I went as part of a large work group so we had the entire place to ourselves.
We did stayed two nights and did coasteering, sea kayaking and a coastal walk, and I just had the most amazing time! We started gently with the coastal walk, you have the choice of 5 or 7 miles. We chose 5 as I suffer with a bad knees, and this was more than manageable – it’s a simple route following the coastal path, not too taxing, and the views are amazing.
Jon was our instructor for both coasteering and kayaking, and he really is a top bloke - really enthusiastic, professional and funny. I felt safe enough with him to take on all of the challenges, he somehow convinced me to jump off the highest point in coasteering. Even when our kayak capsized and I was being tossed around in a ‘washing machine’, I wasn’t too concerned as I knew help was at hand.
In both activities, you had the option to challenge yourself, or if you didn’t feel confident, there was an alternative. Although you are encouraged to take the challenge, there is no pressure. Let’s face it though, the whole point of the experience is to push yourself - even with my numerous sporting injuries and being one of the older members of the group, I was happy to have a go at everything presented! We were lucky enough to see an inquisitive seal close by, which just topped the day off.
The food was really good, warm and filling, balanced well to fuel and re-fuel you for the activities. You can help yourself to fruit, tea and coffee and squash whenever you want so there is plenty to keep you going. The bar is well-stocked and includes some lovely local brews, there is a pool table and plenty of board games to entertain you in the evening (although most people were exhausted and in bed before 10pm, preparing for the following day!). Beds are bunks, the showers and toilets are on the ground floor.
You are provided with all of the kit you need (check the website for what you should bring), take plenty of warm clothing regardless of the weather - even though the sun was shining and it was warm, I was still shivering well after kayaking, and a couple of towels – note for the shy, you take your wetsuits off and change in a lane / carpark so be prepared!
All of the staff are really friendly and helpful, it’s a very slick operation. The location is amazing and I just can’t fault the experience – I can’t wait to go back next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Preseli Venture is Wales' only VisitWales graded 5 star eco lodge activity centre, built with sustainability in mind. We offer comfy accommodation, great home cooked food, friendly staff, and bonfires under the stars. We offer a great base from which to explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and you're also welcome indulge your adventurous side and join us for some coasteering, sea kayaking or surfing! ... more less