Cosy seaside home from home, 6 bedroom, 9 beds, sleeps 12. Quant quayside location & short drive to beautiful beaches and coastal walks
About Richenda Hine
We are Nick and Richenda Hine, the owners of The Dinas Arms. We have been coming to Pembrokeshire since the mid-90s when we bought The Dinas Arms. Richenda is Welsh and mighty patriotic! We both have a passion for the area and have taken great pride in seeing Pembrokeshire develop into such an amazing destination over the last 20 years. The plethora of restaurants, galleries, great foodie shops and things to do in the area have increased 10-fold. It's great to see that Pembrokeshire really is the "New Cornwall" (but better, of course...). We have been letting the Dinas Arms since 1996, but for the last few years we have kept the house just for family, only starting to re-let with Owners Direct in August of 2012.
Richenda Hine purchased this House in 1996
Why Richenda Hine chose Fishguard
We bought the house way back in 1996 after falling in love with Lower Town which we thought was the most beautiful place (it is one of the most photographed harbours in the UK). The poor old Dinas Arms had fallen on hard times and was standing derelict as the former fisherman's inn of the village. We could not believe that such a big house in the centre of the famous village (rumour has it that Richard Burton drank here during the filming of Under Milkwood...) was standing empty as such an eysore and acted fast! We took pity on the old hulk and with the help of some great local builders we sympathetically transformed the house with love, care and attention into a warm and cosy home from home. Of course the house has been updated and refurbished subsequently to keep it up to date – most recently in June 2015 we have refurbished both the twin room & double room ensuites, which now boast travertine tiling with modern showers, W/C, heated towel rails and sinks.
What makes this House unique
A great feature is the large storage area off the kitchen which has outside access, great for storing outward bound equipment. Richenda has a keen interest in interior design and antiques, so we hope you will agree that this is reflected in the decor of the house. She's a keen cook, so the kitchen is well equipped, whist Nick makes sure that the original bar feature of the Dinas Arms which is still functioning is fully stocked with glasses and vintage pub finds. We're sure you will like playing 'barman' with the old optics as much as our friends and family have over the years. But if that is not your scene, rest assured that there are lots of books and DVD's to keep guests occupied. A complimentary bottle of wine and flowers on arrival & handsoap in all bathrooms are provided for guests. Additionally, for Christmas bookings, we provide a fully decorated Christmas tree to add to the festivities.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Great location, Clean accomodation
Our first time in Lower Town, Fishguard, what an excellent location - convenient to get to activities for the kids and great restaurant just a short drive away. The Boat club did a BBQ on the first Sunday that we were there ( 1/2 Lobster £12 - so fresh and delicious - you must try this, the atmosphere was great with some live music thrown in for free..) Well appointed kitchen with lots of utensils. The House is clean but could do with updating in some areas.
The information sheet provided by the owner was spot on and gave us loads of activities and restaurants to try and saved time trying to find them for ourselves. Boot room was very useful as was the crabbing nets. would definitely go back for another family break.
A great holiday house for large groups.
There were no towels or tea towels. We thought that we should have brought our own so ordered some from amazon. On returning home and checking paperwork it appears they should have been supplied but didn’t cause any detriment to the overall holiday experience.
I am sorry - there should have been tea towels left so that was a mistake on our part - apologies. If you had notified us we could have sent some down within the hour. We also provide oven gloves and bathmats - so I hope they were there! With reference to the bath towels, we don't supply these as standard and do clearly state so on the checkin information. However, we are happy to provide if needed and if guests have mis-read the information or are travelling from abroad / especially request - so we do have a full set ready just in case. Again, if you had let us know we could have had towels there within the hour.
I am glad that this did not impact on your holiday though, and that you enjoyed your stay and the beauty of Pembrokeshire.
Many thanks for your visit!
Fabulous location for beaches and walking. The locals were very friendly and we enjoyed our night's in the ship inn! We were very lucky to have beautiful weather too!
We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit and found the location ideal for beaches and walking. Pembrokeshire is such a friendly place - Londoners always get a shock!!!!. Glad the weather behaved an that you had a lovely time.
Wonderful location and very quirky property. Owners were helpful.
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay Tessa. The house is indeed quirky - as a former fisherman's inn it certainly has some history.
