Pembrokeshire travel on test: our reader samples arts and crafts in west Wales

Pembrokeshire travel on test: our reader samples arts and crafts in west Wales
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Why Pembrokeshire?

I was born in nearby Cardigan and love this part of Wales. It has a stunning coastline, unspoilt countryside, delicious food and beautiful gardens to visit. I come back every year.

What made this visit special?

I took my good friend Stevie to introduce her to some of my favourite places, and to celebrate her 65th birthday.

Where did you stay?

We spent three nights at Hammet House, a country house hotel situated just outside the village of Llechryd. Although somewhat bemused by the quirky decor we found the staff very friendly and helpful and the food was excellent. The garden runs down to the river Teifi and you can walk from there to Cilgerran castle.

What did you do?

The county is a haven for artists so we explored some of its many galleries and craft centres. Our first stop was my favourite garden, Dyffryn Fernant near Fishguard, featuring sculptures by local artist, John Cleal, who founded the Workshop Wales Gallery near Manorowen as a showcase for other local artists.

What were the other highlights?

We were impressed by Melin Tregwynt woollen mill near Castlemorris and the range of tempting designer-inspired products. There were also inviting little shops in the cathedral city of St David’s where we saw the exhibition of Graham Sutherland paintings in the Parc y Oriel gallery and visitor centre. Back in Fishguard, Stevie loved the paintings by contemporary artists on display in the West Wales Arts Centre, which is next door to a delightful tea and coffee shop.

Pick up a free art and craft guide from the tourist office

 

  • Pembrokeshire is the most western part of Wales, a couple of hours from Cardiff.
  • Marion stayed at Hammet House, Llechryd, Cardigan SA43 2QA. Call 01239 682382 or visit www.hammethouse.co.uk
  • Prefer self-catering? Try Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire, based at Coastal House, Narbeth Road, Haverfordwest, SA61 2XG. Call 01437 765765 or visit www.coastalcottages.co.uk
  • Trains connect from Cardiff to both Fishguard and Haverfordwest. For public transport enquiries call 0871 200 2233 or visit www.traveline-cymru.info 

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