Hidden Gems of Pembs
Pembrokeshire is a truly remarkable destination that captivates visitors with its unparalleled beauty and diverse offerings. Nestled along the southwestern coast of Wales, this gem boasts breathtaking landscapes of rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, and enchanting countryside. With its picturesque coastal path, Pembrokeshire invites outdoor enthusiasts to explore its hidden coves, embark on exhilarating hikes, or try their hand at thrilling water sports. The region is also rich in history, showcasing ancient castles, ruins, and charming fishing villages that transport visitors back in time. Furthermore, Pembrokeshire’s warm and welcoming communities, combined with its delightful local cuisine create an unforgettable experience for all who visit.
However, while Pembrokeshire’s allure is evident to those who venture to this stunning corner of Wales, its true essence lies in the knowledge and insight possessed by the locals. No one understands the intricate nuances of the region better than those who call it home. From secret spots nestled amidst the cliffs to lesser-known places to grab a spot to eat, the locals hold the key to unlocking Pembrokeshire’s hidden gems. We asked the Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire team, and we have four such treasures here for you, and the best places to stay to see them.
A secluded cove hidden on the western coastline between Solva and Newgale. Expect golden sands, high cliffs and idyllic blue waters. Perfect for picnics, sunbathing and rock pooling.
Why we love it: This setting is picturesque and peaceful, what’s not to love?! It’s a lesser-known bay along this stretch of a particularly popular coastline and is often overshadowed by a nearby neighbour beach, Newgale. Park near Pointz Castle Ice Cream for the ultimate pitstop of luxury handmade gelato from a local dairy farm after a day at the beach – you can often even see the cows.
Where to stay: Top favourites are Honeysuckle Cottage and Rose Cottage; two side-by-side barn conversions in the nearby hamlet of Lochvane. Picture pretty stone houses enveloped in attractive grounds and decorated with homely interiors. The dog-friendly cottages sleep 5 and 4 respectively, with an interlinking door that can be unlocked for large groups of up to 9.
A sandy-shingle cove that is practically unknown to the masses and even some of the locals from the wider Pembrokeshire area. Perfect for wildlife spotting, stone skimming and picnic stops when walking the northern stretch of the Coast Path.
Why we love it: This shingle shoreline nestled between the cliffs attracts quieter souls looking for tranquillity and inspiration. Wildlife is thriving here with seabirds, flora and fauna plus there’s a hidden waterfall to be discovered in the woodland behind the bay. It’s dog friendly all year round too and there’s plenty to explore.
Where to stay: Aberfforest House is our pick for group getaways sleeping up to 12 plus 2 pets; with sea views and an enclosed garden – you won’t want to leave. Smaller parties of up to 6 may prefer Seahorse Cottage or Barnacle Cottage, both are beautiful stone barn conversions. Hen Ty Llaeth is also a firm favourite for families of 7. All are located just 150 yards from the beach.
A small but sandy bay located on the South Pembrokeshire coastline between the Green Bridge of Wales and St Govans Chapel. Mostly hidden from view even by the snaking Coast Path passing by.
Why we love it: Whilst it may be trickier to get to than many of the others in the region, local surfers swear it’s worth it – just make sure to check the firing range is open before planning a visit. Unlike many of the beaches in South Pembrokeshire, this is one that goes unnoticed by the bulk of travelling explorers in the area but the rugged coastline here is one of the most interesting around. Plus you can visit this beach, The Green Bridge of Wales, the Cauldron, Huntsman’s Leap, St Govans Chapel and Broadhaven South Beach all in one day’s walk.
Where to stay: On the edge of Castlemartin, one of the nearest villages to Bullslaughter Bay, is a cosy conversion named The Stables and Bullpen. Original features and a woodburning stove create a welcoming retreat after a wintry walk exploring this hidden gem whilst the sunny sheltered garden is where you’ll find yourself relaxing during summer evenings.
Traeth Llyfn Beach
A largely forgotten bay where a surprisingly wide stretch of golden sands emerges at high tide. Positioned on the north-westerly coastline between Abereiddy and Porthgain, it’s an ideal stopping point for those walking between these two famous locations.
What we love: Traeth Llyfn is a real “off-the-beaten-path” inlet ideal for a moment of solitude, basking in the rejuvenating vibes only the coast can provide. You’ll barely see anyone here, though that might have something to do with the steep staircase from the cliffs onto the sand. We adore grabbing a bite to eat at The Sloop Inn before venturing off along the coast to sightsee Traeth Llyfn and Abereiddy with its iconic Blue Lagoon beyond.
Where to stay: Enjoy a week at Melin Abereiddy, a remarkably renovated water mill standing atop the cliff overlooking Abereiddy’s black sands nearby. The sea views are truly epic and it is only walking distance from the beach, you need not even move the car for a visit to Traeth Llyfn. Alternatively, check out Harbour View in Porthgain to hike to Traeth Llyfn from the opposite direction. It’s just moments from The Sloop and has a hot tub to soothe those muscles after your coastal path adventure.