A wonderful holiday cottage in Wales

15/10/2020
Hamish Niven

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Welcome to Yrhenllythyrdy

[rev_slider alias="Yrhenllythyrdy-portfolio"][/rev_slider][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row color_scheme="white"][vc_column][vc_column_text]“The brief,” she told me “is to encourage families and friends to visit my holiday home. “For them to fall in love with this place, to have a wonderful holiday to have family time together. To relax and unwind, to walk and explore, to share new experiences, and then return home, refreshed and with memories to love and keep!”

This is just the kind of brief I love, where I hold the paintbrush and the canvas is all about me.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_column_text]The little village of Mynachlogddu is immersed in the warm heart of Pembrokeshire in South Wales. Once off the larger roads, you need to slow down and carefully drive down narrow lanes with hedgerows reaching high above you, often overhanging the road.
You slow to peek around tight bends, wind up steep hills and over many crooked bridges. The journey to the house is the start of the delightful experience your holiday will be.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="3320" img_size="large" alignment="right" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Evening was falling by the time I drove into the tiny village of Mynachlogddu and passing over the second bridge, I spotted the name Yrhenllythyrdy on the side of the 3-bedroom cottage. I had arrived.
I was welcomed by that delicious, cold, nose-tingling chilled fresh air, so beautifully clean. The last of the oranges and pinks of the setting sun greeted me. I could smell the damp ground and the ferns as I parked up and unloaded my bags.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Arrival

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I started the microwave to heat my soup. I lit the oil fire, and the living room began to warm, I continued to explore the cottage.
There are wooden floors throughout the living areas, and solid furniture and Yrhenllythyrdy has such a cosy friendly feel.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="3348" img_size="large" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="3328" img_size="large" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Both the kitchen and downstairs bathroom have recently been renovated, and the walk-in shower tempted to massage my tired shoulders, but there was more to see.
Going upstairs, I find bunk beds in one the room and two elegant king-sized bedrooms. The one overlooking the garden became mine for the stay. I spread out my stuff, put the batteries on charge, then the chime of the microwave meant my supper was ready.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3330" img_size="large" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3332" img_size="large" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]I picked up a Bill Bryson and sat by the fire, and enjoyed my soup. I read for a while, before turning in for an early night under a thick duvet that hugged me to sleep.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Around the area

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_column_text]I woke as the morning sun bathed my face. Downstairs and sipping my coffee in the sunroom, where the suns gentle rays were warming the room.

I filled a bowl with muesli, grabbed a pear and my sketchpad. Into the sunroom and allowed myself some creative drawing time. Life is about being; not just doing and this wonderful place to stay allows you just that.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="3337" img_size="large" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]A custom-printed map of the local area hangs in the dining room. It shows local hikes and hills and villages and beaches nearby.
This morning I picked a leisurely walk to the common where the wild horses roamed. From here I followed a well marked path that led to the Stone Circle near the village and wary sheep promptly skipped away from me as I circled the stones.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3340" img_size="large" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3365" img_size="large" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]A 3-hour hike along The Preseli Hills was planned after lunch. Its a 10 minute drive to the parking area and from there, head up to the ancient hill fort named Foel Drygarn. I would then hike west, past Carn Bica and Bedd Arthur and then turn back home, to the car.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3341" img_size="large" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][vc_column_text]Ignoring the sat nav - “turn left” I took the single track road down to the right and over another bridge out of the village. Whilst Satellite Sally re-routed to accommodate my decision, I wound up narrow lanes, passing simple farms and small cottages. I saw more sheep walking on overgrown walls and rooks high up in the trees.

I parked up, and messaged the owner to say “I made it ok, I love your place, and I’m about to do the hike you recommended”. I grabbed my jacket and camera and walked up the track and started the easy climb up to the fort.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_column_text]Hiking along the Preseli Hills is pretty straightforward. Even before you finish the climb to the fort you can see Newport Sands and the Pembroke coast, less than 10 miles away - as the bird flies - but many more as you meander along the local roads. There are countless opportunities to stop and catch your breath as you take in the views that take that same breath away.

Today was a day that memories are made of. So many of the blue-bottomed variety of sheep on the hills. Lichens and mosses hiding on the leeward side of boulders and outcrops. Heathers and other hardy bushes adorn the hillside where I walked and watched.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="3343" img_size="large" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="3346" img_size="large" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_column_text]Every moment a new landscape appeared; as the shadows danced under the clouds. As I walked, I detoured from the well-worn path to look at this, to examine that and to photograph each ever-changing view.
This was a “there and back again” kind of walk, along the broad back of the Preseli Hills. I turned back when the path began to descend. The presence of more ominous clouds deliberately moving my way suggested it was time stride out, to stop and look around a little less.
The ever-lengthening shadows and darkening clouds revealed magnificent scenes behind me. I had to stop to capture the silhouettes of more determined walkers than me.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]The 15-minute drive took me back to the cottage, and I started the oven to bake some potatoes. I watched as the moon replaced the sun; as all the stars came out, as bats chased their supper in the evening skies.
I set the dining table for an evening meal for six, and as my food cooked, I photographed this scene to show that this home was ideal for families.

Then it was time to settle down and think about my job here. Today had been about capturing a little of the “things to do” around the house.
The evening was not cold, but I found the locally made Welsh blankets and threw one over my duvet. Then I set the alarm for early morning o’clock, for tomorrow I would be photographing the interiors and the gardens of this delightful cottage.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Interiors and the gardens

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="3351" img_size="medium" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_column_text]The bubbling stream and chattering birds woke me just before the sun came up, and a quick breakfast and it was off to work.

It was immediately apparent the owner had lovingly and carefully created this as a comfortable home for all to stay.
The living room has a library and a great collection of games for all the family to enjoy on those wet days.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="3350" img_size="medium" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="3354" img_size="large" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_column_text]The stunning Welsh dresser and dining table are complemented by the oil-fired Sandyford Classic stove, which also heats the water for the house. Cooking on this needs a little forethought; as it takes time to warm up for boiling water or roasting your supper. You don’t quickly set it to 180° or boil water on demand.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="3357" img_size="large" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Mynachlogddu has no village shop or pub; you choose this home for the quiet and tranquillity. Sitting quietly, you hear the stream running along the side of the garden and the many birds in the shrubs and bushes.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3361" img_size="large" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3359" img_size="medium" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][vc_single_image image="3360" img_size="medium" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Choosing this home for your holiday provides you with a central point to so much of Pembrokeshire. Pristine sandy beaches and castles and mountains and stone circles, small villages and quiet seaside towns are all within a 45-minute drive from here.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_column_text]My brief was to show you a story of a holiday may well be yours. I had a chance to live that holiday. I fell in love with this place, this home and the country around it.
This 3 bedroom home, this little place of heaven far from the crowds, is surrounded by such beauty, such calm and tranquillity.
It is well worth driving that little bit further to stay here, packing another couple of meals with you and then when here, just stop. Stop for the chance to be with your loved ones. Stop, to get away from the bustle and hubbub of life. Stop and allow this place to recharge you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="3362" img_size="large" style="vc_box_rounded" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row color_scheme="white" css=".vc_custom_1600266307284{background-color: #7a7a7a !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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