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Roch Castle, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
Built by the Normans on the frontier of their conquered lands in west Wales, Roch Castle dates back to 1195. In the Civil War in the 1640s, it was a Royalist stronghold. In subsequent centuries it fell into ruin, to be rebuilt as a private dwelling in the early 1900s, and, to complete the story, then turned in 2013 into its present incarnation - a very upmarket B&B. Highlights include the stylishly-designed and spotless interiors within the ancient stone walls, the panoramic views out to sea and over to the Preseli Hills, the excellent breakfasts and first-rate service. Note that the castle spreads over seven floors and has spiral staircases, so isn't a good option for those with limited mobility.
There are plenty of enticing places to visit nearby, including the picturesque fishing ports of Solva and Little Haven, and the miniature city of St Davids.
Roch lies within Pembrookshire Coast National Park in West Wales, an right-minute drive from Rickets Head and the coast.
By car: around 2 hours from Cardiff, 3 hours 45 minutes from Birmingham and 4 hours 30 minutes from London. Free on-site parking.
By train: There are direct trains to Haverfordwest from Cardiff Central, the journey takes 3 hours 15 minutes. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Haverfordwest Station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Roch Castle is perfect for couples looking for an unusual, romantic hideaway, or a group of friends - the property is often booked out for exclusive use. We love the Sun Room, a glass-sided extension on an upper floor with an outdoor viewing platform to take in the fantastic views.
Service & Facilities
The castle has a number of appealing public areas, including a little library room stocked with literature on all things to do with Wales.
- Honesty bar
- Breakfast in room
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
All the rooms have great views out to sea or across the Pembrokeshire countryside. Our favourite is Ap Gryffydd, which has views of St Brides Bay through its big windows and is near the top of the castle.
Lucy Walter, De Rupe, Nest, St Davids, St Brides, Ap Gruffydd
Facilities include: king-size bed, ensuite bathroom with aromatherapy toiletries, towels, slippers, TV, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities
Food & Drink
We love the help-yourself honesty bar in the Sun Room, which includes carefully selected soft and alcoholic drinks and Welsh crisps and chocolate. If you want to go native, for breakfast order the cockles with Welsh bacon and laverbread (local, edible seaweed).
There is no restaurant on site, but picnic hampers and afternoon tea can be arranged on request. Sister hotel Twr y Felin in nearby St David, a 20-minute drive away, offers two AA-Rosette dining.