We are also super pleased you found us helpful!
We hope to welcome you back soon as you left it in great condition. So many thanks!
Converted pub in lovely lower fishgard
A quirky property with lots of space for us all. Two large dining tables plus sunny outside tables, seating, bbq and partial views of quay. Living room with part of original bar, large TV and three big old sofas with cushions and throws. A tad dusty which goes hand in hand with old furnishings I suppose. Kitchen well equipped and lots of royal mugs and glasses and plates etc, Bedrooms all ok, plenty of loos, even two urinals!, bath and showers. Great position with 3 parking places but very noisy with traffic as house straddles busy junction. Weather was perfect, river and coastal walks from property. Easy walk into Fishgard, brilliant fish and chips in fishgard, definitely worth the walk! And fab lobster salads and crab sandwiches in cafe along the quay from the house.
I thoroughly recommend staying here.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the house. It is a great spot for a family holiday. Also pleased that you enjoyed eating out around the area - North Pembrokeshire has a lot to offer.
I am sorry if it was 'a tad dusty' we have reviewed this but without making excuses I think it is because it has been such hot weather and lots of dust outside etc. However, the cleaning team have had a good blitz and sorted that. I hope we can welcome you back for another stay!
Characterful old pub
Well equipped, old fashioned and characterful property situated close to the picturesque Lower Town Harbour, Fishguard. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend the Pembroke Coast National Park to anybody.
The property is located on Lower Town Quayside which has a small beach at low tide, nearby are beautiful safe coves and the beach at Goodwick (2 miles). Newport is 6 miles away with its fantastic large sandy beach.
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path runs from the village and allows 188 miles of National Park walking. Further away are surfing beaches Whitesands (20 mins) and Newgale (30 mins). There are regular buses which leave from the village (timetable pictured).
Car would be ideal, however, there is an excellent local bus service to all the main beaches which leaves from just by the house (timetable to view with extra images on this site). There is also a train station (direct to London etc) & ferry port located in Goodwick (1 mile) which travels to Ireland daily. Cardiff airport is 100 miles (approx) from the property.
Access is very good, with excellent rail and road links to Fishguard. Access from London and the Midlands by train is easy on the direct route. By car, the M4 and dual carriageway ends only 45 minutes from Fishguard itself and the Severn Bridge is around 2 to 2.5 hours away. The ferry is located in Fishguard, 1 mile.
The nearest train station Fishguard Harbour, 1 Miles. Several restaurants in Fishguard, 1/2 mile. Nearest pub, 50 metres. Nearest small beach is 200 metres walking distance.
Pembrokshire has rightly been chosen by National Geographic Traveller as the second best coastal destination in the world. With mile upon glorious mile of walks on beaches, along clifftops and through woodland, Pembrokeshire is a destination not to be missed. It is fast becoming a 'must see' destination, being the recentlocation for films such as 'Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows' and 'Snow White and the Huntsmen'. The area is steeped in history–did you know the Bluestones used for Stonehenge originate from the Preseli Hills - only 5 miles inland from The Dinas Arms?)You are never more than 10 miles from the sea in Pembrokeshire and never more so than at the Dinas Arms which is only 50 yards from the quayside in Lower Town. The quaint Ship Inn in just yards away is lovely for an evening drink with friends, while Fishguard offers all usual amenities such as takeaways, pubs and craft shops, and there are some excellent restaurants and pubs locally.
There's plenty to do: Horse riding, mountain biking, paint balling, rock climbing, go karting, Zorbing and quad biking are catered for close by.
Regular boat trips to the numerous offshore islands and bird sanctuaries are available all year round. Boat charter is available as is both sea and freshwater fishing. Water sports are a must, with Newport a Mecca for sailing, surfing and wind surfing whilst Whitesands and Newgale, on the way to St Davids, are world famous for excellent surfing.Resorts such as Tenby, St Davids and Cardigan are lovely for a day out and have lots of activities for children, while inland offers an idyllic rural setting for relaxation and walking.
Haverfordwest (10 minutes drive) is a large shopping centre with Tesco etc. Fishguard itself has excellent food shopping, with a Saturday Farmer’s Market also offering the very best of local produce. We provide an “information table” at the house.
All this and more is why The Dinas Arms has been the setting for our family holidays since 1996.