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Guest blog, St Davids Peninsula

Our first open day

Treleddyd Fawr Cottage  The story so far… #6

by Sarah Green, Curator and Treledddyd Fawr Cottage project manager

The cottage on our Open Day – April 18th 2015

The cottage on our Open Day – April 18th 2015

We held our first public Open Day on Saturday April 18th – luckily a most beautiful sunny spring day. This was very well organised by staff from Mathry Basecamp and from the St Davids shop, who arranged a timetable of shuttle buses from St Davids to the cottage. We had roughly 60 visitors in all, most of whom took advantage of the transport (and who contributed generously to our costs) and a small number of freelance walkers and residents of Treleddyd who dropped in.  Many thanks to Angela Jones from the Tudor Merchants House in Tenby for supplying these photographs. Andrew Tuddenham, Manager North Pembrokeshire and I were too busy chatting on the day!

Fragments of worked stone found around the cottage during the building works.

Fragments of worked stone found around the cottage during the building works.

Simne fawr cleaned up for the open day.

Simne fawr cleaned up for the open day.

Phil Yates, building contractor, and his team had made a brilliant job of presenting the site and Phil was on hand with photographs of work in progress and to answer any technical questions.

We are beginning to order items for the interior of the cottage – the cast-iron bath arrived recently in a large coffin-shaped box.

The cast iron bath arrives

The cast iron bath arrives

Preparation of the floor in the bathroom (the room we believe to have been a dairy at some point in its history) which involved  the breaking up of the modern concrete slab. This revealed slate slabs underneath and another rat’s nest neatly lined with torn up Kit-Kat wrappers. Sadly, the slate was not in good enough condition to be relaid, but the best bits will be used outside.

Floor in what will be the bathroom of the cottage.

Floor in what will be the bathroom of the cottage.

The well behind the cottage next to the   kitchen door on the open day 18th April – strapped up at this stage

The well behind the cottage next to the kitchen door on the open day 18th April – strapped up at this stage

Well ? now with simple metal gate to keep out local pets and wildlife, lime mortared and straps removed

Well, now with simple metal gate to keep out local pets and wildlife, lime mortared and straps removed

Measuring up for the Calor installation.

Measuring up for the Calor installation

The last major bit of earthmoving and digging has taken place with the installation of a Calor gas tank buried at the bottom of the enclosure to the east of the cottage. After much soul-searching we believe this to be the safest and most easily maintained heating system for this very small holiday cottage. However, the space available inside the barn buildings and the aspect of this enclosure gives us the option to consider retro-fitting a solar thermal system, like that at Craflwyn.

View looking south down the enclosure behind the outbuildings.

View looking south down the enclosure behind the outbuildings

The cover to the sewerage system visible on the left , the Calor tank on the right, the edges of both protected with boulders. This still allows us good access to the rear of the buildings and good access for maintenance and gas deliveries.

All of the new, replacement and refurbished windows are ready and are being inserted; a very nice job by John Price.

All of the new, replacement and refurbished windows are ready and are being inserted; a very nice job by John Price.

Simple staircase in place, which will be painted, probably blue as previously, with a runner down the middle.
Simple staircase in place, which will be painted, probably blue as previously, with a runner down the middle. I’m seeing what the local woollen mill at Middle Mill can supply.
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