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The Old Pottery, Eglwyswen, Near Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales SA41 3SE

Self-catering - Sleeps 2

Welcomes Adults, child (in cot), 1 well-behaved dog

Average Rating from 15 reviews: 4.87
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The Old Pottery

Contact Details

Matt and Barbara Guard
Email oldpottery@stone-river.co.uk
Tel 01239 891131
or 07786 492216

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A cosy, detached studio-style stone cottage, set in a smallholding in the Preseli National Park. Walk direct from the door or take a short drive to the coast for beaches, restaurants, pubs.

Features include open rafters, stone walls and stained glass windows. Accommodation comprises sitting area with Freesat TV, DVD and CD player with iPod dock, plus selection of films, music, books and games. Sleeping area has double bed with king-size duvet and feather pillows. The kitchen overlooks a meadow through a stained-glass window and includes a full-size cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge with ice-box and washing machine. Shower room with constant hot water and plentiful supply of towels. Hair dryer, iron and ironing board.

Private, sunny courtyard garden with garden furniture, beside a summer flowering wild flower meadow. Parking right by cottage. Crymych 3 miles - pub, Spar and fish & chips. Newport and Cardigan 8 miles - restaurants, supermarkets, cafes, shops and pubs.

  • Detached studio-style stone cottage
  • Preseli National Park location
  • 1 well-behaved dog welcome (10 GBP)
  • Walk direct from door to moor
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path a short drive
  • Travel cot and high chair available
  • Includes heating, elec, bed linen, towels
  • Tesco deliver!
  • Wood-burner and central heating
  • Dishwasher, washing machine, i-pod dock

“We met the lovely Babs on our last day even though the main house is just next door so the cottage is very private”

“I’ve stayed in a lot of holiday rentals and this one was perfect”

“We took our dog with us and again, Babs was really accommodating”

“everything you would want for a quiet, relaxed, away-from-it-all break”

“If you love walking and want complete peace and tranquility you will love this place”

“The peace and tranquility is wonderful, bird song being the only sound and yet it is only a short drive to the local shops”

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Review Review No. 15 of 15

Recommended by:

Marion B from Aylesbury

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 1
  • 55
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
September - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Peace and quiet in a wonderful cottage at the foot of the Preseli Mountains”

This is the second time I have stayed with Babs and Matt and I hope to stay many more times. The cottage is beautiful and wonderfully remote and peaceful but at the same time there is easy access to Cardigan, Newport and Fishguard.

The cottage is spotlessly clean and very cosy with central heating and a wood stove. The kitchen has everything you can need and set off with a jug of fresh flowers.

Specifically Recommend:

It’s wonderful to come home at the end of the day and have a choice of two gardens to sit in or sit inside with a wood stove surrounded by stained glass windows. Tempting to stay there all day and just enjoy being there!

Local Gems:

Mwnt beach for swimming and seals.

Newport beach and Newport Parrog.

Pentre Ifan cromlech.

Nevern church and Celtic cross. Cilgerran Castle and walking along the river.

River trip from Cardigan bridge.

National Wool Museum near Newcastle Emlyn.

Tapestry at Fishguard Library.

En Route:

National Botanic Garden of Wales

Marion B, Aylesbury, Bucks - 18th Sept 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 18/09/2013
By Marion B from Aylesbury

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Review Review No. 14 of 15

Recommended by:

Gillian and Steve B - Cardiff

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 40 - 47
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
September - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A Real Home from Home!”

We have just spent a wonderful week in the Old Pottery. Tranquil, peaceful with complete relaxation. Ideal for a couple who need to get away from it all. Has charm and warm comforts, a real homely feel, and is immaculately cared for by Babs and Matt. Great to see our dog was even made welcome with her own drinking bowl and towel!

Location is an excellent base for visiting the Pembrokeshire coast. Would recommend to any couple and their dog looking for a well earned break, you only need to take yourself as Babs has ensured all home comforts are supplied!

Specifically Recommend:

The peaceful location!

Local Gems:

Poppit Sands, wonderful for dog walking!

En Route:

Whitesands at St David’s was just wonderful!

