Such a beautiful hidden gem in the most stunning grounds. As a family with three little ones and a dog we had a great time at Creek cottage. Perfectly located for easy access to the lovely beaches of Pembrokeshire too. The hosts were very helpful and friendly and we look forward to returning.
Reply from: Jill
Thank you for your lovely review and photo. Creek Cottage is such a special cottage with a quiet location yet a great base from which to explore, delighted you all enjoyed your stay.
Great house, great location and friendly helpful owners
The cottage is well-provisioned with crockery, cutlery, books, games, garden furniture and useful sundries like torches, firelighters and matches. The bed is comfortable, and there is plenty of hot water from the solar thermal system and the Rayburn. We were given instruction in the management of the Rayburn which, as it turns out, isn't difficult, and good fun too. There's plenty of firewood provided so the Rayburn can be used for cooking, although there is a more conventional gas oven. The electricity is solar-powered and can't cope with things like washing machines, toasters or electric kettles, but we found that we didn't miss them. The cottage garden is very quiet and despite the surrounding trees, very sunny. There's a good view of the creek and its wildlife, and we loved having the grounds of Upton Castle to ourselves after closing time. We also had some very nice walks at Colby Woodland Garden and along the cliffs. Our dog gave the beaches at Amroth and Manorbier five stars.
It is charming, simple cottage in a quiet location. It would be worth advising people that the fridge is small and about the absence of toaster/kettle before they arrive. We are used to stoves and ray burns but again perhaps making it clear that there is work involved just so people know what to expect. Prue and Steve were welcoming and it was pleasant to be able to walk the grounds. I have had seen Steves sons pieces in Singapore so that was an interesting little connection!
A rare gem. Creek cottage has it all. Peace and tranquillity, delightful gardens and woodland walks full of wild flowers.
Wonderful two weeks. Just lovely! The cottage is beautifully done and the setting so relaxing.
We are now ruined for any other holiday cottage in future! It is hard to imagine that anywhere else could be so tranquil, beautiful, comfortable and well appointed.
What a find! The perfect winter hideaway. A beautifully decorated cosy cottage in stunning surroundings. It was hard to drag ourselves away from the roaring fires. We will be back.
Wow! What a fantastic setting, we loved it. I wish we were staying longer.
Holiday cottage in grounds of Upton Castle Pembrokeshire - eco and dog friendly. Within 7 miles of renowned South Pembrokeshire coast.
The renovations to Creek Cottage have been carried out to a very high standard while retaining its charm. WiFi is available via Myfi. Off grid electricity (230v) is provided by eco-friendly renewable sources and the new wood-fired Rayburn in the dining room (wood provided free of charge) provides central heating. There is a wood burning stove in the sitting room. Hot water is supplied by solar panels supplemented by the Rayburn. In addition there is a gas cooker with oven and hob in the kitchen.
3 Bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 5 adults (plus a folding bed for a child). 1 Double, 1 Twin and 1 Single.
Bathroom with bath (hand held shower over), toilet and washbasin. All on 1st floor.
Cloakroom with toilet and washbasin on ground floor.
Sitting Room with wood burning stove, sofa, comfortable chairs, lots of books and games, TV/DVD.
Dining Room new wood fired Rayburn (for cooking and hot water), stairs to 1st floor. Table and chairs seating 6.
Kitchen galley style, gas cooker with oven and hob, larder fridge (no ice box). Larder.
Grounds large 1/2 acre garden with lawns, garden furniture & access to Upton Castle Gardens - NB please supervise small children - ponds, streams, access to river etc.
Short breaks - Winter
WiFi - Yes but limited
Changeover - Friday
Towels - Yes (beach towels not provided)
Parking - Yes, Vehicle access to the cottage is via a narrow hard lane through gardens & woodland. Parking for up to 3 cars. Alternatively guests are welcome to leave their cars (max 3) by the Castle and walk the 600 yards to the cottage. Luggage delivered if required.
Fuel - Central heating by wood fired Rayburn. Solar panels provide hot water topped up by Rayburn. Electricity supplied by eco friendly renewable sources. Logs provided free of charge.
Dogs - 1 welcome free
Travel cot - Yes on request
Highchair - Yes
Bed linen - Included as standard
Upton Castle Grounds Pembrokeshire
The enchanting Castle grounds are paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers - ponds teeming with wildlife and birds, woods carpeted with wild flowers in the spring and you may see an otter on the creek! A magnificent mature arboretum, marvellous magnolias and rhododendrons, Victorian walled garden, formal rose garden and a woodland and bluebell walk down to the River. One of the Great Gardens of West Wales.
