BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN PEMBROKESHIRE
Pembrokeshire in Wales has a dramatic coastline with sandy beaches, wild headlands and quaint towns. Lulu has started her collection of boutique hotels in Pembrokeshire, Wales with the St Brides Hotel and Spa overlooking the harbour in the town of Saundersfoot. This luxury hotel in Pembrokeshire is all about the views: from the marine spa, from the bedrooms and from the Cliff restaurant. The food here is superb - think Welsh rib-eye of beef, whole Dover sole and stilton, spinach and Kalamata olive frittata as mains - but if you’d prefer something more casual, this Pembrokeshire boutique hotel also owns two restaurants in the town itself. The first is The Mermaid which serves modern British food; the second is The Marina, where you can get everything from breakfasts to fish and chips (they have a children’s menu too).
What to do in Pembrokeshire
One of the main reasons to holiday in Pembrokeshire is the beaches and there are plenty to choose from, whatever your requirements. Pick of the bunch is idyllic Barafundle which regularly tops the best beaches of Britain lists because of its golden sand dunes, sheltered swimming and clear waters. It feels remote - access is via a set of steep steps set in limestone cliffs - yet The National Trust’s Boathouse tearoom at Stackpole Quay is only 15 minutes walk away. The tearoom is perfect for sandwiches, chocolate brownies, a classic afternoon tea or ice-cream.
The wide bay at Dale beach, south westerly facing Manorbier and two-mile long Newgale are all favourite surf spots while kayakers prefer the narrow, picturesque inlet at Abercastle. At Dale, the Griffin Inn is a traditional seaside pub with views of the bay and decent food. Families tend to congregate at Lower Fishguard where children can go crabbing when the tide is in, and Amroth, a long strip of sandy beach perfect for picnics and playing a noisy game of beach cricket.
Walking is another great way to see the coastline. Climb Carn Llidi at St David’s Head for the views and from there you can easily walk to the pretty village of Solva, which has a harbour, shops and galleries. Pop into the Cambrian Inn for lunch (roasted red vine tomato and red pepper soup, grilled Paninis, scampi, burgers) or do a round-trip and have dinner at award-winning restaurant Cwtch in St David’s where typical dishes on the menu include cider braised pork belly, game casserole and fillet of hake.
Activities for children
If children get bored of building sandcastles, take them to Porthclais to see coasteering in action or spend the day at Oakwood theme park (a 20 minute drive from Saundersfoot). Alternatively, they might enjoy Catell Henllys, an Iron Age hill fort in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. It’s especially good during the school holidays when there are often workshops where children can learn how to bake bread on open fires, build mud houses and have a go at throwing spears.