At least once a year, the MTM family like to explore regions closer to home. It’s become somewhat of a tradition and means that we discover areas that often takes us by surprise – in a good way. We hadn’t been to Wales for many years, so Pembrokeshire was our chosen destination for our most recent UK family staycation, attracted by the promise of epic sandy beaches, landscapes and tons of family attractions to keep the kids entertained. But first, was finding a comfortable base for us to stay in and we opted for Coastal Cottages Pembrokeshire.
With over 500 self-catering cottages in Wales, Coastal Cottages have a vast array of different properties in the region, particularly in Pembrokeshire. And, after sharing our requirements with them – such as a good location and outdoor space for the boys to run around in, Coastal Cottages suggested that Hafod Y Coed Lodge would be the ideal accommodation for us. And with such a glowing recommendation – how could we refuse?
I was already impressed by the concierge team at Coastal Cottages ahead of our holiday – sending out detailed information and directions to Hafod Y Coed Lodge, as well as an extra services should we need – from unique experiences and holiday extras to organising trips. In fact, their suggestions for activities and where to visit in Pembrokeshire was second to none, and we found it invaluable during our four-night stay.
A Warm Welcome
As we turned a sharp corner down a dirt track, we came to a fork in the road, and ahead, saw an expanse of green fields. The kids were excited to spot a pony and horse grazing ahead of us, and as we pulled up outside our Coastal Cottages’ property, the owners of Hafod Y Coed Lodge greeted us.
It was a warm welcome from Shelley and Graham who live next door. And after a brief conversation, Shelley took us on a tour around Hafod Y Coed. She had even been so kind as to put away a shopping delivery that had arrived early and even left us out a welcome present – some wine and other treats.
After explaining they would both be around if we should ever need them anything, they left us in peace to settle in for our first night.
Hafod Y Coed Lodge
First impressions can be deceptive. The brand new lodge from the outside doesn’t appear to be all that big, but once inside we were surprised by how bright and spacious it is. Access to the lodge is via the open plan living room area which has a modern kitchen and breakfast bar – which the kids loved having their meals on. Leading off to one side is the master bedroom, which not only has a dressing room area, with excellent storage space but a large bathroom.
To the other side of the living room is another double bedroom, this time with two single beds, and plenty of room for the baby cot which Shelley had already set up before our arrival. Plus an ensuite bathroom, with a huge double shower. There is even a small utility area leading out to the garden, which has a washing machine.
We were astounded by the amount of room inside and outside of Hafod Y Coed and it made for comfortable quarters with all the mod-cons – from flat-screen TVs, to underfloor heating, it was a cosy place to stay even when it was howling with wind and lashing with rain outside.
The small touches, too, such as the fluffy blankets we could all snuggle under, and the cleaning products I could use (don’t you hate it when self-catering properties leave you with nothing, not even a tea towel?) and the couple’s personal recommendations of where to visit, meant our Coastal Cottages stay was relaxing – well as a relaxing as it can be with two little boys!
This Coastal Cottage, while not necessarily by the sea, is just a stone’s throw away. And Pembrokeshire is known for its beautiful coastline. The nearest beach – Amroth – is just a mere five minutes drive away, while Saundersfoot and Tenby, are no more than 20 minutes away. Meanwhile, Narberth town, which has been described as a ‘rare slice of Wales‘ is also just a short drive away full of great restaurants, shops and supermarkets to pick up any supplies.
Verdict of Coastal Cottages and Hafod Y Coed
Coastal Cottages have so many properties on their books, but because they listened to our needs, they were spot on in terms of suggesting Hafod Y Coed. The location was perfect. We were never too far (around 20-25 minutes) from any attraction, town or beach we wanted to visit – and when you have two young kids, that’s pretty vital. More time out of the car exploring is a huge tick.
Meanwhile, the lodge itself is spacious, extremely clean, and well maintained and all the fixtures and fittings are new. Even though the weather meant we couldn’t enjoy the enclosed garden as much as we wanted, it was safe for the kids to blow off some steam and the views towards the mountain ranges in the distance is a huge bonus.
The setting of Hafod Y Coed is peaceful – with four large double glass doors, the natural light streams in and being able to enjoy a cup of tea on the comfortable couches while watching the horses, rabbit and cats outside felt restful. Even though you feel like you’re isolated, you’re far from it – with the Narberth just five minutes away and Shelley and Graham next door, the lodge is close to everything.
And, while there the lodge wasn’t kitted out with more child-friendly items such as plastic plates, cups and cutlery, or any kids’ DVDs. toys and games, no matter – the children adored staying in what they described as their ‘farmhouse’ and watching them chase the resident rabbit in the morning and pet the horses, was particularly memorable.
Shelley and Graham were always about, tending to the animals or giving us a friendly wave. But they are great hosts who know to leave you alone and enjoy your holiday without interruption. So if you’re looking for a tranquil place to stay in Pembrokeshire, then Coastal Cottages’ Hafod Y Coed will provide a comfortable, private getaway in Wales. And a cute bunny rabbit, too…
*We were hosted by Coastal Cottages at Hafod Y Coed Lodge. As always, my opinions are my own.