A bright, modern mill conversion, restored by Griff Rhys Jones and his architect son and the star of its own BBC series
Anyone who watched BBC2’s Return to Pembrokeshire Farm will recognise the charming Melin Trehilyn. The former water mill was rescued from dereliction by Griff Rhys Jones, assisted by his son George, a trainee architect. It was something of an eye-opener about the realities of conserving historic buildings in the ‘proper’ fashion – I can still picture Rhys Jones Senior’s face when he was told his lime screed floor would take about three months to set.
The whitewashed main building, which dates from around 1820, is a double-height space containing a large kitchen/living area; up on a mezzanine level is a twin-bedded ‘croglofft’. Linked to this is a very contemporary-looking, bronze-clad building where the wheelhouse used to be, containing a further bedroom and en suite. It’s a great example of how new and old can work together – the bronze building all smooth lines and hard angles, like a very posh corrugated shed, next to the mass of knobbly stonework of the mill itself. The interior is light and contemporary, with gantry lighting in the eaves of the main living area and a woodburning stove.
Right in the Pembrokeshire National Park, the house is surrounded by lush farmland; walk up to dramatic Strumble Head on the coast for seabird and seal-spotting.
Nearby: Fishguard, six miles away, has a few good galleries and independent shops; the Pembrokeshire coast and miles and miles of great beaches; day trips to Ireland from Goodwick harbour
Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire
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