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Oxwich Beach Restaurant
The Coalhouse Restaurant which had been previously managed by the Estate has been under new management the last two years and is now re-named The Beach House. For more information go to

Historic Houses Video

Penrice has been included in a 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 an 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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Towers Award

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. There is a 360 degree view of Gower from this point and it is well woth stopping off just for the view- on a good day you could even see Devon.

Wetlands Centre

Things to See & Do

Wetlands Centre
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

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.
Free entry

A Visit to 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 boutique 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. Or take a stroll along the promenade which runs from Nab Rock back to Swansea. There is always plenty to see and do anytime of year.


Places to visit in the area

Dan-yr-Ogof Caves
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. They also have a small petting area and rifle shooting. 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.
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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! Suitable for all ages it's a great few hours of fun.

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.

Worms Head Rhossili

Gower Tours

Experience a tour around Gower the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty stretching over 19 Miles, including 6 Miles of award winning Blue Flag beaches, spectacular cliff top views and landmarks renowned worldwide. What's great is you can choose from a number of different tours to suit your time and budget. They offer 2 hour taster tours, full day tours, a castle tour or maybe you fancy one of their sunset tours with experienced local tour guides allowing you to experience many of Gowers unforgettable sights. For more information and how to book go to

Oxwich Bay

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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The Gower Agricultural Show held at Penrice Castle Estate
Taking place on Sunday 5th August, this busy show is a great place to take the family for a fun day out.There is always plenty to see and do during the day with cattle, sheep, pigs, horses and lots more on display. For those of you who are dog owners, why not enter your family pet in the novelty dog show, or perhaps you would prefer to watch the terrier racing or maybe the Rockwood Dogs perform. There are also lots of arts and crafts, the shopping isle, stands & exhibits and then the marquees offering bees, horticulture, food, poultry, WI to see to name just a few. If you buy your ticket in advance from the Gower Show website you can become a member for this year and save some money while you are at it. Visit for more details on how to buy tickets and what's going on during the show day or click on the link on the left of this page.

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