West Wales Holiday Cottages is supporting Cardigan foodbank this summer

The school summer holidays can prove to be an expensive time for most families and sadly, demand for donations to our local foodbank is increasing.

At the beginning of the school summer holidays, West Wales Holiday Cottages donated to Cardigan foodbank. We are delighted to be able to get involved with a cause that will benefit families in our local community.

West Wales Holiday Cottages Senior Partner David Witt and members of staff loading the car with the foodbank donations

The Trussell Trust, the largest network of foodbanks recently appealed for donations to deal with the increase they expected for emergency supplies for children over the summer period.

If you are interested, you might like to contact a local foodbank to find out how best you can help. You can find details of your local foodbank on The Trussell Trust’s website.

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Check out our dog-friendly beaches map!

Dogs really are a man’s best friend so why would you want to leave them at home on a staycation to West Wales. You wouldn’t, would you?

Did you know how dog-friendly West Wales is? Dogs are allowed on the majority of our golden, sandy beaches year-round, at least on part of the beach. This means you can visit West Wales during the summer months with your beloved friends and be assured that a trip to the beach can be high on your agenda.

You don’t have to miss out on the best beaches either. Just look at this collection of beaches where you and your dogs are welcome all year!A collection of 4 dog-friendly beaches in West Wales: Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve got a super handy dog-friendly beaches map on our website which shows the ones which allow dogs in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. There are only around a dozen over the whole of West Wales where dogs are banned altogether during the summer months, so you have so many to choose from! We love happy dogs!

 

 

 

 

To view our collection of over 450 dog-friendly holiday cottages in West Wales, please visit our website.

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West Wales Holiday Cottages present award at Carmarthenshire Tourism Association ceremony

We were delighted to sponsor the ‘Self Catering Accommodation of the Year (2 units or less)’ category at the Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards ceremony this year. It was a fantastic evening at the Best Western Diplomat Hotel and Spa, where we were entertained by The Llanelli Male Choir and enjoyed a beautiful meal.

The evening showcased some of the very best businesses in Carmarthenshire, old and new. It was an opportunity to learn what Carmarthenshire has to offer in terms of activities, exciting new eateries and accommodation – everything that truly makes a memorable holiday!

It was an honour to present the winners of the category with an award. The Gold award went to Basel Cottage Holidays, the Silver to Penygarn Cottage and No.5 @ Ginhaus Apartment took home the Bronze award.West Wales Holiday Cottages present award at Carmarthenshire Tourism Association Awards evening 2018

Carmarthenshire has so many exciting businesses to create a memorable and fun holiday. If you’d like to come and see for yourself, browse our selection of holiday cottages in Carmarthenshire and start planning your trip today.

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A walkers’ paradise: Delights along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path twists and turns its way for 186 miles along the most stunning coastline in Britain.

Walkers love it here for the dramatic scenery, breathtaking wildlife and the hidden gems they discover along the way.

The highlights are not to be missed and will make those miles worth every step!

The walk which begins from St Dogmaels and leads to Amroth is the south has appeared in the top 3 of best long walks in the world, and its beaches have been ranked even higher!

Time it right and you could even spot puffins as around 6,000 of them head to Pembrokeshire in late March before settling and re-occupying burrows on clifftops to lay an egg. Their eggs hatch in June and they leave for life at sea at the end of July. A last minute walking holiday before the schools break up would be a perfect opportunity to see these delightful birds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you think puffins are fascinating, you might be excited to know that these aren’t the only little gems we have along our coastline. We have frequent sightings of bottlenose dolphins, seals and other fascinating birds.

For those with an interest in history and culture, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is right up your street. From St Davids Cathedral to the Chapel of St Nons and beautiful castles, you’ll soon be immersed in the local history.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path makes for a perfect self-guided walking holiday. There’s a great wealth of information about these walks on the internet. The National Trail and Visit Pembrokeshire websites have up to date diversions and informative details about each route. This might help you decide which sections to walk.

BOOK YOUR PERFECT HOLIDAY COTTAGE NOW

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West Wales: Real reviews from real people!

