7 of the best places to stay in Pembrokeshire holiday cottages

7 of the best places to stay in Pembrokeshire

Laura Mackenzie 06 March 2023

With a host of award-winning Blue Flag beaches, miles of spectacular coast path and the UK’s only coastal national park, Pembrokeshire should be on everyone’s bucket and spade list. Welcoming towns and villages are dotted across this captivating county with plentiful pubs and restaurants happy to satisfy grumbling bellies after a day’s adventuring. Head a little further north of Pembrokeshire into Ceredigion and discover captivating Cardigan Bay, famous for being home to the largest population of bottlenose dolphins in Europe!

Get outdoors and try some breathtaking Pembrokeshire walks, spend days getting sandy on one of the many beautiful beaches in Pembrokeshire, explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, or eat your way through the delectable local food scene. Visit bustling seaside destinations such as Tenby and Saundersfoot, head for some boutique shopping in Narberth or visit Britain’s smallest city, St Davids. There are places to stay in Pembrokeshire to suit all tastes.

Be it for a romantic getaway, a family holiday, a coastal retreat or a dog-friendly stay, Pembrokeshire will be sure to capture your heart time and time again. Enjoy a stay in this coastal gem and browse our collection of Pembrokeshire holiday cottages or read on to discover what joys await in your well-deserved holiday in West Wales!

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Barafundle Bay

Pembrokeshire is so jam-packed full of gorgeous Blue Flag beaches that it’s hard to choose! Voted Sunday Times Beach of the Year in 2019, Tenby’s Castle Beach is perfect for a nostalgic family seaside holiday on safe sandy shores with plenty of local facilities. Another top Pembrokeshire beach is the breathtakingly beautiful Barafundle Bay, a multi-award-winner, often named one of the best beaches in not just the UK but the whole world!

One of the most popular places to stay in Pembrokeshire has to be the seaside town of Tenby, loved for its beautiful beaches, vibrant town centre and fabulous restaurants. However, Pembrokeshire has plenty to please all types so read on to discover more fantastic places to stay in this coastal county.

Well, we are a bit biased but yes of course it is! Named Wales’ top wellness hotspot due to its fresh sea air, Blue Flag beaches, coastal national park, pretty seaside towns, refreshing coastal walks, local arts and crafts, culture, a fantastic food scene and so much more, Pembrokeshire is perfect for an idyllic UK break. There are plenty of things to do in Pembrokeshire, even when the skies aren’t bright; take a look at our guide to things to do when it’s raining in Pembrokeshire for smiles all around.

Packed with pretty seaside towns, charming villages and even Britain’s smallest city, Pembrokeshire has plenty to offer when it comes to places to visit that are filled with culture, cuisine, and community spirit. Pretty riverside Haverfordwest is the county town of Pembrokeshire and is home to plenty of modern shops, riverside restaurants, gorgeous cocktail bars, and a striking castle that dominates the skyline.

Best place to stay for beaches: Tenby

Tenby Castle Beach

One of the UK’s most sought-after holiday destinations, and one of the best places to stay in Pembrokeshire, Tenby is a glistening coastal gem. Steeped in history, the medieval town walls encompass cobbled streets and historic buildings including the terrific Tudor Merchant’s House

When not relishing delicious ice cream, undertaking important sandcastle competitions and splashing about at one of Tenby’s four brilliant beaches, you can browse boutique shops, dine at delicious restaurants, and cruise over to idyllic Caldey Island. If you’re wondering where to stay in Pembrokeshire and you like a vibrant mix of culture and seaside delight, then Tenby’s the place for you. 

Places to stay around TenbyDown Below, Goscar View, China Cottage

Stay around Tenby:  

Families: Down Below, sleeps 6, right on the beach
Go it alone or together:  Ty Madoc, sleeps 2, stay in the heart of the atmosphere
The whole pack: China Cottage, sleeps 2 + 2 dogs, a pretty place for the pack
A group getaway: Lexden Terrace 2, sleeps 12, full of character
For sea views: Goscar View, sleeps 6, gaze out across golden sands

Best place to stay for foodies: Narberth

Narberth high street images

A foodie’s dream, the quaint market town of Narberth is stuffed with amazing places to eat. It’s also a fabulous spot to shop with a delightful range of independent boutiques, art galleries and intriguing antique shops. Narberth is also a feast for the eyes with its riot of multicoloured Edwardian and Georgian buildings.

