The Best Historical Walks in North Pembrokeshire

As well as stunning scenery and a warm micro-climate, Pembrokeshire has a wealth of historic places to visit. Combine all three and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a great walking holiday! Here are our suggestions for some of the best historical walks in north Pembrokeshire.

 

Pentre Ifan Walk

Overlooking the Nevern Valley and sweeping slopes of the Preseli mountains is Pentre Ifan burial chamber. One of the most well-known ancient sites in West Wales, this striking stone construction dates from around 3500 BC. With its huge 16 tonne capstone balanced on 3 upright boulders, it’s one of the most impressive examples of a Neolithic tomb in the world. Some say it’s a triumph of ancient engineering, but local legend has it that only the magic of Welsh fairies, the ‘Tylwyth Teg’, could have managed such a feat. There’s a lovely circular walk through Pentre Ifan Wood or you can venture a bit further inland and discover the wonders of Ty Canol Wood. An almost mystical place, many of this woodland’s lichen-draped trees are over 800 years old.

 

Castell Henllys Walk

In the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is Castell Henllys, the original site of an Iron Age village where traditional roundhouses have been faithfully reconstructed to show how the village would have looked 2,000 years ago. Lots of activities are on offer throughout the summer, so it’s a particularly great place to visit with children. Situated on a hillside next to one of the oldest forests in Wales, it’s also a lovely spot to go for a walk. The trails thread for miles through river meadows and peaceful woodland and you can follow the footsteps of the ancient settlers, quite literally. Just whip your socks and shoes off and take a wander along the Barefoot Trail to experience what the Celtic warriors of old would have felt beneath their feet.

 

St Davids Walk

A circular walk from the city of St Davids out along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path has so many historic sites it’s hard to know where to look. Beginning in the city itself, you can soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful 12th Century cathedral where the bones of Wales’ patron Saint are reputed to lie. The nearby Bishop’s Palace is another highlight, giving a fascinating glimpse into the privileged lives of wealthy mediaeval churchmen. From there you can head out of town to dramatic clifftops where you’ll come across St Non’s Chapel, another site linked to St David. Walk to the top of the field above the remains of the old chapel and you’ll find St Non’s Well, one of the holiest sites in Wales, which is rumoured to have magical healing powers.

Walks Around Wolfscastle Country Hotel

We’re pretty old too! In fact, our original building, ‘Allt yr Afon’, dates from the 1600s. Steeped in legend and scattered with ancient sites, the area around Wolfscastle Country Hotel is a great base from which to discover the rich heritage of Pembrokeshire. Just step outside and in minutes you’ll be walking through history in some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain.

We’re always happy to help our guests start exploring, so if you have any questions about where to go and what to see during your stay, just ask! To book one of our luxury rooms, simply get in touch by email or give us a call on 01437 741225 / 741340. We also have cosy dog-friendly rooms available, if your favourite canine is tagging along on holiday too.

So, come and take a step back in time in Pembrokeshire this summer (just don’t forget your walking boots)!

4 Great Places to Visit on the Pembrokeshire Coast

With 186 miles of spectacular cliffs, secluded coves, picturesque harbours and long, golden beaches it’s no wonder that the Pembrokeshire Coast was recently voted the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards Holiday Destination of the Year 2018. Considered to be one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK, if not the world, this incredible landscape is only 10 minutes away from us here at Wolfscastle Country Hotel! That’s why we thought we’d share some of our favourite places to visit on the Pembrokeshire coast.

 

  1. Newport

A picturesque coastal town in the northern part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Newport is a lovely spot to while away the hours on warm summer day. Located on the estuary of the river Nevern, the golden swathe of Newport Sands, and its smaller neighbour The Parrog beach, hug the coastline that lies at the foot of this charming little town. Inland, the streets blend into the dramatic slopes of the ancient Preseli hills, where Iron age burial chambers and stone circles abound. Popular with beachgoers, walkers and sailing enthusiasts, Newport has some great places to eat, quirky shops and a laid-back vibe that’s sure to rub off on any visitor.

 

  1. Strumble Head

If dramatic scenery is what you’re after, take a walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path above the blustery, wave-lashed cliffs of Strumble Head. Wild and mostly deserted, this is the perfect place to get away from it all and take a breath of fresh sea air. There are wonderful views up and down the coast and on a tiny island just off the mainland, stands the famous lighthouse which still guides ships safely past the rocky shores. A great place for a bracing walk, it’s also one of the best locations to see migrating seabirds like Arctic skuas, shearwaters, petrels, terns and gulls. There’s plenty to look out for in the water too, with dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, sunfish and seals making regular visits.

