The Penally Abbey team gives the low down on true romance...
Here at the hotel we're very proud to be able to confidently say that all of our staff are Pembrokeshire's biggest advocates and that they all have fantastic knowledge of where to go and what to do. After several discussions with our hilariously vocal team about their views on Valentine's Day and more importantly, what makes Pembrokeshire the most non-commercial, truly romantic place to escape to with someone special, we thought it was crucial we passed on their passionate words of wisdom.
Here's the round up.
Recommended by Ellie
This beautiful bay has won numerous worldwide awards for it's incredible beauty and the accolades are all well deserved. With golden sands, low lying sand dunes and grassy clift tops, the spots for a romantic picnic with a view are endless.
Ellie's tip: Early morning or evening are particularly special as you will miss the crowds and often have the beach to yourselves.
Parking: Stackpole Quay car park which is a half mile walk along the headland from the beach.
St. Govan's Chapel
...and the little rocky bay below.
Recommended by Tiggy
This tiny stone chapel is carved out of the cliffs at St. Govans head and can be reached by 52 precarious steps. The journey down is certainly worth it as you arrive at a magical, secret, rocky bay. Dramatic beauty is certainly what makes this spot so romantic as the waves crash against the rocks and the cliffs tower above.
Tiggy's tip: Check the tide times and head down at low tide as you can explore the incredible caves in the cliffs when the tide is out.
Parking: Follow directions from Bosherston to St.Govans head and the car park is a few minutes walk from the cliff top.
Recommended by Jacques
The ultimate star gazing spot which just depicts romance in every way possible...
Jacques's tip: Take some kindling in a rucksack for a camp fire to stay warm and some snacks and cold beers as it is a little bit of a walk from the car.
Parking: Follow signs to the Green Bridge of Wales and there is a car park at the cliff top.
Recommended by Alison
This spot is our most popular daily recommendation for guests as it is only a 15 minute walk through the sand dunes from the hotel. It has spectacular panoramic views across the long golden sands of South beach towards Tenby and out to Caldey Island.
It is a particularly romantic spot for all of us at Penally Abbey as many guests have wondered up to this breath taking viewing point with a bottle of Champagne and an engagement ring! The perfect proposal...
Alison's tip: Try and wait until you get right to the top to propose!!
Parking: Not necessary as you can walk straight from the hotel. Leave the car and wander through the sand dunes to the beach...
Recommended by Melanie & Millie
Freshwater West holds a very special place in so many local Pembrokeshire residents' hearts and sunset at Freshwater West came up a number of times when discussing romantic spots in the county. Romance is easy to obtain here as the magical sunsets, vast sand dunes and easily found privacy create scenes to match any romantic Hollywood blockbuster.
Melanie's Tip: Stop and pick up fish and chips and a bottle of Champagne on your way to the beach for sunset OR get a famous lobster roll from Cafe Mor in the Summer months.
Parking: There are two carparks at Freshwater West beach at each end and you can park on the hill.
Stackpole Eight Arched Bridge
Recommended by Patsy
The eight arched bridge is located in the centre of the beautiful Stackpole estate with two of the most beautiful beaches in Pembrokeshire in walking distance. Wildlife is in abundance here on the lakes between Bosherston and Stackpole and with only the glassy water and sound of the birds for company it truly is romance personified. Take a stroll along the lakes and arrive at the bridge with a flask of tea…
Patsy's tip: Go in May or June as the water lilies are in full bloom on the lakes.
Parking: You can either park at the Lily Ponds carpark in Bosherston or park at Stackpole woods to get to the eight arched bridge.
Recommended by Claudia
This wonderful spot is perched high above the hotel at the top of the village in Penally. A famous spot for spectacular views of sunrise and the ultimate spot to share a bag of salty chips. From the top of Strawberry lane you have a enormous view of the entire coastline from Tenby across to Stackpole with Caldey Island straight ahead. In the distance lies the Gower which can always be seen on a clear day.
Claudia's Tip: Head to Strawberry lane very early in the morning with a coffee and watch the sunrise behind Caldey Island.
Parking: There is a little lay by conveniently located at the top of the lane where there is a bench to sit and sip your coffee on!
Bubble Walk, Lawrenny
Recommended by Ollie
Lawrenny is a small picturesque village near the end of the Cleddau Estuary. In Pembrokeshire we are spoilt with great coastline but if you're looking for a more sheltered affair packed with wildlife, then a walk around the woodlands and paths running along the water's edge is perfect. There is a pretty little cafe on the edge of the estuary that serves delicious cake and fresh crab sandwiches to fuel any romantic strolling.
Ollie's Tip: Always stop at the Cresselly Arms, locally known as 'The Quay', on the way home for a beer, romance at it's finest.
Bosherston Lily Ponds
Recommended by Rachael
Ah, the Lily Ponds, think peace, quiet, tranquility and total escapism... With only the sounds of the birds and glassy lakes expanding around you, the Lily Ponds is a truly magical place. From Bosherston, you can do a loop around the lake and pause at Broad Haven beach half way round - there is even a stone bench for a quick pit stop! This is a walk that can convert even the biggest couch potatoes into outdoor, nature enthusiasts.
Rachael's Tip: Go to Bosherston cafe, known to locals as 'Auntie Vi's', for real cups of tea and a slice of freshly baked apricot sponge after.
Parking: The Lily Ponds has it's own car park in the middle of Bosherston village, just after the church.
Tenby's Secret Garden
Recommended by Serana
Disclosure of the locals best kept secret! Situated between Northcliff in Tenby and Waterwynch Bay lies a beautiful spot of land with sensational views of Tenby Harbour, the beach and out across the bay. It is just off the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and is the perfect private spot away from the crowds.
Serana's Tip: Pack a picnic of cheese and biscuits, drink champagne and watch the sunset over Waterwynch Bay.
Parking: Anywhere in Tenby...
Church Doors Cove
Recommended by Emily
In between Penally and Manorbier lies Skrinkle Haven with it's famous church doors cove. The cove is only accessible when the tide is low and it is very much off the beaten track. If being dictated by the tide times is too much for your lazy romantic afternoon, you can take a walk along the head land to find a perch where you can enjoy the huge expansive view.
Emily's Tip: Always check the tide times and enjoy the cove to yourself. Your very own private beach.
Parking: There is parking at the Skrinkle Youth Hostel or park at Manorbier and walk along the headland towards Skrinkle.
Broad Haven South Beach
Recommended by Miriam & Lizzie
The headland at Broad Haven South beach is the ultimate romantic backdrop for a date. With church rock twinkling in the back ground and grassy headlands surrounding a picture perfect sandy beach...
The fabulous Paternoster Farm has a street food van in the car park and do suppers to take away in the Summer months so you don't have to worry about lugging a delicious dinner with you!
Miriam's Tip: Bring a picnic blanket, a bottle of wine and while away an evening looking out to sea.
Parking: There is parking at the beach, follow signs towards Broad Haven when you're in Bosherston.
Penally Abbey Hotel
Recommended by Lauren
We did question Lauren’s intentions for choosing Penally Abbey as her most romantic spot in Pembrokeshire but she assured us that her belief that the hotel was the perfect backdrop for romance was genuine. With incredible architecture, Strawberry Hill Gothic to be precise, and neutral, restful colours it is certainly the place to unwind. Dinner is served in a candle lit dining room and squishy armchairs look out to sea as the fire crackles merrily in the background...
Lauren's Tip: Order Jerry's 9 Course Tasting Menu and spend a long, lazy evening being surprised with delicious dishes! Also, book Room 1 for a romantic weekend as it is packed full of character, has sea views and an enourmous bath tub.