Unique barn, ancient Pembrokeshire farm, lovely self-contained suite: woodstove, large shower, loft bedroom, wifi, patio, pure spring water, home-grown food, fruit, bread and cakes baked by Christine. Nearby beaches cliffs dolphins station and Irish ferry!
A UNIQUE RETREAT
Perfect rural retreat for two: the barn of an ancient Pembrokeshire longhouse, now a beautiful self contained suite of rooms - living/dining room, wood stove, breakfast patio, kitchen with fridge, freezer, dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, Belfast sink, bathroom with large shower, and a traditional croglofft bedroom (see the photos). Wifi Internet, private parking, and our own delicious spring water on tap. And all only five minutes from the beach, the cliffs, seals on the shore, porpoises and dolphins in the waves, the world's "second best coast" (National Geographic) and "the world's best beaches" (Guardian), plus ferry to Ireland and trains from all over Britain.
The Cwtsh is a peaceful retreat on a working smallholding. We specialise in good home-grown food, fruit, preserves, bread, pancakes and cakes all baked by Christine. When you arrive, and depending on the length of your visit, your fridge will be ready stocked with everything you need for your breakfasts - eggs, milk, tomatoes, bacon and sausages, cheese, butter, yoghurts etc etc. There will be a loaf of Christine's bread, muesli, oatcakes, preserves, fruit, herbs and spices, plus good alternatives if you let us know you have special diets.
And the timber and firewood for the stove is produced by Mike in our own ancient woodlands.
This is a place for all seasons: the Cwtsh has wide patio doors for sunny breakfasts, ancient arrowslit windows for cosy autumn nights, a skylight to view the Milky Way in winter and meteor showers any time. Ffynnon Clun has truly wonderful dark skies which glisten with stars.
WINTER RETREAT 2017-18
From mid-November 2017 to mid-February 2018, the Cwtsh will be available on at low rates exclusively to long-stay guests (anything from 20-90 nights). If you are completing a book, writing a script, finishing a thesis, this could be just the winter retreat you need. Please discuss your requirements.
EXHILARATING COAST AND CLIFFS
Five minutes away is the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path, the most exhilarating coastal experience in Britain. Walk a mile or twenty miles, but be sure not to miss it during your stay.
"Forget the Caribbean or Thailand, Pembrokeshire has the world's best beaches ... at least 243 beaches of unparalleled beauty" wrote The Guardian on July 20th 2013, and we agree.
LIFE IN FISHGUARD
At the foot of the hill, past Fishguard & Goodwick Station (regular trains from Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester and London) and the Irish Ferry terminal, the town of Fishguard has independent bookshops, delis and cafés, galleries and farmers' markets, the extraordinary Last Invasion Tapestry, and plenty of live music all year.
Inland, the Preseli Hills - once described as "better than a day in bed" - are the magical source of the bluestones of Stonehenge.
The Cwtsh is ideal for two people, but we regularly welcome larger groups. For a child, you can have a single futon or a travel cot. We can also offer a second bedroom, for a teenager or another couple. In summertime some of your party could camp in the fields and woodlands around the Cwtsh. Back to nature, plus all the amenities of the Cwtsh.
AND ALSO ...
We are happy to provide or arrange -
Guided walking tours of Pembrokeshire
Holiday accommodation for your dog (no pets at the Cwtsh - it is allergen-free)
Local and organic food deliveries
Complementary and alternative therapies
Meet/take you to your train or ferry
Good advice on local walks, travel, weather and eating out
Pembrokeshire event and festival information
We hope to welcome you soon.
Our guests have exclusive use of a fully-fitted self-contained suite of rooms. Outdoors is a breakfast patio, safe off-road parking, secure storage for your bikes, and a log pile to keep your woodstove burning.
We welcome all our visitors to wander around and enjoy our forestry smallholding, including the orchards, woodland, lakes, ponds and viewpoints. At the farm gate, an endless range of coastal walks start, and you can also catch buses either into town or along Pembrokeshire's amazing coast.
Ffynnon Clun is a working smallholding, and we give all guests practical advice on safety on and off the farm.
"Maximum hospitality with minimum fuss" is how we've been described. We like that. We always welcome guests personally, and make sure you have everything you need, with all your questions answered. After that, it is for you to choose how much or little we see of each other. Guests often compliment us on taking care of every detail. But if there is anything else wanted, please ask.
The Cwtsh is self-contained, so it is exclusively your space. We live and work at the other end of the longhouse - so we will either just wave you good morning as you set off for the day, or we can meet up for a mid-morning coffee and chat. It's just as you wish.
Cliffs, beaches, wildlife, ancient harbours, dolphins and mysterious standing stones: There is so much to see here, so where do you begin?
Our exclusive pocket guide, "A Walk to the Shops, Fishguard Style", starts at our gate, and leads (via an ancient volcano, a sandy beach where the French surrendered to Britain, an exhilarating clifftop walk and an ancient Celtic harbour) into the centre of Fishguard, with its cafes, bookshops, art galleries, markets, delis and specialist food shops.
And that's all without leaving town.
We point out safety issues on arrival - Ffynnon Clun is a working smallholding.
Young children should be accompanied when on the smallholding.
No smoking at Ffynnon Clun.
We demonstrate safe use of the loft stairladder on arrival.
All other advice and guidance is in a big red folder in the Cwtsh.
A word about our cleaning fee:
We take great care to prepare the Cwtsh to the highest standard - the kind of welcome we enjoy when travelling.
We have a long list of cleaning, maintenance, equipment and supplies to check, and we don't cut corners. And whether your visit is brief or extended, we prepare the Cwtsh to the same standard, regardless of time and cost. So to ensure that we can afford to continue welcoming all visitors, no matter how short your stay, we charge all guests the same flat rate preparation fee. That way we can continue to offer short stays, rather than limit visits to longer periods. We hope you understand this.
I am a writer, artist and storyteller. I enjoy cooking and gardening, and pride myself on making or growing as much food as I can. So there is always home-made bread and jam, plenty of freshly picked salad from the kitchen garden.
I source everything else locally and organically. I want your experience of Pembrokeshire to be the best.
If children are accompanying you on your holiday, ask me for a bedtime story.
We've been welcoming visitors to the Cwtsh here at Ffynnon Clun for many years - writers, walkers, painters, rock climbers, gardeners, journalists, families large and small, poets, musicians, honeymooners - all looking for a special retreat, and, we believe, finding it. Now airbnb is a fine way of welcoming new friends to the Cwtsh.