Restored from derelict in conjunction with UTT at Abercych, Pembrokeshire.
Guests: 6       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 1 dog), fee applies


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Priced for up to 2 staying, sleeps 6. Restored from derelict in conjunction with UTT at Abercych, North Pembrokeshire - our friend Stirling has done a super job here!

A traditional Pembrokeshire cottage that has a lovely, snug atmosphere. Only natural and sustainable limes, waxes, paints and oils have been used in the rescue of this formerly derelict cottage, making a happy home that has a happy atmosphere.

It sits on a roadside (but not a bad one, and with wide pavement), in Abercych village, about 300 yards up from the river and famous Nag's Head tavern (well-known for food). Walk down the hill for a quiet meal outside by the river, or to follow the woodland sculpture trail. Musicians and performers can hire the village hall at low cost if you wish to practice, and Stirling, the owner, can provide some alternative therapies in her cottage next door. 

A quick drive to bustling town Aberteifi (Cardigan) and the wonderful beaches of Cardigan Bay. Cenarth Falls is just down the road too! 



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We had a lovely break at the cottage over Christmas. The cottage was beautifully renovated and very cosy with the log burners. The owner was friendly and helped with any queries we had (before and dur...

Rachel T, 2024

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arrival at
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pets welcome (max. 1 dog)
bed layout
Master Double, Twin, Twin

facilities at Penrhiw

open fire / woodburner
pub nearby (walkable)
media & technology
wifi broadband internet
young children welcome

map - location

in detail

The cottage is centrally heated throughout with WiFi

  • Cegin Fawr - inglenook with stove & dining
  • Parlour - lounge with woodburning stove
  • Kitchen - belfast sink, gas hob, electric cooker, microwave, fridge with icebox.
  • Bathroom - roll-top bath with shower over.


  • Double bedroom
  • Twin bedroom
  • Kids bedroom - 2 single futon beds, restricted headroom.


  • Off-road parking for one car.
  • Garden to rear with terrace, wildflower area.

local area

  • Nags Head pub (country food) - 300 yards
  • Woodland sculpture trail (lovely walk) - 350 yards
  • Poppit Sands - 20 mins
  • Mwnt beach (dolphins common) - 12 miles (25 mins)
  • Cenarth waterfalls - 2 miles
  • Newcastle Emlyn (food, cafes, castle) - 5 miles
  • Caws Cenarth (cheese) & organic cafe - 2 miles (nice walk)
  • West Wales Wildlife Centre (otters etc) - 5 miles
  • Aberteifi (Cardigan) - 8 miles

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customer reviews for Penrhiw

We had a lovely break at the cottage over Christmas. The cottage was beautifully renovated and very cosy with the log burners. The owner was friendly and helped with any queries we had (before and during our stay). We ate in the local pub a couple of times - the food was good and the staff and locals very friendly. Thankyou for a lovely stay.

- Rachel T,

A great cottage to get away from it all and relax, the log burner was fab and the book collection great. We explored Mwnt and Cardigan and then had some great food in Cenarth.

- Gerwyn E,

Tŷ Melyn, Abercych Having previously stayed at Gill Wikenden-Bell’s Crogloft Cottage and being aware of her involvement with Griff Rhys Jones “Trehilyn” complex we trawled the UTT website for something suitable and were delighted to have found Tŷ Melyn. Living in the Lake District but visiting the area regularly to see family that live locally, we have passed Tŷ Melyn many times over the years and have used the Nags Head pub round the corner for their excellent hospitality. From parking up outside Tŷ Melyn and opening the front door we loved the way that the cottage had been presented using natural materials such as the lime wash plaster, the tiled & slated floors and the welsh blankets on the beds. The weather was kind over the weekend so sitting outside in the herb garden was a real treat. Our future trips for this year have already been booked up but we will be looking to return to Tŷ Melyn early in 2023. Lindsay & James

- James D,

We really enjoyed our holiday at the cottage; the surrounding area is beautiful – from beaches, coves and woodland to a local waterfall. The cottage meanwhile felt cosy and welcoming, with lovely features and touches, such as the hammock for between the apple trees, ceramics, books and Welsh blankets. The garden was a favourite place to relax in the mornings and early evenings, on the back step or on the bench, next to the sweet chickens and cats and beside the herb garden. Perfect with a drink, a real dream. Thank you.

- Helen martin ,

This is a small but beautifully restored and tastefully decorated cottage - all lime wash, wooden beams, painted tongue and groove and a lovely flower garden at the back. The bedrooms are stylish and restful with comfortable beds, good quality duvets and linen. The bathroom is also very charming with a very good bath/shower and lovely soft towels. We appreciated the attention to detail like the bunches of freshly picked flowers in each room and the eco-friendly washing liquids, surface cleaner, soaps etc Five of us stayed here on this occasion: two parents with three fairly grown up kids. Our tall teenage son did bang his head a lot and also drew the 'short straw' to sleep in the 'attic' room with sloping ceilings. Even this room however has it's own charm and would be great fun for little children who would love it! We were lucky enough to have the most wonderful weather for this holiday so we were able to eat outdoors every day. For a rainy holiday, it would suit a smaller family better. I think this is already suggested in the house information. The owner and her family are delightful - quiet and discrete but very welcoming and on hand to offer top tips on local places of interest. Over all, we had an extremely relaxing and happy holiday here. We would thoroughly recommend it!

- Elizabeth W,

A beautiful cottage and so peaceful. Twas like stepping back in time. The only improvement that could be made is the addition of a non slip shower mat, other than that,absolutely delightful. Would highly recommend!

