Directions to MIDDLE COTTAGE, LLANMADOC,N.Gower, SA3 1DE
First note the location on the map below, of Llanmadoc (top left of map).
Middle Cottage is right in the centre of the village of Llanmadoc.
ARRIVAL TIMES / DEPARTURE TIMES - Middle Cottage
Guests are politely asked to kindly arrive after 4pm on arrival day, and kindly depart by 10.30am on departure day - many thanks in advance for your co-operation with these requirements.
HOW TO GET THERE - MIDDLE COTTAGE, LLANMADOC
Take “Swansea West Services” Jcn 47 exit off M4. The slip-road takes you to a roundabout and a set of traffic lights above the M4.
At this large roundabout, take second exit and follow A483 following signs to “Swansea/Gower”.
Then after a mile on same road, which starts flat but then descends downhill, and you come to a roundabout*. Take the second (i.e. right hand) exit (west direction) towards “Llanelli/Gower/Gowerton” onto the A484.
*NB: At this roundabout the road signs are confusing as they also direct traffic “to Gower avoiding low bridge” taking you towards Swansea via first [left] exit of roundabout. Ignore this and take second exit right, unless you want to visit the large "TESCO Extra" or M&S Food store found at Fforestfach before going into Gower.
Proceed directly through the next roundabout. (2nd exit), passing “The Farm shop” which is on the same roundabout.
You should now start to see views of North Gower and Lougher Estuary. Still follow A484 and then at another roundabout half a mile later down the incline, take the first exit turn left towards Gowerton on B4296.
You then pass a Harvester restaurant. After driving underneath railway bridge, you come to lights at Gowerton some 20yds later after railway bridge. Take a right at lights, on B4295, signed to Llanrhidian. After a mini-roundabout Tesco Express is then on your left. (Its worth stocking up on provisions here – no particularly good shops other than Petrol Station and Post Office after this).
You are now on the “North Gower Road” or B4295 which you should follow for 6 miles or so, passing through Penclawdd, Crofty, Llanmorlais.
After Llanmorlais, and after another 2 miles, still on B4295, you arrive at Llanrhidian Petrol Station (Heronsway Filling Station).
Keep driving past the petrol station and you then enter Oldwalls Village, and the Greyhound public house is on your left. Just as you pass the pub, (ignore the Brown sign for the Britannia Innwhich points lefti.e. tells you to stay on the road) and instead FORK RIGHTtowards Llanmadoc/Cheriton/Llandimore following signs for Weobley Castle, and pass Windmill Farm (on left) and pass Weobley Castle (on your right).
DRIVE CAREFULLY - ONE OR TWO NARROW COUNTRY LANES HERE.WITH SHEEP ROAMING
You shortlypass Landimore.
Keep on this single lane road and some 500 yds after Landimore you will turn left and down a steep dip into Cheriton Village past Cheriton's St Cadog's Church (on your right).
Pass down and back up the other side through Cheriton, and ascend the hill again up into Llanmadoc Village. Pass the church Hall (left) andpass the Britannia Inn (on your left). Keep on going up the hill. Around 200 yds after the Britannia Inn the gradient flattens out at the top, and you see a red phone box on your left.
Middle Cottage is slightly to the left of the phone box right on Llanmadoc village green. The cottage has a grey slate sign to left of a light green front door. (We live in 'Gower Cottage', immediately to the right - also with a light green front door. The keys (front and back doors) will be under the flower pot outside Middle Cottage front door - just get on with it and let yourself in. Turn key anti-clockwise one quarter turn.
Off road parking inside our cottage boundaries is available for your car.
As a condition of staying at Middle Cottage, you are asked not to park on the front road other than for loading and unloading - because of the need for buses to undertake three-point turns.
Please park at the rear after unloading. There is space for one car in the rear driveway (the gravelled area at top of rear garden). Please let us know in advance if you intend to bring two cars.
Please park either in front of the white garage doors (right hand side garage) or to the right as you turn into the rear parking area.
You may park for short periods (up to 20 minutes) at the front e.g. to unload, load up, etc. The local bus runs (arrives) once an hour onto the village green, from 7.10am until 11.10pm, daily.
Please ensure you DO NOT park on the softer lawned area within the rear garden (beyond the gravelled area) as this is boggy and you are likely to get stuck.
FOOD OPTIONS - WHERE TO GO (SEE MAP AT TOP)
The local pub "The Britannia Inn" with very good a la carterestaurant &amp; barmeals, is midway between Llanmadoc and Cheriton. Rack of lamb, Hake in batter, great fillet steak, Sea-bass, 'to-die-for' belly pork are all occasional / typical menu options.
The above map shows the location of another very good pub with excellent restaurant, namely "The King Arthur Hotel", a 7 minute drive from Middle Cottage at Reynoldston. Great specials board menu, including grilled Sole, belly pork, Monkfish, grilled Seabass, fillet of Welsh Black Beef in Rosemary 'Jus', or various other fish dishes, or (our favorite) of Cod or Hoki in lager batter with home made chips.
Half way to "The King Arthur Hotel" from Middle Cottage you will pass through Burry Green, at which is located Gower's acclaimed "Fairyhill Restaurant" - marked on the map, 4 mins drive from Middle Cottage. (Take your wallet for a special meal in beautiful surroundings - lunch is excellent value).
At the top of the large "L" in Llanrhidian is the precise location of the "Welcome to Town" Restaurant Bistro, 10 mins drive from Middle Cottage. Excellent local Welsh and European dishes, including cockles and laverbread, in a much cosier atmosphere (like dining in an old cottage - 10 tables only), and slightly cheaper than Fairyhill. Just east towards Wernffwrd, passing the Heronston filling station/shop at Llanrhidian on the way, is Llanrhidian Caravan Park which has an onsite fish and chip shop open to the public, for (arguably) Gower's finest fish and chips. Go for the Moby Dick if you're hungry.
Nearest is "OUR SHOP" the local Llanmadoc village shop only a 30 second walk beside the end "Corner cottage". Other shops exist (in order of fastest to get to) at Llanrhidian Filling Station/Post Office (10 mins and easiest to navigate / find), Reynoldston Post Office (11 mins via Burry Green, Fairyhill), Knelston Petrol Station and stores (via Burry Green, Burry, LLandewi, takes approx 12 mins drive and always seems to be open - good bread) and Scurlage Post Office / shop (via Burry Green, Burry, Llandewi, into Scurlage - not always open but usually Mon-Sat daytime and has the pharmacy opposite which is useful), or in summertime, try Port Eynon shops.
Alternatively there are shops further away at CK's in Penclawdd (8 miles), or Tesco Express in Gowerton (10 miles). Some good bread here, but being honest, not a great store.
CLosest is CK's in Penclawdd. However if you want a traditional large mainstream retailer, go to Tescos or MS Food in Fforestfach.
To get there, do everything in reverse but then rather than going to the M4, instead follow the A484 towardsSwansea and soon after at Fforestfach, you will find TESCO Extra,M&amp;S Food plus Dixons, Borders, Pizza Hut, Argos, Boots allfound in a retail park at Fforestfach around a mile past the roundabout mentioned earlier in italics.
Other superstores Morrisons (Llansamlet Business Park), Asda (Llansamlet), two more Tescos (Swansea Marina and Llansamlet), Summerfields (Gorseinon) and various Lidl stores (Morriston, Ravenhill, Penllaergear) are found in other parts ofSwansea