Trehilyn Isaf

Strumble Head, North Pembrokeshire coast
Guests: 4       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking), fee applies

Trehilyn Isaf

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Priced for 2 (sleeps 4). Griff Rhys Jones’ Pembrokeshire Farm holiday cottage on Strumble Head in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in West Wales.

  • 'Best in Wales' (Country Life)
  • Top Green Places to Stay in the UK (Observer)
  • Best UK Self-Catering (Time Out)
  • Best for Winter (The Telegraph)

Few cottages at this price point have received quite so many accolades! Trehilyn Isaf is the converted service wing of the Georgian farmhouse restored by Griff and his family and has a snug, rustic atmosphere. With two sleeping lofts and two receptions both with fireplaces, and direct access to gardens front and back, it's a great place to stay in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park at any time of the year. Great walking with 70+ acres on the estate to explore, as well as a small kids' playground down your track.

9 minute drive takes  you to Abermawr beach - one of Pembrokeshire's best kept secrets, or hike 2.5 miles along quiet lanes and footpaths to Strumble Head lighthouse.

Fly fishing for rainbow trout in two ponds available on site. Catch & release, arrange with estate manager after booking.



latest review

Spacious and cosy, great location.

Justine J, 2024

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pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking)
bed layout
Master Double, Twin

facilities at Trehilyn Isaf

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
coastal location - within 5 miles of the sea
media & technology
wifi broadband internet
cleaning services
washing machine
young children welcome
electric vehicle charging
2 x type 2 chargers

map - location

travel info

There is a Strumble Shuttle (404) from Fishguard which can be flagged down right outside (Google 'Strumble shuttle' for timetables), and there are a few trains a day to Fishguard & Goodwick Station.

in detail

Kitchen - well equipped with usual appliances, e.g. dishwasher, microwave etc. Nespresso machine and a cafetière. Access to rear gardens - one of four doors to the property (two front, two rear), so you are never far from the wonderful outside space and fields.

Cegin Fawr - traditional ingle-nook room with dining area - large country table sits 8 easily. Dresser etc.

Lounge with contemporary wood burner, and direct access to the front and rear gardens. The first basket of logs is supplied. TV (not smart enabled) & DVD player. Sofa and tub chairs, stairs up to croglofft over.

Bathroom and toilet to ground floor (bath, no shower).

Small 'Utility' area with washing machine and dryer.

Master bedroom (up steep stairs, gated at top), double bed (great mattress) etc with en-suite shower-room off (chrome heated towel rail etc). Large shower cubicle.

Croglofft bedroom (up steep stairs, gated at top, low headroom in parts) - best suited to kids, this has two good single beds, and overlooks the main lounge via a balcony. Good quality mattresses.

Centrally heated throughout (Carbon Neutral eco-heating system), with underfloor heating

Note that there are steep open-tread stairs up to both bedrooms (gated at top), so this cottage won't be suitable for the infirm.

This house is semi-detached with Trehilyn Uchaf, and if they are taken together an internal door between the kitchens can be opened to use them as one house.


  • Small front garden
  • Large rear garden shared with Trehilyn Uchaf
  • 70 acres of farmland (keep dogs on lead around sheep). Nature walk (enclosed from livestock) along stream to far end of the farm and a ruined cottage.
  • Small 'honesty' shop for essentials
  • Table tennis in barn
  • Small shared playground area with swing and slide for young children (enjoyed at own risk)
  • 2 x type 2 electric car chargers (shared among the 7 Trehilyn properties)

local area

  • Walk to the coastal footpath & lighthouse & dolphin/ whale look-out (2.5 miles)
  • More Blue Flag beaches here than anywhere in UK - (Abermawr 3 miles, 9 minutes)
  • 51 forts and castles to see in county!
  • Head inland to see the Preseli Mountains
  • Goodwick harbour - 5.3 mile drive
  • Fishguard - (cafes & art galleries) - 6.0 miles
  • Buy stylish blankets at Melin Tregwynt

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customer reviews for Trehilyn Isaf

Spacious and cosy, great location.

