Oxwich Beach Restaurant
The Coalhouse Restaurant which had been previously managed by the Estate is currently closed. From June it will be run under new management and be renamed as the Beach House Restaurant.
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.
Castles of Gower
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.
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.
Shopping in the village of Mumbles
The pretty seaside resort of Mumbles near 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.
Place 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 Festival of Music
July 1st to 16th is the 40th Anniversay programme of the Gower Music festival. For more information and tickets go to www.gowerfestival.org
National Garden Scheme
For those keen gardeners amongst you why not spend the day in Port Eynon on 26th June visiting three gardens taking part in the National Garden Scheme. The gardens at Westcliffe House, Boarlands and Box Boat Cottage are all open from 2pm to 5.30pm on Saturday 26th June.
The Festival of Transport event takes place in the city centre on Sunday 19th June 10-30am to 4pm 500 exhibits from classic buses, American cars to military and emergency vehicles.
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.
Gower Chilli Festival-23/24th July
Includes chilli companies, cooking competitions, kids events, gourmet food, local crafts, Street Food, live music and more. The event raises money for local charities. Visit Gower Chillis for more details.
Wales National Airshow 2/3 July
Visit Wales National Air Show for full details of each days events including the Red Arrows display.
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