Westhills Cottage in Lydstep

 

Lydstep is a very small village just 3 miles from the historic town of Tenby between Manorbier and Penally. Westhills is down a narrow country road behind the Lydstep Tavern pub. The property is a beautifully presented 3 bedroom bungalow with lawns front and back and undisturbed views out to the sea. The house is so welcoming, we immediately felt at home as the kids chose their bedrooms and then ran outside with our dog Buddy to play on the swing that hangs from a huge pine tree out front.

It has a large kitchen and dining area, one en-suite master bedroom and two other bathrooms. We had everything we needed for a family, from washing machine and dryer to Netflix on the TV. Westhills is also dog-friendly which is a huge bonus. Buddy needs a holiday too!

The secluded cottage makes a fantastic base from which to plan your adventures in Pembrokeshire. We had a few days out planned, from farms to theme parks, but on the other days, we let the weather and our fancy decide where we spent our time. Here are a few suggestions:

Day out 1:  Tenby

Day out 2: Folly Farm

Day out 3: Oakwood

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At the end of the country road is Lydstep beach, the National Trust Headland and the Lydstep Caverns. The photo above was taken in the rain at low tide on Manorbier beach. Just to the right, out of shot, is Manorbier Castle.

We picked up our basic provisions from the Co-op in Tenby but on the last days of our trip, on our way back to our cottage, we stopped at Bubbleton Farm Shop and Farm kitchen for the basics. Local Milk, lovely eggs and freshly baked bread. If only we had discovered it sooner. Nevermind, we know for next time!

 

Contact details for Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire

Tel: 01437 765765,

E-mail: info@coastalcottages.co.uk,
Website: coastalcottages.co.uk

 

The trips to Oakwood and Folly Farm would not have been possible without the help of the doggy sitters below.

Foxcombe Cat and Dog Boarding – Manorbier

Fully licensed kennels with space for up to nine small or medium sized dogs, pre-booked basis.  Drop off between 8.30am – 10.30am and pick up between 4pm – 6pm, perfect for a full day out at Folly Farm!

Contact: Jane Kidney
Tel: 01834 870135
Email: janekidney@aol.com

Muddy Paws Doggy Spa – Saundersfoot

Day spa for dogs. Treat your dog to a day of luxury while you enjoy Oakwood.

Contact: Julie Elston
Tel: 07974 379218
Email: jul_@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.muddypaws.wales

Great British Racing – Free Entry For Under 18s

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View from the Grandstand

Great British Racing, the promotional arm of horseracing in Britain, has launched a summer campaign to showcase that a day at the races
is completely free of charge for under 18s at almost every racecourse on almost every day.

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Macots!

We spent a cost-effective day out with the kids in the fresh air at Royal Windsor Racecourse.  Like many of the racecourses, Royal Windsor put on an incredible range of extra activities. From fairground rides and character visits to pony rides and sports classes. All of which take place alongside a brilliant backdrop of horseracing, which makes for a really unique and special day out.

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One of two big screens where you can watch the days racing.
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Crossing the track between races.

All of this is detailed in an engaging new website StirrUpSummer.com – which has been designed to make it easier, and more fun, for families and young people to find out about a day at the races and what is on near them, featuring content created by campaign ambassador and mum of three, Sara Cox.

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We had tickets for the Club Enclosure where the dress code is smart-casual. You can find more information about the dress code here. But basically, it was an excuse for us to get dressed up and I’m glad we did. The enclosure was packed with very smartly dressed ladies and gentlemen. I don’t think we let the side down.
There was plenty of food and drink options on site, and you can also bring a picnic (no alcohol) if preferred, which can be eaten in the Silver Ring Picnic Enclosure.
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There is so much going on to keep the kids entertained. There were pony rides, face painting, bouncy castles and a bouncy castle assault course, as well as funfair attractions but I think the kids were more interested in the ice cream, the mascots and the racing! If you haven’t been along to the races as a family I’d really hope that you’ll be very pleasantly surprised.

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