If you are re-evaluating your lifestyle and are tempted by the lure of a more peaceful life in the country or near the coast, you're definitely not the only one.

The busiest property market since 2007, predominantly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and people looking to change how and where they live, has seen Wales become the regional hotspot with the highest increase in house prices within a UK context.

On a county level, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire in particular can be regularly spotted near the top of lists based on data from the ONS that reveal the areas in the country with the highest house price growth.

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But if you can't quite detach yourself from living in a city, then maybe the smallest city in the UK might be a perfect blend, at least on paper.

In reality, St Davids is no ordinary city - no concrete jungle constructions, no bland office blocks and no rush-hour gridlock, although the charming, winding streets through the historic location do get busy during the holiday season.

And that's because St Davids is a charming city in Pembrokeshire that oozes a unique history that drapes itself over the area, emanating from the incredible cathedral.

The incredible St Davids Cathedral
The incredible St Davids Cathedral
St Davids Pembrokeshire
Not your usual city centre scene

According to the website St Davids Cathedral, since the 6th century there has been a church on this Pembrokeshire site, offering daily prayers for the past 1500 years.

St David was born in the year 500, the son of St Non and a prince of Ceredigion, and during his lifetime he founded a monastery on the site, with the present day cathedral construction beginning in 1181.

The cathedral's long and colourful history includes the site coming under attack from Vikings and being visited by William the Conqueror seeking prayers.

St davids cottage called Triphlyg for sale for 380k with fine and country pembrokeshire
Down a secret lane to a hidden home
St davids cottage called Triphlyg for sale for 380k with fine and country pembrokeshire
Veggie garden
St davids cottage called Triphlyg for sale for 380k with fine and country pembrokeshire
Outbuilding might have potential for transformation

It's been visited by royalty through the ages too, and even suffered a collapse of the tower in 1220 and damage by an earthquake in around 1248.

The cathedral was declared a centre for pilgrimage by Pope Calixtus II in the 12th century and it was at this time the shrine to St David was constructed close to the high altar.

The Pope also stated that the shrine was so important that two pilgrimages to St Davids were equivalent to one to Rome, and three were equivalent to one to Jerusalem.

St davids cottage called Triphlyg for sale for 380k with fine and country pembrokeshire
Pretty stone facade and large windows is a good start
St davids cottage called Triphlyg for sale for 380k with fine and country pembrokeshire
Comfortable and tasteful country cottage inspired interiors
St davids cottage called Triphlyg for sale for 380k with fine and country pembrokeshire
Cosy yet spacious and light

Wander down any of the quaint streets in the tiny cathedral city and a mix of country cottages, converted former commercial stone buildings and grand Georgian facades happily rub shoulders together, along each eclectic streetscene that are each a visual delight.

St Davids has a charming central square flanked by beautiful period properties and dotted with unique and boutique shops, cafes and restaurants.

And if a day at the beach is a desire, there is an embarrassment of coastal riches to choose from along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path - each family-friendly beach and hidden cove offering a gem of a seaside experience.

Hiding amongst the property-lined main roads is an intriguing path called Pigsfoot Lane and if your trotters take you down there, a cute row of charming cottages is waiting to greet you.

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The pretty stone cottage now for sale was a holiday cottage until the current owners stayed there for a break and loved it so much they bought it as their new home.

The current owners of the cottage that's called Triphlyg, says: "We had been renting the house before we bought it, so already knew that we loved living here.

St davids cottage called Triphlyg for sale for 380k with fine and country pembrokeshire
Kitchen is a good size too
St davids cottage called Triphlyg for sale for 380k with fine and country pembrokeshire
Space to work between the view and the gorgeous period fireplace and stove

The owner says: "The living room opens out onto the patio and we sit outside every evening in the summer.

"The views from the top of the garden are delightful at sunset and overlook the 13th century Bishop's Palace, whilst the kitchen garden provides another distinct area to enjoy."

Outside the cottage has more to offer than maybe you might expect from a property nestled into a pocket of period properties, hidden down an almost secret lane.

There's a lawned area ideal for relaxing, a good-sized vegetable patch and even an old outbuilding that might have potential for renovation and transformation, subject to planning consent, of course.

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The cottage inside lives up to the hopes from outside that the stone facade suggests - a property full of charm and tasteful cottagecore, country-inspired interior design.

The front door opens into the living room and stairs to the first floor, and instantly the cottage hugs you with cosy character but is flooded with light, a combination that is easy to fall in love with.

The current owners were equally taken by the atmosphere that the cottage embraces you with, saying: "Though possessing all the character of an older house, it feels much more modern, with large windows flooding the rooms with natural light and an easy flow between the kitchen, living and outdoor areas."

St davids cottage called Triphlyg for sale for 380k with fine and country pembrokeshire
Every cottage needs a cosy fire, even one in the city
St davids cottage called Triphlyg for sale for 380k with fine and country pembrokeshire
Stunning feature in the kitchen

The whitewashed stones walls, wood flooring and roaring log burner bring a perfect cottage backdrop to the tasteful, comfortable furniture, accented with shades of blue to reflect the home's coastal position and peppered with charming pieces of vintage furniture.

There's ample space for a dining table in the living room, making this a very sociable spot to call the central hub of the home.

The current owner says: "The living room is so cosy on a winter's day, with a fire lit in the slate-tiled stove, while the kitchen in particular is wonderfully bright and airy."

St davids cottage called Triphlyg for sale for 380k with fine and country pembrokeshire
Main bedroom has charming whitewashed walls and dual aspect
St davids cottage called Triphlyg for sale for 380k with fine and country pembrokeshire
Perfect place to pop a chair to admire the view outside

The fireplace and stove in the kitchen is arguably the historic highlight of the home, quite rightly commanding the most attention in the kitchen.

The room is large enough to dedicate a corner to home working, very handy for the kettle and biscuit tin - maybe too handy.

Upstairs the layout is as expected, a bedroom either side of the landing and a bathroom in the centre.

The main bedroom is a generous double, with the undulating white stone walls the most charming of permanent occupants.

St davids cottage called Triphlyg for sale for 380k with fine and country pembrokeshire
Bedroom two can be a bedroom or office, or both
St davids cottage called Triphlyg for sale for 380k with fine and country pembrokeshire
Upstairs bathroom
St davids cottage called Triphlyg for sale for 380k with fine and country pembrokeshire
Admire that view from the bathroom sink as you brush your teeth

This bedroom arguably has the best spot in the house to place a chair at a window and relax looking out over the garden and the rooftops.

However, the bathroom sink while you brush your teeth is a great and unique spot to enjoy the view too, most of us look into a mirror while brushing, at this cottage you look out over the UK's smallest city.

Wherever you decide your favourite spot at the property is to linger, the current owner says the site can accommodate your desires.

"This truly is a house for all seasons, whether reading a book by the fire as the rain lashes down outside, or sitting out on the sunny terrace on a warm evening watching the sun go down over the garden."

Sounds like a house you'd be happy to call home in a city that offers more peace than pollution.

Triphlyg is on the market for £380,000 with estate agent Fine and Country Pembrokeshire, call them on 01834 862138 to find out more.

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