Our luxury 5 star, self-catering cottage apartments are the perfect base for exploring the stunning Gower peninsula. We look at 5 places all within a few miles of the cottages, which are well worth a visit during your stay.
- Take a stroll up to King Arthur’s Stone
King Arthur’s stone (a Neolithic burial tomb dating back to 2500BC) is only a short stroll from Reynoldston village. Head up to Cefn Bryn and look out for a well-trodden path on the left, this leads down to the stone. Legend says that King Arthur found a rock in his shoe and threw is all the way from Carmarthen to Cefn Bryn. On a clear day, the views from are spectacular, offering a panoramic view of the Gower peninsula and beyond. If you’re lucky you may also spot the sheep, cows or wild ponies, which are often seen wandering the common land.
2.Take in the views at Rhossili Bay
No trip to Gower is complete without a visit to the award winning Rhossili bay. The large sweeping bay offers 3 miles of stunning golden sandy beach, perfect for dog walking and surfing. A popular tourist attraction, it has been voted best in the UK and 3rd best in Europe! It’s also a popular spot for filming with BBC’s Torchwood filmed here and also the music video for Mumford and Son’s ‘Lover of the light’. The film crew stayed with us at the hotel and Idris Elba (who took the lead role in the video) popped in for drinks after filming much to the staffs delight! Watch the video
At Rhossili you will also find the famous Worms head- a small tidal island shaped like a sea serpent, which juts out into the sea. You can park at the National Trust car park in the village of and walk along to the cliff path towards the Worm. The causeway is only accessible 2 ½ hours either side of low tide so if you’re feeling brave and want to go all the way out to the Worm, you’ll need to check the tide and weather conditions first.
Each Summer in some of ‘The Vile’ fields above the bay, the National Trust plant over 400,000 sunflowers- quite a spectacular sight against the dramatic coastline, we certainly recommend a visit!
- A spot of retail therapy in Mumbles
The bustling fishing village of Mumbles, often referred to as the ‘gateway to Gower’ is definitely worth a visit whilst you’re in the area.
It’s full of lovely independent shops and boutiques selling gifts, jewellery, books and clothes. You’ll also find a few of the coastal chain favourites like Joules, Fat Face and White Stuff.
If you’re planning on cooking you’re spoilt for choice for local fresh ingredients- Butchers, artisan bakery, fruit and veg shops, fish mongers and a cheese deli just to name a few.
Feeling hungry after your shopping? There are a wide range of coffee shops and restaurants waiting to be tried. We also highly recommend a visit to the famous Joe’s ice cream to sample their signature flavour. So famous they had a royal visit from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Kate and William earlier this year. If you don’t make it to the parlour, don’t worry you can pop to the hotel and try one from our dessert menu.
Mumbles also plays host to a Norman castle (Oystermouth), a lighthouse, a pier and lifeboat station. You can also reach the local beaches of Langland and Caswell via a newly renovated cliff path with stunning views across the channel to Devon. If you don’t fancy the walk you can drive to them in a couple of minutes from the village centre.
- Have a picnic at Three Cliff’s Bay
Around a 10 minute drive from the cottages, along the South Gower road you’ll find Three Cliff’s. It takes its name from the three magnificent limestone cliff’s which jut out into the bay. It’s one of the most photographed sights on the Gower peninsula so plenty of picturesque spots for a picnic whether down on the beach or perhaps next to Pennard castle, which sits on the cliff top overlooking the bay.
- A walk to Whiteford Point lighthouse
If you’re feeling energetic, get your walking boots on and enjoy this 5 mile varied walk in a quieter part of the Gower peninsula. This walk takes you across farm and scrubland through woodland and over sand dunes onto the golden sands leading to the cast iron lighthouse in Whiteford- said to be the only one remaining in Britain. If the tide is low you can walk right up to it. For this walk you can leave your car in Cwm Ivy car park (just remember to leave some money in the honesty box.)
After this walk you’ll have worked up an appetite, so why not pop back to the hotel (located next door to the cottages) and sample some of the local Welsh cuisine such as the cockles & laverbread or salt marsh lamb.
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