Welcome to "THE HIDEAWAY" -  holiday accommodation in South West Wales

 

The Hideaway - Out and About

Sitting midway between Carmarthen and Cardigan, "The Hideaway" offers an ideal location for visiting both the South and West coastlines from Tenby to Cardigan, as well as the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and the Preseli Hills, and the Wales Coast Path, Wales being the first country in the world to have a formal trail the whole way around its coast. Furthermore, the Wales Coast Path (which is 870 miles long) will join up with Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail to provide 1,030 miles of walking opportunities right around the Welsh border. The sheer size and brilliance of the Path has already received public recognition with Coastal Wales being acknowledged as the world’s top destination to visit in 2012 by 'Lonely Planet', the travel guide experts, and Wales being 8th on the 'Rough Guide' list of best nations to visit in 2016.

 

Rough Guide praising it as “one of the finest natural playgrounds in Europe”.
“Many still underestimate this small country, often overshadowed by its neighbours. But these are exciting times for Wales – the country is winning accolades for its extraordinary beauty and remarkably preserved historical sites.
“Culture vultures, foodies, festival junkies, adventurers, hikers and extreme sports enthusiasts will be spellbound here, be it amid the rugged peaks of Snowdonia, on the sandy beaches of the Gower Peninsula or in the quaint rural towns and villages.”
   
Lonely Planet quote: "The phrase 'good things come in small packages' may be a cliché, but in the case of Wales it's undeniably true"

 

Walkers, birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts will be spoilt with the outstanding natural beauty of the Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire coastlines, including the numerous islands such as Skomer, Ramsey and Grassholm to the south west, and The Gower peninsula to the south east.

Puffin off Skomer

Seal off Caldey Island

Click here for Slideshow of Skomer Sea Safari

 

Cyclists have access to the National Cycle Network via Route 47 at nearby Tegryn, both about 3.5 miles away. This route takes you across the nearby Preseli Hills on route to the coast at Fishguard. (Cycles can be locked up and left undercover in one of our sheds).

 

Castles and Woollen Mills are dotted all around and locally made Welsh Crafts are in abundance. By special arrangement we can also offer a ‘Learn to spin’ lesson here at Glynelwyn where you will get the chance to use a double treadle spinning wheel and learn to spin with both washed and carded ‘Tops’ or from the raw fleece ‘in the grease’.

Laugharne Castle

 

National Wool Museum

Click here for more castles and historic buildings to visit

 

Tenby (don't misss out on a boat trip to Caldey Island owned by monks of the Cistercian order),

Tenby Harbour

 

Click here for Slideshow of trip to Caldey Island

 

Aberaeron

 October 2016 - This town has just been named the best place in Wales.

It's a picturesque seaside resort on the West Wales coast and it's come top of the Wales Best Places list

And here's why it won

RTPI President Phil Williams said: "Aberaeron is a truly deserving winner of the title – ‘Wales’ Best Place’. The impact of planning is obvious here as you walk through the town which has been carefully planned in the Georgian style around the harbour.

"Planners have been important guardians of this town’s character as it has changed over the last 200 years – from small fishing village, to a thriving trading port and ship building town to today’s bustling business centre and tourist hot spot. As a Welshman I’m proud to have shone a spotlight on the outstanding range of places in Wales that have been protected, carefully planned or improved by planners."

And Aberaeron emerged as the most popular place with Tenby in second place and the Gower - the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Britain - coming in at third.

 

Laugharne (with Dylan Thomas' boathouse),

Click here for Slideshow of Dylan Thomas Walk at Laugharne

 

Pendine Sands (with it's beach stretching for 7 miles and where Malcolm Campbell and J.G. Parry-Thomas set the world land speed record five times between 1924 and 1927),

Pendine Sands

 

The Preseli Hills (part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and perhaps best known for being the source of the bluestone rocks used to build Stonehenge),

Preseli Hills

Sunset over the Preseli Hills

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The Preseli Hills and St. Davids (Britain's smallest city) are all within easy reach,

St David's Cathedral and Bishop's Palace

 

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Beaches

There are an abundance of beaches around the Pembrokeshire coastline.

