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Spacious Detached Holiday House Quayside Setting - Lower Fishguard Pembrokeshire

Bedrooms 6
Separate WCs1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House in Lower Town, Nr. Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, Wales - Cosy Seaside Home From Home, 50yds Idyllic Water's Edge And A Short Drive From Beautiful Beaches

One of only 1,200 Grade II listed dwellings in Pembrokeshire this historic stone colourwashed property was formerly the village inn and still retains many original features. This much-loved & excellently-equipped homely house is 50 yds from the water's edge in Lower Town - the picturesque setting for films like Under Milk Wood and Moby Dick. The old harbour is now used just for pleasure craft and is directly on the 188 mile Pembrokeshire Costal Walk. Enjoy your complimentary bottle of wine watching the sun go down on the amazing harbour just yards from the house! Pembrokeshire has the highest number of Blue Flag beaches in the UK. Come and enjoy this much-loved house with its great accommodation (inc 4 poster), fantastically equipped kitchen, parking, packed bookshelves & local artwork throughout. iPod dock, WiFi, DVD, CD, dishwasher etc. Restaurants, galleries and local produce within walking distance. At the time of booking, we will provide you with a digital and hard copy of our information pack, which has been compiled with over 20 years of experience and knowledge of the local area, and is packed with tips, restaurants, beaches, activities and much, much more. Find out why the owners firmly believe that Pembrokeshire is the new Cornwall!

Below is an outline of the rooms in the house, as this is often something which guests are keen to know before their stay.

On the ground floor there is a large dining room/entrance hall with seating for 12 people plus a woodburner which is lovely during the winter, a large sitting room complete with comfy sofas, TV, DVDs, wifi etc – there is also a bar tucked into the corner, which is a throwback to the house's past as a hotel! Also on the ground floor is the kitchen which is very well equipped with everything you'll need during your stay, including plenty of fridge/freezer space. There is also a boot/coat room off the kitchen which is perfect for walking boots etc. Towards the rear of the property there is an outhouse/utility/storage room which is great for muddy wellies, storing beach gear etc. Off this room is the back year which has plenty of tables and chairs for guests as well as a BBQ with complimentary charcoal in the summer months. Downstairs there are also 2 extra toilets which are the bathrooms from when the house used to be a hotel/pub and are useful if you don't fancy a trip upstairs!

Upstairs there are 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms split over two floors in the following layout:

Bedroom 1 – Master bedroom with four poster double bed + ensuite with bath/shower

Bedroom 2 – Bunk bedroom (shared bathroom)

Bedroom 3 – Single bedroom (shared bathroom)

Bedroom 4 – Double bedroom with ensuite shower room

Bedroom 5 – Twin bedroom with ensuite shower room

Bedroom 6 – Family bedroom with kingsize bed, single bed and cot + sink (shared bathroom)

All the bedrooms have storage space as well as linen and towels being provided

We hope this helps explain our space for you :)

More Details

Richenda Hine
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
13 September, 2018

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"What a lovely house - great style and character. Had a very busy time and wonderful reunion" McCanness family, Lincoln

"Well equipped house, especially the Kitchen, good location for getting about. Good time had by all" Catherine Mc Adam, London

"We wish to thank you for letting us stay in your lovely and interesting house, most comfortable, which helped to make our holiday a happy one to remember for a long time" Mrs Faithfull, Norfolk
Jul 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Fishguard around the Fishguard and Goodwick

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Master Bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Refurbished June 2015
    Toilet 1 - Toilet , Downstairs Toilet w/ washbasin
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Refurbished June 2015
  • Ensuite to Bedroom 1 with bath/shower WC and washbasin. Newly refurbished (June 2015) small ensuite shower room to Bedroom 2 with WC/heated towel rail/Travertine tiles & sink. Newly refurbished (June 2015) small ensuite shower room to Bedroom 3 with WC/heated towel rail/Travertine tiles & sink. Separate seaside themed bathroom with white bath, wash hand basin and WC. 2 further cloakrooms downstairs, adjacent to Dining Room
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Pine bed & newly refurbished (June 2015) ensuite shower room
    Bedroom 4 - 3 foot, strong, USA style bunk beds. Can sleep adults
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed , Handmade pine single bed (Limited storage)
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Family room inc. washbasin
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 4 poster bed and ensuite bathroom (refurbished Jan 16)
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Twin beds & ensuite shower room, refurbished June 2015
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: 4 poster bed and ensuite bathroom, Bedroom 2: Pine double bed and newly refurbished ensuite shower room, Bedroom 3: Twin set of beds and newly refurbished ensuite shower room, Bedroom 4: 3' strong bunk beds, Bedroom 5: Small single, Bedroom 6: Family room double, single cot & basin
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • bay
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outside: To the rear of the house is a wonderfully sunny enclosed and safe walled back patio area with a driftwood seaside themed planting, herb garden and teak patio furniture, it is a lovely spot for an evening BBQ (charcoal provided). There are limited views of the quayside from this area. Guests should be advised that the property is situated next to a road, so this should be considered. We can give more information on this if required. There is a great supply of body boards, buckets and spades and crab lines at the house for guests to enjoy, along with a cool pack for beach excursions. There is a playground close to the house for children to enjoy, whilst grown ups will love the nearby Ship Inn - probably one of the most friendly former fisherman's pubs in the whole of Wales, like stepping back in time. Great walks from the house - riverside, woods or sea, take your pick! Utility Room: Steps from the kitchen lead to drying/ boot room for coats, wellies etc. This leads into a large outhouse/ storeroom (the legendary setting for a supposed bare knuckle boxing match!), ideal for storing surfboards, canoes, bikes & drying dogs etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Housekeeping service: The house is fully cleaned & beds made up on arrival. Complimentary handsoap & flowers on arrival. Housekeeper on call for any queries. Guests are asked to bring their own towels. Cleaning items (washing up liquid, washing powder, tin foil etc provided) Other: A lovely character filled room dining room with dartboard and toasty woodburner. Downstairs cloakroom with WC and washbasin (also the original "Gents" with the original urinals (in separate area). Complimentary bottle of wine and free logs & coal too!


