Sanderling House- is a spacious peaceful detached house 1 minute walk from Dale beach on the Pembrokeshire coastal path; it sleeps 8 with 4 bedrooms, king, double and 2 twins. It has sea views - ample parking for cars and boat - beautiful garden - 3D TV in 2 rooms -Free Wi-Fi -Pets allowed. Sanderling House has won TripAdvisor Certificate of excellence for 2014, this prestigious award recognizes businesses that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travelers.
Go through the back door into the utility and boot room. Here you will find information on the house, plus information on local beaches, activities, walks, things to do, places to eat takeaway menus etc. The other side of the sink you will find doggy treats, poo bags and bird food. Please feel free to feed the birds, replacing the bird food is appreciated but not obligatory also your suggestion comments book and guest book (we do appreciate your feed back). This room consists of a washing machine, freezer, toy box, laundry basket, sink and drainer. In the airing cupboard you will find, 3 outside parasols for the patio furniture, garden cushions, tablecloth, cool bag, bag with barbecue tools in, buckets & spades, fishing nets, large garden dominoes, jenga hoopla boules, clothes horse, iron, brush, mop, bucket, dustpan, brush, also plenty of hanging spaces for coats and waterproofs. You can also locate the boiler and instructions here. Under the sink you will find washing powder for 3 washes, plastic bags for recycling, crab lines and vases .Good way to come in straight in from the beach or walking, as the shower bathroom is adjacent to it.
Downstairs shower & toilet with 2 sinks:
The shower room is newly fitted out with toilet, double sink and large power shower. Each toilet has hand wash, 2 toilet rolls, flannel and a hand towel.
This is a well equipped kitchen as we love cooking and entertaining.
It has: electric hob, cooker, dishwasher, American fridge / freezer, wine fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, slow cooker, blender, juicer, coffee machine, electric hot plate, vegetable steamer, set of knives and china & cutlery for 8 people also plastic for outside. Under the sink you will find basic cleaning materials 3 dishwasher tablets small amount of washing up liquid, torch, candles and matches. There are some basic dry stores coffee, tea and sugar to start you off and a pint of milk in the fridge. (Please feel free to leave any dry stores or frozen goods that you don't want to take home as long as they are in date.)
At the end of the kitchen next to the large patio doors is a sofa, chair & coffee table so that you can look out onto the garden and watch the birds or just have a chat to who's ever cooking, a digital radio is here too tuned into radio Pembrokeshire.. Dining room:
The dining room has a round pine extendable table which sits 4 or 8 people. There is also a drinks trolley (sorry drinks not included). Here you will find bottle openers, both champagne and liquor glasses. Also, light up wine cooler and glass ice bucket, a butcher's block, where there are placemats, large serving bowl and slate cheese board. This is a great table to sit down as a family and eat, play games, or cards on, (games etc can be found upstairs in the lounge on shelving unit.) There is also a radio (tuned into radio Pembrokeshire) and I pod docking station.
This is a double bed bedroom downstairs with a nautical theme and pictures of my daughter's favorite beach Musselwick It has a television freeview and a VHS player with a collection of children's Disney and adventure video's and a hairdryer, hot water bottle and spare blanket.
This bedroom is downstairs and has twin beds in it and a docking pod / radio hairdryer and spare blankets. This bedroom has pictures of Watwick beach (directions in information folder)
This room has the cutest wardrobe ever!
You will find ironing board, vacuum cleaner and coats; you are welcome to use any coats or waterproofs.
At the top of the stairs we have a table and seat, which look's out onto the garden and the garden birds. Here you will find reference books on birds, and the stars (binoculars on the book shelf in the lounge).
This is an upstairs twin bedroom looking over the back garden with pictures of the famous Marloes beach (directions in folder) “Snow White and the Huntsman” was also filmed there. There is a IPod dock, hairdryer and spare blankets in this room.
West Dale bedroom:
This bedroom is upstairs, the master bedroom which has a king-size bed with a sea view.
It has a 23 inch 3D TV with Free view and Blue ray DVD Player. There are pictures of West Dale Beach our favorite place in the world. 15 mins walk away. There is a hairdryer in this room, electric blanket, and spare blanket.
P shaped bath with electric shower, sink and toilet, 2 toilet rolls hand wash, flannel and hand towel provided. Please be aware the water pressure in Dale is not strong so we recommend that you do not have a lot of water running while using this shower.
