Penally Abbey

Penally, Pembrokeshire

A foodie destination and family-run hotel, this enchanting Gothic house stands above gardens tumbling to the sea, with interiors created by the designer hostess, calming bedrooms, marble bathrooms, and lovely views. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

You would need a heart of stone not to be charmed by the creeper-covered facade of this Strawberry Hill Gothic house, with its pretty ogee windows, decorative eaves and hilltop position above gardens tumbling to the sea. Inside doesn’t disappoint, either: interior designer Melanie Boissevain and husband Lucas have created stylish, relaxing spaces where antiques mix with French market finds, and blowsy wallpapers with Persian rugs. 'It's so tasteful,' say readers. There's a fire in the sitting room, a cosy bar and a sunroom – take afternoon tea here or on the terrace before a walk 'along the fabulous South Beach' to Tenby. The ‘splendid food’ can either be enjoyed as part of a six-course tasting menu, or more informally through shared plates. They might include fishcake, aioli and pickled fennel, or lamb, soy, mint and wild garlic. The romantic dining room, with Arcadian-print wallpaper and candlelight, has views over the bay to the Gower Peninsula. ‘Very comfortable’ bedrooms are calming spaces of soft colours and pretty fabrics; some with a window seat, coach house rooms are more Scandi. All have indulgent marble bathrooms.

Hotel details


SA70 7PY


01834 843033


12. 4 in coach house, 2 on ground floor.


all year.


drawing room, bar, sunroom, restaurant (vegetarian menu), function room, in-room TV (Freeview), ‘limited bandwith’ Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, in-room treatments, terrace, 1-acre lawns.

Background music

'very gentle' in bar and restaurant.


all ages welcomed, over-3s on extra bed £25.


allowed in coach house bedrooms (not unattended, £15 a night), bar, sunroom, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £175. Six-course tasting menu £65, or sharing plates. 1-night bookings refused only at Christmas and major sporting event weekends.