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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.
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.
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.
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.