If you’re looking for real reviews of an area you’d like to visit, we’ve got some fantastic genuine experiences from visitors to West Wales to share with you.

Here are some of the entries from the photo competition we ran last year to give you an idea of what’s on offer in this little corner of hidden treasures!

Young boy in a rockpool

two Atlantic Puffins beak to beak

a man stood on top of rocks in the mountains

If you have a West Wales photo you’d like to share just tag us using #westwalesholidaycottages on Instagram or you are welcome to post it to us on our Facebook page.

We absolutely love seeing what you get up to here, and what you discover. Our favourite afternoon activity is gathering around a desk with our 3pm cup of tea and seeing all the magical memories people have made in this little gem of Wales that we all love so much!

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We’ve been shortlisted in the Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards 2018!

We’re excited to tell you that we have been shortlisted as finalists in the Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards 2018 in the ‘Best Impact Marketing Campaign’ category.

Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards 2018 shortlisted

The category is sponsored by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and judging for the winner will take place between 12-27 February 2018.

Keep an eye out for the results after the awards ceremony on Saturday 21 April 2018!

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Win a holiday at Cardigan Castle!

You can now enter our latest free prize draw to win a holiday at The Coach-house.

It’s part of historic Cardigan Castle, which won Channel 4’s restoration of the year title in 2016 following a £14 million restoration project.

The luxurious accommodation on offer at Cardigan Castle is in great demand – even more so since it was showcased in the TV programme, so this is a unique opportunity to win a holiday at such a significant place in Welsh culture.Collection of images related to Cardigan Castle and The Coach-house

The Coach-house is an accessible, wheelchair-friendly holiday apartment for 2 set in the grounds of Cardigan Castle. The former coach-house has been beautifully converted for you to enjoy a relaxing holiday in spectacular surroundings, with an enclosed patio garden.

Enter now for your chance to win. Just fill in the entry form on our website.

The winner can choose a 3-night stay in 2018 from a Friday to Monday subject to availability and outside of school holidays. Closing date for entries is 31 January 2018.

Good luck!

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We’re hiring! Business Manager wanted

Cwmrhaffau Farmhouse

We are looking for a Business Manager to join our team. If you like the idea of working on the West Wales coast as part of a small team committed to offering an effective and efficient online booking service, please read on.

The Position

A new opportunity has arisen for a highly-motivated Business Manager to play a key role in the administration and leadership of West Wales Holiday Cottages, starting as soon as possible. Our new Business Manager will work with the Senior Partner to learn about the company with a view to playing a major role in running the business. The role will include leading and nurturing our small team, building relationships with clients, identifying opportunities for innovation and development, business planning, and reporting progress to the Senior Partner.

The Company

West Wales Holiday Cottages is a family run business providing online advertising and booking for over 750 independently-owned holiday cottages in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. The company is based on the Cardigan Bay coast at Sarnau in Ceredigion and consists of 4 partners and 5 staff: 3 full-time and 2 part-time. Established for 12 years, we are committed to providing an outstanding level of service, doing business in an ethical way and promoting West Wales to the benefit of the local community.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing, supporting and developing our tight-knit team
  • Ensuring delivery of exceptional standards of customer service
  • Co-ordinating and overseeing the various aspects of the business
  • Visiting and advising new and existing customers
  • Identifying opportunities for innovation and development
  • Upholding the image and values of our company at all times
  • Reporting business progress to the Senior Partner
  • Monitoring market conditions, e-commerce trends and competitors’ products
  • Maintaining an in-depth knowledge of the tourism sector and emerging trends that may highlight areas for improvement, risks or opportunities

You’ll be passionate about:

  • Supporting our team
  • Developing and building our profitable business
  • Doing business in an ethical way
  • Benefitting our local community

It’s essential that you:

  • Have managerial experience
  • Work well in a team
  • Can handle multiple projects and tasks
  • Are able to organize processes and people
  • Are good at problem-solving
  • Pay close attention to detail
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Have high-level proficiency with spreadsheets, word-processing, email, etc
  • Can understand and analyse data to identify options and make recommendations
  • Keep accurate records

It’s desirable that you:

  • Have a car and can drive to meet clients
  • Have a degree
  • Can speak Welsh
  • Have knowledge of the local area and/or tourism

Salary and Holidays

Starting salary range: £24,720 to £36,680 depending on experience, to be reviewed after one year.

