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Press, Awards and Customer Reviews

We are totally committed to making every stay special here at Penally Abbey. Naturally, we always welcome postive reviews and critical accolades. However, our most important reviewers are always our valued guests.

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'The Greatest Boutique Hotels in Britain' by The Telegraph (March 2018)

30 of the best boutique hotels in Britain have been collated by The Telegraph and we are thrilled to be included!

 

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'Best Hotel in the UK for a weekend retreat' by Conde Nast Traveler (2018)

 

Thrilled to be included in the 2018 Gold Issue of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine.

'Chilled, private atmosphere, the son engendered at a gentleman's club. The house was designed in a style known as Strawberry Hill Gothic. Drawing room, restaurant and bar are conspiratorially dark with elegant windows and pointy doorways. Bedrooms tend to be restful with unobtrusive good taste. Walk into Tenby for neighboorhood pizza bars and ice cream parlours.'


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2 AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence (December 2017)

Our wonderful team in the kitchen have been awarded 2 AA rosettes for the restaurant.


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'Chefs to watch in 2018' by Olive Magazine 

We are so excited that our Head Chef has made it on to the prestigious list put together by Olive Magazine of the chefs to watch in 2018. We can't wait to see what Jerry and his team achieve this year! 

'Want to know which chefs will be making headlines in 2018? Read our expert guide to the the UK's most influential chefs who will shaping the UK's buzzing restaurant scene this year'.

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Awarded 'Hotel of the Year 2017' by Sawdays

'We love small, intimate hotels and inns where the art of hospitality is practiced with flair - this wonder of our world has mastered that art in spades'

 

We are absolutely THRILLED to announce this award as it was a complete surprise on a drab September morning! We have always been extremely fond of Sawday's and love their ethos and wonderful guides. Therefore, we could not be happier or more honoured to receive such an accolade. 

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Awarded Good Hotel Guide's Editor's 'New Discovery' 2017

(October 2016)

'There’s much that appeals at this ‘superb’ hotel, in a skilfully spruced-up late 18th-century Gothic house looking out to sea, say guests in 2016: ‘friendly, helpful’ staff; ‘excellent’ food; ‘lovely’ spots to lounge in; a good-natured atmosphere throughout.'

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Luxury Lifestyle Magazine

June 2017
A review by the fabulous Megan Lawton for Luxury Lifestyle Magazine after her stay with us in May 2017.

'In a nutshell, if you fancy a mug of hygge, then a stay at the Penally Abbey is an absolute ‘must’!. The Boissevain’s attention to detail is simply perfect and I can’t sing the praises of this charming hotel enough!'
 

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Top ten most romantic hotels in Wales

- Telegraph 

(December 2016)

Click the link  to read the article.

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The Independent Hotel Show (August 2016)

Penally Abbey was shortlisted for the Outstanding New Hotel award at the Independent Hotel Show for 2016

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"Penally Abbey: Is this Pembrokeshire's most charming hotel?" (May 2016)

By Fiona Duncan, Hotel Expert

A lovely review in The Telegraph from hotel expert Fiona Duncan.

'The place exudes bonhomie. Something exceptional happens at Penally Abbey: at least it does to me. Many hotels claim it, but few can truly pull it off. You instantly relax, instantly feel at home.'

 

To read Fiona Duncans full 9 out of 10 review of Penally Abbey for The Telegraph please click here.

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Country and Townhouse Magazine (2016 edition)

This year we have been extremely privileged to have been included in Fiona Duncan's Great British and Irish Hotels of 2016. The beautiful publication is home to a compilation of hotels hand picked by the prestigious hotel critic.

'These are my favourite British and Irish hotels, each one tried, tested and chosen for its standout quality.'

- Fiona Duncan

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Daily Mail: Listed among "Britain's 20 Most Romantic Hotels and B&Bs" (Aug 2015)

Featured in the Mail's roundup of the most romantic places to stay in Britain (that included everything from boutique hotels to bed and breakfast accommodation), Penally was described as a "beautifully refurbished country house hotel in Tenby, Pembrokeshire". Features that caught the critic's eye included our "lovely bar in deep charcoal", spacious rooms and  "long views over Carmarthen Bay", while they also singled out our restaurant and excellent Pembrokeshire seafood. Click here to read the article.

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10 Cosy Country Hotels in Britain - London Evening Standard (Oct 2015)

Included in an article for the evening standard which reviews 10 of the cosiest hotels in Britain. 

'T?his beautifully refurbished country-house hotel sits high on the hill with long views over Carmarthen Bay, but you’ll turn your back on them for the chic interiors that run through this splendid house, cool colours, painted panelling, parquet flooring, the odd Doric column.'

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In their 2014 roundup, hotel critics at Sawdays listed  Penally Abbey as one of their  "Special Places to Stay", including the following praise:

"A gorgeous country-house hotel with big sea views - sparkling interiors, delicious food and a relaxed feel guarantee happiness.This beautifully refurbished country-house hotel sits high on the hill with long views over Carmarthen Bay, but you'll turn your back on them for the chic interiors that run through this splendid house.

You can read the full review HERE.

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Trip Advisor and Visitor Comments

 

At present, our average guest rating on Trip Advisor is five stars and we are winners of their "Certificate of Excellence". Here are some of your comments:

"The hotel is charming and the staff are wonderful! Delicious cuisine and outstanding service." -Julia F

"Worth every penny and a beautiful option for a truly relaxing stay."  -Rose S

 

"This Hotel has been beautifully restored... comfortable elegant & inviting. Welcoming efficient & relaxed- the food is excellent, just wished we could have stayed longer." - Pauline H

 

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