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Smugglers Rest

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Burton, South Wales & Pembrokeshire Show on map


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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "Family of 7 and 2 dogs stayed at the 'Smugglers Rest' for a week."

    Adequate space, well maintained, stunning views. Hot tub was enjoyable bonus. No overlooking which was an added bonus. The owner very pleasent and allowed us to enter early on arrival. Very quiet area and beautiful setting. Outstanding pub/restaurant only a 5 minute walk away.

    Thanks for the feedback and pleased you all had a great time in Smugglers Rest. hope to see you again. Michael and Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0May 2024

  • "We had a great time at your cottage, handy place to go around to lots of places."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a great stay despite the weather not being the best."

    House was warm and heating easy to control. Couple of annoying things - no food bin bags to put in food bin so all went in general waste. They ask you to run items used through dishwasher when you leave but don’t leave any dishwasher tablets and they also request used laundry to be placed in laundry bags but there were none. Contacted owner a couple of times and always very prompt with responses which was great - did make owner aware of laundry bags. Towards the end of the week the back two bedrooms were smelling damp/unpleasant - not a problem for us as we didn’t use them. The bathroom with the bath in it also smelt foul (sewerage) after using the bath with jets running - unsure why but didn’t use it again which was a shame. Location and outdoor space was great, garden nice and secure for dogs. Pool room is a great addition - even managed to beat my husband occasionally. All in all we had a very peaceful and relaxing week in a beautiful property. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay, arrived to a nice welcome pack."

    The property was spotless, if anything the pictures don't do it justice. Hot tub and pool room were brilliant. The garden was extremely dog friendly as one of our dogs loves to try to escape. We would definitely recommend and hope to return again in the future. Thanks

    Very pleased that you and your dogs had a lovely stay at smugglers and hope to welcome you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2023

  • "Another fantastic stay at Smugglers Rest!"

    The cottage has everything you could want and more - a real home from home!! We will no doubt return in the future - thank you!

    Reviewed by Jodie5.0Jul 2023

  • "The file photos of Smugglers rest don’t do it justice !"

    , upon arrival we all said wow , upon entering , the rooms and cleanliness were spot on , then we saw the views from the upstairs and decking AMAZING. Beds so comfy great nights sleep, hot tub and pool table a very big hit with the kids and adults. Overall an awesome place to holiday.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Jul 2023

  • "Cottage was absolutely perfect for our needs of 3 couples - lots of outdoor entertaining space with amazing panaramic views, great indoor space for chilling out and good bedroom sizes to accommodate us all."

    Cottage was clean and tidy and had all the essentials we needed. Pool room, seating area on decking and hot tub were real assets and sets it apart from lots of other properties we'd been to before. Previous reviews about lack of maintenance were unfounded as we found it to be immaculate and wonderfully looked after so no concerns from us there. All in all, an amazing cottage with stunning views. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week at the Smugglers Rest- the property is made for sunny weather, which we had lots of!"

    The views are beautiful from the decking and the house benefits from being at the end of the road, over looking a lovely meadow. Location wise, the property is close to many attractions and amenities. We visited 5 beaches during our stay, all less than 30 minutes drive. The Jolly Sailor pub serves good food and again beautiful views. In comparison to previous holiday accommodation priced the same, we expected to see a better maintained property with some more thoughtful aspects. The house smells damp, especially the downstairs and games room. Two bedrooms had no curtains over the window. Despite blinds in place, this still let lots of light through and woke children early/ made bedtime longer. There was no bath mats or hooks to hang towels when showering. The decking area has wood that is splintered and the furniture was dirty (full of cobwebs and dust). There was a sun shade/umbrella but this was broken and did not fit the furniture. Finally the dressing table in the large bedroom is discoloured and unsightly and there was no que ball on the pool table. We hope these things could be remedied as it would boost the overall feel of the house; we left feeling that the accommodation is managed by an uncaring owner/landlord. Has potential to be much better.

