Crug Glâs Country House
Here’s a supremely accomplished example of diversification from farming to tourism.
Crug Glâs is a 600-acre working cereal and beef farm. The house, on the other hand, is as far removed from a typical Welsh farmhouse as chalk is to cheese. It’s an opulent country house, with wow-factor rooms – all one-offs, all rich in individual touches and inspiration – lovingly created by Janet and Perkin Evans.
There was a dwelling here in the 12th century, though Crug Glâs as it now stands is a homage to Georgian harmony. It’s the kind of place where you kick off the walking boots after exploring the Pembrokeshire coast and unwind in unadulterated comfort. There’s a tremendous amount of space here, which your hosts have used to create an atmosphere that’s both homely and stylish. The problem you’ll face is deciding what style of room to go for. There’s an eclectic range of influences at work here, Georgian (of course), Victorian, a touch of French Regency and clean-lined contemporary – and everything from free-standing baths to four-posters, modern Welsh textiles to sleek bathrooms and antique furniture. There are three suites – one in the house itself and two, the Coach House and Cottage Suite, in the grounds, converted from former farm buildings.
The sense of well-being at Crug Glâs also comes from the food. Janet is a tireless host and excellent cook. ‘We love to cook, serve and talk about great food,’ says Janet. She’s committed to using the finest Pembrokeshire produce from land and sea, simply cooked, letting the natural flavours shine through (‘People like to taste what they asked for.’) You’ll also love her legendary cream teas. And let’s not forget the location, on the siren-like north Pembrokeshire coast close to the tiny city of St Davids, which casts a powerful spell over artists, pilgrims and those in search of untouched coastal beauty.