3 (off peak)
Fossil House sits on a corner plot in Wales’ smallest city, St David’s. Everything you need is on the doorstep, with The Bishop’s pub being just a two-minute walk away and beautiful beaches less than a ten-minute drive. The Grade II listed stone cottage has many original features including sanded floorboards and unplastered walls, and has been sympathetically updated to accommodate up to six people in four bedrooms comfortably. If you want to stay somewhere with warmth and character, Fossil House is ideal.
St David’s is technically a city thanks to its beautiful cathedral, but it feels more like a large village due to its size and friendly community. As with places like St Ives and Provence, the beautiful light and wonderful scenery have long attracted artists and painters to the area, and there are some wonderful galleries showcasing regional artists. There are plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to visit if you want a break from cooking, and there is a regular farmers’ market held every Thursday morning from March to December where you can buy fresh ingredients and tasty local specialities.
The cathedral at St David’s is a historical and architectural gem, and an hour or two spent within its peaceful walls is time well spent. Close to the cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace has a different atmosphere, with parts of the romantic ruins said to be haunted! Staying with the ecclesiastical itinerary, walk along the coast to St Non’s Chapel and Well which are dedicated to St David’s mother. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is 187 miles of breathtaking scenery, with St Davids and neighbouring Treginnis Peninsula being extraordinarily beautiful with ancient geologic features, prehistoric settlements, Neolithic tombs and Iron Age forts all being visible. The footpath attracts visitors all year round, and there are coastal buses that make it easy to explore a stretch of it without having to walk back on yourself.
Whitesands Beach is a 5-10 minute drive from Fossil House, offering some of the best surfing conditions in the country. The beach has been awarded Blue Flag status for its clean conditions and is family friendly having toilets, a cafe and lifeguards on duty between May and September.
St Davids offers everything you need for a memorable holiday, including a friendly atmosphere, excellent food and drink, stunning views, and lots of sightseeing and activities. Staying at Fossil House gives you the opportunity to experience it all with ease.
Debbie & Russell Bowyer joined Independent Cottages in July 2018
Fossil House is Grade II listed with original features like sanded floorboards and stone walls. It has a traditional layout and benefits from an enclosed garden.
All of the four bedrooms and the family bathroom are upstairs.
Outside: There are two garden areas. One part is laid to lawn and has a rotary clothesline and seating where you can enjoy an evening drink while the children play in the summer sunshine. The other area is an enclosed courtyard with barbecue and garden furniture so that you can eat outside when the weather is nice. The cottage comes with a parking permit that can be used in the nearby car park (less than 100 yards from the house) as well as other parts of Pembrokeshire such as Haverfordwest, Fishguard etc. During peak season (March to October) guests can also park outside the house overnight, and all day and night during off-peak. There is secure storage in a workshop that is a good size with tumble dryer and plenty of space for bikes, surfboards, sporting equipment and drying wet suits.
Additional Information: All utilities, linen and bath towels are included but guests are requested to bring beach towels if they are needed. A travel cot, stair gate and highchair are available - please ask when booking. The cottage has central heating and WiFi. Smoking and pets are not allowed.