    Thanks for your feedback and we are pleased that you had a wonderful week. However, we are sorry that you think we are uncaring owners - Smugglers Rest was our family home and holds many happy memories which is why we have kept it. We adore our house and always seek to maintain it to a high standard especially as we love staying there ourselves when it is free. We will look into all the things you mentioned and address them where required - we are not aware of any damp in the house and towelling mats are provided in the bathrooms, also the decking is regularly maintained but perhaps the splintering is due to the prolonged hot spell we have been having. In any event we will investigate that too. All the best Michael and Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gareth3.4May 2023

  • "This house was perfect for us as a family with three young adult children and two dogs."

    It was like home from home. Internet was excellent. We stay in lots of holiday homes throughout the year and this one has to be up there with the best for cleanliness and standard of furnishings throughout the property . We did find the beds a little hard but this is down to preference rather than poor quality. Seating areas were extremely comfortable and spacious, a pleasure to spend time in. There was enough space for everyone to do there own thing and come together as a family. The garden is fully enclosed and the owners make dogs very welcome. One of our dogs loved watching the world go by on the balcony. It's an extremely safe property to leave them outside with no worries. The home is well equipped with everything you could possibly need to enjoy a holiday. The property has uninterrupted views at present over the river, although you don't have access. It does look like there is a possibility of development in front of the property at some stage. Hopefully it will be low rise accommodation ! There is a pub at the end of the road that overlooks the river. Beautiful setting but very average food.

    Thanks very much for the feedback, really pleased to hear you had a good time. Just to reassure about the field directly in front, we understand development is unlikely in this section for a few years and if/when it happens, we will be advising guests prior to booking. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela4.1Apr 2023

  • "This is a lovely property in a lovely location, on the whole it,s maintained well ,there are a few things that need to be addressed , firstly the decking above games room needs attention, the power points in all bedrooms were unusable as furniture covered them, not enough towels large and small per person as drying them was a problem as we were here early in year, no tumble drier, other than that we had a really lovely time at smugglers rest."

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Apr 2023

  • "Such a lovely property."

    Great location. The views are amazing from all the windows and the brilliant decking. Hot tub fabulous with a very useful changing room with fridge. Spotlessly clean. Very responsive owners.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Dec 2022

  • "We stayed here for a week 08/10/2022."

    1st impressions were wow it looks amazing & yes it was when we went inside. Plenty of space throughout the house & the garden for the dog. The men love the pool room aswel as the hot tub. The views were spectacular & we had lovely weather to go with it. Few negitives, recycle weren’t easy to follow & the bin for the dog mess was smelly when we got there & as we had a dog it was really smelly as the wk went on,but had no where to put the bin as was told to leave it & it would be disposed of after we left. A lot of bulbs had blown through the house aswel, dis inform them so they would be changed for the next visitors. (these were blown before we had it ) The lights werent working outside the living room doors & I went down the decked stairway from the kitchen & it was really dark & I fell down 2 steps ( hurt my elbow & ankle ) , so be careful but hopefully they would have looked at them before the next visitors as I reported it. Overall we had a fab week & would definitely go back there. Would recommend this house.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Oct 2022

  • "Perfect setting, lovely house."

    Super hot tub. Great games room. Plenty outdoor seating. Kitchen has everything you need. Bedrooms all lovely size. Bathrooms very good. A great pub Jolly Sailor a short walk away. This house allowed us to have a fantastic 7 night holiday.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay."

    2 families, 4 adults, 3 kids ,2 dogs. Something for everyone. The house is beautifully situated with stunning views. All enclosed so dogs could roam safely. Kitchen was well stocked ,everything was spotless . We will definitely return

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2022

  • "We had a lovely time for New Year at Smugglers Rest - every detail had been thought of and was appreciated ."

    Warm cosy and something for everyone . Will definitely book again !! !

    Reviewed by Martina4.7Dec 2021

  • "What a beautiful holiday home in a fantastic location."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Leah4.7Nov 2021

  • "A lovely property with lovely space and lay out."

