Featured in the The Times "Britain's 50 Best Holiday Houses - March 2018
Melin Abereiddy is a stunning 18th Century Mill which has been lovingly restored, set in a unique location nestling into the rocks right next to the sea near the wonderful blue sandy beach at Abereiddy in a small hamlet of just 2 other cottages; you are surrounded by the sounds of the waves on the rocks below.
Sympathetically converted, it has won a number of awards and is furnished with a traditional Welsh feel, original features have been retained, with slate flagged floors from a local quarry and wooden floor boards throughout. Shallow steps lead down to the cottage set on 2 levels, there is a cosy snug with its own wood burning stove which offers almost its own suite, with a fixed wooden step ladder leading to your crog loft double bed with A-frame beams, but mind your head, the views to Abereiddy beach and out to sea are delightful from here. The other two bedrooms are equally special and romantic with beams, sea views comfortable seats and even a wood burning stove in one, drift off to sleep lulled by the sounds of the waves.
Stairs lead down to the spacious sitting room with large refectory table, where you can enjoy family meals and the huge Inglenook with wood burning stove ensures a cosy feeling on the chilliest of evenings. French doors open to a slate terrace where you can indulge in an alfresco meal while soaking up the fabulous view out to sea. Two steps lead down to the long, galley style, rustic kitchen with its large Welsh dresser, leave the stable door open and you can admire the sea view while you cook. Bordered by a bubbling stream and the sea, your memories will be accompanied by the sound of water on rocks.
Rough steps lead down onto the rocks and shoreline below. With 2 terraces of patios and a grassy bank there are plenty of lovely spots for you to just sit and marvel at this beautiful coastline. Spend your days exploring this beautiful coastline, you are right on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, with Abereiddy beach and the Blue Lagoon just a short stroll from your door, while one of Pembrokeshire’s most beautiful beaches, Traethllyfn, is only 1 mile away and Porthgain with its lime kilns, galleries and the Sloop Inn, popular for meals is 1/2 mile further on. Venture further afield and you will find Trefin, Abercastle and Abermawr beach, or to the West is Whitesands beach popular with surfers and families alike. The wonderful tiny city of St Davids is well worth a visit with its Cathedral, Bishops Palace and excellent selection of shops, pubs and restaurants to try.
Escape to Melin Abereiddy, a most stunning and unique cottage full of Welsh touches in a breathtaking location right on the edge of the sea - this is where memories begin.
Due to the traditional nature of the mill, there are changes of level throughout and unfenced drops to water in the garden, care needed with children and the elderly.
No cot or highchair provided, you are welcome to bring your own.
£200 bond required
Lower Ground Floor: Wooden staircase down to sitting/dining room, 3 steps down to kitchen.
Ground Floor: Shallow steps leading down to the entrance, hall, bedroom/3/4 bed/one side against wall, double room, bathroom/overhead shower/whb/wc, 2 steps up to snug, fixed wooden step ladder to galleried crog loft/double bed/restricted headroom, wet room/whb/wc.
Parking: 2 spaces on 2 drives.
Facilities: Electric Aga, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV/Sky, DVD player, telephone - incoming calls only, WiFi, garden furniture.
Heating: Oil central heating, 3 wood burning stoves - starter pack of logs provided.
Fuel Charges: Electricity & Oil: £40 per week September - May, £20 per week June - early July, red weeks free.
This Access Statement has been prepared by the owner for your information; it is the most recent version that we have received. This statement has been prepared as objectively as possible, however with such a wide remit oversights may be made.
Please ensure all crucial requirements for a safe and enjoyable holiday are present so if you have any queries whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01437 767600.
