I first heard of the Youth Hostel in Newport a couple of months ago and mentioned it to a friend.
Like me she is turned 70 but started youth hostelling at 15 and has never stopped. Her companion these days is her daughter - who has just become grandmother!
As I know the location well - it is housed in a former primary school - and read good reviews on the site I had no hesitation in suggesting it as a base for their walking holiday on the Pembrokeshire coastal path.
The feedback from my friend was very positive - they had a room with two beds at £35 per night, were pleased with the facilities and location = and plan to go back at the end of summer.
This cottage has an interesting history and has been used as a holiday cottage for over 50 years by some of our family.
It has undergone many changes and improvements from its early days and now provides comfortable accommodation for up to six people in two double bedrooms and a twin room with bunk beds..
There is a bathroom with separate wc, a well fitted kitchen and a large sittingroom/dining room.
The surrounding garden has provided on many an occasion a good pitch for a tent to accommodate extra family or friends. And many a barbeque has been enjoyed there too.
There is mooring in the estuary right outside the windows at the back of the cottage for boats ( busier in high season - permits from the Boat Club).
Newport sands can be reached at low tide on foot if you are suitably clad and shod - and prepared to paddle across some bits.
But make sure you have a Tides timetable - if you should be cut off it's a long walk to get back to Camelot!
All the windows at the back and on one side the cottage have wonderful views of the estuary , the golf club on the other side, out to sea , Dinas Head and the Parrog houses.
To watch the sunset here is a memorable sight that brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it and it must be one of the most photographed sunsets - certainly in Wales.
Please note the photographs used here span a period from 1983 to 2010.
We usually stay with relatives or in self catering accommodation on our visits to Newport but this time my sister had a house full, so for three nights we booked the Golf club hotel about which we had heard good reports.
Tipped off by VT friends, we booked through Late Rooms and had a fantasic bargain - 3 nights@ £34 per room, per night for two - including a full, cooked breakfast.
All rooms have a magnificent view over the Bay. Rooms are spacious and have generous storage space; a good sized bathroom with an efficient shower and lashings of hot water.
Room facilities include tea and coffee making facilities , flat screen TV with Freeview ready tuned; hairdryer. Wifi Internet is also available ask at reception for the Password.
There is free parking outside the back door to your room; the room opens at the front onto a terrace from which the views are sublime. The path along here takes you in seconds to the restaurant and bar (umbrella or quick dash in wet weather!) .
Newport sands and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path can be reached on foot in a couple of minutes.
It is 5 minutes by car to the village where there are several very good eateries, or you can eat in the Hotel restaurant which has a good reputation with our local relatives and friends. Or have a simpler meal served in the bar.
We would recommend this place and would certainly come here again ourselves .
UPDATE NOVEMBER 24 2010 We were staying with relatives but on the basis of recent recommendations from several friends and other relatives we went to the Golf Club for an evening meal. We had reserved a table but our party of 4 and another table of 3 were the only diners on a wet and cold November night.
Starters included excellent Thai fish cakes with a sweet chilli sauce and salad garnish; and stir-fry Welsh Black beef ; mains of pan fried 8 oz. fillet of local beef were pronounced excellent, as were the sea bass fillet and shank of Pembrokeshire lamb. Vegetable accompaniments were good too.
There was plenty of choice for those of sweet tooth on the home made sweet menu - with chocoalate roulade being favourite; ginger cheesecake was too sweetly creamy for our tastes. We would certainly eat here again.
Location; relaxed ambience; comfort and the views.
Gellifawr is one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in but it is also one of the hardest to find! Advice - find it before dark or you may be as unlucky as us and end up driving around the Pembrokeshire countryside for hours while waiting for a phone signal so that you can contact the hotel for directions!!
This is truly the only downside to what was a lovely break in the heart of the archaeology that I love in a hotel with some of the nicest food I have ever tasted. There is a hotel situated in an old 19th century restored stone farmhouse with its original windows, the rooms have lovely views over the gardens and land surrounding the hotel, the howling wind and rain when we were there creating a very dramatic noise but making us feel especially cosy in this warm and traditional hotel. The room had a four poster bed, subtle lighting, TV with DVD player (necessary due to the absence of satellite), DVD's to borrow, nice little touches are included. The rooms are quite large, clean and have adequate bathrooms.
The hotel has a lovely bar and restaurant. The restaurant has an excellent menu and believe it or not you will need to book to have dinner here as the locals stop by for a feed too.
The hotel also has some cottages for self catering availability.
This was a great site, very close to the walk down to Caerfai Bay. Not to be confused with the larger, mainly staticCaerfai Bay Caravan and Tent Park on the right hand side of the road.
Lovely flat, 2.5 acres, grassed pitches with some shelter. No caravans.
We loved this site, it was very friendly, not expensive and wonderfully quiet. It had the usual facilities and a freezer block freezing facility which we found very useful.
I thik the fact that it was all tents made this place more friendly. Everyone sat out at night, rather than closeted in caravans watching television!!
Also the location was great with sea views.
We had a little white kitten visit us one night and it was not for leaving!! It ended up speeping with us!!!
This is a bed and breakfast establishment just outside St Davids. It is on a working sheep farm which doubles as a sheepdog training centre - in fact, you can attend dog training courses here if you're looking for a holiday with a real difference!
Our room was very small, with quite the smallest bathroom I have ever seen (I think it was actually a built-in wardrobe that had been converted), but it was clean and comfortable. The breakfast was very good. The owner is extremely friendly, and insisted we join her for a glass of wine after we returned from a night out in St Davids. The only downside is the smell of dog that pervades the breakfast room, but apart from that I would recommend this place.
I think the fact it is a sheepdog training centre makes this place pretty unique! The landlady has some great tales to tell about her farming life too.
This campsite is pleasantly situated by the sea - just cross the road and there is a mile of golden sand ahead of you. It is fairly basic, but the bathrooms are clean and the showers are always hot. Water is from standpipes. There is a shop nearby to stock up on food and surfing gear (the nearest supermarket is in Havorfordwest) and a pub. The cafe in Newgale serves a great cooked breakfast, but it does get pretty busy. Pitches are for tents and dormobiles only, no caravans. The cost is 4GBP per person per night.
Just a pleasant and relaxed site.
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