Child Friendly Holiday Cottage - The Anchorage, Sandy Haven
Once a pair of stone cottages in the Pembrokeshire National Park, The Anchorage has been rebuilt to preserve the original form with stone faced walls. It is a spacious, modern detached house set in two acres which stretches up the bank behind; it nestles in the sheltered valley of Sandy Haven right on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path just 50 yards from the water at high tide making it ideal for boating, kayaking and water enthusiasts. At low tide have a go at trying to catch crabs from the footbridge.Comfortably furnished throughout in a contemporary style with a sailing theme and practical laminate flooring. The open plan living space has a modern fitted kitchen, large dining table for great family meals and snug sofas to relax on, while the spacious bedrooms offer a welcome retreat. The beautifully planted, patio garden is an ideal sheltered spot to enjoy an alfresco meal. The extensive grounds offer some wonderful picnic spots, explore the woodland trail up the hillside and admire the views to the estuary, play in Fort Sandy above the house and admire the miniature Stonehenge with its standing stones. Ideal for boating, kayaking and water enthusiasts, walk over the cliff tops on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path to Lindsway Beach only 1 mile away, while there is a pub recommended for food in St Ishmaels. Marloes offers a variety of pubs and cafes as well as a choice of beaches.A magical holiday home ideal for families and friends to enjoy a break and truly relax.This is a no smoking property.Things to do: KayakingSea kayaking is a growing popular sport in Pembrokeshire. The 1.4 mile long tidal creek of Sandy Haven (high tide line is 50 meters from The Anchorage) is an ideal sheltered place to take out children as the shore is never far away. For the more experienced kayaker there is the shore of the Milford Haven Waterway to explore. Immediately west of the entrance to Sandy Haven creek there are three secluded beaches backed by tall cliffs that are accessible only by boat from the sea. If Great Castle Head is rounded then the sands of Lindsway Bay lie ahead, but being opposite to the two-mile wide entrance to the Milford Haven Waterway, are exposed to some Atlantic swell and there is often a surf running on the beach which makes landing and getting off an interesting experience. At high tide there is a mile long section of seacliffs to the east of Sandy Haven to explore for interesting items along the high tide line. To paddle along these cliffs in a summer fog is interesting as many of the rocks have Cormorants perched on them and they loom unexpectedly out of the sea mist. (The beach at Kilroon Bay makes a good stopping place to stretch legs).Sea FishingThe western headlands from Freshwater West in the south, the Dale Peninsula and especially around St. Davids provide some of the best sea fishing in Wales. Bass, Flatfish and Mackerel are caught in summer and in winter in the estuaries Flounder, Cod and Whiting. Mullet can be caught throughout the year. Sea fishing trips by boat are available through the summer from Saundersfoot, Tenby, Neyland, Dale, Solva, St. Davids and Fishguard. Short trips of an hour result in Mackerel, but longer offshore trips to reefs and wreck sites produce Turbot, Ling, Conger, Bream, Ray and Pollock. Sightings of Dolphins, Porpoise and Whales are not uncommon and Sharks and Turtles are also seen. At Sandy Haven creek, Bass and Mullet are commonly caught from the rocks near the entrance to the creek.Bird WatchingPembrokeshire with is vast coastline with extensive cliffs, sheltered bays and exposed headlands, its offshore islands and its estuaries and tidal creeks is a wonderful place to see bird life. Herring gulls are common and their cries can be heard throughout the town of Milford Haven. Although their numbers today are much reduced from the days of the big fishing port, they are still common along the sea front at Milford Haven and have learned to spot the tourist eating a picnic and have also discovered those houses with friendly retired people. Large numbers of Jackdaws, Blackbirds, Thrushes, Starlings and Woodpigeons are common sights. Over the past few years Swans have been gathering in Sandy Haven creek and reached 22 in number in Spring 2012. Spring visitors are Swallows, Warblers and many sea birds. Summer is a good time to see the sea bird colonies. During winter in the estuaries and rivers there are Wild fowl, Waders, Slavion greebs, Great northern divers and Little egrets. Inland Peregrines, Merlins and Hen harriers hunt across the County and often disturb flocks of Lapwings and Golden plovers.Strumble Head near Fishguard is the finest place in Pembrokeshire (islands aside) for watching sea bird and marine mammals. In spring and autumn it is a great place to watch for migrating birds with Auks, Skuas, Petrels and many types of wildfowl.Skomer island is easily reached by boat from Martins Haven and has the largest colony of Manx shearwaters in the world (120,000 pairs). There are also Puffins (6,000 pairs), Guillemots (10,000 pairs), Razorbills, Choughs and Short-eared owls. The boats from Martins Haven also visit Skokholm and Grassholm islands. Skokholm has Puffins (2,000 pairs), Manx shearwaters (45,000 pairs), Guillemots, Razorbills, Storm petrels and Choughs. Accomodation for 15 bird watchers is available on the island, but is usually booked for some years in advance. Grassholm is 11 miles offshore and has the only Gannet colony in Wales. It has Gannets (65,000), Guillemots, and Razorbills. Ramsay island is accessible by boat for day trips from St. Justinians harbour near St. Davids, it has Razorbills, Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Shags, Choughs and Peregrine falcons. There are rigid inflatable boats from Neyland that visit Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm in a single trip.TripAdvisor property ID 2420058...Read more
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