In the beginnig
Recent discoveries have suggested that an Iron Age fort probably pre-dated the motte-and-bailey castle in the grounds of the hotel, so Wolfscastle may date back many thousands of years.
You’ll discover an interesting burial chamber at Garn Turne Rocks a couple of miles to the east of the hotel (Grid Reference: SM97932725). Travelling from Wolfscastle, the rocks are on the left hand side of the road. There is a small lay-by and a well-hidden gate gives access to the site.
This Neolithic site dates from approximately 3500 BC and was built by some of the first farmers in the area. It includes the remains of a huge chambered tomb; the large capstone eventually caused the chamber to collapse. The ceremonial forecourt where pre-Christian rituals took place can be seen.
The Celts arrived in Wales during the Iron Age, bringing with them their culture. It included the ancient language of Welsh, one of Europe’s oldest, which is widely spoken in this area today.
The hillfort on top of Great Treffgarne Rocks is thought to be Iron Age. The crags are incorporated into the settlement, which appears to have had several small satellite defensive enclosures nearby, which makes it very unusual. It is one of the most important prehistoric sites in Pembrokeshire.
When the Romans arrived they appear to have remained on peaceful terms with the local tribe, known as the Demetae. Originally historians believed that the Romans did not venture this far west in Wales, but simply traded with the local people. However, in 1806 a farmer discovered the remains of what appeared to be a Roman villa – to date, the only archaeological example of Roman architecture this far west in Wales.