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Shell Cottage

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Fishguard, South Wales & Pembrokeshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a lovely cottage in an excellent position overlooking Fishguard Harbour- the views are amazing."

    It is a really warm, cosy cottage with plenty of room. The outside space would be good for sitting and relaxing in if you had good weather. An excellent welcome pack left fir us, which was much appreciated. Plenty to go in the local area, with walks from the doorstep. The only slight negative is the very steep drive up to the cottage, which gets very slippery in wet weather.

    Reviewed by E5.0Sep 2023

  • "Excellent property, some small issues, not clear on what to do with refuse as appears some bins & bags missing, 3 can openers in kitchen drawer, none of which worked."

    Needs more transparency on parking as drive very steep and was impossible to drive on in when wet as car slid down the drive, gravel on lower part is deep and caused wheelspin with front tyres buried in it, easier to park on road outside or in layby on main road, or harbour car park which is free. One other think is beware of the unpainted part of the decking as this is very slippy in the wet. These are mostly minor things apart from the danger of the car slipping on the drive, which could be solved by at least tarmacing the lower section. Main thing though is that this is an excellent cottage, well equiped, very comfortable with great views and well placed to explore the local area.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Sep 2023

  • "A lovely well equipped, and comfortable cottage with a fantastic view over the harbour."

    As mentioned in the cottage description, the access is a bit of a challenge, especially with a largish car! A minor point was the confusing recycling instructions, with multi amendmended crossed out sections and missing recycling box.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.4Sep 2023

  • "Thanks for everything."

    It would be nice to have curtains in living room as my dog kept on barking at night looking at lights, also it’s a must for privacy. everything else was amazing. Thanks again

    Reviewed by Deepak5.0Aug 2023

  • "The house location and description is as described in the website."

    Thoroughly enjoyed the stay.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2023

  • "We loved Shell Cottage- what a fantastic location!"

    Wonderful views of the harbour, and we could walk down to the harbour car park, where we parked our cars, in just 4 minutes (a lot easier than tackling the steep drive, though the gardener managed the drive easily in his white van mid-week). I appreciated coming home from a walk and sitting high in the garden with a cup of tea while the others flopped in the cottage! So peaceful, and we loved walking down to the harbour in the dusk and seeing the ferry lights over the harbour in Goodwick. Will definitely come again.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage with fabulous view."

    Perfect for family holiday with everything you need. Thank you to the owners for sharing this special place.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, the property is so beautiful and the location is great."

    felt like home away from home. Access is tricky but we knew that going in. And worth it for the views. Would love to book again one day. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Laura4.4Jun 2022

  • "The property is conveniently located for visiting SW Wales from Cardigan down to Tenby."

    Lowertown is very peaceful with a very friendly drinkers pub within metres. Some areas dont have pavements so care has to be taken crossing roads. Property was clean and tidy with good facilities. Not the most modern but more than adequate if out all day and using terrace in the evening. We left a few minor comments in the house keeping book for future improvements. A number of current pamphlets of where to go and a decent listing of pubs restaurants etc were provided and used. Terrace area provides wonderful views of bay and harbour and dogs can be penned into this area. However rest of garden is steep and not suitable for safe walking nor loose dogs. A number of visitors have mentioned the steep drive which also possesses shale and stones which make it difficult for vehicles and people to ascend. Our small car fully loaded could not get up the drive. After unloading we left our car in the harbour car park which is free, flat and always had spaces. If the drive and lower parking area was tarmacked I would have increased the rating

    Reviewed by Martyn4.4Jun 2022

  • "This cottage is in a stunning location with amazing views."

    Very comfortable but the bedrooms were a bit tired, the double bed creaked a lot and the room smelt damp. Twin room was better and bigger so maybe swap? The drive could be tarmaced we got up it on arrival but it was impossible after the rain.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Jun 2022

  • "The cottage was perfect for our Easter family getaway."

