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Penywhelp House

(Ref. 1102980)

St Dogmaels, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "One of my favourite holiday homes!"

    Clean, comfy and well equipped. We loved the location and the sun trap garden. Would book again, as well as recommend!

    Thank you so much for the lovely feedback - we are so pleased you enjoyed the house and the garden! We do hope to welcome you back again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Mar 2024

  • "Penywhelp is a characterful property and well maintained."

    It is very comfortable and fully equipped. The local pubs and shop are easily accessed facilities.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback! We hope you enjoyed your stay :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2024

  • "The property was clean and comfortable ."

    Very well equipped kitchen. Beds very comfortable. We were very pleased with the overall quality of the cottage. The only problem was the parking space. We have a small car but found it tight and awkward to access. The steep steeps down to the back door although mentioned in the property details are not easy for anybody who has mobility problems.

    Thank you for the feedback. We are so pleased you liked Penywhelp House. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Mar 2024

  • "Penywhelp House lived up to all our expectations."

    Clean, comfortable and very homely, as it felt like you were visiting a relative’s home, especially with the interesting information about the history of the property. The garden was very pretty and well laid out and we were fortunate to be able to spend time on the patio, even though it was early March.The accommodation and surrounding area was very dog friendly, with plenty of walks directly from the house. The communication from Ruth was friendly and helpful and we would hesitate to book the property if we were visiting the area again.

    Thank you so much for the lovely feedback - we very much appreciate it! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and were lucky with the weather :-) It is a beautiful part of the world but it is extra special when the sun comes out. We do hope you make it back! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ros5.0Mar 2024

  • "Penywhelp House is a delight."

    Great situation on the estuary. Extremely well equipped and spacious. Interesting and very comfortable furnishings. Eclectic range of books and artefacts. Visiting in December, the log burner was a cosy treat and the Christmas Tree and decoration in the lounge an unexpected bonus. We cherish our cottage breaks and this has been one of the most enjoyable and memorable thanks to the welcoming character of Penywhelp. Thank you.

    Thank you so much for the lovely feedback. We are so very pleased you enjoyed Penywhelp as much as we do! Have a fabulous Christmas :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2023

  • "We arrived on the 17th November and immediately felt at home."

    Everything was perfect with the cottage and location. The welcome pack and text message were lovely gestures. We will definitely be coming to stay at Penywhelp House in the future. In the description of the cottage, it might be an idea to mention the steps from the bedrooms. Thank you again for a wonderful week. Keith and Lynne Treharne.

    Thank you both! We are so pleased you had a wonderful break and would love to welcome you back! We'll take a look at the descriptions :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Nov 2023

  • "We had a fabulous week at Penywhelp and would happily stay again."

    Super comfortable, equipped with everything we needed with the extra touch of stuff for the dogs and with the addition of the stair gates to restrict the dogs movements, we were most impressed. Excellent location. Lovely touch by the owner of welcome and goodbye texts and an almost instant call back over a query we had. All in all, highly recommended.

    Thank you so much for the lovely feedback! We're really pleased you enjoyed Penywhelp as much as we do :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Oct 2023

  • "A lovely cottage situated in a lovely village."

    Lots of room and very comfortable. The furniture and fittings caused constant interest throughout the week, especially the oriental theme throughout. The garden was a sun trap and very pleasant in the sunshine. The village residents were all very friendly and always had time to stop and talk. Community pub is well worth a visit, small and very friendly. Overall an excellent holiday.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback. We are so pleased you had an excellent holiday! You certainly had the weather :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2023

  • "We loved this place and found it perfect for the 3 of us."

    My teenage son had to be careful not to hit his head on the beams, he is quite tall! Apart from this everything was amazing and we found everything really easily. You have thought of everything, it really was home from home. Many thanks for a great stay.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback! It's so good to know that it felt like home from home :-) We're so pleased you had a great holiday! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Darian5.0Aug 2023

  • "A very comfortable house with loads of character close to a very good pub."

    The beds were really comfortable and the shower incredibly powerful. The kitchen had everything we needed though was pretty small. Just note that there is no washing machine. We would have liked a visitor book (you can learn a lot about an area from other guests' comments) and much more information about the area, and the house itself. It was also a bit of a disappointment that an OS map wasn't provided.

    Thank you for the feedback! We'll look into providing more information on the house and area. We're glad you enjoyed your stay :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison4.4Aug 2023

  • "Enjoyed a lovely week at Penywhelp House, the accommodation has everything we needed to make our stay comfortable."

