Bwthyn Rhosyn

Gileston, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Guests: 8       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 1 dog), fee applies

Bwthyn Rhosyn

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Adorable thatched Welsh holiday cottage near Cardiff in the Vale of Glamorgan, and undoubtedly the finest and most luxurious holiday cottage in the area. Stylish interior filmed and photographed many times!

Bwthyn Rhosyn is a beautifully dressed C17 Welsh thatch coastal cottage a short walk from the beach. Located in the wealthiest corner of Wales, you'll find plenty of great food and drink, culture and days out in the local area. 

The cottage is perfectly formed, yet quirky but with enough room for eight to share in delightful 'boutique-style' comfort, 6 sleeping in the cottage and 2 in the hayloft annexe.

Perfectly placed for a combination of a beach getaway (10 minutes walk) and a city break - Cardiff, with its theatres (including the fabulous Wales Millenium Centre) cinemas and great shopping - all only a short train journey away. Cowbridge, with its antique shops to browse and top restaurants to wine and dine, is only 5 minutes away by car.

Staying at 'home' is a delight too, the garden is lovely to sit in and while away the time, dine alfresco or read a book.



latest review

This was a family holiday to replace one we’d cancelled abroad amid the COVID crisis. We had no need to worry. Bwthyn Rhosyn was secluded; quiet; self-contained - It was unnecessary to come into conta...

Fay D, September 2020

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£562 (based on 2 staying)
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£1263 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (max. 1 dog)
bed layout
Master Double, Double, Bunk

facilities at Bwthyn Rhosyn

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
beach (within walking distance)
coastal location - within 5 miles of the sea
pub nearby (walkable)
media & technology
television and reception
wifi broadband available
cleaning services
washing machine
young children welcome
high chair

map - location

travel info

  • Cardiff Airport - 3.5 miles drive
  • Llantwit Major Station - 3 miles

in detail

There is WIFI and central heating throughout the cottage

  • Kitchen:  Galley kitchen includes, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave
  • Downstairs loo and basin
  • Living room: Two large sofas, flat-screen TV with Freeview and DVD player. Multi-fuel log burner
  • Dining Room: separate dining room with seating for six people with French doors out onto the delightful rear garden and sunken patio.


  • Bedroom 1: Antique double bed
  • Bedroom 2: Double bed with antique wardrobe
  • Bedroom 3: Single bunks
  • family bathroom: freestanding bath with shower attachment, loo and separate cubicle with power shower

Hayloft Annexe:

  • 1 double bed


      • Lovely garden with table and chairs for alfresco dining
      • Shed to lock your bikes in if needed.


      local area

      Located in the heart of the hamlet of Gileston in the Vale of Glamorgan
      is conveniently located for Aberthaw, Barry, St Athan.

      • Llantwit Major - is itself a historic town offering many shops, fine restaurants and pubs. It also has a beach popular with walkers and surfers - 3 miles
      • Swansea - 31 miles
      • Wales Coastal Path - 1/2 mile
      • Wales Millenium Centre - 15 miles
      • You can walk to the pebbly beach in less than 10 minutes. - 300 metres
      • There are a few nice country pubs within close proximity including the 13th century Blue Anchor Inn in Aberthaw (great food) - 4 miles
      • Plough and Harrow in Monknash - 5 miles
      • The upmarket market town of Cowbridge is some 5 miles away for clothes shopping and antique browsing.
      • Llantwit Major and Barry are both on the main train line system and a regular bus connects (check out Traveline Cymru for connections) the two with a stop some 500 yards from the house.

