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Look who’s arrived at Clydey!

Our Alpacas - Mo and Lali

Who’s looking at me??

We are delighted to welcome two new arrivals into the Clydey family – here are Lali and Mo, our two Alpacas !  What handsome boys they are!




Trip Advisor Hall of Fame!

We’re so thrilled to have been invited into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame – a rarely appointed accolade for those businesses that have been awarded Certificate of Excellence (5 star rating) for five consecutive years.

A HUGE thank you to you all! Were it not for our amazing visitors taking the time and care to go online and write such fabulous reviews about Clydey, we simply wouldn’t be where we are on Trip Advisor. It means so much to the entire Clydey Team.


Easter Eggs-citement!

Egg Hunt Baskets at the ready!

Egg Hunt Baskets at the Ready!

One happy egg hunter!

One Happy Egg Hunter!








What a glorious Easter Sunday!

Easter Sunday saw the famous Clydey Easter Egg Hunt unfold again with the Easter Bunny delivering and hiding over 400 pieces of chocolate for the lucky guests to find.

Great fun was had by all, especially as the spring sunshine appeared and warmed up our little corner of Pembrokeshire heaven. The Easter chocolate was becoming rather warm too – ‘hurry up before it melts’ came the joyful shrieks!

The Easter Bunny was a little mischievous this year and it took quite a while before the first  children were back to receive their certificates and medals for a job well done. Still, no-one was complaining – all of that running around and eggs-ercise was well rewarded by mounds of chocolate and an afternoon of fun in the sun.

Officially THE Best Place to Stay in Wales for 2015 (self-catering)


Yaaaaaaay!! We have won Gold for the Best Place to Stay in Wales (self-catering category) in the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2015. To say we are absolutely delighted is an understatement. Huge thanks to the entire Clydey Team for keeping us at the top.

We were presented with the Award at a glittering ‘Oscar’ style awards night at The Vale Resort in Cardiff on March 25th – wow, what a night. Read more about it here:


Parent Friendly Stays reviews Clydey Cottages

Parent Friendly Stays is a website that hand picks family breaks, individually review by parents, for parents.

We were delighted to host them in March 2015 and we are very pleased to report a glowing review. Read the review here.

“when you spend the majority of your time looking after little people it’s a nice feeling to know someone is doing the same for you”

“the place is idyllic”

“We were very impressed with how well equipped our cottage was”

National Tourism Awards for Wales 2015 – Finalist


Clydey Cottages is pleased to be one of three finalist in the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2015, in the Best Place To Stay – Guest Accommodation sub-category.

The National Tourism Awards for Wales recognise the best accommodation providers in Wales that can demonstrate a unique, innovative, high quality and memorable guest experience whilst remaining true to the Welsh sense of place.

Each sub-category winner will be an exemplar business; offering the very best in quality in all aspects of a guest’s experience – from customer service, to comfort, hospitality and added value.

Inclusion as a finalist recognises evidence of great value for money, attention to detail, impeccable and friendly customer service, high standards of furnishings and fittings and a willingness to go that extra mile. Winners will also demonstrate strong skills in business administration, marketing promotions, staff development and forward planning, and able to demonstrate their commitment to inclusion and accessibility.

Clydey Cottages featured on Wales Online

Clydey Cottages has been featured in a Wales Online article about the tourism campaign launched by Visit Wales to promote Wales as a top holiday destination for families.

Jacqui’s quote

“People’s lives are so hectic these days with work, school and so many distractions, it’s great to see families spending quality time together,” she said.

“It’s also about doing things together – we see children’s confidence grow while they’re on holiday as they get to experience the new and many adventures that Wales has to offer, with mum and dad there to share in these experiences too.

“Holidays in Wales are about creating special, family, holiday memories.”

Click here to view the article.

Global Mouse Travels visit Clydey

We are delighted to receive the following feedback from leading travel bloggers Global Mouse Travel:

I just wanted to get in touch to say thank you for organising everything for our time at Clydey, we had a great time – what an amazing place! I hope you’ve seen some of my tweets and instagram photos – and I’ll send over the review as soon as it’s up.

