What are you doing for Christmas? Festive season breaks in Pembrokeshire


I was going to call this an Adults Christmas in Wales as a bit of a riff on Dylan Thomas’ much loved work (I read it every year) but that sounded a bit iffy in this entendre rich world so instead I’ll just ask, what are you doing for Christmas?

Undoubtedly you have been asked already – I have, about five times – and this year the answer is, we’re going to host Christmas breaks in Pembrokeshire. We’re going to cook loads of food, chop loads of logs, light lots of candles and just be welcoming and relaxing and laid back and friendly to anyone who wants to come and have a non-gaudy, non-forced, peaceful and calm Christmas away from it all.

Back in mid-summer, when the garden was lush and green (it’s now orange and artfully strewn with leaves) and the coast path was encouraging walkers to tackle one more headland, we decided to open a couple of rooms as B&B. They were immediately booked and booked and booked again. It was fun, just like when we did it in Turkey. From America and Australia, mainland Europe and happily other areas of Wales, the guests came and we talked and we suggested and offered food cooked with love and rooms really cared for. People liked it. We liked it.

Come October and the sunlit flush of a spectacular autumn and with the year turning we decided to offer Christmas and New Year breaks. We thought about it, imagined it, planned it and now we offer it to you. For people who don’t want to be thrown into a full on itinerary, complete with sing songs and gala dinners, and who just want to relax and enjoy good food and wander around our beautiful corner of the world our Christmas and New Year breaks are a way to get away and enjoy the Christmas they need.

Three Night Christmas Break

Arrive on 24th December, depart on 27th December.

With only two rooms available you won’t be over crowded, instead read, write, relax, think about the year you’ve had, wonder where you will go next year. Eat well, enjoy the calm, make new friends and be, for once, genuinely welcome where you are.

Enjoy long, leisurely breakfasts each morning on the dining gallery or in bed if you’d prefer.

Come home to afternoon teas with festive homemade cakes after exploring our beautiful coastline.

Take your time over a four course Christmas Lunch of favourites I have been cooking for thirty years.

Spend your evenings picking from generous buffets to share and enjoy.

Twixmas Breaks – for those who have done everything for everyone else over Christmas relax and recharge between holidays.

Available from 27th to 30th December.

christmas-830460_1280Give your overloaded system a chance to recover!

Enjoy lighter food, nourishing and clean, tons of fresh air and down time to just lie around, read those Christmas books and plan what resolutions you might want to break in January.

Lie in every morning, there is no set time for breakfast.

A sharing tray is provided at supper time so you can enjoy an early night.

Two Night New Year Breaks

Spend New Year at the famously friendly street party with fireworks and live music in Fishguard or just quietly enjoy a cosy evening with your loved one at a country house, the choice is yours on this New Year break that lets you set the pace and celebrate how you choose.

hot-chocolate-1068703_1920Arrive on New Year’s Eve to cakes and nibbles in your room.

Whether you go out and party or stay in and relax there will be a midnight snack to round the evening off before you retire to bed. Sleep in on New Year’s morning before taking your time over a New Year’s day Brunch.

Look forward to a flavour packed three-course supper on New Year’s Day to end the festive season and welcome 2017.

Spend a cosy second night between crisp sheets before enjoying another leisurely breakfast before departure on the morning of 2nd January.