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      customer reviews for Bwthyn Rhosyn

      This was a family holiday to replace one we’d cancelled abroad amid the COVID crisis. We had no need to worry. Bwthyn Rhosyn was secluded; quiet; self-contained - It was unnecessary to come into contact with anyone. Rhodri left instructions and was contactable if needed. Even the weather which was supposed to be wet throughout, obliged. Well about the cottage: what a lovely place. There was a beautiful garden with furniture dotted around to enjoy the sun at different times of day. There was enough downstairs rooms for everyone to spread out. Nice to have a dining table to eat meals that was separate from living area. Sitting area was comfy with Smart TV. I’m sure the wood burner would make it so inviting in winter. Kitchen is well equipped. I know, as I cooked....a lot! Not far to Cowbridge to stock up though. Bedrooms cozy. Just a lovely feeling in the cottage. My mom said it felt like home. Just be warned: downstairs has low doorways! Bonus to have the use of the separate Hay Loft, although we didn’t need the extra bed. Beach only down the road with walks along the coast path from there. Village was quiet but not far from main road to Cardiff/Bridgend. Don’t be put off by the decommissioned power station nearby, you can’t see it from the cottage. Kids wanted to visit Barry Island for the funfair. Beach was pleasant there, not too crowded. Llantwit Major beach was fun but as some aggressive drizzle encroached, we sought shelter at the beach cafe. What a find! Tasty homemade cakes for all, and a pretty decent coffee was commented. We also booked ahead to NT Duffryn Gardens that was a pleasant afternoon and not far away. All in all, a special place to take a relaxing break.

      - Fay D,
      September 2020

      A very beautiful cottage in a very quiet location close to the sea. Great rooms and loved the fireplace. A very warm and cosy place to stay. Our family had a great stay !

      - Mark F,
      November 2018

      I think it is the first time I have been under a thatch with Under the Thatch. Another delight. A perfect base from which to investigate the charms of the Vale of Glamorgan and the coast path. Rhodri has provided a fascinating record of the recent history of this gorgeous house. Thanks again!

      - Sue T,
      May 2018

      We had a lovely break over the bank holiday weekend with stunning weather. The cottage is beautifully decorated and really well equipped. Rhodri was a wonderful host. Will definitely be recommending to others and hope to return!

      - Jo W,
      May 2018

      Excellent stay. Very pleasant and helpful owner and a great location for exploring the area especially the picturesque coastline and going into Cardiff. We're discussing another trip already!

      - Rachel burks ,
      April 2017

      A lovely little break in the Vale of Glamorgan. The cottage is very cute and well equipped and comfortable. Well located for both coastal walks (especially Southerdown and Ogmore) but also not far from Cardiff for trips to the Bay or city centre. Would recommend

      - Andy marshall ,
      December 2016

      A beautiful cottage in a great location.It was easy to communicate with the owners.We would love to go back.

      - Elaine R,
      November 2016

      Fabulous cottage we all had a lovely time, the beaches are great for kids

      - Sarah pinnock ,
      November 2015

      This cottage is lovely, it has a genuine historic feel alongside all modern comforts. A very peaceful location yet handy for Cardiff particularly if you take the train. The owner was very pleasant and efficient to deal with, would definitely stay here again.

      - Elizabeth V,
      July 2015

      The cottage is a jewel in a lovely little village; nicely decorated and with all the modern amenities, e.g. internet, dishwasher, washing machine etc. We traveled with two small children and they loved the garden and the chicken and were excited to run over to see if there was a fresh egg. Booking went smoothly and fast and Rhodri came over to greet us and show us the cottage. The location is good as there are many attractions in the area, from the sandy beach in Barry to the museums in Cardiff. We can definitely recommend this cottage.

      March 2015

      Just wonderful. Beautiful house, quirky-chic interior, which doesn't detract at all from the visceral sense of centuries of history in the house. Spotless. A very warm and gracious welcome. And really thoughtfully equipped (plenty of loo roll, kitchen towel, bubble bath, fresh herbs, dishwasher tablets, oil and vinegar, etc). A total delight. Rugged beach just half a mile, friendly neighbours, silence, stars, a cockerel, a love-seat in the garden.

      March 2015

      Rhodri was simply a great host. We had a wonderful stay at Bwthyn Rhosyn. It is a beautiful property and bigger than the pictures suggest, the village is very peaceful and the beach is only a 5 minute walk away. We will certainly be recommending Rose Cottage and will no doubt return at some point in the future.

      March 2015