Click here to read the full review

Clydey Welcome The Logans

“We had a fabulous week at Clydey Cottages, in fact it’s impossible to pick a highlight, from the mountain biking, the horse riding, the pool and jacuzzi that were much used, the animal feeding with Farmer Malcom which was the best way ever for Lois to start the day, and the lovely walks, we had an action packed yet incredibly relaxing week. We got to know a beautiful part of Wales that we hadn’t been to before and met some wonderful people. I am pretty sure we will be back”. Gabby Logan (stayed in Bramble Cottage Oct 2014) 

Clydey Wins At Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards 2014

Last week, Clydey Cottages won ‘Best Non-Serviced Accommodation’ in the Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards 2014. This is the 4th consecutive time that Clydey Cottages have won the Award and have held the title since 2009.


“We are absolutely delighted and equally as astounded to win Gold Award for a fourth consecutive time. The entire Clydey Team work tirelessly to ensure that our guests have fantastic and memorable holidays and guests return again and again because of what we and Pembrokeshire have to offer. We feel extremely proud of what we have achieved here at Clydey and thank everyone who has played a part in our success.”

– Dewi and Jacqui

Wild Fishing Wales Newsletter

The days are long and the weather is great, a mild wet winter has given way to a pleasant spring so there’s no excuses for not going fishing. The team at Wild Fishing have put together another cracking issue for you, so get inspired and get fishing. Clydey Cottages is an ideal base in Pembrokeshire for a fishing holiday.

Click here to read their latest newsletter

Adolygiad hyfryd, diolch i Gwyn a Nesta

Hwn oedd ein hail ymweliad a Chlydau. Bu’r tro cyntaf yn brofiad mor bleserus – yr awyrgylch a’r adnoddau mor syrfdanol – roedd yn ormod i ddisgwyl i’r ail dro fod cystal. Nid felly o gwbl! Gallwn ddweud yn ddiffuant i’r ail ymweliad ragori hyd yn oed ar y cyntaf. Un o’r rhesymau amlwg am hyn yw fod Clydau yn datblygu yn barhaus. Roedd decor ein bwthyn -Bramble – mor ffres, heb ddim ol traul arno, roedd yr ystafell chwarae, gyda’i hamrywiaeth eang o degannau a gweithgareddau, yn nefoedd ar y ddaear i’n wyr dwyflwydd oed.

Roedd yno naws gymdogol ar y safle ymysg y teuluoedd oedd wedi dod o bob cwr o Brydain, a theimlid hyn ar ei orau bob bore yn ystod y gweithgaredd bwydo’r anifeiliaid. Roedd gallu Ffermwr Malcolm I gofio enwau pob un o’r deuddeg plentyn yn dangos cynhesrwydd a brwdfrydedd tuhwnt.

Hawdd deall pam fod cymaint o’r rhai oedd yn aros yno yn dod yn ol bob blwyddyn, ac hynny o bellter. Mantais ein teulu ni yw ei fod yn ddigon agos i ni bicio yno am dridiau a mwynhau harddwch a thawelwch cilcyn arbennig o Gymru.

– Gwyn a Nesta Hughes

Monmouthshire Country Life – July/August 2014

Clydey Cottages is pleased to be featured in the July/August 2014 edition of Monmouthshire Country Life.

Read the article online on page 60

Review from Helen Wade

We are delighted to have received this glowing review from television journalist and freelance writer, Helen Wade.

Coverage in The Times, June 2014

Clydey Cottages was featured in The Times’ 50-Best Holiday Bargains today.


Clydey wins another TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

TripAdvisor awards this certificate to properties who consistently receive excellent ratings from their members’ feedback.

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel review website, relying on independent reviews from travellers and is therefore very powerful in terms of marketing for a small company such as ours.

A huge thank you to all of our guests who have provided feedback on TripAdvisor, resulting in us winning a Certificate of Excellence for the third year in a row!

Tripadvisor 2013

Clydey Cottages in the National Press


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.

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.

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.

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.


Clydey Cottages Wins Gold Award at Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards 2013


For the third time in succession, Clydey Cottages have scooped a top award in The Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards which took place on Friday, April 19th at Beggars Reach Hotel, Burton, Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire. Once again, Clydey Cottages won the Gold Award in the Best Non-Serviced Accommodation category, to add to the Awards won in both 2009 and 2011.

