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riginally built in 1806 as a working windmill, today Twr y Felin is a luxury art hotel, located in Britain’s smallest city, St Davids. After five years

of planning, designing and construction, Twr y Felin has opened as a contemporary art hotel, featuring over 100 original art works commissioned to represent the St David’s peninsula and Pembrokeshire by twelve international artists. Offering luxury accommodation and fine dining, the hotel includes 19 en-suite bedrooms and two suites, including ‘Tyddewi’ – a distinctive space occupying the site’s original windmill tower, which boasts spectacular 360 degree views of the St Davids Peninsula from its very own observatory.

Te restaurant, Blas, which translates as

“Taste” in Welsh, offers a menu influenced by the season and locality, with dishes designed to reflect Wales and its produce, whilst Cornel Bar is a pre-dinner art lovers snug and Oriel Lounge is a dedicated gallery space, with a relaxed ambience. Te property has been meticulously restored

and extended, featuring contemporary design throughout which contrasts beautifully with the unique characteristics of the historic building. Te hotel joins sister properties, Roch Castle

and Penrhiw Hotel, as a luxury accommodation provider in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and is the first fully serviced hotel in the group of heritage properties.

As an art hotel, Twr y Felin features the

works of 12 Welsh, British and International artists, including the urban artists Phil Ashcroft, Xenz, Remi Rough, Mr Jago, Pure Evil and Harry Adams. Troughout the hotel are over 100 pieces of specially commissioned art which are inspired by the St Davids peninsula and Pembrokeshire. Pure Evil, whose iconic Nightmare Series

works feature in Blas Restaurant, has also produced eight spray-painted portraits to commemorate Welsh icons of song and cinema, with featured depictions of Tom Jones, Richard Burton and Shirley Bassey, among others. Set in its own private grounds, Twr y Felin

is surrounded by landscaped gardens which offer a peaceful outside space for guests to enjoy with plans to include a sculpture garden, featuring the bespoke Monoliths (pictured) created by local and nationally renowned ceramist, Adam Buick. Twr y Felin Hotel is situated just a ten-

minute walk from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and the beach at Caerfai Bay. In St Davids itself the 6th century St Davids Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace can be found nestled in the valley, whilst just opposite the hotel, Oriel y Parc National Park Visitor Centre and Gallery offers information on the local area and the changing exhibitions of the National Museum Wales collections. Twr y Felin Hotel, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Tel:+44 (0)1437 725 555

The Location St Davids is named after the patron saint of Wales, Saint David and is the smallest city in Britain with a population of just over 1,600. The historic cathedral was originally built in the 6th century and was a site of pilgrimage for many hundreds of years. It was considered that two pilgrimages to St Davids, were equal to one pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Pembrokeshire is located in the south west corner of Wales and has a fascinating history, dating back to pre-historic times. The long and varied coastline boasts stunning unspoilt scenery, an abundance of wildlife, more than 50 forts and castles and the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Coast Path.

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