Anyone starting a new venture will tell you that no matter how many years’ experience you have in business, it’s always a scary step into the unknown. This was the case for Dilwyn and Vel Williams, who have owned the site above beautiful Broad Haven beach since purchasing it a few years ago. With experience in the building industry, the couple, who had fallen in love with the property after taking aerial photographs from a helicopter in 2008, weren’t in the least bit daunted by the work that needed doing to the rundown bed and breakfast that had withstood the sea winds for years.
The work began in 2014 to transform the previous holiday accommodation into the luxury cottages on offer today. It was tough work – the existing building was in bad repair and so was demolished in order for the new owners to create their vision of a luxury holiday complex high up on the clifftop. In came the diggers as the new incarnation of this popular spot began to form.
Many years of toil, sweat, deliberations, and decorative flourishes later, the property was ready to welcome its first guests last year, with Atlantic View’s calendar opening for bookings in November 2019.
And what a welcome new and returning guests received! Dilwyn and Vel managed to transform the old B&B into four stunning holiday cottages, with an option to combine two cottages for larger groups. The owners have been careful to make the most of their incredible clifftop location, with views across the beach below. Each property has its own viewing space to take in the Pembrokeshire coast and it’s incredible sunsets, whether that’s a cleverly placed floor-to-ceiling window or, as in the case of Kittiwake and the Penthouse, its own balcony space.
The attention to detail in these properties is incredible, largely due to the fact that Dilwyn has experience in construction having run his own plant hire company for many years. This level of experience in organisation means that the couple has thought of everything; from cosy Melin Tregwynt blankets to luxurious Myddfai toiletries, from extra beach towels to locally sourced breakfast items. The guests are astonished by the standard of cleanliness, many guests commenting on the fact that the cottages are immaculate.
It’s no surprise, then, that Atlantic View is this year’s winner of the UK Enterprise Awards, scooping the much sought-after prize for the best self-catered holiday cottages in Pembrokeshire. It seems the owner’s hard work has really paid off, and they’re absolutely delighted to have won this accolade during their first year. Dilwyn says:
“This has been a turbulent year for the tourism industry nationwide, and it was a little worrying for us as it was our first year in business. However, we’re thrilled to have won this award despite the obvious adversities, and we’ve worked hard to do the best for our customers to ensure they have the break they deserve. Vel and I are looking forward to sharing our luxury holiday cottages and our stunning coastal location with many more guests in the future.”
For more information about the UK Enterprise Awards, please visit their website here.