As featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine ''Sleeping up to 10, with outstanding views across the lagoon to the sea, Pickleridge View is a large semi-detached house with a very fresh, crisp style of its own. As well as a well-equipped kitchen thats great for cooking for crowds, there are two comfortable sitting rooms, so one can be designated as a TV, games or teenagers area while the other is set aside for quieter pursuits, such as reading or taking an afternoon nap after a busy day out on the water. The ragged, naturally sculpted coastline of Pembrokeshire offers not only scenic beauty, but glorious flowers and hordes of sea birds including puffins, cormorants, shags, oyster catchers, choughs, guillemots and razorbills. As well as bracing walks along the coast path, Pickleridge View gives easy access to St Davids Cathedral and Bishops Palace, whale and dolphin-spotting boat trips, the sailing and windsurfing school at Dale, sweeping sandy beaches and the village pub is just a walk away.''A delightful semi-detached house, beautifully renovated and extended, Pickleridge View is set on the road overlooking the lagoon and seashore just outside Dale; finished to a very high standard, in a contemporary style with wooden and tiled floors throughout. The 2 lounges have luxurious sofas and fantastic views out over the water - which teams with bird and wildlife, both have sliding doors out onto a split level paved patio where you can sit and soak up the view. The open plan kitchen and sun room style dining space is light and airy, French doors open to a rear paved patio with steps to the large enclosed, rear lawned garden giving plenty of space for children to play. The downstairs twin room has French doors opening out to a lower patio at the back of Pickleridge View, with farmland views. The quality bedrooms with crisp white linen are a welcoming retreat, in 2 of the double rooms you can lie in bed and watch the sun twinkle on the water. Admire the sea views from the Juliette balcony that is accessed via French doors from the standard double room. The sheltered harbour in Dale is popular with sailing enthusiasts with a sailing and windsurfing school to perfect your skills. There is a village pub - The Griffin in Dale itself all within walking distance, while the beautiful beaches of West Dale and Marloes Sands are nearby or join The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path across the road and explore more of this stunning coastline. A visit to Skokholm and Skomer Islands to see the Puffins is a must. A wonderful holiday home for families and friends to enjoy.This is a no smoking property. Discounts for smaller parties outside school holidays on request. This discount cannot be booked online, so please call 01437 767600 for further information. Things to do: Filming Locations Film buffs can visit local beaches where blockbuster movies have been filmed.Freshwater West - Harry Potter Deathly Hallows I & 2, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.Marloes Sands - Snow White and the Huntsman. Kayaking Sea kayaking is a growing popular sport in Pembrokeshire. The 1.4 mile long tidal creek of Sandy haven (high tide line is 50 meters from Pickleridge View) is an ideal sheltered place to take out children as the shore is never far away. For the more experienced kayaker there is the shore of the Milford Haven Waterway to explore. Immediately west of the entrance to Sandy Haven creek there are three secluded beaches backed by tall cliffs that are accessible only by boat from the sea. If Great Castle Head is rounded then the sands of Lindsway Bay lie ahead, but being opposite to the two-mile wide entrance to the Milford Haven Waterway, are exposed to some Atlantic swell and there is often a surf running on the beach which makes landing and getting off an interesting experience. At high tide there is a mile long section of seacliffs to the east of Sandy Haven to explore for interesting items along the high tide line. To paddle along these cliffs in a summer fog is interesting as many of the rocks have Cormorants perched on them and they loom unexpectedly out of the sea mist. (The beach at Kilroon Bay makes a good stopping place to stretch legs). Sea Fishing The western headlands from Freshwater West in the south, the Dale Peninsula and especially around St. Davids provide some of the best sea fishing in Wales. Bass, Flatfish and Mackerel are caught in summer and in winter in the estuaries Flounder, Cod and Whiting. Mullet can be caught throughout the year. Sea fishing trips by boat are available through the summer from Saundersfoot, Tenby, Neyland, Dale, Solva, St. Davids and Fishguard. Short trips of an hour result in Mackerel, but longer offshore trips to reefs and wreck sites produce Turbot, Ling, Conger, Bream, Ray and Pollock. Sightings of Dolphins, Porpoise and Whales are not uncommon and Sharks and Turtles are also seen. At Sandy Haven creek, Bass and Mullet are commonly caught from the beach opposite Pickleridge View. Bird Watching Pembrokeshire with is vast coastline with extensive cliffs, sheltered bays and exposed headlands, its offshore islands and its estuaries and tidal creeks is a wonderful place to see bird life. Herring gulls are common and their cries can be heard throughout the town of Milford Haven. Although their numbers today are much reduced from the days of the big fishing port, they are still common along the sea front at Milford Haven and have learned to spot the tourist eating a picnic and have also discovered those houses with friendly retired people. Large numbers of Jackdaws, Blackbirds, Thrushes, Starlings and Woodpigeons are common sights. Over the past few years Swans have been gathering in Sandy Haven creek and reached 22 in number in Spring 2012. Spring visitors are Swallows, Warblers and many sea birds. Summer is a good time to see the sea bird colonies. During winter in the estuaries and rivers there are Wild fowl, Waders, Slavion greebs, Great northern divers and Little egrets. Inland Peregrines, Merlins and Hen harriers hunt across the County and often disturb flocks of Lapwings and Golden plovers. Strumble Head near Fishguard is the finest place in Pembrokeshire (islands aside) for watching sea bird and marine mammals. In spring and autumn it is a great place to watch for migrating birds with Auks, Skuas, Petrels and many types of wildfowl. Skomer island is easily reached by boat from Martins Haven and has the largest colony of Manx shearwaters in the world (120,000 pairs). There are also Puffins (6,000 pairs), Guillemots (10,000 pairs), Razorbills, Choughs and Short-eared owls. The boats from Martins Haven also visit Skokholm and Grassholm islands. Skokholm has Puffins (2,000 pairs), Manx shearwaters (45,000 pairs), Guillemots, Razorbills, Storm petrels and Choughs. Accomodation for 15 bird watchers is available on the island, but is usually booked for some years in advance. Grassholm is 11 miles offshore and has the only Gannet colony in Wales. It has Gannets (65,000), Guillemots, and Razorbills. Ramsay island is accessible by boat for day trips from St. Justinians harbour near St. Davids, it has Razorbills, Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Shags, Choughs and Peregrine falcons. There are rigid inflatable boats from Neyland that visit Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm in a single trip....Read more
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