Category: History


Inspirational Women of Pembrokeshire

Today (8th March) is International Women’s Day 2019, a day dedicated to championing women and their incredible achievements. This year, we here at Coastal Cottages, decided to get involved with our own celebrations. All week, we’ve been honouring women from Pembrokeshire who we think are inspiring in some way. Before taking a look at our list, it’s important to remember that the word “inspiring” is one of those terms which means different things to different people. It’s a term which can be applied to any number of people and their achievements; what is inspiring to you might not be inspiring […]

Saint Non, Mother of Saint David

Friday 8th March is International Women’s Day and to join in with the celebrations, we’ve spent this week honouring Inspiring Women from Pembrokeshire. So far we’ve applauded Jemima Nicholas who fought in the Last Invasion of Britain; Bishop Joanna Penberthy who became the first female Bishop in Wales, Tania (and Jerry) Rees who have set up a plastic free store in Narberth and Lottie Chant, a local firefighter. Last up in the series, we bring you Saint Non. Possibly a controversial choice, but carry on reading and you’ll why we’re set to keep this one as a Pembrokeshire woman. The […]

Rt Revd Joanna Penberthy, Bishop of St Davids

Joining in with the 2019 celebrations of International Women’s Day, we’ve put together a series of posts honouring some of the most Inspirational Women of Pembrokeshire. The second in this series takes a look at Rt Revd Joanna Penberthy – the current Bishop of St Davids, and the first ever female Bishop in the Church of Wales. Similarly to our first Inspirational Woman, Jemima Nicholas who bravely battled against enemy soldiers in the Last Invasion of Britain; the Rt Revd Penberthy has become an important figure in Pembrokeshire history. She has become the very first woman in Wales to be […]

Jemima Nicholas, a Fishguard Heroine

If you listen to any stories or read any books about the Last Invasion of Britain which took place in Fishguard in 1797, you’re guaranteed to hear the name Jemima Nicholas at some point. Although there is some debate surrounding her involvement, there is no denying she has become an iconic character in Pembrokeshire history. In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, I met with Julie Coggins from the Fishguard Invasion Centre Trust to find out more about Jemima, why she has become so iconic and what makes her such an inspirational Pembrokeshire figure. Quite coincidentally, our meeting took place […]

The Last Invasion of Britain, 1797

Often overshadowed by the Norman invasion of 1066 as the last substantial invasion of Britain, the real last invasion of Britain actually took place in February 1797 in the harbour-side town of Fishguard, West Wales. Many overlook this invasion due to the fact it was not successful and not very well organised. By the late 18th Century, the French Revolution was going strong and in 1797, a force of hundreds attempted an invasion of Britain. Led by Captain William Tate, the strategy was to sail through the Channel into Bristol and conquer the city. This English city was the second largest […]

Plan your February Adventures now

Put aside those January blues and blow off the cobwebs with a little something from our Concierge service this February Half Term. Yes January may be a little grey and miserable, particularly in contrast to those Christmassy days, but they needn’t be! Start planning your family holiday to the Pembrokeshire coast now and we can help you put together an activity-filled getaway. Dive in to a whole new world of sports with our Watersports options. You can choose from Surfing, Coasteering or Sea Kayaking with our professional guides off the coast of St Davids. Go coasteering and test your bravery […]

2019 Events with Friends of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Here at Coastal Cottages, our coastline is understandably a huge part of who we are. Each and every one of our staff members have lived, breathed and grown up in Pembrokeshire and now we’re all working here to help share our passion for our county with those of you who maybe don’t live here, but love it just as much as those of us who do. That’s why we’ve teamed up with local independent charity Friends of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park (FPCNP). This organisation was founded in 1991 and works hard to look after our National Park. Through various […]

Ideal Extras for Father’s Day

Have you decided how you’re going to celebrate Father’s Day yet this year? If not, read on for inspiration! By booking a stay with us, you have access to our dedicated Concierge Team who are on-hand to help you arrange that perfect something special for the dad in your life. Whether you’re wishing to treat your own dad, spoil a step-dad, say thanks to your granddad or even help your brother/lover/friend to celebrate their first Father’s Day, we can help you arrange a gift just right. Year after year our Holiday Hampers make a favoured surprise gift. With one quick […]

Book your stay in Whitewell, St Davids

St Davids is without doubt, one of Pembrokeshire most beloved holiday destinations. If you’re already familiar with the city, you’ll understand exactly its appeal. If you’re a newcomer, you’re guaranteed to have fallen in love with this enchanting locale by the end of your visit. If you’re a regular to the bigger cities such as London and Manchester, you may be surprised upon your arrival to St Davids. Somewhat village-like in size, this place is bestowed the title of being Britain’s smallest city, but don’t let that put you off. Quite contradictory in fact, that’s a fact that only adds […]

The Retreat, Lamphey: A Dog Friendly Property

The Retreat in Lamphey is one of those holiday cottages which simply ticks all the boxes. High Quality   ✓ Dog Friendly   ✓ Great Location   ✓ Family Friendly   ✓ Yes, this property has everything you could possibly want when planning a trip to the coast. The Retreat (Property Ref: 43272) is a spacious house sleeping six people (plus one dog!) in three airy bedrooms, one of which is located on the ground floor whilst the remaining two are set in the eaves. The open plan kitchen/diner is a perfect space for cooking up and dining on family feasts; it even opens […]

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