The stunning 12th C medieval chapel with its fascinating stone effigies and Norman font featured on Channel 4's 'Time Team' programme in early spring 2013.
'Little England beyond Wales' South Pembrokeshire
'Little England beyond Wales' is a tranquil corner of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with excellent walks through open countryside and along the picturesque tidal estuary.
Cyclists are well catered for with a cycle route nearby and for those who like to mess about on the river, there is kayaking/boating from tidal creeks.
Castle Country - South Pembrokeshire
This is also 'castle country' - Carew Castle ruins with its tidal mill and mighty Pembroke Castle which dominates the ancient town of Pembroke are both nearby and within a short drive is Manorbier Castle overlooking the beautiful sandy cove - a favourite with generations of families.
Pembroke Main Street, which runs the length of the old town, has several interesting Tudor and Georgian houses, two historic churches, a large Antique Emporium, and a variety of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Explore the magnificent Norman castle which is Henry Tudors birthplace and an ideal place to enjoy one of the many events such as historic enactments and music festivals.
Pembroke Mill Pond Walk
Stroll along the Mill Pond walk, feed the swans and look out for kingfishers and maybe even an otters.
Stackpole Estate (NT) - Bosherston Lily Ponds, Broad Haven South and Barafundle Beach.
Stackpole is both a listed designed landscape and an internationally important nature reserve. Walk through woodlands to the unique Bosherston Lily Ponds - a great spot for otters, water birds and dragonflies. Continue on to the golden sands of Broad Haven South beach and join the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path which will lead you over the headland to Barafundle.
Beautiful Barafundle - voted the best beach and picnic spot in Britain - clear azure waters and shimmering sands are the order of the day here. Enjoy a picnic on the beach then stroll back along the coastal path to the Stackpole Quay for afternoon tea with freshly baked scones with jam and cream.
Bosherston is a small village with a pub, Ye Olde Worlde' Tearoom (menu unchanged for 50 years and from where fishing permits for the Lily Ponds are available) and a fine 13th century Norman Church.
Enjoy a tasty meal in the St.Govans Inn - a traditional village pub mentioned in the Good Pub Guide.
Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm bird islands
Do visit Skomer Island and spend the day exploring the beautiful island nature reserve. See the thousands of Puffins, Guillemots, and Razorbills, along with a host of other birds and wildlife throughout the summer months. During the autumn the seals give birth to their pups - many can be spotted among the rocks in the secluded bays.
For one of the best seabird and wildlife experience in Britain, take an exhilarating high speed Sea Safari out to explore the stunning Pembrokeshire coast and Grassholm Island with its incredible Gannet colony.
South Pembrokeshire Beaches
South Pembrokeshire's other famous beaches within an easy drive include Angle, Freshwater West (great surfing beach), Freshwater East, Swan Lake and Manorbier.
The medieval walled town of Tenby with its picturesque harbour is a popular seaside resort. Interesting little shops, galleries, pubs, restaurants, cobbled streets and 5 glorious beaches (Blue Flag) to choose from. Tenby harbour has a thriving boating and fishing community as well as the departure point for the Caldey island boats, seal safaris, fishing trips and pleasure cruises.
The Tudor Merchant's House Owned by the National Trust, is a fascinating house that has been recreated to look like it would have been in the late 15th century.
Tenby Museum and Art Gallery is on Castle Hill near the harbour is the oldest independent museum in Wales.
Tenby boasts two great golf courses, a championship links course at Tenby Golf Club and a parkland course at Trefloyne Manor.
Caldey Island, just offshore from Tenby South Beach is owned by monks of The Cistercian Order and has an active monastery. Attractions on the island include the 12th Century Priory, Museum, Perfume Shop on Tea Gardens plus one of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire.
Family days out in Pembrokeshire
Picton Castle, Pheonix Bowl, Oakwood, Folly Farm, Heatherton, Tenby Dinosaur Park and Anna Ryder Richardson's Manor Wildlife Park are all wonderful days out for the whole family to enjoy.
Pembrokeshire Days Out
Pembrokeshire has theme and fun parks (including Oakwood, Wild Welsh Zoo and Folly Farm) for all ages, embark on world beating walks along the famous Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, relax on stunning beaches, take boat trips to the bird islands, visit the seaside resorts of Tenby and Saundersfoot or simply just revel in Upton Castle's beautiful grounds.
Family and dog friendly Creek Cottage in its unique castle garden location is a delightful base for exploring the whole of Pembrokeshire.
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