 

  1. St Davids City

If you’re after an interesting but leisurely day trip, this lovely little city is an absolute gem. The smallest city in the UK, St Davids isn’t much bigger than a village but has bags of character and plenty to keep everyone occupied. The main attractions are the 12th century cathedral and adjacent Bishop’s Palace, where you can while away the hours admiring the impressive Norman architecture and soaking up the peaceful atmosphere. For centuries, the beauty of the local landscape has attracted artists to this area and there are a number of craft shops and galleries around the town, including Oriel y Parc, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park’s Visitor Centre, which has regular arts exhibitions and events. St Davids is also a great place to hop on a boat and take a trip out to Pembrokeshire’s remote islands.

 

  1. Newgale Beach

 A seemingly endless expanse of golden sand that stretches into the distance, Newgale is regarded as one of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire. A magnet for surfers, paddleboarders, kayakers and powerboat enthusiasts, Newgale offers plenty of opportunities to have a go at water sports in the rolling Atlantic waves. If sporting activities aren’t your cup of tea, there are 2 miles of beach on which to take a scenic walk, build a sandcastle or two or just laze around in the summer sun. With blue Flag Status and lifeguards patrolling the beach in the summer months, Newgale is a popular spot to go for a swim, especially if you’re holidaying with children.

 

Relax in one of Pembrokeshire’s Best Country Hotels

Of course, we know how exhausting these coastal adventures can be, that’s why we’re always here at the end of your day trip to pour you a drink, serve you dinner in our award-winning restaurant, then send you off to one of our luxurious rooms for a great night’s sleep! So, why not come and experience the Pembrokeshire Coast for yourself? Our guests can recommend it!

 

“We chose this hotel for the location close to the Pembroke coast with flexibility to go either way. A great choice.”

“For exploring the full length of the Pembrokeshire Coast, the location could not have been better. Exceptional.”

“…I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this hotel as a base for touring the magnificent Pembrokeshire coast.”

 

For more information about great places to visit during your stay at Wolfscastle Country Hotel, just ask and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction!

To book your stay in our luxury hotel in Pembrokeshire, you can get in touch with us online or give us a call on 01437 741225.

Wolfscastle Wedding Venue Pembrokeshire

5 Top Tips for Finding the Perfect Pembrokeshire Wedding Venue

 

Choosing your wedding venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. From the location to the food, the décor to the atmosphere, the customer service to the accommodation, there are so many things to take into consideration. Finding a wedding venue in Pembrokeshire that not only suits your requirements but also has the experience and expertise to give you the ultimate wedding experience is what every bride and groom dream of. We’ve been lucky enough to have many couples celebrate their special day here at Wolfscastle Country Hotel, so we thought we’d share some of our top tips for picking the perfect place for your wedding!

 

  1. Choose a Suitable Spot

The number of people you want to invite and your budget naturally have a huge bearing on the venue you choose, but you need to think about other factors that will affect you and your guests. Will you be celebrating your reception only or would you like a venue that also offers a civil ceremony? Perhaps you’d like the full-package with accommodation (a great idea when the wine is flowing) or even exclusive use of the entire venue? Whatever your needs, it’s a good idea to get in touch with the venue’s wedding co-ordinator to discuss your requirements and ensure this is the right place for you.

 

  1. Create the Right Wedding Aesthetic

Every couple wants to wow their guests with a beautiful location – gorgeous scenery, pretty gardens, a charming building and stylish décor all play an important role in creating the right atmosphere, not to mention giving you a backdrop that will make your wedding photos the envy of everyone! An accommodating venue will do everything possible to help you incorporate your personal theme into the room decoration, giving it that extra special touch that’s unique to your day.

 

  1. Get the Food Right

A disappointing wedding dinner can really take the shine off your big day. Great food brings people together and is such an integral part of wedding celebrations that getting it right is essential, so it pays to take the time to find a venue that already has a great reputation for its food and drink. Working with the chefs to decide on the perfect cuisine and wine selection for you and your guests to enjoy will make all the difference and a delicious menu that caters to everyone’s tastes will certainly make your wedding stand out from the crowd.

 

  1. Demand Outstanding Customer Service

All the stylish decoration and delectable food in the world isn’t going to make your day special unless it’s backed up with exceptional customer service! As well as liaising with you regularly before the big event to make sure things are on track, your venue’s wedding co-ordination team should be on hand to iron out any issues as they occur on the day. The best wedding venues have a ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude that makes guests feel truly looked after and goes a long way towards creating the happy, friendly atmosphere that elevates a wedding to new heights.

