Oxwich Beach Restaurant
The Coalhouse Restaurant which had been previously managed by the Estate is now under new management and has been re-named The Beach House. For more information go to www.beachhouseoxwich.co.uk
Historic Houses Video
Penrice has been included in a recent Historic Houses Association video on their website and on "You Tube" entitled "Britains most special places" if you would like to take a look please click on the link below.
HHA - video
Guardian Newspaper Recommends Penrice
We were pleased to be recommended in a recent article in the Guardian Newspaper travel section "20 Houses to rent for Christmas & New Year" Their article quote was as follows:-
Boxes of chocolates don’t have cottages on them these days, but if they did, this two-bedroom former clockmaker’s house would be a contender. The oldest cottage on Penrice Castle estate, it’s snug rather than showy, with pretty kitchen tiles, Welsh tapestry blankets and a downstairs bathroom. An open fire in the dining hall makes for an atmospheric Christmas dinner.
For the full article please visit the Guardian Travel Section 18th October
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The Towers received a runner up award with Unique Cottage Holidays Company in their "Best Unique Retreat" category.
Gower Places of Interest
If you have never visited Gower before you will be surprised at how many castles we have in such a small area. Obviously we have our own Norman Castle ruins here at Penrice and then there is Oxwich Castle which is open to the public and Weobley Castle a 15th century fortified manor house over on the North side of Gower near Llanrhidian overlooking the salt marshes and Loughor. Pennard Castle's situation is dramatic and beautiful. It is perched on the edge of the valley of the Pennard Pill, with a sheer drop below to the north and west. From it there is a sweeping view out towards Three Cliffs Bay, and across the valley to Penmaen Burrows. It was a perfect position for a castle, except for one thing which cannot have been foreseen when it was built: it was vulnerable to sand blow. By the end of the 14th century sand encroachment had led to its abandonment. Or why not visit Oystermouth Castle in Mumbles standing on a small hill with a magnificent view over Swansea Bay in the resort town of Mumbles,the earliest stone building of the castle, the keep, dates from the 12th century. All are open to the public except Penrice which is only open to Penrice Cottage visitors.
Further afield is Kidwelly Castle which is west of Llanelli and well worth a visit. Kidwelly is a mighty and imposing monument of Norman power. It is also a beautiful example of castle development, as the castle was dramatically altered on a number of occasions to conform to the latest thinking in military science.
King Arthur's Stone Maen Ceti, Cefn Bryn
Arthur's Stone, sometimes known as King Arthur's Stone or Maen Ceti, is a Neolithic burial tomb dating back to 2500 B.C. and was one of the first sites to be protected under the Ancient Monuments Act of 1882.
How to find Arthur's Stone
Arthur's Stone lays close to the road from Cilibion to Reynoldston, that traverses the length of Cefn Bryn. Near to the village of Reynoldston, an unmarked, makeshift and somewhat craggy car park marks the well trodden footpath that leads to the Neolithic monument. Suitable footwear is recommended as the footpath is often muddy and the surrounding heath, despite its elevation, is often waterlogged and boggy.
Things to See & Do
For a good day out for children of all ages we recommend the Wetlands Centre in Loughor on the way to Llanelli. Set in a 450 acre of lakes, pool and lagoons created on the scenic Burry Inlet, Llanelli Wetland Centre is home to many hundreds of wild and resident species. Explore the site by bicycle or, in the warmer months, take a jungle explorer-style tour by canoe. Water vole city and the Millennium discovery centre are also unmissable attractions. For more information go to www.wwt.org.uk
Museum of Welsh Life
Another really good day out is at the St Fagan Museum of Welsh Life just outside Cardiff. Its free entry for everybody but make sure you allow yourself the whole day as there is so much to see and do there for children and adults of all ages.Set in a mixture of beautiful open grounds and ancient woodland, the Museum has re-erected over 40 buildings that include Iron Age roundhouses, farms and a school-room to show you how Welsh families have lived, worked and played through the ages. Meet friendly craftspeople such as the Clogmaker and Blacksmith and have a go at throwing a pot on the wheel of St Fagans Pottery. For more information click here.
