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“Beautiful and unique little cottage”
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mezz balcony set up for listening to music & reading
Mezz level overlooking dining and living open plan
Even in winter the Gower is beautiful
My fav coffee spot just a short walk from the Annex
view into bathroom area
Bedroom with vaulted ceiling
stair well in bedroom
Or you can do one of many costal runs/walks that are spectacular
Any season is good for the Gower as there is alway lots of activities
Living area with flat screen tv
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Mumbles, Swansea, Swansea County, South Wales, Wales

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Carolin P
Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beautiful and unique little cottage”
Reviewed October 13, 2014 for a stay in October 2014

We have just returned from a last minute escape to the Gower Peninsular (Wales) with all its fabulous walks and beaches. I have never left a review but for the owner when asked. However I was so happy with this accommodation that I would like to offer my opinion. The Annex is a unique, stylish and intriguing building tucked away behind a row of houses in Mumble. It is very comfortable with sofa and great soft seating chairs. My favourite space must have been the seating area on the first floor with great light for reading day and night. The bathroom is stylish and each piece of furniture throughout the cottage collected and placed in 'its' spot. Visitors who like a unique style rather a more modern systematic look will like this. Size wise it was bigger then I expected and perfect for a couple. I would return any time but not with my children as the space is open plan and the noise of more visitors would limit the 'sanctuary' this place offered me. The kitchen is equipped with modern goods and the owner offers nice crockery and lovely glasses which matters to me.

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Liked best: Interior design
Liked least: missing hairdryer
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Rob M
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Beautiful cottage but parking a nightmare”
Reviewed September 25, 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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The annexe is well maintained and of a high standard with character. However you must be aware that the annexe is part of the owners house and therefore you do not have complete privacy you are also overlooked when in the garden by the house opposite. There is a fire pit in the garden but we were told we were not able to use this!!! Parking was dreadful we had to pull our cases up three roads all uphill, which isn't a great start to your holiday, especially when you specifically asked owner before hand.

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Your age range 50-64
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Becky B
Hereford, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Could easily be 5* with a little TLC”
Reviewed August 31, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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We loved our stay and would stay again. The cottage is full of character and has lovely features like a firepit, mezzanine sitting area and exposed floorboards. I have no doubt that the cottage was luxury when the 1st reviews were written in 2012, but a little TLC is needed to earn this description. We left comments in the suggestions book, but mainly some touch-ups and a thorough clean. However we have stayed many places in Mumbles and Swansea, and would still recommend Shoreline for a relaxing weekend away. It is definately cosy and comfortable. There is a great wi-fi connection, fast enough for I-player and 4OD etc.
Two notes though 1. It is not situated where stated on the Trip Advisor or Holiday Letting sites. It is up a steep hill, a 5-10 minute walk to the sea front. Ask the owner to e-mail the directions if you are unsure 2. The bathroom is not fully enclosed, having a 1-2ft gap between wall and ceiling. Your cottage mates will hear you tinkle or anything else you do in the bathroom. There is a bosse stereo in the room adjacent though :-)

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Liked best: Relaxed cosy atmosphere
Liked least: Needs a little tlc, the spiders are many!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Femtmmjmm...
Harrow, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“Lovely cottage”
Reviewed August 16, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Interesting cottage with great sitting area and fire pit. Very clean with lots of thoughtful touches to make the cottage welcoming. We were a party of three and I think that four people would have been a little bit of a squash. Quiet location but close to lots of Mumbles amenities.

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Traveling group: Teenagers
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ajk1994
Bristol, England
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“Excellent but can't agree about standard of conversion work”
Reviewed May 14, 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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While we agree with everything in the previous reviews about the great location etc of this cottage, I’m afraid we can’t agree with all the comments about how well it’s been converted and how it’s been finished off. There are some notable deficiencies in the building work not least the lack of a kitchen ceiling which means that you can stare right up into the bathroom and someone, say, on the toilet can look straight back at you – not great! There are a number of windows without curtains, notably the window outside the bathroom, meaning that, firstly, you definitely have to cover up to go to the toilet (or risk entertaining/shocking the neighbours) and also the light steams into the bedroom in the morning as there is no bedroom door – light sleepers beware. In the bathroom itself the toilet seat wouldn’t stay up and the shower handle fell off. The pipe work to the shower makes an awful row until it’s turned on properly after several turns. There is no main lighting in the living room, just a number of low power side lights and lamps which don’t add up to a great amount of light thus making reading difficult. Some of the windows have gaps around the edges and, if it’s raining, the guttering drips right outside of the bedroom window – again light sleepers beware. We thought the provision of everyday cutlery, glasses and plates was a bit mean, necessitating either washing-up or putting the dishwasher on every day (a quick trip to Ikea would be an easy and cheap way to solve this, as evidenced by many of the other cottages we’ve stayed in). The (free) Wi-Fi was also very weak anywhere downstairs as the modem was stuck up right in the far corner of the bedroom upstairs thus making it very frustrating to use. The owners give you opportunity to make any suggestions in a book so, hopefully, some of these things will have been remedied now. Having said all this it wasn’t a bad cottage and it is a good base for walking and touring the area, just don’t expect it to be quite as perfect as the previous reviews would have you believe.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Lack of curtains at window on landing outside bathroom
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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RDGrant
Braunton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Immaculate conversion for a perfect stay in the heart of the Mumbles”
Reviewed May 7, 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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We were lucky enough to get a recommendation from a friend to stay here and we could not have asked for a more idyllic weekend retreat for our stay in the Mumbles. The annex has been lovingly converted to a very high standard and the decor is a perfect mix of contemporary design with plenty of original and quirky architectural features. Warm, comfortable, cosy and yet spacious this place is a real gem. I was extremely impressed with the level of detail and it strikes me as one of those rare places where the owner has gone to great lengths to ensure you really enjoy your stay. The attention to detail throughout the conversion is fantastic. We spent a lovely evening sat in the garden with a bottle of wine next to the huge fire pit. If you are looking for a classy place to stay in the heart of the Mumbles then look no further.

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Liked best: The fire pit.
Liked least: parking - can't do anything about that though.
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
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candr63
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“A spot of luxury and quiet privacy at a very fair price”
Reviewed February 25, 2012 for a stay in February 2012
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In fact we were visiting relatives on Gower, but would have been more than happy on our 3 night break to explore more of the coastline around Mumbles. It could hardly be very much closer. 'Annex' is accurate enough, but it underplays the very comfortable and secluded accommodation attached to the rear of a more substantial and restored 19th century dwelling. The fittings were without exception of a quality one imagined the owner might have chosen for his/her own use; there was almost nothing of the holiday-let about the place. Bed very comfortable, kitchen clean and well-equipped, wireless router worked a treat, TV better than we have at home (that may say more about us than about 'Shorebase annex' - either way it was a pleasure to use). The property is situated high up above the shoreline though only 7 mins walk to the shops. Parking was no real problem in February. In the season one might have to be a bit more patient, though it felt to us as if people were very tolerant and there were very few areas reserved for local pass holders. As long as traffic could get by, you could park more or less where you wanted. As a self-catering let, it is priced by the week, but Sian who manages the accommodation is entirely flexible about shorter stays, as well as very friendly and organized in matters of communication.

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Liked best: The peace and quiet
Liked least: It feels unjust even to wonder what we might write here
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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