Create your own personal writing retreat

Are you a writer? When you’re working, learning, taking care of family and generally just living life it is so easy to lose focus on your writing. Even when you do promise yourself you will sit for a few hours and really get stuck in, it’s so easy to get distracted by doing the dishes, putting the washing out on the line or even writing an entire kitchen inventory and a shopping list because you made a cup of tea and noticed you’re running low on milk.

Getting out of the house and immersing yourself into your own little bubble of creativity is sometimes the only answer to letting those creative thoughts flow without distraction. Some people choose to fly off to month long writing retreats in warmer climates to be immersed in the creativity of others, some simply head to their local coffee shop a few times a week. Others book a secluded cottage like Gwel y Mynydd for the weekend to recharge their batteries and escape the distractions of everyday life.

Whether you plan everything down to every minute detail and book months ahead or prefer to be spontaneous with one of our last minute special offers we are sure to have the perfect place to let your creative juices flow away from the daily hustle and bustle.

Here are some tips for planning your own personal writing retreat.notepad with flowers, pen and coffee

Wi-fi or no Wi-fi?

You may want to segregate yourself from the world entirely with no distractions of social media or the greater world wide web. In which case you’ll need somewhere like Little Bothie which is secluded not only in geography but in technology too! Of course, you may be writing a fact heavy book where ‘googling’ is essential so somewhere like Llys y Frân will be more suited to you.

Pack plenty of snacks

Stopping to cook a meal will be the last thing on most writers minds when they are immersed in their creative space. But even starving artists need to eat at some point! Make sure you bring plenty of snack foods that is ready to eat at any time.

Pack plenty of drinks

Along the same vein as the snacks, keeping yourself hydrated is not only good for the body but is vitally important for the mind too. Make sure you take your favourite drinks with you so there’s no need to pop out and hinder your creative thought process.

Create a portable office

Make a list of everything you need to fully dedicate yourself to this writing retreat. Pack your notepad and pens, an inspirational book or magazine, your laptop, maybe an mp3 player with all your favourite songs to write to. Don’t forget all the charging cables too!

Take a dog

Fresh air is highly underrated. Take your dog to make sure you get out to stretch your legs at least a couple of times a day. The gardens at Bwthyn Trehilyn are fully enclosed so you and your pooch can sit out in the sun without the worry of him wandering off!

Complete Isolation or people watching?

Some people prefer to get right away from it all to places like Drumskinny Farm where they are isolated from the rest of society and its distractions. Others like to be surrounded by the hustle and bustle of people to get their inspiration. Somewhere like Aeron Bach, which is just a short walk away from Aberaeron town and gives the best of both worlds.

Have you ever considered taking a little writing retreat, or even just a personal retreat? What property would you choose?

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5 Things To do in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire has long been a favourite holiday destination for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. With 186 miles of coastline and some of the most beautiful countryside in Wales it isn’t hard to see why it has remained so popular! Here we have five of the best things to do in Pembrokeshire and the holiday homes close by.

5 Things to do in Pembrokeshire

Fishguard Folk Festival May 25th-28th

The 2018 Fishguard Folk Festival is the 19th annual celebration and as well as a fantastic line up, including the likes of Winter Wilson, The Trials of Cato, and The Rumblestrutters. The festival promises free voice and instrument workshops, ceilidhs, informal music and song sessions as well as a free bar! Most of the festival remains free with only a few concerts needing tickets, which you can buy from their website.

Beudy Trehilyn

Part of the larger Trehilyn Farm Estate, which was lovingly restored by actor Griff Rhys Jones and appeared on the BBC tv show ‘A Pembrokeshire Farm’. From April to October guests at Beudy Trehilyn also get acces to the Showman’s Wagon, which has a separate bedroom, kitchenette and comfortably seats four.

Whale and dolphin spotting

The coast around Pembrokeshire, especially St David’s, offers some of the best opportunities to spot dolphins and Whales. Taking a boat trip off shore gives you the chance to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures in deeper waters. If you’re lucky you might even spot a leatherback turtle!

Capel Tŷ Ddewi

Just a short distance away and located in a small rural hamlet is Capel Tŷ Ddewi. This is the oldest chapel in Pembrokeshire and has been sympathetically converted into a luxury holiday with some amazing views and sunsets

Narberth food festival

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Narberth food Festival and it promises to be as fantastic as ever, with stalls filled with the highest quality local and Welsh produce, live music, chef demonstration and much more!

Llys y Frân

This adorable ‘pocket sized’ pink cottage is the perfect spot for peaceful getaway with two acres of land to explore. Enjoy the delicacies at Narberth Food Festival by day and come home to stunning views of the night sky due to such low light pollution.

Castell Henllys

Travel back over 2000 years to see what live was really like during the Iron Age. Castell Henllys Iron Age fort has been expertly recreated and the four roundhouses and granary stand on the original foundations which were found by archaeologists over the past 26 year. There is a visitor centre and café, plus regular events held throughout the year.

Carreg Las

This luxurious holiday home has a light and airy feel and is furnished with an eclectic mix of traditional and modern pieces. Carreg Las is within easy walking distance of restaurants, galleries and cafés.

The Big Retreat Wales May 25th – 28th

The big retreat is a place to reconnect with nature, relax and restore your health and well being. The ticket price includes access to over 200 workshops and classes in a variety of yogas, dance and fitness and much more. There even the chance to learn a bit of foraging!

Pembrokeshire Tin Bungalow

This Traditional tin bungalow, built in the 1920s, has been lovingly restored with vintage interiors and slight bohemian feel. The tin bungalow is set in stunning surroundings and is ideally situated to visit any of these three events.

So these are our 5 things to do in Pembrokeshire, what would be on your list?

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