Harrolds Cottages

The background to Harrolds Self Catering Cottages

Hi my name is Pete, a retired secondary schoolteacher. I live in the original Harrolds farmhouse close to the converted self-catering cottages. Living on site allows me to offer advice regarding planning your days out or help sort out any simple problems in the unlikely event they should arise.

Harrolds Farm near Tenby (now a six acre holding) until about 1980 was a larger farm - part of The Cresselly Estate. The farmhouse was completely renovated in 1983. However, the original farm outbuildings were largely left un-maintained. When I moved here in February 2000 the land was terribly overgrown with blackthorn and brambles. It took me and a JCB driver more than a fortnight to clear and begin to create the lovely place it is today. We now have four paddocks which we rotate graze with our small flock of sheep. The sheep (and lambs in season) are very tame and will happily come when called, to eat bread or cream crackers!.

The original 1/2 mile farm access lane was so bad when we moved here that it reminded me of a dried up Greek river bed with only one car passing place. So in 2003 in readiness for the barn conversions project, I had the whole of the lane professionally repaired and tarmaced with four extra car passing places added. At the far end of one of the paddocks - a long way from the cottages - is a small apiary of about 5 hives. I have kept bees for 40 years. Jars of "Harrolds" honey are available to purchase on site for your stay or to take home with you.

The farm outbuilding barn conversion was started in September 2003 and completed in August 2006. The long barn was once Stables, a cubicle shed for 8 cows, a calf shed, pig sty and cart shed. The Barn is now a private residence. The 2 storey Granary - originally housed grain upstairs and livestock and a cart below. It was used by the previous owners as a pottery workshop and painting studio. Only one wall of the Granary Cottage is originally remaining from an old implement shed. However, we have used recycled stone from the site to create the authentic old stone cottage that you can see now.

I project managed the cottages and carried out much of the construction and fitting out work myself. The cottage accommodation has been put together with much thought given to create a wonderfully homely character 'home from home' feel which we hope will entice you to return again and again. I have even provided steam irons and ironing boards to save guests from packing their own travel irons!

Harrolds is a lovely tranquil place with a "chill-out" charm. I hope the information given in our web pages and this account gives you a feel for the place and also that your 'taste buds' are stimulated enough for you to make a booking to come to Harrolds cottages. Many happy guests have made repeated return visits since opening.(see guests comments page)

Sincerely Pete Isaac