Llareggub: Beach House, Pembrokeshire
This restored modern upside-down house overlooks the Atlantic Ocean in Saundersfoot, west Wales. With stunning views and contemporary touches, it is a cool beachside retreat.
The BEach House in brief
Our beautifully restored modern beach house is in Saundersfoot, overlooking the bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
The house has stunning views over the sea and a clever upside-down design, with room for up to six guests.
Three double bedrooms: Master en-suite with large oval bath, another double both with terrace, and Captain Cat’s beachside bolthole, a wood-clad cabin on the middle floor
Coal black, bible-black slate shower room
Escape to the unspoilt Welsh Atlantic coast
Pembrokeshire: edged with some of the longest and most beautiful sandy beaches in the world. High hedges; rock pools; funky and fresh and foraged sea food; exhilarating waves; a growing wealth of water sports… even big game fishing. Once a practically forgotten corner of the country, Pembrokeshire is fast becoming a cool coastal escape.
Renovation is still under way, but Llareggub welcomed its first guests in Summer 2019, the Berry family, who loved it:
“We loved the Beach House, which is in the process of being renovated by David and Anjana, our very welcoming hosts. They clearly have a great eye for getting the best out of a property, and once finished this one will clearly be amazing. So far they have renovated the bedrooms and bathrooms and they are gorgeous.”
Llareggub is so named in homage to Welsh bard Dylan Thomas’ fictional village in Under Milk Wood – our beach house, though, is already so much more than bugger-all (backwards). Dylan’s own little beachside boat house bolthole in Laugharne is a short drive away; you can follow his daily walk around the estuary. Up the road from Saundersfoot is Pembroke Castle, home of Henry and Jasper Tudor, granddad and great uncle of Henry VIII, the monarch we all love to hate…
Modern beachside chic
This house has been our family bolt-hole for more than fifty years. Our David’s love for Wales was nurtured by his father on trips to his homeland. We’re giving the beach house the Chillderness treatment to bring it bang up to date. David writes, "Though our upgrade may be changing it on its inside, its heart will always remain true to my parents – a home from home to escape to.”
This is a unique opportunity to experience these same unspoiled and breathtaking views at friends and family rates until next year. For now the kitchen and living room remain largely unchanged until Phase 2, when the kitchen will move into the main room so all cooks will be able to have the sea as their muse.
From your front door, it is just round the corner to the St Bride’s Spa, which also overlooks the ocean.
Once a practically forgotten corner of the country, Pembrokeshire is fast becoming a cool coastal escape.
THINGS TO DO AND Places to eat
Tenby, Laugharne, Dale, Pendine, Lawrenny, the regenerated bouji Narbeth high street packed with delis and dinky shops – Pembs for us is ever jam-packed with memories of holidays at Llareggub with its superb sea views from every room. It’s been our family getaway for over 50 years.
Quite apart from the windswept, golden-sand Atlantic beaches, Pembrokeshire is now a foodie’s dream destination.
Down on the beach at Saundersfoot, just below the terrace, you will find Cwlbox, a foodtruck preparing Asian-influenced twists on gorgeous Welsh fish. Also in Saundersfoot is the top notch Stone Crab seafood restaurant. At the other end of Saundersfoot Bay, fancy-pants Coast is the place to go for a blowout dinner overlooking the sea.
Y Gegin in Pembroke Dock is a cool food hall. Carnivores will love The Roast Office. Word of the “life-changing” lobster rolls at Cafe Môr in Freshwater West is spreading fast, so get yourself along early. If you fancy a walk around the coast path to Tenby, you can find fat crabs and today’s catch at seafood shacks down on the beach; wash this down with a pint from Tenby’s own Harbwr Micro-Brewery. They’ve even named a brew after our friend and Welsh rugby legend George North.
A little further afield, Penally Abbey’s Rhosyn is open for teas and cocktails and breakfasts too, although it’s closed for Sunday lunch.
Private dining with Matt Powell
For those who prefer to stay at home and relax, we can arrange the most special foraging and private dining experiences with acclaimed forager and wilderness chef-at-large Matt Powell, who recently collaborated with Chillderness and friends to launch the Furzehill Foraging Club pop-up restaurant.
Matt can bring ultra-fresh Pembrokeshire fish and his foraged fruits of the land and sea to your doorstep at Llareggub, where he will prepare incredible meals for you and your family or friends. His Instagram account @fishingandforagingwalesuk is a work of art in its own right.
Location and getting there
The Beach-house is based in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire – a short distance from Tenby.