A little charm goes a long way. It is hard to stand at your floor-to-ceiling window at the Fourcroft and not be wowed by the spectacular views: whether to the Gower Peninsula on the horizon, or to Tenby's pretty harbour just below where the brightly-painted houses tumble down the cliffside to the sea. You can just imagine Beatrix Potter seeing the same view when she stayed a few doors down in 1900.
The rooms are well-appointed and are clean and comfortable but where owner Cath has really been clever is in the selection of the hotel's staff. The Peter Pan-like Nikki cannot do enough to help and her cohort, Jo, is just as friendly. Breakfast is good and hunky waiters Daniel and Paul readily serve a welcome portion of manly Welshness to go with your Weetabix. (Hands off, ladies, Paul is married to Jo on Reception and the queue for Daniel's number probably stretches all the way to Pembroke Dock…)
Tenby itself has been one of Wales's most popular seaside resorts since the nineteenth century. But visit the Tudor Merchant's House (National Trust members - free entry of course) and you will also be able to take a glimpse at the town's distant past when Tenby was a bustling seaport before the Spanish Armada cut its trade routes. Try and have a chat with custodian Alyson Bush: she is full of fascinating insights into the history of the house and, indeed, the town itself but she also has a rather unique link to the house in that her great-grandmother lived there in 1890.
Try The Plantagenet for a hearty dinner in an atmospheric candlelit room with beamed ceilings and an open fire: the risotto is sublime but do not leave the premises without sampling the delicious braised red cabbage! Again, the service here is excellent and very friendly.
If you fancy a walk, turn left out of the Fourcroft and head towards the Park Hotel up on the cliff. The garden here boasts what is, arguably, the best view of Tenby harbour you are likely to find and if you are feeling adventurous navigate the cliff path from the garden down to the beach. It's steep and a little unpredictable and not for the faint-hearted but is well worth the effort. Walk back into town along North Beach - one of the cleanest beaches I have ever seen - and settle yourself down in Blueberry's with a nice mug of hot chocolate and the morning paper.
After strolling around Tenby's quaint little streets, it is a short walk back to the Fourcroft where Nikki and Jo (and maybe Daniel if you are lucky) will happily have the hot tub waiting for you. There is also an (outdoor) pool, a sauna and a games room so, even if it's raining, you will not be bored.
If you are very quick, you might still get in for for the festive season. I know one thing: the staff at the Fourcroft were so welcoming and friendly, I am toying with the idea of adding them all to my Christmas card list.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking Tenby's Blue Flag North Beach & old fishing harbour, Fourcroft Hotel has spectacular terraced gardens leading down to the sea. ... more less
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- Fourcroft Hotel Tenby, Wales