Meadow Farm sits aloft an elevated knoll overlooking the inviting sprawl that is the North Tenby seafront. It’s a location that in itself could literally ‘wash away the ills of men’, to cite the Euripides passage that is synonymous with this 12th Century town, such as the breadth of surrounding sea blue seas that form Carmarthen Bay. Caldey Island, so close in the distance that you could reach out and touch it.
Nowhere in modern Pembrokeshire is more famous, and more ‘lyrically waxed’ than Tenby. There are hundreds of special places in Pembrokeshire and West Wales alone, but none conjure the same warmth of feeling or depth of emotion that Tenby can. Such has been the prominence of this town in the nostalgia of so many returning travelers over recent years.
The Cottage at Meadow Farmhouse
Firstly, Meadow Farmhouse, as we have already established, sits in a fantastic location. It actually offers the best of both worlds in terms of a traditional, rural cottage holiday.
It’s proximity to Tenby for ease is fantastic. You can walk from the hilltop location into the town, via the coastal path, and down in, across the top of the north beach and into the very centre of the town square in 20 minutes, or you can drive in and park in one of the many car parks in just a few minutes.
The walking route is very special and one that you do not get with many Pembrokeshire holiday cottages. As you approach the cottage, you will turn in one way, following the drive down to the farmhouse. One the other side of the turn-in, is access to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, that when picked up will take you down onto ‘Northcliff’, and descend into the town past the old grand townhouse buildings of Tenby and the Croft Court structure. So access to one of the much-lauded stretches of the Pembrokeshire coastal path can be picked up, almost exclusively, at Meadow Farm.
The cottage itself is secluded, and offers you an arms-length reach for privacy, whilst being just a stone’s throw from the coveted cobbled streets of Tenby; the ideal position to be in when looking for a rural retreat without feeling cut off.
The cottage is spacious, light, and beautifully set out by the owners who have put a huge amount of effort into trying to get the maximum amount out of the space available.
The property has three, large and well-thought-out bedrooms, with two double bedrooms for adults, and in the third, two sets of bunk beds allowing four children to share. There is also a sofa bed in the games room, and 3 separate bathrooms, so the house is an easy fix for two small families looking to get away to the coast together.
So, FAMILY is very much the name of the game for this fantastic cottage. This is encapsulated entirely by the wonderful open plan kitchen and diner, with terrace doors that open out to wonderful skies and the peaceful outdoor surroundings. There is a games room with a football table, large smart TV & games console which is an ideal space for children to wind down in, whilst they’re not playing in the safe enclosed garden.
All modern conveniences are taken care of, and the cottage offers ample parking and WiFi throughout.
Tenby Town is packed with a range of boutique shops and high street staples, some amazing bars, restaurants, and food stands, and throw into all that no less than four sandy beaches and some awe-inspiring architecture, medieval town walls and places of historic interest.
To top it all off, Tenby has enough going on in terms of open businesses and events to be a truly ‘year-round’ town.
We covered just some of what’s on offer in our blog, 5 Amazing Things to do in Tenby, but this was not an exhaustive list. There is an abundance of things going on inside the unassuming walls of Tenby town. There are around 15 bars, countless restaurants, and eateries, a concert venue, two breweries (one of which, is also building a gin distillery, as of 2020), a plethora of boutique and local shops, two small supermarkets, a fishing harbour, a church, train station, 4 large car parks and 4 amazing sandy beaches. And that’s just Tenby town centre, all found conveniently within a square mile of each other.
Like Mary Poppins’ carpetbag – you’ll find more than you bargained for.
Things to do
Outside of Tenby, the offerings of things to do keep on presenting themselves,
There are two zoo’s with a few miles of Tenby – Folly Farm (which was named the 10th best zoo in the world at TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards 2017) and Manor Wildlife Park, and you won’t believe that between the two of the sites, the staggering offering of animals on display. Lions, rhinos, penguins, giraffes and red pandas feature amongst a throng of other fantastic creatures at Folly Farm, and as well as red pandas and rhinos, the Sumatran Tigers and apes are some of the main draws at Manor Park.
West Wales is surely starting to look like the zoo capital of Wales, and it’s all on the doorstep of Meadow Farmhouse.
If animals are not your thing, then there are also some great parks. Folly Farm has a grand olde fairground experience, and there is Oakwood Theme Park and Great Wedlock’s Tenby Dinosaur Park.
Or, if you prefer a more casual pace of life, then there are two golf courses in the Tenby area; Tenby Golf Course and the course out at Trefloyne Manor.