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A Luxurious Cottage Nestled in the Idyllic Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Luxurious Detached Cottage In the woods...wake up to birds singing and soothing noise of the stream.

Originally built in 1840, Syke Mill has been converted from a pair of quarrymen's cottages on the banks of a woodland stream to a Boutique Holiday Home. The cottage was completely rebuilt to a high standard and offers a cosy and homely accommodation. The ground floor has unrestricted access on one level, with further accommodation upstairs. The spacious open-plan living room is furnished in a contemporary style and it has a log burner. A large patio door open out onto the terrace, the ancient woodland and the bubbling stream. The kitchen is spacious and well equipped. Downstairs the floors are covered throughout with travertine tiles.

The cottage is located within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and it's location makes perfect for walking the coastal path, right from our door step. The cottage comes with half an acre of outdoor space, to include a garden at the rear, it offers a great outdoor environment for children and for your family dog to play and explore. With unspoilt beaches and picturesque fishing villages, country pubs and a wide range of leisure facilities within easy reach. The cottage is perfect for couples, family and friends. The large detached cottage's luxurious finish and it's location makes it UNIQUE. It's truely a great place to relax and to enjoy life's little pleasures.

Don't take my word for it...try it!

More Details

Owner
Hafida
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, Welsh
Calendar last updated:
November 4, 2017

About Hafida

Syke Mill or Melin (in Welsh) was derelict until 2012. The property comes with just under half of an acre of woodland.

I fell in love with Syke Mill the moment I saw it, a "hidden gem" right in the woods with diverse bird species, trees and a woodland stream. Syke Mill allows children to be children, to explore in a safe environment, to learn to keep themselves safe and develop outdoor skills. The cottage's location makes it ideal for exploring Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

The property is in an ideal spot for Walking, Bird Watching, Surfing, Cycling, Coasteering or simply enjoying a swim. You might prefer to unwind on one of the two decked areas and enjoy the scenery or sit by the fire with a glass of wine. Perfect for family, friends and couples.

One of my favourite time of the year is winter, after a walk in the woodland or on the beach I look forward to a bubble bath and to relax by the fire with a glass of wine.

My children loves climbing trees, explore the woods and swing from the rope attached onto a tree. They also like to build dens and trip to Skomer Island to see baby Puffins.

We have recently rescued a puppy called Sonnet, she is a beautiful and loves the outdoor space.

Outdoor play keeps the doctor away!

Hafida purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Hafida chose Walwyn's Castle

Syke Mill is the perfect base for beach, we are located a short distance from the best beach in the world 2017...Barafundle. Also Broad Haven South beach. Bird lovers, walkers, surfers, cyclists and those who wish to be away from it all. Homely settings where you can chill by the fire, enjoy your favourite drink, a book or board games.

Please contact us for a list of our favourite, hidden...secret beaches...places to visit. We do have a list of walks ideal for wheelchair users.

What makes this cottage unique

Syke Mill is haven from everyday distractions of modern life. Relax and appreciate the beautiful and exclusive ancient woodland setting in luxury and comfort.

Explore the Pembrokershire Coast National Park Trail from our door step. The cottage is located near the best beaches in the UK 2017. My favourite beach is Barafundle bay, Broad Haven South and many more.

https://www.skyscanner.net/news/beaches/wales-best-beaches/

Please contact us for our family favourite places to see and eat at.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Highly recommended, good location and very equipped
Apr 2017
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Amenities

Walwyn's Castle Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Village
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , Located on the ground floor near to the bedroom.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , First floor, ensuite to the twin bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , bidet , First floor, an ensuite to the master bedroom/a king bed
  • The Master Ensuite bathroom has a deep and luxurious bath, with water fall taps...ideal for sharing. The twin bedroom has an ensuite wet room. Downstairs bedroom has a spacious wetroom with a large power shower with multiple settings. Washbasin and wc. Tiled throughout with travertine tiles.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Notes on bedrooms: Ground floor (bedroom 1) with a double bed and adjacent wetroom. First floor (bedroom 2) twin beds with an ensuite shower room. Bedroom 3 with a king bed and an ensuite bathroom. Space for an additional cot. All the beds have a memory form top layer for a truly luxurious sleep.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
NEW 2018---VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL DEAL to include a bottle of bubbly, red roses petals and chocolates to savour in a romantic setting...Bonne Appetit. Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages. Channel 4 October 2016. Penelope crosses the stunning coastline of Pembrokeshire visiting communities, tea rooms, and a venue of the World Series of cliff diving. Rough Guide votes Wales best place to visit in 2014. ITV1. Episode 3. Pembrokeshire. A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones. “I’m setting out on a personal odyssey, you see I was born in Wales but brought up in Essex and now I’m coming back. I want to get to grips with a wonderful country – Wales. The mill was beautiful, it was exactly what we were looking for. We were welcomed by John who gave us the keys and showed us round. There was also a welcome of tea, coffee and Welsh cakes which was marvellous. The house itself is spectacularly well appointed and I was highly impressed with the finishing touches. Kerri. Sept.2014

