A venture, or you may call it an adventure, saw Scarlett and I jump in my car and make the long journey to Pembrokeshire.
Scarlett had thought ahead and managed to fill the front of the car up with confectionery and other tasty goodies, which we both later made the most of.
5 hours later, after crossing the Severn Bridge and enjoying what the Welsh countryside had to offer, we finally arrived at our Castle for the night – the incredible Roch Castle, to be precise. We were both instantly amazed and in awe of the amazing piece of history in front of us, which had been brought up to the modern day, without losing the grand exterior that a place of such prestige offers.
We made our way through the large gates at the entrance (giving the place a bit of exclusivity), up the winding driveway and over to one of the few parking spaces.
The castle itself only holds a small amount of residence as it has been modified (superbly so, as pictures will later show) as a hotel, but so as to retain its character. There are six bedrooms in total, each very different but maintaining a luxurious feel. If it wasn’t for the little hints throughout – such as the bathroom, which is carved into the rock and the large wooden door, you wouldn’t believe it was a 12th century building.
We were greeted by a very polite and welcoming member of staff from the hotel, who showed us to our room and took us through the evening’s arrangements. Full of all your modern amenities, such as a flat screen TV, wifi (fast wifi, at that) and a docking station, we felt straight at home – and immediately took to testing out the comfortability of the bed – which didn’t disappoint.
Although it wasn’t the largest we’ve ever stayed in, it had certainly been decked out to reflect a contemporary, open feel – with the large window being utilised to let in as much light as possible. However if you’re anything like me and prefer the room to be completely dark at night, the fancy wooden blinds allows you to do just that.
We had a launch dinner planned for the night ahead, hosted at Roch Castle’s sister hotel in St Davids – Twr Y Felin (more on that in another post), so we quickly got dressed and ready for the transfer to arrive. Our evening was very pleasant, complimented even more so by the very friendly staff who worked between both hotels.
Returning to Roch Castle later that evening after some very fancy but delicious food, we fell asleep in our comfy large double bed in complete darkness.
We rose early the next morning to allow for some time to explore the castle a little more, but not before a Welsh breakfast, complete with traditional Laverbread (which is made from seaweed – and I imagine something of an acquired taste), sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and fried bread. Fuel for the busy day ahead.
The castle held onto its heritage and original design throughout, however it had some very contemporary updates to the overall look of the rooms themselves.
The castle complimented itself with both original and modern design elements throughout, which I felt blended together very well. Albeit a bit surprising at times how if felt as though you were back in the 12th Century and then you would find yourself turning around and very much finding yourself in the 21st century almost seamlessly.
Overall myself and Scarlett could not have been more pleased with our stay, we wished we could have stayed another night, but then again there is always next time. Hopefully a once in a lifetime chance may just happen again of staying in a real life Castle.
*Our stay and meals were provided complimentary, however as always all, opinions are my own.