Pembrokeshire is home to Britain's only truly coastal National Park and contains a wide variety of beaches. We have more Blue Flag and Green Coast beaches than any other county in the country. Some beaches are easy to reach and ideal for families, others are less accessible and offer peace and seclusion.

 

This hidden beach has been named one of the best in the world - and it's in the UK in Wales

Barafundle Bay
If the thought of being on one of the world's most beautiful beaches is enough to make you want to pack your bags - look away now.
One of the best beaches on the planet has been selected - and it's in Wales.
With its stunning deep blue sea and smooth white sand, the stretch of coastline looks as though it belongs much closer to the Med.
But in fact you can find it an hour from the M4 in Pembrokeshire.
In a list of the top 25 beaches across the globe, published by Passport Magazine, is the remote Barafundle Bay, Wales Online reported.
Surrounded by the rugged coastline and dunes, Barafundle Bay is hidden away and is only accessible by walking half a mile from the nearest car park and with no cafe or facilities, it offers nothing but its natural beauty.

Passport Magazine described it as a "visual overdose of beauty".
The post on the magazine's website states: "Barafundle Bay, part of southwest Wales’ Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, is a revelation—all the more so for the process of arriving there.
"As you approach by car, rolling countryside turns more dramatic, sheer and craggy cliffs dropping precipitously to the sea."
It goes on to explain how the drive to the car park takes you through a National Trust site and part of the Wales Coastal Path before having to walk over the dunes to reach the beach.
It continues: "Set off on a long dirt track through this now-deserted estate, perhaps noticing a couple behind you carried along swiftly by their excited dog and a pair of elderly walkers leaning on canes and walking sticks.
"Let them get far ahead as you stand admiring the deeply-striped cliffs on the cove to your left, the bright emerald fields surrounding you.
"Ascending, the dirt track disappears and you’re in open green fields, the pastures backed by rolling hills and the shimmering bay below, ringed by rocky cliffs.
"A few more minutes and you’re standing above Barafundle Bay. A fairly steep flight of steps brings you down to the sand.
"The long stretch of cliff known as Stackpole Head sticks straight into the sea like an arm. A little boulder sits jauntily offshore. The waves crash against the smooth sand.
"Your company here? Twelve people, four dogs, and a visual overdose of beauty."

 

Tenby Harbour Beach

Report in Daily Mail

Harbour Beach in Wales beats off competition from Portugal, Croatia and Italy as it is named best beach in Europe.
A small beach in Wales tucked up under the wall of Tenby’s picturesque harbour was named the most beautiful beach in Europe, beating off competition from Portugal, Croatia and Italy.
Harbour Beach in the town Tenby, Pembrokeshire, has secured the top spot in Europe because of the quality of its water, the beauty of its environment and its reputation among visitors, e-tourist organisation European Best Destinations said.
Tenby, which lies 90 miles west of Cardiff, is an old medieval walled town which has three sandy beaches that stretch for two and a half miles.
Last year the town was judged third in the British Travel Awards in its Best UK Coastal Resort category.

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Voted 5th in the top 6 beaches in the UK is New Quay

'If you're keen on staying in the UK for your holiday, the quaint seaside haven of New Quay might be the place for you. The town, which inspired Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood, looks directly out onto the Cardigan Bay and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK.'
'Take a stroll and wander around the town's fantastic independent shops, or take to the seas with a boat trip to visit the dolphins and Atlantic grey seals which live nearby.'

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"Whenever Hollywood has needed a spectacular beach it has come to Pembrokeshire."
Griff Rhys Jones

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Pembrokeshire Beaches

(A guide to Pembrokeshire beaches)

Amroth, Wisemans Bridge, Saundersfoot and Tenby are our nearest beaches on the south coast, and Poppit Sands and Newport Sands on the west coast, all within a 30 to 45 minute drive)

 

Click here for more on Beaches

 

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Garden enthusiasts must visit the magnificent National Botanic Gardens of Wales and Aberglasney in the stunning Towy valley, famous for its fishing, castles and historic houses.

