Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Airbnb Ecohouse in Pembrokeshire

I make several trips to West Wales every year with my husband, usually a mixture of a holiday and work.  Each time we go, I try to find places that are a little bit 'different' to stay in, whether that's an Old Woollen Mill, or a lodge resort like Bluestone.  On this visit (which I blogged about here), we stayed in an architect-designed ecohouse on the Pembrokeshire coast, just outside the village of Little Haven.  It was very 'Grand Designs', and a change for us to stay somewhere with a very contemporary feel rather than rustic.

The building is clad in wood so that from a distance it blends into the trees.  Once up close you can appreciate how it's been designed to make the most of the views across the little wooded valley in which its situated, with a long balcony running alongside the living area.  The top floor is angled differently so that the bedrooms all have good views too.  Don't be fooled by the apparent sunshine in these photos, it was wildly wet and windy for most of our visit!

Summerhaven


Summerhaven

Summerhaven

Summerhaven

Summerhaven

Summerhaven

Inside, there is a large open-plan living room, dining area and kitchen, that takes up the whole of the ground floor.  There's a small hallway with adjacent toilet, and stairs lead you up to the three bedrooms - one ensuite - and family bathroom. The whole place is superbly kitted out with everything you'd possibly need.  You can use the binoculars and bird books to identify the local wildlife (in abundance, there was a woodpecker that I heard every morning though I never saw him).  The kitchen has enough equipment to prepare a family feast, bake a cake, and chill all that wine you brought.  Thoughtfully, there are ample DVDs, books, and CDs for wet days (likely in Wales!) when you just want to curl up with a cuppa.

Summerhaven

Summerhaven

Summerhaven

Summerhaven


It did get a bit chilly on a few evenings and I had to carefully read the instructions to understand how the fancy-looking heating worked, but there's underfloor heating so despite being open plan and having all that glass in the living room, it does warm up quickly once the heating's on.

The only downside I can really think of is the very steep steps (50 of them!) to get up to the property, which would be an issue if you had mobility issues or a pram to carry up them.  I did actually slip down the steps on the last day, carrying luggage to put in the car.  Luckily my derriere is rather amply padded, so I just ended up with a bit of mud on me.

The tiny village of Little Haven is 2 minutes down the road, with a few pubs.  You have to travel slightly further afield for shops, but you're still very close to everything you need.  The best bit about this location for us was that it was a very short stroll to the coastal path, where you can walk for miles and miles.  I'd definitely recommend this property, but there are lots of others in the area.  The website Airbnb, if you haven't already tried it, offers a really good selection of holiday homes in the 'quirky' category.  The site also has a wider range of budgets than most accommodation sites, so there's a fair bit of choice if you've got a strict budget - as we do - to work within. 

For this specific property, prices start at £36 per night.  If you're not familiar with Airbnb, you also generally pay a cleaning fee and an Airbnb fee.  We stayed Monday to Friday in the off-peak season, so our total cost for the 4 nights was around £229 with those fees included.  As with any holiday homes, remember that it's cheaper in the off-season (before April generally), and for midweek breaks.  We can never afford the summer prices, which is why we usually end up holidaying when it's rainy.


Have you tried Airbnb?  I believe it's worldwide, though we've only tried it in the UK so far.

This review is not sponsored by Airbnb or Summerhaven, I just wanted to write about it because we had a good experience and thought you might like to know about it!


7 comments:

  1. That does look very Grand Designs. Does it come with Kevin McCloud as an optional extra?
    It looks alike a proper deluxe pad!
    I've never used Air B&B. They have a few nice looking places in Goa but way out of my budget. A couple of my friends rent their places out and say it works really well for them. xxx

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  2. Air B&B is so good! We stayed in an amazing giant cottage for my 30th with friends and it was really quite reasonable for how much space and the beautiful house you got. I'd love to stay in a place like this just to say I have! xxx

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  3. The building seems to blend very well into the landscape and I love the huge picture windows, which I would be looking out of all the time. We usually go in June, paying a little bit more, but just before prices really soar for the high season. I have never used Air B&B. It is worldwide, and it's really big in Belgium too. xxx

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  4. That looks a lovely place to stay.

    I've never stayed in an Air BnB. I'm lazy and like hotels where everything's laid on for me :-D

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  5. I'm with Mim, I like to be taken care of when I'm on holiday. I have to be honest I'd never even looked on the AirBnB website but now I have I can see there's some amazing places to stay. Perhaps if I ever go away in a group then I'll try something like this.
    The place you stayed in looks really interesting, I love the rivets on the exterior. xx

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  6. Wow that looks like such a beautiful place to stay! I've stayed in an Air B&B place once before which was in a little terrace house in Sydney (booked by our friend's for their wedding), I have always loved those little houses so much and it was awesome to stay in one. The prices are usually so reasonable too x

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  7. What a unique house! It reminds me of a house on the block where I grew up. All of the homes, including ours, were modest little 1970's bungalows and split levels, and then there was this one massive, cedar covered, modernist structure that stuck out from all the rest :) I always loved it though, as it like this one you stayed at, it was just so unique (and it had a loft too!). It looks like you had a good time here, and the location looks gorgeous!
    The Artyologist

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