Music in the family

Tom MorganRecent visitors to our blog may have read that our graphic designer son, Tom, is the brainchild of our award-winning website. But the creative so-and-so is also an avid musician and where he lives in Helsinki, he’s put together a fantastic band which has just released its debut album.

Whilst glowing with pride at his achievement, this is quite surprising to us as Tom never really had a musical upbringing, although there have been good Welsh singers in the family history.  He did used to sing himself to sleep when he was a baby, which we thought quite sweet at the time but it’s clear now that this was the start of his musical journey!  A clutch of guitars and a few years later, his creative musical interest continues to grow and develop.

The current band is called ‘Caroline Street’ and we were really lucky to catch them playing their album release party at the Moon Club in Cardiff just a few weeks ago. The album is titled ‘Salt & Vinegar’ and we think it’s great and really worth a listen!   Tom left a few copies of the ‘Deluxe Edition’ CD with us and we’ve been given permission to sell them to our guests for £10 each!  If you’re visiting us this year and you’d like to hear it, do ask.

If you’d like to order the CD directly from the band, you can get it here. If you’d prefer to pick up the ‘Standard Edition’ digital album, you can get it from iTunes, Amazon MP3 & Google Play.


Welsh Rarebits – The Rare Hideaways Guide

Welsh Rarebits - Rare HideawaysWelsh Rarebits – The Rare Hideaways Guide.

We are delighted to announce that East Jordeston Cottages has been invited to be included in the brand new ‘Rare Hideaways Guide’.  This is the latest venture from the stable of WelshRarebits, founded over 27 years ago to highlight quality, hospitality, personality and value for money in the Welsh hotel scene.  After the success of WelshRarebits, a collection of smaller hotels, inns and guest houses, aptly named ‘Great Little Places’ soon followed and the latest offering, ‘Rare Hideaways’ is an invitation only membership of up market self catering properties focusing on the Rarebits concept and essential virtues – quality, comfort, style, character, welcome and value.

We are proud to be included in this small handpicked selection of 32 members from all over Wales and look forward to a long and successful relationship.


Award winning cottages website!

Award winning cottages websiteAward winning cottages website!  We’re delighted to announce that our website has been chosen as the Regional Winner for Wales in the 2013 Self Catering Web Awards. Out of hundreds of entries for this National Award, the judges found our website to be an “up to date, user friendly and informative website that looks fantastic”.

Thanks and credit for this award go to our son Tom at www.fuelgrafiks.com for his vision, design and management of our website and for also tolerating the input from interfering parents!

Barafundle Bay

All Wales Coast Path opens on 5 May 2012

All Wales Coast Path opens on 5 May 2012!

There’s rising excitement in Wales as the day approaches when our small country achieves a ‘world first’ – it will become possible to walk all the way around the coast of Wales – 1030 miles of it!  Our much loved Pembrokeshire coast path which holds treats along it’s trail such as historic sites, wild, glorious beaches and rugged cliffs, will soon link into the National trail – the All Wales Coast Path.

This event has caused some interest in the press!  Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2012‘ guide has named Wales’ coastline as the ‘best region on Earth’ to visit in 2012.  High praise indeed!  If the 1030 miles seems a little daunting :) the 186 miles of Pembrokeshire Coast Path can be accomplished in about two weeks or better still, it’s great to just dip in and out of best loved sections.

Stained glass window at St. David's Church on Caldey Island

Visit Pembrokeshire Coast Path in springtime!

Visit Pembrokeshire Coast Path in springtime!  A second accolade from National Geographic magazine which recently highlighted the Pembrokeshire Coast Path as ‘one of the best places in the world to visit this spring’.  We agree!  It’s always a magical, uplifting time of year and perfect for walking, with a wonderful carpet of coastal flowers such as thrift, campion, spring squill and ox-eye daisies along the trail.

Three Pembrokeshire island also make it into the Top 5 Welsh islands recommended by Visit Wales and a visit to at least one should be on everyone’s ‘to do’ list for springtime:-

Ramsey Island off St David’s is home to the rare chough and peregrine  and is an essential destination for bird watchers.

Skomer Island is a National Nature Reserve and home to an impressive 120,000 pairs of Manx Shearwater, 10,000 pairs of guillemot and 6,000 pairs of puffin.  The island is at it’s most spectacular in springtime when puffin chicks appear and a carpet of bluebells cover the island.

Caldey Island in the National Park just off Tenby has breathtaking views and glorious sandy beaches.  It’s also home to a monastery where monks of the Cistercian Order live and work.  You can attend a chanted service at the abbey or do a self-guided walk around the island where you will come across the Old Priory and medieval St David’s Church (look out for this beautiful stained glass window).  The monks make perfume from the island flowers and even have their own little chocolate farm!

Of course, a visit to any island begins with the excitement of a boat trip and great views of the mainland you leave behind – in particular, the view of Tenby’s Georgian buildings perched on the edge of the cliffs is a stunning photo opportunity as you leave the harbour or beach landing stage for the 20 minute trip to Caldey Island.  Come visit us – in springtime!