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Stepaside near Saundersfoot, South Wales & Pembrokeshire Show on map


  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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53 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a stunning cottage, spotlessly clean and with the most amazing grounds leading onto the woodland trust woodland."

    It was so cosy and the welcome we received from the owners was lovely, our little dog loved Tony. It was very well situated to visit all the great beaches, you can walk into Amroth through the woodland trust property which is a really nice walk. All in all we had a lovely stay at Rhydlandgoed and would love to go back.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Oct 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a delightful setting ."

    The cottage is very comfortable and well equipped with everything that you need for an enjoyable and relaxing holiday and makes a great base for exploring the local area. Tony and Caroline are excellent hosts and made us very welcome at their lovely property.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Sep 2023

  • "The owners (and their dogs) are very friendly and welcoming."

    The lodge is comfortable, clean and has everything you’d expect to find in a holiday rental. The location is fantastic as it’s very close to Saundersfoot, Amroth and Wiseman’s bridge. There are loads of fantastic walks nearby, through the amazing gardens and beyond. We loved our time away. Thank you for having us

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Colby Lodge."

    The cottage was fully equipped & comfortable, situated in an amazing & quiet location. Although the weather was showery at times, we were able to visit various local towns & we spent a few days on the beautiful beaches near by. Thanks to Carolyn & Tony for all their helpful advice on the area during our stay. We would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Joanna4.4Jul 2023

  • "We had a fantastic week at Rhydlandgoed."

    The cottage is beautiful and is bigger than it appears on Sykes website. The gardens are beautiful as is Colby Woodland. It was so convenient to be able to walk through the woodland to Amroth. The hosts, Tony and Carolyn, are lovely people. They are very friendly and are always willing to give tips of where to go in the area. Carolyn is extremely knowledgeable about the history of the property and is happy to share this knowledge with you. We will definitely return and would recommend this property to anyone visiting Pembrokeshire.

    Thanks for the great feedback - a pleasure to have met you all. Please come back to Pembs - it'd be good to see you again. Carolyn & Tony Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bonita5.0Jun 2023

  • "Warm and friendly welcome and a real interest in making our stay a happy one."

    Reviewed by Donald4.7May 2023

  • "Very comfortable - home from home property!"

    Beautiful setting so peaceful and relaxing definitely book again.

    Thank you for the feedback, and for looking after the cottage whilst you were here. It was lovely to meet you both. We do hope you come and stay again. Tony and Carolyn. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2023

  • "Excellent hosts in the perfect location."

    We were given a warm welcome & plenty of information. The cottage is well equipped & the gardens are amazingly well kept & such a delight to walk around. The woodland gardens, & walk to the coast are amongst the best we ahve experienced. we will certainly return. Thank you Tony & Carolyn

    Thank you for the positive feedback. We really appreciate it - and knowing you had a nice break in beautiful Pembrokeshire. I’ll pass the comments about the garden to the gardener- the rhododendrons and azaleas look amazing this time of year. Thank you for looking after home it was lovely and clean. We hope to welcome you back soon. Tony & Carolyn. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "Enjoyed a lovely stay here."

    The cottage was very comfortable and well fitted and equipped. The setting next to the main Georgian house was stunning, as are the gardens leading to the woodland walk to Amroth. Our hosts, Tony and Caroline were very friendly and there to help if needed. All in all a great location to enjoy a holiday around Tenby

    Thank you Chris - positive feedback is always appreciated. We hope to welcome you back sometime soon. Tony and Carolyn. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Apr 2023

  • "Excellent location for access to so many lovely places , wonderful walks , dogs paradise , extremely peaceful and quiet ."

    Also , so nice to stay in a period property too ,sat in the window seat looking out onto trees and gardens was delightful we also enjoyed the wood burner as the nights grew colder . Enjoyed the kitchen for both cooking and eating . Everything we needed. Property was very clean fresh and welcoming . Having hosts on site who really know the area and can recommend eateries or walks is very helpful . Handy having a very tasty National Trust cafe so close to literally just behind the house.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Oct 2022

  • "Brilliant cottage, lovely home for a week in gorgeous setting, less than 15min walk to seaside."