 

  1. Look for Package Deals and Discounts

Some venues may offer discounted rates for accommodation and meals as part of your wedding package, so it’s worth looking for any added extras that will make the whole experience even more special. If there’s a spa on the premises, you may be lucky enough to get a luxurious and relaxing treatment at a special rate – perfect for relieving those wedding nerves!

Wolfscastle Hotel Wedding

A Wolfscastle Wedding

As winners of the Welsh Hospitality Awards Romantic Hotel of the Year 2017, we’re pretty good at creating a bit of the old romance! A leading Pembrokeshire wedding venue for many years, we’ve loved being a part of so many couples’ special day and pride ourselves on doing everything we can to give you the ultimate wedding experience.

If you’d like to know more about booking your luxury wedding at Wolfscastle Country Hotel, please drop us a line by email, fill out our contact form or give us a call on 01437 741225 for an informal chat. Our wedding co-ordinator will be happy to arrange an appointment to discuss your requirements and show you around the hotel, so you can get a feel for what we can do to give you the wedding of your dreams.

We’re Hiring!

Due to the continued success of the Wolfscastle Country Hotel, Allt-yr-Afon Restaurant, and Beauty & Wellness Spa, we are delighted to announce that ahead of the upcoming Summer Season we are hiring in a number of key positions, expanding our teams in most departments.

There are vacancies available for the following positions:

  • Senior Front of House Staff
  • Spa Therapist
  • Chef de partie
  • Housekeeping Staff
  • Kitchen Porter

If you think you would make a great addition to our team then please get in touch!

To apply please send your CV to enquiries@thewolfscastle.com including in the subject line the role you are applying for. You can also call us on 01437 741225.

We’re Finalists for The Food Awards Wales 2018!

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted as finalists at The 4th Food Awards Wales 2018.

The awards recognize, promote and celebrate the food industry in Wales.

The Food Awards were initially launched in Glasgow 5 years ago and with the support and guidance of the industry now deliver the awards in 6 cities throughout the UK & Ireland.

The winners of the awards will be revealed on the 23rd April.

choose a luxury spa break at the Wolfscastle Hotel in Pembrokeshire to really take time out

5 Reasons to Take a Luxury Spa Break in Pembrokeshire

In a busy world, getting away from it all to recharge our batteries is something we all need to do. Relaxation has some major health benefits, like lowering blood pressure, boosting your immune system and making you feel happier! While a normal holiday can be a great stress-buster, if you want to completely unwind, there’s nothing quite like a relaxing spa break in our peaceful little corner of Pembrokeshire, Wales. With the clean air, stunning scenery, great food and laid-back pace of life, you’ll be stress-free in no time at all!

Scenic Countryside Walks

Sparsely populated, Pembrokeshire is the ideal place to get out in the fresh air if you want a bit of peace and quiet and the chance to explore some spectacular scenery. Whether you fancy a tranquil saunter through ancient woodland, a walk along the famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path, or a more vigorous hike across the dramatic moorland of the Preseli Hills, you can roam for miles. As well as enjoying the landscape, you might also be lucky enough to spot some of the local wildlife – seals and dolphins can be the highlight of a clifftop walk; otters and kingfishers frequent the quiet riverbanks, while buzzards and red kites are commonly seen hovering over fields and hedgerows. There are some lovely walks with spectacular views that are easily accessible from Wolfscastle Country Hotel, so you can enjoy a wander into nature whenever the mood takes you.

Relaxing Retail Therapy

Our wild, remote landscape naturally inspires creativity and for many years Pembrokeshire has attracted artists and other craftspeople in droves, resulting in a rich arts and crafts heritage. Take a leisurely trip through the county towns and villages and you’ll find art galleries, cosy craft shops and bijou boutiques selling everything from traditionally-whittled love spoons and hand-thrown pottery to jewellery and contemporary paintings. Towns like Narberth or the tiny cathedral city of St Davids are good places to immerse yourself in the slower pace of life and indulge in a spot of relaxed retail therapy.

Discover the Pembrokeshire Coast

With almost 186 miles of coastline and over 50 beaches, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring the seaside here in Pembrokeshire. With secluded pebbled coves, remote islands, towering cliffs and vast sandy beaches, it’s some of the most dramatic coastline in the world and, best of all, is rarely crowded, even in the summer. If a sunset stroll along a deserted beach is your idea of heaven, this is the place to be! We’re also famous for our clean seas and pure air which have long been thought to have curative health benefits and, it’s said, will help you enjoy one of the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had.