- Justine J,

We loved our holiday at Trehilyn Isaf, lovely warm cottage and everyone we met was helpful and kind. The landscape is fascinating with rocky outcrops and fields and the coast wild and windy as we are mid November! We did a lot of painting. I hope to come back and do more very soon. Thank you for making everything easy and welcoming, Annabel

- Annabel G,

Our usual holidays involve camping in a large tent. When storm Agnes blew up over Pembrokeshire with 50 mile an hour winds we were very happy to be snug and safe within the thick stone walls of Trehilyn Isaf! We love the cottage, which has a fabulous kitchen and is very well appointed throughout. The garden and nature walk is very lovely, and enjoyed very much by ourselves and our two dogs. We also enjoyed visits to Abermawr Beach and Strumble Head.

- Judith G,

Had a fantastic time at our stay at Trehilyn Isaf, after watching the 2 series that showed the restoration of the buildings I was excited to see it in real life. Firstly it was allot larger than I imagined, we are a family with 2 young children and found the rooms lovely and large, loads of space for all of us. The rooms are beautifully styled and decorated, lime washed stone walls and tasteful soft furnishings, lots of textures. Allot of thought and love has gone into the whole house and we quickly felt at home, everything we needed was there.There was a great little shop and table tennis table in one of the barns , very handy ! There are some lovely walks straight out of the front door, I loved the nature walk and also walked up the 2 hilly crags close by, Id certainly recommend going up them on a clear day, you get a great view of the surrounding area and realise how close everything is. we visited beaches that were only a few minutes drive away which we really enjoyed (within walking distance but not for little legs !), St Davids and Whitesands arn't to far away either. We spoke to some of the staff who where very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and the buildings. Anyone with an interest in the repair and maintenance of traditional buildings would love staying here, it functions brilliantly and looks and feels amazing, we were there during the recent storm and it felt very cozy and safe. Anyone who is just looking for somewhere really comfortable to stay in great surroundings would not be disappointed. We feel there is still loads to do and see around this area of Wales and will be coming back to stay here again.

- Graeme C,

We loved our few days at Trehilyn Isaf. Such a lovely cottage, sympathetically updated. Great shower and everything you require, home from home :). The proximity to the coast path is perfect, amazing views. Lovely garden to relax on a sunny evening. Would definitely recommend and vusit again. Thumbs up!

- Kerry D,

Trehilyn Isaf was a great property for our holiday. The rural location is beautiful and the house was more spacious than expected and very comfortably furnished and equipped.

- James J,

Trehilyn Isaf is a beautiful and relaxing place to stay. We were lucky enough to have a clear starlit night on our arrival and the sky was incredible. We counted 8 shooting stars.We also had a howling gale on our last night there and within its thick stone walls and with the underfloor heating and wood-burner going we felt so cosy. Only there three nights but it felt much longer and very peaceful.

- Fi carroll-lewis ,

Wonderful Accomodation..perfect in every way especially as Jo had just put in electric chargers. Very easy with our EV and working well. Found UTT a very easy to use site and one we will certainly use again..certainly intending to come back to Trehilyn and sample one of the other properties.

- Diane J,

We really liked the way this house had been restored so sympathetically. It had a lovely cosy feel, great furnishings, comfortable chairs and beds. The garden is nice too, and it is so quiet, no traffic. The kitchen is well equipped and altogether we had a very pleasant stay. Thank you

- Karen E,

Accommodation and location was very good. The check in/out times are disappointing given the industry average would be 2pm / 12 noon respectively. Overall the amenities are good. A general update is needed to the living room furnishings which are uncomfortable. A broken coffee table / missing light bulb and general lack of lamps need attention but the appliances are good. Overall, I would highly recommended this property which was ideally situated. The honesty shop came in handy. The bath and shower were very good with constant hot water and really good pressure. An enjoyable stay for sure.

- Scott M,

It was a thrill to stay at restored Pembrokeshire Farm having followed Griff’s journey with it on TV. Great renovation and nothing lacking in terms of a stay - warm floors, well equipped kitchen, piping hot water, lovely towels and linen. Loved the location and Pembrokeshire is still one of the UK’s best in my opinion. Many thanks UTT

- Suzie B,

We spent a lovely week here. Cosy, well equipped cottage. Stairs probably not for the infirm. Lovely garden and woodland/nature walks just a few yards down the lane. A home from home, would book again.