- Miss h pearse ,

Very cosy rustic cottage in a lovely location. The wood burners kept us lovely and warm. Take a trip down to CastleMartin and hunt out Cafe Mor food van for the sunset. You can have fresh food by the sea and watch the sunset. Maybe a drive to Pendine beach for a 7 mile walk on the beach followed by a coffee and cake. Lots to do and see in the area.

- Martin V,

We had an excellent Easter Break at Penrhiw. A beautifully restored terraced country cottage with a lovely garden. It was all very clean and cosy .we would recommend .

- Karin M,

Cosy little cottage, perfect for three close to the river and beach. Enjoyed the sea cliff climbs at the Blue Lagoon. Mynt, New Quay and Poppit Sands. Great treats at the Lime Crab & Blue Bell. Enormous thanks to Steriling and her daughters for their kindness. My girls loved the playtime fun with the cats in the garden. Thank you !

- Tina C,

We had a wonderfully relaxing weekend at this cosy cottage. Lovely owner, great interiors and a roaring fire....what more can you want? Oh, and the sun came out for us in February.

- Daniela blumein ,

We had a very nice stay in the cottage! A warm welcome with freshly Home-Made scones. We liked the original details of the cottage very much!

- Henriette O,

We loved staying at Pen-Rhiw cottage. There is so much to do in this beautiful part of West Wales. The cottage was very cosy and we had a lovely welcome from Sterling and her family.

- Fiona D,

Absolutely lovely little cottage, great location and perfect for our weekend escape. The cottage is beautiful, thoughtfully restored and so comfortable to stay in, with lots of thoughtful touches. Highly recommend The Nags Head for food. We were so lucky with the weather, sunshine all weekend. Very sad to leave! - Julia


Lovely little cottage in a really nice area. Lots of nice walks and places to explore; many different places to go. If you want a proper relaxing get away, this the place to go. Great pubs nearby too! - Pete


This cottage is a really cute place to stay. A lovely garden, very lovingly furnished, nice and friendly hosts ... so much to discover. We had wished the weather would have been more kind to us.

- Marion L, Grevenbroich (Germany),

Lovely little cottage ... great for stunning coastline half an hour's drive away.

- Sarah fry ,

Pen-Rhiw is a charming cottage with a gorgeous garden to sit in and listen to the birds. It's perfectly located to explore all over Pembrokeshire. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

- Samantha W,

Fantastically restful holiday. The cottage was cozy, sympathetically restored and well-appointed! It felt like Stirling and her family had thought of everything. This was a great Easter break and we're so glad we booked it.

- Veronica P,

Gem of a cottage in a wonderful part of Wales. It's back to basics in some ways with no TV but WIFI is included (if you can't bear to be without modern tech) but this just adds to the overall charm. Great log burner in the lounge keeps the cottage warm and facilities in the bathroom/kitchen are plentiful. At the back is a beautiful little garden with swings and a hammock tied to the apple tree. The little girls next door played with our two (6 & 9) and this made the experience even more special. The owners are next door but never intrusive - in fact they were a major help in teaching a confirmed "Townie" how to light the fires & keep them going !! Great pub (Nags Head) down the hill too. Overall, a perfect place to unwind - We absolutely loved it !

- Gavin noone ,

Pen Rhiw was an honestly and sympathetically restored little Welsh gem of a bolt hole, a homely and cosy environment to escape from the bite of the Autumn air and wonderful Welsh rain. An ideal location to explore both the local coastline and beaches or the surrounding woodlands. Relax by the wood burner in the inglenook and come back to earth banging your head on the beams. Would happily return to escape, explore and unwind in the cottages warming embrace.

- Dave harris ,

Pen-Rhiw is a wonderful little cottage in the beautiful village of Abercych. We stayed there with our two children and our baby boy and found the house and lovely garden a really relaxing and special place to be. It's only a short drive to the coast but there's loads of lovely walks to do in the local area. We even managed to make apple and blackberry crumble with apples from the garden and blackberries from the local area. Sterling and family are lovely and very welcoming neighbours.

- Seb ,

Incredible cottage. Totally unique - so calming and different to everyday life. Spotlessly clean, beautifully decorated and furnished - a little piece of paradise with a magical garden. Loved it and would love to visit again

- Lisa E,

Another lovely mini break in this beautifully restored cottage - stepping back in time to a world without television and enjoying quiet evenings in front of the log fire with board games. Great for couples who want to get to know this unspoilt area.

- Alison fletcher ,

We had a great time in this lovingly restored cottage. Full of character and nice and cozy with the fires burning. Will come again.

- Marc lyall ,

What a wonderfully quirky, cosy and atmospheric cottage! We had a warm welcome and enjoyed the two toasty wood-burners and lovely private garden. The bed was incredibly comfy, kitchen well equipped and bathroom perfect. The house is full of history, beams, old features and fabulous art work, ceramics, Welsh blankets, cushions and furniture. We loved our week at Pen Rhiw and our first visit to beautiful Pembrokeshire. We specifically chose UTT for all the gorgeous old properties that we could stay in and Pen Rhiw has the best mix of ancient and modern as it's a close walk to The Nags Head pub and also has WiFi. Many thanks to Stirling and UTT.

- Charlotte S,

We had the most amazing time there! The owners next doors are the friendliest people and the cottage has been decorated with so much taste and attention to details it's a constant joy to be around. We will be back and recommend it highly!

- Patrick B,

'The house is a borderline between past and present. I slept so well, cradled in its gentleness...thank you.' Miranda from Oxford


'Very comfortable.The evenings spent reading by the fire were so precious - warmth and silence. The cosy spaces took me back in time' Leah, Barnaby & Ruben from Australia