Celebrating the best of Welsh food and drink, Narberth’s annual food festival is a must-visit with two days of family-friendly food-themed entertainment. There’s a plethora of food stalls, enthusiastic guest chefs, toe-tapping live music and much more. Take a look at our guide to top Narberth restaurants to find your next favourite dish. 

Places to stay around NarberthStill Water, Bryncoed Narberth, Eistedd Aros

Stay around Narberth:

Families: Marlais View, sleeps 4, pick your own veg available
Romantic escapes:  Bryncoed Narberth, sleeps 4 + 1 dog, a dreamy romantic retreat
The whole pack: Eistedd Aros, sleeps 5 + 2 dogs, enclosed garden for pups to play
A group getaway: Old Mart Gate House, sleeps 10 + 5 dogs, nice and central
For waterside views: Still Water, sleeps 4, 12 acres of lakes and rivers to be enjoyed

Best place to stay for history: St Davids

St Davids Cathedral

 A place of pilgrimage for centuries, it’s no wonder St Davids is one of the best places to stay in Pembrokeshire. The smallest city in Britain thanks to its awe-inspiring cathedral, St Davids is also home to a delicious array of places to eat and things to do

Wander quaint streets, delight at cute cafes, gasp on brilliant boat trips, browse beautiful boutiques and gaze in gorgeous galleries. Plan your own pilgrimage to this historic city and stay in one of our hand-picked properties for a holiday to remember.

Places to stay around St DavidsGwynfryn, St Davids Farmhouse, The Street At Porthgain

Stay around St Davids:

Families: Gwynfryn, sleeps 6 + 1 dog, large enclosed garden with outdoor seating
Go it alone or together: St Davids Bijou Retreat, sleeps 2 + 1 dog, picturesque rural surroundings
The whole pack: 10 Bishops Court, sleeps 4 + 1 dog, a fantastic coastal location
A group getaway: St Davids Farmhouse, sleeps 10 + 2 dogs, beautiful views and a stylish interior
For harbour views: The Street At Porthgain, sleeps 2 + 1 dog, a picturesque retreat

Best place to stay for dolphin spotting: Cardigan Bay

Cardigan Bay

To the north of Pembrokeshire lies the captivating Cardigan Bay, well worth pushing the holiday destination boundaries for. With plenty of things to do in Cardigan Bay including dolphin spotting, water sports, beach breaks and theatre, there really is something for everyone.

Cardigan itself is home to the gorgeous Cardigan Castle which plays host to plenty of exciting events throughout the year. There’s also a host of independent shops and restaurants and for some evening entertainment, Mwldan is a must-see for cinema, live broadcasts, and musical performances.

Places to stay around Cardigan BayNantsiriol Yurt, Tegfor, The Old Parlour

Stay around Cardigan Bay:

Families: Cardigan Bay House, sleeps 12 + 2 dogs, perfect for larger families
Go it alone or together:  Nantsiriol Yurt, sleeps 2, hot tub heaven
The whole pack: Tegfor, sleeps 7 + 2 dogs, sandy paws guaranteed
A group getaway: Pontfaen Villa, sleeps 22 + 3 dogs, entertainment galore with a hot tub, a sauna, a piano, a games room and more!
For sea views: The Old Parlour, sleeps 6 + 2 dogs, panoramic views to the sandy beach at Mwnt

Best place to stay for castles: Pembroke

Pembroke Castle

Steeped in history, Pembroke is well known for being the birthplace of Henry VII, the first Tudor king. Henry VII was also the first person to use the red dragon of Cadwaladr as part of his coat of arms, the very dragon that now features on the Welsh flag.

