful sandy beach with rock pools plus cafe and lifeguard facility. Superb surfing and swimming. Porthmelgan Beach 10 minute walk - no access by car therefore very secluded. Solva Harbour 15 minute drive Pembrokeshire Coastal path 10 minute walk Travel: Nearest Airport - Cardiff 2 Hours drive Nearest Train Station - Haverfordwest 45 minutes drive Nearest Port - Fishguard 45 minutes Distances: St Davids - 10 minutes drive Haverfordwest - 45 minutes Newgale International surfing beach - 25 minutes Further Details: Variety of excellent restaurants, cafes and delis.