Ty Coed is a small disused ‘clom’ thatched cottage set within a small woodland in rural Pembrokeshire. It was last used by a veteran of the Boar War1 (1899 - 1902) and it was a gifted to him from the local landlord. Its consists of only two rooms, a living/bedroom area and kitchen/ dining area. The toilet was a small compost latrine within the garden.
‘Clom’ cottages were once widespread throughout Pembrokeshire but modern living standards meant that they deteriorated and were replaced with rendered blockwork and render. Today there are very few remaining traditional thatched ‘clom’ cottages left and this will be traditionally restored with a new thatch roof, lime painted repaired walls and new traditional style doors and sash windows. As the cottage is so small a new more contemporary timber extension linked via glazed walkway will be added to accommodate two bedrooms and bathrooms. The design has been chosen to contrast the existing traditional style of the cottage and blend in the the forest setting. The interior of the old building will be retained wherever possible and two new chimneys will be built in their original locations. This traditional interior with lime painted ‘clom’ walls and earth floor will contrast the new extension which will have light oak timber walls, new polished concrete floors and large aluminium windows.
The existing trees surrounding the buildings will be retained wherever possible to retain the secret nature of the setting and the boundary walls repaired to enclose a small front garden. The old workshop to the West of the cottage will be extended and windows blocked up as it will become a bat roost to enhance the bat population.
Location: Pembrokeshire, Wales