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Seamouth Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in St Brides Major, Vale of Glamorgan

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Latitude: 51.4471 / 51°26'49"N

Longitude: -3.6037 / 3°36'13"W

OS Eastings: 288649

OS Northings: 173227

OS Grid: SS886732

Mapcode National: GBR HC.N282

Mapcode Global: VH5HQ.HW7K

Entry Name: Seamouth Cottage

Listing Date: 3 March 1999

Last Amended: 3 March 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21789

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located just outside the W boundary of the Park, in a sheltered position on the W side of a valley and the former road from Wick.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Community: St. Bride's Major (Saint-y-Brid)

Community: St Brides Major

Locality: Dunraven Park

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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The park at Dunraven was a deer park in the C17. The park walls, lodges, entrances and drives are probably contemporary with the rebuilding of the house in 1802-6. The sea walks in the park were designed by Lord Dunraven in 1840.

The cottage is probably C17. It is shown on a Dunraven Estate map of 1779 and marked ‘Wash-house’. Perhaps made more picturesque in the C19. It may have once been a pair of cottages as one of the windows replaces a blocked doorway. The cottage is thought to have been connected with the lime-burning industry on the beach and was later used as a bath-house for Dunraven. There is said to have been a pool in the living room and some lead pipes have been found. The N lean-to was an out-house with cold water supply and a back boiler. The S lean-to is c 1950 and formerly contained a garage and privy.


Two-unit cottage of one and a half storeys. Rubble masonry under a thatched roof with eyebrow dormers to front. Rubble masonry end stacks. Small lean-tos to gable ends. The front faces E and the rear is built into a steep bank. Half-lit panelled front door towards the L. Two-light wooden casement windows with horizontal glazing bars and early glass, one to the R and one above the door. The R half of the cottage is the same, but the former door is blocked and replaced by a similar window. There is
a small light to the L of the front door and a further one to the S lean-to. The N lean-to is set back, with window as elsewhere to the front and small light to N side. The rear was inaccessible, but there is said to be a blocked window with lintel.


Living room accessed directly from the front door. Modern fireplace to S gable end, but the fireplace wall is said to be nearly 2m thick. Stone fireplace stairs in SW angle (7 steps). Square ceiling joists, with floor boards above to upper storey. Concrete floor. C20 lean-to kitchen beyond S gable end. A planked door in the cross wall leads into the N unit which has a wooden floor and modern fireplace. No access to upper storey, but said to have pine floor boards at window sill level, substantial roof timbers and panels of plaited thatch in the apex of the truss.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well preserved C17 picturesque cottage in a fine historic setting. The previous use of the cottage as a bath-house is of added historic interest.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Boundary Wall N of Seamouth Lodge
    Forming part of the W boundary of Dunraven Park. Located between the NW angle of Seamouth Lodge and the visitor centre (former kennels).
  • II Seamouth Lodge
    Located on the W side of Dunraven Park, at what is now the main entrance. On the N side of the gateway.
  • II Boundary Wall and Entrance Gates to S of Seamouth Lodge
    Forming the S part of the W boundary of Dunraven Park. Located between the SW angle of Seamouth Lodge and the shore-line, then curving round to the cliffs.
  • II Slade
    Accessed via a long drive which leads NE off the road leading down to the heritage centre at Dunraven Park.
  • II Boundary and Dividing Walls to Walled Gardens
    Located in a sheltered position in the centre of Dunraven Park. The house stood on a hill which rises to the S. The former ice-house and banqueting hall is in the NE angle of the gardens.
  • II Garden Building
    The front wall of the building is incorporated into the S boundary of the walled gardens. The house was on top of the hill above (S) and its gateway is visible.
  • II Entrance gateway with flanking wall at Dunraven House
    Located in a very prominent position at Dunraven Park, on the top edge of a hill which slopes down sharply to the N. The ruins of the house survive to the S and W.
  • II Former Ice Tower and Banqueting Hall
    Located in the NE angle of the walled gardens at Dunraven Park.

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