The only challenge about staying at Hostel YHA Pwll Deri is learning how to pronounce the name! Everything about this place is wonderful, from its location right on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to the newly refurbished facilities and tidy rooms.
You cannot possibly fault the location of the Pwell Deri YHA. While somewhat remote (car access is best), the cliff-top setting is just glorious. Even on a wet and cold day, you can sit comfortably inside your room or the lounge/dining area and enjoy the views of the Welsh coast. Otherwise simply don your waterproofs, if you need them, and head out to explore. It is one of the best places for a walking holiday.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms vary from private family affairs to dorm rooms, each that seem to have excellent views of the coast. The communal bathrooms just outside the rooms (some have the toilet inside) are clean and new. The rooms themselves are very warm and clean.
Pwll Deri is self catering (although some basic supplies are available from the office or free food areas) and the kitchen facilities are simply excellent. The kitchen is through a fireproof door from the dining room that is really something to behold -- fantastic floor to ceiling windows provide you with an uninterrupted view of the coast as you eat your breakfast, sip a pre-dinner drink, or feast on your meal after a full day out exploring the coastline. The lounge area also has excellent coastal views and a selection of reading material and useful tourist information for exploring the coast with bus timetables and walking routes outlined.
This place is a real find and it was hardly surprising to find most people were back on repeat visits -- even if they could only book in for one night due to group bookings. Pwll Deri is only open for group bookings (no individual bookings) from November to February. It is the ideal place for those heading along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, but even if you're only doing one or two days on the path you could use it as a base to explore and return in the afternoon.
Either direction from the hostel is fantastic -- north to Strumble Head or south for an array of beaches. The town of Fishguard is just six miles away for those needing supplies. There is a bus that services this coastline as well. St Davids is an excellent day trip from the hostel. The volunteer staff are provided by the YHA. Volunteering opportunities do exist at this hostel.