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As you find it today, Penally Abbey is a true labour of love for the Boissevain family. Husband and wife team Lucas and Melanie Boissevain work closely with two of their three children, Saskia and Jacques to create this 11 bedroom, boutique hotel by the sea in Pembrokeshire.
Falling for the charming 18th Century property in 2014, they saw a definite niche for a small, intimate luxury hotel and top quality restaurant to serve Tenby and the beautiful surrounding area.
An interior designer by profession, it was Melanie's task to give the hotel's unique interior spaces and guest rooms an inspired new lease of life. Introducing cool, elegant lighting and colour schemes, helped by a wealth of character features and carefully selected furnishings, the house has never looked better.
The same could be said about the delightful historic grounds and hotel restaurant. Bringing a keen interest in local history and a love of great food, Lucas has dedicated himself to the task of putting Penally Abbey and its grounds firmly on the map as a different breed of hotel complementing the hotel's unique coastal surroundings and history.
When Lucas and Melanie took on the hotel back in the summer of 2014, they had little experience in the industry and within the first six months learning more about the hospitality industry than they ever imagined.
For the past four years, the hotel has been closed each January for extensive refurbishments. The renovations have included 11 redecorated bedrooms, 15 new bathrooms, a complete decoration overhaul of all the public areas, a new bar area, additional laundry block, a new excavated courtyard events space, a car park extension whilst also re-designing the kitchen and landscaping the garden. It is safe to say it has been a busy first four years but the original final vision of a relaxing space for guests was the driver throughout.
In 2016, Saskia joined the family business full-time and took on the marketing, PR and events whilst Jacques joined in early 2017 after finishing a degree in graphic design to work on the photography and branding.
In 2018 the hotel welcomed Miriam Hodge as the restaurant manager and Richard Browning as head chef. Shane also joined the kitchen team in late 2018 and has brought another notch of enthusiasm and talent to the kitchen. Richard and Miriam worked hard with their fantastic team to achieve 2 AA rosettes and in February 2019 opened the hotel's new restaurant, Rhosyn. Rhosyn is a relaxed, beautiful dining space for locals, holidaymakers and hotel guests to enjoy the incredible local suppliers and ingredients Pembrokeshire has to offer.
Here we are in 2019, looking forward to another busy and exciting four years with our fabulous team!
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Fresh, inviting and quietly sophisticated, our bedrooms have been lovingly restored.
Each is different, offering something unique. Take a tour to discover your favourite...View our rooms
Escape away to the Pembrokeshire coastline and enjoy a three-night stay for the price of two.Escape to Pembrokeshire
A relaxed ritual, where the most pressing matters are delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches, served with fine teas and coffees.See the menu
If you book last minute with us on selected dates you'll have dinner in our wonderful restaurant Rhosyn on us!Have dinner on us...
Relax, indulge and escape with someone special.
Our candlelit dining room and views out across the sea make the most perfect setting for the most romantic weekend of the year.Spoil someone special
Bring Penally to life...Take a look at the hotel
At Penally we offer romantic, intimate wedding ceremonies followed by a twinkly candle lit dinner to celebrate.
For us, it is about the attention to detail, delicious food and a wonderful backdrop.Say 'I Do'
The perfect gift!
Why not treat someone special to a Penally Abbey Experience? From afternoon tea for two on the terrace, to a fine meal or luxury overnight stay, our gift vouchers are a treasure trove of little luxuries.Buy a gift
Breakfast is as fresh and tasty as it gets at Penally Abbey. Packed with local produce and big breakfasts made fresh to order.Lazy mornings...
Read the 5 reasons why you should book your next holiday to Pembrokeshire in Januarys blog!Read Now!
A family gathering, special birthday party or simply a group of friends getting together?
Our Courtyard space is THE perfect place to hold any event, big or small.
Plan your event!
The hotel is family run which means our team at Penally Abbey simply makes the Boissevain family that much bigger. We feel that it is crucial that staff at Penally share the same vision and are passionate about what we are trying to achieve.Join the team!
Find out what critics and previous guests have been saying about us!Read More
Find out more about the newly opened Rhosyn restaurant here. Hear what Lucas, Richard and the team have to say...Read more
Our friendly receptionists Alison, Lizzie and Serana are at the end of the phone to answer any questions and help our callers get excited about their trip to Pembrokeshire!Call Us
Meet Biff and Maud our lovely hotel dogs. We know how difficult it can be to holiday with a hound in tow, so we offer a selection of best-in-show dog-friendly rooms.Dog-friendly Rooms
A labour of love for Interior Designer and co-owner Melanie Boissevain, everything about Penally Abbey is consistently well considered and truly inspirational.Find Out More
Visit Wales have chosen 2018 to be the 'Year of Sea' in order to celebrate Wales' outstanding coastline.
Find out how you can make the most of the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast.Head to the sea...