Part 2 of our Welsh Adventure!
After we had stretched our legs at Folly Farm Adventure Park we were back in the car on the way to our holiday home at Clydey Cottages, Pembrokeshire. I consider myself a brave woman but there are a few things that render me terrified; a nappyless toddler after a banana smoothie, unwittingly catching eye contact with a creepy guy that now thinks you’re interested and chickens. I will be adding ‘Welsh country roads’ to that list. The people of Pembrokeshire fancy themselves as the next Lewis Hamilton it seems and as I pootled along in a scene resembling ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ we eventually arrived at Clydey Cottages; a location so picturesque and undisturbed it’s hard to believe that places like this still exist (and in the U.K.) travelling abroad is a con! Visit Wales – it’s stunning!
We were shown to our two bedroom cottage and Eddie bagged himself the master bedroom. A man of taste it would seem. Pre Eddie it would have taken rose petals and chocolates on the bed to make my heart flutter but nowadays the sight of a dishwasher and washing machine make me happy. There was cutlery and plates for little people, a high chair and even the windows have safety latches – literally everything caters to families. The cottage was quaintly beautiful with exposed beams and a wood burner being a cosy centre feature.
After unpacking, Eddie said he would like to go and make new friends – the lay out of the cottages means that children can play on the green out the front. Most families choose to leave their doors open and our neighbours had a picnic rug out and invited Eddie to come and draw pictures with their young daughters. Just to make the day even more blissful the sun was shining.
Eddie spied the play area on the way in and was keen to explore – like everything at Clydey Cottages (www.clydeycottages.co.uk) it is beautifully natural; set around a large old tree, swings hang down from sandy coloured ropes and a dusky green playhouse sits alongside a sandpit that Eddie ran into and started kicking up sand in delight. The wooden play frame overlooks rolling hills all the way to the horizon, a patchwork of fields and an expanse of winter trees yet to get their leaves. I could only spy two houses and there are no visible roads.
It’s not until you go somewhere peaceful you realise how loud nature is. Birds sang and loudly chirped over each other which makes me realise how loud we as people are to drown the noises of nature out. Just standing and taking in the view, the sound of nothing but birds and crisp clean country air made me feel more relaxed than I’d felt in a while.
Alongside the wooden climbing frame are two glossy Shetland ponies grazing in a field that add to Clydey Cottages collection of much loved animals (alpacas, pigs, goats, rabbits and more) who are fed each morning by the children – a morning ritual that Eddie thoroughly enjoyed. After a day of activities at Folly Farm followed by an early evening of exploring Clydey Cottages we snuggled on down in our cosy holiday home and devoured delicious Welsh cakes that had been left as a welcome gift.
At 11pm it occurred to me I didn’t drive through two hours of Paw Patrol to not get the master bedroom. So we shared a vast bed that would have easily accommodated goldilocks and the three bears but luckily only needed to accommodate mummy bear and baby bear.
We were up early the following morning to take part in the morning animal feed followed by Eddie’s first Easter egg hunt. Turns out adventuring up and down hills in search for chocolate eggs is the perfect excuse to then sit and eat them. After feeding Eddie a lunch consisting entirely of chocolate (don’t tell Jamie Oliver) we headed over to the onsite spa – and we had the stunning, heated indoor pool entirely to ourselves. As we splashed and swam, I found myself wishing that all my family were here with us. Which rarely happens, normally we have such fun and adventures just the two of us but Clydey Cottages are so beautiful that it only seems right to share it with the ones you love. You could spend at entire week there and not need to leave – they even have an onside shop and indoor soft play.
So, after another day of swimming, playing, eating and exploring we were back in the car for a three hour drive home. We stopped once an hour and turned the journey into part of the adventure. Of all the places I long to return to, I didn’t expect Wales to be one of them but I’ll be back very soon – that’s the joy of it being on our doorstep. Next time I’m loading the car up with more family to share the adventure, and three hours of Paw Patrol, with.
A special thanks to Folly Farm, Clydey Cottages and Visit Wales for a trip I’ll always remember. Wonderful memories were made!