Don’t be fooled by the name; Folly Farm is more than just a farm. Yes, you can feed lambs, baby goats and piglets in the Barn, but take time to hang out with sloths, giraffes and penguins in the zoo, too. A maze of play parks and fairground rides provides a rush of adrenaline for all ages. There are so many animals to meet and greet at Folly Farm that you’ll need a full day to cover it all. Here are the best places to stay nearby to make the most of your trip – all bookable on Culture Trip.
On a clifftop overlooking the beachside village of Saundersfoot, St Brides Spa Hotel enjoys one of the best positions on the Pembrokeshire coast. The vibe is one of informal luxury, with beachy blue-and-white rooms accompanied by wooden terraces and ocean views. The Cliff restaurant embraces the seaside location, too, with a wall of glass looking out over the sand and a menu featuring locally-landed lobster and scallops. Even the spa takes advantage of the location; the treatment rooms open up to sea air and the sound of waves, while a heated hydrotherapy pool looks over the ocean.
Driftwood coffee tables and sailboat ornaments let you know this B&B is right by the sea. Each of the eight bedrooms has a view across Saundersfoot Bay and you can choose between a standard double, family room or honeymoon suite. Rooms sit above the traditional pub with an oak bar and timber-beamed ceiling taking you back to the 18th century. Fresh seafood specials like dressed crab and fisherman’s pie are the highlights of the lunch menu, best enjoyed on the terrace when the sun shines. Local ales are on tap and can be sipped long into the evening by the crackling fire inside.
Just a three-minute drive (or 20-minute walk) from Folly Farm, this pub with rooms is a budget-friendly option that doesn’t scrimp on comfort. After a busy day exploring, you can settle into the cosy sports pub and watch the game with a pint of local ale. The restaurant serves a hearty cooked breakfast every morning and specialises in a grill menu in the evening. The spot also does a mean Sunday lunch with all the trimmings.
Set amid beautifully manicured gardens in the Pembrokeshire countryside, this small hotel offers a little slice of luxury. The three-AA-Rosette Fernery Restaurant sets the tone of indulgence; the eight-course tasting menu features locally landed fresh oysters and herbs from the kitchen garden. Rooms in the main house are accented with period features and have roll-top baths in the ensuites. Additional rooms with thick, exposed stone walls and luxurious touches can be found scattered across three 18th-century cottages in the grounds.
Get into the farmyard spirit early with a stay at Pembrokeshire Barn Farm, a five-minute drive from Folly Farm. Accommodation for couples comes in the form of self-contained shepherds’ huts scattered across a wildflower meadow. Private, wood-burning hot tubs outside each add some rustic luxury. Every hut has a kitchenette for a little independence, too, as well as a barbecue if you want to dine under the stars.
Set on a working farm in the Welsh countryside, Langdon Farm Guest House is a barn conversion 2mi (3km) from the seaside village of Saundersfoot. Each of the stylishly decorated rooms features Laura Ashley prints and the luxurious family suite twinkles with a chandelier in the centre. A full, cooked breakfast is served in the conservatory where you can watch sheep graze and listen to birds cheep as you fuel up on farm-fresh eggs and bacon for the day.
2mi (3km) from the market town of Narbeth, this family-run guesthouse is set on a hillside with panoramic views over the Preseli Mountains. There are only five rooms inside (self-catering cottages are also available), so you know the service is going to be tailored to perfection. Views from the floral bedrooms take in the rolling countryside all around and there’s a spot on the lawn for an evening tipple as the sun sets. A full Welsh breakfast is on offer every morning, and the cream teas served on the lawn have folk visiting from miles away.
Right between the seaside villages of Saundersfoot and Tenby, the Woodridge Hotel makes the most of both the shore and countryside. The 17 rooms either come with a gorgeous view of either land or sea and are decorated with an East Asian twist; think a scattering of ornamental fans above the bed and prints of Vietnamese junk boats. The restaurant continues the Eastern theme, serving Filipino chicken adobo, Korean pulled pork and Japanese miso salmon.
Looking for somewhere different? Book into one of the best hotels in Wales to reconnect with nature, or opt for a boutique hotel in nearby Swansea. If you stay near the city, we know just the things to do and see; if you’re travelling further afield, don’t miss a visit to the most beautiful Welsh towns and villages you might not have heard of. If you travel by the capital, stop in at one of the best restaurants.
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