Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages In The Press
Our main mission is, and always has been, to create family-friendly farm holidays to help you unwind and relax whilst your children discover the adventure of meeting and playing with new friends.
If you leave us with a happy heart and wonderful holiday memories we know we’ve done a good job.
Every now and again we get some recognition in the press, which is also rather wonderful! And recently we have had not one, but two lovely pieces of press coverage which we wanted to share on the blog.
One of 54 Welsh Firms Shortlisted In Prestigious Rural Business Awards
We had some fantastic news recently! We are finalists in the Rural Business Awards in the Wales and Northern Ireland ‘Best Rural Tourism Business’ Category.
Along with a host of other worthy finalists across 13 different categories, we are proud to represent our sector for this region and are looking forward to attending the regional finals event in October!
It was lovely to see this covered in the press, in Welsh Country – The Countryside Magazine for Wales (read more here)
You can read more about the Rural Business Awards and other finalists here.
“Pure Pleasures of The Good Life” – Express Travel
This is an extract from Paul Jeeves’ article he wrote in The Express, after he and his family stayed in The Farmhouse, one of our cottages, earlier this year:
“With the sun gently rising over the undulating Pembrokeshire hills we don our sunglasses and wellies to immerse ourselves in a taste of the good life. Forty-five minutes later, invigorated by a stroll around the eight-acre site, feeding eight sheep, four Kunekune pigs, two donkeys, six goats, we reached the last stop – the chicken coop.
After carefully distributing the final feed of poultry pellets we were allowed to treat ourselves to a reward for our morning toil from the 18 residents – a freshly laid egg.
Still warm as you gently carry them back to your accommodation, these eggs are in a different stratosphere to those bought in a supermarket.
Sat on the terrace, washing down breakfast with a cup of fresh coffee, you felt the stresses and strains of life in the rat race lifting from your shoulders.
And an indoor swimming pool and spa alongside a well-equipped games room, outdoor play areas and a gym helped the whole family get into holiday mode.
Indeed our children quickly teamed up with other youngsters staying on the farm and rather than sullenly stare at screens, frequently vanished to the animal barns where they were able to take out rabbits and guinea pigs to stroke and cuddle to their hearts’ content.
The children – even my too-cool-for school 13-year-old – really didn’t want to leave their newfound friends (human and four-legged) behind but with a stunning array of riches awaiting we dragged them away to explore the hills and green fields that meander down to the coast where golden beaches lead from quaint fishing villages.
This part of the world is fabulous to see from land but for those with a sense of adventure, an exhilarating trip out into the Irish Sea on a jet boat takes some beating.
We took on a 90-minute excursion with A Bay To Remember and after a high-speed departure from Cardigan we soon saw our first porpoise battling the waves, followed by a peregrine falcon swooping down as we approached Cardigan Island, where hundreds of nesting seabirds fill the eye line.
The 10-mile journey allowed us to explore the coast between Cardigan Island and Mwnt, an important feeding area and where on a good day, you stand a chance of spotting bottlenose dolphins.
The boat then headed to Cemaes Head where the highest sea cliffs in the Pembrokeshire National Park took our breath away.
Below was a secluded beach filled with Atlantic grey seals cavorting in and out of the water. Our intrepid captain also took us inside the sea caves along the coastline.
Equally exhilarating, but not quite as white-knuckle, was our stroll the following day along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
This breathtaking stretch of some of Britain’s most dramatic shorelines covers 186 miles from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south and the variety of terrain and views create differing sections.
This means that whatever your age or ability there is something to enjoy.
Seasoned walkers clad in full waterproof regalia mix easily with pushchair-pushing parents, while certain sections have been created to be accessible by wheelchair.
Teenagers looking for something more adrenalin-fuelled in the summer months when the water is a tad warmer can have a go at coasteering, which combines scrambling over rocks, jumping into the sea and battling the rough and tumble of the ocean.
Of course, all that sea air builds up a great hunger and while the temptation is always to return to your farm cottage for a barbecue there’s a bountiful selection of pubs and restaurants along the coast and in nearby Cardigan to delight all tastes.
The Food For Thought café in Cardigan was packed to the rafters whenever we passed and after sampling their homemade burgers we knew why.
Along the coast, in the centre of the pretty village of Newport, sits The Golden Lion, a hostelry that has served locals and travellers with homemade food for more than 300 years.
And while the seafood on offer in the area was sublime, the highlight for my clan was a visit to Pizzatipi in Cardigan – serving stone-baked pizzas in a riverside courtyard during the summer months.
Created beneath a tepee, where we stayed warm by sitting around blazing fire pits, we tucked into arguably the best pizzas, perfectly fuelling our energy for the next morning’s farmyard chores.”
The full article can be read here.
If you would like to find out more about staying in one of our 10 luxury self-catering cottages do please get in touch on 01239 615179 or browse our website and click the Look & Book button for full details of availability and prices.
7 of our 10 cottages are dog-friendly, and 4 of our cottages have their own private garden hot tubs (Croft House, Meadow Cottage, The Farmhouse, and The Barn).