- Perryn E,

We had a very enjoyable holiday at Trehilyn Isaf, both the authentically restored house with crog loft and the beautiful surrounding coast and countryside. We have stayed at many UTT properties and they have all been excellent. It was good to chat with Antony as he went about his daily jobs maintaining the houses - a delightful man.

- Simon A,

Lovely break at this beautiful cottage. Particular highlights are the well equipped kitchen, fantastic power shower, comfortable bed and beautiful bedlinen and towels. A really peaceful haven. Had some sunny days for visiting vast beaches but also enjoyed a stormy evening, tucked up costly n front of the log burner!

- Sarah A,

Lovely cottage. Great position for exploring the Pembrokeshire coast. Really clean and very well equipped. Under floor heating fabulous and loved small details like proper size bath towels. Only criticism - chairs in lounge were awful. Small, uncomfortable and almost useless. Get rid of them and Trehilyn Isaf would be perfecct!

- Elizabeth S,

If you want to get away from it all this is the place to come. Such a peaceful setting. The accommodation has everything you’ll need and there was even some milk in the fridge on our arrival. We got our steps in with an energetic walk to Strumble Head and back, and the location is in a great spot to either walk the coastal path or the land around the cottage. We came home well rested and can’t wait to visit again.

- Dyfed T,

What a beautiful cottage - had a wonderful stay and didn't want to come home. Excellently appointed with everything you could possibly need and superbly large towels. Perfect for our base for walking the Pembroke Coast. Would thoroughly recommend and revisit. Thank you.

- Rachel W,

Stunning well equipped cottage in an beautiful location. Great walks, beaches all in close proximity. We will be booking for next year.

- Magda S,

What an utterly perfect few days. The farmhouse was so beautifully restored it was a real treat to stay in. Every detail had been thought about so carefully. We were so lucky to have wall to wall sunshine and the walking from the farmhouse was stunning. We did the coast path walk to Aber Mawr and back the first day and then in the other direction the second day. Back to the cosy farmhouse for reading and tea and cake then we headed out for fish and chips in Porthgain. I can recommend taking your fish and chips up the cliff path and watching the sun set, magical. We are longing to return.

- Rebecca M,

The cottage is absolutely beautiful and the location is just perfect for exploring the coastline. We had a wonderful week exploring the area, walking the coastal path & beaches and happily returning home to the cottage. Everything about the cottage was superb and we particularly loved enjoying a morning cuppa in the sunny garden listening to birdsong & general peace. We will definitely return!

- Fiona abbott ,

Lovely cottage - everything was perfect . Design very considered which is unusual especially where you can take dogs! Would love to come to one of these properties again.

- Robyn P,

This is our happy place whatever the weather. We’ve been here several times and have never tired of it.

- Rob mitchell ,

Beautiful cottage in wonderful location. So quiet, and pitch dark at night - you can see so many stars! Easy Walkable access to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path so you don’t need to drive anywhere if you don’t want to. The cottage is very cosy, We’ll definitely come back. Thanks for a lovely relaxing holiday

- Sian C,

We had a very enjoyable stay at Trehilyn Isaf. The cottage was spacious, warm and comfortable, with good beds and an excellent shower. We also made good use of the table tennis in the barn, and purchased a few items from the shop. We did have some difficulty keeping the woodburning stove going, but this was not a big problem for us as the weather was mild. This was an ideal holiday for these times as the cottage is so well-positioned for walks on and around the coastal path, with or without using the car.

- Alan D,

We had a fabulous time in this snug cottage...very stylish and comfortable....we stayed in March and the wood burner kept us warm every night. The whole ambiance of the cottage was very traditional...beautiful furniture, and the Welsh slate floors have under floor heating so feel great under bare feet! This is part of a cluster of cottages and we will definitely be back to try one of the others...I would definitely recommend you watch the DVDs of the restorations..they are fascinating. The cottage is advertised as having WiFi...but does not have its own hub, so we could only access WiFi in one corner as the hub was next door...not so important in the summer, but more so in the winter when you want to snuggle up with Netflix...a separate hub would be beneficial. The honesty shop was great, if you run out of anything basic you can pop in and leave the money. We met some great people who were part of the team...we have a soft spot for Wynn who was great fun...I would definitely recommend a stay here!

- Louise K,

What a beautifully restored but not "over done" cottage. We loved it, clean, cosy & well equipped. Great walks from the cottage & amazing star lit nights. Go there !

