The Pembrokeshire coast, recently named by The National Geographic magazine as the second best coastal destination in the entire world can be accessed just 4 miles from Carthouse Cottage. The superb sandy cove of Manobier, with its fine medieval castle overlooking the bay, remains unspoilt by the trappings of mass tourism. Its Blue Flag beach is popular with surfers and The Castle Inn beer garden provides a wonderful spot for lunches. Just a mile and a half from the cottage, the magnificent Carew Castle can’t be missed. Overlooking a beautiful 23 acre millpond, the castle has a history spanning 2000 years; displaying development from a Norman fortification to an Elizabethan country house. Guided tours run in both summer and winter months, with ‘living history’ weekends, treasure hunts, craft fairs and ecology walks amongst the regular events. The Carew Inn, mentioned in The Good Pub Guide, offers an extensive menu for lunches and evening meals, in quaint, character-packed surroundings. Just 3 miles away, Pembroke Castle, yet another exceptional medieval castle and birthplace of Henry VII lies waiting to be explored. The historic town of Pembroke itself offers cafes, restaurants, and an intriguing blend of unique independent shops. Just 7 miles down the road lies the medieval walled town of Tenby. With its stunning Blue Flag beaches offering a host of water-sports and equipment hire, fishing trips, coastal cruises, an 18 hole golf course in the sand dunes, as well as quaint, winding streets full of cafes, shops, galleries, bars and restaurants; it’s easy to see why it’s a popular destination for many. The 16th century Plantagenet House serves exceptionally good dishes created from local produce and the fresh, daily catch of fish; while the Dennis Cafe on Castle Sands, with its breathtaking views and relaxed atmosphere, has been rated by The Times as one of the top ten coffee drinking spots in the whole of the UK. Also it’s from here that the brightly coloured old fishing boats ferry visitors to Caldey Island: Owned and farmed by self-sustaining monks for centuries, many find it hard to resist sampling the chocolate, perfume and serene atmosphere created by its very special residents. Credited by The Times as one of the top ten places in the world to spend New Year’s Eve, the rest of its annual events won’t disappoint either. The week long Arts festival at the end of September and November’s three day Blues Festival always draw in the crowds. From poetry in pubs to extravagant fire-works displays at the harbour, events are common-place in this town. Late June’s county-wide Fish Week shouldn’t be missed either: Cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs, a whole host of themed events and restaurants from north to south creating special dishes to celebrate all that swims in our waters, it’s a must for any foodie. Whether in search of retail therapy, pony trekking across the sands or the horrors of Oakwood Theme Park at Halloween, South Pembrokeshire provides it all and much, much more besides. But whatever the event, whatever the adventure, whatever the season, returning to Carthouse Cottage; you can’t fail to appreciate the comfort and convenience it offers: Easy access to so much, yet tucked away from the bustling tourist trail, this luxury cottage provides the perfect base for whatever holiday you wish to create.