I LOVE WALES. I LOVE IT. It is where my family are from and where the majority of our childhood holidays were spent; down on our Grandfathers farm in Pembrokeshire. It feels like coming home. But; times change and a place is really only a special place because of the people so it’s been quite a while since our last visit here; to rural Pembrokeshire.
When Dan; the owner of Wellstone Cottages Pembrokshire and I originally spoke I was very much all about day trips out and doing stuff with the kids; there’s loads to do near by (relatively speaking) and wanted to show them all of the places we’d been and things we’d done at their age. Yes; I am that parent!
Tenby is about 30 minutes away and there is Folly Farm, Oakwood and places to kayak and climb as well as cute little towns like Narbeth to potter around in!
When Dan sent over a link to our personal booking guide which was packed with loads of suggestions of places to go, where to eat, best beaches etc it only made me more excited for the dog walks and days out. However- following a really full on few weeks both practically and emotionally, it turned out that we didn’t do any of those things preferring instead just to relax and the weekend was all the better for it.
There were 8 of us spanning 3 generations staying at The Coach House at Wellstone Cottages Pembrokeshire and it was absolutely perfect. It sleeps up to 12 with a range of twin rooms, bunk beds and doubles so there was plenty of space and choices of rooms for everyone plus a fab kitchen and space for lounging around.
When you go to a self catering cottage it is always hard to know what you need, what to take etc but Dan and Les provided a welcome pack including a bottle of fizz, eggs from their own hens and other local treats. They also had a stock of other essentials- tea, coffee, milk, doggy treats, poo bags and a really, really well stocked kitchen which we appreciated. I hate it when there seems to be one glass or cup per person and limited kitchenware.
Obviously the benefits of a rural location also mean you are a way away from supermarkets and shops so we booked a click and collect at Tesco which worked out well (they will also deliver to that postcode) and if you do need anything there is a shop at Glandy Cross which is about 10 minutes away. Dan and Les are very responsive and the guest guide link really does tell you everything you could possibly need to know which is a fantastic touch.
The weather was pretty pants with heavy rain on the Saturday which; weirdly actually made things even better. The expectation to get out and do deserted us and instead there was the opportunity to really relax which is something I am not a natural at! At home we’d have been washing, sorting, pottering, decluttering- DOING whilst the kids would have entertained themselves but here, we lounged, read books, read the papers, played games (you’ll need to pack your favourites) drank wine, cooked and introduced the cousins to the Harry Potter films for the first time. We chilled out and it was gooood!! I actually wish it had been colder because then we could have lit the fire but that can wait until next time.
Sunday was clearer so we were able to enjoy the hot tub and the gorgeous grounds at Wellstone Cottages Pembrokeshire- there is a large pond for wild swimming, hammocks for chilling, space for running about, a swing across the stream (yes I did fall in!!) animals to stroke, a flat walk where dogs can go off lead for a good sniff and just generally an expanse of space to decompress and breathe. PERFECTION.
Come Monday morning my mum, sister and the cousins had gone so it was just the four of us to feed the animals with Les and we loved it. This was such a slow and peaceful start to the day; check out the bedhead on Bethan! It really had me hankering to leave the rat race and live the good life more permanently. We met the ducks, chickens, goats and alpaca’s and had a lovely little chat with each of them.
I asked the kids what to put in the review of Wellstone Cottages Pembrokeshire and their feedback was clear:
Wellstone Cottages Pembrokeshire is the best place we’ve stayed.
I never want to leave.
When will we be back…
I think that says it all? Happy kids, chilled out adults and room to roam and explore makes for a happy family. We can’t wait to go back!
Wellstone Cottages Pembrokeshire is a collection of 4 cottages:
The Coach House- sleeping 12
Honeysuckle – sleeping 4
Ivy Cottage – sleeping 2
Jasmine Cottage – sleeping 6
You can combine Honeysuckle and The Coach House (where we stayed) to accommodate 16. It would be a dream to take over the whole place- perfect for a big family staycation not to mention the Yurts and camping!
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Thanks for having us Dan and Les- until next time.
Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!
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