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A Luxurious Cottage Nestled in the Idyllic Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
average rating of 4.8 based on 22 reviews
5

5 Star Luxury Hidden in the Woodland

  • 5 of 5

This fantastic little property, nestled in the woods and a short drive from lovely beaches was my idea of paradise and I did not want to come home. This property is the best self catering cottage that allows dogs that I have ever stayed in. The layout and facilities were second to none. You enter through a utility room which is ideal for removing boots, wiping dirty paws and discarding muddy outer layers before entering the living area, and lets face it, it is Wales, it will rain at some point. An outside tap allows you to wash inevitable mud and sand from your boots. Inside there is everything you could want or need. A well equipped kitchen, with items that most self catering cottages forget (sieves, cooking utensils, a range of various cooking pots and oven trays). A beautiful welcoming touch is the hand made mat on which sat what became my favourite item for breakfast, Welsh Cakes. Also, for halloween, Hafida had a pumpkin waiting for my 8 year old to carve, which made his day. With plenty of seating in sofas around the fireplace or at the large kitchen table, there is plenty of room in this open plan living area. The bedrooms are an excellent size and the beds were dressed beautifully. Storage is in abundance with built in cupboards, chest of drawers, bedside tables and even dressing tables. Beautifully adorned mirrors are on all walls in the bathrooms, which is often an overlooked feature in most holiday lets. But the little items for me added the touch of quality. Hand wash in all the bathrooms, with added moisturiser in the master ensuite. Dishes of pot pourri adding a decorative touch. Bed linens and soft towels that smelt wonderful. The shower in the wet room was amazing, the huge bath in the ensuite was divine. The outside of the property was just as amazing, considering that the land is on a hillside, good use has been made to utilise the space. The decking does get slippy when it is wet, but then so does mine at home.

Across the road is the nature reserve and woodland, I found what I call my secret stream, hidden away through ferns and holly which I would stop at and just listen to the quiet sounds of nature. At night, when it’s clear, the stars can be seen so brightly and you can hear the nocturnal animals.

There is limited phone signals, but i found this refreshing, not to be contacted by cold callers for a whole week, I felt it did my 8 year old good to be away from the internet too. I would happily live here.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sarah for taking the time to leave a review, I can't tell you how much pleasure we get when our guests enjoy their stay in the beautiful surroundings and the comfort of our cottage. I hope you've made it to our family favourite the 'Best Fish and Chips' in the whole of Pembrokeshire. The cottage is often discribed as a "Tardis" because once you get inside, it's a spacious with an open plan living that is perfect for entertainment, furnished to a high standard and well equipped to celebrate all occasions. From our door step you can walk through the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to Little Haven and BroadHaven beach. We have laminated maps available at the cottage for our guests to use. If you wish to drive a short distance you can also get to Dale, St Brides, BroadHaven South, Barafundle beach and also Porthgain. Our cottage will be wonderfully decorated for our Christmas and New Year guests to spend a truly magical time in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Thank you once again for looking after our home, for taking the time to leave a review and for recommending Syke Mill to your parents. Kind regards, Hafida
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5

Highly recommended - we had a great time staying here

  • 5 of 5

Thank you! We Nelsons (family of 4 plus Labrador) all had a brilliant holiday. Hafida has created a really beautiful holiday retreat - we were very excited when we arrived and explored inside. So many luxuries and our young people (12 and 14 years) thoroughly enjoyed having a bathroom each! We loved the nearby nature reserve and walked there every day spotting kingfishers and jumping fish - so peaceful and tranquil. When we were 'home' we did need to train our dog not to wander off behind the raised decking area - dogs do love to explore (!) and the garden is not enclosed by a fence all the way round. One of our family highlights was a mini adventure walking to the pub at Little Haven one evening - quite a challenge but well worth it and definitely memorable... many of the local footpaths are overgrown and quite challenging so sticking to the mainly single track road route recommended by Hafida would be wise! So many incredible places to explore... Stackpole (walking and Paddle Boarding), Dale (crabbing and driftwood sculptures), Marloes, Broadhaven (amazing Cafe 'The Bay'), Newgale (our dog's favourite) ... so much to do in this lovely area! Syke Mill is a beautiful secluded cottage in a truly outstanding area of Pembrokeshire. We loved it!