We are absolutely delighted to win this Award again and would like to thank all of our staff for their hard work and determination – it’s a real team effort that has made Clydey what it is today. To win three times in succession is such an achievement and makes all of the hard work worth while. We would also like to thank Folly Farm for sponsoring the award this year (photo with owner Chris Ebsworth below), along with our guests for the wonderful feedback and reviews they have given us, all of which impressed the judges and undoubtedly helped us to win.

Dewi and Jacqui Davies


Minister’s visit to award-winners


During a tour of some of Pembrokeshire’s premiere accommodation providers Edwina Hart AM – Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science visited the award winning Clydey Cottages Pembrokeshire in Boncath near Cardigan.

In recent years, Clydey Cottages have won ‘Best Self-Catering Accommodation in Pembrokeshire’ two years running and were awarded ‘Best Place to Stay in Wales’ in their category of large self-catering, in the National tourism Awards for Wales.

The Minister congratulated Dewi and Jacqui Davies on achieving these awards.

Mrs Hart said: “I was very impressed with the high standards of accommodation and the amenities offered at the idyllic Clydey Cottages and can appreciate why so many families return year after year. The picture postcard location, combined with the impressive facilities and friendly team of dedicated staff led by Dewi and Jacqui, all contribute to a high quality visitor experience in the heart of the west Wales countryside.”

Dewi and Jacqui have continually re-invested to ensure that guests receive the very best that self-catering in Pembrokeshire has to offer and pride themselves on being a very personal, family run business.

Jacqui said:” Here at Clydey Cottages, we offer the complete package; the dream of country cottage living. We set off right from the start wanting to create an environment that we would wish to go on holiday to ourselves and with 3 young children of our own, our focus is on providing quality, fun-filled family holidays. We strive to make Clydey Cottages particularly child and family friendly and have put things in place to keep everyone happy, entertained and enthralled.”

New Events at Clydey this Summer

Clydey Children’s Club:
We are delighted to announce the opening of our Supervised Play Sessions. Parents now have the chance to enjoy a few child-free hours to relax, enjoy a late lunch, indulge in a beauty treatment or simply put their feet up with a good book! Little ones will be fully cared for and entertained in the playroom with Arts and Crafts, Singing, Dress-Up and much more.

Bushcraft Basics:
During the school summer holidays, we will be running Bushcraft Sessions in our very own woodland. This is an ideal opportunity for adults and those over 8yrs to try their hand at shelter (den!) construction, fire making, wood carving, tree and plant identification etc. Be your very own Bear Grylls or Ray Mears for a few hours!

For more details and to book places, please contact us on 01239 698619 or via

ClydeyCottages wins another TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!


TripAdvisor awards this certificate to properties who consistently receive excellent ratings from their members’ feedback.
A huge thank you to all of our guests who have provided feedback on TripAdvisor, resulting in us winning a Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row!

Wales Coast Path Opens

870 miles of continuous Wales Coastal walking is now OPEN! Explore our beautiful coastline. For more information visit the official website for further details, information and suggested walks:
Wales Coast Path

Comedian Simon Day’s testimonial

As soon as you get out of the car and look around, you are met with a feeling of peace and security at Clydey. The cottages are set in beautiful landscape , with stunning views across pembrokeshire [I tripped over once looking at the hills].


The cottages themselves are equipped with everything you need kitchen wise along with comfortable bedding, satellite tv and wi fi but still retain their original character.

Our kids were very content here, not surprising considering there is a an indoor swimming pool , games room and soft play area. There are also a number of animals including goats and lambs and chickesimonday1_4ns to feed which they loved.

Dewi and Jacqui are great hosts , always available for questions and new kettles , but never getting in the way.
The surrounding countryside is incredible: forests; rivers; sandy beaches and villages here and there consisting of a chapel and three houses. This is real Wales and all the better for it.

At night when the kids have finally gone to sleep you can sit in one of the jacuzzis and look at the stars, perfect, I cannot recommend this place enough.

Simon and his family stayed in Honeysuckle Cottage in April 2012.

