We are now in rainy Pembrokeshire, staying in a very comfy cottage called The Roses (which makes us chuckle because our next stop after this is at The Roses’ (James and Alice) house in Monmouthshire!) just on the edge of the Llys y Fran Country Park and Reservoir. It’s an excellent complex of 10 holiday cottages with an indoor heated pool, tennis court and playground.


All of us, including Katherine, slept brilliantly on our first night and we had a very lazy start the next morning. A bit of home schooling was on the agenda today and a revolting lunch in Narberth (which is a shame because there were some nice looking restaurants in the town that we couldn’t enter because we had Sailor with us…)

On Saturday morning the girls had a horse riding lesson and a short walk-out which they’ve been begging to do since we left the Lake District. Sophie was very lucky… her pony was a unicorn! They now want to know when they can get their own ponies. Mmmmmm…..

We then drove to the seaside town of St Davids for another mediocre lunch (we’re wondering if there are any decent restaurants and pubs in Wales – please urgently send us your recommendations! Next stop is around Monmouthshire so need info for our next stop), and a quick tour of the 12th Centrury cathedral.

We then had some fun on Newgale beach. Sailor is fascinated by sea gulls and tries desperately to catch them. No chance!

On our final day we decided to find the lunch venue before leaving the cottage and then find activities around a reputable pub, rather than winging it. Yeah! We had an incredible lunch at a glorious pub called the Stackpole Inn. Delicious roast meals all round for a tenner each for adult portions. Quite easily the best value and best quality pub so far on our trip.

After lunch we took a very short drive to a National Trust area at Stackpole Quay where we parked and then walked along a beautiful coastal path to Barafundle Bay. If you’re ever in Pembroke we highly recommend this stunning beach. We stayed pretty much for the rest of the day, building castles, hunting for crabs and snoozing. On the way back we realised that we’d run out of milk but of course supermarkets close at 4pm on Sunday. Bit of a disaster for a certain milk monster (Sophie). Fortunately the local pub gave us some coffee cups of milk. They wouldn’t even accept any money from us for it! Thank you to the Cross Inn at Clarbeston Road!



On the day we left James took sailor and the girls for a walk in the national trust park on the doorstep of our cottage and discovered an amazing playground! If only we’d done the walk at the start of our stay… oh well!

Pembrokeshire was beautiful and everyone very friendly. It was a shame that we had mixed weather but we may well return for a holiday.


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