    Beautiful bedrooms, bathroom and well equipped kitchen. We loved the back garden which is secure and dog friendly. The patio area is a real sun trap and we spent an hour or so enjoying the lovely cottage garden most days. Parking at the rear for the car is fantastic, the car didn't move all week as there is plenty to do in the area, poppit sands beach a 20 minute walk away which is mainly dog friendly apart from a small section cordoned off. The Ferry Inn is less than a minute walk from Penywhelp House, we ate there 4 times over the week and thoroughly recommended it. Will definitely return soon.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback. We are so pleased you had an enjoyable week! It's a lovely part of the world and we do hope you can visit again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Jul 2023

  • "Fabulous place to stay."

    Penywhelp had everything we needed to make our stay very enjoyable. Great location for exploring the area and having a couple of pubs and a fish and chip shop within walking distance was a bonus. Thank you

    Thank you for the lovely feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday! St Dogmaels is a super place to visit! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Jul 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Penywelph Cottage which was easy to find and well located for visit to the area."

    Plenty of walks and access to Cardigan so not reliant on the car or local transport. The property was a mixture of old and with modern amenities which added to the charm. Useful to have a dedicated parking space although had to be careful maneuvering in and out. The bedrooms were a good size and a fairly modern bathroom with good water pressure and shower over bath. Comfortable living room and well equipped kitchen. We liked the cottage garden which was compact and fairly private although would have been good if the roses had been pruned at the gate from parking area as we were caught by thorns a few times. The steps to and from the garden to the cottage were very steep so had to be careful when used. Not good for anyone with mobility issues but the description does point this out. Overall a pleasant stay and would recommend..

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay! And thank you for the feedback - very much appreciated. We'll get the roses pruned as soon as possible - they grow so fast at this time of year :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alistair William4.7Jun 2023

  • "Brilliant location, perfect to explore both St Dogmaels and Cardigan."

    It's an absolutely stunning area and we managed to walk to most places as the weather was great. The owner was very helpful and the property was as described. Lovely big bedrooms, clean homely cottage feel and a nice patio area. We had an amazing week, thank you!

    Thank you for such lovely feedback! We are delighted you had such a wonderful stay - you certainly had the weather on your side as well. It’s a beautiful part of the world and it sounds like you took full advantage Property Owner

    Reviewed by Max5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and location."

    all mod cons supplied.Beds very comfortable. Off road parking needs care to enter. Rear terraced garden after parking has very narrow steps leading down to the house and need care negotiating them. Not good if disabled.Had reasons to contact the owner and found her very sweet and so helpful.a very enjoyable weeks holiday.

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay! It is a beautiful part of the world and we are glad you had a great time. Thank you for the feedback. Take care and hope we see you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0May 2023

  • "A truly wonderful restful week!"

    The house is delightful, very well equipped and attention to detail with the decoration (loved the curtains). Small but sunny enclosed garden so the dogs were safe. St Dogmaels is a stunning spot leading up to Poppit Sands beach. Lots of helpful tips on sights to see from the friendly neighbours. Recommended whole heartedly. Would definitely revisit.

    Thank you so much! We are so pleased you enjoyed your week :-) It is a lovely area, isn't it? We do hope to see you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a brilliant location within the village."

    Clean and all utensils etc provided, even bowls and blankets for the dogs! Nice touch. Bed was very comfortable and seating downstairs also comfortable. Neighbours and residents we met were all very friendly and chatty. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there.

    Thank you so much. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and liked Penywhelp House and St Dogmaels. It is a brilliant location! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0May 2023

  • "2nd visit,house is good,but after stripping the top sheets from 1st bedroom (it's what we always do to help), finding a disgusting large stain on mattress cover,and brown stain!"

    ! On quilt cover,made me wonder if 'clean bedding 'had been used for our visit!!??.Also grill pan was dirty!.As no vacuum cleaner was supplied we couldn't vacuum lounge carpet.H.Roberts.

    I am so sorry that the house was not up to our usual standards. Cleanliness is very important to us and our housekeeper has resolved the matter based on your feedback. I'm afraid the vacuum blew up just before your visit and we were unable to replace it in time. Thank you for the feedback - it's important in allowing us to address any issues Property Owner

    Reviewed by Harry4.4Apr 2023

  • "A lovely and relaxed home."

