Beaches - our favourites!

  • Broadhaven South – A 20/30 minute walk around the lily ponds depending on how fast you walk. This is a stunningly beautiful beach featuring the iconic Church rock in the middle of the bay. Car parking free for Season ticket holders and National Trust members.

  • Barafundle - Frequently described as one of the top ten Most Beautiful Beaches in the world. A 15/20 minute walk from the Stackpole Quay car park, across fields to the beach itself. (Allow an hour's walk from the cottage). There is a National Trust Cafe at Stackpole Quay. Car parking free for Season ticket holders and National Trust members.

  • Freshwater West - Long, half shingle, half sandy beach popular with surfers, and film crews! The last instalment of the Harry Potter Series was filmed here along with Sir Ridley Scott’s latest blockbuster ‘Robin Hood’ starring Russell Crowe. Car Parking free. Make sure you try a delicious Lobster Roll from Cafe Mor, the famous converted boat overlooking the sea before you leave!

  • Tenby - Vibrant, extremely pretty and bustling town with shops, restaurants, cafes and several safe and beautiful beaches.


We are also a two minute walk from the Bosherston Lily Ponds, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Known for its flora and fauna. From here you can reach Stackpole Head and Broadhaven and Barafundle beaches. It is also part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park which offers truly incredible views in any weather. The path takes you around the 186 miles of Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Locally this path takes you from Broadhaven beach over to St. Govans Head and St. Govans Chapel, a sixth century chapel nestled in the cliffs.

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Top Joe’s, Tenby Tel: 01834 218089 – Excellent handmade pizza, made fresh to order – a family favourite of ours. Open daily from 5pm till late.

Salt Cellar, Tenby Tel: 01834 844005 – Situated on the lower ground floor of the Altantic Hotel on the Esplanade. Great for fresh fish dishes and Pembrokeshire ingredients. One of our firm favourites. Booking a must!

The Quayside, Lawrenny Tel: 01646 651574 - Open between Easter and October. Further afield but well worth the trip. Gorgeous little café at water’s edge, daytime only but lovely setting and delicious seafood, cakes and have a jug of homemade Sangria or Elderflower spritzer. Tables outside, great for children.

Coast, Saundersfoot Tel: 01834 810800 – A restaurant which is about as close to the beach as you can get. Very fine dining. Tom Hine conjures up a menu focusing on Pembrokeshire produce.

Ultracomida, Narberth - No Bookings. On the main Street, fantastic Spanish/Welsh deli and café. For lunch arrive early-about 11:45 - 12:00pm or go much later to be sure of a table as a very busy little place.

For fish and chips: Browns Café Main Street, Pembroke. The best in town. Take Away only lunchtimes. Also Rowlies, Main Street. This closes at 5:30pm. For evening opening there is Top of the Town at the end of Main Street just before the mini roundabout.

Takeaways: There is an Indian Takeaway in Pembroke Main Street (Mehfils; Tel: 01646 682666) and a Chinese Takeaway and Restaurant on the Commons in Pembroke. (You can’t miss it on the bottom road on the right on the one way system 100m before the hill up to the Castle).

Eating Out

Rhosyn at Penally Abbey, Penally, Near Tenby Tel: 01834 843033 - Our very own restaurant attached to our hotel near Tenby (see link). Candle lit dining room with stunning sea views, informal service and a refined but easy going ambiance make the restaurant a pleasure for guests. Rich and his team offer superb menus inspired by the Pembrokeshire coast. Open for dinner from 6.45pm in the evenings, drinks and Afternoon Teas. Call the hotel for bookings – mention to the lovely receptionists that you’re staying at the Schoolroom Cottage.

Ye Olde Worlde Café, Bosherston Open between 8am – 5pm in the summer months (between March and October). Simple fare. Cakes, buns, tea (real tea leaves!) and freshly ground coffee in the garden. Popular for late breakfast for intrepid cliff climbers who often camp nearby. There is also a shop selling Ice creams and sweets next door to the quaint pavilion.

St Govan’s Inn, Bosherston Tel: 01646 661311 – A warm welcome, popular with walkers and climbers alike, offering pub grub. Sit beside the fire in the winter months after that blast across the cliffs. Open between 12-9pm for food, booking during school holidays advised.

The Stackpole Inn, Stackpole Tel: 01646 672324 – Lovely award winning Gastro country inn serving delicious homemade food, with superb fish specials and great steaks. A must visit!

Peppe’s Pizza, 2 Westgate St Pembroke Tel 01646 683555 - Opposite the castle entrance. Delicious authentic wood fired pizzas. Takeaway too.


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Nearest shops: 

  • Pembroke for major food shopping. There is a Tesco, Asda, Lidl and Aldi in Pembroke Dock.

  • The newsagent in Main Street opens around 7:00am and closes approx. 9:00pm.

  • There is a little shop attached to the Olde Worlde Café in the village although it sells mainly ice-creams, sweets postcards and beach paraphernalia.

Mencap Gardens

Beautiful place with seasonally grown produce on sale. Situated in the former walled garden to the Stackpole Estate. Drive out of village. Turn sharp right immediately before T Junction. Then sharp left before house on the left. Follow road along until you see sign into Gardens. Park outside on side of road. (By the Way, lovely serene walks just there in the woodland and on towards the eight arch bridge. See map in file.)


A few gift shops, including the Cornstore, The Room and a great local butcher (Motts). Also of course - Pembroke Castle - The birthplace of Henry VII. Amazing. A must!


The quintessential seaside town. Gift shops, Pubs, cafes, fish and chips, rock and Ice creams galore. Worth mentioning is a visit to the RNLI Lifeboat hut and museum on the headland. Take a trip to the mystical and beautiful Caldey Island, famous for its Cistercian Monastery and handmade chocolates. Boats leave every 20 minutes during high season but the island is closed on Sundays.


An excellent, vibrant market town for shopping. So much to see here, all independent shops and cafes. Wisebuys (also in Pembroke) for deli, fruit, chocolates etc.; The Golden Sheaf Gallery for all kinds of lovely things. Lots of other boutique and antique shops (not high street names). Very good butcher as well - Andrew Rees.

St Davids

Also a must! The cathedral and its refectory and Bishops Palace. Excellent for gift and chocolate shops and friendly pubs.



Further Afield

The National Botanic garden of Wales: Take the route to Carmarthen and then...

Take the A48 towards Swansea and the M4. After approximately 8 miles, take a slip road signposted B4310 (Nantgaredig). It has a brown leisure sign for the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Follow the directions to the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Tel: 01558 668998

Spectacularly set in the beautiful Towy valley of Carmarthenshire, Aberglasney House features one of the finest gardens in Wales. Aberglasney Gardens have been an inspiration to poets since 1477. The story of Aberglasney spans many centuries, but, the house's origins are still shrouded in obscurity.

Staying In

Due to demand we will supply the first basket of logs free of charge and £7.00 thereafter for a generous basketful.