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Spacious Detached Holiday House Quayside Setting - Lower Fishguard Pembrokeshire
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We had a amazing holiday

  • 5 of 5

The house is fully equipped for your stay, its quirky and there was enough room for the 11 of us without us feeling we were on top of each other.The.area is quaint and there's plenty of beautiful views,nice pubs and great food.

We went on walks and to the beach,the house even had buckets and spades for the children,there was even crabbing equipment provided, which everyone enjoyed off the quay.We would definatly stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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enjoyable stay in unusual property

  • 4 of 5

A comfortable and relaxed property with a very well equipped kitchen. An interesting layout with still the original bar in the lounge from when it was pub. Give us a lot to talk about . Lots of space for a large family gathering.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The perfect place to unwind

  • 5 of 5

Wow was the main word used as we explored the Dina's arms on our arrival the converted inn which still has the old bar in situ (which we made good use of) was the perfect retreat to celebrate my 50th birthday the house has a well stocked kitchen with every pot pan and utensil u could ever need and the owners supplied us with lots of information about the beautiful surrounding areas and were always on hand for any queries . Our long weekend there flew by and we didn't want to leave .I thoroughly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Our 2nd visit there this year

So homely and accommodatin for 10 girly guests

We will be back

  • Review Submitted: 24-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review! Great to have you to stay again. Hope to see you again next year! Many thanks Nick and Richenda
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Comfortable, welcoming old inn

  • 5 of 5

We loved the Dinas Arms for its location in Fishguard Lower Town's lovely harbour, for its high levels of equipment, but especially for its spaciousness and relaxed atmosphere. Value for money very good, especially out of season.

The housekeeper was very helpful, the house was clean on arrival and we would highly recommend it to anyone liking spectacular coast walks, surfing beaches, history and much more. It's a region that for us outshines Devon and Cornwall.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed the house and the area. We do try to equip the house well and make it a great place for a relaxing holiday at good value cost. Cathy our housekeeper and her team also work hard to make the house as welcoming and clean as possible. She will be delighted to hear your feedback. What wonderful news that you subscribe to our view that Pembrokeshire outshines Cornwall! We hope to have you to stay again. Many thanks Nick and Richenda
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Dinas arms lower Fishguard.

  • 5 of 5

My self and 6 friends had the pleasure of staying at this lovely property. Really lovely home from home, couldn't think of any thing that wasn't provided to make the stay so enjoyable. 7 females 6having there own rooms 2sharing a very comfortable family room, with double and single bed. Beds were extremely clean and comfortable, as was the rest of the property. We were lucky with the weather, rain after 8dry all day, sunshine all day Sunday. We were I must say having a very relaxed break, walked along the harbour and coast path, relaxed in the garden didn't drive from parking on Friday eve, total relax. Spent the evening chatting to locals and holiday makers on the harbour wall. Really loved our stay. Thank you Nick and richenda. X

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the Dinas Arms, we try to provide as much as we can to make your stay comfortable, so it is wonderful to have your feedback on that. We have done lots of refurbishments recently so it is great to hear that your stay was enjoyable. We will pass on your comments about the house being clean and tidy to Cathy and her housekeeping team, they will be chuffed as they take real pride in their work! We love Lower Town - everybody is so friendly and it is great to have a chat on the harbour - we love sitting on the benches looking at the view and chatting to folks. Thank you again for your positive comments and taking the time to write. Nick and Richenda Hine.
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Barpub
25 Metres
The Ship Inn
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Goodwick/ Lower Town Quayside has a small beach


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.

Further Details:

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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner for details, which can be adapted to suit. All major credit cards, cheques and BACS transfers accepted. Availability can be checked by looking at the "Availability" button at the end of the property description. This is updated regularly. For years we kept it for family use only, but with children grown up we want to share it again with others.

Changeover Day:
Friday is the preferred changeover day. We ask that guests arrive after 4pm and leave before 10.30 am. However, sometimes we can accommodate different change over dates. Contact us direct and we will see what we can do to help.

Notes on prices:
Prices vary from £500- £1,600. Please inquire via phone or email in order to obtain correct pricing for your intended stay. We can sometimes offer a discount for late-availability. We also offer long weekends during the winter from £195 for the whole house for small parties, £295 for larger parties. Get in touch and we will try to help. There is 50% payable on booking to secure the reservation, then 50% 8 weeks prior to stay. All credit/debit cards or cheque accepted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.