It’s been a while since we’ve been able to open our doors to guests on a Pembrokeshire holiday here at Atlantic View, and while the pandemic has brought uncertainty and chaos to our lives, one thing is certain: the way in which we live, especially the way in which we spend our free time, will have changed key aspects of our travel experiences for years to come.
That’s not to say that we won’t travel – recent statistics reported in the media show that up to 90% of UK summer holiday options have already sold out for 2021. There’s certainly a big appetite for staycations in the UK, and we know that many of our returning guests are itching to resume their yearly Pembrokeshire holiday….and we’re itching to greet you, too!
In an uncertain time for holidaymakers and the tourism industry, we’d like to help you prepare for whatever’s to come with a few tips on getting ready for a different but welcoming, relaxing Pembrokeshire holiday on our stunning coastline.
We’ll meet again….but we don’t know when
There’s still no clarity from Westminster or the Welsh Government as to when we’ll be able to greet guests back for their Pembrokeshire holiday, but we’re hoping that the Welsh Minister’s announcement on Friday 12th March will bring some good news. We’re very keen to ensure that the lifting of restrictions is well thought out and with the best interest of our guests and our community here in Broad Haven and beyond, so we’ll be monitoring the situation and will be letting you know via our social media page when we’re likely to be taking bookings again.
Think about how far you’ll have to travel
England’s current rules for de-escalation of limitations suggest that initially, we may be back to the regulations of last year: that we’ll only be able to travel a certain distance from our homes. If this is the case, then being on the most Westerly tip of Wales means that we may only be able to offer a Pembrokeshire holiday to Welsh tourists in the first instance. Please note that we’re eagerly awaiting a time where we can welcome everyone, so any restrictions to our bookings will be in line with government guidance. Every country has different rules set out by Westminster and the devolved governments, so check the regulations in Wales before you book!
Consider the way in which you travel to your Pembrokeshire holiday
At the moment, there are still limited domestic flights, although being on the coast, you’re unlikely to find many flights to our nearest tiny airport at Haverfordwest! While staycations are easier than navigating the international restrictions on flights and quarantine measures, it’s important to note that certain modes of travel within the UK will also be more difficult when restrictions ease. For example, train and bus travel has been severely disrupted and it’s likely that there will be limitations on crowds for quite some time to come. The best way to get to us in our rural location and during coronavirus is by road. It will give you freedom and flexibility to move around this agrarian coastal area, but it also means that if you travel by car, you have a certain amount of control over who you come into contact with. Just remember to stock up on petrol, water, snacks and plan some toilet breaks – we’re 5-6 hours from London!
Your Pembrokeshire holiday will look at little different
Dependent on when you visit us, it’s likely that this year, not all businesses, amenities and activities you’ve used to engage with will be open as usual. The pandemic has had a huge effect on rural communities which rely on tourism, and therefore, as well as a slow easing of restrictions on pubs, restaurants and cafes that could still be closed or need to be booked in advance, some businesses may just not re-open. That being said, you can still receive online supermarket deliveries to your cottages at Atlantic View, although we do advise that you book your slot after making your cottage booking, and there are many food delivery services available in the area as we’re fairly close to the market town of Haverfordwest.
Activities may well be limited, but as those of you who have visited here before will know, a Pembrokeshire holiday isn’t about having to fill your time with arranged activities. This is a diverse and enthralling coastline teeming with wildlife, walks and opportunities to immerse yourselves in the fresh sea air and the freedom of nature. With 186 miles of coast path to explore, as well as secret coves, cobbled fishing villages and wide-open stretches of sand ripe for swimming, surfing and having a good old dog walk, we’re pretty sure you’ll find everything you’ve been craving during lockdown is absolutely open and free.
We’ve got your back when it comes to booking
We know that you might be nervous about booking your Pembrokeshire holiday in an uncertain time as regulations change quickly and you may not be able to make the dates you’ve booked. If you’re unable to travel because of a national lockdown or because you’re put into a tier where you’re unable to travel, we offer a COVID Refund Guarantee. This gives you peace of mind that if you’re unable to travel to your Pembrokeshire holiday due to restrictions, we’re not going to hold you to your booking and, when it’s applicable, we’ll try to reschedule your holiday if we have remaining bookable weeks available. Please see our full terms and conditions here for details of our COVID Refund Guarantee and what it covers.
Whatever the future holds for holidaymakers and cottage owners like us, we know one thing for sure – we can’t wait to welcome you all back to our luxury cottages at Atlantic View for your long-awaited coastal Pembrokeshire holiday!