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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 centre of the dramatic landscape of Rhossili Bay with uninterrupted views of the sea and the tidal island of Worm's Head. The large traditional rustic dining room is at the heart of the house, which dates from the 1850s with parts of the outbuildings possibly being medieval. In days gone by the parson who lived here would have covered the parishes of Rhossili and Llangennith and The Old Rectory is exactly half way between the two villages, very convenient if you fancy sampling the menu at one of the village pubs.

Open the front door and all you can hear are the sounds of nature, if you are feeling more active, there is storage for surfboards and outdoor equipment in the outhouse. There is easy access to the Wales Coast Path which runs immediately behind the house providing the opportunity for a gentle stroll or a longer hike to explore the beautiful local area.

A short walk way is the village of Rhossili. There are a number of walk routes which start from here, the National Trust Rhossili Shop and Visitor Centre can supply information about the local area and the Gower peninsula, which was the first designated Area of Natural Beauty in the UK of which Rhossili is considered the jewel.

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 ideal cottages for a beach holiday nearby.

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.

Parking: There is parking outside the cottage within a gated area.

Garden: There is a large enclosed garden (stone wall, low in places).

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

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 12pm.

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

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


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.

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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  • 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


Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • September 2016
    • Unknown
    Amazing location

    The location and solitude was amazing. It was magical to share quality time with family and friends .

  • Mrs Anning
    • March 2016
    • Somerset
    Warm and cosy house

    The location of the property is amazing! The house was warm and cosy. This was the best holiday we've had for years. There's an added bonus knowing that you're supporting a charity.

  • Tony Guise
    • October 2015
    • London
    Unique location

    The unique location and property made our stay enjoyable.

    • May 2015
    Made special by its....

    Location and seclusion. Call centre staff very helpful when we had heating issue

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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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