We stayed here for a 3 night break recently after finding this little gem online. I can't rate this place or the owners highly enough. Some places have 'luxury' in the description but there is usually something that falls short somewhere. Not Canaston Oaks. Every tiny little detail has been carefully thought out. After checking all the online photos of the rooms, and checking TripAdvisor reviews, we chose 'Y Bedwyn' (The Birch). David, the owner,met us at the main Reception building (separate from the converted rooms) with a very warm welcome, took us over to our room and talked us through the basics. The Birch has an adjoining room, but if you haven't booked this as well then the adjoining door remains locked for your stay. We had no problem with any noise from our neighbours either. The bathroom was all marble, floor to ceiling, with a lovely size bath, great shower with really good water pressure. Every little detail has been thought of: From the eco-friendly bubblebath, handwash and body moisturiser, to the cottonwool, cottonbuds, toilet fresheners and bathrobes. The fantastic bonus was the underfloor heating in both the bathroom and main room. Lovely! The main room had a super king size bed which was unbelievably comfy. The downside was when Hubby snored the bed was so big I actually couldn't reach him to kick him! Plenty of selections of tea provided, as well as hot chocolate and a lovely little luxury touch of freshly ground coffee in a china pot, so we had a lcafetiere of that each morning. They even provide a glass bottle of milk in your little fridge which is replenished if it runs low. Ironing board, spare pillows and umbrella all provided in little storage room too. Further thoughtful little touches extended to a duo of shortbread biscuits (replenished each day too), the same with a lovely little gift box of chocolates. Nice flatscreen TV (you can borrow from a wide selection of DVD's in the main Reception area if you fancy watching a film) And not only is a hairdryer provided, but even a pair of Vida Sassoon hair straighteners. Usually my bone of contention is trying to drag my hair appliances near to a badly placed mirror. But we not only had a full length mirror with 2 power points right next to it but also a smaller mirror which you could place on the window sill to do your make up in natural light. The room was very tastefully decorated and temperature controlled by a nice simple thermostat. So much easier to use instead of one of those confusing ones you usually get with numerous buttons + symbols! We found a breakfast menu tucked into our welcome pack and this was replaced each day with a new one. Simply tick what you fancy from the mouth watering selection, take it over to the main building and leave it on the table next to the Reception door and you'll be served your breakfast the next morning - once they've checked which room you're staying in. No hanging around for ages waiting to be served either.
The main Reception building comprised of one room set up as a dining area - Reception was set off this in the main building. There is a big selection of brochures provided if you need ideas where to go/what to do. As previously mentioned, a selection of DVD's and books (And even some board games)are provided in a tall cabinet which you can help yourself to during your stay. The breakfasts were absolutely delicious - and all from local suppliers. We had the full breakfast the first day, honestly the best home cooked breakfast we've ever had. The sausages were premium quality and you can even choose how you want your eggs cooked. I also tried the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon - beautifully presented and just as scrummy. You can also help yourself to a large selection displayed on a Welsh dresser: Everything from granola to cornflakes, fresh fruit salad, prunes, greek yoghurt with honey and a selection of jams and sauces. Every little detail was lovely: Down to the little white china dishes you put your own jam in with tiny little serving spoons. You can look out the large window and watch a selection of finches feasting on the bird feeder or look out onto the beautifully designed courtyard with lovely modern fountain. So much love and thought has gone into this place - it really is the loveliest place. We also had the pleasure of meeting David's Daughter and she was just as warm and welcoming as her Dad. There's even a cooler stocked with a selection of wines, beers, ciders etc. You help yourself to what takes your fancy, write your name and room in the honesty book on top of the cooler and it will be charged at the end of your stay. I was doubly pleased to even find they had my fave Amigos beer stocked! Our stay was blighted by rainy weather which was a real shame, but we wouldn't hesitate to go back and stay here again.
Eating out tip:If you love Tapas then seek out Ultracomida in Narbeth. Amazing tapas served at the back of a little Deli with all produce stocked from Spain. But be prepared to queue if you get there after 12 - it's so popular that they can queue out the door! And it only seats 30 people. Lovey, lovely staff there too and you can try lots of little nibbly samples in the Deli - bonus! Would also recommend Diablos on the High St in Narbeth. Visit: Recommend Anna's Welsh Zoo in Tenby - 10mins from Canaston Oaks: Anna Ryder-Richardson of Changing Rooms fame bought her own zoo back in 2008 and transformed it from it's previous dilapidation into a wildlife haven. You can walk amongst lemurs and wallabies on the designated pathways within their actual enclosures and even hire a zoo keeper for a fee (which is all ploughed back into the zoo) And don't miss Steve the gibbon on Monkey Island with his family, including baby Bryn. Rescued from his previous 11years in a crampled cage by Anna and relocated to the Island where he can swing freely from the trees. There are also rhinos, zebras, oryx, meerkats and plenty more. A good family day out (But you need nice weather for it!) Nearby Solva is good for hiking with great views and St Davids is a lovely town to look around with a huge Cathedral.
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- Luxury accommodation in purpose-built rooms, all with full ensuite, TV, fridge etc. Breakfast only is offered, but Canaston Oaks is more than 'bed and breakfast' - it is five star, award winning luxury. ... more less
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