Hotel and location were made for each other – a restful, luxurious escape and retreat in arty, charming St Davids. A former priory transformed by high-end interior design.
St Davids, the little city in the far west of Wales dusted by Celtic magic, has a magnetic quality. Locals are often heard to say ‘West is Best’, and pilgrims have been coming for centuries, artists are drawn by its light, landscapes and seascapes and now, thanks to Penrhiw Priory, it accommodates the kind of traveller looking for a special experience.
Penrhiw Priory is a modern retreat, an escape from rush and stress. Set within its own 12-acre grounds, just a stone’s throw from St Davids Cathedral Close, this dignified former priory is a 21st-century temple to design, comfort and the art of creating the perfect country bolthole. Its stunning interior spaces, finished in soothing tones, are enlivened by splashes of art and sculpture. Little wonder that when it opened a few years ago it was included as one of the ‘Eight New Finest Hotels in the World’ by a leading travel magazine.
The bedrooms are supremely restful and relaxing, sleek and stylish. It’s quality, quality, quality, from the Sealy mattresses with luxuriant, hypoallergenic Comforel toppers to the pillows, duvets and 300-thread linens. The Philippe Starck bathrooms come with luxurious toiletries and towelling. The space is calming and well considered, think designer leather, a gentle colour palette, and cutting edge technology, all wrapped up in a noble building that lives and breathes its notable history. Versatile Penrhiw Hotel is ideal for couples or for exclusive use (for the latter, dining is available). For individual guests dinner is served at two Rosette Blas Restaurant at sister hotel, Twr y Felin, St Davids, with complimentary transfers available each evening.
There’s also an honesty bar offering a tempting selection of locally sourced treats and some luxury libations. Hotel and destination were made for each other. Step outside and you’re close to some of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path’s most uplifting stretches. Penrhiw Priory is a sister property to nearby Roch Castle, another Welsh Rarebit.