- Jane C,

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the experience of living in a cottage from a bygone age but with modern facilities. All thanks to Griff Rhys Jones, his foresight and passion, also the team of professionals who made it all possible. Beautiful accommodation, finished to a high Spec and the area is stunning with beautiful coastal walks, will be returning hopefully.

- Sherrie L,

An absolutely wonderful traditional cottage, beautifully renovated, the kitchen is incredibly well equipped, the shower is the most powerful I've ever had! The beds are extremely comfortable. The large garden is completely enclosed so the dog can freely enjoy. The rural location is stunning and the perfect base for a North Pembrokeshire holiday - you can easily walk to join the coastal path from the cottage, and the Pembrokeshire coast is breathtaking. Would highly recommend Trehilyn for an unforgettable walking or family holiday.

- Laura T,

This was the most beautiful cottage I have stayed in and the high spec of its decor has inspired us to go home and revamp our own house. Very peaceful and perfect for walks .

- Ian H,

I was keen to stay in Trehilyn isaf having seen the restoration programme. As a traditional craftsperson I was keen to see the work carried out. I was so pleased to see how sensitevly the restoration has been carried out, retaining the character of the building but with modern additions which fitted in subtely. The log burner worked a treat one evening, thank you for the kindling and logs. The bedding and towels are a superb quality and lovely to see some of Melin Tregwynt 's blankets and cushions in the cottage. The garden and surrounding walks are superb and it is very interesting to see the other buildings which have been restored. I do quite a lot of work for The Landmark Trust, lime washing, traditional decorating etc and feel that this collection of farmbuildings may well have the edge!!!

- Donna S,

We had a really great week at Trehilyn Isaf. The cottage had just the right mix of traditional quality with modern comforts. It was warm and clean and we appreciated the fresh flowers in the house, the safe garden for the dogs and the general 'unfussyness' of the decor. A great base for a great week.

- Jo T,

We absolutely loved our cosy birthday weekend at Trehilyn Isaf :) What a beautiful house.. We'll definitely be back. Diolch! Angharad, Rhys & Gruff the dog.

- Angharad J,

A few years ago we watched the TV programme showing these cottages being renovated, never thinking that we would end up staying there one day. However we are so glad we did as this is one of the best cottages we have stayed in, absolutely full of character, lovingly restored, but also providing all the mod cons required. All set in a perfect location, real and quiet but lose to great coastal bays and cliff top walks.

- Anthony denniss ,

An excellent short break spent in a delightful cottage. The interior is restrained in decoration and furnishing, which suited us and the dog just fine, but as a word of caution the bedroom is accessed by a steep staircase which might not suit everyone. The cottage is set in a beautiful location with a walk to Strumble Head doable from the doorstep, and other fine walks along the coastal park a short drive away. There is also a simple though slightly muddy walk through the farm alongside the stream. The story of the cottage's conversion is shown in the dvd which is available to purchase, and the other buildings on the property look equally interesting. We hope to stay at Trehilyn again this year.

- Paul B,

We loved our short stay in Pembrokeshire! We ended up staying in Melin Trehilyn rather than Trehilyn Isaf because of a broken boiler. However, the cottage was perfect for our family. We had a lovely time and will come back for sure!! The recommendations for local beaches and restaurants were also great.

- Karen R,

1st visit to Trehylin Isaf and it definitely won't be the last! The cottage was beautiful throughout, charming, cozy and luxurious. A perfect place to explore the stunning costline. Many thanks for a wonderful week.

- Emma E,

What a wonderful find! Simple but tastefully decorated, it had a homely feel as soon as we entered. There was a comfortable bed, lovely large duvet, fluffy towels and underfloor heating which we all loved including Alfie the Labrador....perfect!

- John C,

Another great holiday with utt. The cottage had everything we needed.