This room is upstairs so that you can take advantage of the sea view (binoculars provided)
It has 2 sofas, 2 chairs, foot stool, large coffee table, (great for making jigsaw puzzles on) occasional tables,
Electric fireplace which you can have on without heat if you want that gives off a lovely cozy glow. A 42 inch 3D TV with HD Free view and Blu-ray player. There is a selection of great films for you to view, and a hard drive full of films (Check the instructions provided to use). There is both free internet WIFI and has an Ethernet cable located in brown box on book shelf. There is a shelving unit full of books, games and jigsaw puzzles, you are more than welcome to take any fictional book home with you if you are still reading it and leave yours for someone else to have a read if you have one. Please could all hard backed and non fictional information books and maps be left in house for our next guests.
Please feel welcome to do any gardening, if that is your passion, we appreciate any input into the garden even a piece of driftwood, shells and pebbles from the beach. This is a wild garden with lots of wildlife; feel free to fill up the bird feeders.
The garden has a hard based patio with a table and 8 chairs (parasols in airing cupboard) plus a large gas barbeque (please clean after use, barbeque tools in a bag in the airing cupboard, plastic plate and glasses that fit into each other in kitchen). The next tier is our “beach” with gravel base, a seaside display, a fire pit (this must only be used after 6 o'clock at night by adults and is at your own risk) - a great place to sit and watch the stars and toast marshmallows, large pieces of driftwood makes up our seating area around the fire pit. At the end of this patio is a clothes line (pegs under sink in utility room). The next tier up just has a small table and chairs (tea for 2) The garden goes up another 2 terraces with winding pathways to the top tier, where there is an area with bench seating for you to sit and enjoy the view of the sea and watch the comings and goings of boats. The garden backs onto woodland where the wild flowers are in abundance. We have tried to keep the garden filled with mainly wild flowers. The wood behind the garden is not our land but you are welcome to walk in it.
The front garden also has a seating area with a table and 6 seats (parasol in airing cupboard) from where you can enjoy the last bit of sun for the day and watch the sunset.
The garden is edged with hydrangeas, and shrubs the rest of the garden is put down to pebbles. There is also a herb garden next to the patio furniture where you are welcome to help yourself to herbs for cooking or salads.
You are elevated from the road so you are able to watch the comings and goings of the seaside village.
We have a pair of very friendly robins who always like being fed.
Dale village offers:
The Griffin Inn:
The award winning Inn is run by our friends Simon & Sian .specializing in locally caught fish dishes (they are co owners of the local fishing boat) as well as a full restaurant menu an experience not to miss, they have recently had a new extension, with beautiful views of the bay.
The Mooring Restaurant:
Located in the friendly Dale yacht Club non members welcome:
Matthew and Rebecca are the new managers at the yacht club and offer a friendly greeting. They also do Sunday lunches 2 Two course lunch with coffee £12.00 Three course lunch plus coffee £14.00 all Sunday lunches available to take out ring to order children eat free (12 years and under one child per adult main meal only)
The Boathouse café:
With their infamous all day breakfast, their locally caught crab sandwich and of course Pembroke promise ice-cream (must admit these are my favorites) here you can also buy basic provisions and all sorts of gifts a real Aladdin's cave.
Be-Gemmed a handmade jewelry shop:
Run by Philip & Helen who are so welcoming and it is so interesting watching them work in the actual shop making Sterling Silver jewelry incorporating semi precious stones and beads, crystal, shell and other natural materials.
The Old Stables Heritage Centre:
Which the community runs with interesting displays and information of Dale village and surrounding areas new and old open most days entry free.
St James the Great church:
Built in the Anglo Norman Times is a very friendly congregation (see outside of church for service times)
West Wales Wind Surf & Sailing Shop:
Offer you both: water sports instruction, hiring of equipment kayaks etc. and a shop. WWWS fully accredited RYA training centre with highly qualified and experienced instructors. There are a range of courses on offer to cater for all ages and abilities from beginners to experienced sailors. Teaching takes place in the mile wide bay at Dale.
Broadside boat charter:
Is run by our friend Andy Truelove who provides fishing trips and chartered boats which are available off the pontoon - all equipment is provided and all levels are catered for: from the novice to the experienced sea fisherman. They provide sea angling; shark fishing, diving and wildlife pleasure trips, a great day out.
Dale offers two beaches;
Turn left out of the house to West Dale Beach.15 minutes walk from the house or 5 minutes if you take the car.
Check tides on tide timetable provided in information pack. Dog friendly (don't forget to pack water for the dog).There are no amenities here so we always pack a loo roll, useful for all sorts of things! The cross currents are strong so we recommend that you do not go out of your depth if bathing as there is no life guard at this beach.
