Cardigan Castle, River Teifi, holiday cottages pembrokeshire

Cardigan Castle To Re-open

Cardigan Castle to re-open

After many years of restoration Cardigan Castle is finally set to open its doors on 15th April.  Having driven past the castle for years, with its contractors signs, cordoned off road lane and restricted access, I’m really looking forward to having a nose around on the inside!  In addition to the restored castle itself there are gardens, an open-air theatre and a restaurant and of course, the best view of the river Tefi in town.

According to a recent the Daily Mail article,

“It has been a multi-million pound rescue mission lasting 12 years, but 900-year-old Cardigan Castle, in Wales, is set open its doors to visitors once more in April. 

Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to the historic castle, to see the results of the Cadwgan Building Preservation Trust project. 

It is set to be a lavish affair, with 3,000 daffodils and 1,700 rolls of turf planted in celebration of the occasion.”

And they add,

“The new lease of life for the castle includes the recreation of the paths and lawns of the regency gardens, a glass restaurant with panoramic views over the River Teifi, and the restoration of the whalebone arch – a popular feature for early 19th Century gardens.

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Guide to Pembrokeshire, holiday cottages pembrokeshire, treffynnon

Guide to Pembrokeshire

Traveller’s Guide to Pembrokeshire

I’m delighted to see that Newport is highly recommended in the Condé Nast Traveller’s Guide to Pembrokeshire. They have this to say about the town:

“It doesn’t look like much as you drive through, but little Newport – not under any circumstances to be mistaken for its city namesake – is the discreet holiday hideaway of well-heeled Welsh speakers, and English money looking for something less obvious than Cornwall or Sandbanks. There are hardly any visual clues; it’s the absence of things that gives the game away – no tat-shops, football tops, or lagery crowds. Instead, there are superb pubs and restaurants, a first-rate butcher and fishmonger and, tucked half-a-mile down from the main drag, a delightful boat-bobbing estuary. A drink at the boat club, as the sun goes down, begets the satisfying glow of knowing you’re in precisely the right place. “

Whilst I think the “well-healed Welsh speakers, and English money looking for something less obvious than Cornwall or Sandbanks” is a bit caricaturish, the rest rings true.

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