    Hosts Carolyn and Tony couldn't have been more helpful, so kind and welcoming. Will be tough getting used to not having a wood burning fire again now holiday is over

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Sep 2022

  • "We enjoyed a really comfortable week at rydlandgoed; our hosts were most hospitable and friendly, and tolerant of our canine friend."

    The welcoming touch of a litre of wonderful fresh milk and the bara brith was a bonus. We are familiar with the area, but nevertheless found their advice on the local amenities very helpful. We would not hesitate to recommend the cottage for a great way to recharge batteries!

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Sep 2022

  • "It's a lovely house in a superb setting, probably the nicest Holiday house we've stayed in!"

    Tony and Carolyn are extremely welcoming and friendly, we would heartily recommend it.

    Reviewed by John4.7Aug 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage in a stunning location."

    Superb hosts.

    Reviewed by Angela4.7Jul 2022

  • "We recently enjoyed staying in Rhydlandgoed, a lovely cottage in the grounds of ..."

    We recently enjoyed staying in Rhydlandgoed, a lovely cottage in the grounds of Colby Lodge which is adjacent to National Trust land, the owners where very welcoming and their own garden is a beautiful peaceful retreat, we would definitely recommend this location if you like walking ,wildlife & being within easy reach of the beach

    Thank you for the feedback. We’re so pleased you enjoyed your stay here in Pembrokeshire. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Jul 2022

  • "This is a brilliant property ,set in beautiful gardens in a lovely part of the world."

    Our hosts Tony and Caroline were friendly and very helpful. We would return

    Thank you for the feedback. We’re so pleased you enjoyed your stay here in Pembrokeshire. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2022

  • "Wonderful restful holiday, cottage was lovely warm and cozy everything on hand for a good self catering break."

    Rhydlandgoed is a super place to unwind, it is attached to a national trust woodlands which was lovely to wander around it and is an easy 15 minute walk to Amroth beach along a really lovely woodland trail. Hosts Carolyn and Tony certainly went above and beyond to be friendly and helpful giving us advice on where to go and providing us with extra logs on chilly nights.

    Thank you for the feedback. We’re so pleased you enjoyed your stay here in Pembrokeshire. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tina5.0May 2022

  • "Comfortable very well equipped accommodation in beautiful setting run by very welcoming owners, who live in the big house."

    Beach is a 15 minute walk away and Amroth has a number of useful shops. Kilgetty is a short drive away and has a range of take aways a co op etc. Perfect for a few days rest or a base to explore the wonderful Pembrokeshire country side, towns and beaches.

    Reviewed by Dennis5.0May 2022

  • "This is a lovely cottage with friendly and welcoming hosts."

    We really enjoyed our stay - the location is outstanding, especially the woods all round. We would certainly lovely to come back again

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Mar 2022

  • "Had a super stay at the cottage."

    Everything you need is there with Carolyn and Tony closely at hand if you should need anything (and the dogs super friendly/adorable)! The cottage is really cosy with a log burner. There was also a 'resident' owl

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a relaxing stay in this beautiful cottage, perfectly located in the midst of National Trust woodlands, which was just a 20 minute leisurely stroll to the beach."

    The owners were consummate hosts, and went out of their way to ensure we had a lovely time - from taking care of our online food delivery (which ended up arriving a day earlier than we did) - to ensuring we had a never-ending supply of logs for the logburner. It was a well kitted out, with everything we needed. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Virginia5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely holiday house…beautiful location …."

    and great hosts too!!

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Oct 2021

  • "Both my husband Grandchildren and our dog Buster have had a wonderful holiday."

    The hosts Carolyn and Tony have gone above and beyond with their kindness when needed. The beautiful accommodation is both clean and comfortable. We wouldn’t fail to recommend it to others wanting a lovely relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings.

    Reviewed by Rita5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely accommodation with amazing hosts"

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely situation, cottage immaculate, very friendly owners."

    Beautiful scenery & lovely beaches, perfect for walks with the dog!

    Reviewed by Pam5.0Sep 2020

  • "We had a fabulous holiday."

    We arrived to a very warm welcome from Tony and Caroline, the cottage was beautiful, immaculately clean and comfortable. We enjoyed a very relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Rita5.0Sep 2020

  • "Gorgeous property, idyllic location, we loved it!"

    The owners are welcoming and helpful and we loved their dogs, too! Highly recommended for a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Eileen4.7Aug 2020

  • "Fabulous location, especially for dog walkers."

