The National Geographic has named Pembrokeshire, with its cliff/coastal path as the 2nd. best coastline in the WORLD, and it is not hard to see why. All around you are wildlife, wilderness, historic monuments, standing stones.
Birdwatchers will be in heaven, here we have ravens, kites, buzzards, swallows, marsh, mountain, song and sea birds. Ramblers will be spoilt for choice with all the coastal walks on offer, and this couldn’t be a better spot for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside and being by the sea. The Preseli high lands, rich in pre-history, from whence came the bluestones for Stonehenge, are wild and beautiful. Criss-crossed with ancient tracks, views across to Ireland and racing skies.
Fishguard, the nearest town, has it’s own history. It was the site of the last invasion of Britain (by the French) in 1797. There is a superb tapestry (a la Bayeaux) telling this story. You will find it in a special exhibition space upstairs in Fishguard Town Hall.
In the summer of 2014 we will be celebrating the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas and Fishguard will be joining with Swansea, Laugharne and Newquay to recognize, remember and celebrate this great national poet and storyteller. There will be film, poetry, performance, beer and who knows what else – – – plans are afoot. Meet the Fishguardians who rubbed shoulders with Richard Burton and played as extras in the film of Under Milk Wood. Fishguard Lower Town was the famous location for this film. It also provided the setting for the film of Moby Dick.
Music is popular with the Fishguard Festival in July, St. David’s Cathedral Festival in May/June, (when the wildflowers are thick in the hedgerows), Folk Festival over the late May bank holiday and Aber Jazz on the August bank holiday. This year (2013) late August will see eclectic, unusual and surprising knitting, put about by the Fishguard Arts Society.
Fishuard now has some very interesting and high class antique shops, some really good cafes with super food, very good coffee, and a great deli, The Gourmet Pig. West Wales Arts, a gallery that hosts musical evenings with more good food and wine – also Workshop Wales for sculpture and paintings just outside the town. In the centre can be found Seaways, our excellent independent bookshop.
Newport, 10 minutes away, is rapidly becoming a ‘gourmet destination’ with at least 3 good restaurants.
Fishguard hosts 2 markets a week and Newport one at all of which you can find fresh, local and organic produce.
The picturesque surroundings mean that painters, artists and craft workers settle here and galleries are thick on the ground.
You can take a boat trip to the islands, watch dolphins, porpoise, puffins and gannets. Or you can play golf, indulge in coasteering, kayaking, riding, surfing, sailing or fishing. This is a place that is all about the simple pleasures.
Of course you will be staying in a very interesting and unusual garden, a major attraction in its own right. With a library, courses, sympathetic events, and plants to buy (explore this website).
There is so much more to say, for you to do and experience here – come and see for yourself this unspoilt and beautiful place with an enviable clarity to the night skies, special light and rich in atmosphere.