Treleddyd Fawr 2016

Treleddyd Fawr Cottage
Treleddyd Fawr
St. David's

Weekend Break - April 2016

Mr Glyn Griffiths and Nadolig, the cat. 

The former owner of Treleddyd Fawr who bequeathed his beloved cottage to the National Trust when he died in 2013.

The cupboard opposite the front door ....

.... containing lots of useful things and rainy day essentials, books and games.

Looking back at the original wooden partition that separates the front door from the 'main room'.

The original settle in front of the inglenook fireplace.

A close up of the fireplace shows the original oven to the left, with space below it to keep a small fire burning to cook food.  The inglenook originally had an open fire in the main area, the log burner is a 'safety addition'.

Everything as it was when Mr Griffiths lived there ... except for the DAB radio  ;-)

The other half of the 'main room' has the dining nook.

Once the leaves of the table were up, one person sitting outside the alcove was the only way to be able to eat at it, I think a smaller table would have been better!!   :-)

On the windowsill behind the table there is an old clog found in the cottage when it was being renovated.

A lovely little touch.

Looking into the parlour or 'best room' from the doorway.

Another log burner has been slotted in here inbetween the little side ovens, which are now welded shut,

I love simple rustic stools.  

The floors in all of the downstairs are clay tiles, some original and cleaned up and others sympathetically added.  Topped with Welsh wool runners.

My cosy corner, with Suky's little bed.

Sharpening pencils in the 'colouring corner'  :-)

A beautiful old corner cupboard.

A small sample of some of the original many layers of wallpapers that were found when the cottage was first acquired by the National Trust.


The kitchen, everything you needed ... if you can get in without banging your head.  The doorway was the lowest in the house .... Suky was the only one that didn't have to duck!!

The dresser full of all the crockery you needed, and the back door leading to the outhouses, outside toilet and the back garden.

By the bathroom door, just simple and somehow 'right'.

The bathroom which along with the kitchen were once the dairy of the house and thus kept cooler than the main body of the cottage.

The cute little blue staircase.

At the top of the stairs is the large room, which shows off the wonderful old wide floorboards, so old and seasoned to the house that they did not utter a single creak.  The four framed photographs show the house whilst being renovated, and the rustic seat another of the original pieces of furniture.

One of the tiny windows, which would have been the only window to this room originally.

Looking through into the bedroom.

The top of the stairs.

The bedroom looking to the left ....

... beautifully simple.

And looking to the right ...

....  with the three peg 'wardrobe'.

There were three pegs on the other side too, so no fighting over hanging space  ;-)

Suky found a window with a view :-)

Time to step outside now ....

You can see the separately roofed 'old dairy' better in this shot.  The white roof of the cottage is traditional old slates with a thin layer of painted on cement, which according to the neighbours is a traditional way of holding the slates on in these parts.  This is a very flat part of Wales so the wind must whistle across for miles.  It is kept white and clean with a fresh coat of paint every year, something Mr Griffiths did well into his old age.

One thing we really missed here were trees, our part of Wales is full of woodlands and tree lined roads, in this area there were hardly any to be seen.

Opposite the back door is this red door ....

.. where the original  (and only) outside toilet would have been.  Now this seems to be used on occasion by cheeky walkers .... I wouldn't mind but they didn't flush so as not to announce they were there!!

Up a couple of steps is the back garden.

Looking through from the front gate.  The utility room is in the red door on the righthand side.

All the mod cons that would have looked so wrong in the cottage are tucked in here with a Belfast sink and with a corrugated metal roof as it would always have had..

The original old water pump was found in pieces in the back garden and re-assembled.

The old well, so deep even with a torch we couldn't see the bottom.

The back of the cottage with access steps built into the wall at the end.

Looking from the back garden to the side garden through the gate, where the gas tank and septic tank are now positioned under the grass.

And then all too soon it was time to go ....

... after a brilliant weekend.


  1. I'm so glad you took all those photos; I was intrigued by this simple cottage when you first mentioned it and looked up as much information as I could about it and it's lovely former owner.
    Like you, I would also be drawn to staying there for a 'get-away-from-it-all' holiday - unfortunately it's too far away from my home in Cornwall, so I'm glad to enjoy it through your post and photos. Thank you. x

  2. Thank you for sharing all the photos from your weekend stay. I feel like I went along with you! They did a great job renovating it.

  3. Very sympathetically restored. I read about the original owner of this home recently. Your photos really brought it to life . Thank you.

  4. My friend Jackie lives near there.
    She was Glyn Griffith's friend. She has written about him many times, and it has been lovingly restored by the NT. I want to go and stay there some time.

    1. Yes, she lives next door, we met her on one of our doggy walks :-)


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