We’d need far more than a few hundred words to do this place full justice. Its location alone is worth a complete guide book, distilling as it does everything that is special about south Pembrokeshire – its cliffs, beaches, headlands, ponds, bays, walks and wildlife. Located on the National Trust’s Stackpole Estate, this 17th-century inn stands between Bosherston’s famous lily ponds and Barafundle Bay, an idyllic spot which regularly stars in the ‘best beaches’ listings compiled by the travel media (The Sunday Times, for example, calls it ‘a desert island dream beach in Wales’). Walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers, fishermen and climbers (there are some serious sea-cliffs here) flock to this stretch of coastline – and all are made welcome at Stackpole Inn.
Guest accommodation is in quality, crisply decorated rooms just one minute’s walk away from the inn in a separate building. You stay here on a B&B basis, but you don’t have to go far for lunch or dinner – and wouldn’t think of eating anywhere else, for the inn is famous for food (especially its daily specials of fresh, local fish) that has earned it a place in many top guides, and a recent ‘Best Eating Our Experience in Pembrokeshire’ award. All good inns are warm and hospitable too, and this one, run by Gary and Rebecca Evans, is no exception. There are few better spots in summer, when you can chill out after a walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path with a beer or glass of wine in Stackpole’s large garden. The setting, as we’ve said, is exceptional – just google ‘Green Bridge of Wales’, one of the many local sights, if you don’t believe us.