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Breathing life back into Treleddyd Fawr

New oak lintel above the simne fawr, grown at Colby Woodland Gardens  © Sarah Green

New oak lintel above the simne fawr, grown at Colby Woodland Gardens © Sarah Green

We are excited to be able to offer the opportunity to stay in the beautiful Treleddyd Fawr, just a mile and a half from the bustling city of St David’s. The cottage has views over Whitesands Bay and Ramsey Island and is possibly one of the last examples of a traditional Pembrokeshire vernacular cottage. Over the past 18 months, a carefully planned and executed restoration of this fascination building steeped in history has taken shape. The conservation team have kept a blog throughout the restoration which provides a wonderful insight into this special project.

The associated farm was first referenced in the mid 16th century however most of the structure and fabric dates from the late 18th century.  The Trust was bequeathed this unique property by its owner and steward, Mr Glyn Griffiths with the request for it to be preserved, both inside and out.  He had lived there since his childhood and the traditional tydyyn, two up - two down crofters cottage had remained largely unaltered.

As initial inspections of the cottage and its structure were undertaken, little gems were unearthed, a timber beam which had been wrapped in a newspaper, The Daily Mail from 1928 and many designs of wallpaper from through the ages. At last count, over 40 different types were painstakingly uncovered; they can be seen below resembling a beautifully crafted patchwork quilt.

Following vegetation clearance and a first chance to see the real extent of the project, the restoration gathered momentum, local history groups and interested parties have been able to visit this fascinating site and experience at first hand the work that is being done, learning about the conservation challenges which are being faced.


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  • The exterior of Treleddyd Fawr Cottage, St. Davids, Pembrokeshire © Mike Henton

    Treleddyd Fawr Cottage

    St. Davids , Pembrokeshire

    Traditional Pembrokeshire farm cottage providing great access to the coastal countryside.