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The Old Rectory

West Gower, Swansea

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The sole building above a wide expanse of sandy beach, The Old Rectory is set on a raised terrace in the dramatic landscape of Rhossili Bay with uninterrupted views of the sea and the tidal island of Worm's Head. The house dates from the 1850s with parts of the outbuildings possibly medieval. It stands about half a mile down a track from Rhossili village.

The Old Rectory is one of our most popular cottages so you may need to wait a while before you can go on holiday here. However if you're eager to get away sooner we have some other great cottages nearby, click here to find out more.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
sitting room, study and dining room with wood-burning stoves and large kitchen. Utility room in adjacent outbuilding.
First floor
four bedrooms (1 twin, 2 doubles, 1 single), bathroom with shower over bath, shower room with lavatory and separate lavatory.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil central heating included.

Cottage Approach: Access is via an uneven private gated track with a steep incline which requires negotiating with care. Arrival in daylight is recommended.

Accessibility: The track to the beach on foot is very steep.

Please note: Short breaks are bookable within 4 weeks of the start date all year at this cottage.

Under no circumstances must dogs be taken to this cottage as there are sheep in the surrounding fields.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi


Things to see and do nearby

South Wales
People walking above Rhossili Bay, Gower, Swansea, Wales. © John Miller

South Wales is a region rich in natural resources. Beautiful valleys which once saw the growth of some of Britain's greatest industries, offer visitors magnificent scenery and glimpses of the past. Much of the outstanding natural beauty of the area remains untouched. It is a land of contrasts, mountains and moorlands, forest and farmland and magnificent stretches of unspoilt coastline. The National Trust's interests in South Wales include large areas of the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire and Gower, as well as the Dolaucothi Gold Mines, spectacular Aberdulais Falls and the Tudor Merchant's House in Tenby.

Gower Peninsula
Looking out across breathtaking Rhossili Bay, Gower. © Joe Cornish

The Gower peninsula is a stunning unspoilt coastal landscape, 5,500 acres of which are owned by the National Trust and was the first place in Britain to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. An exceptionally mild climate, picturesque villages, free-roaming ponies in large areas of open common, ruined castles and a wealth of archaeology add to its enchantment. South Gower boasts internationally renowned beaches of rocky coves and golden sands. On West Gower the expanses of Rhossili and Whiteford beaches and the famous landmark, Worm's Head, are popular with visitors. North Gower in contrast provides a sweeping estuary of tidal salt marsh grazed by ponies and sheep, while the beautiful seaside village of Mumbles and the city centre of Swansea are just a stone's throw away.

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place to visit
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  • Whiteford Gower Heritage Centre
  • Swansea
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing
  • Pony Trekking
  • Walking
  • Watersports
  • Wildlife watching
  • Mountain biking
National Trust places to visit
Gower: Rhossili Shop and Visitor Centre
Gower: Rhossili Shop and Visitor Centre Large National Trust shop and Visitor Centre set amongst spectacular countryside and beaches
Tudor Merchant's House
Tudor Merchant's House Late 15th-century town house
Colby Woodland Garden
Colby Woodland Garden Beautiful woodland garden with year-round interest
Aberdulais Falls
Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall Famous waterfalls and fascinating industrial site with tin workers' exhibition
Dinefwr Park and Castle
Dinefwr 12th-century Welsh castle, historic house and 18th-century landscape park, enclosing a medieval deer park
Stackpole Estate
Stackpole Beautiful and varied stretch of the Pembrokeshire coast

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Karen Lambert
    • February 2015
    • Norfolk
    Our 3rd visit!

    Excellent Our third visit to this wonderful place

  • Saly Ashwell
    • November 2014
    • Gloucestershire
    Welcoming cottage

    Fabulous. Amazing location. Cottage was very cosy and welcoming.

  • Paul Sellars
    • February 2014
    • England
    Unique location

    The cottage was superb. Very well fitted. Warm and cosy. Your staff are excellent. This cottage is in a unique location and we all simply loved it.

  • Sara Zatouroff
    • August 2013
    • UK

    Spectacular isolated location with vast (almost empty) beach. Perfect. A couple of suggestions: clothes line and/or tall airer in laundry room for drying washing and hanging wet suits, leaving previous visitors books as sometimes contain useful information, noticed some books were missing since our last stay.

  • Jess Clarke
    • February 2013
    • Gloucestershire
    Lovely Amazing Place!

    It is a lovely house, beautiful views and we had a really lovely time. We even went for a swim in the sea in February!! It was cold. But lovely, lovely amazing place

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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