HAVEN KILN PARK, TENBY, PEMBROKESHIRE
WHAT’S THE SCOOP? Fans of the Great Outdoors will feel right at home at Kiln Park. The holiday centre, which is operated by Haven, is slap-bang in the middle of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and Tenby – one of the prettiest towns in South Wales – is just a short drive away.
There’s plenty to keep you occupied at Kiln Park and with both indoor and outdoor pools, a crazy golf course and evening entertainment, it makes a great getaway for families. Look out for all the nautical touches dotted around the site, from the accommodation itself to the onsite restaurant.
ARE MUDDY PAWS WELCOME? Yes. If booked in advance, pet-friendly accommodation is available in all caravan grades from Standard and Deluxe to Prestige. Up to two dogs can stay free of charge at any one time. Haven does not provide any provisions for pets, such as beds or treats, so make sure you remember to pack your own.
When we checked in, we were given a sheet of information suggesting dog-friendly things to see and do in the local area, which was very much appreciated. Although I had done lots of research before we went away, I had not come across several of the recommended walks or pubs – and locals know best! There are also plenty of poo bins on site, which is always handy.
AND WHEN I’M DOG TIRED? Enjoy all the comforts of home in your cosy caravan. There are four main types of accommodation at Kiln Park – Standard, Deluxe, Prestige and Platinum. All models come with either two or three bedrooms plus a well-equipped kitchen, shower room and flatscreen TV. The beds will be made up for you on arrival so all you really need to remember are some towels. Free WiFi is also available, but you have to go to the Harbwr Lights bar and restaurant to get it.
Our two-bedroom Swift Bordeaux van was spotlessly clean and had a nautical theme throughout with stripy curtains, pictures of compasses and colourful seaside-themed bedding. It also boasted plenty of storage space, a gas fire in the lounge and an en-suite to the master bedroom as well as a second television – something we don’t even have at home!
It was located in the holiday centre’s Sandpiper section, close to the touring caravans but away from the hustle and bustle of the entertainment complex. It was just a short stroll to reception, however, and a nearby trail led to the main road into Tenby. In all, the park has 21 different areas where you can stay, all of which are named after local birds or attractions. Avocet and Guillemot offer the best access to the beach.
HOW ARE THE SCOOBY SNACKS? Most Haven guests self-cater and there’s a well-stocked (if pricey) mini-mart where you can stock up on essentials. But if you fancy eating out, there are a few options onsite. The Harbwr Lights restaurant – open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – is the main attraction for guests and although dogs are not allowed inside, they are welcome to soak up the atmosphere in the beer garden.
The park also has a few takeaway outlets where you can get fish and chips or Papa John’s pizza. There’s even a Millie’s Cookies store – but all of these options are quite expensive because you’re paying for the ease of access.
Head five minutes down the road to Tenby, however, and you’ll find a whole host of dog-friendly places to dine, as well as some amazing pubs and eateries a little further afield. Check out my Ruff Guide to Pembrokeshire to read more.
ANY FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS TO PLAY WITH? No, but you’re sure to meet plenty of other dogs who are on holiday too, or live nearby in Tenby.
WHERE’S GOOD FOR WALKIES? Hit the beach! A footpath from Kiln Park leads directly to the sandy shores of Tenby’s South Beach, passing through a golf course on the way. From here, it’s approximately a 15-minute walk to town and it sure is a lovely one.
Peaceful Caldey Island, a short boat ride away, also makes for a great day out. Home to Cistercian monks, the island is a lovely place to get away from it all. There are a couple of beaches to enjoy and you can also visit the old priory and lighthouse, as well as stock up on souvenirs in the shops. From Easter until October, boats run every 20 minutes from Tenby Harbour and cost £12 return. Dogs travel free.
And, of course, don’t forget the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path which runs for 186 miles from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south. The stunning path takes in all kinds of landscapes from rugged clifftops to secluded coves. To start planning your walk, click here.
WHAT ERNIE LOVED: The easy access to the beach, meeting lots of other holidaying doggos, the grassy Poppy Field and Blue Bell Field
WHAT I LOVED: Being so close to Tenby, the local information available at reception, the footpath from the park to the beach
GET ON THE DOG AND BONE: Short self-catering breaks at Haven Kiln Park start from £79 for either three or four nights. For more information or to book, visit the Haven website here or call 0333 202 5250.