Walk out the house, turn left and follow the one way until you get to the castle. Continue straight on and up the gravel track past the castle (instead of following the road around). Don't follow the track left either but go over the fence straight across the field heading for the horizon. There are cows in the field. Then you'll find yourself looking down on the beach! It's about a mile. Or you can take the car (useful if you are taking a lot of things down to the beach). Again, go around the one way system and just before the church you will see a left hand turning, go up the lane and at the top you will see roadside parking. There is a footpath down to the beach. The walk down the cliff is steep but there are steps and its well worth the effort. This beach is a great place. It is a large sandy beach with pebbles, rock pools and surf. Take beach games, a bucket & spades is a must, fishing net for the rock pools, bodyboards, surf boards or just a book. I recommend that you take food and drink with you as we always stay longer than we plan. Matches and paper are a good idea as there is always lots of drift wood to build a fire. Great surfing while being quite a small bay, it can pick up some massive swells because of its South West facing aspect. The area has an abundance of wildlife including birds, seals, dolphins and porpoise. The cliffs and coastal path also provide stunning views and the chance to see a wide variety of beautiful wild flowers.
Or turn right out of the house1 minute walk to Dale front. Is a lovely shingle beach with sand at the far end of the beach. A busy pontoon with boats coming and going and children crabbing, wind surfers, kayaking and sailing There is a Lifeguard and safety boat on duty during the summer. It has been awarded European Blue Flag Status
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||1 minute walk from the house 200 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cardiff 160 km, Nearest railway: Milford Haven / Haverfordwest 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Awarded European Blue Flag status.
Shingle beach with a small amount of sand at the far end at Black Rock.
It is dog friendly but dogs may only be let off their lead on the Yacht Club side of the pontoon.
Lifeguard and safety boat on duty.
The crabbing is fantastic off the pontoon and you are nearly guaranteed to catch something. We have spent many hours sitting on the pontoon with the children.
There are some crabbing lines in the garage but you can buy them for a few pounds at the café on the front - they even give free bacon as bait!
Fishing trips and chartered boats are available. Andy Truelove runs them off the pontoon - all equipment is provided and all levels are catered for: from the novice to the experienced sea fisherman.
Two hour fishing trips £10 for under 16s, £12.50 for adults (available April – September).
Four hour fishing trips £20 for under 16s, £25 for adults (available April – September).
Five hour fishing trips £25 per person (available all year).
Angling and dive charters start from £325 per day (available all year).
There are lots of water sports you can do on Dale Beach.
West Wales Wind Surf & Sail (next to the cafe on the front) do wind surfing lessons, sailing lessons and catamaran lessons for all ages and all levels of experience. All equipment is provided.
They also hire out equipment and boats.
You can also hire kayaks or take a tour around Dale Bay with an expert guide.
Dale is an unspoiled village in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The traditional activities of agriculture and fishing still take place and have been joined by tourism as a major aspect of the area. The village is a popular location for family holidays – safe beaches and lots of water-based activities such as sailing, swimming, surfing, kayaking and windsurfing. The area has an abundance of wildlife including birds, seals, dolphins and porpoise. The cliffs and coastal path also provide stunning views and the chance to see a wide variety of beautiful wild flowers. Its location on the long distance path of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park make the village a centre for walkers and those wishing to explore the offshore islands and their flora and fauna.
The Boat House Café
A family business run by Cath & Tony Parlor, situated on the front and is open from 10am to 5pm (they stop serving hot food from 4.30).
The café has a large menu ranging from snacks to meals and beverages. One of our favorites is the large breakfast, which is great after a morning walk … but the fresh local crab sandwiches are to die for.
They also sell ice creams and ice lollies. The ice cream is from a local producer, Upton Farm. I can highly recommend Pembrokeshire Promise.
They have a small shop for food produce. They sell all the basics you will need and always ask if you can't see what you want as they are very amenable.
There is also a gift shop - a real Aladdin's cave - selling everything from buckets and spades to postcards, guidebooks and gifts. Well worth a look.
Griffin Inn: the village pub
Run by Sian & Simon.
You will need to check on opening times as they change through the season.
The pub is renowned for its fresh fish but it is nice just to call in for a drink - if the weather is good, sit on the wall and watch the world go by. They have two local fishermen who supply them with fish from the bay - you can't get fresher than that!
I recommend that you book as they get very busy. Food-wise I love all the fresh fish why not try something different but you can't beat their fish and chips.
Calamari (starter & main)
Fresh mackerel fillets (starter & main)
Local bangers & mash
Prawn & squid stir fry
Bass & scallop linguine
Spicy king prawn & squid curry
Chicken masala curry
Chilli con carne
Fresh bass caught in the bay (subject to availability)
Fresh mullet caught in the bay (subject to availability)
Fresh flounder caught in the bay (subject to availability)
Fresh plaice caught in the bay (subject to availability)
Fresh cod/coley caught in the bay (subject to availability)
Lobster from the bay (subject to availability) and much more...
They are a child friendly pub and also do a children menu and highchair
Dale Yacht Club
Dinghy racing takes place every Thursday and Sunday during the main season with the Sunday series continuing until late autumn. Junior sailing training sessions take place through the summer. Dale Yacht Club hosts a number of regattas during the year – both its own events and as host for other fleet.
