The Druidstone

On a cliff-top above a sandy beach, this idiosyncratic 'family holiday centre' is favoured by those who prefer informality and 'the feeling of total freedom'. We are sad to report the death of the founder, Jane Bell, whose aim was to 'revive the work worn' and create a beacon of the arts. Her son, Angus, and his partner, Beth Wilshaw, are 'much to the fore' in a place whose 'style doesn't change'. A fan revisiting in 2013 says: 'It doesn't suit everyone; shabby chic isn't a bad description though others might say homely and welcoming. The pluses are the location and the space to wander or just sit.' The accommodation is simple: the best rooms, on the second floor, have an en suite bathroom and a shared balcony. Six other bedrooms share three bathrooms 'in the style of a family holiday house'. The public rooms, which have books, maps and local information, open on to terraces overlooking the sea. Children (and pets) are welcomed: they have early suppers in the farmhouse kitchen. 'International' meals are served in the bar and restaurant; Italian and Spanish 'feast nights' are held.
  • Food as interesting and varied as ever. Many long-serving staff, you feel that they really want to look after your needs. The place and style don't change, except that there is substantial investment: work in the grounds, etc. Angus and Beth much more to the fore. It doesn't suit everyone - 'shabby-chic' isn't a bad description; others might say 'homely and welcoming'. Pluses: the location, the feeling of total freedom, space to wander or just sit.

    10/04/2012

  • We have stayed in May for more than ten years. It is acharming, restful and artistic place. The views are heaven.

    K.B., 21/02/2012

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Local attractions

St David's Cathedral
A stunning church, dating back to the 6th century,with bat walks in the Bishop's Palace at night and a fantastic café.
Pembrokeshire National Park coastal path
The only national park in the UK that is nearly all coastal. Fantastic walks.
Barrafundle Bay
One of the most beautiful beaches in the UK, only accessible via the coast path.

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Contact Details

The Druidstone

nr Broad Haven, Haverfordwest BROAD HAVEN Pembrokeshire Wales SA62 3NE

Telephone

01437 781221

Further Information

Bedrooms

11, also 5 holiday cottages.

Open

all year.

Facilities

sitting room, TV room, bar (occasional live music), farmhouse kitchen, restaurant, small conference/function facilities, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, 22-acre grounds, sandy beach, safe bathing 200 yds.

Background music

in bar and on feast nights.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2013] per person B&B £50-£90. À la carte £30. 1-night bookings usually refused Sat mid-season.