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COTTAGE STAY


Earning commission on bookings for UK cottages is often problematic but Celtic Haven in Pembrokeshire is one resort happy to reward agents


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FACTFILE


General Info Getting there: Tenby lies beyond the end of the M4, but there are also rail and coach links into Tenby with Celtic Haven a short taxi ride from there


Contact Visit Pembrokeshire www.visitpembrokeshire.com


Where to Book it Celtic Haven 0845 277 3317 www.booking.com www.celtichaven.co.uk


embrokeshire in the far south-west corner of Wales epitomises the dilemma felt by so many travellers


around the world. To keep the secret of its huge appeal to yourself or to share it with the wider world? To those in the know it is an exceptional corner of the UK with more (uncrowded) Blue Flag beaches than any other UK county, stunning landscapes, not least the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, resorts large and small, some outstanding cuisine and lots of accommodation options. Among these is Celtic Haven in Lydstep near Tenby, the largest and best-known Pembrokeshire resort and harbour town with its old town cobbled streets, Georgian terraces and endless beaches. Celtic Haven is a complex of 26 white cottages – 16 of them dating from the 12th century - ranging from the one- bedroom Parlour to the six-bedroom Manor House. The majority are two or three bedrooms sleeping four or six people, but there are also two four- bedroom properties and a number of other bedroom/sleep sizes. The first-floor two-bedroom Servant’s


Quarters is typical of the 800 year-old structures with foot-thick walls but every modern convenience to complement the low beams on the inside. The six Velux windows and glass door overlooking the golf course, woodland, the cliffs, sea and Caldey Island beyond make it bright, light and airy while having year-round appeal with carpeting throughout and a cosy feel. There’s plenty of pine cupboards, sofas and a dining area. Equipment is all of high quality – Neff


cooker for example – and includes fridge, freezer, dish washer, toaster, central heating, wide-screen TV, DVD player, radio and CD player. The bathroom, which has a bath and hand-held shower, has Elemis toiletries for guests. Two car parks keep the complex largely pedestrianised making it ideal for families with young children. They can also enjoy


the playground with a new log cabin and the swimming pool in the health and fitness suite. Other on-site activities include tennis courts, boules and, for the grown-ups there’s the Elemis Premier Spa (also open to non-residents) and recently- improved nine-hole headland golf course sweeping down towards the woodland below together with an indoor golf academy with a simulator recreating 55 world championship courses. Celtic Haven’s spa complex includes a heated swimming pool, hot tub, sauna,


fitness suite and seven treatment rooms where more than 80 therapies and treatments are available from a friendly and efficient staff. And after all this activity Waves bar and restaurant, right next door to the spa, is a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner. It serves a wide range of Italian-themed food using as much local-sourced produce as possible and once a week has a Welsh night for just £21.85 for three courses including dishes such as crab and Welsh lamb or salmon. A Continental breakfast can be supplied to the cottages each day for £7.95pp.


Both the spa and restaurant are open


every day of the year except for Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s days. Celtic Haven is happy to take travel


agent bookings for off-peak periods and pays a handsome 15 per cent commission via www.booking.com or www. celtichaven.co.uk


Outside mid-July to early September, Discovery and Memories weeks range from £475 and £515 respectively while short breaks are from £356 and £386.


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