I seem to start this blog in very much the same manner each year, with a statement referencing the approach of Christmas starting earlier each year. And each year, it feels earlier than the last.
Yes, whilst all of you have been focussed on settling the little ones back into a school routine, I’ve been busy putting together another great range of Festive Extras to help you embrace the Christmas season which appears to be rapidly approaching. (I appreciate it is still too early for Christmas jumpers and jingle bells however!)
So what Festive Packages have we got on offer this year? A few firm favourites have crept back in along with a couple of new ones to look out for.
We understand that Christmas isn’t quite Christmas until you’ve gathered all the family around to help set up and decorate the tree. That being said, fitting all your luggage into one car can already be somewhat of a difficulty without having to stress about how to fit in a tree and decorations too. Unless you have a car like Mary Poppins’ bag, the chances are you’ll be looking at alterative options. That’s where we come in. For just £50, you can Rent a Fully Decorated Tree – we’ll even deliver it to the cottage, decorate it (unless you choose to do so yourselves), and then collect it after your departure. This package includes a 6ft artificial tree, 200 clear fairy lights and a set of mixed decorations.
With the help of our favourite local butchers at Jon James & Son in Haverfordwest, we’ve put together a Christmas Dinner Hamper fit for a king! For £55, this hamper has all the trimmings you need and can feed up to 4 people containing a 2kg turkey butterfly (boneless = easy carving!), 16 homemade pigs in blankets, a gammon joint, Pembrokeshire potatoes, sage & onion stuffing, cranberry sauce and vegetables including sprouts, carrots, parsnips, cauliflower and cabbage. Larger hampers and additional meats are available, just contact our team with your requirements.
Whilst we’re on the subject of Christmas dinner, we understand it can be a pretty daunting task. Whether you’re in charge of creating a fantastic banquet for a large family or a decadent feast for two, there can be a lot of pressure to meet high expectations for a perfect meal. Let us help ease the stress this year and take on a practise run before the big day! Take your Christmas preparations to the next level and enjoy a cookery class courtesy of our professional chef, Orsola Muscia. These Festive Cookery Experiences (£110pp for 3 Hours) are ideal to help settle those nerves as Orsola will share her expert knowledge and teach you top tips including how to avoid a dry turkey! You can learn new recipes for delicious roasted vegetables plus enjoyable Brussel sprouts! Alternatively, give our team a call to discuss arranging a bespoke class to focus on something you find challenging or techniques you would like to fine-tune – festive or otherwise!
Christmas celebrations are all about extravagant snacks, indulgent nibbles and a merry tipple (or two!), hence the thinking behind our next few hampers. The Christmas Treats (£40) has all the traditional munchies such as mince pies, iced fruit cake, Christmas pudding, turkish delight, shortbread and chocolates along with jam and Welsh tea. The Port & Cheese Cracker (£50) features a popular festive pairing with a bottle of port and three welsh flavoured cheeses as well as cheese biscuits, pate, sweet apple chutney and olives.
Our Extra Dry Prosecco Fizz Hamper (£17.99) is the perfect option for bubbly if you’re planning a romantic getaway with your sweetheart containing a bottle of Prosecco, two champagne flutes and a box of luxury chocolates, whilst our Tenby Beer Hampers (from £10) are ideal for any enthusiast of hand-crafted beers with a mixed selection of beers brewed locally in the bustling seaside town. Our Welsh Whiskey Hamper (£50) makes a wonderful surprise gift for that whiskey-lover in your life with a bottle of smooth Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whiskey, a flavoured Welsh cheese and oatcakes plus a local chutney and jam. For something particularly on-trend at the moment, why not opt for The Craft Gin (£40) hamper and make your festive G&T with an interesting Welsh craft gin? Enjoy it traditionally or add in a scoop of “bursting bubbles” aka Popaballs for a fruity twist!
Staying on the subject of surprise gifts, the Retro Toy Hamper (£35) is great fun for all the family with games which can be played indoors or outdoors. Introduce the little ones to “new” old favourites whilst the grandparents get nostalgic. Games include table tennis, a model plane, playing cards and pick-up sticks.
Our fresh flower bouquets are irresistible at any time of year, but our festive range truly are charming. The Christmas Cracker Bouquet (£45) embraces the traditional reds and greens of the season with an added sparkle of gold throughout whilst the Winter Chic Bouquet (£55) is a softer touch this winter with pastel colours and dusted with glitter. Both come hand-tied by our professional florists and can be complimented with a personal message. Channel your romantic side and arrange a surprise delivery, we’ll leave the bouquet standing centre of stage in your cottage ready for your arrival whilst your darling need know nothing until they walk through the door!
And of course, we here at Coastal Cottages love our pooches as much as you love yours. So why not gift your furry friend with a Pet Parcel (£32) this year? With a selection of delicious natural treats and handy items, the Pet Parcel includes Heart Lamb Bites and Peanut Butter Biscuits along with emergency wipes and a collapsible travel bowl to name just a few.
Last but not least, a winter staple: Logs & Kindling. This Starter Pack (£20) sets you up for the first few cosy evenings inside with a net of logs, a net of kindling, papers and matches. Make the most of your cottage and enjoy relaxing evenings unwinding in front of a roaring fire.
You can see full details of all our festive extras on our website here. To place an order or to discuss these packages further, please call our dedicated Concierge Team on 01437 772755.