Escape to your own cosy self-contained studio in the heart of Trefin, a pretty village which has a pub and a café, not far from the cathedral city of St Davids.
We’re situated in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, famous for secluded bays, beaches, characterful harbour-side villages and we’re only a short stroll to the stunning coast path.
Pembrokeshire is the ultimate holiday destination whether you’re seeking adrenalin fuelled activities or a relaxing ‘get away from it all’ break.
Here you can you can relax and unwind, venture out on foot for great walks or travel just a short distance by bike, bus or car to local towns, a cathedral city. Ty Popty is a cosy room with en-suite shower room where the school dinners used to be cooked. In the room you have a standard double bed with all bedding& towels provided. At the foot of the bed are 2 tub chairs a coffee table and a flap down larger table. In the same space is your kitchenette, complete with fridge, sink and 2 electric hobs. We supply all the cooking utensils you'll need to prepare meals here, plus a microwave, toaster and kettle. You'll also find all you need for your breakfast items here and in the fridge. Heating is by a wall mounted electric panel heater and an additional fan heater. There is also a hairdryer, toiletries and for light sleepers earplugs! For entertainment there is a radio and shelf of books, but be prepared, there is no T.V.! These days all you need is Wifi to access your favourite programmes and films, and we have a super fast speed now. In the next room is the shower room, loo and sink with extra storage, a heated towel rail and fan heater. In the corridor adjoining the 2 is some simple storage space and the recycling, waste and composting facilities. We hope you'll find all you need here.
All Studio room guests can access the hostel as long as it has not been booked out for sole use by a group. Here you're welcome to share our well equipped kitchen with other guests. The comfy lounge offers space to relax, read our books or enjoy the many games. There is Wifi throughout the hostel available free. After a day on the beach, surfing or coasteering wet clothes can be hung up in our drying room to be dry for the next day. We also offer a service wash and dry, or you can just hang things out on our washing lines! There is bike storage and plenty of space to park
Interaction with guests
We live just across the yard from the hostel and are here to welcome you at check-in time. We’ll be available throughout your stay to answer any questions and offer advice about the area. There are also lots of maps and leaflets in the hostel about the local area with plenty of information about where to go and what to do.
Other things to note
Food glorious food!
•The nearest shop is about a mile away, turn left out of Ty Popty, and it is at the petrol station on the main road towards Fishguard at the top of the hill. It’s open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m., seven days a week and has a good range of food and essentials.
•There is a medium sized Co-operative supermarket on the main A487 road into Fishguard, near the town centre. It is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
•On entering St Davids there is a medium sized Nisa supermarket open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday –Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
•Our village pub, ‘The Ship Inn’, is 3 minutes walk away. Turn right out of Ty Popty and then left along the main village street. It serves traditional pub food such as steak and ale pie, chips and peas and scampi, chips and peas. They also offer a selection of curries including a tasty chickpea vegetarian option. The Ship Inn is family friendly and has a beer garden. They serve food until 9 pm seven nights a week. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
•The village café, ‘The Mill’ is next to the pub and is a bright and airy place with works by local artists on the walls. It’s open from 8.30 am until 6 pm (9 am- 4 pm on Sundays) Easter – September, and 9 am till 4 pm every day October – Easter. The Mill serves home cooked food and is popular with locals and visitors alike. James’ cooked breakfasts are highly recommended. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
• 5 minutes drive or 45 minutes walk along the coast path is the well known and characterful Sloop Inn in Porthgain. They have an extensive menu and serve food until 9 p.m. seven nights a week. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
•In Porthgain there is also a relaxed and intimate harbour side bistro called The Shed which specialises in very good quality sea food including their upmarket version of traditional fish and chips. It’s quite pricey but is the place to go for a treat. It is open every evening in the season but has more limited opening from late autumn, winter and early spring. Check their website for up to date information. Booking is advisable. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
•The ‘local chippie’ take away for good value and good sized portions of fish and chips is at The Atramont Pub in the village of Croes Goch which is on the main road to St David’s, a 5 minute drive from Trefin. The Atramont show Sky Sports events on a big screen. It is closed for take aways on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Best to pre- order and pick up as it’s all cooked to order(URL HIDDEN)
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I have been running The Old School Hostel with my partner Chris for 10 years now. We came here after a year of travelling around Britain when we volunteered at Youth Hostels and on organic farms. We both enjoyed seeing more of Britain and when we have the opportunity for a break we still choose explore our home island. However in the past we've both travelled overseas; working and travelling our ways around the world. We love nature and the great outdoors, so being here in north Pembrokeshire is perfect for both of us. As often as possible we walk the spectacular coast path which on our doorstep. Our village's name, Trefin, means 'village on the edge'. We love the way the sea changes daily and how you never know what you might see! There's some rare birds that make this area home and we feel privileged when a chough or peregrine fly by. I'm very keen on identifying wild flowers and these are at their most brilliant in Spring and early Summer. Occasionally we're fortunate enough to spot badgers too.
I've discovered the wonderful activity of rowing in a Pilot Gig on the sea, and am learning to kayak too.
Although it feels very remote here we're not short of cultural activities with art, films, theatres, festivals and dancing all nearby.