MANOR TOWNHOUSE B&B - FISHGUARD
Pembrokeshire Coast View Bed & Breakfast
The Manor Townhouse, a 4-star B&B in the village of Fishguard, best known as the Wales end of the Ireland ferry from Rosslare, has been around for some time, listed with praise in many travel guides as a cozy accommodation along the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park trail. Taken over two years ago by a young family, relatively new to managing an accommodation, who followed a common dream to find a small town to raise the young kids and operate a Bed & Breakfast. The Manor Townhouse does not disappoint with an added touch of family hominess and charm. The address, a block of the main square of Upper Fishguard, is a bit hard to distinguish on arrival. From the street, just another attractive but simple row house, taking a bit of looking to notice the identifying sign, though inside is a comfortable, warm and welcoming parlor where an arriving guest is greeted with a cup of tea and biscuits.
The six classic guest rooms spacious and homey with a period flair like a return to the Georgian era of the house - antique furnishings, fireplaces and views out the paneled seated windows of the sea coast of Pembrokeshire and harbor of Fishguard where the last invasion of the British Isles by the French was thwarted in 1791. A welcome tray with complimentary Pembrokeshire Spring Water, Fairtrade Tea, coffee and drinking chocolate can be found in the rooms, along with dressing gowns for a romantic cuddle. There is no restaurant at the townhouse, but a few upscale and local establishments a walk out the door.
Breakfast is served on the lower floor dining room indoors, or on the garden terrace with spectacular views of the coast from the hillside, noted by the BBC as the best view and best breakfast along the Pembrokshire Coast National Park path, which runs through the woods below the townhouse garden down to the sea. Breakfast ranges from freshly made waffles to full Welsh Breakfast with Laverbread. Vegetarian options are available and special diets or Gluten-Free can be accommodated with advance notice. Packed lunches for a day’s exploring can be provided.
Upper Fishguard has several dining establishments, like the trendy BarFive and classic village pubs within a few doors walk. Reservations can be made or booked in advance in the busy summer. Local bus service allows guests to walk different sections of the coastal path from town and return. For those taking the Stena Line Ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare, Ireland, the Manor Townhouse can be an ideal stop with a car, though less convenient for foot passengers, as the ferry dock is a mile away from the village center, requiring a bus ride from the rail station. Parking is in the public lot a half block away or on the street with restrictions during the day
The village of Fishguard offers some pleasant explorations. The old Royal Oak Inn contains the table where the French invaders surrendered to Lord Cawdor, ending the "Battle of Fishguard". At St Mary’s Church find the memorial headstone to Jemima Nicholas, the local heroine of the story, who single handedly captured a band of French soldiers, precipitating the surrender. They had apparently drunk too much looted ale and had fallen asleep. The Fishguard Tapestry hanging in the town hall tells the story.
A few hundred yards down the hill from the manor house is Lower Fishguard, the fishing harbor where hundreds of trading boats used to moor, now mostly pleasure sail boats and trawlers. The quaint estuary village was so evocative of romantic coastal Wales it was used as the film location for the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton 1971 movie version of Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood", as the fictional village of “Llareggub” doubling for real Laugharne on the south coast (see Dylan Thomas Boathouse Laugharne), and also used for scenes in the John Huston directed "Moby Dick" with Gregory Peck, also partly filmed across the sea in Ireland as well (see Moby Dick's Pub Youghal ), worth a ferry ride ride. © Bargain Travel Europe
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