    We really enjoyed our stay in this unique place. It was expensive but it was worth it. The view was stunning and we were lucky enough to have decent weather too. Only slight problem was the dishwasher which didn't clean very well, but after cleaning out the tray and filter, it worked better. Many thanks Helle Kristensen

    Reviewed by Helle4.7Aug 2021

  • "Loved sitting on the deck with the views of the river."

    On colder evenings the sitting area was cosy and there was plenty of space for people to do their own thing.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Jul 2021

  • "Wow - Smugglers Rest was exceptional."

    My family and I enjoyed every part of the stay and was sad to leave. Would definitely recommend and will hopefully return in the future!

    Reviewed by Jodie5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely well equipped house in a stunning location."

    Beautiful views from the decking area , watching all the boats sail past. Hot tub and games room an added bonus. Only negative was garden not enclosed so dogs could wander into the road. Had a fabulous week and would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jun 2021

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  • Reverse-level
  • Four bedrooms: 3 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with a shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/siting room with woodburning stove and 2 x balcony windows
  • Utility
  • Dining room with Balcony window
  • Ground-floor sitting room
  • External games room.
  • Woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, 2 x TV and Wi-Fi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for three cars
  • Large decked terrace with two dining tables and chairs, a sunken hot tub and changing room and a summerhouse with seating
  • Two pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Shop 2.1 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: There are differing levels in the garden with some unsecured steps and drops – outdoor area may not be suitable for small children without full adult supervision
  • Property is for holiday rentals only does not accept hen, stag or similar parties Please Note: During the winter months from 1st November - 31st March there will be an extra charge of £100 for the use of the hot tub
  • If you do require to use the hot tub during your stay please contact Sykes Cottages on 01244 345700 to make the payment. All bookings between 1st April - 31st October the cost for using the hot tub is included in the rental. Please note: This property does not accept short bookings during the weekend period
  • Please enquire before booking if you are unsure.

The property

Smugglers Rest is a superb detached property offering captivating river views stretching west up to Cosheston leading to Lawrenny and east to Neyland Marina and Pembroke Dock.

With its quirky reverse-level layout to showcase the striking views and its close proximity to the coastline, Smugglers Rest is a rare find for families or group of friends to use as a base to enjoy this glorious part of South West Wales.

Soak up your peaceful surroundings of Burton village which arguably has one of Pembrokeshire’s best loved pubs/ restaurants, based directly on the shoreline of the Cleddau just 600 metres from Smugglers Rest.

In the summer months it is a mecca for water sport enthusiasts with its pontoon facilities, making it a great launching point for canoeists, paddleboarders and boaters to explore the natural beauty of the upper Cleddau.

The small villages of Lawrenny are close by with its pub and coffee shop and for the more adventurous the picturesque hamlet and pub of Creswell Quay can be reached by water on a high tide.

On entering Smugglers Rest you will find the sitting room, this space is perfect for resting awhile after an action-packed day with its plush L-shape sofa and impressive flat-screen TV.

Climb the staircase to find the heart of the home, the kitchen/sitting room, styled with a contemporary elegance, all the modern conveniences and an abundance of light, making a wonderful spot for you all gather to make some memories.

Light up the woodburning stove to allow a gentle warmth to fill the room, while the chef of the group cooks up a storm in the kitchen, making the most of the quality appliances and the sleek island unit, where a glass of wine or two can be had, as dinner simmers on the hob.

Impressively, the huge skylight windows in here can be opened up to reveal a Juliet balcony, where you can take your drinks out to savour the views of the river and beyond.

Once your meals are ready to be served, relocate into the formal dining room to tuck in before pulling open the map to plan the next day’s adventure, before pushing open the skylight which again reveals another Juliet balcony to allow a seamless integration of the outside in.

