Where landscape greets seascape, where the heather and gorse give way to choppy white horses, and where choughs and peregrines swoop above porpoises and bottle-noses, sits the world’s finest beach hut. This is where Pembrokeshire ends: where Hideaway Cove snuggles between the cliffs, the private beach and the sea.
The garden here has been sculpted by the swell of the waves. It’s a rocky edifice shrouded by forest, leaving Hideaway Cove cradled and almost undetectable between the land and the sea. Leave the door and it’s ten spirited skips across the terrace onto the beach; another 20 into the sea.
Check your email in the office, cook in two fully fitted kitchens, dine on the terrace in the salty air, take a boat off the slipway. Potter the coastal path, walk the grounds before dinner, bring your dog and chuck sticks into the bay. At Hideaway Cove, life’s simple pleasures are an easy indulgence.
This is some garden. It’s the pure sand of a private beach, with the Atlantic waves washing the shore and the simple promise of a splash in the sea or the joy of chucking sticks for your dog. Yes, you can bring your dog.
Choose water, choose sand, choose land. Or take it all in from the two beach terraces with the sound of the stream and waterfall trickling into the sea. Walk the ten-acre woodlands and grounds, follow the bluebell wood along the cliff path to The Point, play badminton on the beach or lawn.
The foreshore is owned by Tidal House to the median tide mark. Watch the beach change with every storm and tide, and see the shingle tumble and reform its patterns with the crash of each new wave. In the evenings, break out your blanket and get warm around the firepit.
Hideaway Cove is all simple pleasure on the outside and de-luxe living on the inside. It all begins in the Great Hall, extending the length of the house. Be awed by the double-height entrance, open up the French doors to the terrace, take tea, lunch, or pre-dinner drinks here, host a champagne reception, or just play chess or puzzles.
In the Sky Room, you’ll wade through lush white carpet to take in the valley and cliff views through the glass roof. Be mesmerised by the birds that wheel above the bay, watch shooting stars streak across the night sky, wander out to the terrace with a book and an unruffled sense of peace.
As darkness descends, fill your glass and head for the original full-size billiards table installed by Lord Risdale in the 1920s. Next door in the bar, you can top up your drinks as you warm the cockles by the log burner, or meet for coffee and petit-fours after dinner.
Off the study and hall, the den is a teen hangout that’s cool for grown-ups, too. Kids will catch Blu-ray movies on the flatscreen TV, pick a game to play on the Wii or break out the board games. They’ll raid the fridge for drinks, eat apart from the family and feel special in their own space.
Choose from three kitchens. Bang in the heart of the house, close to the kids in the den, the diehards in the bar and billiard room and the hungry souls in the dining room is the Family Kitchen, complete with central island that’s as great for morning coffee as it is for a servery.
Get creative on the Redfyre range cooker and gas hob. Or leave it to our experts, happy to step in for a special celebration or fully catered break as you walk the beach or brush up your billiards. They’ll even load up the three dishwashers while you unwind with Nespresso coffee and cake.
Or perhaps you’d prefer the Cooks’ Kitchen, probably a safer bet for caterers, as it allows your party to keep all the facilities you need – for kids’ meals and snacks – without tripping over the caterers’ feet. You could also have a little fun, with an in-house Bake Off or competitive Mastercheffery.
Up on the second floor, the Café serves the arts and crafts studio, the gym and the office suite. With cafetiere, coffee grinder, kettle and microwave, it’s the place to raid for snacks and coffee for anyone sleeping in the Master Balcony, Golau Bore or Garden Suite.
You’ve eleven rooms to choose from, but each comes dressed to the nines with sumptuous luxury, en-suites, and some sea views and balconies. But with feather toppers, luxury feather duvets and premium Egyptian-cotton sheets, you’re sure to choose well.
The Master Balcony is a kingsize with seating area at the balcony end and dressing area by the bathroom. Head straight from the balcony to the Look-Out Terrace and take the steps down to the Great Hall Terrace. The Master and the Master Suite are kingsize rooms with bay views.
On the second floor, the double-aspect Garden Suite gives you views of the cliff, the formal gardens and the valley through the French balcony door. Golau Bore is a balcony room affording sea and cliff views from the bed, while Leather is another balcony room with views over Waterwynch Bay.
Enfys is a superking or twin balcony room, while Triple Aspect is a garden room with trundle bed for up to four. Jacqui is another garden double, while the Star is a tranquil room overlooking the gardens and valley. The Bunk room sleeps six excitable kids with wall-mounted HD TV and Blu-ray viewable from every bed.