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Pontbrenmydyr is on the edge of the Llanerchaeron parkland. It is an early seventheenth-century Clom (mud constructed walls), stone and thatch cottage. This cottage has been sympathetically restored to give comfortable and romantic accommodation surrounded by early vernacular detail. You can find out more about the restoration story here. Sustainable consideration has been made with heating and hot water supplied by a fully automatic biomass wood pellet boiler and solar panels, producing heating and water with virtually no carbon emissions. Rainwater is collected, filtered and used to flush the toilet, also reducing the environmental impact of the cottage.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove, compact kitchen, bedroom (double with 5' bed), bathroom with roll-top bath with original cow stalls, hitching post and cobbled stone floor and a utility room in an out-building.
Visitor notes

Wood pellet boiler central heating and solar power heating included.

There is a garden leading down to a stream and parking available for two cars.

This cottage has a very low roof pitch so care must be taken, especially at the front door.

There are 2 steps down to the cottage from the front door and 1 step from the bedroom to the bathroom. Please note that there are also some uneven floors.

There is an empty cottage awaiting renovation at the bottom of the drive of this cottage. Please be advised that this does not belong to The National Trust. We have no responsibility for this cottage.

There is an unfenced river at the bottom of the garden. Due to the nature of the property and surrounding area, this cottage is not suitable for babies or toddlers and as such we do not provide cot/ highchair/nursery guard.

Pontbrenmydyr was built as a very simple workman's cottage long before the days of damp proof courses and cavity walls etc. Without the benefit of these, or inappropriate modern waterproofing techniques, some of which would change its appearance, it is impossible to avoid flaking/erupting paint and damp patches on the inside and outside walls. In the knowledge that the income generated from your booking is, to a large extent, spent on maintaining this and similar properties, we ask for your forbearance and tolerance and trust that, despite any short comings, you will enjoy staying in this pretty, unspoilt, little cottage.

Holiday Cottage guests have free entry to Llanerchaeron during opening hours.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Single storey
  • Unique
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • Accessible for ambulant disabled people
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

Exterior, beach near Burrows Cottage,Llanmadoc,Gower,South Wales © Joe Cornish

South Wales is a land of sweeping green valleys, rugged mountains, woodland and forests and miles of coastal paths laced with heather.

The special places we look after in Pembrokeshire include the rugged landscape and views over to Ireland from St David's Peninsula, to the nature reserve at Stackpole where otters and dragonflies nestle amongst the water reeds. Then take in the views over the Bristol Channel to Lundy and Exmoor from sun-drenched Rhossili, the highest point on the Gower peninsula.

In North Wales, the dramatic mountain scenery of Snowdonia, with its rivers, waterfalls and the Nant Gwynant valley nestled amongst the mountains and hills, draws people back again and again, while the colourful beach huts at Llanbedrog beach and grey seal-spotting at Porthor Beach are just a few of the highlights of the very special Llyn Peninsula.

West Wales
View from Carn Llidi, on St David's Head, over Whitesands Bay towards Ramsey Island at St Bride's Bay. © Joe Cornish

South West Wales has spectacular coastline, unspoilt countryside, thrilling activities and fascinating places to visit, making it one of the UK's most appealing holiday destinations. Pembrokeshire, on the South West tip of Wales, is a spectacular coastal region, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park takes in the entire coastal strip - the only national park in the UK to be wholly coastal in nature and for good reason. The coastline is stunning! Neighbouring Carmarthenshire is known as the 'garden of Wales' and home to the National Botanic Garden. Visitors can explore the rich heritage and culture, myths and legends, with spectacularly sited castles and picturesque market towns and the area is a paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers, with the Red Kite a common sight soaring over the countryside. Cardiganshire in the north boasts dramatic clifftop scenery overlooking Cardigan Bay and a haven for wildlife and pretty traditional Welsh seaside towns such as Aberaeron, the home of the famous Welsh cob and where one house in every four is a listed building. National Trust places to visit include the beautiful Bosherston Lily Ponds, Barafundle Bay, Colby Woodland Garden and the Tudor Merchant's House in Tenby. Other attractions include the smallest Cathedral City in the UK, St Davids, many pretty seaside resorts, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail extending 186 miles from north to south and Oakwood theme park.

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place to visit
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  • Aberaeron
  • cycle pathway along the old railway to Aberaeron
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Llanerchaeron 18th-century Welsh gentry estate -- with house, walled gardens and home farm
Dolaucothi Gold Mines
Dolaucothi Gold Mines Gold mines in use from Roman times to the 20th century
Cilgerran Castle
Cilgerran Castle Striking 13th-century ruined castle
Aberdeunant Traditional Carmarthenshire farmhouse in an unspoilt setting
Dinefwr Park and Castle
Dinefwr 12th-century Welsh castle, historic house and 18th-century landscape park, enclosing a medieval deer park


Comments from past visitors

  • Carol Evans
    • March 2016
    • ...
    Made enjoyable...

    The area is beautiful and Aberaeron is only three quarters of an hour or so away by an easy and delightful walk. Aberaeron is a pretty town with very good restaurants. The coastal path is very accessible and wonderful. Although a cottage (not NT) very close to the property was being renovated the team of men working there couldn't have been more friendly and obliging.

  • Clarke
    • January 2016
    • ...
    Made enjoyable...

    THERE is a style which we now associated with NT cottages which we like. Its the level of comfort and the odest style (and quirky) of furnishing.

  • King
    • October 2015
    • ....
    Made enjoyable...

    Wonderful countryside for walks, peaceful area with few people about. As I live in London this is important to me.

  • David Taylor
    • May 2015
    • Herefordshire
    Cosy cottage

    Very cosy and romantic cottage in a pretty location Did not see staff but grateful for provisions/firewood etc provided

  • Anonymous
    • April 2015
    • Unknown
    Lovely cottage

    Lovely, cosy and quirky cottage in a fabulous location. Stunning location, private and peaceful with a river at the bottom of the garden and only a 5 minute walk across the field to Llanerchareon

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