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August 2013

Clydey Cottages in the National Press

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Cots & Cottages

West Wales ideal for new Prince of Wales

THE dribble-smattered fun starts here for William and Kate.

In the coming days, the Duchess of Cambridge may well step out in a flattering dress — probably a £70 number from Zara — but from now on she will be accessorising her look with little Prince George… and a small patch of vomit.

Life for the royal couple has changed for ever. And I know how they feel. My wife and I have a three-month-old daughter and I freak out as strangers stop me in the supermarket with a profound: “Ooooh, isn’t she little!”

See… exactly the same public obsession as the royals experienced facing the massed banks of snappers outside the Lindo Wing.

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So Wills and Kate might want to escape the madness on a baby-friendly break — and they should head to Clydey Cottages in West Wales. After all, it must be nice for Wills to be able to go somewhere and say: “My dad’s the prince of this country.”

Clydey Cottages really has got the lot. It is 15, four and five-star homes on two sites in the fields of North Pembrokeshire — ten at Clydey, five at Fron Fawr.

Kate and Wills are obviously used to the finer things in life and the decor and finish of the cottages will suit them down to the ground.

We stayed in Heather Cottage at Clydey — which fits two adults and two children — and it is all wooden beams and wood-burning stoves. But the lounge has a lovely big telly and wifi is available all over the site.

Each cottage has a fabulous contemporary kitchen and gigantic, comfortable beds. Kate and Wills do not have to just take my word for it — entertainment royalty Vernon Kay and Tess Daly have visited with daughters Phoebe and Amber. ’Nuff said!

Clydey is perfect for children and little touches such as being able to prebook kiddie extras — baby monitors, bottle sterilisers, stair gates — makes things so much easier for parents without flunkies.

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Outside the cottage, there is so much to enjoy.

Little Prince George might be too young to fully appreciate the daily animal feeding routine with Farmer Malcolm but I bet Wills and Kate would love to muck in.

Our little one, Madeleine, did not really know what was going on but other toddlers went mad collecting eggs and giving scraps to pygmy goats Zig and Zag and donkeys Noah and Nellie.

The highlight of the animal offerings, though, is Iggle, the gigantic kunekune pig. He will undoubtedly be the ugliest thing Kate and Wills have ever seen but he has beautiful ginger eyelashes that would make Prince Harry jealous.

And animals are just the start of Clydey’s top-notch facilities. There is an indoor swimming pool, playroom, sandpit, climbing frame and swings — plenty to keep children entertained.

For grown-ups, there is a sauna, games room and outdoor hot tub. An evening in the hot tub slurping on something chilled as you take in the views of the Welsh countryside is well worth booking a babysitter for and they can easily be sorted through Clydey’s wonderful owners Jacqui and Dewi Davies.

There is also a spa room offering a range of treatments. Wills, I can recommend the 90-minute aromatherapy full body massage — you must be shattered. Oh… and Kate might like it too.

The spa also offers baby massage tuition and the lovely Rhian came to our cottage and taught us techniques to ease colic, clear congestion and help Madeleine relax.

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Away from Clydey, there are plenty of bracing walks to help the royal newbie drift off to sleep and a number of beaches to give them that first seaside experience.Impressive Poppit Sands, with a large beach and rock pools, is ten miles south but we preferred to go north for the incredible views and cliff-top walks at Tresaith.

The cottages are self-catered but you can buy things such as bread, milk and eggs — fresh from the Clydey chickens — on-site.

The Nag’s Head in nearby Abercych does lovely grub. For something posher, the Harbour Master Hotel in Aberaeron — about a 45-minute drive away — fits the bill. You will need a babysitter but the food and quayside location are stunning.

The £30, three-course evening menu is hardly a king’s ransom, especially if you go for the beautiful local lobster.

We will go back when Madeleine is a little bit older so she can take full advantage of the wonderful activities on offer.

But, by George, there is no denying this is a family-friendly holiday fit for a future king.