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Gellifawr Woodland Retreat
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pontfaen
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“Perfect Valentine”
Reviewed 17 February 2014

My wife and I went to Gellifawr for our Valentine dinner. The food, the service and the setting are amazing. My wife had Duck and I had Lamb and I can't wait to go back again. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

I have never had a bad word to say about this place even had our honeymoon here.There are great walks around the site one even goes through a farm yard ( we had to check we were still on the path).We have never stayed in the hotel but have stayed in 5 of the cottages.They are always very clean and if we ever have any issues they are solved straight away.Don't go here if you want perfect wifi and phone signal you won't get it!! ( part of the charm).The staff are lovely and the local area is beautiful.I love this place and am so happy we found it by chance I would recommend it to anyone (as long as it does not get so fully booked I can't go)

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed here with a discount deal for two nights. We got there following a long journey and were not disappointed. The cottage which was one of the smaller ones was lovely! Bags of character and plenty of room. It was well equipped and comfortable. The only thing missing is a log fire but hey that's just me being picky and by no means a fault.
The downsides were that there was no information packs in the cottage outlining check out times and local amenities etc. not the end of the world but would be very helpful. The other issue is that there are some characterful slit windows which have no coverings and can make you feel a bit exposed when getting changed even though I'm sure there aren't many people passing.

We had dinner in the restaurant which was ok. I had a vegetarian option which in all honesty was tasteless and lacked any imagination. My husband had the streak which he felt was over done. That said the service was very good and the surroundings lovely.
I would definitely recommend the self catering cottages. You'll need a car as there doesn't seem to be much around within a reasonable walk. Having said that if there was an information booklet we'd know for sure!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

Booked this before the new owners took over, and there was a mix up with the room and we were given a cottage instead of an executive room. Reception were very helpful and moved us to a preferable room - plenty of room and comfortable.

Very nice quiet location and the hotel bar and restaurant are a pleasant place to spend the evening if you don't want to go out. If you do, Newport is 10 minutes by car and has a couple of really good pubs. A few things need improving - the TV in the room was old - I think we all expect more than just BBC2, ITV and Channel 4 in a hotel these days, and a few bits of DIY could just tidy the place up - peeling wallpaper for example. Breakfast was fine, but a little attention to detail required such as ensuring the buffet was restocked.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

This is a beautiful hotel set in a real "middle of nowhere" place. if you want to get away from everything then this is just the place although it's not that far from the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline. Hotel was very comfortable and the staff were mainly young, enthusiatic and still learning. Banter with them and more experienced staff was great. Loved it!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2013 via mobile

Stayed on a last minute basis and we had a fabulous two night stay. Stayed in a cottage with our dog and we had a great time. Enjoyed the walks from the hotel, the views were just stunning. Newport Beach is very near and also excellent for walking.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rossland, Canada
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

We booked this at the last minute, and on the way there, decided to read TA reviews.....many were pretty bad, and had us feeling a little nervous about our choice! In fact, we were laughing hard at one point, since the trip was a present to our nephew for his graduation and birthday, and it sounded like it was going to be the present from hell!

No need to worry though....other than the difficulty in finding it (we never would have found it with the GPS, but my nephew had the OS map for the area and did a great job of navigating), everything else was fine.

We drove up and fell in love with the location - surroundings and building. Our rooms were lovely, much better than expected. They were roomy and well decorated, and reasonably clean (not spotless, but I am picky). The bed though soft was quite comfortable. The only negative is that there wasn't much sound-proofing, so we heard our neighbors talking and watching TV, and the people above walking around. But it didn't detract from our experience or interrupt our sleep, since it was pretty quiet by the time we went to bed (you could always bring ear plugs if this bothers you).

We ate at the restaurant one evening, and the meal was decent if not outstanding. Breakfast was okay...we had the croissants and fruit and yogurt one morning and that was a huge disappointment. It was just a small dish of thin yogurt, a mass produced store bought croissant, and a "help yourself" to the bowl of over ripe fruit. Oh, well : )
The breakfast room itself is very nice, and the attached lounge/bar area is also very nice....we had a drink there one evening.

We went down to Newport Beach one evening to see the sunset - very beautiful. We did the coastal walk from St David's to Solva, and also spent a bit of time visiting St David town and the cathedral. Cwtch restaurant there is excellent. We also spent some time at Whitesands beach, and Stackpole Estates (beautiful beach and hikes, and AMAZING dinner at the pub), and also checked out Pentre Ifan - all highly recommended.

All in all, we thought it was a stunning area, and this place was good value, and a very charming place to spend a couple of days.

Room Tip: We stayed in the hotel and were quite happy with the room...apparently the cottages can be hit or mi...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Gellifawr Woodland Retreat
Address: Pontfaen Road, Pontfaen SA65 9TX, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Pembrokeshire > Pontfaen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pontfaen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Gellifawr Woodland Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gellifawr is located in the beautiful Gwaun Valley in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, about four miles from the coast and beaches at Newport Sands. Perfect for walking, bird watching, hiking, cycling, nature watching, beaches, sightseeing or just relaxing in the friendly and comfortable welcoming environment. ... more   less 
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