    Many footpaths through woodland and gardens, including a 15 minute walk to the beach.

    Reviewed by Rosalind5.0Nov 2019

  • "Rhydlandgoed is a lovely cottage attached to the main house."

    It is very comfortable and nicely furnished and with little oddments (ornaments, pictures) scattered around to make it feel homely rather than an anonymous rented space. Everything we needed was provided - logs for the woodburner, towels, bedding, crockery, cooking utensils, hair drier etc..We really enjoyed it. The owners were very welcoming and looked after us without being in any way intrusive. When we had a power cut they quickly brought over lanterns so that we weren't completely in the dark (it only lasted about 10 minutes). The main house has beautiful gardens, which you are free to make use of, and it is all set amidst the National Trust Colby Woodland Garden. So quite isolated. It's a 20 minute walk down a woodland track into Amroth village, where there are three pubs and a couple of shops. It is probably possible to drive down but we preferred not to. Make sure to take a torch for dark nights! Amroth itself has an expansive beach and is well placed for exploring. You can walk to Saundersfoot along the beach at low tide, although some rock clambering is involved if you don't want to get wet feet. Tenby, Narbeth, Laugharne and Stackpole are all a short drive away, with St. Davids being about an hour. Very enjoyable and recommended.

    Reviewed by Graeme5.0Sep 2019

  • "Wonderful surroundings with great scenery and walks on the doorstep and a very cozy cottage."

    You can walk to the local beach within 15 minutes. Hosts very hospitable and informative with tips for local places of interest, where to eat, shop etc. Reqlly enjoyed the log burner in the evenings and the bed was very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Jo4.7Sep 2019

  • "Environment so beautiful and peaceful."

    Absolutely idyllic.

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Aug 2019

  • "Wonderful house and location, with a very warm welcome from Tony and Carolyn, who ensured our stay was comfortable and relaxing."

    The house was full of character as a grade 2 listed building, though the shower and cooker understandably may be difficult to update. Lots of excellent family memories made, we would love to return again in future.

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Aug 2019

  • "Fantastic location so peaceful great walks in doorstep great food nearby ."

    Hosts are lovely so welcoming and helpful. Can’t wait to return .

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jun 2019

  • "The owners Tony and Carolyn are really warm and friendly and happy to make all ..."

    The owners Tony and Carolyn are really warm and friendly and happy to make all sorts of recommendations for visits or eating out

    Reviewed by Geraint4.4Jun 2019

  • "We had a truly lovely holiday in a beautiful setting."

    We had a song thrush alarm clock and buzzed by an owl while dog walking in the twilight. A magical place. Very comfortable cottage and perfect hosts. We could not have asked for more.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was a pure joy to stay in."

    Our hosts Carolyn and Tony were welcoming on arrival and gave us a tour and history of the property. The cottage is set in the most beautiful setting and at this time of year the rhododendrons and azaleas were stunning. It is bright and spacious with comfortable beds and tastefully furnished, very homely. You can also visit tea room next door which serves delicious cakes. There is just a 15 minute walk through the grounds to the small seaside village of Amroth with a welcoming pub which serves very nice food. We walked with our dogs to the next seaside town of Saundersfoot via the Pembrokeshire Coastal path, there are very steep steps at first to climb but the views at the top are well worth it. If the tide is out then you can walk on the beach. Tenby is a short drive away and Barafundle beach and Bosherston lakes are a must visit. It is a piece of paradise, quite and tranquil.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7May 2019

  • "Our first visit to Pembrokeshire and the cottage and location couldn’t have been better."

    Carolyn and Tony were great hosts. Martha (the dog) loved all the walks through the woods and gardens and on the fantastic beaches. Will definitely book again. Moira and Richard

    Reviewed by Moira5.0May 2019

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage in a spectacular location."

    Lots of places to visit in the area. We especially enjoyed the walk from the house to the pub in Amroth, the food was really good. We would highly recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Penny4.7Mar 2019

  • "Very friendly and helpful hosts,very comfatable cottage in a delightful location,we would go back again possibly in the summer."

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Mar 2019

  • "Very obliging and helpful hosts in a beautiful house and garden setting."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage in a lovely location."

    The hosts were excellent. Highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2018

  • "The location is just stunning."

