A few weeks ago, Coastal Cottages invited C and I to stay in one of their stunning rentals – 2 Penally Boathouse Mews. Having fallen in love with Pembrokeshire a few years ago on THIS trip, we had longed to go back and explore more of the beautiful coastline.
Coastal Cottages have over 500 properties in their portfolio. 2 Penally Boathouse Mews (formerly known as Saddlers Cottage) is a cosy cottage hidden away in the grounds of the owners’ home, Penally House, on the bank of the River Teifi in the small village of St Dogmaels. Beautifully renovated to a high standard and furnished in an quirky mix of contemporary and antique pieces focussing on the nearby river and its fishing history, the split level L-shaped layout leads from the sitting area with cosy wood burning stove, which overlooks the pretty gardens with views of the nearby estuary.
We arrived on a warm May day, having stopped at nearby Ceibwr Bay for a walk along the stunning coastline and a bite to eat at Penralt Garden Centre. After some debate over the directions, we found the gate that leads into Penally House and it’s gardens. We were immediately shocked at how different it felt within the walls. Flowers were blossoming everywhere we turned, birds were flying around the trees and we could see the estuary in the back. We parked up and were greeted by the wonderful Venita, who showed us around her wonderful cottages and garden.
2 Penally Boathouse Mews was a perfect fit for us, a cosy space, with all the mod cons, a wood burning stove and little trinkets that represented the area. We soon got settled in and decided a walk along the river would be the best thing after a stuffy car journey. You can access the river from the garden of the mews, and the path follows the river down to the sea, through the village. There is a fantastic little pottery shop in the village, and we picked up some beautiful mugs and chatted to the Potter about the area and also Bath. We headed back to the cottage and settled for a quite night in, with a simple dinner and a bottle of wine, and watched the sunset from the garden.
The following morning, we awoke to another glorious day, and decided we would explore some more of the coastline. After a breakfast of local produce, we set about heading to the opposite side of the estuary, to a small hamlet called Gwbert. We had heard you can spot seals there, so thought it was the perfect place for a stroll. The sea was bright blue, and we hiked along the cliff edge, spotting many jellyfish in the sea below. It wasn’t until we were about to turn around and head back, that we caught glimpse of a seal close to the shore. We watched him swim about for a good 30 minutes, sealing around and loving the attention he was getting. We wandered back along the coast and took in the view.
We headed back to St Dogmaels for some lunch. We had spotted a local pub the day before, and headed there for a roast in the sunshine on their beautiful deck which overlooked the river. Their vegan roast was fantastic, one of the best I have ever had (seriously you guys!). A vegan nut roast with ample seasonal veg to accompany it. A great meal to end a fantastic (albeit too short) weekend away.
Thanks to Coastal Cottages for use of 2 Penally Boathouse Mews.
Have you visited St Dogmaels or Pembrokeshire before? What’s your favourite part of it?
Disclaimer – Coastal Cottages offered us a complimentary stay in return for a review. All opinions are my own. For more information on Coastal Cottages, head to their website, www.coastalcottages.co.uk