Welsh holidays that offer greenery, scenery and sustainability

Exterior of The Cwms, Near Amroth, Pembrokeshire

Families can now have a ‘greener holiday’ in Wales where the money they pay goes towards our investment in renewable energy at the holiday cottages they stay in, while protecting the environment surrounding them.

This green energy cycle benefits everyone involved as Vickie Warland, our Project Coordinator (Wales) for the Renewable Energy Investment (REI) Programme explains:
“As a mother with young children,” she says, “the thought of going self-catering can be a little daunting. But such worries are taken away at our green holiday cottages, which have plenty of space and comfort and are powered on renewable energy.


“Due to investment by the REI programme, guests can be safe in the knowledge that they and their families are helping to protect the environment at the cottages, which are located in some of the most scenic areas of Wales.


“At the same time, they are still enjoying the same high standard of National Trust accommodation, while being in thriving natural woodland or close to the beach, or in the mountains.


“We also have cottages in the heart of Snowdonia that are part of the project, that are to be delivered next winter.

Wild ponies in Snowdonia
Wild ponies grazing, Snowdonia
Wild ponies in Snowdonia


“I wouldn't hesitate in getting up and going straight to a National Trust green cottage with the family."  Vicky recommends The Cwms, a secluded Victorian cottage reached by a little bridge over a stream, in a wooded valley adjoining the lovely Colby Woodland Gardens, Pembrokeshire.


Visitors can walk up through the garden to visit the tea room and gift shop. Alternatively, the sweep of sandy beach at Amroth is an easy walk for watersports and recreation.


Despite its age, The Cwms benefits from renewable central heating from an air-source heat pump, as does its neighbour, Little Breck, a substantial three-bedroom bungalow in an elevated position, with valley views towards Amroth.

The exterior of The Cwms
Exterior of The Cwms, Near Amroth, Pembrokeshire
The exterior of The Cwms


Vicky says: “Both the Cwm and Little Breck are located in beautiful, open spaces and they have lovely gardens. “You can enjoy peace and quiet, while knowing that your children can play safely, with supervision and you can bring your dogs too.

“Little Breck is all on one level and has been designed with people of limited ability in mind – including toddlers.

The exterior of Little Breck
The exterior of Little Breck, Near Amroth, Pembrokeshire
The exterior of Little Breck


“The cottages are heated by heat pumps with sophisticated controls that set the system to low-level heating when unoccupied, so you never get that old damp and dusky smell that you can find as arriving in some old-style oil-fired cottages that have been left empty for a while.


“Heat pumps provide constant low-level heat, so you don't have to worry about your children touching boiling hot pipes because the radiators are warm. If you find it is not warm enough, you just press a button and get a heat boost. There is plenty of draught-proofing and insulation to ensure that the heat stays in. I love this system; I need it in my house."

The sitting room at Little Breck
Sitting room at Little Breck, Near Amroth, Pembrokeshire
The sitting room at Little Breck


“There's plenty to discover near the cottages, you can pop to the railway, the beach or the pub for lunch as part of your holiday.”


Elgan Roberts, Renewables Project Manager, Wales said: “Our green holiday cottages project is part of our commitment to reducing its environmental impact, using less energy through appropriate renewable technology where possible.


“So far, we've reduced energy use by 35% and is generating more than 60% of its energy from renewables. It is well on the way to halving the use of fossil fuels by 2020.”

• Little Breck was built in the early 1970s for Miss Mason, the donor of the Colby Estate to the National Trust. It is 400 metres from the wonderful Colby Woodland Garden and a short distance from the beach at Amroth. The cottage has excellent facilities for guests using a wheelchair.

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• To find out more about the National Trust's holiday cottages call: 0344 800 2070. Or visit: www.nationaltrustholidays.org.uk