Treat your Mum on Mother’s Day…..

….to a relaxing, luxurious break here at Clydey Cottages Pembrokeshire. We have two very Special Offers for the Mother’s Day Weekend (16 – 19 March) and the following week – please see our Special Offers Page. Remember, you can either book on-line via the Prices/Availability Page or please do telephone us if you’d like to speak to a friendly voice – we’re here to help.

Go on, treat your mum – she deserves it!

Meet Mollie and Friends!

Lambs have been born at Clydey for the first time! So far, we have 5 lambs – 4 jet black ones with white streaks on their heads and a little black and white one. Luckily for us and our guests, one of the lambs (we’ve named her Mollie!) needs to be bottle fed so the Animal Feeding Round in the morning is even more exciting than usual!!

National Geographic names Pembrokeshire Coastal Path as one of the best places to visit in 2012

The path, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010, ranks second in the top 10 list alongside Washington DC, Vienna, Istanbul, Chile and South Korea. And its inclusion – not the first time the magazine has praised it – was welcomed as great news for Pembrokeshire.

Read More Wales On Line – National Geographic names Pembrokeshire as 2nd Best place to visit.

Happy 2012 to all our guests!

Go on……..Treat Yourselves………….

….to a fantastic, fun-filled 2012 holiday here at Clydey Cottages Pembrokeshire. But don’t leave it too long – already, the school holidays are booking up fast. Remember, you can either book on-line via the Prices/Availability Page or please do telephone us if you’d like to speak to a friendly voice – we’re here to help you organise your next holiday and make things as easy as possible for you.

We very much look forward to welcoming friends, old and new, to Clydey Cottages in 2012.

Festive Christmas and New Year Breaks

Cosy cottages with real log fires, a Christmas tree in each cottage and fairy lights twinkling around the grounds…

…what could be nicer than relaxing in your own country cottage with a Christmas tree ready decorated, fairy lights twinkling around the porch and mulled wine gently warming on the stove?

Come and enjoy a Clydey Christmas with us and relax in wonderful surroundings with exceptional leisure facilities. A Festive Hamper will also greet you including mince pies, Champagne and mulled wine.

Call now for our ‘Festive Deals’.

Clydey has won a 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!


TripAdvisor awards this certificate to properties who consistently receive excellent ratings from our members.

We think your 5 rating is something to be proud of and we hope you do too.

Tess Daly and Vernon Kay just LOVE Clydey Cottages!


Following their recent stay with us, Tess wrote:

“We loved every minute of our fabulous stay at Clydey Cottages – but our kids loved it even more! It’s THE perfect family set-up with the indoor pool, soft play centre and animals to feed – right on your doorstep. The cottages are divine – soo cosy and comfortable, like a home from home and hosts, lovely Jacqui and Dewi’s eye for detail when it comes to your comfort is second to none – we wanted for nothing. From blackout blinds to kid’s cutlery, cot and high-chair, meaning all we had to do was chill out, enjoy and feed the chickens!
We can’t wait to go back.”


Clydey Cottages wins top award at the Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards 2011

For the 2nd year running, Clydey Cottages won Best Non-Serviced Accommodation (self-catering category – large operator) at the recent Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards 2011, held at Kiln Park, Tenby.

We are once again, absolutely delighted to win this Award and enjoyed a glittering and glamourous evening with members of our Team. A huge thank-you to everyone involved in making Clydey Cottages a truly magical place to stay. If you haven’t yet enjoyed the ‘Clydey Experience’, do come and visit us soon!


Clydey Cottages wins top award at the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2010.


Jonathan Jones, Head of Visit Wales, presents the award to Jacqui and Dewi Davies.

Clydey Cottages won Best Place to Stay (self-catering category – large operator) at the recent National Tourism Awards for Wales 2010, held at The Vale Resort, Glamorgan.
We are absolutely delighted with the Award and would like to thank all of the staff and everyone associated with Clydey Cottages in making this possible – well done!

