In the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and just over two hours drive from the Severn Bridge, Peter & Jane Heard, your hosts, have an attractive award-winning 14th Century Farmhouse approached by its own 1/2 mile drive. Overlooked by Carn Ingli (Mountain of Angels) in the foothills of the Preseli Mountains, yet only 15 minutes from the mile-long sweep of Newport sands and perched high on the edge of the spectacular Gwaun Valley with its banks carpeted with ancient oaken forests, Tregynon is a nature lover’s paradise.
Set in grounds extending to some 5 acres including naturalised ponds, a 200ft waterfall, an iron-age fort and ancient forest, guests are therefore able to enjoy the natural peace and beauty of the surrounding unspoilt countryside with its abundance of wildlife and flowers. So rich in wildlife is this largely forgotten valley, where time seems to have stood still, that it is now a special European area of conservation. Indeed, we have ‘resident’ badgers, buzzards, merlin, ravens and red kites, whilst goshawks, harriers, peregrine falcons, polecats and otters are also seen from time to time. Even the majestic osprey occasionally considers it worthwhile ‘stopping over’ on its migratory trips to and from Scotland.
This is ‘Bluestone Country’, the land from which came the famous Bluestones which form part of Stonehenge. Indeed, parts of Tregynon, which now consists of the main Farmhouse and an outbuilding know as the Granary, have been built with this stone and although local archives now date Tregynon back to 1305, surrounding evidence points to there being a small community on the site since the Iron-Age (c.700 B.C.) well before the Roman invasion. Even the derivation of the name Tregynon (cluster of dwellings) reinforces this.
Since Tregynon, formerly a hotel and restaurant personally run by us for some thirty six years, is now our family home you may be assured of a warm and friendly welcome. We still pride ourselves on the reputation that we gained throughout this time, having been fortunate enough to receive many awards for the hospitality and quality of produce that we provided. Whilst we now only have one bedroom that we let out regularly on a bed and breakfast basis, whenever possible, for our hearty breakfasts we still endeavour only to use locally sourced produce unadulterated with artificial additives and preservatives. We even have our own wonderful spring water.
Our aim is to ensure that your visit is happy and memorable and that you will want to return year after year. We have no doubts that the comfort of your accommodation combined with the natural beauty of the surroundings will play their part. For our part, we have received the National Park’s top award for the sympathetic renovation of the buildings, the landscaping of two naturalised ponds and the construction of a footpath network through our forest.
To us Tregynon is a little patch of heaven. Each season has its own attraction, the beautiful carpets of bluebells, snowdrops and red campions in the Spring, the stunning blaze of foxglove and flag iris with a glimpse of wild orchids in the Summer or the colourful tints of the heathers, wild gorse and changing leaves in the Autumn. Even in the depth of Winter nature has a beauty all of its own. Whether it be the frost covered peaks, crystal clear skies, crisp air or the exhilaration of bleak, blustery winds, the whole scene is enhanced knowing that you will be returning to the warmth of your accommodation. Whatever the season, if you are looking for peace and want to escape to a world of its own, Tregynon is the best place to stay in Pembrokeshire.
All photographs copyrighted to Peter Heard, Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and fine-art landscape photographer.