Jessamine is a lovely traditional cottage situated in the pretty coastal village of Port Eynon and is just a two-minute level walk to the Blue Flag beach with spectacular coastal walks starting from the front door. Local pub, restaurant and beachside cafes all serving good food a short walk away.
Wood block and quarry tile floors, exposed beams and an original stone fireplace are just some of the features which give Jessamine Cottage its charm. The lounge is furnished with two sofas, occasional furniture and TV with Freeview and DVD. There is also a good selection of DVDs and books to suit all ages and information on the local area. The dining room is furnished with a traditional Welsh dresser and farmhouse table and chairs for four. The kitchen is fully equipped with quality utensils, double oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge, ironing board and iron. Wifi.
There is a separate dining / breakfast room with farmhouse table, four chairs and a traditional Welsh Dresser.
Jessamine sleeps 4 in two bedrooms. Upstairs there is a lovely spacious double bedroom with original stripped pine floor boards and furnished with a traditional cast iron double bed, welsh oak chest of drawers and a built in wardrobe. The twin bedroom is furnished with a wardrobe, antique pine chest of drawers and a bedside table and lamp.
Outside there is a lovely private and very sheltered patio which catches the sun all year round and has table and chairs for four people and a BBQ. Perfect for eating outside and sipping chilled wine or cold beers. The patio is safe and secure for young children and dogs.
There is a free of charge dedicated off road parking space for one vehicle.
Port Eynon was once a thriving harbour, exporting oysters, fish, limestone and salt to nearby Swansea and towns and cities on the Bristol Channel, which it overlooks. Its sheltered position allegedly made it a haunt of smugglers and at low tide a good place to explore is Culver Hole which is variously described as a huge pigeon loft (albeit accessible only from the seaward side of the cliff, completely hidden from view and half a mile away from the nearest house) and a smugglers’ hideaway for contraband goods.
The oyster boats (and, sadly, the oysters) have gone. Today, Port Eynon’s main commercial activity is ice cream and camping. There are several camp sites around the village, which makes it a lively place in the Summer Holidays, though the long beach never really gets crowded.
There is a good village pub serving locally brewed craft beer and other refreshments plus meals, a family friendly restaurant and a couple of beachside cafes serving great fish and chips, ice creams etc. All of these are a genuine two-minute walk or less from our front door.
The RNLI have a lifeboat at the Horton end of the beach, with a shop and there’s usually an open day in the summer when you can go and chat to the crew, see the boat and buy Welsh cakes and other goodies made by local supporters. During the summer season (1 May through to 30 September) the RNLI have a Lifeguard station on the beach.
The beach’s Blue Flag status means that it meets the stringent international standards of the Federation of Environmental Education’s Blue Flag criteria including standards for water quality, safety, environmental education and information.
Between 1 May and 30 September dogs are not allowed on the beach between the Lifeguard Hut, which is directly in front of the beach access from Port Eynon, and the Lifeboat station at Horton. Dog owners can, however, turn right (west) from Port Eynon and use the beach between there and the Salthouse. All of the coastal paths around Gower are dog friendly.
There are a number of interesting historic sites just a short walk from Jessamine Cottage. Culver Hole we have already mentioned. The Salthouse dates from the seventeenth century when salt was a valuable commodity and the low rainfall, sheltered environment and numerous rocky pools around Skysea on the western point of Port Eynon Bay, meant that harvesting it from the sea here made economic sense. Inevitably, the building’s position at the far end of the natural harbour mean that it too has an association with smuggling. The many pools around the Salthouse were also apparently used to sort and store oysters, before they were shipped to Swansea and thence to London. You’ll be lucky to find many oysters, but the pools still make for fabulous rockpooling and there are crabs and lobsters to be found at low tide.
Tipus de propietat
Swansea, Wales, Regne Unit