Staying in our beautiful cottages in the heart of Gower is more than just a holiday, it’s a chance to unwind, relax and settle into a slower, more gentle pace of life.
However, there is plenty to do if you want to, so our team thought we’d share some more information about the beautiful Port Eynon, where 3 of our holiday cottages can be found
Port Eynon Beach
Undoubtedly, one of the jewels in the Gower crown, Port Eynon Beach is safe, sandy and perfect for watersports.
It was voted the Best British Beach in the 2011 Cadbury Flake 99 Great British Beach Awards – it also has both a Blue Flag and Seaside Award and a lifeguard is on duty from May to September. There is a seasonal dog ban on some parts of the beach, however.
Our 5 star cottages are just 100m from the beach, and it’s fair to say many of our guests visit daily at all times of year. It’s not just for sitting on, there are stunning coastal walks to be had in all directions.
Port Eynon History and Legends
Port Eynon is thought to be named after a Prince (possibly Prince Einion of Deheubarth) . Eynon is a Welsh surname, and a walk around the graveyward in in Wales and St Cattwg’s Church shows gravestones with this surname.
The 12th-century church is also quite unusual, in that it is one of few in the UK to have no east nor a west window. It boasts a Norman doorway, stained glass windows and interesting memorials.
Like many Gower villages, legends of smuggling abound.
On the southernmost tip of Port Eynon, the ruined Salt House is today the only reminder of a powerful dynasty that dominated smuggling there for a century or more. The Lucas family have a long and distinguished history — Sir Charles Lucas fought for the King in the Civil War, and was executed under Cromwell’s instructions.
Later, John Lucas spend much time roaming abroad and returned to Gower to fortify Ye Salte House:
‘…with the battlement and walls thereof all round reached even unto the clift and the rocks on the edge of ye wilde parte of ye foreshore near unto Porth Eynon and storing said stronghold with arms and also rebuilded and repaired another stronghold called Kulverd Hall [Culver Hole]…[he] connected the two strongholds by a passage under the grounds where of no man was told ye mouthe. He became outlaw, engaged in smuggling matters secoured ye pirates and ye French smugglers and rifled ye wrecked ships and forced mariners to serve him…He was assisted by George ap Eynon of Brinefield and by Robert de Skurlege, and a band of ruthless young men gathered round them.’
Legend tells that John Lucas used the spoils of his smuggling trips to support the Gower poor.
Horton and Port Eynon Lifeboat
Port Eynon has a long history of keeping Gower’s waters safe, after multiple tragedies along the coast resulted in a large death toll within a short time period. The RNLI decided a lifeboat should be stationed further west than The Mumbles Lifeboat Station and chose Port Eynon for the location.with the Horton and Port Eynon lifeboat station first operating here from 1884.
The original boathouse was built on the west end of Port Eynon Bay to house the lifeboat ‘A Daughter’s Offering’, and the building is currently used as a Youth Hostel by the YHA.
In 1906, A Daughter’s Offering had reached the end of her useful life, so a new lifeboat, Janet, was provided and saved a total of 15 lives in her 10 years of service.
Sadly, on 1 January 1916. Janet responded to a distress signal from the S.S. Dunvegan and while making her way to the vessel was capsized by a large wave. Although the lifeboat automatically righted itself, one crewmember could not make it back onboard and drowned. Janet then capsized again and another two crewmembers had been lost overboard and could not be found. The lifeboat had lost all of its oars at this point and could do nothing but drift towards Mumbles.
The station was closed after the tragedy, and a sculpture commemorating the lost crew of the Janet is in the churchyard of Port Eynon Church. The church also has a plaque inside the church dedicated to the Crew.
In 1968, the RNLI determined that there was a new need for a lifeboat station in this area, and so allocated a D class lifeboat to a new station based close to the beach in Horton. The new station still operates; a new boathouse was built in 1992, and still operates a D class lifeboat named Albert Wordley.
Eating and drinking in Port Eynon
It offers an excellent range of home-cooked meals at affordable prices, and always gets rave reviews from our guests.
However the village is also blessed with souvenir shops, two fish and chip shops, Surf Cafe, The Smugglers all providing food throughout the day.