Abereiddy Mill is approached from an A-road, then approximately 2 miles of country lanes. The mill is situated just off the roadside verge and has an open frontage. It can be quite windy here at times during bad weather. There is parking for 2 cars either side of the building:- A sloping down drive on the right side in front of the gate. A sloping down narrow track drive on the left side - this has a wall supporting it next to the entrance steps and is close to the parked car - at its highest point it has a 3.5 foot drop down to the same level that provides access to the front door. The front door of the cottage is accessed by a series of 6 steps - -The highest which is 8” high. The steps vary in width some of which are uneven. The higher 2 steps are stone and the lower 4 steps are built up with crushed slate. The main entrance door directly in front of the steps is 6 foot high/3 foot wide. Access to the front door can be tricky when it is dark, as there is no background lighting. Garden extends to third of an acre mainly lawned with steep inclines in places. There are 2 main terraced areas both covered in crushed slate suitable for patio furniture. There is a lower terraced area comprising of crushed slate accessed by a series of 4 even slate steps. The terraced and lawned areas are accessed from the parking area over a slate style next to the upper building – The black shed. Around the perimeter of the garden there are some steep drops down to the sea. The property is split into 2 buildings which are attached by a narrow tunnel. The top building which is at right angles to the main building is called the black shed and is divided into two levels: -Level slate flagstone ground floor with limited space to move around/wood burning stove. -attached shower/wet room/whb/wc -Bedroom in the crog loft accessed by a steep detachable ladder with handrails. This space has limited headroom due to the A-frames and has a wooden floor. The main building is joined to the black shed by a narrow passage and 2 even slate steps. The main building is split into 3 levels – all with ample headroom: 1. The top level comprises 2 bedrooms, a shared bathroom with bath/shower/whb/wc/airing cupboard, central landing next to the main entrance accessed by one step. The sea facing bedroom has a wood burning stove. 2. Ground level attached to the top level by a narrow stairs with a 90 degree turn at the bottom. This is a large sitting room which is darker than the other rooms due to diminished natural light quality. It is a darker room even with the lights on. There is access from this level to the outside lower terraced area through double doors by one large uneven step.The room has an even slate flagstone floor with a large wood burning stove. Ample storage space under stairs for coats/shoes. TV with teletext operated by remote control. WiFi available. Telephone available for incoming calls and emergency outgoing calls only. Mobile phones do not work here, as there is no signal. 3. Lower ground floor – The kitchen attached to the ground floor by two even steps. The kitchen is all one level – It is an even slate flagstone floor and is well-lit, it has one large worktop area next to the electric Aga cooker. Kitchen utensils/crockery are stored on a large dresser and under cupboard storage. Appliances include toaster, kettle, dishwasher, combined washer/drier/large kitchen butler sink. One step gains access to the same outside terraced area as through the double doors on the ground level . There is outside storage for bikes and walking boots - this storage is accessed on the higher terraced level on the sea facing side of the black shed - this room contains the boiler and the crog loft bedroom above, can be noisy at night if the boiler is left on for heating! The other storage area is around the side of the kitchen on a lower terraced level - accessed by 2 small even slate steps - this is called the wheel shed - bikes can be stored here. There is a combination of adequate outside lighting. Ample storage for luggage. Overall good contrast to floor, walls and doorways most of which are amply wide. The beds are all fixed heights. Guide dogs are welcome. Poor public transport - more regular service from the top road during the summer months.
As a family we have been staying in cottages for a very long time and this one has had one of the best views ever. It's very homely and comfortable. The bedrooms are nice and spacious and have a lot of storage. On the cold nights we loved to sit around the dining room table playing card games. Using the oven was a fun experiment but in the end my mum got the hang of it!
This is our second time here and it hasn't disappointed! TV not required when you have "The View" channel to watch for hours and hours from the picnic table! We will be back....impossible not to!
A wonderfully, relaxing week away from it all here at Melin Abereiddy. Such a warm and cosy cottage in a magnificent location. We've had many visits to Pembrokeshire but this has been one of the most restful.
We had a relaxing yet action-packed week here at Melin Abereiddy. We had loads of fun climbing hills, horse riding and playing at the beach, however Melin was always a lovely, comfy home to come back to.