    We enjoyed staying there very much

    Thank you so much! We are so pleased you had a lovely and relaxing time at Penywhelp :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Apr 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week at Penywhelp House."

    As soon as we walked in there was a feeling of home. The owner was a text away and very helpful. The house was very comfortable with great utilities, especially the bathroom with a wider bath and shower. The property was warm, especially when the weather turned cold for a few days and we lit a cosy fire. When the sun shone, the garden was unique and delightful. It was so lovely looking out on to the estuary from the bedroom window seat and the pub, two minutes walk away was excellent. We found some lovely walks and trips along the coast. We would love to come back and explore some more as there was too much to see in one week.

    Thank you so much for the feedback. We are so pleased you had a wonderful week - it is a beautiful part of the world! We do hope you make it back to West Wales :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.7Mar 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely and in a great location to explore Pembrokeshire."

    It was extremely clean and very good value for money. Would stay again, many thanks.

    Thank you so much for the feedback. We are so pleased you had a good stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julian & Janet4.7Mar 2023

  • "Fantastic beautiful , comfortable and clean."

    . Would definitely not hesitate to book a return visit. All facilities shower kitchen etc also top marks . Brilliant stay and loved the garden . Very large bedrooms and small details like stair gates to keep dogs downstairs made life so much easy for us . Cannot fault anything about this beautiful house and garden . Thankyou to the owners.

    Thank you very much for the feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2023

  • "This house is in a perfect location."

    There are plenty walks nearby and the ginnel over the road takes you on a lovely stroll along the estuary into the centre of the village. The White Hart community pub is full of the friendliest folk I've ever come across, the chef is some kind of wizard, great locally sourced food and a fiver a meal! The market is worth a visit on a tuesday morning, fab local cheeses. The house itself is beautiful, with everything you could need and very comfortable. Ruth, the owner, is very helpful and has some fab suggestions for local visits. The dog loved the garden and we loved cooking with all the lovely herbs. We will be back.

    Thank you very much for the feedback. We are so pleased you had a lovely time - it's a beautiful part of the world that has much to offer :-) Hoping you did see some dolphins! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Mar 2023

  • "The cottage is attractive and characterful, with a well equipped kitchen and tastefully furnished."

    Beautifully clean on arrival and in a nice quiet location looking over the estuary. I had trouble operating the tv to start with but the owner was available on the phone and helped me. I had taken my own firewood and really enjoyed the log burner in the evenings. The pub restaurant opposite is good and there are lovely walks, with many more 10 minutes away by car. If I had to suggest improvements I’d say a more comfy sofa and the option of buying firewood there rather than transporting my own. But highly recommended and good value.

    Thank you so much. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Nov 2022

  • "Penywhelp House was just lovely with a lot of genuine history."

    Very clean and comfortable. The garden to the rear was perfect for our 3 small dogs, secure, with lots of sniffing opportunities. Really close to poppit sands and cardigan.

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay! Pups are always welcome at Penywhelp House :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Nov 2022

  • "Firstly, I would like to say that we loved the house and felt immediately at home."

    The decor was exactly to our taste and the old photographs, books and bric - a - brac all meld together to give an overall feeling of comfort and relaxation. I only have two small niggles ~ the suite was a little uncomfortable if used for long periods and there was no bread board or chopping board of any description. Overall a delightful, well appointed property.

    Thank you so much for your feedback. We are so pleased you had an enjoyable stay. Sorry you didn’t find the chopping boards which should be hanging up on the cupboard near kitchen window. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue4.4Oct 2022

  • "No starter pack for log burner,no washing machine, would be more helpful than dishwasher, but overall, very comfortable stay ànd lovely comfy beds."

    Have booked again for next year.Ps no instructions for TV!?.

    Thank you so much for the feedback. We are so pleased you had a comfortable stay and we look forward to welcoming you back next year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Harry4.7Sep 2022

  • "Penywhelp house."

    A old fashioned house decorated accordingly to the age and history of this family home, it was very interesting learning about the family. The bedrooms where large and beds beautifully clean and comfortable. Everything was available in the kitchen that you would need , with good quality crockery etc., We could walk to the Ferry Inn where they served excellent food. We also ate in the community pub which served very good home made food.( White Hart) We were able to visit family who lived in Poppit where the Pembrokeshire coastal path is and spend time on the beautiful beach. Very dog friendly everywhere. The owner was very helpful , nice to communicate with and I thank her . The road could be busy at times .

