Penally Abbey exudes bonhomie – you instantly relax and feel at home. Owners Lucas and Melanie Boissevain have brought the lovely, late 18th-century Strawberry Gothic house, with its characteristic ogee-headed doors and windows, stunningly back to life. You enter a spacious hallway with wood-burning stove; there follows a bar opening onto a pretty conservatory, an elegant yet homely sitting room and a glamorous candlelit dining room set with pristine white cloths. The restaurant serves delicious, locally foraged ingredients in imaginative ways. Melanie’s look – she’s an interior designer – mixes the traditional with judiciously stylish touches, and the 11 bedrooms are equally charming: restful and comfortable spaces, most with sea views, in which it’s a pleasure to spend time. Each one includes a delightful hand-illustrated guide of things to do in the area, which sums up the charms of this exceptional hotel and its lovely gardens.
Barafundle Bay and Broad Haven South beach, the most beautiful beaches in Pembrokeshire.
At The Pembrokeshire Beach food at Freshwater West for their fresh Pembrokeshire lobster rolls or at the Salt Cellar in Tenby for wonderful, delicious food from passionate and talented chefs.
A jar of Coedcanlas marmalade or honey – made in Pembrokeshire and served with breakfast every day. Purchase it at reception.