Upstairs is the
Moorings Bar & Restaurant
Run by chef Adam Birch and his partner Cerianne Jones.
Non members are more than welcome.
Food is served Tuesday to Saturday 6pm – 9.30pm and Sunday 12 midday – 8pm.
The bar is open 7 nights of the week from 5pm.
A lovely dining experience and the views are fantastic. They also have a wonderful delicatessen for a treat to take home.
Pan roasted duck breast with smoked Anglesey sea salt, red onion marmalade, salad leaves £8
Tempura Hake with pickled ginger, wasabi mayo and spinach £5
Black Olive & Carmarthenshire goats cheese arancini ball with truffle dressing and tomato sorbet £5
Parsnip soup with homemade crusty bread and truffle oil £5
Clareston farm Tamworth cross pork loin, 48 hour slow cooked pork belly, fondant potatoes, market vegetables and cider jus £14
12oz Clareston Farm Hereford Cross rump steak with triple cooked chips, salad leave, roasted vine tomatoes and pink peppercorn butter £17
Pan roasted salmon fillet with crushed peas, marsh samphire, salsa verdi and Pembrokeshire potatoes £12
Steak and Red wine pie with short crust pastry triple cooked chips and market vegetables £10
Tomato, Perl Las and basil Frittata with pine nuts, green salad and focaccia bread £10
Welsh cheese board with four cheeses, home made chutney, grapes and cheese biscuits £6
Cappuccino pannacotta with vanilla ice cream £5
Warm chocolate orange tart with vanilla ice cream and caramel basket £5
Warm apple crumble with sauce anglaise £5
Pembrokeshire National Coastal Path
Opened in 1970, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path was the first National Trail in Wales. 75% lies within designated conservation sites and 85% within the boundaries of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
As well as offering walkers spectacular coastal scenery and wildlife, the Trail also passes through a landscape in which humans have lived for centuries and which they too have helped shape.
This is an area largely forged out of the activities of fishing and farming, as shown by the small, coastal settlements and the farmed landscape. These villages were not just providers of food, they also linked Pembrokeshire to what was, in the days before road and rail, the major highway of the sea.
Along the path you can see many reminders of this maritime tradition from the Neolithic cromlechs and Iron Age promontory forts to the churches and chapels of the seafaring early Celtic saints and their followers.
The Vikings took interest in the area, reflected today in a legacy of place names such as Goodwick near Fishguard and the islands of Skomer and Skokholm.
Place names along the path also reflect the traditional cultural divide between the Welsh north and 'Little England' of the south. The Normans built massive castles, such as those at Pembroke, Tenby and Manorbier, to assert their authority. Today these castles are reminders that, despite its peripheral geographical position, Pembrokeshire once played a key role in major events. Henry Tudor (Henry VII) was born in Pembroke Castle and, following his exile in France, landed at Mill Bay near Dale in 1485 on his way to capture the crown at the Battle of Bosworth. In the 17th century, the County was the scene of Civil War conflict with Oliver Cromwell laying siege to Pembroke Castle.
In 1797 a ragged French force made an abortive landing near Fishguard only to be repelled by townspeople and the Castlemartin Yeomanry. Today a stone on the coast path at Carreg Wastad marks this “Last Invasion of Britain.” Fear of attack from the west led the Victorians to build a string of Napoleonic forts along the south coast and the Milford Haven waterway.
Throughout the length of the 186-mile trail small quays, lime kilns and warehouses, and sites like the brickworks at Porthgain in North Pembrokeshire, are reminders of a industrial tradition, although little remains today of Pembrokeshire's once prosperous anthracite coalfield in the south.
Today the Milford Haven waterway, whose natural harbour once so impressed Nelson, is still an industrial hub. Despite recent closures, two oil refineries remain with LNG installations and a new power station planned.
But these developments have little impact on the majority of the trail where the biggest industry to be seen is tourism.
It is in these quieter, remote and wild places peopled largely by birds and visited occasionally by grey seals, that the spell of old Pembrokeshire - the ancient 'Land of Mystery and Enchantment' (Gwlad Hud a Lledrith) remains.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail twists and turns its way through 186 miles of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in Britain.
From St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the trail covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries.
Lying almost entirely within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park —Britain's only coastal national park – the trail displays an array of coastal flowers and bird life, as well as evidence of human activity from Neolithic times to the present.
In its entirety the Coast Path represents a formidable physical challenge - its 35,000 feet of ascent and descent is said to be equivalent to climbing Everest — yet it can also be enjoyed in shorter sections, accessible to people of all ages and abilities, with the small coastal villages strung out along its length offering welcome breaks and added enjoyment.