Nearby : Tenby; Colby Woodland Garden; Upton Castle, Pembroke Castle
Location : in village 1.5 miles (2.5 km) SW of Tenby; with ample car parking
Food : breakfast, dinner
Price Band : £££
Rooms : 12 double and twin with bath; all rooms have phone, TV, fax/modem point, hairdrier
Facilities : sitting room, billiards room, dining room, bar, indoor swimming pool; garden
Credit Cards : AE, MC, V
Children : accepted
Disabled : access possible to 2 ground-floor bedrooms
Pets : not accepted
Closed : never
Proprietor or Manager : Steve and Elleen Warren
Penally, SA70 7PY, near Tenby, South Pembrokeshire, 01834 843033
Charming, informal country house hotel
Ever since the Middle Ages the little settlement of Penally, and Penally Abbey, have been recognized as one of the spots from which to appreciate the broad sweep of Wales's Pembrokeshire coast and National Park from Tenby to Giltar Point. The links golf course which parallels the beach wasnt there, but the ruins of the medieval chapel which gave this Gothic country house its name are still in the secluded and well-tended gardens. The windows and doors (including the doors to the rooms) all have the characteristic double curve arches and Bela Lugosi himself would have been quite at home in the corridors and on the stairs.
There is a comfortable and well furnished drawing room with an open fire, a welcoming bar far from the worlds woes and weather, and a tall, candle-lit dining room for the well planned and prepared dinners, which include a wide choice of fresh Welsh game and produce. All the bedrooms are freshly-decorated and well equipped: some you could play cricket in and are furnished on an appropriately grand scale. Steve Warren and his family have made a smart but easy and informal hotel that is child friendly (babysitting and baby listening on tap). Children are welcome in the dining room for the (excellent) breakfasts but an early supper sensibly makes this a child-free zone in the evening.
Like many hotels out on a limb, re-investment has been especially difficult in recent years and some refurbishment is needed. Despite this, our most recent reporter found this does nothing to alter the charm of Penally.