Our Local Area

Pembrokeshire is a place of magic, mystery & enchantment with wild landscapes, and a rich and ancient history and culture.  Here are a few details of the Local Area.
Ocean | The Old Rectory, Newport

When you arrive to the local area, you are sure to sense the ever-present power of the land imbued with five thousand years of deeply layered history. Our area was of great spiritual significance to its early inhabitants, and abundant ancient monuments, relics, and sacred sites surround us. The Stone Age. Bronze Age. As well as Iron Age settlers, and the Early Christian  Celts all left their marks. Which you can find within walking distance around our property.  Bluestones from the Preseli Hills are found at Stonehenge, 250 km away;  how they got there is a matter of intense debate between geologists and archaeologists.

 

There are many ancient standing stones in the local area, tumuli and cromlechs (dolmens) dotted across our region, including Pentre Ifan, a short walk away.  Later, this was the mythical land of Merlin, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.  As legend has it, the summit of our mountain, Carn Ingli (Angel Mountain), was the place to which St. Brynach occasionally retreated in order to commune with the angels. You can still find St. Brynach’s cave in the tangled oak woodland of Ty Canol, not far away.  Our area also seems to be of special interest to life outside our world. Pembrokeshire is within the hub of extraterrestrial activity known as the ‘Welsh Triangle’. Much is forgotten, or not yet understood, but it is clear that there is profound power inherent in the land here.

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A web of public footpaths take you right from our doorstep through incredible and varied landscapes.

Heading upwards from the house, you will discover secret crags and fairy-tale wooded valleys. Then, as you reach the  heather-clad open moorlands, you can climb over the higher crags and admire the view of the rolling hills and coastline below. Up here, you can mountain bike, ride horses, and explore the ancient settlement remains in the company of buzzards, ravens, sheep and wild mountain ponies.

 

A few minutes walk downhill from the house will lead you to the Pembrokeshire coast path, which boasts over 186 miles of wild windswept cliff tops ablaze with wild flowers, and endless discoveries of hidden beaches, quiet coves, secret caves, thriving wildlife and the ferocious Atlantic Ocean. Our little town, Newport or Trefdraeth, meaning ‘Beach-Town’, is close to a 1 mile long beach with dunes and an estuary, protected by craggy headlands. It provides Ideal conditions for swimming, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, fishing and birdwatching all within the local area.

 

About Newport

Newport*/Trefdraeth is historically a fishing, farming, and market town, and it still maintains a strong sense of cultural and linguistic integrity. The Norman church and castle stand proudly over the town’s tightly winding roads and stone houses. You will discover many family run shops, cafes, and restaurants that seem to be from another era. Your holiday experiences may include fishing out in the bay, helping with the hay harvest, or helping to round up the sheep on the common; and throughout the year there are film shows, concerts, and other events in the Memorial Hall to supplement the live music in the local hostelries.  Just keep an eye on the local calendar.

 

*Not to be confused with Newport, Gwent in South Wales

Holiday Retreat in Pembrokeshire - Puffins | The Old Rectory, Newport
Sands | The Old Rectory, Newport

Activities near Newport
Sports:
Tennis in town
Watersports
Horse Riding
Golf within 30 mins drive
Fishing

Great for:
Walking holidays
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
Cycling holidays