Gillian & Steve, Cardiff - 16th September 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 16/09/2013
By Gillian and Steve B - Cardiff

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Review Review No. 13 of 15

Recommended by:

Christina F from Mitcheldean

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 52 - 59
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
August - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A beautiful well equipped property in an idyllic, peaceful location that would provide the perfect holiday destination at any time of the year”

The Old Pottery is secluded, private, and very quiet yet located no more than 30 mins from Cardigan in one direction and Fishguard in the other. We found it to be an ideal base for exploring and walking the stunning coastline.

The attention to detail - the stained glass windows, the path mowed through the field next door for walking the dog, the luxury duvet and more, made our stay extra special.

Specifically Recommend:

The peaceful location and attention to detail and comfort throughout the property.

The unspoilt beaches and uncommercialised surrounding area.

Local Gems:

The coastal walks - especially Strumble Head and Dinas Head.

Newcastle Emlyn for a variety of independent shops.

Ice cream from the van parked at Lower Fishguard.

Beaches at Penbryn and Mwnt, and hot chocolate from the cafe at Mwnt!

Fish and chips from Bowens at St Dogmaels.

En Route:

Took a slight detour to visit Carreg Cennen Castle and Farm Centre near Llandeilo to stretch our legs and enjoy some lunch.

Christina F, Mitcheldean, Glos - 12th August 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 12/08/2013
By Christina F from Mitcheldean

I confirm Christina was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Pottery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Babs Guard, owner, The Old Pottery - 16th August 2013
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Review Review No. 12 of 15

Recommended by:

Paula McC from Southwater

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 65
  •  
Stayed:

6 Nights
July - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A well equipped, comfortable base in stunning surroundings.”

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Old Pottery. It is in a slightly more remote location than we would normally choose, but the property is in a beautiful spot and the surrounding countryside is stunning.

We were made to feel very welcome and The Old Pottery is stylishly furnished and well equipped. We would definitely stay there again.

Specifically Recommend:

The Old Pottery is in a beautiful and quiet spot.

Local Gems:

The coastal path

Paula - Southwater, West Sussex - 2nd August 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 02/08/2013
By Paula McC from Southwater

I confirm Paula was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Pottery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Babs Guard, The Old Pottery - 12th August 2013
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Review Review No. 11 of 15

Recommended by:

Eric W - Florida, USA

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 74 - 75
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
July - 2013

Wanted:
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Relaxing
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“We loved staying at the Old Pottery so much that we wished we had been able to stay a second week”

Our stay met or exceeded our expectations in every way. The cottage itself was equipped to a very high standard. We did not expect a dishwasher and a washing machine for example. The shower in the bathroom was super deluxe and the whole cottage was spotless throughout.

The cottage was very quiet being tucked away some distance along an unpaved track. This was somewhat daunting when we first arrived as we had a bit of trouble finding our way. But once settled it was no problem.

The location provided easy access to numerous spectacular areas for visiting such as coastal walks along paths with spectacular scenery.

Specifically Recommend:

The only suggestion we have is that a small night light to illuminate the three steps down to the bathroom would be helpful at night.

Local Gems:

The walk around Dinas Head was spectacular as was the visit to Skomer Island.

Eric W, Florida, USA - 15th July 2013

Owner’s Reply:

’’That’s a great idea about the night light, thanks Eric. We will look into getting something that guests can switch on or off, depending on their preference’’ - Babs

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 15/07/2013
By Eric W - Florida, USA

I confirm Eric was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Pottery. The content of his recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Babs Guard, The Old Pottery - 22nd July 2013
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Review Review No. 10 of 15

Recommended by:

Peter M from Retford

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 60 - 65
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
June - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A first class property in a first class area.”

The property is in a stunning location and the owners did everything possible to make our stay as comfortable as possible.

Anyone who is looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings will be hard pressed to find anywhere better.

Specifically Recommend:

The coastal walks

Local Gems:

The beaches in the area are fantastic and also the walk around Dinas Head.

