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Welcome  Croeso

Thank you for choosing our cottages, we hope you enjoy your stay.

If you have any problems, please come and find us in the house, or contact us on 01446 773261, John on 07817 477994, Siân on 07880 720628, or our housekeeper Lisa on 07539 937236.

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the view from the from Starling

Useful Information


We have fibre broadband, with very good speeds. The password is in the welcome folder in each cottage.

Bed linen & towels

All bed linen and towels are provided, white cotton, professionally laundered.


Each cottage has a smart TV.



Please leave the door key in the cottage when you leave at the end of your stay. If you lock yourselves in at night during your stay, please remember to leave the key in the lock for fire safety reasons.


Tea, coffee, basic supplies 

You are coming on a self-catering holiday, but to get you started, there is a jar with some ground coffee from The Welsh Coffee Co, roast and ground in Ogmore-by-Sea, to use in the cafetière. Huw has a coffee van in the beach car park, if you like it and want to buy packs to take home. 

There is a tea caddy of Welsh Brew teabags, which we top up for each guest.

There should also be a jar of sugar, and salt and pepper mills.


Cleaning materials and toiletries

We provide eco-friendly washing-up liquid, and toilet cleaner. Please leave the bottles in the cottage, as we refill them – it all helps to reduce plastic waste. 

Dishcloths, pan scourers and a dustpan and brush are in each cottage.  We try to use eco-friendly products, especially as we are not on mains drainage.

A small bar of soap will be in each bathroom, and a roll or two of toilet paper.



Each cottage has a washing machine, with integral dryer. The dryer tends to work best with half a load maximum. If it’s a dry day, and you prefer the green option, there is a rotary line in the paddock for all guests to use, pegs in a peg bag in each cottage.



If you break something, and accidents do happen, please just tell us or leave a note so we can replace the item in time for our next guests.


Games and books

Due to Covid restrictions, we are not currently providing games. There is a selection of novels in each cottage. If you start reading one and want to take it with you, you are welcome, likewise if you finish a book while here and want to leave it for another guest, that’s great.



Wood burning Stoves 

Kindling and logs are provided. If you use all the logs in the log basket, please take more from the log store at the side of Swallow Cottage. 



There is an on/off switch and a thermostat on all the electric heaters.


Hot Water

The water heater control box is on the wall near the kitchen area, the heater is on a timer, and usually provides enough hot water for the cottage, so no need to adjust it, please. If a couple of you are going to have baths, it is probably advisable to push the boost button on the control box, so that second bather doesn’t have to have a chilly dip.



There is a hairdryer in a drawer in the main bedroom


No Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted indoors. If you choose to smoke outside, please put the butts in the outside bin.



Your dog is welcome, but not on the furniture, please.  Please scoop the poop after your pooch, so the garden and paddock are pleasant for the next guests. We provide bags in the paddock if you run out.  Please don't leave your dog alone in the cottage.



Rubbish and Recycling

Wales is very good at recycling on the national and international league table! We’d like you to try and help us keep that up. We have a recycling station at the back of the yard next to Starling cottage. The Vale of Glamorgan Council is very strict about the sorting of recycling and will reject an entire recycling bag if an incorrect item is in it.

Please put general waste in the black bag lined wooden-lidded bins.


The rather complicated system of recycling separation is:


Green bin for food waste

Grey bin for glass bottles and jars

  • Glass jars and bottles

  • No Ceramics or china, drinking glasses, light bulbs, Pyrex, broken glass

Orange bag for cardboard

  • Cardboard boxes, egg boxes, toilet rolls, cereal boxes, brown paper

  • No cartons such as Tetra Pak

White bag for paper

  • Newspapers, magazines, envelopes, shredded paper

  • No Wrapping paper, tissues, paper towels, kitchen roll

Blue Bag 

Plastic, cans, empty aerosols, foil and food and drink cartons

  • No Crisp or biscuit packets, food pouches, black or brown plastic, cling film, soft plastic packaging e.g. fruit and vegetable bags, hard plastics e.g. toys, gas cannisters, lighters, bubble wrap


Departure Time

Please try to leave the property by 10.00am on the day of departure, so that we have enough time to clean thoroughly in time for our next guests.  


We think that just about covers it. If you need anything during your stay, please call us, John 07817 477994, Siân 07880 720628 or our housekeeper Lisa on 07539 937236.

Enjoy Your Stay!







Nearest beach is Llantwit Major.        


Nearest Supermarkets & Delis 

Filco Supermarket (local chain)                                                 

Boverton Road, Llantwit Major CF61 1XZ


Or 2 High Street, Cowbridge CF71 7AG

Co-Operative Food                                             

The Precinct

Llantwit Major CF61 1XA


Waitrose & Partners                                                  

Birds Lane

Cowbridge CF71 7YP


Elephant and Bun Delicatessen

31 High Street, Cowbridge CF71 7AE


The Humble Bee                                                         

4 Church Street, Llantwit Major, CF61 1SB 


Forage Farm Shop & Kitchen                                     

Penllyn Estate Farm 

Llwynhelig, Cowbridge CF71 7FF



Dragon Taxis                                                                           01446 747 500



Princess of Wales Hospital , Coity Rd, Bridgend CF31 1RQ    01656 752752

Emergency department: Open 24 hours


Tourist Information 

The best source of tourist information for the Vale of Glamorgan is the Visit the Vale website -



Llantwit Major is one of the UK’s oldest seats of ecclesiastical learning in the UK.  For several centuries the town was prosperous and quite densely populated resulting in a very pretty warren of lanes and lovely old buildings with the beautiful St Illtud’s Church at the centre.

