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Myrtle Cottage, Southgate, Gower

At a glance:

  • ideal for sharing/extended family groups; (1 -14 people) in linked but independent wings.
  • pets by arrangement
  • no smoking
  • all utilites included
  • close to golf, beach and cliff walks
  • To check our vacancies
    • for Myrtle Cottage click here
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The Gower Peninsula ,the first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, remains stunningly beautiful and uncrowded, an excellent holiday destination for all seasons, particularly for those who enjoy outdoor activities.

Southgate/Pennard is a 20 minute drive from Swansea (about 8 miles) and average 90 minutes from the Severn Bridge. Once there you can forget your car as just about everything you came for is on your doorstep! Southgate has shops, PO, café, pub, library and Medical Centre. Swansea has cinemas, theatre (concerts, plays, ballet & opera), interesting museums, covered market with local produce, Marina and Leisure Centre. The Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains, with their caves, rivers, waterfalls, marvellous walks and views are about 45 minutes- 1 hour drive inland.

Myrtle Cottage is on a private ‘no through road’ adjacent to PENNARD GOLF LINKS (visitors welcome), and the footpath to POBBLES & THREE CLIFFS BAY - (recent Finalist in a Competition for Britain’s greatest view!)

THE BEACHES (10 mins walk down, 20 up) have safe swimming, frequently surfing, prawning, fishing, acres of sand at low tide; rock pools, caves, dunes and spectacular cliffs, extremely popular with walkers and rock climbers (both amateur and experienced).

A variety of walks can start from the front gate, for example, around the cliffs eastwards to Hunt’s Bay ( Cornish choughs breeding here), Pwll Du and Brandy Cove; westerly across the golf course to the ruins of Pennard Castle, or along the river valley towards Three Cliffs Bay and across stepping stones to Oxwich Bay (variety of water sports here) or up to Cefn Bryn, the ‘spine ‘of Gower.

SPECIAL FEATURES OF MYRTLE COTTAGE - originally 1920’s and major extension & updating in 2007:-

- Ideal for sharing/extended family groups; *flexible living (1 -14 people) in linked but independent wings.
- Luxury bathroom and ensuites (total of 5 for 6 bedrooms) and solar heated water! Lovely both summer and winter.
- Massive new kitchen in main house with range cooker and huge walnut table that can seat 12+.
- Woodburner Stove (Clearview) in large renovated lounge – perfect for WINTER BREAKS!
- Conservatory – has a lovely giant Thai circular lounger for afternoon naps.
- The Garden – large, sunny, secluded and interesting – my artist mother designed it: gardener maintains it.
- Close to Golf, Beach, Cliff walks, Shops, Pub (Southgate County Club) Library, Medical Centre.
*In Peak Season a ‘whole house’ let has priority. At other times we can lock off either wing or more – discount prices may apply.

Parking is possible for 3/4 cars on the drive with more space outside the front gate. Gas CH throughout. (Utilities included in price).

MAIN HOUSE: sleeps 8/9 in 4 bedrooms ACCESS TO MAIN GARDEN + solar hot water!

The Kitchen was extended in 2007 to create a superb large room with fitted units, lots of utensils, range cooker, large fridge freezer, a second fridge, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher and microwave. It is furnished with an 8’ extendable table seating 12+, a Welsh dresser, a wooden settle (games stored inside). A back door leads out to an enclosed carport, the main garden and front drive.

Ground floor bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (sleeps 3) in a 5' ziplink bed and 2’6”divan + luxury ensuite (power shower, wc, shaver etc.)
Bedroom 2 has twin divan beds which also can be ziplinked to make a king double.

Downstairs Bathroom (totally renovated in 2007) has bath with power shower, wash basin and wc.

The Living Room has rugs on an oak floor, a new ‘Clearview’ wood-burning stove, and spacious sitting area with sofas, armchairs, new 32” digital TV, DVD & video. The staircase leads up to:

2 lovely new Bedrooms– one with 5’ (King) bed, the other 3’ divans (convertible to 6’ superking) with luxury modern ensuites – each with power shower, shaver point, wc and wash basin.

ANNEXE (or ‘old’ wing)- on 2 floors; sleeps 5 in 2 bedrooms (access to small front garden beside drive only)

Kitchen/living room: This is divided into a small fitted kitchen area with gas hob, electric oven, kettle, toaster, microwave and table (seats 6). The carpeted living area has futon & sofa, woodburner style gas fire, desk, TV, books and games.

The Inner hall has washing machine, dryer and fridge/freezer and stairs leading up to:

2 bedrooms, one with a king (5’) double, the second with 3’ bunk beds & 3’ divan, lots of books and carpeted throughout.

A large bathroom with electric shower over the bath, wc & basin, airing cupboard and gas boiler & door out to a small balcony.


We are able to provide bed linen or towels at £6 per person – please enquire. We provide all other bedding (duvets, blankets, pillows & mattress protectors), bath mats & kitchen/tea cloths.
We ask everyone to leave a few basic supplies in the kitchen eg sugar, tea, flour, salt and oil.

LOGS: One large basket is provided. Thereafter we charge £5 per basket – on request. They can also be bought locally.
1. A deposit cheque for 50% of your holiday cost within 7 days of making a reservation
2. A 50% balance cheque at least 2months before the start of the holiday. (make a reminder note!)
3. A further separate cheque for £250 (against damage/loss). This will be returned on condition that the house is left in a clean and tidy condition with everything where you found it and breakages/loss reported/paid for.
DOGS (maximum 2) - £10 per pet. They must be well-behaved; not go in bedrooms, upstairs or on chairs & ALL MESS MUST BE REMOVED FROM GARDENS. Dogs are allowed on several Gower beaches including our local ones. (see leaflet in house).
PHONES: Some (O2 for sure) mobiles work, at least by the gate or upstairs! A public phone box is on the main road opposite the pub (a few minutes’ walk). Debbie Lacey our housekeeper will call to check all is well during your stay.


Mrs Christina Swainson, 47 Five Mile Drive, Oxford. OX2 8HR

Email: MyrtleCottageGower@gmail.com

Tel: 01865 556241 (mobile: 07718 539305)

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