Nicola, Jon, Rachel, James and Nuala (dog)

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nicola and family, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I'm trilled that you enjoyed your stay at Syke Mill and it's beautiful surroundings. The half of acre of garden space is naturally fenced at the top decking area. At the lower decking we have a gated entrance with pence panels all long the area. We never had any issues with our dog guests while at Syke Mill, the area is perfect for dogs to run about and to swim in the nature reserve or at many dog friendly beaches. We have multiple shortcuts to access Little Haven and Broadhaven by foot if you choose to. We have laminated maps available at the cottage for our guests to use. Thank you once again for looking after our home and for booking your stay with us. I look forward to welcoming you again. Kind regards. Hafida
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4

Well presented, comfortable cottage in beautiful Pembrokeshire

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time staying at Syke Mill and exploring beautiful Pembrokeshire. The weather during our stay was a bit mixed, but we managed 4 fantastic sunny beach days and would highly recommend beaches at: Marloes, Broad Haven, Tenby and Stackpoles. We also visited Solva, St Davids, Pembroke and the Lily Ponds at Bosherston and the kids loved their visit to Blue Lagoon, which was a great way of entertaining them on a wet afternoon. We would highly recommend The Griffin at Dale and St Brides Inn at Little Haven for eating out. Booking is advisable.

The joining instructions and direction of how to get to Syke Mill were great and straight forward to follow. We didn't get lost! The cottage itself has been finished to a high standard, is well presented and very comfortable. The beds were v comfortable indeed. Great nights sleep had by all. Great utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer which we made use of. Slightly disappointed that the 'freezer' listed in the kitchen details, is no more than an ice box in an under counter fridge! Sadly we arrived with too much food, thinking some could go straight into the freezer. There would be room for an upright fridge / freezer in the utility room, which would be great considering the cottage accommodates 6. An under counter fridge is too small for a cottage catering for 6 in our opinion. There is a need for hooks in all bathrooms to hang towels, robes, wash bags etc... Unfortunately the can opener in the kitchen didn't work and was rusty, so we had to resort to other means to open up a can of custard! There was also only one wooden bread board / chopping board in the kitchen. An additional chopping board for raw meat would be highly advisable. All small things, but make a difference to your holiday. We left a note in the visitors book about these things and by the time we got home Hafida had emailed us addressing all the points we had made. We were really impressed as we never thought any one would come back to us about the comments we had left. Hafida obviously cares a lot about the home she hires out and wants to make sure things are right for her guests. Our kids loved the property so much, they wanted to bring it back to Suffolk with us! We had a great stay and would highly recommend this cottage.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Elizabeth and family, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. It's helpful to know about the little touches that will make our guests stay even more special. Yes, we are looking at adding a free standing fridge. We just need to decide where to put it. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the luxury, the comfort of the cottage and it's beautiful surroundings. I hope you've enjoyed the views from the new decking area at the top of the garden, it really feels like you are in a tree house. I'm glad to hear that your children enjoyed the football table game and the woodlands, my boys love it too. The cottage is perfect for all sorts of stay from a romantic get away "a deux" to ramblers, birds enthusiasts, cyclists and for those who just want to spend time in a luxurious environment. Thank you once again for booking your stay with us and I look forward to welcoming you again. Kind regards. Hafida
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5

Lovely little property

  • 5 of 5

It's a lovely little house, nicely furnished and equipped.

Lovely owner too.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joe and family, thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for your kind words. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the luxury, the comfort of the cottage and it's beautiful surroundings. I hope you've enjoyed the views from the new decking area at the top of the garden, it really feels like you are in a tree house. The cottage is perfect for all sorts of stay from a romantic get away, ramblers, birds enthusiasts, cyclists and for those who just want to spend time in a luxurious environment. My boys and I have enjoyed many cliff dives at the old quarry called the Blue Lagoon near Abereiddy beach. You can also take part in kayaking, Coasteering and trips to Skomer Island. Right from our door step, there are shortcuts that will take you straight to Little Haven and Broad Haven beach along the famous Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Thank you once again for booking your stay with us and I look forward to welcoming you again. Kind regards. Hafida
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4

Peaceful Retreat

  • 4 of 5

Instructions on how to get to the property were good and we had no difficulty finding it. It is situated in a very small peaceful village entered by single track roads with passing places. The local people we met were friendly and helpful. The cottage has been renovated to a high standard, has a well equipped kitchen, fridge on the small side for 4/6 people and modern touch button hob/microwave/oven which we soon managed to use with ease.

We had mixed weather and when the sun shone the garden decking was ideal to sit out on and there are plenty of chairs/tables/parasol available. When it rained the decking was slightly slippery, so take care. The log fire and the heating both work well and were easy to use.

