About the Gower Peninsula

About the Gower Peninsula

About the Gower Peninsula..

The Gower has some of the most stunning natural scenery was the first ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ to be designated in the uk in 1965. It is a much loved for its beaches, wildlife, and stunning coastal scenery and offers a wide range of recreations – from surfing, fishing, climbing, pony trekking, archery, and other outdoor pursuits.  

The Gower also has a rich choice of entertainment with music bars, theatre and a variety of festivals throughout the year such as the Gower Folk Festival, and the Gower Walking Festival.

Here you can have the ‘best of both worlds’ – incredible unspoilt Countryside and coastal scenery as well as all the Gower and Swansea has to offer in the way of entertainment, shops, cafes etc.


Castles there are six castles on the Gower peninsula: Oystermouth Castle, Pennard Castle, Oxwich Castle, Penrice Castle and Weobley Castle, each are worth a visit and offer incredible views.

Sites of Interest:  There are also a number of sites of interest: burial chambers, standing stones – such as King Arthurs’ stone and caves such as the Llethryd Tooth Cave, which is nearly a mile long.  You can explore old smugglers’ haunts, such as Brandy Cove or Pwll ddu Bay


Walking:  You have an abundance of walks on the Gower and it is one of the best ways to explore. Coastal walks here are amongst the best in Britain and the ‘Gower Way’ covers 35 miles, criss-crossing the Gower peninsula.  Many of the beaches are separated at high tide but can be accessed at low tide on foot  – over miles of sands!  You can join in the Gower Walking Festival – which happens each June 



rock climbing, Three Cliffs Bay

Activities and Interests:   The Gower has some of the most stunning and much-loved areas to visit for its beaches, wildlife, coastal walks and of course, surfing and other recreational sports and outdoor per suits.  There are a host of outdoor activities – just take your pick from canoeing, surfing, orienteering, climbing and a wide range of water-sports..   There are a number of excellent golf courses to choose from.  The Gower is also a great place for spotting wildlife and has a number of nature reserves.  In addition it is a popular location for fishing if this is your passion there are a number of idylic spots to cast your line. read more

Three Cliffs Bay

The unique and characterful landscape of Three Cliffs Bay, Gower

About the Gower Peninsula

About the Gower Peninsula.. The Gower has some of the most stunning natural scenery was the first ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ to be designated in the uk in 1965. It is a much loved for its beaches, wildlife, and stunning coastal scenery and offers a wide...


Here is an overview of what is offered at our Three Cliffs Bay, Gower Accommodation   NB If you want to know availability and prices for specific breaks, check our calendar with the dates that you require, or get in touch.       Accommodation: ...

Gower Retreat, Three Cliffs

  Gower Retreat, Three Cliffs is a spacious, comfortable bungalow with three bedrooms which can sleep up to five people.  There is a large lounge and dining area, with french doors opening onto decking and garden area. There is both a family bathroom with shower...


Activities on the Gower Peninsula are rich and varied and include surfing on some of the Country's top beaches, walking the coastal path, orienteering, rock climbing, coasteering, golf, horse riding and more... Golf Pennard Golf Course is known as much for its great...

About the Area

About Three Cliffs Bay Three Cliffs Bay is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has been voted on  'BBC Holidays at Home' as 'Britain's best beach'.   The view over Three Cliffs was recently nominated as 'Britain's best view'. It is owned by the National Trust...


Here is an overview of what is offered at our Three Cliffs Bay, Gower Accommodation


NB If you want to know availability and prices for specific breaks, check our calendar with the dates that you require, or get in touch.





 Accommodation on Gower, sleeps up to five

Gower Retreat, Three Cliffs is a spacious three bedroom bungalow with private decking and garden area, located within a short walk from Three Cliffs bay on the Gower Peninsula.   Read more






Three Cliffs Bay


The Gower Peninsula is Britain’s first area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,  and Three Cliffs Bay is one of its top attractions.  The bay is dramatic and picturesque, with its three peaked cliffs easily spotted as a landmark, Three Cliffs is one of the most photographed and best loved beaches on the Gower.   The area is rich in wildlife, a designated nature reserve and National Trust site.






The Gower Peninsula


The Gower Peninsula


With its is rich in cultural heritage as well as natural habitat and stunning coastline there is plenty to explore.  You can walk the extensive coastal path, and enjoy some of the best beaches in Britain.  There are a range of events and festivals which occur throughout the year,  read more




Personal Retreat Programs


Personal Retreats you can choose from our retreat programs We can offer a range of therapeutic sessions helping you to truly relax and unwind on your retreat, including a free 45 minute consultation to help you get the most out of your retreat.  If you’d like to know more, please get in touch.




Christmas breaks

Christmas Day Yoga

Christmas Day Yoga

We offer Christmas breaks, for those who wish to get away this Christmas an celebrate in style in a beautiful area of the uk.  Choose from our comfortable self catering apartments, close to Three Cliffs bay in the heart of the Gower Peninsula.

Planning your Christmas Break

Planning a Christmas Break is reasonably easy especially when there is easy access by road and no flights to catch!  Take a look at what’s on over Christmas and new year in Swansea and the Gower.

How about planning a Christmas day excursion – it can be a beautiful time of year to go walking on the beach or visit Cefn Bryn and King Arthurs’ stones!

Christmas Day – Places to eat:

Mamma Mia is an Italian restaurant in Swansea that uses only the freshest ingredients to create their delicious dishes. With a Christmas lunch and dinner menu available offering both traditional Christmas meals as well as delicious pizzas


Cosy Christmas festivities

Cosy Christmas festivities

Pre – Christmas events:

Winter Wonderland on the waterfront:

This ice rink is an award winning attraction offered in the run-up to Christmas, offered both children and adults in Swansea, close to the marina..

