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From french antique chairs on the sunny terrace, to the ruins of a once mighty medieval Abbey, the colourful grounds at Penally Abbey are a surprising journey of discovery. Guests are very welcome to take a stroll, admire the beautiful flowering plants and ponder some curious history.
The gardens are glorious all year round, but especially vibrant in spring and summer, when the whole village of Penally comes alive with a mixture of local blooms and wildflowers. At the Abbey itself you will see wonderful variety, from the huge petals of magnolia grandiflora, to gangs of cheeky Spanish daisies and pink campion. Unsurprisingly, there are also an abundance of butterflies, bees and songbirds.
For most however, the focal point of the grounds has to be St. Deiniol's Chapel, an intriguing structure that dates back to the 12th Century. Look closely at the masonry and you can observe arches, doors and brickwork from several eras, as well as the remnants of a Flemish Chimney. Owned by the church for centuries, this building also formed the home of eight nuns and their prioress in the early 1300's (who might have been shocked to know that by the 1920's their place of worship would become the property of the Jameson's Whiskey family).
The site has roots that stretch back even further however, as a 6th century monastic site and focal point for holy men including St Teilo (a disciple of St. David who founded various churches and holy sites in Britain). What was it about this particular site that drew early Christians? Perhaps the waters of St Deiniol's Well next to the abbey could hold part of the answer?
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
Think mulled wine, open log fires, delicious homemade cakes and puddings...Book now
Escape away to the Pembrokeshire coastline and enjoy a three night stay for the price of two this November and December.Escape to Pembrokeshire
Gather friends and family together this December and have a festive dinner party in our beautiful Courtyard!Book Your Dinner Party!
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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'
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
Penally Abbey is the perfect place to celebrate the festive season, both with work collegues, family or friends.
A twinkly, romantic way to celebrate the New Year.
Celebrations will include a delicious tasting menu, champagne and gentle live jazz.
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.
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.
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!
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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
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
A relaxed ritual, where the most pressing matters are delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches, served with fine teas and coffees.See the menu
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...