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and that Penywhelp House gave you a good base to visit family and explore. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathleen3.8Sep 2022

  • "Wonderful property, well fitted out with everything you need."

    ,clean & very convenient for Poppit sands & Cardigan. Love the area and the weather was great. Recommended

    Thank you so very much - we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay! It is a beautiful part of the world indeed :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2022

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  • Two bedrooms; 2 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Utilities inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot & highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking to the rear for 1 car
  • Rear multi-level enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.1 miles, beach 1.6 miles
  • PLEASE NOTE: Access to the front of the property has a small number of steps
  • Access to the rear of the property is via steep steps from the car standing to the backdoor as is shown in the photos.

The property

Welcome to Penywhelp House in the lovely village of St Dogmaels (Llandudoch), Pembrokeshire.

The house is just over a mile from Poppit Sands, a beautiful beach that is family and dog-friendly.

There is also great access to the coastal paths, which provide spectacular views and are perfect for long and short walks. Built in the 1800s, Penywhelp House is a charming two-bedroom property with views of the River Teifi.

It is full of character with beams, sash windows and an old bread oven. The living room is comfortably furnished and includes a large smart TV and a wood-burning stove to enjoy pleasant evenings in front of a fire. The kitchen is small but well-equipped.

It is a traditionally styled Welsh kitchen with a slate floor, Welsh dresser, Belfast sink, beams, and an old bread-oven.

The dining room is light and airy with an extendable dining table that can seat up to 6 people. Both bedrooms are spacious doubles with window seats overlooking the River Teifi.

The bathroom is modern with a shower and bath. The property includes parking for one vehicle and an enclosed rear garden. The patio is planted with fresh herbs and has a table and chairs for four. Our family has been enjoying Penywhelp House since 1911 and it provides the perfect countryside escape for four guests and two well-behaved dogs; we hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Within St Dogmaels, there is an array of amenities; just paces from Penywhelp House is The Ferry Inn offering delicious meals and tipples. In the centre of the village is the Premier convenience store for essentials and Glebelands Market Garden on the road to Cardigan provides excellent local produce. In the village you can also visit St Dogmaels Abbey and a working water mill, Y Felin. Don’t miss the local market on Tuesday mornings by the Abbey and enjoy a coffee at The Coach House Visitor Centre! Just over a mile away is Poppit Sands, perfect for a family day out or walking the dogs.

Make sure you visit The Crwst Café, which offers wonderful ice cream, doughnuts, and coffee. A short journey away, is the neighbouring Cardigan town offering a wide range of food, drink, and shopping. And there is so much more to explore in this idyllic part of Wales! Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Cardigan 1 mile.

St Dogmaels is an ancient and tranquil village nestling peacefully around its ruined abbey at the mouth of the River Teifi on the totally unspoiled west Wales coast. One of its attractions is Y Felin, one of only two working watermills in Wales and retains the machinery installed in 1820. It is thought the mill was originally built by the monks of St Dogmaels' 12th century Abbey. The miller shows how the mill works and bread, flour and cakes can be purchased from the mill or you can enjoy tea and cakes and light lunches in the Coach House Café nearby. An award winning local produce market is held here every Tuesday and is well worth a visit. The village has a pub, a fish & chip shop, a Post Office, a cafe and a small museum at the abbey. There is also a pretty green and a millpond with ducks. Cardigan, a delightful ancient market town, is just over a mile away. This ancient town sits on the estuary of the River Teifi at the base of Cardigan Bay. Its unspoilt townscape and rich heritage provide a nostalgic backdrop to a thriving culture of arts and crafts, events and music festivals. Nearby is the wonderful Poppit Sands where you can relax on sunny days or enjoy invigorating walks in the cooler months, as well as exploring the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast Path. St Dogmaels is the start or finish of the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path from St Dogmaels to Amroth. Visit Castell Henllys, the Iron Age Fort where everyone is encouraged to learn the ancient way of living, or visit the wonderful Shire Horse Farm to see how farming was before tractors. The Cardigan Bay dolphins can be seen off the bay on a regular basis and more active pursuits can be found at Cardigan Bay Active, including surfing, wildlife trips or coasteering. With scenic coastal, riverside and countryside walks and an array of other beaches and attractions all close by, this is a perfect holiday location all year round.