A Sea View


Propped up in bed, against bright green pillows, gazing through the window to the sea, I am counting in my head how many times I have had a sea view from bed, maybe this is the third. I’ve been sitting here, watching the landscape, for… I’m not sure how long. It is rare I do nothing, think about nothing. Swifts dart in and out of an old barn, fleeting distractions. The land, the sky and the sea and nothing much else is time well spent.

It seems an age ago now. It was the beginning of August. We spent a few days in Pembrokeshire, just catching the end of the hot weather. I’ve given a lot of time and love to North Wales, but South Wales and West Wales have been less accessible. We are better placed now, a short drive puts us in Wales.

We stayed in the Marloes Sands Youth Hostel. It is a wonderfully basic hostel, the main house has three family rooms, all with sea views. The shared dorms are in separate buildings. There is little else except a short walk across a field and down a cliff path to the sands and the sea. An even shorter walk to a bird hide. There isn’t much in the local village, although I can recommend the Friday night fish and chip van.



It is the slip of land in the very West of Wales that juts into the sea. Sea views in every direction. Staring at the sea rewarded us with seals and porpoises. We pottered on the beach. We watched birds. Took time to see the small things bugs and butterflies, flowers and plants in the hedgerow. It made for a simple holiday. Said it before, say it again, I love Wales.








  1. Emma

    Wow Gemma.  Fabulous stuff.  A sea view from bed too – how wonderful!  I think one of my most favourite things is to listen to the sea at night in a good storm!   Bit landlocked where we are here however to do that! 😀 

  2. Manneskjur

    This is my idea of heaven – Wales, beaches, fish and chips. I love that last shot especially – shouts Summer days at me. I think when I am a millionaire that I’ll have a farm and a tractor just so I can drive it through fields like that. Oh and make homebrewed scrumpy, obviously.
    Looks like you’ve been making the most of Summer x

  3. Anny

    Lovely to be reminded of this place! About 18 years ago I stayed at Marloes Sands YH, before walking some of the Pembrokeshire coast path northward. I was sleeping in the women’s dorm on the first floor of an old farm barn, accessed by an outside staircase. I remember waking in the night needing to go to the loo, which was across the yard, and I stood outside the dorm door, at the top of those stairs, gazing across the fields at the sea, by the light of a huge full moon. It was absolutely magical, and the prelude to a wonderful week’s walking, spying seals in every little cove. Still remember this. What a fantastic place! *sigh*. Thank you!

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