    Really peaceful and comfortable cottage with beautiful gardens and Tony and Carolyn were perfect hosts. Lovely beaches nearby and many happy hours spent near the stream. Would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Bethan5.0Jun 2018

  • "Magical setting in Colby woodland gardens; we loved having private access to the grounds and beautiful wildflower meadows after the National Trust guests had left each evening."

    Carolyn and Tony were friendly and helpful hosts, the cottage was very comfortable and well-equipped and our dog was also made very welcome. It was lovely to be able to walk down through the woods to the beach and there were lots of places of interest within easy reach. Highly recommended and we would definitely return if we plan another holiday to Pembrokeshire.

    Reviewed by Annabel4.7Jun 2018

  • "Tony and Caroline were the most fabulous hosts."

    There was a beautifully dressed Xmas tree (we arrived 23rd December) a bottle of bubbly in the fridge and mince pies all very unexpected but greatly appreciated. The cottage was charming and they had thought of everything we could possible need. The location is wonderful and even in the rain we enjoyed some glorious walks in the beautiful grounds and beyond. The house was immaculate and extremely comfortable and we will certainly be coming back. Perfect

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Dec 2017

  • "Delightful friendly owners and the most fantastic setting."

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Nov 2017

  • "Perfect holiday for us."

    Lodge set in idyllic grounds and an easy walk to a very good beach. The lodge had all we could want with helpful hosts greeting us and giving us a tour of the lodge and grounds.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.4Oct 2017

  • "Lovely location and cottage."

    use of BBQ in great garden. Carolyn and Tony made us most welcome and we had a fantastic holiday with 2 young boys.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Aug 2017

  • "Lovely owners who made us feel very welcome and relaxed."

    Absolutely stunning gardens and location. A real treat for my family and I.

    Reviewed by Emma4.8Aug 2017

  • "A comfortable, well equipped cottage in stunning surroundings."

    Carolyn & Tony were perfect hosts, very helpful and friendly. The holiday overall exceeded our expectations, and we would have no hesitation in recommending Rhydlandgoed.

    Reviewed by Vivienne5.0Jun 2017

  • "The cottage is beautiful and comfortable , well furnished and all appliances in excellent working order."

    The grounds are truly amazing our dog just loved the meadows and woodland paths its an unbeatable location with a beach and pubs within walking distance , Tony and Carolyn were lovely friendly hosts with lots of local knowledge and recommendations.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2017

  • "A delightful country cottage in a truly stunning location."

    It would be very hard to beat. Set in amazing National Trust Woodland gardens with a short walk to the sweet little seaside village of Amroth, with miles of golden beach. A lovely National Trust cafe on site with hard to resist lunches and home made cakes for morning coffee or afternoon tea. Our hosts, Carolyn and Tony, could not have done more to make our stay happy. We will be booking to return to this very special place as soon as possible.

    Reviewed by Elaine4.8May 2017

  • "Wonderful cottage in the mosg idyllic location."

    Tony and Carolyn are brilliant hosts and everything they did for us as guests was perfect. The best holiday cottage we have ever taken over many years of doing so.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Apr 2017

  • "We cannot recommend this property highly enough."

    The interior is beautifully furnished and really well equipped and it would be very difficult to surpass its location, set in beautiful grounds in the midst of National Trust gardens which encompass a picturesque valley and surrounding hills and woods. A walk through the woods leads one to the dog friendly beach at Amroth with its pubs, restaurants and shops and Tenby and Saundersfoot are only a short drive away for more shops and supermarkets. (Kilgetty, which is nearer, has a very well stocked supermarket also). Finally it would be difficult to find more welcoming, friendly hosts than Tony and Carolyn for whom nothing was too much trouble. An amazing place in a very lovely part of the world!

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Mar 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Oil central heating
  • Log Burner - starter pack inc. in the rent
  • Large Electric Range oven with Induction Hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Access to shared woodland and gardens
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Stairs in cottage are steep and with a narrow tread, care should be taken
  • Note: Lots of paths throughout the gardens, which can be slippery when wet, care to be taken
  • Note: There is an open fast moving stream in the grounds, children and dogs need to be supervised
  • Note: The owner has a B&B in the main lodge, please contact the owner direct for information
  • Please note: There is a laundromat in Kilgetty Village which is 5 minute drive (2 miles) away
  • Please note that whilst we welcome owners with a well-behaved dog, we request that the dog is not left unattended in the cottage
  • Please note: this property does not allow car charging, facilities available locally if needed
  • Note: This property only accept 1 dog.

