The Old Coach House is a large converted barn, carefully styled by its interior designer owner to provide a superbly comfortable and a very special holiday abode.
Follow the leafy lanes from the main A40 and arrive within the tranquil setting and quiet countryside.
The house is sumptuously comfortable, the kitchen and dining area chic and well equipped for all your holiday needs. The main sitting room has large windows giving a light, airy atmosphere – the comfortable leather sofas and log burner ideal for sociable evenings in.
Upstairs the four luxurious and spacious bedrooms (one of which is ensuite) are all dressed to impress with sumptuous beds, furnishings and linens, and as bedrooms should, they will make you wish for bedtime! Both the Bathrooms are elegant and well designed and offer perfect sanctuaries after a day on the coast.
The private garden is complete with rattan dining table and chairs, 2 sun loungers, and rattan sofas. Enjoy al fresco dining and fire up the ceramic Egg BBQ for a Pembrokeshire feast of local produce, or relax with a good book and soak up the sunshine.
From the Barn, walk out into surrounding woodland or take a stroll down to the banks of the Cleddau River – a wide gently flowing waterway bordered by reeds and woodland and full of bird and wildlife. Although part of a courtyard of properties, the Old Coach House has an acre of private meadow – perfect for games the children!
This is the perfect spot for that special break with family or friends. The central location in the county ensures easy access for exploring the delights of Pembrokeshire.
About The Area
Garden and House at Picton Castle
The Old Coach House was originally part of the estate at Picton Castle – now a neighbouring property. The Castle is open to visitors with guided tours offering an insight into the history of this interesting half classic castle/half grand country house.
The garden has been developed over centuries and it is a real pleasure to visit. When you have spent time exploring, drop into the café in the courtyard. With seating both inside and out, Maria’s provides excellent lunches and teatime fare as well as a range of interesting (often Spanish) Deli food.
One of the great joys of Pembrokeshire is the number and variety of beaches to enjoy. Surrounded by sea, there are fantastic wide sandy surfing beaches – Whitesands, Newgale or Freshwater West.
In St Brides Bay, Broad Haven, with its safe, golden sands is popular for all sorts of water sports and the pretty village of Little Haven, reached down tiny winding lanes, offers a small sandy cove. Further along the bay are Druidston and Nolton - enjoy rock pooling, sunbathing, kite flying or lying on the beach. Just take your pick.
In the south of the county there are more lovely beaches at Broad Haven South, Freshwater East, Tenby South/north, Monkstone, Saundersfoot, West Dale, or Manorbier, The choice is enormous – on any day consider the direction of the wind, the state of the tide or the just the mood of the day!
Narberth – nearby market town
Narberth is about 8 miles away with a reputation as a great place to shop. There are useful grocery and everyday shops as well as boutique clothes and gift shops.
It also has a good programme of entertainment in the Queen’s Hall throughout the year and the ever popular Ultracomedia Deli and Café is patronised by locals and visitors alike.
Well worth a visit is Narberth Museum – on a wet day let your children dress up and enjoy history at first hand.
Eating out in Pembrokeshire
If eating out is your passion, Pembrokeshire has some treats to offer.
Within walking distance is Maria’s tapas bar and restaurant at Picton Castle (mentioned above). The Slebech Hotel & Restaurant is a 5 minute drive and offers a menu of local produce, relaxed dining and unrivalled views over the Cleddau River.
Just outside Narberth try The Grove – a three AA Rosette restaurant open daily for lunch and dinner, perfect for that special holiday meal.
For great food and a breathtaking view, the dining room at the Druidstone Hotel in St Brides Bay is hard to beat - or you could just drop in for a bar snack and sit outside on the terrace and make the best of the view from there.
The newly refurbished Twr y Felin Hotel’s Blas Restaurant in St Davids has two AA Rosettes and offers food which reflects Wales and the seasons.
Coast and Country walking in Pembrokeshire
Central to the county, the Old Coach House is perfectly placed for visitors wanting to explore Pembrokeshire’s countryside. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path (now part of the All Wales Coastal Path) runs for 168 miles from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south offering spectacular and breath taking views of flowers and wildlife, cliffs and sea.
Keen walkers will also find walking country both in the centre of the county – investigate the Preseli Hills or Llys y Fran Country Park – and along the banks of the Cleddau River which stretches both east and west from The Rhos where the Old Coach House is situated.
Look South to the Coast
From the Old Coach House’s central position it is easy to explore the county in any direction. Tenby in the south, is a lovely walled town crossed by small streets with the harbour as its focal point. A day out there will offer something for everyone - shopping or fishing, boat trips or beaches - or investigate the local culture and history. A visit to Caldey Island is always very special.
Go west to Manorbier - a pretty village with a lovely castle which dominates the cliffs looking over the sandy beach. A great day out for a bit of history round the castle followed by rock pooling and beach games!
Nearby at Stackpole try the Stackpole Inn - great for lunch or supper. Explore the Stackpole estate, now owned by the National Trust, and offering walks around some of the most dramatic coastline and lovely beaches in Britain.
St Davids village/city, Cathedral and Bishops’ palace
No visit to Pembrokeshire is complete without visiting St Davids, the smallest city in Britain. At the centre of the Peninsula it is well supplied with practical shops, gift and clothes shops, galleries, cafes, restaurants and pubs as well as activity booking offices.
At the heart of the ‘city’ is the lovely 12th century Cathedral. Be sure to visit – in such a small remote town, it is a wonder to behold!
Boat Trips to Offshore Islands - Boat Trips and wildlife
Experience the coast from the sea – the marine bird and wildlife and the amazing and dramatic cliffs and waves. This is an experience quite outside the normal run of everyday life.
Trips to Ramsey Island and out to Grassholm and the offshore islands can be booked in one of the booking offices in St Davids. To go to Skomer you must join the queue to catch the boat from the little bay at Martin’s Haven. Tickets are not bookable.
Family Days Out
If you are looking for a day out for the family there is plenty to choose from - Oakwood Leisure Park, Heatherton Sports and Theme Park, Folly Farm Zoo are all within an easy drive.
4 Bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 8 adults and 1 child. 3 Doubles with Kingsize beds (1 of which has a full ensuite with roll top bath, shower, toilet and washbasin). 1 Double with a day bed. All on 1st floor.
Bath/Shower Room on 1st floor with bath (handheld shower), shower cubicle, toilet and double washbasin.
Cloakroom with toilet and washbasin on ground floor.
Kitchen/Diner modern and well appointed with fitted units, granite work surfaces, large Rangemaster oven, wine fridge, combi microwave oven, dishwasher, table and chairs seating 8.
Utility Room spacious with washing machine and dryer.
Second Lounge with L-shaped sofa and Smart TV, underfloor heating.
Main Lounge 3 x 3 seater Leather Sofas, Large Footstool, 2 Occasional chairs, 55 inch Flat Screen Smart TV, wood-burning stove.
Grounds Private garden with Rattan Outdoor Table and Chairs to seat 8, 2 Rattan Sofas, 2 Sun loungers and Ceramic Egg BBQ (please ensure it is clean after each use). Large lawn paddock and woodland (1 acre) gives plenty of space for fun and games.
NB: The Old Coach House is part of a community of 8 barns which are owner occupied, it is therefore not suitable for noisy gatherings. Please consider this when booking.
Short breaks - Winter
WiFi - Yes
Changeover - Saturday