Hodgeston can trace its origins back to at least the 13th Century. The hamlet is very picturesque - its houses & farms clustering around a well-kept village green. It's church is of particular interest. Built of local limestone it has a striking medieval west tower, which is unusually slender, an elaborately carved 14th Century piscina in the chancel and a Norman font. Whilst services are no longer held here on a regular basis, marriages, christenings and funerals are. Also within the village are the remains of a moated homestead. There is a post box and telephone kiosk (cards only) and you can catch a bus to Pembroke and Tenby or further afield to Haverfordwest.
Lamphey is just a mile away and has a post office/petrol station/Spar shop, a bakery, railway station, pub and restaurants. Its first episcopal residence can be traced back to 1096 and the wonderful ruined palace which still remains was once one of the favourite palaces of the Bishops of St. Davids in the Middle Ages. It was eventually inherited by Robert - the Earl who was to become a favourite courtier of Queen Elizabeth I - until his execution for treason in 1601! It is open from April to October and operated by CADW (the Welsh equivalent of English Heritage). There are regular church services at the Norman church.
Freshwater East is the nearest beach and can be reached by the winding lane outside the cottage. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the acess to the coastal footpath where there are magnificent views of the sweeping bay with its golden sands, small coves and the islands of Caldey and Lundy in the distance. There is an abundance of bird life and in late summer you may even glimpse the Atlantic Grey Seal basking on a rock with her pup. Access to the beach is either via one of the many public footpaths through the wooded area known as 'The Burrows' or, if you take your car, follow the road through the village and down to the large car park. There is disabled access here, public toilets, pub/cafe and shop. The Freshwater Inn is within walking distance from the cottage and boasts a superb view of the bay.
Manorbier is just over 2 miles away and is a coastal, medieval village with a magnificent castle which is open to the public. It has an interesting church and a sandy beach which is very popular with surfers. It was once a favourite haunt of George Bernard Shaw and Virginia Woolf, whilst Geraldus Cambrensis (Gerald the Welshman - a famous 12th Century scholar) called it the most pleasant spot in Wales. There is an old pub, 2 shops, a hotel and a cafe. A railway station and large garden centre are some distance from the village itself.
Pembroke has one of the most famous castles in Wales. Built on a limestone outcrop, it was the birthplace of Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty. Open throughout the year, there is a museum within its walls and in summer it is home to live theatre and other events. It is a 'must see' for your Pembrokeshie holiday. There is a very tranquil walk around the castle and millpond and although there is only one main street, it has some interesting shops, old pubs and little alleyways.
Tenby or Dinbych y Pysgod (Little Town of Fishes) is a Norman fortified town with most of the old town walls still remaining. It is the tourist hub of South Pembrokeshire with 3 separate, sandy beaches, a very pretty harbour and a new lifeboat station. Here you can depart for the monastic island of Caldey whose monks produce perfume and chocolate, or take fishing or paragliding trips. The tall Georgain houses are painted in bright colours.
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South Pembrokeshire has one of the most spectacular coasts in Great Britain and is home to the one and only predominantly coastal National Park. It has a very mild climate and a link to the local weather forecast is given below. Inland the countryside is undulating farmland, used mainly for growing new potatoes and vegetables, for beef and dairy cattle - and of course sheep! The County is also virtually split in two by the Milford Haven waterway or Cleddau River. The upper reaches are known as the secret waterway, or Daugleddau, and is home to an abundance of wildlife.
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