Both Jan and John are passionate about supporting other local businesses and you will often find handmade, locally reared or created products in both Ty Draw and Glowty Cottages. Please scroll down to plan your stay and learn about the wealth of talent that this beautiful peninsula has to offer.
TYF is an incredible company whose mission is to inspire long lives of adventure, and promote discovery and care for nature. They create life changing adventures with a light touch on nature, focus young people’s sight and skills for the future and help organisations with innovation and sustainability. Jan and John, along with their family, love the company and have enjoyed some incredible days out kayaking, coasteering, cliff jumping and snorkelling. John has recently had a great day out with them, volunteering. They, also, do clothes shops at their shop in St Davids every month, too. A brilliant place to start your break. You can find out all about this inspiring company and their activities here.
The Bug Farm
Dedicated to all things bugs, The Bug Farm is a visitor attraction that offers a fantastic experience for families, adults and groups. Since opening its doors in 2015, The Bug Farm has received numerous awards and is a Visit Wales Quality Assured visitor attraction. You can eat delicious, homemade food in the wonderful restaurant (don’t worry – you don’t have to eat bugs!) but it’s always advisable to book ahead.
Find out more about their brilliant research and work here
Really Wild Soap Company
Created by Julia Horton-Mansfield, Really Wild Soaps are natural, mild, nourishing and have not been tested on animals nor do they contain any animal fats. They are all palm oil free but still retain the rich natural glycerine that is normally discarded in commercial soaps. The wild ingredients are collected locally from the hedgerows, coastline and seashore. Some of my soaps contain honey and beeswax as they have such amazing properties and Julia donates part of the proceeds to www.bumblebeeconservation.org to help raise awareness and increase understanding about our much-loved bumblebees who are essential pollinators for our crops and wildflowers.
Wild About Pembrokeshire
The unique beauty, history and spiritual aura of St Davids, Britain’s smallest City, and its surrounding landscape continues to attract pilgrims and visitors from all over the world. Its Gulf Stream climate, the stunning coastline that was shaped by the sea, its wildlife and ancient landscape lies within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only coastal National Park in Great Britain
This beautiful area has recently received two new accolades:- UK readers of Coast Magazine have voted the 186 mile coastal path as their favourite, and National Geographic Magazine have rated the Pembrokeshire Coast with its 50 beaches as joint 2nd best coastal destination in the world!!
So what better and more appropriate place could there be to discover your ‘inner forager’!!
Visit Wild About Pembrokeshire for more information
Buying a new cushion, blanket or throw is the easiest way to change a room. Here at Melin Tregwynt we try to make things that are useful, beautiful and that will make all the difference to the look and feel of your home.
Made here in Wales, our unique designs come in a wide range of sizes: from cushions and throws to baby and full sized blankets. You can choose either by colour or by design. Also available is an exciting selection of slippers, dressing gowns and socks, hats and scarves, jackets, coats and skirts and bags together with our range of Welsh gifts.
Visit Melin Tregwynt for more information
Solva Woollen Mill
Established January 31st 1907, Solva Woollen Mill is the oldest woollen mill in Pembrokeshire. Solva is now the only mill in Wales specialising in flat weave carpets, rugs and runners. This family business with over 100 years weaving expertise uses traditional skills and 19th century looms to create beautiful flooring to suit any interior.
Recent commissions include rugs for Llwynywormwood, Prince Charles’ Welsh residence, historic reproduction flooring for stately homes in the United States and we are pleased to have been a supplier of rugs to The Landmark Trust properties for many years. visitors are welcome to watch the looms at work and browse the mill shop
For more information visit Solva Woollen Mill
Pembrokeshire’s Climbing Specialists
Whether you want an introduction to climbing, a learn to lead climb or a progression course there’s something to suit everybody. We even run Navigation/Mountain skills courses. Families, individuals and groups welcome.
All you have to do is rock up to the agreed venue and let the fun begin.
Visit RockUp-Climbing for more information
Sea Kayaking in Pembrokeshire
What can you expect?
First of all the Pembrokeshire Coast is an amazing coastline. Designated a national park in 1952, due to the geology, Pembrokeshire has remained largely undeveloped since then. Towering cliffs, littered with caves and rock outcrops, are full of rare nesting birds and inquisitive Atlantic Grey seals. But the real proof is in the paddling.
There are sheltered areas for you to explore if you are new to sea kayaking; tide races and offshore islands to find if you are experienced enough and everything in between too. You’ll enjoy the beautiful, rich playground of the coastline with Atlantic swells and fast tides. It all adds up to Pembrokeshire being the best place in the world for sea kayaking.
According to those in the know, coasteering was first practiced along the coast of Pembrokeshire, the craggy rocks providing the perfect playground for leaping into the clean blue waters. It’s great fun too, but should only be carried out with experienced and knowledgable local activity operators.
Visit Celtic Quest Coasteering for more information
St Davids Cathedral
With a population of less than 2,000 people, St Davids is more than a quaint record-holder as Britain’s smallest city. The magnificent cathedral has been a place of pilgrimage since the 12th century and there are several other attractions of artistic and culinary kinds.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
The only National Park in the UK to be focused primarily along dramatic coastline. Yes it’s a feast for the eyes, abundant in wildlife and rare flaura and fauna, but it also has numerous monuments and sites of historic interest. There’s never a dull moment here.
The Preseli Hills
Clear days in the Preseli Hills offer views as far as the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland. Stones from the area are believed to have been transported 180 miles to Stonehenge. Numerous Neolithic burial chambers, stone circles and Iron Age forts offer an intriguing insight to the great history of these hills.
Carew Castle and Tidal Mill
There’s a unique feel to Carew Castle. Its unusual setting has something to do with it, overlooking a millpond measuring over 23 acres. Its subsequent gentrification as a rather splendid Elizabethan country house demonstrates the rich and colourful heritage of the castle, which has recently undergone major renovation.
Whale and dolphin watching
Harbour porpoises are easily spotted from the coast of Pembrokeshire, while there are several boat trips into the deep waters nearby, where you can come across the bottlenose dolphins that live in these waters, as well as thousands of visiting dolphins in the summer months. Huge fin whales and smaller minke whales can also be seen.
Ramsey Island RSPB reserve
This offshore island near St Davids is a natural haven featuring dramatic 120 metre high cliffs, where guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars nest. Peregrine falcons cruise along the cliffs, families of choughs zip in and out of the numerous caves, while the distinctive ‘kronk’ of the raven can also be heard.
Stackpole nature reserve
A beautiful stretch of coastline offering varied attractions including stunning beaches like Barafundle Bay, contrasting with the picturesque Bosherston Lakes near Stackpole Court. There are plenty of activities including kayaking and coasteering, as well as plenty of delicious local produce to sample in the Boathouse at Stackpole Quay.