    Well located with an easy walk down to the old harbour and a short drive up to town. We enjoyed the views and the comfort and wouldn't have any problem recommending Shell Cottage.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage has superb views, is very well equipped, very comfortable and in a fantastic location in the Lower Town overlooking the harbour."

    We generally enjoyed our stay, however it was let down by a few niggles. There were a few minor maintenance issues that we would not have expected to find; no ignition light on the main oven so we had no idea when it was up to temperature, various bulbs not working on arrival (some spares were left but not all). The decking was extremely slippery when wet and there was no way to avoid walking on it. Unfortunately the cottage could have been cleaner. On the surface all looked OK but there were lots of areas out of site that were not clean; cobwebs down the back of bedroom bedside cabinets which could easily have been moved to clean and the tiles at the back of the cooker hob had not been cleaned for some time. We also had an issue with mice in the kitchen on the work surfaces (which we notified to Sykes Cottages). The information relating to the bins and recycling was very confusing as there were various options – but which were correct? Most of the information files contained out of date information – mostly from 2017! Although it states that there is an open fire and that fuel is included in the rent, there was absolutely no fuel for the fire or evidence of anywhere to store anything e.g. coal scuttle or log basket. Also no indication of what type of fuel is required – smokeless? It would have been useful to know what equipment - pots & pans etc. was in the kitchen as we were there over Christmas and had no idea what was included. As much as the listing states there is a very steep drive, it does not say that it would be unsuitable for people with mobility issues, who would find walking up and done the drive and steps extremely difficult. As previously noted, the drive is incredibly steep and rough and not easy to drive up and down, especially when wet.

    Reviewed by Steve4.1Dec 2021

  • "The cottage is good but just lacks finesse in the finishing but the terrace and view of the harbour is magnificent."

    As mentioned by others the drive is very steep and awkward and is probably the only negative aspect. Our family had 3 small cars which managed . Overall a very good location and a very good base

    Reviewed by David4.4Aug 2021

  • "The toilet seat remained broken throughout our stay and the beds were very uncomfortable."

    Both bathrooms need some attention The location was good and kitchen well equipped

    The owner extends his apologies that the broken loo seat was not attended to at the time. It has now been replaced. The comfort of beds is very subjective and has not been an issue for other guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne3.4Jul 2021

  • "A lovely cottage with beautiful views and everything that you need We enjoyed our stay but as others have said the driveway is very steep and I mean very STEEP!"


    Reviewed by Tony4.7Jun 2021

  • "Comfortable, clean cottage with beautiful view of the harbour below."

    Nicer than it looks in the photos. It’s lovely to sit on the patio with a glass of something chilled and enjoy the vistas. Fishguard is a good base for exploring the area, which is generally uncrowded with great beaches and walks. As other reviews mention, the drive up to the cottage is challenging; not for the nervous driver. If you don’t fancy it, there are only limited parking spaces on the road below the cottage, you may end up having to park quite a way away. We had a great holiday, we had never visited Pembrokeshire before and it exceeded expectations.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a gorgeous place."

    We spent a very relaxing week there, the weather was lovely too. Would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2021

  • "Shell Cottage was a lovely bungalow."

    it offers a beautiful view of Fishguard Harbour from the expansive decked area. the cottage itself is very spacious with a small lawned area, but to listen to the small trickling stream in the garden is so restful.there is a challenging drive up to the property level. very necessary to access the property level for loading etc.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.1May 2021

  • "The location is stunning with a beautiful view of Fishguard harbour from the living room and terrace."

    It is quiet and peaceful with beautiful walks on the doorstep. The kitchen looks out on to the garden that is visited by many varieties of birds so you can birdwatch as you make breakfast! The bungalow was ideal for us and our elderly mothers being on one level and spacious. It is bright, clean and comfortable and the furniture and fittings are of a high standard making it feel like a home rather than simply holiday accommodation. The owner was very helpful. We booked for one week and were able to extend it to two. We will definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely & the view was amazing."

