Roch Castle is surely Wales’ most impressive holiday ‘cottage’ and the ultimate property to rent for a post-lockdown reunion, Christmas gathering or New Year celebration.
Crenellations, towers and turret stairs are features of the Grade 1 listed ancient monument and contrast with a contemporary interior that delivers simple luxury.
With floor to ceiling windows on three sides – and a door opening onto the battlements – the Sun Room has fabulous views, plus a tea/coffee station and honesty bar. The professional-standard kitchen is superbly equipped, the formal dining room seats 12 and there is plenty of comfortable seating in the Court Room with its impressive fireplace and high ceiling.
Roch Castle holds a commanding position in the National Park in the village of Roch, with sweeping views to St Brides Bay in one direction and the Preseli Hills in the other. Newgale Beach (a favourite with surfers) is two miles and St Davids city is five miles away.
Six king-sized doubles or zip’n’link twin bedrooms – each room ensuite – means Roch Castle can accommodate up to twelve – perfect for a family reunion or group of friends.
Each bedroom is equipped to boutique hotel standard with TV/Sky, kettle, coffee machine, mini fridge, iron, ironing board, towels, robes, slippers, hair dryer, toiletries.
Additional services available at extra cost include daily housekeeping and breakfasts. Complimentary transport is offered to guests making a reservation at the two-rosette Blas Restaurant within Twr y Felin hotel in St Davids.
PRICE Exclusive use of Roch Castle through Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire starts at £2,580 for a two-night break, and from £3,870 for three nights. A full week is from £9,450 and this is also the price for Christmas or New Year breaks.
Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire, 01437 765 765, www.coastalcottages.co.uk
Availability and prices correct at date of issue. Roch Castle may not be suitable for young children: families with children under 12 years are asked to discuss arrangements before booking.
About Roch Castle
- Founded approx. 1195; first known resident a Norman knight named Adam de Rupe or Adam de la Roche.
- In the Civil War, the castle was held by Royalist troops, besieged by Roundheads and surrendered in 1644, suffering cannon and fire damage.
- Uninhabited for most of 18th and 19th centuries, the first Viscount St Davids carried out initial restoration 1900-1902: David Lloyd George was a frequent visitor.
- Acquired in 2008 by Keith Griffiths, born in St Davids and now head of Aedas Group, one of the world’s leading architectural practices.
- Restored and given back to the people of Wales in 2013, Roch Castle is managed by The Retreats Group as five-star guest accommodation. The Retreats Group partners with Coastal Cottages of Wales to offer the property for exclusive use.
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