Remote and unspoilt, the Pembrokeshire peninsula – at the southwest corner of Wales – must surely rank among Europe’s most magnificent and varied coastlines. Here you’ll find St Brides Castle, the restoration of which earned a Prince of Wales Award for Architecture.
Set in 99 acres of mature parkland, the fine 19th-century baronial country mansion was re-styled in 1833 at the whim of the fourth Lord Kensington. As a result, its castellated outline reflects the eccentricity common among the wealthy landowners of the time. Today, this fascinating castle has a modern purpose, providing the discerning holidaymaker with a choice of stylish and comfortable apartments and cottages.
Not far from St Brides is Haverfordwest, an attractive and bustling market town that boasts a range of shops and restaurants. Also within easy driving distance to the north is Britain’s smallest city, St Davids, with its lovely 12th century cathedral – and to the south is the town of Pembroke, home of a beautiful old Norman castle.
St Brides is located in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which offers a wealth of wonderful places to explore and enjoy. Its stunning coastline spans 186 miles and contains safe, sandy beaches ideal for families, as well as rugged cliffs and secluded rocky coves. It is also a paradise for the wildlife enthusiast, with plenty of rare habitats and species.