Near St Davids
Garn Isaf is as relaxing or invigorating, restful or exhilarating, as you want it to be.
Set in an away-from-it-all location close to the ruggedly beautiful north Pembrokeshire coast, this Grade II-listed converted barn is the kind of place which, on the one hand, inspires spiritual contemplation, and on the other let’s you go wild by jumping off cliffs into the sea. The first comes courtesy of majestic St Davids Cathedral, the second from coasteering – more on these later. But what can you expect from your accommodation? Beautifully renovated Garn Isaf uses many natural materials, including a limestone ground floor (with underfloor heating), ash stairways, and oak-floored, well-equipped bedrooms. It’s warm and cosy, with a comfy sun lounge with plenty of soft sofa chairs and a spacious dining room where breakfast is served with the accent on locally sourced and free-range produce. Outside you’ll find a slate patio and raised garden area, ideal for birdwatching, stargazing and barbecues (there’s also a good choice of places to eat locally). Garn Isaf is set on a smallholding where you can say hello to a Shetland pony and five tame sheep owned by Anne, your relaxed but professional host who prides herself on her attention to detail. You can bring your own pets too, for Garn Isaf is very dog-friendly. If all of this isn’t enough, you’re in one of the most inspiring stretches of coastline in Wales, where you can go island-hopping, coastal path walking, wildlife watching, kayaking, surfing and coasteering, the high-octane sport involving cliff clambering and jumping into the sea that was invented on Garn Isaf’s doorstep. Or you might prefer to visit the cathedral that’s the shrine of Celtic Christianity, or call into the galleries and craft shops that proliferate in these parts (artists can’t resist St Davids). Ask also about self-catering options (see Rare Hideaways, our sister scheme, for details).