Peter M, Retford, Notts, 15th July 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 15/07/2013
By Peter M from Retford

I confirm Peter was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Pottery. The content of his recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Babs Guard, August 2013
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Review Review No. 9 of 15

Recommended by:

Hilary S from Somerset

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 70 - 71
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

9 Nights
June - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A little gem”

Babs and Matt are great hosts who always have the cottage ready and waiting - even logs in the woodburner, and fresh flowers on the table. The cottage is small and beautiful with everything you could possibly need - all good quality.

Surrounded by fields and woods which belong to the owners and which open out onto the Preseli Hills for lovely walks right on the doorstep.

Our little dog is in Heaven - she can wander at will. The peace and tranquility is wonderful, bird song being the only sound and yet it is only a short drive to the local shops.

We like it so much that this was our third visit and there will be many more.

Specifically Recommend:

Welly boots are useful if you intend to walk on the Preseli Hills as they have boggy areas, but they are lovely to walk on.

The cottage is basically on one level, with just a couple of steps here and there, which makes it nice and easy.

There is constant hot water and you can self-regulate the heating.

Local Gems:

We like to go Newport Parrog for lunch at Morawelon (right on the beach) and then have a walk along the river bank or have a walk along the coastal path.

Also in Newport, The Golden Lion does great food. Both of these are very popular and it is safer to book.

En Route:

We stopped at Tenby for lunch one visit and Laugharne another and Saundersfoot another time, all of which were good.

Hilary and Roger, Wellington - 20th June 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 20/06/2013
By Hilary S from Somerset

I confirm Hilary was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Pottery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Babs Guard, owner, The Old Pottery - 21st June 2013
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Review Review No. 8 of 15

Recommended by:

Rachel B from Oldbury

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 36 - 40
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
May - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Fantastic holiday accommodation with the best host you could wish for”

Babs was great and helped us out when we really needed it. The surroundings and cottage itself was just what we wanted and was even better than the pictures.

The variety of books and DVDs available was fantastic.

Specifically Recommend:

Make an effort, weather allowing, to take a walk around the surrounding areas

Be Aware:

Potential guests should be aware that the track from the main road up to the cottage may not be suitable for normal cars and has large boulders and is very uneven and could cause some damage to the car if not careful
Please see Owner’s Reply below

Local Gems:

If you like antiques and wandering around shops with loads of interesting items I would suggest popping to Narbeth for a walk around the antiques shop

Rachel B, Oldbury, West Mids - 30.05.13

Owner’s Reply:

’’We are 400m from the nearest road on a rough, but drivable track. It’s fine for normal cars if you drive slowly - we have a Mini that goes up and down the track quite happily. Our neighbours, the other track users, all have normal cars, not 4 x 4s, and use the track every day’’ - Babs

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 30/05/2013
By Rachel B from Oldbury

I confirm Rachel was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Pottery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised
Barbara Guard, The Old Pottery - 31st May 2013
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Review Review No. 7 of 15

Recommended by:

Michele M from Bristol

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 49 - 50
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
February - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Stunning, warm, welcoming cottage near Newport Pembrokeshire that I would recommend to anyone wishing to have a relaxing comfortable break”

We were very pleased on arriving at The Old Pottery, it was beautiful, warm and welcoming. The owners were lovely, they settled us in on arrival then left us to get on with our holiday.

The Old Pottery is a wonderful place to stay for complete quiet and beautiful surroundings. We love to walk with our dog, Red, who really enjoyed staying here too.

Beaches and stunning coast lines for us all to walk. The Old Pottery has everything you could wish for, it was home from home.

Specifically Recommend:

If you love walking and want complete peace and tranquility you will love this place.

Very dog-friendly

Local Gems:

Plenty of secluded beaches within short driving distance.

Did not eat out as we had our dog with us, the cottage has everything you need to have a great meal in

Michele, Darren & Red, Bishop Sutton - 30th May 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 30/05/2013
By Michele M from Bristol

I confirm Michele was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Pottery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Barbara Guard, The Old Pottery, 31.05.2013
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Review Review No. 6 of 15

Recommended by:

Beth J, Moreton-in-Marsh

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 45 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
March - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“An idyllic setting and spotlessly clean”

In a beautiful setting and spotlessly clean, the Old Pottery has everything you would want for a quiet, relaxed, away-from-it-all break.