Hours: This is a full-time permanent post, subject to successful completion of a 6-month probationary period. It averages 40 hours per week including breaks; flexible working patterns available by negotiation.

Holiday allowance: Your annual holiday allowance is 32 days which includes an extra allowance for Bank Holidays. You will be required to take holiday over our Christmas shutdown period which uses a total of 2.5 days of your allowance.

HOW TO APPLY

Please email a letter of application and your CV to the Senior Partner, David Witt, at david@westwalesholidaycottages.co.uk

Closing date is 7 January 2018.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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We’re supporting Cardigan Foodbank

WWHC staff loading the car for delivery to Cardigan foodbank today.Staff and Senior Partmer of West Wales Holiday Cottages loading items for Cardigan Foodbank into the boot of a car

The foodbank provide a list of what they urgently need, it helps them greatly to have what they know will be useful to those who need it. Donations are helpful now so that the foodbank can plan ahead to provide support at Christmas and the coming months.

Demand is, sadly, increasing in our area – if you are interested you might like to contact a local foodbank to find out how best you can help. You can find details of your local foodbank on The Trussell Trust’s website.

 

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Six free places to visit in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is a popular holiday destination in West Wales and some of our hidden gems are so beautiful, they are completely priceless!

Here are 6 of our favourite free Pembrokeshire attractions:

The Blue LagoonBlue Lagoon Abereiddi Pembrokeshire

These deep greeny-blue waters are surrounded by a semicircle of natural rock and stone walls constructed during the life of a former quarry, now flooded. It is a picturesque location, with ruins dotted everywhere, amazing views out to sea, and the enticing lagoon to jump into!

The man-made wonder of the Blue Lagoon sits within Trwyn Castell promontory, to the north of Abereiddy beach. Now approximately 25m deep, this small former slate quarry fell into disuse and flooded when the sea broke through the outer wall over a hundred years ago. There was once a steam-hauled lift when the slate was exported across the beach and later by tram to Porthgain. Ruined quarry-workers’ houses near the beach, called ‘The Street’, were abandoned in the early 20th century.

There are surviving platforms built high into the natural rock walls from which coasteering groups love to jump. The lagoon has also hosted the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series – part of a worldwide stage that includes Copenhagen and La Rochelle. You can also spend time exploring the interesting geology at the site and hunt for fossils.

There is a busy car park which is uneven in places, alternatively, take the shuttle bus to the site, or find it on a lovely walk along the coast path.

Pentre Ifan WoodsPentre Ifan Burial Chamber with an elederly man standing underneath the rocks

Full of foxgloves, bluebells and other woodland flowers, these beautiful woods invite you to explore their depths and get lost among the trees. Mossy green hillocks and rounded, moss-covered rocks cover the floor under the glades of the short twisted oaks, themselves lichen-covered. In fact, it is hard to find anything that is not moss or lichen-covered in these parts!

Reminiscent of a fantasy, there are some delightful walks through this ancient woodland, where you almost expect to turn a corner to see hobbits and elves. The paths take you through glades and over streams, past outcrops of bedrock and evidence of old stone walls.

The broad-leaved woodland has over 400 species of lichen, attesting to its healthy atmosphere, as well as ferns, with information boards across the site.

Park near Canolfan Pentre Ifan education centre, set in a 600 year old former Tudor gatehouse, and walk through to Pentre Ifan Neolithic Burial Chamber. Alternatively, take a round walk from the monument, past a possible prehistoric fort and Ty Canol National Nature Reserve.

West Angle BayA view towards the sea from West Angle Bay

This idyllic little horseshoe cove can be found on the north-west corner of the Angle peninsula. This award-winning beach is perfect for a family holiday, surrounded by quiet farmland and with rocks with their striking geological formations extending out into the sea on each side.

