James and I used to visit boutique hotels and Michelin star restaurants pre anklebiters. It was our idea of a perfect weekend getaway choice. These days these stays are few and far between. So we thought we would give the anklebiters a glimpse of this with a hotel mini break.
We were thrilled to be offered a one night stay at the Stackpole Inn Pembrokeshire. The Stackpole Inn is owned by Gary and Becky and is an award-winning restaurant with rooms. The Stackpole is perfectly located within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and there are many walking routes to take via the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. There are four rooms at The Stackpole Inn all of incredible quality and newly renovated. Two of the rooms are family rooms for up to four people with king size beds and pull out sofas. Breakfast is also included within the accommodation price.
We decided to make the most of the trip and leave early for a full day of fun. We headed for Saundersfoot as this is one of our favourite little beaches. I have been visiting since I was a toddler and both babies have been here every summer of their little lives so far. We had so much fun collecting pebbles and shells on the beach and building sand castles.
It was a chilly but sunny day , the best kind! After an hour or so we went to our favourite fish and chip shop to warm up with hot drinks and chips. Then our tradition of going across the road to the little souvenir shop for the anklebiters to each choose a fridge magnet for Nanny and Bampy.
We then made our way to Stackpole , which was around a half an hour drive. We were stunned at how pretty and quaint the Stackpole Inn was when we dove up to it. The front garden was beautiful and had the best rose-bush in bloom. On the way to check in there was the cutest little cubby hole with a book sale where all books were £1 with an honesty box. We were met by Gary who showed us to a separate building next to the Inn where the rooms were. He was friendly and helpful and told about walks in the area and made us feel very welcome.
The room was just perfect and so bright and airy. The first thing I noticed was how clean it was. Everything was so perfectly placed and everything had been thought of. There was a king-sized bed for James and I and a sofa bed that had been pulled out and made for Archie and Frankie.
The room also had TV and DVD player which was fabulous as we had promised the little ones a movie night. There was a tea and coffee tray with a fabulous range of Welsh tea , coffee and hot chocolate with plenty of milk and sugar. There was also some freshly ground coffee and a cafetière for fresh coffee. I loved the special touch of the decanter of sherry and handmade chocolates that had been left for James and I. Also four bottles of spring water which is always handy when you have littles ones.
The shower was lovely and big with plenty of hot water and really powerful. There was a large supply of fluffy towels for all of us too , which is great as some hotels there are only a couple and you have to ask for more , everything had been thought out so we well. The large heated towel rail was also great as it really warmed up the bathroom and towels so thy were warm and toasty when we got out of the shower.
We booked at table for dinner at the Stackpole Inn and wow it certainly lived up to its award winning status. The menu is great and has a variety of locally sourced ingredient dishes for all tastes. The specials board has a fab array of dishes from the sea too. There is also a children’s menu which is great when dining with little ones.
James and I went for the 20z rib eye sharing steak. This was served with twice cooked chips , beer battered onion rings , dressed salad , Welsh rarebit mushrooms and a red wine jus. Everything was so fresh and the steak was cooked to perfection , actually one of the best I have had.
The little ones really wanted fish in batter and chips which wasn’t on the children’s menu so they cooked it off menu for them. They really enjoyed this and Archie said the fish was so soft and yummy. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the after dinner sherry back in the room rounded it off nicely.
The room was so peaceful and quiet with no traffic noise that we could hear. The bed was so comfy with plenty of pillows and extra blankets. I loved waking up to the birds singing.
Breakfast was served between 8am and 9am which was perfect for us. There was a selection of breakfasts to choose from including full English. I went for a cheese and tomato omelette and James had the scrambled egg and smoked salmon. There was a table with a variety of cereals , bread to toast , fresh fruit , juices and homemade conserves. Just like dinner the breakfast was so fresh and totally delicious.
We headed for Barafundle Bay on the way home which was just beautiful but the tide was in so we didn’t think it was practical with the little ones. We made our way to Freshwater East which was just perfect for an hour of fun and play. We then headed to Bluestone to use the swimming pool which was fantastic and sent the little ones to sleep for the drive home which was perfect.
I honestly cannot find anything to fault with the rooms or the restaurant , it was such a lovely stay and enjoyed by all. We usually stay in cottages or lodges so this was Archie’s and Frankie’s first little hotel stay and they loved it.
*We were given a complimentary stay at the Stackpole Inn in return for this review. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.