If you are visiting during the summer months, venture out onto the raised decking, where table and chairs offer an opportunity for a spot of alfresco dining where you will sit back and watch sailing boats gliding up and down the estuary making passage for pretty coastal villages such as Dale or outwards into the Irish sea before dipping into the bubbling hot tub, where you can truly relax after a busy day of exploring.

Before heading to bed, be sure to challenge your loved ones to a game of pool, situated within the external games room, another great way to while away some fun-filled hours with your loved ones.

Once the sun has set, find your sleeping quarters on the ground floor of the property, each one is designed with a refreshing ambiance and touches of a nautical theme to serve as quiet reminders of your surroundings.

Here, you can choose between three double bedrooms and a twin bedroom, all served by a family bathroom and a sleek shower room.

If you can tear yourself away from this oasis, there are extensive off road walks nearby at Benton Woods offering great walks for you and your four legged companion which pass by a small castle and offer panoramic views of the Cleddau Estuary and the Presell mountain in the distance.

For boat enthusiasts there is a boatyard and slipway half a mile away which offers boat storage and launching facilities or alternatively there are free public launching slipways doted around the estuary such as Llangwm, Pembroke and Neyland just a short drive away.

Venture slightly further to find Pembroke where you will find more options and a plethora of attractions including, Pembroke Castle, Henry Tudor’s birthplace, as well as boating opportunities on Mill Pond so that you can view the historic castle from a different, exciting perspective.

From here, you can also visit Barafundle Bay, which has been voted as the best beach in the UK, with its towering cliffs backing glorious sands, great for soaking up the sun and walking with your canine companions.

If you are looking to get out onto the water be sure to join the National Trust guide on a kayaking trip out of Stackpole Quay, where you can explore the explore caves and play in the surf.

You could also visit the National Trust owned Cleddau Woodlands for an endearing walk before brushing up on the local history by visiting the ruins of Carew Castle and Tidal Mill.

Those with children can look forward to an afternoon at Manor House Wildlife Park, Heatherton World of Activities or the Dinosaur Park!

The colourful town of Tenby is also within driving distance, as is Milford Haven, which rests on the shores of the largest estuary in Wales and is one of the deepest natural harbours in the world.

With so much to see and do, you and your loved ones are sure to have an action-packed break whilst staying at Smugglers Rest.

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

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About the location


Pembroke 2.4 miles; Neyland 4 miles; Milford Haven 7.9 miles; Freshwater West 10.2 miles.

Pembroke Dock, also named Doc Penfro in Welsh, is a beautiful town just northwest of the centre of Pembroke with the babbling River Cleddau flowing through. The town holds historic facets with the construction of the Royal Navy Dockyard dating back to the 1800s, generating the popularity and expansion of this wonderful community, with a higher population than Pembroke itself, the town boasts a wide selection of pubs, restaurants, convenience stores, parks, a train station, heritage centre, and a spectacular dockyard. A journey over the Cledday Bridge takes you over to the charming town of Neyland, home to several sporting clubs including Neyland Cricket Club, Neyland RFC, Neyland AFC, and a popular yacht club by the marina. Just down the road is Pembroke town centre, a thriving tourist spot where you can discover the ruins of Henry VII's birthplace and find easy access to discover Pembrokeshire's best attractions, delight in watersports like surfing and rowing, stroll around West Angle Bay, or sample a local lobster lunch at Freshwater West beach's street food stall, Café Mor. Other delightful Welsh towns in easy reach include the tranquil Milford Haven and the bustling county town of Haverfordwest. Pembroke Dock is a vibrant hub for exploring an exciting corner of Wales.

Please Note: During the winter months from 1st November - 31st March there will be an extra charge of £100 for the use of the hot tub. If you do require to use the hot tub during your stay please contact Sykes Cottages on 01244 345700 to make the payment.

All bookings between 1st April - 31st October the cost for using the hot tub is included in the rental.

Property is for holiday rentals only does not accept hen, stag or similar parties

Please note: This property does not accept short bookings during the weekend period. Please enquire before booking if you are unsure.