Glanafon Coach House
This is the home of Pamela and William McNamara, and it’s no accident that two such well-regarded hospitality professional’s careful oversight of this project has produced such a luxurious restoration where their meticulous attention to detail is evident at every turn. The building’s inherent rustic charm has been preserved and yet the sophisticated decoration shines through. Think exposed roof beams, impenetrable stone walls, deep window sills and oak stable doors.
It’s an upside-down house, with airily expansive open-plan living space on the first floor, accessed from either internal or external stairs, and the four gorgeous bedrooms on the ground floor. The double height lofty ceilings let the light bounce around, and the relaxing and convivial space is a draw for those lucky enough to stay here. There’s a focal point wood burning stove, enveloping sink-into leather sofas and a grand dining table with period chairs seating eight. The well-equipped kitchen area is not neglected and comes fully fitted in fashionable black gloss, with a modern integrated fridge, freezer, large dishwasher, electric Cooker with hob and a microwave. Downstairs the four charming bedrooms make the most of the bygone character. There are two roomy king size doubles complete with free-standing Edwardian style bath tubs, perfect for a soak after a day on the beach, both featuring the retained antique doors opening out onto the expansive grounds. The Blue Room, a calming and romantic grown-up space, and our favourite, has a zip and link super-king bed. The two quirky twin rooms make great use of the original wrought iron horse stalls and the 6 ft. high beds are accessed by climbing a ladder, and there’s a trendy contemporary shower room featuring exposed stone walls and the ancient flagstone floor. The beaches here are some of the best in Wales – sandy, safe and relatively uncrowded, ranging from traditional seaside resorts to hidden coves well off the beaten track. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the UK’s only coastal park protects this spectacular south-west Wales coastline, providing many areas of outstanding beauty inland too. This is a place where the whole family, couples or groups of friends can enjoy all sorts of watersports, from sailing, surfing and windsurfing to kayaking and coasteering, and there are also boat-trips to islands where you might see puffins in summer or migrating seabirds in spring and autumn. A dolphin, seal or even a whale sighting is not uncommon.