Rooms with views when lighthouse properties become holiday cottages

Location at St Ann's Head is renowned for spotting porpoises

27 January 2016

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A terrace of former lighthouse keepers’ cottages at St Ann’s Head on the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, are to be given a new lease of life and restored as holiday cottages after being purchased from Trinity House. The new owners are to redevelop the five cottages in Dale, which have panoramic views out to sea and towards the entrance to Milford Haven waterway, one of Britain’s deep water harbours.

Robert Evans, an Associate with Cooke & Arkwright who acted on behalf of Trinity House in the sale said, “The properties are in need of refurbishment as they have not been lived in for some time. They will make lovely holiday accommodation because of their superb location and access to the Wales National Coast Path. We are very pleased that the purchasers plan to use them as holiday cottages and bring them back into use.”

Dale is a popular holiday and water sports destination with a number of community and sporting groups based in the village, as well as the Griffin Inn public house, Boathouse Café and Moorings Restaurant. The area is renowned for its abundance of flora, wildlife and maritime species, with porpoises regularly spotted off St Ann’s Head, and Atlantic Grey seals in the waters around Skomer Island, which is a Marine Nature Reserve. Skokholm and Skomer islands lie to the west of St Ann’s Head and are home to thousands of puffins, Manx shearwaters and guillemots.

Trinity House is the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibralter. It was granted approval for a lighthouse at the site in 1714 and the lighthouse tower was automated in 1998.

I have worked with Jeremy Symons over the past three years successfully leasing and buying property in support of my business. I continue to be very pleased with his knowledge of the market and expertise. Our relationship over this time has resulted in acquiring 20,000 sq ft at Capital Business Park in Cardiff, leasing 11,000 sq ft at Southpoint, and subsequently leasing an initial 42,000 sq ft at Parc Bedwas, followed by a succession of expansions of a further 11,000 and then 47,000 sq ft, enabling us to centralise all of our operations at Parc Bedwas in a single 100,000 sq ft facility. The acquisitions were completed at the perfect time for tenant purposes and the rent fixed throughout the term at very economical rates. A job well done.

Bob James, Aerfin