Surprise New Year Trip to Pembrokeshire, Wales
Last year, our men did so well to surprise Jodie and me with a weekend away in Cornwall for New Year that naturally, we had some living up to do. Therefore, along with the third in our trio, Nikki, we treated the boys to a weekend away in Ceredigion, Wales.
Day 1 – Friday.
We set off in the morning and had a lovely drive across the beautiful Welsh countryside, with a tasty brunch stop at Brecon. As check in wasn’t until 3pm, we also called in at New Quay to stretch our legs.
Despite being bitterly cold and windy, New Quay looked quaint and colourful, with it’s bright houses lining the hillsides. We took a brisk walk to the end of the jetty, breathed in the salty, sea air and admired the view across the bay. To warm up, we enjoyed a couple of drinks at The Hotel Penwig, before moving on to our accommodation.
We had booked the cutest little place to stay in: Cowslip Cottage, found through West Wales Holiday Cottages. It looked gorgeous, even at night. The interiors were just as lovely too and very spacious. It also had a private hot tub and enclosed garden, perfect for if you were taking dogs. What made it even better was the bonus extras like the detailed welcome folder and a puzzle, which we ended up spending many hours trying to complete!
The cottage was located in Llangoedmor, near Cardigan, and although there were some other properties nearby, ours was private and didn’t feel at all encroached, which was exactly what we intended. Ian, one of the owner’s, also introduced himself and checked everything was in order as soon as we arrived. It was a wonderful place and would definitely recommend staying there!
As the night drew in and we’d explored our temporary home, Nikki put the dinner of pizzas and chips in the oven and we cracked open the drinks. Feeling suitably stuffed, Dave and I toasted the start of our weekend, whilst warm and soaking in the bubbly tub. There’s nothing quite like being in the hot tub during a rainstorm! After our skin had turned prune-like, we trotted back inside to dry off and join the others for a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity.
It was a brilliant start to the weekend.
Day 2 – Saturday.
With the way New Year had fallen, we had made the trip into a long weekend. Therefore, there were two days to fill.
After a morning dip in the hot tub – where we were obsessed with watching the busy activity on the bird feeder just metres away! – I took my camera outside to capture our gorgeous cottage in the daylight.
Soon joined by Jodie and Nikki, us ladies then got to meet some of Owl Farm’s cutest residents, including the sweetest pup, Meg – thank you again to Ian & Hayley for letting us do this! One of Owl Farm’s pride and joys is it’s animals, each one has a name and all are pets. They were adorable!! How we didn’t come away with a cat/puppy/goat/all of the above stuffed away somewhere, I’ll never know! It would have been very easy to spend all day stroking and repeatedly saying ‘aww’ or ‘they’re so cute’, but fortunately for the men, we had a plan to stick to.
The afternoon’s weather was looking pretty bleak. But that didn’t deter us! We drove to my favourite place, Newport in Pembrokeshire, to do a Spy Mission Treasure Trail. As I’ve mentioned before, Treasure Trails’ maps are lots of fun and worth every penny! We spent the next couple of hours exploring the area, hunting for answers to the clues.
We rambled along the gloomy but beautiful estuary path…
Discovered the Carreg Coetan Arthur (a Neolithic stone structure)…
Explored the high street and found the castle ruins…
Before heading back to the Parrog where we started!
There was cause for extra celebration afterwards too, as we submitted our answer online and it was correct – go us!!
After running around the town, we headed towards the cottage and stopped at Bowen’s Fish & Chip Shop for dinner. Back at the house, we changed in to comfier clothes and settled down for another fun evening of games and drinks. There was also another jacuzzi soak – well, we wanted to make the most of it! – though it was a bit of a squeeze with six people. But enjoyable all the same!
Day 3 – Sunday.
Full from a bacon and egg sandwiches, we drove over to the seaside town of Llangrannog on the Sunday morning; which has some of the best coastal paths around! We set off up the track and soon found ourselves on top of the cliff, looking at the expanse of ocean before us.
It was a beautiful walk and the views were breathtaking. Unfortunately, we didn’t get very far due to mud and turned around to retrace our steps. Back at sea level, the group headed to a cafe whilst Jodie and I took our cameras to the beach.
Lunch was spent at the Pentre Arms Pub where everyone enjoyed sandwiches or toasties. My New Year’s Eve prosecco went down rather nicely too! Afterwards, we went back to Caffi Patio so that Jodie and I could have a warming hot chocolate. I tried something different and ordered a delicious spiced one – it tasted like a Chai Latte!
Following a lovely day exploring some of Ceredigion’s glorious coastal paths, New Year’s Eve was spent playing more games, attempting the puzzle and dipping in the hot tub.
Midnight was spent under the stars, in the jacuzzi, with flutes of champagne and best friends – what better way!! We were also very proud to have got it working, unlike the previous year where we had managed to somehow turn it off, meaning the water was cold when twelve o’clock came around! Another shocker was that we ended up staying awake until 4am, something we hadn’t done for many years!!
It was a fantastic night to see in the New Year.
Day 4 – Monday.
We woke on the Monday to a note from Ian and Hayley, extending our check out time; a touching thought! After a leisurely breakfast, we packed up the cars and waved goodbye to what had been our home for the past few days.
It was a great weekend spent with great friends and I’m already excited to see where we’ll end up next New Year!
P I N F O R L A T E R . . .