Dolaumaen Isaf

Stunning Pembrokeshire cottage in the country
  • Situated in beautiful west Wales, within easy reach of the coast
  • Narberth close by for great shopping
  • Sleeps 2-4, plus 1 child and an infant
  • Dog-friendly
  • Lyrical views over the Preseli mountain range
  • Big garden with play-area and trampoline for children
  • Superb walking from the front door
  • Artistic interior decoration

A beautifully converted Pembrokeshire cow byre over looking the Preseli Mountains in the Pembrokeshire National Park, Dolaumaen Isaf is perfect for those seeking peaceful surroundings with lyrical views. Decorated with lovely paintings, interesting ceramics, textiles and Welsh country antiques, this really comfortable cottage for 1 to 2 couples (plus a child in an adjoining room), an infant and up to 2 good dogs, makes an enchanting get-away. Not only is Dolaumaen Isaf a fantastic place for a holiday or a short break, it's also an inspirational place just to stay and be – a feast for all the senses. If you can bear to drag yourself away from the cottage, all the joys of Pembrokeshire are on your doorstep – from beaches and coastal paths, to wildlife centres, good restaurants and lovely towns.

Kitchen for self-catering
Spiral staircase in living room Dining table

Downstairs, the light and spacious – but cosy – living area comprises a really well-equipped kitchen, a comfortable sitting-area with a superb wood burning stove, and a dining area with large windows, giving spectacular views across to the Preseli mountains. It is a few steps up to the perfectly-appointed bathroom, and on to the spacious master bedroom with its wonderful Regency four-poster super-king-size bed with Welsh tapestry-weave hangings. There is underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, so it is a delight to pad about in the winter in bare feet. The first floor is up a narrow spiral staircase, where there is a double bedroom with king-size bed in the eaves, with a lovely view of fields and trees, plus an adjoining single bedroom with a full-size single bed – perfect for a child (or for an infant in a cot).

Living room with wood burner Cosy wood burning stove
Plush chair and original paintings Rustic dresser Vintage furniture

There is a real sense of wildness and of time stood still in this landscape. The Stonehenge bluestones were quarried from a crag facing the property, lending this place a wonderful feeling of ancientness. The fact that this is all in the Pembrokeshire National Park means that its beauty is protected. Cows, ponies and sheep graze peacefully in nearby fields, and there are some delightful goats in a neighbouring farm (The Preseli Mohair Centre). The garden is a great place for running around and playing games, watching the rich bird life, or just for soaking up the sun and enjoying the views on the private stone-flagged patio. The garden is big, so that there's plenty of space for children to run around and play. There's also a play-area with swings, a knotted climbing-rope, and a balancing-pole, plus a trampoline and football pitch - all within sight of the terrace.

Beautiful four-poster bed at this Pembrokeshire holiday cottage
Single bedroom Top floor bedroom

Things to do around Dolaumaen Isaf

There are lovely walks or great bike rides straight from Dolaumaen Isaf, and the coastal walks and beaches (Parrog, Poppit Sands, Mwnt) are not far away. Click here for a great cycle route near this cottage. The small city of St. David's with its important cathedral, superb visitors' information centre, good shops and cafes is 45 minutes' drive; and Narberth with its lovely shops (including a fantastic Spanish deli-cum-cafe, good gift and antique shops) is a must at 15 minutes' drive away. The beautiful harbour town of Tenby, with its colourful Georgian town houses and bow windows facing both the harbour and the immense sandy town beach, is 30 minutes away. Newport for fine food, antiques, beach, and boat club, or Cardigan for shops, food, the cinema and Arts Theatre are both about 20 minutes away. The Old Sailors (01348 811 491) is a great little restaurant right beside the beach at Dinas Cross. the Golden Lion is a good pub in town for food. The Wildlife Centre for seeing otters, for walks and canoeing is great for adults and children alike. For more cycle routes click here. For walking click here.

Brilliant for children are: the Iron Age Hillfort (20 mins), the Blue Lagoon water park (30 mins), Folly Farm (25 mins) the Oakwood Theme Park (30 mins).

Bathroom Bathroom shower

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner (logs supplied)
  • Underfloor heating throughout ground floor
  • iPod dock
  • CD-player, plus a supply of CDs
  • Radio
  • Wifi
  • Mobile reception possible around farm, but not always in cottage itself (owners offer use of their own phone if needed)
  • No TV
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Gas hob and electric oven
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Spacious larder cupboard for food storage
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing-machine
  • Tumble-dryer
  • Store cupboard essentials included (tea, coffee, sugar, s&p, dried herbs, vinegar, olive oil)
  • Fourposter in the downstairs bedroom is a super-kingsize
  • The upstairs bedroom has a kingsize bed, and an adjoining single bedroom for a child with a full-size single bed
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included: soap, shower gel, shampoo, hand-and-body lotion, loo paper, tissues, cleaning materials etc
  • Electricity, gas, heating, hot water included
  • Baby-friendly (ask owner for travel cot, high chair etc)
  • No bath, but there is a fantastic shower with (nice touch) a built-in seat
  • Spiral staircase is narrow, so may be restrictive for some
  • Lots of local tourist information, guide books, cook books, novels, and games for all the family
  • Dog friendly: up to two well-behaved dogs welcome downstairs, but be aware of ponies, cattle, rabbits, chickens and ducks close by
  • Spacious private garden in peaceful rural setting, with stone-flagged private patio, garden furniture and a field and woodland for children to run around in and play (there are streams and ponds around, but not in the immediate vicinity, so please keep an eye on small children)
  • Play-area for children available to use: trampoline, swings, balancing pole and football pitch
  • The first floor is partly open to the downstairs living area, so some sound may travel up or down
  • Great walks straight from the door
  • Beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and the Preseli Mountains in the distance
  • Close to the dramatic Pembrokeshire coast for great beaches and coastal walks
  • Parking for 3 cars

Four poster bed Antique dressing table French windows from dining room to holiday cottage garden

Live online booking

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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Garden Amazing valley views
Garden Garden

Location map

Decorative pots Artisan jugs

From the visitors book at Dolaumaen Isaf

'Everything about the cottage - its location, the artworks, ceramics and textiles, and the lovely furnishings, served to make the weekend truly memorable and special.' Jane and Paddy, Edinburgh

'Wow! What a gem. It really is one of the nicest places we've stayed and the welcome was lovely. Breathtaking views and plenty of activities. We'll certainly be back.' The Layford Blakes, Bath

'A wonderful cottage, the conversion is fantastic - such attention to detail especially the joinery. The paintings are an absolute delight.' Piers and Fiona, London

'What a wonderful place - utterly, utterly tranquil and relaxing (a must-have in holidays with 3 small boys!). The boys have been completely in their element, playing in the beautiful garden and in their 'den' upstairs. It is a great testament to how well the cottage works that our one day of not-so-great weather actually felt like a treat... not a bit of cabin fever in sight!' Alex and Rebecca, Dusseldorf

'Just writing to say what a wonderful time we had at Dolaumaen Isaf. We will definitely recommend the cottage and your website to friends and family in the future, and I am sure we will be back!' Alex, Cressy and Sophia, Hereford (by email)

'We just adored this place: private, peaceful, spacious, cosy, well-equipped, and a feast for the eyes. We were so happy in the cottage and relaxing on the terrace, that we were tempted to stay put. But eventually, we went off on trips - and what fun we had! Highlights: shopping in Narberth for great ingredients, picking mussels at Newport, enjoying all the brilliant beaches, meeting the friendly goats at the Mohair Centre, and lots of lovely walks from the door. Our dogs had a blast.' The MacDonald family from Monmouthshire