Click here for Slideshow of National Botanic Gardens

Click here for Aberglasney Photos page

 

Click here for more Gardens to visit

 

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Walking

You are spoilt for choice as far as walks are concerned in Pembrokeshire, covering both coastal and inland routes within the National Park. Wales now has a completed coast path, the first 186 miles of this having been established in Pembrokeshire. As such it benefits from well documented routes, tourist information and a shuttle bus service to save retracing a route and allowing greater distances to be covered.

Coastal Path near Solva

There are many online sources of information to allow holidaymakers to plan and print off routes before they arrive. There are two really useful sites:-

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Walking

 - from this site you can link to National Park routes, both coastal and circular walks that give distances, times and degrees of difficulty along with maps and descriptions.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail

Excellent site for planning walks and tours, with superb photos and detailed information. Both start and finish of the route within 30 to 45 minutes drive from Glynelwyn - )- this site has all the information you need to plan your National Park Coastal Path walks. A useful addition are details of car parks, facilities and bus stops along the way. This links in well with the following site:

Pembrokeshire Coast Bus Service

 - this site lists all the 'shuttle buses' running along the Pembrokeshire coast, so that you can plan a route allowing you to either travel back to where your car is parked, or maybe park up, bus to where you want to start your walk, and then you can walk back to your car!

 

48 hours in....Pembroke

courtesy of http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com

Hidden in a quiet corner of Pembrokeshire are some of the best beaches in the UK. World-renown climbing cliffs and the hottest surf beach in the country.

Stroll round Henry Tudors castle, take loose-leaf tea with Aunty Vi, get stranded at the Point House pub and find a 14th century chapel built into a cliff.

Here are our twenty things to do with 48-hours in, near and around Pembroke...

1. Walk to Barafundle Bay. Time and time again this beautiful beach has been voted as the best beach in the UK. You’ll understand why when you go there.

2. Explore Pembroke Castle – Henry Tudors birthplace. You can explore inside the castle and walk round the 900 year town wall, popping into the Cornstore, overlooking the mill pond, for refreshments.

 

3. Grab a gourmet lobster lunch from the best street food stall in the UK – Café Mor at Freshwater West beach.

4. Walk round Bosherston Lily ponds to the 8-arch bridge and go enjoy a cuppa tea in the Stackpole Walled Garden.

5. Visit the Olde Worlde Café in Bosherston where you’ll get served a good old fashioned cream tea with a loose-leaf brew.

6. Wander round Angle Bay to the Point House and prepare yourself to get ‘stuck in the pub’ when the high tide temporarily cuts off the road for an hour – the perfect excuse for an extra round of drinks!

7. See Pembrokeshire from a new angle and join a National Trust guide on a kayaking trip out of Stackpole Quay. Get on the water, explore caves and play in the surf then maybe stop on Barafundle to explore this idylic dune backed beach before paddling home. Then celebrate with the biggest slice of cake you could ever wish for at the Boathouse Café.

8. Catch the Coastal Cruiser walkers bus and walk a section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Bosherston – Freshwater East and Freshwater West – Angle are two popular sections.

8. Broadhaven South is one of the best places in the UK’s to go star-gazing. Stackpole National Trust regularly host star-gazing nights to reveal the mysteries of the night sky.

9. Freshwater West beach is the place to cut your surf teeth. Local surf schools offer surf camps, guaranteeing to get you on your feet and riding the waves before you leave.

10. If you’ve got a head for heights then St Govans Head, near Bosherston, is the place to put your climbing skills to the test.

11. For a romantic weekend check into Stackpole Inn. This award-winning gastro pub offers rooms in the pretty village of Stackpole. Their outdoor garden is sunny spot for an afternoon drink and their restaurant menu irresistible!

 

12. Go meet Jerry and eat rabbit pie at the Speculation Inn, near Hundleton.

13. Find St Govan’s Chapel nestled into the base of the cliffs at St Govan’s Head, near Bosherston.

14. Lamphey Bishops Palace is what remains of a grand medieval palace of the bishop's of St Davids. A beautiful place to wander round.