    However the drive is very steep & just when the car needs to bite it turns into a poorly maintained slate covered drive and the car starts to slide back. We are both experienced drivers & attempted this twice with burning clutch both times, so we ended up parking away from the cottage. I think the drive needs to be properly concreted as it is not safe otherwise.

    Reviewed by Martin3.1Sep 2020

  • "The holiday cottage and location exceeded our expectations."

    However the listing was not accurate in terms of the parking. You really need a 4x4 to reach the top of the drive although the listing did mention it was steep. However it didn't mention that the 2 spaces at the bottom of the drive were reached by an exceedingly steep entrance which was only safely navigated by going past the entrance and turning round and entering from the top of the road. We decided to only have one of our cars in the lower parking area and the one we used everyday we left opposite the entrance on the road in order to avoid navigating the entrance drive.

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Sep 2020

  • "Cottage in excellent location with super views of the small harbour."

    West facing decking for sunny evenings.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Sep 2020

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  • Single-storey
  • Three bedrooms
  • 1 x king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area with open fire
  • Utility room
  • Central heating
  • Range style cooker, five-ring gas hob, two electric ovens, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher
  • TV with Freesat, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Please bring own beach towels and cot linen
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars at top of very steep and rough concrete drive, parking is also available on the lower road by the cottage, but bear in mind a steep walk to the property
  • Half acre of grounds including lawn area, large decking area and up 10 steps to permanent barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.8 miles, pub and coast 0.1 miles
  • Note: This property does not have a charge point for electric vehicles and charging from within the property is prohibited
  • Note: Check-in 4pm and check out 10am

The property

Perched in an unbeatable location overlooking Lower Town Harbour and Fishguard in Pembrokeshire is Shell Cottage.

This delightful, dog-friendly bungalow is the perfect choice for a family coastal getaway thanks to its three well-appointed bedrooms, garden area, barbecue, off-road parking and open-plan living space.

Ultise the parking at the top of the driveway before crossing the threshold into your new home-from-home.

Step straight into the open-plan living space where you can unwind on the plush sofas with your loved ones while the designated chef of the group makes a start on dinner.

Gather the family around the dining table to tuck into their culinary creations or if the sun is shining why not head outside to the private decking where you can dine alfresco in the sun?

There’s even a barbecue so you can cook up a storm during the summer months.

Admire the sun as it sets over the harbour before travelling back inside to wash off the day’s adventures in the family bathroom ahead of catching up on some much-needed rest and relaxation in the king-size with en-suite, double or twin bedroom.

In the morning venture out to explore all that Fishguard has to offer; find local convenience stores where you can stock up on all of your essentials as well as pubs which are ideal for nights when you don’t fancy cooking!

Look forward to picturesque walks along the harbour; keen ramblers will be in their element as the Pembrokeshire coastal path runs through the village opening up an abundance of charming seaside villages for exploration.

On sunny days, pack up your towels and head to Aberfforest or Newport Beach where you can bask in the sun, splash in the sea or enjoy dog walks with your beloved pooch.

Other must-visit, nearby attractions include Dyffryn Fernant Garden, Castell Henllys Iron Age Village and Oakwood theme park for a day of family fun!

Make unforgettable memories at Shell Cottage!

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About the location


St. Davids 16 miles; Tenby 36 miles.

Fishguard is an ideal holiday destination on the award-winning Pembrokeshire Coast, which has been voted the second best coastal destination in the world according to the National Geographic magazine. The town itself has an array of gift shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs and offers the opportunity of viewing the superb Last Invasion Tapestry, which has been compared to the Bayeux Tapestry. Day trips to Ireland run daily and the picturesque Lower Fishguard Harbour is a delight for sailing enthusiasts. From this perfect holiday base you can enjoy the amazing coastline, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, the beautiful Preseli Hills, where the Stonehenge Blue Stones originated, or explore the array of historic castles, working mills and visit the smallest city in Wales with its magnificent St. Davids Cathedral. Whatever you are looking for, this is a fantastic location for all ages.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas