Ffynnon Fair (Mary's Well)
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- Sleeps 2 + 1 infant and 1 dog
- Luxury 5-star cottage
- Perfect for romantic breaks and minimoons
- Close to beaches and great coastal walks
- Great restaurants nearby
- Fresh eggs and veg when in season
This gorgeous tip-top-of-the-range-comfortable holiday cottage for a couple makes the perfect romantic honeymoon or ‘minimoon’ escape, or simply a restful place to come and enjoy the extensive pleasures of the Pembrokeshire coast. Once a simple cowshed, it is now beautifully furnished, properly equipped, and with a bedroom and bathroom which wouldn’t look out of place in a top boutique hotel. Ffynnon Fair overlooks an extensive garden, with lawns, streams, orchard, vegetable plot, landscaped banks and private woodland. The highlight is the pond, surrounded by native wild flowers and fed by the ancient sacred well of Ffynnon Fair (Mary’s Well). One infant and one well-behaved dog are welcome.
Ffynnon Fair is situated on the edge of the village of Eglwyswrw, close to Cardigan, with all its useful shops, and only 7 minutes’ drive from the pretty seaside town of Newport, with its fabulous sandy beach and excellent restaurants. The owner ( whose bara brith has to be a contender for Best in Wales), grows lots of vegetables in her garden, and supplies them to visitors when in season, as well as fresh eggs from her hens, and pretty flowers cut from the garden.
The bedroom has an enormous, luxurious super-king bed with a headboard covered in a lovely weave from the renowned Melin Tregwynt; the bathroom is super-luxurious, with a wonderful contemporary bath, a huge wet-room shower, stylish fittings, fluffy towels and bath robes; and the kitchen, painted in a pretty, restful grey-blue, is superbly fitted out with everything needed for self-catering. The cosy sitting area, at the other end of the spacious open-plan living area, has two sofas (one each!) facing a first-rate wood burner. The cottage looks out via generous stable doors onto its own private garden on one side; and onto the lovely big garden the other side, which visitors are invited to explore and enjoy.
Things to do around this holiday cottage in Pembrokeshire, Wales
Happily for walkers, Ffynnon Fair is only five miles from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path; while the Preseli mountains, with ancient monuments, wild ponies and panoramic views, are the same distance away inland. The holy well in the garden, Ffynnon Fair (Mary’s Well), after which the cottage is named, is on an ancient pilgrimage route to St. David’s. The nearby village of Nevern is on the route and has a very famous church, with probably one of the best examples of a Celtic cross and a 'bleeding' yew tree.
North Pembrokeshire is defined by its rugged landscape, vernacular buildings, beautiful beaches, outstanding wildlife and historic sites, but there is so much more, too: you can fish, play golf, go pony-trekking, visit wildlife havens and enjoy water sports within a very reasonable driving distance from Eglwyswrw. Cardigan Bay is home to a rich variety of wildlife, from playful bottle-nose dolphins, to seals, basking sharks, and even the occasional minke or humpback whale. Great boat trips will take you right up close to the wildlife.
Lovers of good eating will be very happy to find some excellent places to eat in and around Newport. The Cnapan and Llys Meddyg are pitched at the ‘fine dining’ end, while there are plenty of cafes, bistros and pubs in the town for really good medium-priced meals, such as The Canteen (01239 820131) for eating in or taking out. For fish-lovers, there is a café/restaurant, The Old Sailors (01348 811491), tucked into the lee of Dinas Island, only yards from the beach. There’s not much nicer than eating a bowl full of mussels (with chips on the side) after a stint on the beach, watching the waves and the occasional distant ferry from Ireland. It’s great for crab and lobster, too. The Shed at Porthgain is an award-winning establishment, a favourite of the owner, and at 24 miles from Ffynnon Fair, makes a good spot for lunch as part of a sightseeing trip between St. David’s and Strumble Head.
The nitty gritty
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From the visitors book at Ffynnon Fair
'It has been a real privilege and delight to be the first guests to stay in your wonderful barn. It is the most gorgeous space to be in and we have enjoyed so much the warm and tranquil atmosphere. Your loving attention to detail created as you said by the skill craftsmanship and artistry of your friends and people who have become your friends along the journey. We can not wait to return. Diolch yn fawr iawn and pob lwc.' Steve and Allison
'We have had such an amazing stay at your beautiful cottage. You have gone above and beyond in being a fantastic host and making us feel so welcome and relaxed here. Your garden is beautiful and the fresh eggs were fantastic. Cleo (dog) also had an amazing time playing with Molly and roaming in the veg patch. One of the best holidays we have ever taken and we hope to come back again if you will have us.' Cath and Cleo
'Thank you so much for sharing your special haven with us and your local knowledge of where to go and what to see. Many favorites, but especially the walk around Dinas Head. The superb pictures of Ffynnon Fair on the web site showed a high spec interior but the reality was even better. The gardens are amazing and the chickens so well behaved. We are already looking forward to a return visit.' Sue and Kim
fantastic way to spend our honeymoon! The cottage is brilliant and
looks even better in real life. The finishing touches like the jam and
Champagne were brilliant, too. It is very rare to be able to bring dogs
away to somewhere so well-finished, and Bracken had a great time
meeting Molly. We had great weather all week, nad would recommend
Dinas Head and Newport Sands for good afternoon strolls. The Golden
Lion in Newport serves up really good food! Wendy, big thank you for
amking us feel welcome and for the local knowledge. Hope to come back
soon." Tim and Em
"Dear Wendy – your hospitality is second to none, as are the
finishing touches in Ffynnon Fair which complete a fabulous place to stay. The
local walking has been fantastic, as have the local food establishments - `Llys Meddyg` on
our first evening was just sublime, the Old Sailor at Dinas was superb, and the posh
Fish & Chips at The Shed at Porthgain very good too!! All in all a lovely
relaxing short break in the lap of luxury. Plenty of things to do and see in
the area and a pleasure to stay in your holiday barn. We will be back!!" Simon & Laura,
"A fabulous two whole weeks in your luxury holiday barn and what a continuing delight it has been! We have had some excellent walking on the Preselis and Coast Path, enjoying Red Kites and seals as well as exploring St. David's, Cardigan and Narberth. It has been wonderful to return `home` here each day to such a welcoming comfortable and beautiful space and to wake each morning to fresh eggs and homemade jam, not to mention delicious Bara Brith on arrival! You have created a beautiful holiday haven. Can’t wait to return." Alison & Steve Bowden, Barry