New Detox Retreat comes to Clydey

Clydey is now offering the chance for you to enjoy our beautiful cottages and countryside whilst being completely re-juvinated. Vital Detox Retreats are launching their fresh new Detox Spa at Clydey Cottages in 2011. . . read more

Bookings flooding in for 2011

We’ve barely said ‘Goodbye’ to the Summer of 2010 and already, people are looking to book for next year. Don’t miss out on a fantastic 2011 holiday. Call us today or fill in a Booking Request Form, then relax and look forward to a wonderful, fun-filled break for all the family.

Clydey Cottages feature at the head of the latest listings of “Recommended Family Holidays – TOP 25 Most Recommended Family Holidays

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Visit Recommended Family Holidays

The Times lists Clydey Cottages as ‘One of the best cottage clusters in the UK

Click here to read the article.

The Importance Of Good Doors

A man’s castle is his home – and it needs to be fully customized and optimized to suit all the owner’s needs. However, as different as many aspects and wishes might be regarding the type of furniture, kitchen tile, shower or bath tub decisions might be for home owners, there are common elements everyone is looking for.

What Makes For A Good Home  

Having a garage or parking space and beautiful, sturdy front/back/side doors are a couple of these common demands of must-have amenities. The initial stage of design planning needs to focus on the creation of additional floor space that can be fully used by the owners. Less wasted materials are also part of the deal when it comes to the American Design Gallery building strategies. Special attention needs to fall on the basement– designers here create preplanned basement spaces that can be further redesigned and expanded. Plant shelves, roof trusses, and roof pitches raised up on front elevations for more appealing deigns, walk-in closets, and porches that are fully covered are a few of the trends a great house can incorporate.


Quality wooden doors are versatile, they look great and they are sturdy; steel doors make for excellent security choices, while fiberglass doors do not need any maintenance, are rough and work well in humid climates. Your front entrance is more importance than a side or back door as it catches the attention of everyone passing by your house from the street; so make sure the lock on it is sturdy, of high quality an installed by a professional. If you need help, visit website  pages and get in touch with a team of professional locksmiths no matter where you live. Lockmsith Key will provide you with licensed, bonded, and affordable rates no matter what service you might be interested in so you can make sure your new house is fully secured before you move in.

Clydey Cottages feature in three of Baby-Friendly Boltholes’ Top 10 lists for 2009

New ‘BFB’s 10 Best…’ Results!

10 Best For… Funky Farmstays

1. Clydey Cottages
2. North Bradbury Farm
3. Pollaughan
4. Court Farm Standerwick
5. Tredethick
6. Bosinver
7. Finca Airetta
8. Country Kids
9. Millness Croft Luxury Cottages
10. Levendis Estate

10 Best Rated by BFB Guests in 2009 Season

1. Artagnan
2. Mas de Jouas
3. Partridge Farm
4. No. 29
5. Lower Coombe Royal
6. Country Kids
7. Caserio del Mirador
8. Clydey Cottages
9. Montengrand
10. Windfall Cottage

10 Best For… Toddler-Tastic Facilities

1. Pagel
2. Country Kids
3. Villa Pia
4. Tredethick
5. Bosinver
6. Domaine de la Tour
7. Clydey Cottages
8. Longeveau
9. Gurat
10. Libbear Barton Cottages

Clydey Cottages scoop two top awards at the Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards 2009

Dewi and Jacqui are delighted to announce that Clydey Cottages Pembrokeshire won two awards at the prestigious Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards 2009, held at The De Valance, Tenby on Friday 16th October 2009.

The first award was for the Best Marketing Campaign, sponsored by iKnow-UK and Dewi and Jacqui would in particular like to thank NB Designs and Capelweb for their contribution towards this award.

To Jane and Philip Griffiths of NB Designs for their creative flair and expertise in designing a complete re-brand, a new brochure and website for Clydey Cottages Pembrokeshire, and Mark Vincent of Capelweb for translating Jane and Philip’s creative ideas into the technology of the website.

The second award was for Best Self-Catering Accommodation, sponsored by The Retreats Group and for this, Dewi and Jacqui would like to thank Hafwen Davies and all of the staff and everyone else involved with Clydey Cottages Pembrokeshire, who have contributed into making Clydey THE Best Self-Catering Accommodation in Pembrokeshire.

A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone – we are absolutely delighted.