THE National Trust has completed the restoration of one of the last surviving examples of a traditional Pembrokeshire cottage.

Treleddyd Fawr Cottage is nestled in the coastal countryside near St Davids. The one-bedroom cottage and its outbuildings date back to the early 1800s and were bequeathed to the Trust by Glyn Griffiths, with the wish to preserve its charm for others to enjoy.

The Grade II listed cottage is now ready to open its doors to guests as holiday accommodation, a decision taken by the Trust to allow more visitors to experience this rare slice of Welsh history.

Over the last 12 months, Treleddyd Fawr Cottage has undergone major conservation work.

The project was funded by the charity’s Neptune coastline campaign, and included essential building works, from underpinning to re-roofing, along with extensive interior repairs.

Inside, the property’s simple two-up, two-down layout has been retained, with the downstairs comprising of a parlour and living-dining room, and the upstairs including a double bedroom and dressing area.

The former dairy, attached to the back of the cottage, has been given a new lease of life as a galley kitchen and bathroom, with the outbuildings also featuring a utility room and outside toilet.

To stay true to Treleddyd Fawr’s classic country roots, local materials were utilised where possible and many of the original features are still on display – quarry tiles in the parlour, wooden partitions and handmade coat pegs in the hallway, and a rather rustic-looking well pump in the garden.

The cottage itself has been lime-washed in a traditional clean yellow and Pembrokeshire soft blue, with the accompanying buildings sporting a bright white and contrasting dark red woodwork.

Speaking about the project, curator Sarah Green said: “It's been a real team effort and everyone from builders to National Trust wallpaper expert to furniture restorer to archaeologist, supported by neighbours, friends and volunteers have all pulled together to ensure that Mr Griffiths' wishes could be honoured.”