We came to stay here at Melin for the second time and enjoyed it just as much as the first. The weather was a bit bad at times so it was lovely to come back to the warm comfort of this house with the aga. We enjoyed it so much and would happily come here again.
Fabulous location, warm and comfortable cottage. Saw seal and a pod of dolphins. Incredibly the weather was fabulous.
Had a lovely 2 weeks here. The mill is in a stunning setting! We have been so lucky too with the weather - as I write this at 7pm, I am sat in glorious sunshine at the outside table. It's breathtaking waking to the sound of the sea and the gurgling brook. Magic! Pembrokeshire has stolen our hearts!!
What a stunning location! And an amazing conversion from the former mill! We have had a super week of weather. Lots of walking in both directions on the beautiful coastal path.
This is a remarkable building and an even more remarkable setting - a tribute to the vision and perseverance that rescued and rehabilitated it so handsomely.
We stay in Abereiddy every year, but this was our first time at Melin, which we found to be a unique experience of location and character. The proximity to the sea is amazing – the resident seal is a real bonus! The Cottage has some excellent features, the AGA, Central heating and space. We have very much enjoyed our stay here – walking the Coastal path, swimming in many bays, hiring kayaks from the beach and watching the wildlife. We hope to return! September 2018
An amazing week here – weather brilliant – Sunny and Breezy but warm enough to sit outside for a coffee! November 2018
Had an amazing time here at the mill- Many thanks. Look forward to hopefully come back in the near future. October 2018
1st time here, what an amazing place, thank you so much to the owners for sharing such a extraordinary home with us. Very tastefully and sympathetically restored and what a location. Loved hearing the sound of the sea and seeing the sunsets. Walks along the coastal path reminded me how spectacular Pembrokeshire is.
We haven't come too far but have had a wonderful break. What a beautiful place to relax or walk and enjoy the coat. We would definitely recommend. Thank you so much! February 2017
Just to say thank you for providing us with lovely accommodation for a much needed break. It is fair to say the place is spectacular in every respect and the cottage is beautifully resorted. It has a lovely cosy and restful feel. We look forward to staying again. Many Thanks . March 2017
We've been staying in holiday cottages in the UK for the best part of 20 years, and this is definitely one of the nicest. A big thank you to the Owner and to Coastal Cottages for a lovely week. The weather, of course hasn't been great - but it could have been a lot worse: coldish wet and windy in the morning then generally brighter in the afternoon, and warm enough (just) to go in the sea. A week really isn't long enough to explore this part of the coast particularly when the the weather is poor. St Davids is beautiful and Narberth, both a bit further afield but worth a visit. Melin Tregwynt near Castlemorris is also very interesting if you'd like to see a working Woollen Mill. We didn't eat out much but would recommend the Bishops in St Davids for lunch, well cooked pub food and reasonably priced.
Fantastic old mill to stay, brilliant for us with 2 teenagers having an area for themselves. Beach is dog friendly and we had so much fun on our body boards in the water. Everything needed in Melin even a dishwasher. St Davids is lovely for shops. The bishops pub is great, visit Porthgain for the shed and the Sloop for excellent meals locally. Walk to the Blue Lagoon. Thank you for a wonder stay, Dayle Waring & Family
We stayed in Melin Abereiddy for a week. The setting was lovely, right by the beach and the blue lagoon. The house was cosy and a nice size . We particularly liked St Davids and the girls got henna in a little Indian shop. If your looking for a good fish and chip shop, go to the shed in Porthgain. Thank you for an amazing week and we will hopefully come back here soon. Best Wishes, The Mills Family x
Stunning spot - so lovely to hear and see the sea when waking up in the morning! We loved fishing, snorkelling off the rocks and eating our breakfast look out over towards the Blue Lagoon. Beds are very comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. The Aga, not only fantastic for cooking , but a god-send for drying wet suits over night. Best Wishes, The Gadds