Pembroke Castle is the focal point of this historic town, a formidable structure with plenty to discover including a vast cave that lies beneath. Wogan's Cavern is otherworldly and intriguing and was once home to cave dwellers. These days, Wogan's Cavern is home to tiny pipistrelle bats and may even be a great dragon’s lair!

Places to stay around PembrokeLavender Hut - Lamphey, Broad Haven cottage, Lake House Pembroke

Stay around Pembroke:

Families: Westgate House 6, sleeps 6, in the heart of the action
Go it alone or together:  Lavender Hut - Lamphey, sleeps 2, cosy and romantic
The whole pack: Broad Haven Cottage, sleeps 4 + 2, dogs, explore picturesque Bosherston Lily Ponds 
A group getaway: Lower Nash Farmhouse, sleeps 12 + 2 dogs, large garden and hot tub, perfect for family fun
For waterside views: Lake House Pembroke, sleeps 8 + 2 dogs, fantastic mill pond and castle views

Best place to stay for water sports: Broad Haven

Broad Haven

Broad Haven is an ideal choice for a traditional seaside holiday in Pembrokeshire with safe bathing, plenty of facilities and, at low tide, a huge expanse of firm sand with intriguing rock pools and space for all. Refreshing cafes and restaurants line the seafront and you’re guaranteed a well-deserved ice cream or a delicious meal while watching gorgeous sunsets.

Broad Haven is perfect for all levels of water sports enthusiasts who can often be seen enjoying the surfing, windsurfing, paddleboarding and kayaking opportunities in the area. Nearby Little Haven, just around the corner, is also a lovely little spot for a bite to eat or drink with a sea view. 

Places to stay around Broad HavenSeaesta Cottage Broad Haven Beach, The Dairy At Solbury, The Farmhouse At Solbury

Stay around Broad Haven:  

Families: The Farmhouse At Solbury, sleeps 4 + 2 dogs, set on a working farm
Romantic retreat:  The Dairy At Solbury, sleeps 5 + 2 dogs, cosy and warm
The whole pack: Blacksmiths Cottage - Roch, sleeps 7 + 1 dog, large, enclosed lawn and hot tub
A group getaway: Seaesta Cottage Broad Haven Beach, sleeps 8, moments away from the beach
For sea views: Broad Haven Beach Cottage, sleeps 5, gaze out to sea

Best place to stay for families: Saundersfoot


Seaside Saundersfoot is an ideal holiday choice for a family holiday in Pembrokeshire with its beautiful sandy beach, picturesque harbour and bustling village with lovely local shops and amenities. There are plenty of mouth-watering places to eat in Saundersfoot too; you’ll be spoilt for choice!  

Enjoy chips on the harbour watching the world go by or take a leisurely walk through tunnels and along the seafront to wonderful Wisemans Bridge for a refreshing stop with an amazing view. If you fancy a spot of stand-up paddleboarding then Good Trails at Coppet Hall is a must. Coppet Hall is a beautiful sandy beach at the far end of Saundersfoot and has great facilities including a cafe, ice cream, a water sports retail and activity centre, WCs, and parking.  

Places to stay around SaundersfootPolicemans Cottage, Waters Edge 10 - Saundersfoot, Oak Tree House

Stay around Saundersfoot:

Families: Policemans Cottage, sleeps 6 + 1 dog, nice and central
Go it alone or together: Strandways Court, sleeps 2, private balcony with sea views
The whole pack: Oak Tree House, sleeps 8 + 2 dogs, for stylish pups
A group getaway: Lexden, sleeps 9, stunning beach house with a hot tub and fabulous sea views
For sea views: Waters Edge 10 - Saundersfoot, sleeps 4, direct access to Saundersfoot Beach

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Enjoy all these amazing places to stay in Pembrokeshire and make the most of the award-winning beaches, breathtaking coastal walks, and delightful villages with a stay in one of our self-catering holiday cottages.

Whether you’re looking for a last-minute getaway, a luxurious retreat, a cosy lodge or log cabin, a large group stay, or a hot tub holiday, you’re sure to find your perfect place to stay in Pembrokeshire amongst our collection of handpicked holiday cottages.

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