Hafod, once the summer home of the author Nicholas Monsarrat and his family, is one of Trearddur Bay’s most popular holiday cottages. Built above a rocky cove, it’s unique size and truly spectacular sea views are impossible to beat. This fabulous property is ideal for groups of up to 12 people.
Situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with views stretching far across the sea, Hafod is a very special place indeed. Once the beloved family holiday retreat of the author Nicholas Monsarrat, and thought to be where he first took the inspiration for one of his famous books – The Cruel Sea, Hafod is a spacious house, ideal for groups of families or friends.
This fabulous holiday cottage in Anglesey features in Monsarrat’s book, My Brother Denys in which he recounts much of his formative years in Trearddur Bay. He writes “I believe there was no ‘view’ we knew and loved so much as the one from the windows of ‘Hafod’: it had everything – a fringe of sea pinks, a glint of sunshine on wet rocks, a triangle of sea, and far away, a mile off-shore, the single dark spot – Oyster Rock…”
Owners David and Jessamy Alexander live on Anglesey permanently, approximately. 10 miles away from Hafod, which they bought in 1995. Having travelled the world, and although clearly biased, they reckon Hafod’s views are world class. They say that when the time comes when they need to enjoy lateral living (with everything on one floor) they will retire to Hafod!
Despite the sea spray reaching the windows in wilder weather, the house – decorated in a bright, informal and cosy style – nestles into the headland on which it is built. Useful to know is that “Hafod” translates as “summer house”!
There is a circular driveway and an extensive garden of 1.5 acres, which offers access to Anglesey’s coastal path. On balmy days, the patio and terrace are perfect for sunbathing and relaxing or you can take shelter in the sunny conservatory if there’s a breeze blowing.
The large, open-plan L-shaped sitting room, dining and kitchen area is a great place for everyone to gather with room for 10 people at the table and an open fire. Wet coats or muddy boots can be left in one of the two utility rooms. The seven stylishly decorated and very comfortable bedrooms, (two doubles with en-suite, three twins and two singles) and family bathroom are at the other end of the house, allowing guests plenty of space from one another to chill out when required. You may have to fight over who gets the luxurious 6ft super king bed! Bed linen is provided but guests are asked to bring their own towels.
If you can tear yourselves away from the sound of the sea, games in the garden or the crackle of the log fire, Hafod makes a great base from which to explore the island and enjoy an abundance of activities.
Dogs are welcome at Hafod but please note there is an extra charge of £40 per week to cover cleaning costs.