The narrow stretch of beach at high tide turns into a wide expanse of beautiful sand at low tide, with plenty of room for beach cricket and kite flying. Swim, sail, canoe, surf or try a spot of sea fishing within these sheltered waters. The rocks are perfect for rock pools, and you can find your way through these rocks to the secret beach beyond – but don’t get cut off by the tide!

Look out to the impressive Napoleonic fort on Thorn Island, used in later years as a hotel. The beach is also a designated SSSI due to a small green starfish, found here in 1979. This safe sandy beach has a free car park, toilets, telephone, and pushchair and disabled access. There are strong currents, so make sure to check the tide times.

St Govan’s ChapelSt. Govan's Chapel below tall rocks

This tiny restored chapel has been built into a cliff and sits perched at the back of a steep, rock-strewn little cove, with views out to the beautiful blue sea. Steep steps lead down to the site and through the chapel, with its simple doorways and tiny slit windows, to the cove below.

Found on the south coast of the Pembroke peninsula near Bosherston and Barafundle Bay, the 13th-century chapel was built on the site of the hermit’s cell of St Govan, a sixth-century hermit. It is said that St Govan was an Irish monk travelling to visit St David when he was attacked by pirates. After a rock fissure opened up, enabling him to hide, he is then thought to have stayed out of gratitude, living within the cave and warning locals of further attacks. The small cave within this fissure has since been built over by the vaulted chapel.

Rumours link the saint to Gawain, one of King Arthur’s knights. Legends also tell of St Govan’s lost bell, perhaps entombed in one of the rocks at the shoreline. There is a simple small bell-tower on the chapel roof – but no bell! St Govan’s remains are thought to lie under the altar.

Walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and take the steps down to the little cove, or park at Broad Haven South or Bosherston village, and walk along the coast path or road.

Presipe Bay Secret BeachPresipe Bay secret beach with cliff edges on the left and a beautiful blue sea

To find some of the best secluded beaches you need to walk off the beaten track. For an adventurous day out, take a walk and explore this isolated secret beach. The amazing geology here is striking, with vertical striations running up the cliffs and popping up in the sand across the beach. The rocks strewn around the edge of the bay are a distinctive red colour.

Low tide is the best time to visit when the narrow beach widens to reveal a wide expanse of sand suitable for kite flying, epic sandcastles and The site is also great for surfing at low tide.

To find this secluded bay, park near Manorbier Youth Hostel, walk westwards along the coast path, past the MOD’s missile test firing facility at Manorbier Camp. Take the footpath across the fields and follow the steep, winding steps down to the rocks below. Alternatively, take a pretty walk around the cliffs from the car park at Manorbier village, with its historic/beautiful castle and Norman church.

The Witches’ Cauldronthe Wotches Cauldron Ceibwr, part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

This natural wonder is a green pool of tidal water, surrounded by sheer cliffs with the sea on one side and farmland on the other, to the south of Ceibwr Bay. It was created by the sea hollowing through soft rock to form a sea cave, which then collapsed to leave an open bowl.

Known as Pwll y Wrach, it is a tempting site for those who love to explore, while these waters are a great attraction for kayakers and canoeists. As you paddle along this stretch of coast, the narrow entrance is tricky to spot. The Cauldron is accessible at low tide through a narrow access channel, where there is a waterfall and a beach reached only by water. There is also a small water-filled cave into which you can squeeze yourself.

Pwll y Wrach can be found on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path if you fancy a scenic walk, where you are likely to spot bottlenose dolphins. The path takes you past the Cauldron one on side of a knife edge and the ocean on the other, with coastal wildflowers surrounding the exposed natural geology.

There is a bus from Cardigan to Fishguard from which you can walk the last mile, and roadside parking at Ceibwr. Alternatively, park at the nearby village of Moylgrove and walk for just over 1 km to the cliffs, where you can watch the choughs, or the seal pups in autumn, or winter waves crashing in. Nearby there are further caves, a natural spring, and the possible prehistoric enclosure of Castelltreruffydd.

For a relaxing holiday in this part of Wales, choose from a range of Pembrokeshire cottages.

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