The property

A superb stone-built 16C Grade II listed wing of the owner’s home, Colby Lodge, in the village of Stepaside, close to Amroth beach and Narberth in the gorgeous area of Pembrokeshire.

Colby Lodge is set in National Trust woodland gardens, with over 2.5 acres of private gardens and surrounded by 1,000 acres of National Trust woodland.

Set in a beautiful and secluded location, the cottage, built in the 16 century, retains its original name Rhydlangoed, (The ford by the wood).

The main house was built later in 1803 by the coal merchant John Colby.

It is a wonderful place for either a romantic break or even a break with family or small group of friends for a good get together.

It’s a perfect location for artists with the beautiful gardens literally on the doorstep, a stimulating walk along the woodland path will take you straight to Amroth beach.

On entering the cottage, there is a small hallway with storage for boots and hanging space for coats.

This then leads you into the well-equipped kitchen with its’ own dining area, making it a great social space to enjoy whilst the chef is preparing a lovely home-cooked meal.

From here takes you into a cosy sitting room with comfy sofas and a log burner, making it a relaxing place for those cooler evenings.

The stairs take you up to two pretty bedrooms, both with character feature windows and wonderful views of the beautiful gardens.

A passageway takes you down to the spacious bathroom with a good-sized bath and shower; great for a nice soak after a full day out and about.

From the hallway, a back door leads to an enclosed cobbled courtyard, ideal for breakfast in the sunshine, to which the owner also has access.

At the front door of the property is a bistro set, perfect for catching the evening sun.

A pathway leads over a small bridge to a picnic bench in a private wooded area, exclusively for cottage guests.

Please exercise care over the bridge and the stream, especially when supervising children.

The gardens extend to a vast meadow; perfect for outdoor activities or walking.

Adjacent to the property are National Trust paths throughout the extensive woodlands and leading to Amroth beachfront.

Colby also has a National Trust walled garden with a gazebo and a water feature set in lovely gardens with statues and benches to enjoy the lovely scenery.

There is also a National Trust information centre, tea room and a gallery with a gift shop to visit.

The nearby coastline beckons too, or take a drive to Amroth, Saundersfoot or Tenby, with the option to enjoy some of the most picturesque coastal walks in the UK.

Theme parks, Oakwood, Bluestone, Folly Farm and the Dinosaur Park are all in easy reach, as are the Welsh Zoo, Heatherton, historic castles, seaside resorts and wonderful unspoilt coves are all there for you to explore.

Set in a fantastic setting, whether staying around the lodge and gardens or exploring further afield, Rhydlangoed is a wonderful and special place to be.

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

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About the location


Amroth 1 mile; Saundersfoot 4 miles; Tenby 6.5 miles; Narberth 7 miles; Pembroke 10.8 miles.

Once home to both coal and iron mines, Stepaside is now a holiday hamlet with a few houses pubs and restaurants. This valley was a hive of industrial activity from the 14th to the 19th century as it was an integral part of the Pembrokeshire coal field. It’s hard to imagine that now, as very little remains apart from the old ironworks at Stepaside and the railway tunnels between Wisemans Bridge and Saundersfoot. There were 12 collieries working in this area at its heyday. The whole of Pembrokeshire beckons with the harbour and seaside resorts of Amroth just 15 minutes’ walk away, Tenby and Saundersfoot close by, visit secluded sandy beaches, such as the acclaimed Barafundle Bay for a quiet relaxing day, or take in an invigorating walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast National Path. Enjoy a boat trip to Caldey Island and its monastery, or to Skomer, which is renowned for its puffins. For the most adventurous, extreme watersports await, whilst golfers can take the challenge of Tenby's famous links course. The nearby town of Narberth is a delight to discover with its many individual shops, including upmarket boutiques, specialist deli grocers and unique gift shops, and a wide choice of restaurants, bistros and pubs can be found in and around the town. Queen's Hall, Narberth's leading cultural and arts venue hosts a variety of concerts, plays and events, which can be enjoyed throughout the year. A perfect holiday base at any time of year.

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