A pretty white-washed coastal cottage, nestled into the Pembrokeshire scenery and boasting outstanding sea views, might have been many people’s lockdown property dream – but to make it a reality means paying the price for a premium location.
If the coast is calling you then this pretty, classic Welsh country cottage is surely a contender for anyone dreaming of a seaside lifestyle in a remote corner of this stunning county. It will set you back at least £625,000 though.
The property is pretty as a picture with sea views stretching out across the landscape from the rear garden.
Even the name of the nearby beach, Poppit Sands, conjures up visions of a cute and pretty location perfect for relocating from a fast-paced city life.
But there’s nothing cute about this traditional Welsh cottage – there’s plenty of space inside to claim this as a family home rather than a bolthole near the beach.
Located at the end of a winding country lane, the cottage is near the tip of a headland near Pen Camaes and the Pembrokeshire coastal path resulting in sweeping sea views from both sides of the headland at the rear of the home.
The views from the front of the house are pretty perfect too – a rolling rural landscape of fields, trees, and hedgerows stretching down towards Cardigan, the nearest major coastal town about four miles away.
The cottage – called Ty Canol, meaning End House in English – has few neighbours and is not surprisingly found at the end of a sweet little unmade country lane, only used by a few homes, so investment in a 4×4 vehicle might need to be added to the buying budget.
The nearest main activity on this wild and rugged part of the coastline is the Allt y Coed campsite and yurts site further down the coast.
Before stepping into the cottage to admire the anticipated classic country cottage decor all the added extras that this property boasts outside are worth considering first.
There is a pretty country cottage garden, of course, but further afield – literally – are about 16 acres of grazing fields and undulating land.
The sea views are the most prevalent and accessible from the fields near the top boundary of the land owned by this property that looks out to sea.
The cottage also comes with two outbuildings, a shed, and a shelter within one of the paddocks.
Back to the property and the home offers three bedrooms, a utility room, and even an art studio at one end of the house.
So step inside the cottage via the pretty porch and classic country stable door and into a slate floored hall.
Immediately the classic style of the country cottage is evident.
Traditional and classic country cottage is now becoming very popular via an interior design trend that has emerged out of lockdown called cottagecore.
Social media has helped to promote this interior design trend which is based on an imagined, idealised, and romantic country cottage lifestyle, obviously much-yearned for by many people experiencing lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gardening, crafting, and baking are at the core of this traditional home-based trend with classic cottage interior design at its visual heart.
Colours chosen in this particular cottage are calm, neutral shades punctuated with accents of warm, earthy tones and a palette of blues as a homage to the cottage’s sea views outside.
Patterns are traditional and also highlight warm tones that create a perfect accent to the predominantly white-washed stone walls and ceiling beams.
Natural materials such as slate, wood, and wool are key elements in the design and pockets of the natural world can be noticed throughout such as pine cones, shells, and baskets.
Solid, robust wooden country-style furniture adds natural warm tones and artwork reflecting the cottage’s coastal location, such as seascapes and sailing ships, are an added and appropriate accessory.
Into the main living area, which is an open-plan lounge diner that boasts surely what most visitors will be hoping to see in a traditional cottage.
And it’s there at the end of the space – the eye is immediately drawn to the substantial inglenook fireplace with log burner nestled inside.
Imagine being snuggled up on the sofa in front of this wonderful fireplace feeling cosy as the wind howls across the coastal landscape outside.
The pale cream walls, white-washed beams, and wood floors add visual warmth and softness to allow the fireplace to be fully appreciated without any major interior decor distractions.
The main feature in the dining area that is also surely a ‘must-have’ in any Welsh country cottage is a traditional dresser. The pale blue tone of the dresser is a seaside inspired statement.
In this room the solid and thick walls can be appreciated at the windows that look out onto the beautiful countryside beyond.
The walls are so thick that they offer the perfect spot to create a window seat to invite anyone passing to stop and linger.
This space can also claim to have a stable door with this one opening out onto the rear garden and the views out to sea.
The kitchen shines as a classic country-style design; solid wood work surfaces, Belfast sink, open shelving including a wall plate rack, wood panel walls and slate flooring.
The current owners have even managed to squeeze in a cute breakfast table and bench.
The cooking zone utilises every morsel of space available with an oven and cooker hood encased in a stripped wood drawer and shelving unit.
Off the lounge, at the base of the stairs, there is the entrance to the main family bathroom, boasting a characterful solid wood lintel over the door.
The style in the bathroom is classic coastal with soft blues and hues of cream mixing with crisp white.
These beach-inspired colours can even be found on the glass tiles – surely a reference to the views of the crashing waves and crystal clear water to be found outside.
The first of the bedrooms is also found on the ground floor and is a single and this flows into a handy utility room where there is plumbing for a washing machine and an extra Belfast sink.
This room then flows into a surprise bonus space which is currently set up as an artist’s studio to be found at one end of End House.
The art studio is surprisingly spacious for a cottage – the fact that you drop down into the room via a staircase means the space is almost double-height with the ceiling raised to the roof rafters.
This versatile area could have a multitude of uses if the new owner is not very handy with a paint brush.
A media room, playroom, gym, library and study, office or another bedroom – the room can surely easily welcome any of these alternative uses.
Also on the ground floor of the cottage, at the other end, is a single-storey wing with the ceiling raised into the pitch of the roof.
This space also houses its own unique surprise – a stable door that leads to a deck area.
Ignore the steps from the deck into the garden for a moment and stop to admire a direct view to the coast and the sea at Poppit Sands.
This just may be the perfect spot for a peaceful Sunday brunch or quiet glass of something refreshing watching a coastal sunset. Bliss.
The last bedroom can be found hiding in the attic. Back into the lounge and a staircase takes you up to a spacious and charming double.
From the bed you can admire the exposed white-washed beams and roof rafters above or the sea views to the side out of the low-level window.
This upper-floor bedroom has the benefit of an en suite cloakroom so no-one has to worry about tackling the main stairs when they are half-asleep.
The cottage is a versatile home inside and the garden outside is a versatile space too.
Currently set up to include a kitchen garden there are areas for al fresco dining and spaces to park the deckchair.
However surely it’s the acres and acres of land that will eventually persuade someone to vacate the chair. And it will be worth it.
Stroll through your own fields to feel fully enveloped by the mesmerising coastal views from your own little pocket of pretty Pembrokeshire on this private piece of coastal headland.
This coastal cottage in an incredible location is on the market for offers in the region of £625,000 with estate agent John Francis. Give their Cardigan branch a call on 01239 300041 to find out more.