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Holyland Garden Apartments - "The Firs"

Pembroke, UK
  • Apartment750 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Apartment in Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales - Country outlook within easy reach of town and a short drive to Pembrokeshire's lovely beaches.

These stunning apartments are within a newly converted and refurbished Country House - now renamed "Holyland Garden Apartments" (formerly Holyland Country Manor Hotel). The conversation provides all modern fittings in the kitchens and bathrooms whilst preserving the character of this lovely Georgian building. The huge sash windows facing south overlook the garden where you can watch the birds feeding at the table as well as the naughty squirrel who usually takes the nuts first in the mornings. The grounds have a pathway to the nature reserve and woodland beyond and we have a nature "hut/hide" where you can sit and watch for birds, bats, badgers and other wildlife. There is a good parking area for our guests and a picnic and barbeque area with plenty of rustic seating, within the grounds, for you to use or just sit and relax. We do ask that smokers only smoke outside the property and we happily accept children over 6 years old - please supervise children at all times especially when playing in the gardens.


Christine Reynolds

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Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Christine Reynolds

The owners are a semi retired couple who live in Pembrokeshire and enjoy many winter months in Carvoeiro. We have many friends in Pembroke, especially since running a small restaurant before retirement. Maurice was born and bred here in what is a small and friendly community. Christine also ran a villa rental company specialising in Carvoeiro for fifteen years and many of her owners and contacts in Carvoeiro have become good friends too. So, of course, we feel equally at home in either location. We both love walking the coast paths, eating out and exploring generally. We love "outdoor living" when possible and our two homes give us plenty of that. We are so, so lucky to be able to share our time in these lovely surroundings.

Christine Reynolds purchased this Apartment in 2009

Why Christine Reynolds chose Pembroke

This building used to be an hotel, had closed down and I just fell for the grounds with the trees surrounding the grass with so many wild flowers, birds and butterflies. It's great that it adjoins the Pembroke nature reserve and the plan is to put in a gate that leads into the woods. The building is special - its Grade 2 listed and I wanted to restore as much as possible and convert into high spec apartments with tenants and visitors to enjoy the grounds and natural wildflowers and wildlife around. Everyone locally knows Holyland (pronounced Hollyland in these parts) and many have memories of christenings, weddings and functions being held here in the days of Holyland Country House Hotel as it was then known. Now there is a new life here but the wonderful atmosphere continues.

What makes this Apartment unique

At the moment we don't stay at Holyland Gardens but live in a bungalow 5 minutes away. The renovating and conversion has been a long time in the making (over 4 years) and we are still back and forth when needed or pottering in the garden. See the Carvoeiro details too - Christine just can't keep her hands out of the soil. Our plan is maybe to move here in a year or so and enjoy the garden and keep adding to its charm. We would enjoy the spacious rooms in the south facing ground floor apartment - wonderful for family parties and the ceiling will take a huge, huge Christmas tree too. We hope others will enjoy these individual apartments - they are all different and each has a charm of its own.


    • Internet
    • Kids Welcome
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4


          • 1 Bathroom
          • Bathroom 1
            toilet, tub, shower
          • Shower room 1

            Location Type

              • Near The Ocean
              • Rural


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Internet


                          • Dining Area


                              • Golf
                                There is a golf course at Pembroke Dock approximately 3 miles, and two courses at Tenby which is around 10 miles. There is also a driving range at Heatherington which is around 6 miles (Opposite the Manor House Wildlife park).


                                  • playground
                                  • autumn foliage
                                  • churches
                                  • forests
                                  • library
                                  • live theater
                                  • marina
                                  • bay/sound
                                  • pond
                                  • recreation center
                                  • restaurants
                                  • ruins
                                  • theme parks
                                  • water parks

                                    Leisure Activities

                                      • beachcombing
                                      • bird watching
                                      • horseback riding
                                      • paddle boating
                                      • scenic drives
                                      • sight seeing
                                      • walking
                                      • whale watching

                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                          • ATM/bank
                                          • fitness center
                                          • groceries
                                          • hospital
                                          • laundromat
                                          • massage therapist
                                          • medical services

                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                              • sailing
                                              • cycling
                                              • fishing
                                              • freshwater fishing
                                              • golf
                                              • hiking
                                              • jet skiing
                                              • mountain biking
                                              • pier fishing
                                              • deepsea fishing
                                              • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                              • snorkeling
                                              • sound/bay fishing
                                              • surf fishing
                                              • surfing
                                              • swimming
                                              • tennis
                                              • water skiing


                                                  • Notes on accommodation: This is a character property, newly converted and with new modern facilities. There is a double bedroom with patio doors leading to the terrace and views over the grounds and twin bedroom with the benefit of an en suite bathroom. A separate family bathroom has both bath and separate shower. The lounge dining room/ kitchen is very spacious and light with huge sash windows giving lovely views across the grounds to the nature reserve beyond. Everything is nicely and comfortably furnished with good comfy memory foam beds. In all a superb apartment. The beaches of Pembrokeshire, including Manorbier, Tenby, Angle Bay and the world famous Barafundel beach are just a short drive. Our nearest beach is Freshwater East just a 5/10 minute drive. Pembroke town is easily accessible by car or on foot and provides all your needs. Bigger supermarkets are 3 miles away by car at Pembroke Dock. Children over 6 years very welcome - sorry the property is not suitable for very young children. Outside: The extensive grounds are available for guests to enjoy. There is direct access to the Pembroke nature reserve with its lovely walks around the ponds where you can watch water birds, and maybe other wildlife. Rare butterflies and numerous birds including woodpeckers and woodcocks as well as buzzards overhead and squirrels among the trees have been spotted within the grounds of Holyland Gardens. Woodpeckers and nuthatches have visited the bird-table viewed from the dining room and the squirrel is a daily visitor! Guests are welcome to use the garden for barbecues and picnics using the rustic seating provided. Wild daffodils, primroses and bluebells bloom amongst the trees and wildlife is encouraged. Spot the buzzards circling overhead or sit outside in the evening to see bats feeding. Please note that garden work and facilities are on going - we are constantly making improvements for your enjoyment. There is ample parking to the front of the building.