In response to the building of RAF St Athan prior to WW2, there was a lot of development which made Llantwit Major into a dormitory town.  Throughout all subsequent development of the town, the West End, around the church, has remained relatively unchanged.


Cowbridge is an ancient market town, pretty and prosperous with a good range of independent shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants.

Cowbridge has a Farmers' Market, every Saturday in the carpark of Arthur John on Bear Lane behind the High Street. The market has a wide range of quality local produce.



We are only 3 miles from the coast at Llantwit Major. The Wales Coastal Path is a continuous public footpath following the 870 miles of the Welsh coastline, dip in anywhere along the path.


For structured walks with identified routes, take a look at the 10 Vale Trails which have been identified by Visit the Vale.  They range from one to four hours in duration.


If you want a good work out during a walk to the coast, go to Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes.   This extensive area of dunes includes The Big Dipper, the second-largest dune of its kind in Europe, measuring around 200 feet (61 m) high.


Historic Houses and Gardens

St Fagans National Museum of History CF5 6XB

13 miles / 25 minutes’ drive

This fascinating museum is in the grounds of St Fagans Castle, on the west of Cardiff, with historic buildings from all over Wales, and from practically every century. Free entry, but you currently have to prebook and pay for the car park, £6 per vehicle. We love this museum, it’s a great day out, food available, dogs allowed on leads but not in the buildings, which include farmhouses and cottages, bakery, chapel, school, church, shops, forge, tannery, pottery…and much more.

Dyffryn House and Gardens CF5 6SU

11 miles / 20 minutes’ drive

Dyffryn has gone from forlorn to fabulous, a largely Edwardian mansion in extensive gardens.  It is a National Trust property,  and covers more than 55 acres. The gardens are undergoing an ambitious revival project to restore them to their original splendour. 

Address – Dyffryn House, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan, CF5 6SU


Cosmeston Medieval Village CF64 5UY

20 miles / 35 minutes’ drive

Cosmeston Medieval Village, sited within the boundaries of Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, is one of the Vale of Glamorgan's leading tourist attractions. The Village is set in the year 1350, a turbulent period in the history of the Welsh and English.


Eating and drinking – not all the local offerings, but ones we use…

The Victoria Inn                                                                                  

Sigingstone                                       0.5 miles                                             01446 773943


The Carne Arms                               1.2 miles                                             01446 775607

Llysworney CF71 7NQ


The Bear Hotel                                             3 miles                                     01446 774814

High Street, Cowbridge CF71 7AF


Arboreal                                                        3 miles                                     01446 775 093 
68 Eastgate, Cowbridge CF71 7AB


The Hare & Hounds                                     3.5 miles                                  01446 774892

Aberthin CF71 7LG  


Il Vesuvio                                                                     3 miles                         01446 796 245            

Pizzeria and Italian dishes      

14A Pound Field, Llantwit Major CF61 1DL 


Frolics                                                                         8 miles                        01656 880 127

Modern European

Beach Road, Southerndown, Bridgend, CF32 0RP


The Jaipur                                                       3 miles                                    01446 793 362

Compton House, East Street, Llantwit Major, CF61 1XY


Illtyd’s 216                                                        3 miles                                    01446 793 800

Prospect House, 1 Church St, Llantwit Major CF61 1SB


The Shed, chef James Sommerin (Michelin guide) 12 miles                      01446 734 458

Modern European 


Goodsheds, Hood Road, Barry, CF62 5QU             12 miles

Several street food stalls around courtyard tables and seating 

The Old Swan Inn Church Street, Llantwit Major CF61 1SB    3 miles    01446 792230

the old swan inn | the knife and fork food ltd


Old White Hart Wine Street, Llantwit Major CF61 1RZ    3 miles             01446 796809


The Bush St Hilary, Cowbridge, CF71 7DP     5 miles                                01446 776 888                               


Forage                                                                         2.5 miles                     01446 774 113           
Penllyn Estate Farm 

Llwynhelig, Cowbridge CF71 7FF


The Yard                                                                         3 miles                    01446 775 000
Pizzeria and more

69 High Street, Cowbridge, CF71 7AF


Riverview Chinese Restaurant                                          3 miles             01446 771668

Penny Lane, Cowbridge CF71 7EG

Classic Chinese, dine in or takeaway.


Farnham’s                                                                            3 miles             01446 792 461

Takeaway Fish & Chips.  

You can order online and collect.  There has been a fish & chip shop on this site for at least 40 years.

Shop 4, Boverton Brook, Boverton CF61 1TY

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