The village of Rhossili is in a stunning location on the most westerly part of the Gower Peninsula - the UK’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The National Trust owns and cares for 26 miles of unspoilt coastline on Gower, including Rhossili Bay. Rhossili’s renowned 3.5 mile long beach has been listed by Trip Advisor as one of the top ten beaches in the world. The tidal islands of Worm’s Head and Burry Holmes are at the southern and northern ends of the bay, both of which can be accessed at low tide. Worms Head is managed as part of a National Nature Reserve and Burry Holms is the site of an Iron Age fort and a medieval monastery. Rhossili bay is world famous for surfing and other water sports. Rhossili Down, which rises as a dramatic backdrop to the bay, is well known for its archaeological sites and is the highest point on Gower. It is popular with paragliders and walkers and has stunning views across the Gower peninsula and the bay.
The Gower Peninsula is remarkably unspoilt with an extremely varied landscape. This includes the wildlife estuary on the North Gower coast, which is popular with walkers, naturalists and bird watchers, and the stunning sandy beaches and rugged limestone cliffs and caves of South Gower. There are several inland commons, grazed by ponies and sheep, and many delightful hidden wooded valleys. The picturesque Victorian town of Mumbles is worth visiting with its boutique shops, restaurants and wine bars as well as a sea front lined with sailing boats and yachts. The city of Swansea has a leisure centre, a multiplex cinema, a theatre and a marina and major shops and restaurants. None of these locations is more than half an hour’s drive from Rhossili.
Church Park is situated alongside the coastal path and Worm’s Head and Rhossili Down are within easy walking distance. Rhossili beach, Fall Bay and Mewslade Bay are each fifteen minutes’ walk away from the cottage, with breathtaking views of the coast along the way. The cottage is south facing with views towards the Vile (medieval strip field system) and the sea. It is next door to the village’s 13th century church. The islet of Burry Holms and Rhossili Bay can be seen from the first floor.
The village has several places which serve food, including the Worm’s Head Hotel and the Bay Bistro, both of which have stunning views from their terraces. There are shops which sell craft items,including an art gallery exhibiting work by local artists, and a National Trust shop. Surfboards and wetsuits can be hired at Sam’s Surf shop, which also offers surfing lessons. It is located next to the Bay Bistro - one minute away from Church Park. The Bay Bistro serves good food including items which are gluten free, and has an attractive craft shop attached. There is a food store a mile from Rhossili and several supermarkets regularly deliver to the village.