My husband and I were looking for a babymoon holiday for a few days in Wales, as it so happened to fall within the midst of winter (so flying out of the country was a bit of a turn-off as we couldn't afford any flight delays due to work nor any pregnancy complications to happen out of nowhere), and we all know that during this time of year, everywhere will be windy, stormy, chilly and wet. We decided to go for Wales because that's where hubby comes from and at the same time we took the opportunity to visit his family. Driving up to Pembrokeshire would have been an initial assumption of "mad" during this time of year, and it was, but we loved it.
Despite my heavier-than-usual belly being carried around with me, I thoroughly enjoyed my babymoon mainly because of our stay in Roch Castle. Also despite the stormy weather outside, inside the castle was so serene, modern, and posh. I have to mention that it was SPOTLESS too. I normally don't take baths wherever I go due to my exceptional OCD with cleanliness, but their bath tub was so shiny clean I had to take baths everyday! People would assume "castles" with chills, emptiness, solitude and creep. But no, this was a castle on the outside, but a five-star hotel on the inside. It was amazing.
If you get lucky like us, you could have the whole castle to yourselves if no one else has booked on the same night. There are only four rooms in the whole castle. A very big lounge room, small kitchen, separate dining room (which is really big as well and the layout is brilliant), a tiny "gym" room upstairs, a "study" room, and of course the ground floor "reception". It is not exactly a reception because after you're welcomed in, the "porter" will give you a set of keys, leaves every day between 4-5pm and that leaves you having the place to yourself. In the morning, breakfast is served between 8-10am and you have a choice of two hot breakfast on the menu, accompanied by croissants, bread, yoghurts, cereals, fresh fruits, etc. I have to say the breakfast was absolutely fantastic. No need for criticism!
Lastly, I'm surprised there are not many reviews about this castle yet. Probably not the easiest to find and get to, but trust me once you are there, it is so worth it. We had such a fun time exploring, relaxing, eating, having baths, listening to music out loud (they have mp3 speakers in the room!)… even struggling to close the castle doors due to the STRONG, heavy winds was fun! Sure it got scary at first, but we couldn't stop laughing after the whole ordeal.
What can I say - a babymoon to remember! Thanks, Roch Castle!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Roch Castle, dating back to the 12th century, is a unique heritage property with an intriguing history. Built on a granite outcrop high above the incredible landscape of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, this Norman Castle has stunning panoramic views over St Brides Bay and the Preseli Hills. Set in 10 acres of beautiful grounds and only a few minutes drive to the nearest Blue Flag beach Newgale, where you can stroll the vast expanse of sandy beach for almost two miles, Roch Castle is ideally located for your Pembrokeshire adventure. The Castle offers luxury accommodation, with six characteristic en-suite bedrooms. The Court Room lounge is furnished with comfortable sofas where you can truly relax with a little Chapel and Cloisters hideaways. Adjacent to the Court Room is the jewel of the castle, the Sun Room, located on the fourth floor, it has floor to ceiling glass walls and an alfresco viewing platform within the battlements of the castle, offering panoramic sea and countryside views. Private dining is available on request in advance for groups of eight or more guests. Alternatively, for individual stays, we will be delighted to reserve a table at local restaurants on your behalf. Rates include breakfast, VAT, parking and complimentary WiFi. ... more less
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