Puffin stretches wings in Wales

The puffin is one of Britain’s favourite birds. With its big, colourful bill and soulful eyes, it’s one that just about everybody recognises – and wants to see.

And Pembrokeshire is one of the best places to see puffins in Wales, or anywhere around the British coast – it’s all about timing and location…

To see Pembrokeshire’s remarkable range of seabirds – including puffins – you have to visit the coast during their breeding seasons. For a couple of months colonies are buzzing with birds, but once the season’s youngsters have flown the nest, the cliffs and islands get much quieter.

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Treffgarne Rocks in Pembrokeshire

Cas-blaidd, or Castle of the Wolf; such a ringing and evocative name. The origins of it are immaterial, really – mysteries explained cease to be mysteries. Better to immerse yourself in the magic of Pembrokeshire than seek explication. You don’t bring your desk with you, when you come to this place.

The castle is of the motte-and-bailey type, a bracken-captured hump standing some six metres high. The building of the nearby A40 in the 1920s destroyed some sections of the bailey but the antiquity of the place is unquestionable, and palpable; potsherds found in the paler soil of the site indicate an earlier Iron Age structure, built on to strengthen the Landsker line, a string of fortifications erected by the Anglo-Normans to protect their south Pembrokeshire colony from the native Welsh.

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Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting travel bloggers Erin and Josh Bender and their two children during their time in Wales:

“Little did I know but we were about to visit one of the best restaurants we’ve dined at in the last 3 years. We’ve eaten at close to 1000 restaurants across 50+ countries in recent years and this one ranks in my favourite 5. So when I heap praise on this fine establishment, please understand it’s no small feat and certainly not something I do every day.”

Follow this link to read more! http://travelwithbender.com/travel-blog/united_kingdom/dont-read-post-about-wolfscastle-country-hotel-wales-unless-you-want-ruin-your-keyboard

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Recently, Head Chef Tom Simmons held a cookery demonstration and four course dinner for guests in our Garden Room.

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Tom gave professional insights as he prepared dishes in front of the audience which were then enjoyed at dinner in the restaurant.  The menu included:

Canapés ~ seared fillet, choux bun, horseradish cream, smoked haddock & salmon fishcake, dill tartare sauce

Starter ~ chicken liver, madeira, port parfait with apricot & orange chutney on toasted brioche or allt yr afon hot smoked salmon with sautéed leeks, basil hollandaise

Main ~ pan seared duck breast, glazed vegetables, potatoes dauphinoise, blackberry sauce

Dessert ~ iced white chocolate parfait, raspberries, basil shortbread

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On Friday 16th of May the people of Pembrokeshire came out in force to support the Wolfscastle Country Hotel’s newest addition to its function suite facilities, the Garden Room.

The night gave people from all over the county a chance to see what a fantastic new addition the Garden Room is to the Wolfscastle Country Hotel – showcasing the Garden rooms suitability as a function room for both large and small parties, weddings and conferences.

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The quirky Jocelyn dudes were in full swing as I entered the room. Diners were tapping their toes, with one corpulent gent just about keeping the beat with his spoon.

I soon discovered  why this was called the banqueting suite – it really was a feast to remember. I went a bit retro to begin with but luckily this wasn’t one of those pink and gooey horror stories from days of yore. No, this was a delicate prawn cocktail with the added touch of rolled brown bread and smoked salmon.

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Wolfscastle Country Hotel recently became only the second in Pembrokeshire to be awarded 4* Country House Hotel status, by Visit Wales.

One of a small number of family-owned hospitality businesses in Wales, the hotel is a former vicarage which was bought by current owner Andrew Stirling in 1976.

It is one of only 50 included in Welsh Rarebits, the Welsh Gold Collection of privately-owned hotels of distinction.

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Brian Parrot of the Daily Mirror stayed with us recently while exploring the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline, click below to see what he had to say!

http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/british-breaks/pembrokeshire-holidays-on-the-welsh-coast-wolfscastle-1369143

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Barti Ddu Memorial

Barti Ddu Memorial, Little Newcastle

Bartholomew Roberts, also known as Black Bart or Barti Ddu, came from Little Newcastle – a village just a few miles from this hotel, in the foothills of the Preseli Mountains. He went on to raid over 400 ships in the Caribbean, going down in pirate history for his audacity.

You can see a memorial to the man on Little Newcastle’s village green. And he’s not the only renowned pirate to have come from Pembrokeshire…

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Countryside writer, Julian Rollins, enjoys a walk through the wooded Anghof Valley, from the hotel to St Dogwell’s Church and back. Distance: Approx 2.8 miles. Grade: Easy.

You can see the starting point for this short walk from the Wolfscastle Country Hotel. It’s just across the road, where the village’s motte-and-bailey is hidden among a stand of trees. A motte-and-bailey was “entry level” castle building, a simple earthwork with a log wall and the Norman invaders of the early Middle Ages put up thousands of them.

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