Christmas Parade 2015
Santa will visit on Sunday 15 November from 5.00pm to switch on the Christmas Lights.It starts near the Dylan Thomas Centre, before continuing through the town and ending at the Guildhall.

Gower Heritage Centre Christmas Craft Fayre  with Artisans selling their waits in a festive atmosphere. Enjoy freshly baked cakes and hot mulled wine and cider.  The perfect place to buy handmade gifts for Christmas!    Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th November     10.00am – 5.00pm

Christmas Concert 

19:30 Friday 18 Dec 2015    Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

A concert to get you in the Christmas spirit. Taking you on a journey through winter wonderland you are sure to recognize some of your favourite Christmas pieces. Packed full of festive treats, enjoy highlights including Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, music from the frost tale of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden 
BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tickets: £10-16      Grand Theatre Box Office: 01792 475715






Finding Peace on your Retreat

To create the conditions for a peaceful retreat we need ensure that the conditions are right externally as well as internally. It actually requires a change of pace. Going to a calm quiet location is great, however we need to really allow ourselves to adapt our pace to suit the environment. This could involve something a simple as slowing down the pace of our walk, say on a beautiful beach. Perhaps walking barefoot in the sand or water – salt water will in itself have therapeutic properties, as well as giving our body the message that we are in a different environment – encourage relaxation and perhaps even conjure childhood memories.

In addition to this, we can also encourage deeper stillness – when was the last time you let yourself just sit and watch the sea? Or the passing seagulls? Being in nature is the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern living, so make the most of it. Its surprising how many people go out for a lovely walk and take their phones with them, spending large portions of time in conversation rather than taking in the surroundings around them. There are many triggers to keep our minds busy – and mobile phones are definitely one of them…

peaceful retreat



If its your intention to de-stress, and find more inner calm, try to stick to this goal, by setting up your day accordingly. Its so easy to re-create a busy schedule for ourselves when on holiday just like our busy home life. To set up a retreat you need a different intention. The word ‘retreat’ can mean to ‘withdraw’ – in other words to step back from business and familiar routine. It is about finding stillness – and experiences that are less to do with what we are doing and more to do with what we are not doing. This is so deeply needed, and yet to those who need it the most, who are accustomed to being entrenched in a busy workload it can be a surprisingly difficult feat to achieve. Mental chatter, habits of being always busy, addictions, poor diet, difficulty sleeping and other obstacles can get in the way of our genuine desire to give ourselves a break.

This is where practices such as mindfulness, yoga, tai chi and meditation come in as even more essential in showing us the way to find restore calm and balance amidst what is often an unsustainable and unhealthy routine of fast lane living, with increasing pressures and stress levels.

January: Alexander Technique for Health and Back Care

January: Alexander Technique for Health and Back Care


Alexander Technique for Health and Back Care


A practical introduction, focusing on how to care for your back in rest and movement, ease discomforts such as stiff neck/shoulders, with gentle movement to encourage mobility. With qualified Instructors, Bel Spencer and Robert Ripley.

If you’re interested in learning ways to look after your self effectively with tips for caring for your spine, relieving stress and preventing strain, misuse and excess tension this course is a good introduction 

The Technique can enable you to increase awareness in movement, and may help with the relief and prevention of excess tension and aches and pains. The benefits can be long lasting and have been tested via NHS studies to be effective for back pain sufferers. 

Time: For more details call Bel on 07942 816 502

Balanced resting position

Balanced resting position


Past Courses and Retreats:



What is a retreat?

A retreat can be something quite personal to you, it can be a way to reconnect with yourself and the things that matter to you.  Generally a retreat is thought of as a quiet, contemplative experience, enabling a sense of peaceful connection.  It might involve spending time in nature, possibly in meditation or quiet contemplation and this could be done either alone or in a group.  In literal terms, the word ‘retreat’ can mean  ‘To move backward or away; withdraw or retire’.  The opportunity to get perspective on things can really involve just this: stepping away or going on a journey that takes you out of your everyday environment and routine.  This way, there are none of the usual stimuli that we might be habitually familiar with.  You could say, then, that it is a break from habit and routine.  It could possibly involve the forming of a new routine, or the breaking of an old pattern.

Woman on Retreat on the Gower Peninsula

Relaxing Retreat on the Gower Peninsula


Many people when they go on retreat like to limit the use of their mobile phones.  Our link to our everyday world can be very much perpetuated by a phone, and many people feel that they cannot truly experience the full benefits of a retreat if they cannot disconnect or at least limit their use of such technology, at least for a significant portion of this retreat.   This is sometimes easier said than done, however, with appropriate planning and communication to others that we are unavailable, this can be possible and provide the necessary breathing space to accomplish the true aims of our retreat.

So what are the benefits?   How soon can we expect changes?   Can the benefits be lasting?   Well, this will depend on the individual and their individual aims, what help they receive, and so on.   Many people find that it takes several days at least to really ‘switch off’ and get into a different ‘zone’.  The noticeable results of this could include feeling visibly more relaxed, more ‘in the moment’ and, ultimately, more peaceful.   Some will feel the need for some spiritual enquiry, while for others it may be more simple – getting plenty of fresh air, relaxation and or exercise to help bring a general sense of well-being.

These results are not necessarily achieved straight away. Sometimes it takes some work, we will need to alter aspects of our habitual routine – such as going to bed a little earlier and changing some of our dietary habits – even if only temporarily – so that we give our bodies a break from caffeine and other stimulants and enable some internal cleansing from toxins.


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