Our ‘Operation Recuperation’ guests are in for some extra special treats thanks to the generosity of business owners across Pembrokeshire.

The 26 NHS heroes who have been gifted stays in our holiday cottages will soon start arriving for their much-deserved breaks. And, as well as a well-deserved free holiday on the Pembrokeshire coast, the healthcare workers will each receive a welcome hamper of fabulous gifts.

Supporting Operation Recuperation

We were the first holiday rental company to take part in Operation Recuperation, the UK-wide campaign to gift stays in beautiful places to frontline healthcare providers.

Our family-run holiday letting agency joined the initiative to say thank you to the NHS staff who have been risking their lives to keep the UK safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And we were delighted when 23 of our cottage owners came forward to give away 26 stays in their self-catering holiday homes in St Davids, Solva and Porthgain.

Welcome hamper treats

To help our Operation Recuperation guests settle in, we put an appeal out to local companies, asking if they’d like to contribute some welcome treats for each of the 26 visitors.

And the response has been fantastic.

Eleven businesses have come forward with a variety of gifts, vouchers, free tickets, and more. So, a big thank you to our friends at:

  • St Davids Food and Wine
  • Caerfai Farm
  • The Really Wild Emporium
  • MamGu Welshcakes
  • The Bench ice cream parlour
  • The Potting Shed
  • Wickedly Welsh Chocolate
  • Solva Gin
  • Love Nutritious Food
  • Twr y Felin Hotel
  • Picton Castle & Gardens

A little bit more about the companies supporting our Operation Recuperation hampers:

St Davids Food and Wine

This deli, specialist food shop and off-licence – in the city of St Davids – specialises in promoting Pembrokeshire produce. It also stocks other Welsh products, including smoked chicken from the Black Mountains Smokery.

St Davids Food and Wine: High Street, St Davids SA62 6SB

Caerfai Farm

Caerfai Farm Organic Cheese can often be found on the menus of local fine-dining chefs. The farm also has a farm shop, open during the summer (opening times vary).

Caerfai Farm: St Davids, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6QT

The Really Wild Emporium

Situated in St Davids, The Really Wild Emporium is home to The Really Wild Restaurant, as well as soap and foraging businesses.

The Really Wild Emporium: 24 High Street, St Davids SA62 6SD

MamGu Welshcakes

Based in the pretty harbour village of Solva, this gem of a cafe serves yummy homemade Welsh cakes.

MamGu Welshcakes: 20 Main Street, Solva SA62 6UU

The Bench ice cream parlour

This delightful ice cream shop, in St Davids, sells scrumptious sweet treats made using local milk. It also serves vegan sorbets, hot drinks and cakes.

The Bench ice cream parlour: 11 High Street, St Davids SA62 6SB

The Potting Shed

Pembrokeshire-based The Potting Shed has an online shop selling homemade jams, chutneys, pickles and various preserves. Its products are also stocked in various businesses around Pembrokeshire, and beyond.

Wickedly Welsh Chocolate

Wickedly Welsh Chocolate has one goal: to make wickedly delicious chocolate. The company – which has an online shop – offers a range of high-quality, handcrafted chocolates, made using local ingredients wherever possible.

Solva Gin

Run by volunteers, Solva Gin is a not-for-profit gin company, with all funds going to the Solva Edge Festival. The company also sells its own rum.

Love Nutritious Food

Based in Solva, Love Nutritious Food specialises in handmade, nutritionist-based meals – and some less than nutritional sweet treats. These can be enjoyed by people in their own home or while on holiday in the Solva area. All the dishes are freshly prepared and made to order, and are ready to heat and eat.

Twr y Felin Hotel

This former windmill is now a contemporary art hotel offering luxury accommodation, fine dining and a spectacular location in St Davids.

Twr y Felin Hotel: St Davids SA62 6QT

Picton Castle & Gardens

A 13th-century castle with beautiful woodland gardens and grounds in West Wales. Picton Castle & Gardens is also home to The Welsh Owl Garden & Zoo.

Picton Castle & Gardens: Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 4AS

Book your dream staycation on the Pembrokeshire coast

At St Brides Bay Cottages, we’ve been letting holiday homes for more than 40 years.

Based in Solva, we offer a range of high-quality self-catering properties, including cottages, apartments and log cabins.

Our portfolio of handpicked holiday homes – in St Davids, Solva, Newgale, Porthgain and Pwllderi – includes coastal cottages with sea views, and rural retreats with log-burners. Plus, many of our properties are dog-friendly, too.

To book your next seaside break or find out more, email , call 01437 720027 or click here.

Neil Lockyer And Family St Brides Bay Cottages Operation Recuperation

NHS worker Neil Lockyer with his wife Kerry and their daughter Orla. Neil is one of the recipients of a free stay with St Brides Bay Cottages as part of Operation Recuperation.

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May Cottage, St Davids, one of the holiday homes where frontline healthcare staff are being treated to a free stay

St Davids Cathedral