Rath Cottage, which is approached along its own 300-yard track near the end of the Martin’s Haven road, is a cosy and well-equipped cottage for a relaxed family holiday. Downstairs we have underfloor heating, and the radiators upstairs are augmented by a wood-burning stove. There is a washing machine, a very large fridge with freezer compartment, a gas hob and double oven, dishwasher, microwave, DVD and satellite TV. Water was originally pumped from a well in the grounds, but we do now have mains water!
The layout of the cottage is turned totally upside down in order to maximise the views.
Rath Cottage sleeps up to 7 adults. There are 2 double bedrooms each with a king-size double bed, one of which has an en-suite shower room. There is also a family room with a 3 ft wide bunk bed and a single bed. The family bathroom has a bath and a separate shower. There is also a utility room.
This is open plan, and consists of a comfortably-furnished living room with the log-burning stove and a dining area with a magnificent view North over St. Bride’s Bay. The kitchen looks out South over the heathland of the garden, and towards the nearest cliffs and Coast Path.
Rath Cottage sits in about 3 acres of rough ground, with the Coast Path and sea to the south, and the National Trust Deer Park, which has wild ponies, forming the western boundary. We have renovated with a turf roof the previously-derelict farm sheds at the top of the garden to store garden furniture, a barbecue, and fuel for the stove.
Note: While we emphasise the privacy and seclusion of the property, we do like to point out that being close to the Coast Path and Deer Park the cottage is in a popular walking and bird watching area. There is also a certain amount of coming and going, with visitors to the islands and divers at Martin’s Haven, but this activity is out of sight of the cottage which is surprisingly hidden within its own valley.