- Stephen dring ,

We had such a wonderful time at Trehylin Isaf. We loved the property: carefully restored, simple, spacious and very well equipped. The gardens and the land were a real delight for us all, the children loved seeing sheep next to the garden, tractors going past the house, birds outside the window, and the nature walk - mown paths through land left to go wild and all springing into bloom - was gorgeous. The honesty shop was a really nice touch for us, we especially liked the local eggs! The house as great for children and they loved sleeping up in the crogloft - just a note that for us, with young children going to bed early, that put the sitting room out of action for us in the evenings as the children were balconied over it, but there is a lovely dining room where we hung out instead. We were lucky enough to have glorious weather, so we made the most of the beaches. It was surprisingly quick to get down even to south pembrokeshire because the good road which runs all the way to Fishguard, only 10 minutes away. Driving through Pembrokeshire in may with foxgloves, bluebells and cowslips on the hedgerows is just lovely. Thank you, we'll be back, and next time we'll bring friends!

- Hannah C,

We have just had the best time in Trehilyn Isaf. The cottage is really really well equipped and so cosy. It had everything we needed for a family of 4. Our 2 children aged 11&7 were snug in the bedroom overlooking the crogloft. The location was idyllic and handy for the coastal path walk which was just stunning. We would love to return soon.

- Mrs s y craig ,

Our stay was fantastic and we were incredibly lucky with the weather. The cottage is a lovely mix of traditional with some modern comforts and we will almost certainly be returning!

- Jessica E,

A beautifully renovated farm house, near the wild and wonderful Stumble head. Lots of fantastic walks from the door, and a short drive from Fishguard, beautiful Porthgain and St Davids, wonderful beaches and so much more. Everything about Trehilyn Isaf was perfect, from the underfloor heating, lovely big reclaimed dining table, roaring wood burner, very comfortable beds and really great shower. Wish we could of stayed longer and would definitely visit again

- Sarah mcdermott ,

The cottage and surrounding land are beautiful. We absolutely loved our stay here and were lucky to have warm sun the whole time. It's the perfect base to explore the rugged coastline from St Davids in the west to Parrog in the east. The house keeper was lovely and helpful too!

- Sophie M,

We had a lovely break and the cottage was great - the shower, especially, is amazing! Lots of dog friendly beaches to visit in the area and walks along the headlands.

- Kellie C,

A beautiful cottage in a beautiful location. Be aware that the steps to both bedrooms are REALLY steep - you are basically climbing a ladder! The garden to the rear is shared with Trehilyn Uchaf. All the decoration in the cottage was beautifully done and the nature walks through the farm's grounds are wonderful.

- Nicola D,

We had a fabulous holiday at Trehilyn Isaf. The cottage was exactly as we had imagined from the photos and was set in beautiful surroundings. Inside, the housekeeping was spotless and well furnished with plenty of thought gone into the details. We would book again without a doubt.

- Sarah W,

A really interesting house and lovely area. We had brilliant sunshine and the coastal walking was excellent. Fascinating to see how the old farmhouse and barns have been restored. Highly recommend staying here.

- Andrew O,

Pembrokeshire favoured us four days of blue skies, albeit with a crisp northerly wind. When we left home in North Ceredigion spring had barely arrived, but at Trehilyn the air was full of swallows and martins and we heard our first cuckoo of the year. We walked about 20 miles of the coast path (Trefin to Goodwick), easily accessible by foot and the Strumble Shuttle from Trehilyn. There were spring flowers in abundance everywhere. Trehilyn Isaf itself was a delight - sensitively restored and very comfortable. We had seen the original airing of 'A Pembrokeshire Farm' but had largely forgotten it. Watching it again, sitting in the final result of the restoration, was a bizarre but fascinating experience. In all, a great spring break.

- John G,

I try to come to Trehilyn at least once a year - it's almost my second home. The cottages are gorgeous and the setting is wonderfully quiet yet within easy reach of the coast path and some spectacular walking. I particularly recommend visiting in May when the wild flowers are at their best. Trehilyn Isaf has everything you need for a perfect break and the best shower of any cottage I've experienced!

- C morris ,

'What a lovely cottage, perfectly restored, with all the high quality finish and comfort of a perfect hotel! Loved the fluffy white towels, woodburning stove, slate floors with underfloor heating. The cottage is brilliantly located for a number of stunning walks, and just soaking up the beautiful peace & quiet.'~ Becky & Tom from London


"Thanks for the perfect setting in which to get engaged. Loved the woodburner...perfect for evenings tucked up indoors.'' ~ Rhodri and Ian


'Brilliant! Peaceful! Spotless! Everything you could need for the perfect long weekend. Can't wait to come back!'~ Maura, Charles, Sian & David