Quality Local Food and Drink

Of course, as well as getting out in the fresh air, taking care of yourself also means eating healthily. Nourishing your body with the best quality, natural foods is another way to give yourself a boost during your spa break – but don’t worry, healthy doesn’t have to mean boring! West Wales has some of the best fresh fish and seafood, meat, farm-fresh vegetables and award-winning artisan cheeses in the country and we take great pride in serving local produce in our Allt yr Afon Restaurant and Brasserie. The good news is that a little tipple now and again has also been proven to be good for your health – a great excuse to unwind with a nice glass of wine or local craft beer after a hard day’s strolling, shopping or pampering!

Luxury Spa Experience

Obviously, the best way to relax on a spa break is by indulging in a range of luxurious treatments! In the chic, calm ambience of Wolfscastle Hotel Luxury Spa our expert therapists are on hand to give you the ultimate spa experience that nourishes body and mind – from stress-relieving remedies like full-body massage and hot stone therapy, to cosmetic treats such as rejuvenating botanical facials and luxury manicures. As well as being supremely relaxing, visiting a spa can also be a fun way to celebrate a birthday, wedding or other special occasion. That’s why we offer the chance to combine your treatments with afternoon tea, lunch or dinner and make your spa experience even more memorable.

So, whether you’d like to ease the tension in those shoulders, buff your skin to perfection or simply take a well-deserved breather, a luxury spa break in Pembrokeshire is the perfect pick-me-up!

hot stones Wolfscastle luxury spa and hotel Pembrokeshire Wales

To book your spa treatment, spa break or to treat someone special to a Wolfscastle Country Hotel spa gift voucher, simply get in touch with us online or give us a call on 01437 741225.

Head Spa Therapist Vacancy

Due to the success of our Beauty and Wellness Spa we are now looking for a Head Spa Therapist to join our wonderful team. We are also expanding the spa to include a hot tub and sauna due to be open to the public in June. Please see the job description below and we look forward to hearing from you.

Head Spa Therapist Job Description

We are looking for a highly professional and self-motivated Head Therapist to join our Beauty and Wellness Centre at the Wolfscastle Country Hotel, Pembrokeshire.

The ideal candidate will have a Level 3 Beauty Therapy qualification or equivalent, with 3+ years of experience preferred. You must have excellent communication skills, with a warm and professional approach. You must be confident in carrying out a variety of Beauty and Spa treatments, and show attention to detail in all aspects of your work.

Role:

As Head Therapist you will be responsible for leading a small team in providing professional treatments and services. Overseeing an online booking and payment system; stock selection and management; active promotion of the facility, treatments, and products.

As a new and ambitious Beauty and Wellness Centre, we are looking for candidates that share our passion. There will be opportunities for the right candidate to help develop the business further and be an integral part of our exciting journey.

The ideal Head Therapist will:

– Demonstrate a good understanding of Spa and Beauty treatments

– Have experience in delivering high standard beauty treatments

– Have previous Spa Therapist experience

– Have a passion for the hospitality and spa/beauty industry

– Be able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends

– Have excellent customer service skills and is passionate about exceeding guest expectations

Salary:  Negotiable

To apply please send your cv to enquiries@thewolfscastle.com or call us on 01437 741225

Wolfscastle Walks – A Field with a View

Wolfscastle’s beautiful countryside location means there is always plenty do during your stay at our Hotel. Pembrokeshire is renowned for its idyllic relaxing surroundings, here’s our proprietor Andy Stirling talking about one of his favourite walks:

“A Field with a View” this only takes 30 minutes and is a great walk for a dog, as he can charge around two fields of grass whilst you wistfully gaze across the valley at the beautiful Treffgarne rocks.

Exit the front of the hotel, turn left and then right across the village green – rough grass with a bench and a couple of small trees on it – go left past the very dilapidated cottage with an equally dilapidated caravan to its side. On your right you will see 2 gates which ever field doesn’t have the sheep in it, enter. At the top of this field you will find another larger field to walk around.

Visit Pembrokeshire for Award-Winning Dining at our Country Hotel Restaurant!

“If you are looking for great food, reasonably priced in a restaurant which has a beautiful interior, go no further.”

Good food is one of the greatest pleasures in life. It’s at the heart of the important occasions we celebrate – birthdays, anniversaries, weddings – and something we often turn to when we want to give our nearest and dearest an extra special treat.

