Having spent the last week at our recently purchased holiday home stripping it back to it’s bare bones, I can really appreciate a beautifully restored cottage in another part of the country.
Nestled in the coastal Pembrokeshire countryside, this one-bedroom cottage and its outbuildings date back to the early 1800s and were bequeathed to the National Trust by Mr Glyn Griffiths, with the wish to preserve their personality and charm for others to enjoy. To stay true to Treleddyd Fawr’s classic country roots, local materials were used where possible and many of the original features are still on display – quarry tiles in the parlour for instance, wooden partitions and handmade coat pegs in the hallway, and a rather rustic-looking well pump in the garden.
Treleddyd Fawr Cottage
The cottage itself has been lime-washed in a traditional clean yellow and Pembrokeshire soft blue, with the accompanying buildings sporting a bright white and contrasting dark red woodwork.
Downstairs there is a traditional parlour (sitting room) with a wood burning stove which looks very welcoming indeed. The furnishings have been kept deliberately simple, befitting a traditional cottage. And there is another living/dining area with an inglenook fireplace with a second wood burning stove, plus a galley kitchen and bathroom. Outside there is another loo in the utility room.
The bright blue paintwork makes a splash of colour against the white-washed walls and country style furniture. I love this cosy dining nook, and the blue and white china displayed in the dresser.
Upstairs is a similarly furnished bedroom and dressing area with views across the countryside.
I can’t think of anything nicer than being holed up here for a week, enjoying walks along the nearby beaches or across the rugged moors. Followed by dinner in that pretty dining corner, before curling up in front of a wood burning stove.
Treleddyd Fawr Cottage can be booked through National Trust Holidays.
Photographs: Mike Henton