THIS IS A FEAST FOR THE SENSES

KAREN PRICE STAYS AT A HO­TEL THAT’S A SPA TURN

Solihull News - - TRAVEL -

IT’S ONE of the UK’s most pop­u­lar coastal des­ti­na­tions – so when it comes to find­ing a place to stay in Pem­brokeshire, you’re spoiled for choice.

From hol­i­day cot­tages to car­a­van parks and Airbnb to guest houses, camp­ing and even log cab­ins, you can pretty much get what­ever you want.

But if you’re look­ing for a des­ti­na­tion ho­tel in the coun­try­side where you can en­joy fine din­ing, spa treat­ments and get to key places eas­ily, then Wolf­s­cas­tle Coun­try Ho­tel has got to be on your list.

In the vil­lage of Wolf­s­cas­tle, it’s be­tween the towns of Haver­ford­west and Fish­guard ( mak­ing it the per­fect stopover if you’re head­ing by ferry to Ire­land).

It’s also a short dis­tance from St Davids and the Pem­brokeshire Coast Path, so there’s much to ex­plore on the doorstep.

And as it’s a dog- friendly place – the ho­tel has its very own cocker spaniel called Fred­die – you can en­joy a break with your four- legged friend too.

THE HO­TEL

TUCKED away from the main road, the ho­tel, run by hus­band and wife team An­drew and Mandy Stir­ling, dates back to the 17th cen­tury.

It was pre­vi­ously a cot­tage and a vicarage. Now, it’s been com­pletely ex­tended with a mod­ern bar and restau­rant as well as a brand new spa area, which is a real bonus ( more of which later). And while, in com­par­i­son, the new work makes other ar­eas like the hall­ways look a lit­tle tired, there’s a rolling re­fur­bish­ment plan.

We ar­rived just be­fore 1pm on a Sun­day and were told our room would be ready by 2pm so we went to ex­plore the area for a while. How­ever, on our re­turn we still had to wait and then there was a mix- up with some clothes we had left there – but th­ese small nig­gles were soon put right by the friendly and help­ful staff and the rest of the stay went without a hitch.

Our dou­ble room was very spa­cious and had a lit­tle sit­ting area with TV and com­pli­men­tary teas and bis­cuits and an en­suite bath­room with walk- in shower and sep­a­rate bath. The room had gor­geous views of the coun­try­side, in­clud­ing the re­mains of a cas­tle on top of a hill.

ON THE MENU

THE sleek brasserie restau­rant has been awarded 2AA Rosettes for ex­cel­lence and of­fers lunch, din­ner and af­ter­noon tea ( which looked in­cred­i­ble) as well as the most hearty breakfasts – ev­ery­thing from the Full Welsh to kip­pers – for those stay­ing here.

We had a din­ner reser­va­tion on the first night and were thor­oughly im­pressed with the meal. Starters are an av­er­age price of £ 6.95 and in­clude dishes like chef’s soup of the day and smoked salmon and prawn salad.

My chicken liver par­fait was gor­geously smooth and rich and the cherry and or­ange com­pote and herb roasted bread were the per­fect ac­com­pa­ni­ments. My part­ner’s salmon fish­cakes were also a hit and were served on salad with a chilli and co­rian­der jam that re­ally brought out the flavours.

The mains range from £ 12.50 for Welsh lamb shoul­der to £ 21.50 for a 10oz sir­loin steak but I was more than happy with my gor­geously ten­der duck slices served with beet­root, broc­coli, as­para­gus and baby car­rots. The beef stroganoff was also a hit. The meat melted in the mouth and the flavours were spot on, and not too spicy.

Our rich choco­late dessert with a berry sor­bet and slices of honeycomb tasted as beau­ti­ful as it looked and was ex­tremely in­dul­gent. Af­ter­wards we fin­ished our drinks in the ad­join­ing sit­ting area, com­plete with so­fas and fire­place, a re­lax­ing way to round off the evening.

THE SPA

THE NEW spa boasts a re­lax­ation area with large win­dows over­look­ing the coun­try­side. On of­fer is a range of treat­ments, in­clud­ing fa­cials, man­i­cures, pedi­cures and full body and scalp mas­sages.

As a fan of hot stone mas­sage, there was no other choice for me – and I con­vinced my boyfriend he’d love one too. He cer­tainly did! After 30 min­utes of pure bliss, our clever ther­a­pists had un­wound the knots in our backs, necks and shoul­ders ( no easy task) and we felt like we were walk­ing on air as we stepped back into the white fluffy robes they pro­vided us with.

The spa area is such a wel­come ad­di­tion and there are now plans to in­stall a hot tub too.

The choco­late pud­ding and duck with beet­root were as beau­ti­ful to look at as they were to eat

A com­fort­able room at the Wolf­cas­tle Coun­try Ho­tel

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