The design is perfect, with two private outdoor seating areas and a well-equipped kitchen and living space. Although we visited in March and the weather was quite cold, the central heating and the woodburning stove in the kitchen kept us warm.

We would definitely recommend the Old Pottery!

Specifically Recommend:

We would recommend this beautifully designed, well-equipped, well-furnished cottage.

Local Gems:

St Govans Chapel

Pentre Ifan

Nevern (Bleeding Yew and Celtic Cross)

Abereiddi (Blue Lagoon Slate Quarry)

Martins Haven (Skomer and Skokholm Islands)

Pachamama Bistro in Newcastle Emlyn

Beth J, Moreton-in-Marsh - 29th May 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/05/2013
By Beth J, Moreton-in-Marsh

I confirm Beth was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Pottery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Barbara Guard, owner, The Old Pottery - 30.05.2013
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Review Review No. 5 of 15

Recommended by:

Jenny J from Durham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 23 - 26
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
February - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Cosy cottage with beautiful surroundings perfect for walking”

We absolutely loved our stay at the Old Pottery cottage. As soon as you drive up to the entrance you can’t help but feel relaxed!

The cottage itself is really beautiful and it made the perfect getaway for us - really peaceful and cosy!

The surroundings are also stunning and Babs has a great collection of cutouts of local walks which were really helpful to have a look through to get some tips! We took our dog with us and again, Babs was really accommodating, leaving out a spare towel and dog bowl for her.

We even had fresh flowers left our on the kitchen table! We had an absolutely great weekend and would strongly recommend the Old Pottery to people looking for a getaway.

Specifically Recommend:

The scenery’s gorgeous so I’d really recommend going out on as many of the walks as you can!

Local Gems:

We spent our nights by the fire in the cottage so don’t have any particular pub or restaurant recommendations I’m afraid!

JJ from Durham - 29th May 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/05/2013
By Jenny J from Durham

I confirm Jenny was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Pottery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Barbara Guard, owner, The Old Pottery - 30.05.2013
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Review Review No. 4 of 15

Recommended by:

Jo G from Bristol

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 35 - 38
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
January - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Wonderful romantic hidey-hole - perfect all year round”

The Old Pottery is a wonderful place that I would highly recommend for a weekend away, or longer, for two people. We went over New Year and it was everything I expected and more.

The house was cosy and perfectly clean and tidy. Everything you may ever need was there and it had all mod cons (including ipod docking system), a lovely new bathroom and everything and more in the kitchen. Even the book selection was good!

The location is fabulous and the landscape around the house is amazing. To walk right out of the house and on to the moor was luxury.

I’ve stayed in a lot of holiday rentals and this one was perfect - for both summer holidays or a cosy winter break.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Specifically Recommend:

Take your walking boots.

Local shops weren’t that great for supplies so plan what you’re taking but buy locally where possible!

Book if you want to eat in the nearby pubs over busy periods

Local Gems:

The Moors by the house

The beaches nearby

Jo G from Bristol - 29th May 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/05/2013
By Jo G from Bristol

I confirm Jo was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Pottery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Barbara Guard, owner, The Old Pottery - 30.05.2013
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Review Review No. 3 of 15

Recommended by:

Paula McD, Blaydon on Tyne

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 25 - 30
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
April - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A cosy characterful cottage”

The Old Pottery is a lovely little cottage, full of character in a tranquil setting. Clean and comfortable with everything we could need and very kind welcome gift for our honeymoon!

The surrounding area is beautiful and there are many lovely places to visit - particularly Marlow Sands.

We met the lovely Babs on our last day even though the main house is just next door so the cottage is very private.

We would certainly stay here again, and fully recommend it to other couples.

Specifically Recommend:

The stove is an added bonus!

Local Gems:

Marlow Sands, Pentre Ifan

Paula McD, Blaydon on Tyne, Tyne & Wear - 25th May 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 25/05/2013
By Paula McD, Blaydon on Tyne

I confirm Paula was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Pottery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Barbara Guard, owner, The Old Pottery - 28.05.2013
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