Bonjour de Manorbier! Certainly sounds like it’s over the Channel, maybe the South of France?
But Manorbier is much closer to home – a little village outside Tenby, on the extreme South West tip of Wales. The French Connection stems from the Norman knight Odo de Barri, who was granted the land in recognition of his military help following the Norman Conquest.
Our own conquest was far more limited in scale, with a week long stay at ‘Kelpie’s Tents and Tourers’, a certificated site in the village. A beautifully kept site, with lots of open space in a quiet rural setting. The lady running the site was ever so friendly and welcoming, and we would happily recommend the location to others wishing to stay in the area.
The nearest places to visit were of course the local village of Manorbier, with its ancient ruined castle to explore, but also the walled town of Tenby. Lots of things for tourists to see and do, including the inevitable seaside souvenir shops! Plenty of bars and pavement cafes, and a real holiday vibe about the place.
Further afield, there’s the bustling market town of Haverfordwest. Lots of the High Street names, if you need to do a more serious shop. A nice riverside walk too, and a little bit of pavement-cafe lifestyle if you search for it.
On the road back from Haverfordwest to Tenby is another local attraction, Carew Castle. Lots of activities going on for the kids, but we settled for a tea break in the garden of the Carew Inn just across the road!
Other places we explored during the week:
Pembroke. I have to say that the old part of Pembroke town outside the castle looked extremely run down, with charity shops and boarded up windows prevalent. Nice short walk around the Millpond though. Pembroke Docks a short drive away has a Tesco supermarket and a few other retail chains.
Cardigan, Newport and Fishguard. A series of towns along the North Pembrokeshire coast, maybe an hour away from where we were staying. We visited all within a single day, and stopped for a bite to eat at a lovely little cafe tucked around the back of the local knitting shop in Fishguard!
Last but not least, the nearby viewpoint of the cliffs and caves at Skrinkle Haven. A little tricky to find, as it’s on the edge of the current MOD firing range and a part of what used to be their artillery training area. But worth searching for, to see the unusual cave formations in an undisturbed environment.
Overall, a nice relaxing holiday. The area doesn’t seem to be particularly filled with commercial tourist attractions, and it was a little difficult finding places of interest to visit. But whether that’s a good or a bad thing maybe depends upon your outlook!