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- 5-star seaside cottage with unbroken view of the sea
- Hot-tub with a view
- Minutes from lovely beaches and the Wales Coast Path
- Close to Mumbles village and walking distance to cafes, shops, restaurants and pubs
- Baby and dog-friendly
- The Gower Peninsula is just a short drive away
- Good access for visitors by train, with plenty to see and do within walking-distance
With a stunning view over the sea, unimpeded and close, Breaking Waves is a smart-but-cosy little holiday house situated in east Langland village on the eastern fringes of the Gower Peninsula. In the distance, on the other side of the Bristol Channel, and misty-blue on the horizon, is Ilfracombe in Devon. The big windows slide open so that you can smell the sea and hear the hypnotic sound of waves breaking onto the shore. Close by are Rotherslade and Langland beaches, with golden sand, dog-friendly cafes, a great all-day brasserie; and a 15-minute walk down the hill is the lovely village of Mumbles, with its Norman castle, good independent food shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Sleeps a couple, plus a non-toddling infant and a good dog.
The front door takes you into the ground floor, where the hallway, bedroom and bathroom are situated. The bedroom has an enormous comfortable super-king bed, and a sea view through the big windows. (The bed can be separated into singles if desired.) The door into the garden is off the bedroom, and it is lovely to step out into the decked garden on a warm summer morning to listen to the sound of the waves or the cry of the gulls, and to spot the crab fishermen going out in their boats.
The bathroom is not just for washing off sand – it is to bathe in slowly in scented water and dream of being a mermaid in an underwater shell-strewn cave; or, more prosaically, to have a bracing blast of hot water in the shower after a good long beach walk. Whichever your inclination, this fantastic bathroom does the job.
The upstairs living-room is a tour de force as, boat-like, it feels as if you are almost on the sea. The big sliding windows open up to let the outside in, and there’s nothing nicer than to sit at the window, listen to the waves, and watch the play of changing light upon the water. Two comfortable sofas, a huge TV, and a glass-fronted electric fire with dancing ‘flames’ all create a cosy sitting-area with a view in a million. Big photographic prints of local views and coastal scenes decorate the walls, and the shimmering blues, greys and silvers of the decorative scheme emphasise the seaside feel. The kitchen area the other end is a perfect work space with everything you need for good cooking, or simply putting together a snack or a drink.
Outside, the decked garden steps down the gently sloping hillside by four levels. There is a roped sitting-area for eating meals outside or for watching the sun sink down below the horizon; a useful private shower for washing off sand, for cooling down after a warm sunbathe, or to freshen up after a run along the coastal path; and a hot-tub for relaxing in and soaking up the view. The coastal path, just minutes away, is great for giving your dog a morning stretch and a run down to the beach. (The beach is out of bounds to dogs between May and October inclusive, but there are plenty of other dog-walking places to go to.)
Things to do around Breaking Waves and The Mumbles near Swansea
This is such a wonderful holiday or short break destination, as you have the choice of staying put and enjoying a relaxing time in the little house and its garden, or you can make the most of so many fun things to do in the area. The choice is huge: from beaches to sightseeing; from shopping to good eating; and activities of all kinds. The local scenery is wonderful, from the great sweep of Swansea Bay to the more intimate local beaches of Rotherslade and Langland (which are connected at low tide). There is the Wales Coastal Path, the nearby National Trust-owned Gower Peninsular (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), and even the Brecon Beacons are within striking distance. Cardiff is worth a visit, if you haven’t yet been to Wales’ capital city, and Swansea itself has cinemas, a theatre, and a truly wonderful indoor food market, the largest in Wales. Or for really fresh fish, Swansea Fish has a superb fish and seafood shop in Fishmarket Quay. The Mumbles (aka Oystermouth), a breezy seaside village just down the hill from Breaking Waves, is well-known for its restaurants, cosy cafes, independent shops and boutiques, all overlooking the sparkling bay. It’s fun just to while away time sitting at a café on the front, watching fishing boats come in, dinghies dancing on the waves, and kite-surfers performing extraordinary tricks.
The nitty gritty
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Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.
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From the visitors book at Breaking Waves
'Our first break with Blaentrothy Cottages. Passed below Breaking Waves a few years ago while walking our coastal path trek from Caernarfon to Cardiff, and we looked up here and marvelled at how lucky the residents were to have such a marvellous uninterrupted view of the sea. Little did we realise that we would one day be lucky enough to have the privilege to stay for a few days in this Shangri-La. Moira hasn't stopped smiling since arriving in glorious sunshine to find lovely Welsh Cakes, bread, milk, butter, tea, coffee, sugar. Pat and John have made this a truly 5-star experience. A fabulously well-equipped kitchen with everything, plus toiletries, bath robes, towels, and fabulous hot tub. They obviously care about giving their guests a memorable stay. We've stayed at many 5-star properties on our coastal treks, and this leaves them all standing. Needed binoculars to find Moira at night in that huge super-king bed, had some lovely deep sleeps in the peace, quiet and dark. Moira loved wakening to her dream view of the sea each morning - a truly relaxing break, not chasing the clock. Didn't move from here until Wednesday when we walked to the Italian cafe/restaurant - Castellamate, overlooking Bracelet Bay and Mumbles Lighthouse. Two wonderful hot tub experiences - one during the March heat haze; the other admiring the stars at night.' Alan and Moira, Hay-on-Wye
'Exactly what we needed - a fantastically relaxing stay! Hot-tub amazing. Week spent playing scrabble and drinking wine, eating local produce, and relaxing under the stars in the hot-tub!' Robin and Katy, Poole
'A beautiful place with amazing views. We had a fantastic weekend and Scooby loved the walks. Thank you! xx' Paul, Lyndsey and Scooby, Hale
'A wonderful few days spent visiting the nearby beaches and pottering around Mumbles. Breaking Waves is a warm and comfortable house to come home to, and the Welsh Cakes and bread went down a treat! Thank you.' Anthony, Sarah and Maud (the dog), Brentford
'Fantastic place, had a lovely time. We both enjoyed everything - totally relaxing! Did not want to leave. Thanks for everything.' Shane and Rona, Bristol