Escape to the tranquil Welsh countryside with a stay at May Cottage, an idyllic three-bedroom holiday home two miles from St Davids.
Sleeping six, the characterful barn conversion offers a relaxing and rejuvenating break for you and your family or friends on Hendre Farm, a wildlife haven in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
May Cottage is the only holiday let on the farm, where the cottage and barns are all grade II listed. Plus, you’ll have access to the luxurious on-site swim spa, perfect for plunging into after a long coastal walk. There’s also a log burner, fishing lake and a games room.
The cottage is ideal if you’re looking for a self-catering holiday home suitable for someone with mobility issues. It’s all on one level, with no steps (except one down onto the outside balcony), so your whole party can enjoy the holiday to the full.
Thanks to its rural location, May Cottage is perfect for stargazing. When darkness falls, get cosy outside with a blanket and steaming mug of hot chocolate, while exploring the night sky.
The owners, Jim and Maureen Dale, live on the farm and are usually on hand if you have any questions.
(Please note: three days’ notice is required to use the swim spa to ensure it is nice and hot for your arrival. Also, we’re sorry but there is no electric vehicle charging at this property.)
At May Cottage, you’ll be in the heart of the countryside but within easy reach of the city of St Davids and spectacular Pembrokeshire coast.
The holiday home sits on Hendre Farm, a paradise for you and your four-legged friends thanks to the space to roam. Pull on your wellies and explore the farm trails.
The land at Hendre is still used for crops and occasional animal grazing. The owners have produced many walks around the farm for those who don’t mind sharing with the cows!
Wildlife such as foxes, badgers and kestrels are plentiful. Plus, you may even see the farm’s resident barn owl or be lucky enough to spot some rare marsh harriers, which also nest on the farm. One of the small lakes has been stocked with rainbow trout, and you’re welcome to bring your own fishing tackle and try to catch your supper.
Locally, there are fantastic beaches at Newgale and Whitesands, where tuition is available for watersports such as surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Other activities nearby include coasteering, golf, horse-riding, cycling and, of course, coastal walks.
Pembrokeshire is also a must-visit destination if you have an interest in astronomy or astrophotography. The county has eight Dark Sky Discovery Sites, including Newgale beach and Garn Fawr National Trust car park. Hendre itself also has very dark skies!
Full address: May Cottage, Hendre Farm, St Davids, SA62 6BY
May Cottage is all on one level, so is ideal for people with mobility issues (however, there is a step down onto the external balcony).
The spacious lounge features comfy sofas, wood flooring and exposed beams. There’s a cosy log-burning stove with a complimentary box of logs, perfect for those cooler months. And there is a TV, and a DVD and CD player.
The kitchen/diner is well equipped with a ceramic hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave. There is also a table and chairs for six, and the room is well stocked with kitchenware.
With a wide-access shower, washbasin and toilet.
With a king-size bed and beautiful rural views.
A double room that also looks out on the countryside.
A twin room, again with lovely views.
The kids (and adults) will love the games room, which includes a pool table, darts board, sofas and board games.
Situated in the farm grounds, you can use the swim spa as a mini-swimming pool by swim-training against the jets. Or, if you’re more interested in taking it easy, use it as a six-person hot tub. The water temperature is kept at 35 degrees, so it’s comfortable to use anytime of the year. (Please note: three days’ notice is required to use the swim spa.)
One of the small lakes on Hendre has been stocked with rainbow trout. You’re welcome to bring your own fishing tackle and try to catch your supper.
There’s an enclosed back garden.
You’ll find plenty of parking for cars, boats and bicycles. But please note, there is no electric vehicle charging at this property.
Barbecue and pizza oven
The owners are happy for portable barbecues to be used in a designated outside area and they also have a pizza oven you can try out.