2 Bedroom, original cosy cottage, sundeck, … – homeaway electricity experiments for high school

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New listing for June 2018. Fisherman’s cottage from c1835 in oldest street in village. Sleeps 3+ (1 double bedroom with linen, 1 single bedroom with linen + sofa-bed in lounge without extra linen so bring your own if using it). Updated with bathroom, kitchen, heating, modern internal features. Overlooks Swansea Bay & Oystermouth Castle (Norman ruin). 100m from shoreline. Garden shares boundary with Mumbles Hill nature reserve. BBQ on sun-deck. Really cute. Dogs accepted.

Parking not possible directly at the property, except to unload or load up. Kerb-side parking spaces (pot luck, not charged-for, most of them with no time restrictions) in the streets nearby, both at the bottom and the top of the hill about 100m away. There is also a paid-for car park a bit further along Mumbles Road (guess 200m).

5 minute walk to village shops. Pier, Lifeboat Station, Oystermouth Castle, Lighthouse also an easy walk, as are good restaurants, craft-beer pubs, chippy, ice-cream parlour, newsagent, off-licence, grocer, fishmonger, butcher, baker, post office, pharmacy, doctor. 10 minute walk to cliff path and famous Gower lifeguarded beaches Rotherslade, Langand, Caswell. Car/bus/bike or a longer hike to world-ranked Three Cliffs, Mewslade and Rhossili, Culver Hole (smuggler’s den worked into the cliff), Worm’s Head (tidal island with nesting sea-birds and seals), Arthur’s Stone (neolithic capstone tomb).

Lots to do in the immediate area, including sailing, golf, walking, tennis, bowls, archery, horse-riding, fishing, coastal tours, swimming, surfing, bird-watching, archaeology (one Gower cave is the site of Europe’s oldest known ritual burial). About an hour away are additional attractions such as guided tours of underground caves, mountains, forests, waterfalls, tours of disused mines, many more ruined Norman castles c800 – 900 years old, working Welsh woollen mills, drop-dead gorgeous fishing villages, harbours and coastal islands to explore, seals and sometimes dolphins to view, covered markets, saturday markets, rugby, cricket or football to watch, indoor swimming pools, children-centric zoos and various adventure playgrounds.

The back garden consists of stone steps leading to a sun-deck. Take care that you or other members in your party such as children, don’t fall down the steps. Once on the sun deck, you will find great views of the bay and the village with its castle. There is seating there, an all-weather table and a barbeque. View more

It was a mess when I bought it. However, I liked the view and the proximity to the sea. It is so compact and yet neatly organised, that it reminded me of a ship’s cabin somehow. Not that I’ve ever lived in a ship’s cabin, I’ve only seen the sort of thing I’m talking about on films!

It was built between 1835 & 1840, pre-dating cars, electricity, the land registry, damp-courses and probably the water and gas supply. This is one of the 3 oldest streets in Mumbles. All the people who lived in it, were either fishermen or quarry workers. They used to paint the wall opposite with lime-wash. If you look closely, you can still see traces of it. That wall originally enclosed a convent "St Anne’s" (St Anne’s day is July 26th), then later a hotel, and the the flats you see there now. It is because it was built to border the convent, that Village Lane only ever had one side to it. The houses number up sequentially from the bottom, on the one side. Although Nos 1 & 2 were demolished and replaced by a larger house, and Nos 3 & 4 have been combined by an internal joining door, the rest of the houses are more or less original.

The other reason I wanted to live here is because my grandparents, my father, his sister and some of my cousins, lived in the large house you can see in Western Lane (look up village lane, and slightly right) during World War 2. But that was not for sale and I couldn’t have afforded it anyway, so I plumped for this one in Village Lane instead.

From this part of the bay, I can look out across it and identify all the other parts of Swansea where I, my various antecedants and 50 or so assorted living cousins once lived or live now. After travelling a lot in my life and living overseas a few times, it sort of settled me to come back and find a place like this.