Visit the village of Mumbles
The pretty seaside resort of Mumbles on the edge of Gower is an ideal place to visit to do a bit of shopping. If you are looking for local produce you can find butchers, fishmongers and green grocers. But if you are looking for that designer dress or something from one of the galleries you should have plenty to choose from in one of the many unique shops scattered along Newton Road. When you need to take a break then why not visit one of the little coffee shops or better still have an ice cream at Verdi's or Joes Ice Cream Parlour.Then walk off the calories along the front down to Mumbles Pier at the end. Or for a bit of culture then why not wander up to Oystermouth Castle and take in the fantastic view. Plenty to see and do anytime of year.
Places to visit in the area
Heading up the Swansea valley be sure not to miss the show caves at Dan-yr-Ogof The caves are truly breathtaking. be sure to go to the Cathederal cave and the bone cave. There is also a dinosaur park and an Iron Age village, farm and play area so something for all of the family. Aprox 45mins in the car.
Perriswood Archery Centre - 5mins away
Fun for all the family at Perriswood just a stones throw away from the Estate it's an ideal place to take children of all ages. Take part in the archery or with 38 birds of prey at the centre enjoy the displays and have the opportunity to meet and hold the birds. If you would like to experience archery and falconry then ‘Arrows, Talons and Tea’ is the perfect package for you. An introduction to archery is followed by a drink and cake before you take part in a bird display.
For more information go to www.perriswood.com
Gower Coast Adventure
For a fantastic family experience why not book a boat trip with Gower Coast adventures around part of the Gower Peninsula- you might even spot a pod of dolphins if you're lucky!
Mewslade Bay Rhossili
Voted 7th Best Secret Beach in UK by Saturday Times July 2016
Reached by a picturesque path through farmland in the Mewslade valley. "Its a great place to escape the bustle and lie on the soft sands listening to the breaking waves" Only visitable at low tide.
Gower Show- Penrice Park Sunday August 7th
This year will be the show's 99th year and will be held yet again in the Top Park here at Penrice Estate. The Gower Show aims to be a very traditional agricultural show, a chance for local farmers to get together and bring along examples of their best stock, including cattle, sheep, pigs and piglets.
If you fancy a bit of shopping there are plenty of opportunites to see and buy lots of examples of traditional crafts, and the ever popular food tent with plenty of samples to taste! Or watch the terrier racing, get suited up in the bee tent, admire the floral exhibits in the WI & horticultural marquee or maybe watch the horse jumping and BMX bike displays. The show has something for the whole family. If you enjoy the countryside, or are looking for a really great day out, you will enjoy The Gower Show – it is a day not to be missed. If you want to save on the cost of the purchase of the tickets you can visit www.gowershow.co.uk to pre-order your tickets to your home address before you arrive.
Botanics in Bloom 2016 Singleton Park Swansea
The Botanical Gardens house has one of Wales’ premier plant collections, with spectacular herbaceous borders and large glasshouses.
The festival between 1st-31st August gives a chance to see the Botanical Gardens looking their most spectacular.
As this garden is set within the tranquil surroundings of Singleton Park, it is a very relaxing place to go and browse or gain inspiration for your own garden. There are plenty of places to sit and admire the delightful views.
Oxwich Bay Seashore Safari
Join local Marine Biologist and Author Judith Oakley (Oakley Intertidal) on an exciting and educational FREE marine-themed event this summer!
Sat 6th August – Oxwich Bay Seashore Safari
MEET 1.45pm, top of slipway on beach, Oxwich, Gower
CONTACT Judith Oakley, Oakley Intertidal, 07879 837817. See Facebook page.
Join marine biologist Judith Oakley to discover the amazing hidden shore life of Gower. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear as you will get wet feet and the ground is uneven. No nets or dogs please. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 3+. Free event but booking essential. Safaris last approx. 2½–3hrs.
To book and for further information, tel: 07879 837817 or email: email@example.com
Oxwich was recently voted by the Saturday Telegraph as the 4th best place to go rock pooling in UK.
Gower Phone App for Walkers
If you enjoy walking and exploring the countryside and have a smartphone then why not download the latest app "This is Gower" The app contains 15 guided walking trails which use GPS smartphone technology to track a walkers course and triggers audio clipps and images at key moments. It can be downlaoded free from either iTunes or Google Play android app store.
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