Explore: Castlemartin and the Pembrokeshire Coast

As you may have heard me mention, I turned 30 last month and to celebrate we took a very short break on the Pembrokeshire Coast.

I have only ever briefly visited West Wales once, but heard so many good things about it so it was lovely to have the opportunity to spend a little time there. We chose to head to Pembrokeshire as it is only a couple of hours drive from where we live and we were not disappointed.

Visiting with an 11 year old and one year old as well as the dog, we were a little worried about finding somewhere suitable but in the end found a lovely little AirBnB home in Castlemartin. Castlemartin is a village not far from Pembroke and about half an hour away from the much-loved town of Tenby. Situated by the coast, it is also home to an Army firing range. It might seem like a bit of a strange place to holiday, but the scenery was stunning and actually a great base location for walking and exploring further afield.

Fresh Beach Cottage itself was a beautiful old Alms house, thoughtfully decorated in fresh, contemporary style that was sympathetic to the original features of the house and with a fantastic seaside feel. The most delightful surprise was that up the spiral staircase, there was a gorgeous, retro children's room with bunk beds and a huge stash of toys. Dogs were explicitly welcome too, and there were even dog bowls and other doggy paraphernalia to make Mabel comfortable. It was absolutely perfect for us and with helpful hosts and we'd certainly recommend it. We booked through AirBnB and paid £184 for two nights in March for a party of two adults, one child, one infant and a dog. We thought was great value for the space we got, and could easily have fitted another couple or family in too.

The cottage was a short walk from the stunning Freshwater West beach, and located on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path which offers walks with some breathtaking scenery including Stack Rocks and the Green Bridge of Wales and St. Govan's Chapel. One thing we had wished we'd known before making plans was that when the training area was in use there were restrictions on driving or walking down to the Green Bridge. You can find all the information online here, so make sure you plan with this in mind!

From Castlemartin you can head to Pembroke for shopping and essentials or take a drive over to the renowned seaside town of Tenby, which has all the seaside essentials including sweet shops, amusements and overpriced restaurants! Manorbier with it's castle and Bosherston with its lily ponds are nearby too and by all accounts worth a visit all though we didn't get to this this while we were there.

All in all, if you're looking for a chilled getaway with plenty of breathtaking scenery, fresh air and peace, Pembrokeshire will do you very well. Below I have listed some useful links to help you plan your trip to the area, and please feel free to add your own recommendations of where to go in Pembrokeshire in the comments below. Happy holidaying!

Visit Pembrokeshire Website –
Castlemartin Firing Notice –
Fresh Beach Cottage on Airbnb –
National Trails, Pembrokeshire Coast Path info –
Tripadvisor, Pembrokeshire restaurants –

Disclosure: This is a purely personal review of a break we took. I have not received any payment, gift, discount, reimbursement or any other incentive in cash or kind for any part of this article, including views expressed and links placed.

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