15. Stack Rocks and the Green Bridge of Wales are the dramatic natural rock arch and rock pillars on the Castlemartin Peninsula. The road to the Stack Rocks passes through an army tank range and is open at weekends.
Please call to check if the range is open to the public during the week: Castlemartin Range - 01646 662367

16. Book onto a guided walk with a Pembrokeshire Coast National Park ranger through Castlemartin Military range west.

17. In 1940 the Sunderland T9044 ‘flying boat’ sank off Pembroke Dock. Local enthusiasts have now found the wreck and are undertaking an ambitious project to bring this unique wartime icon to the surface. Visit the Flying Boat Centre in Pembroke Dock to learn about world's largest flying boat station at Pembroke Dock, see photos of the famous Sunderland and learn more about the Battle of the Atlantic.

18. There’s a full-days walking to be enjoyed between Stackpole Quay and Bosherston, taking in Barafundle Bay, Broadhaven beach and Bosherston Lily Ponds, not to mention some of the best tea rooms in Pembrokeshire.

19. Otters at dawn - Join Stackpole National Trust volunteers for a dawn otter-watch around Bosherston Lily Ponds, followed by tea and bacon butties afterwards.

20. The Stackpole Walled Gardens and café are worth a visit at any time of year. The gardens used to support the Stackpole estate house and are now a Mencap project that produces vegetables and flowers, which can be bought in the shop. The woodland and exhibition on the site of the old house are all within walking distance and well worth the stroll.

 

More information can be found on the links below:-

Useful Links:

Visit Pembrokeshire

(Useful site to find out about all the sites and activities available in Pembrokeshire)

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

(All about Pembrokeshire Coast National Park)

Pembrokeshire Beaches

(A guide to Pembrokeshire beaches)

Amroth, Wisemans Bridge, Saundersfoot and Tenby are our nearest beaches on the south coast, and Poppit Sands and Newport Sands on the west coast, all within a 30 to 45 minute drive)

 

Pembrokeshire Online

A useful site to find out about Things To Do and Events throughout the year

Ceredigion Coastal Path

(This is an extension to the Pembrokeshire coastal path from Cardigan to Ynys-las, north of Aberystwyth)

Discover Carmarthenshire

(Useful site to find out about all the sites and activities available in Carmarthenshire)

Wales Coast Path

Wales Coast Path website with all the information you will need to plan your walks and learn about all the things you can do and see (The Wales Coast Path, officially launched on 5th May 2012, made Wales the first country in the world to have a formal trail the whole way around its coast. Furthermore, the Wales Coast Path (which is 870 miles long) joins up with Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail to provide 1,030 miles of walking opportunities right around the Welsh border. The sheer size and brilliance of the Path has already received public recognition with Coastal Wales being acknowledged as the world’s top destination to visit in 2012 by Lonely Planet, the travel guide experts.)

Visit Wales Welsh Coast Path

Visit Wales site with link to the Coast Path for more information

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We are in easy driving distance from both the coastline to the south at Tenby and, to the north, the west coast at Cardigan, thus giving great accessability to a large section of the Welsh Coastal Path.

Also within range are the islands of Skomer, Ramsey and Grassholm, habitats of Puffins, Manx Shearwaters, Razorbills, Fulmars, Kittiwakes and Guillemots, as well as Atlantic Grey Seals, Whales, Sharks, Dolphins and Porpoises in the surrounding seas.

South West Wales overall is an ideal location for all outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts and lovers of natural beauty.

 

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Contact Us  
 
Mandy and Derek Colbourne
Glynelwyn
Blaenwaun
Whitland
Dyfed
SA34 0JL
   
Telephone: 01994 448760
Mobile: 07884 170627
eMail: mandy@thehideawayholiday.co.uk
   

 

 

 

See also our smallholding website:

www.glynelwyn.co.uk

 


National Wool Museum

Caldey Island
   
       
 
National Botanical Gardens Aberglasney Gardens Colby Woodland Gardens  
       
 
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Welsh Wildlife Centre Stackpole  
       
     
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