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A client’s view: Celtic Haven self-catering cottages holiday diary (part two)

8th November 2010

The next customer travel post in our series comes from Sally Carty. Animal lover Sally has visited Celtic Haven several times and has stayed in five of our cottages during the last 18 months! Sally says she prefers come on her own for a: “Total chilling out break to re-charge my batteries.” Here’s why Sally, and her pet rabbit love to holiday in our corner of Pembrokeshire,:

The location of Celtic Haven is perfect for the beach, countryside, shopping and places of interest and a great base for travelling around the area.

There is a local train station nearby but the airport and ferry are considerably further. My journey by car takes approximately 1.5 hours and as long as there is not much traffic on known ‘hot’ spots, it is a very pleasurable one.

Celtic Haven is like a cosy little village, well laid out, beautiful scenery and plenty to do should you wish to partake. So relaxing and tranquil that you don’t want to leave.

My favorite views are from  The Parlour cottage as I love the view looking out to the cliffs from the bedroom window but all the views around the resort are stunning. Also the road from Tenby towards Lydstep is as pretty as a picture, looking over to Caldey Island.

View from The Parlour cottage

Most of the time I like to come alone with my pet rabbit, although I have visited with a relative on two occasions. All of the cottages I have stayed in are well laid out; they cater for all of your needs. I love the way they have been modernised but still retain their original character. Each cottage I have stayed in is individual.

I tend to eat in the cottage when I stay. I usually buy local produce, as there are some great food shops in the area.  Tenby market is a particular favorite for local meats and cheese.

As Celtic Haven is a self-catering holiday, I usually go to Sainsbury’s in Tenby or Tesco Metro. There is a good local shop in Manorbier also selling all sorts but can be a bit pricey, I like going there to take a drive down to the beach after, surfers’ paradise!

I am yet to eat in the Waves restaurant; I have this planed for my next stay. I have eaten the food from the restaurant though and it is superb and very good value for money. It serves the best cheese in the world!!! Of the other dining experiences nearby, the Indian restaurant on the Square in Tenby is very nice together with The Plantagenet rooms.

The cottages are very cosy, always clean and welcoming.  I used to drive past when I owned an apartment in Tenby and thought how much I would like to stay and now I have I will keep coming back as often as I can.  I also think the price is very reasonable for what you are offered. I have stayed in several B & B’s / hotels in the area in the past and sometimes paid far more for very low standards. The weekend breaks are perfect for a quick get away.

I have sampled quite a few of the treatments at the Elemis Spa over a period of time, most have been very good. The products they sell are often in lovely gift boxes at really good prices when they have offers on.

The weather is usually a bit of a mixture when I come to Pembrokeshire but whatever the weather, you are always guaranteed a great time. If the sun is shining it’s better than being abroad as the beaches are wonderful.

I have been all over but with lots more places left to explore. My favorites are Barafundle, Bosherton, Solva and St David’s. Walking down to Lydstep beach for the first time was a special moment, quite impressive.

Sally’s top three, not to be missed nearby attractions:

1. Barafundle ~ such a lovely secluded beach, breathtaking, the walks around the area is great

2. Bosherton lily pond ~ wow, this place is so special with a great walk down to the beach beyond

3. Folly Farm, not far from Celtic Haven, ideal for children and adults if you like animals and the funfair

Sally’s top tips for a trip to Celtic Haven?

1.    Book in advance if you can for spa treatments as they are very popular

2.    Prepare for all weathers