The beds were lovely, clean and comfortable. It was very quiet and conducive to a good night's sleep. We did hear an owl one night!

The bathrooms have high end fittings and the showers work well, with plenty of hot water at all times. The utility room was very useful and ensured that we did not have to take wet boots/clothes/dog straight into the lounge.

TV works well but be aware that there is no internet and phone connections are patchy even in the garden.

All in all a lovely cottage and with access to the a few local walks. Just over the road is a walk to the nature reserve with a small lake which was home to a pair of swans and 3 cygnets. Unfortunately the walk to the beach, which a local directed us to, is overgrown and the farmer has sown to the edge of the field so we couldn't use this way of visiting the beach. The short drive to Little Haven and Broad Haven is worth it and the other beaches along the coast to St David's are all worth a visit, all lovely sandy coves.

A beautiful place to stay to explore the Pembrokeshire coast.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Denise, thank you for taking the time to leave a review and thank you for booking your holiday with us. There is a 4G signal available from the decking area that I use when mixing work and pleasure. We are waiting for broadband facilities to be installed in our part of world. Phone signal is available with various network providers. I'm glad you've enjoyed the cottage luxurious comfort and the short walk to the hidden reservoir.
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5

A lovely well presented cottage in a beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable cottage with all amenities. Well most, be warned there is no wifi and phone signal is weak but available outside, but that suited us fine to get away from it all and relax in this remote location in a beautiful wooded valley with no interruptions from the outside world. The kitchen was well equipped, we had everything we needed to prepare meals and eat in, although there are many recommended eateries within a short driving distance. The owners had left lots of information on local walks, and the local amenities, there was no shortage of things to do.

The garden area was lovely just to sit in and enjoy the birdsong - very little else to hear. And right opposite the cottage there is a lovely walk through a nature reserve, past a reservoir (with a fine selection of water fowl including swans) to the church, and then a short walk down the hill back to the cottage. Lots of wild flowers to see on this walk - there had clearly been an abundance of snowdrops, but for us in April there were primroses and bluebells just starting to flower, and some wild orchids. This became our 'evening constitutional'. Lots of beaches a short drive away, but also possible to walk (about 2.5 miles) to Little Haven for those who like a ramble.

Lots of thought has gone into making this a fantastic get away from it all rural retreat.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jane and John, thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to leave a review. I'm trilled that you enjoyed your stay at Syke Mill and it's beautiful surroundings. The cottage is perfect for all sorts of stay from a romantic get away, to ramblers and birds enthusiasts, cyclists and for those who just want to spend time in a luxurious environment. The cottage location make it perfect to get away from it all and to explore the surroundings areas. My boys and I enjoyed many cliff dives in an old quarry called the Blue Lagoon near Abereiddy beach. You can also take part in kayaking, Coasteering and trips to Skomer Island. There is a shortcut that will take you straight to Little Haven and Broad Haven beach. Also you are within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park path. Thank you once again for booking your stay with us and I look forward to welcoming you again. Kind regards. Hafida
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Map

Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Swan Inn
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Swan Inn
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Little Haven
Car: recommended

Robson Green's Coastal Lives...Pembrokeshire. ITV Channel. Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages. Channel 4 (Wednesday 12th October 2016)

"Penelope crosses the stunning coastline of Pembrokeshire visiting communities, tea rooms, and a venue of the World Series of cliff diving...."

Let Syke Mill be your haven from everyday distractions of modern life, relax and appreciate the beautiful, exclusive ancient woodland setting in luxury and comfort.

***NEW FOR 2017...TOP DECKING AREA...TO BE EVEN CLOSER TO NATURE AND WILDLIFE. FOR AN EVEN MORE LUXURIOUS AND RELAXING BREAK

Further Details:

We welcome our guests with Tea, Hot Chocolate, Roasted Coffee Beans for your first hot drink.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0
Cleaning $79.45

NEW 2018---VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL DEAL to include a bottle of bubbly, red roses petals and chocolates to savour in a romantic setting...Bonne Appetit.

A refundable Damage/Breakage deposit payment of £200 will be requested six weeks prior to your stay.

Best Rates:
Please contact us for our best rates. We offer a rate for a small group, couples and weekend rates throughout the year.

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover is preferred, but we can be flexible. Usual arrival time is 4.00pm and departure time 10.00am to allow us time to prepare the cottage. Other times can be negotiated by prior arrangement when possible.

Notes on prices:
Choose Syke Mill for the perfect place to start your adventures on the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with family, friends and a small dog. We do not charge for one family dog. We do not charge for infant.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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