At Wolfscastle Country Hotel, we’re passionate about our food. Coming from generations of restaurant owners and wine merchants, you could say the love of food and drink runs through our veins! Whilst we take great pride in creating mouth-watering dishes from the finest Pembrokeshire produce, experience tells us that fantastic food is just one part of dining-out. A warm welcome, beautiful surroundings, a relaxed atmosphere and excellent customer service play an equal part in

ensuring our guests enjoy one of the best dining experiences to be had anywhere in Wales.

Allt yr Afon Wolfscastle

“Absolutely beautiful venue, ideal for any function. Fantastic food, fantastic staff and a fantastic atmosphere. Been here for numerous occasions and was never disappointed. Would highly recommend for any occasion…”

Awarded 2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence our Allt yr Afon Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy delicious, fine-dining dishes carefully created by our talented chefs. Using the very best local produce and treating ingredients with the respect they deserve ensures that each dish showcases the fantastic flavours that exemplify the best in modern Welsh cuisine. A great setting for both formal occasions or more cosy, intimate dining, our Victorian-style dining room exudes elegance whilst retaining a relaxed ambience. As only one of three restaurants in Wales shortlisted for the Observer Monthly Food Awards in 2016, we’ve built an enviable reputation for top-quality food and friendly, professional service.

The Brasserie

 “It was excellent. The staff were welcoming. The menu choices superb. All in all, a delicious meal. We will definitely call in again when we are passing and have no hesitation in recommending you do too.”

Not satisfied with just the one fabulous eatery, we decided to have two! As well as our renowned restaurant, we also have a 2 AA Rosette modern Brasserie offering a more informal dining experience. Enjoy a spot of dinner or lunch on weekdays or go traditional at the weekend with a scrumptious Sunday roast. The Brasserie is also a lovely setting in which to indulge in one of our delicious afternoon teas, a really special treat (especially if you add a little Prosecco)! If food isn’t on your mind, you can just sit back and relax with a drink – cwtch on a sofa with a steaming cup of freshly-ground coffee or lounge at the bar and peruse our classic cocktail menu, whatever takes your fancy.

Enjoy the Best of our Wonderful Wine Cellar

“Very good atmosphere, friendly staff. Excellent wine.”

 Of course, a great meal needs an equally wonderful accompaniment and our well-stocked wine cellar is more than up to the challenge. Our family have been wine shippers and merchants for over 200 years, so we know a thing or two about finding the best quality wines to suit a variety of palettes and to match our gourmet dishes. We take pride in selecting fine wines from around the world, so you’re sure to find something you’ll love on our extensive wine list.

Serious about food

For serious foodies, there’s the opportunity to join the Wolfscastle Country Hotel Dining Club. As a member, you can dine with us regularly, enjoying both menu favourites and our chef’s latest creations at a healthy discount (and it gives you a great excuse not to stay at home and do the cooking)!

If all that doesn’t convince you how passionately we feel about our food and drink, how many hotels can boast their very own cookbook? Our proprietor Andy Stirling has put his passion into print – part memoir, part cookbook, ‘My life and other recipes’ was published to mark 40 years of our luxury Pembrokeshire hotel.

Detailing Andy’s extensive experiences in the food and wine business and giving an insight into his culinary inspirations, the book also shares some of Andy’s tried and tested food favourites, like classic Boeuf Bourguignon, sticky chocolate brownies and the famous fudge that’s been served with our coffee for over 40 years!

Allt yr afon Wolfscastle is the home of Andy Stirling, author of My Life and Other Recipes an proprieotor of WOlfscastle Country Hotel, Pembrokeshire

 

Come Dine With Us at Allt yr Afon Wolfscastle

If you’ve worked up an appetite just reading this, why not come down and enjoy some great food in a warm, friendly atmosphere here at Wolfscastle Country Hotel? Whether you’re just popping in for a meal, or combining a bite to eat with a stay at the hotel or a visit to our luxury spa, we want you to have a truly memorable dining experience at our award-winning restaurant in Pembrokeshire.

 

To book a table, buy a restaurant gift voucher (or treat yourself to a copy of Andy’s brilliant book) please give us a call on 01437 741225 or contact us online.

 

Wolfcastle Shortlisted for ‘Romantic Hotel of the Year’

Hosted by Ocean Creative, the Welsh Hospitality Awards will celebrate the hard work of the best professionals and businesses in the Welsh hospitality industry. After a tremendous response from the public over the past months with thousand of nominations received, the finalists have been announced.

We are delighted to announce that The Wolfscastle Country Hotel has been nominated in the ‘Romantic Hotel of the Year’ category.

The black tie event will be held at the Portland House Cardiff on Sunday the 12th of November, where we will find out if we have won the award.

More information on the event and the complete list of nominations can be found here.