One of Cadw’s most recent acquisitions, Heritage Cottage is a great example of mid-19th century miner’s cottage. Uniquely, it retains many of its original features including a stone corner stairs, a cast iron fireplace bearing the date 1854, and a larder complete with its slate slab. The cottage is being conserved and restored using traditional techniques and will be a case study in how historic properties can be efficiently and sympathetically brought in to modern use.
The cottage’s fascinating social history is also being explored as part of the works to the site.
Heritage Cottage sits amid a small terrace on the edge of the village of Cwmdare, overlooking Dare Valley Country Park. The Cottage is not currently open to the public and parking is very limited as the other properties in the street are occupied. Visitors wishing to explore the landscape of this former mining community are encouraged to use the Country Park (with its visitor facilities) as a base.
Postcode CF44 8UE
Road From the East. Leave M4 at junction 32 and merge onto A470 Merthyr Tydfil. Follow to roundabout and take exit onto A4059 Aberdare. Continue to roundabout take exit onto Cardiff St. B4275 Aberdare Town Centre. Continue onto A4233 All Traffic. Bear right Cardiff, Hirwaun A4059 Trecynon B4275. At roundabout take exit onto Gadlys Rd. B4275 Trecynon. Turn left onto Cwmdare Rd. Cwmdare. Forward onto Dare Rd. Turn left into David St.
From the West. Leave M4 at junction 43 and take exit to A465 Neath, Merthyr Tydfil. Continue to roundabout take A4059 Aberdare, Cardiff A470. At roundabout take exit onto Hirwaun Rd. B4275. Turn right into Cwmdare Rd. Cwmdare. Forward onto Dare Rd. Turn left into David St.