                                                    House Rules

                                                    Check-in: 2:00 PM

                                                    Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                    20 Reviews


                                                    Latest reviews

                                                    Quality apartment in a glorious setting

                                                    Des L.

                                                    We really enjoyed our stay at 'The Firs'. The apartment was very well equipped, warm, comfortable and extremely spacious!

                                                    The grounds are lovely, with birds and squirrels frequent visitors below the huge bay windows - a very calming environment. We appreciated the virtually brand new appliances in the kitchen and laundry room, which contributed to the 'at home' feeling. Apart from one rainy day, our visits to various local places of interest and the pristine beaches, were all enjoyed in pleasant sunshine! Highly recommended.

                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                    Thank you so much. You were great guests and we are pleased you enjoyed Pembrokeshire. We look forward to seeing you again. All the best, Christine & Maurice

                                                    Great Accomodation

                                                    Kevin B.

                                                    Really spacious and very well equipped apartment. Flooded with light so even on the one damp day we had, it was a lovely place to be. Very convenient for all of the fabulous things to do and see in the area, especially the stunning beaches. The owners have very cleverly converted their property into the most peaceful and comfortable place to holiday - thank you for sharing it.

                                                    Wonderful, well appointed and in a great location

                                                    Steve G.

                                                    We really enjoyed the proximity to so many wonderful beaches and water sports. The apartment was well equipped and very nicely finished with Christine and Maurice making us feel very welcome from day one.

                                                    Wonderful accommodation very helpful owner

                                                    jean h.

                                                    The accommodation is very comfortable - a home from home. Nothing was too much trouble for Christine (the owner). We have stayed at several properties whilst walking the Wales coastal path, this was definitely the best.

                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                    Thank you so much for those comments and thank you for being lovely guests. We hope you will return to Pembrokeshire and Holyland Gardens.

                                                    Charming Georgian lodge to explore Pembrokeshire

                                                    Richard T.

                                                    Lovely space in a charming converted Georgian style building. The open plan kitchen/lounge is a real feature and it was easy to spend time there watching the view, the wildlife, the bees and birds and everything else. Good to have access to the wildlife reserve at the bottom of the garden too.

                                                    The owners were very friendly and always on hand if required.

                                                    It was a great location to explore Pembrokeshire in general.

                                                    I'd recommend "The Firs" - everyone had a great time

                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                    Thank you so much. Pembrokeshire is a beautiful part of the world to live or to visit. We hope you will return one day. All the best, Christine

                                                    Another wonderful stay

                                                    Jane H.

                                                    We've just had another wonderful stay in this great apartment, for two weeks this year instead of one. If that's not a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is!

                                                    It's spacious, really well equipped and brilliantly located. It's a 15 min walk, or very quick drive into Pembroke, and within easy reach of all the lovely beaches and wonderful walks on this part of the coast. It's also easy to get to the bridge over the Cleddau to explore further north into Fishguard or St David's. There are pubs galore (worth pre-booking dinner in the busy summer season) and we really enjoyed a more up-market meal at the Llamphey Hall hotel.

                                                    And no rain for two weeks - something of a record!

                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                    Thank you so much. We are so lucky to live in this beautiful area and to have found this lovely property to share. We look forward to seeing you again soon. All the best


                                                    Pembroke, UK

                                                    Special interest holidays: Great for walkers, nature lovers, surfers and bird watchers. Coast/Beach: The nearest beach at Freshwater East is around 5 miles and the popular seaside town of Tenby is around 10 miles. Other beaches within reach are the quiet beaches of Barafundel, Swanlake Bay are also within easy reach, as is the well know long wilder beach of Freshwater West known for its rolling coasters and laverbread hut. Pembroke town has a tidal millpond with many ducks, herons and swans and even otters are spotted here. Travel: For foreign visitors, Cardiff is our nearest airport. The property is great for visitors from Ireland as we are just 3 miles from the Pembroke ferry terminal. We have welcomed visitors, from USA, Spain, Turkey and Germany Distances: Pembroke town centre is under a mile, the county town of Haverfordwest around 8 miles. Numerous beaches (and coastal towns and villages) all within a 5-10 mile radius, including the well know Tenby with its pretty harbour and huge south beach. Further Details: Pembroke has plenty of coffee shops, restaurants, takeaways (3 fish & chips shops) and bars. There are several banks including Barclays, Natwest and Lloyds, a good supermarket, greengrocer and butcher and all the usual arts and crafts. There is a WI market held in the town hall on a Thursday. Stop off at the information centre on the Commons (big car park) and find out about all local activities and places to visit.

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                                                    Booking Notes: Phone to reserve, then follow with 25% deposit, balance 8 weeks prior to start date. Less than 8 weeks, please pay in full at time of booking Changeover Day: Normally Saturday, but other dates in low season. Please contact owner Notes on prices: Discount for couples in peak season.

                                                    20 Reviews
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