From a 17th century whaling town to a modern marina, Milford Haven has grown into a vibrant Pembrokeshire waterfront destination with its impressive commercial wharf.
As part of a multi-million pound redevelopment programme, Milford Waterfront and Milford Marina are quickly gaining recognition as an exciting and thriving tourist destination with much to offer.
And now visitors looking to stay overnight in the area can book a stay in four floating cottages between the boats moored at Milford Marina.
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Each of the four luxurious cabins has been named to celebrate the many local histories of this historic Welsh coast. Sybil is the name of the first fishing trawler to call at Milford Docks in 1888, while the dog-friendly Morlo is the Welsh word for ‘seals’, which are frequently sighted along the Pembrokeshire coast.
Then there’s the Nantucket Lodge, named for a remote island off the coast of Massachusetts where some of Milford Haven’s ancestors left to establish a whaling station. The Tembek cabin is named after the first ship to dock at South Hook’s new LNG gas terminal in 2009.
What’s in the Floatel cabins?
It is an adults only stay as each cabin sleeps two and features an en-suite shower room, chic furniture, private balcony and floor to ceiling windows allowing you to enjoy the best water views and spectacular sunsets.
What’s unique is that the cabins are right on the water, so step out onto your balcony with your morning coffee and be greeted by the views of the marina and the salty sea air all around you.
The Tembek cabin, for example, sleeps two in a comfortable king-size bed with crisp white linens and there are also blackout curtains for a good night’s sleep on the water.
A local interior designer curated the fittings of each cabin, cleverly using the space to incorporate functional and contemporary furniture and local fixtures, as well as some sophisticated touches inspired by luxury cruise ships.
The pretty cushions and throws in the cottage are woven by Melin Tregwynt.
There is an ensuite shower room with a decent shower and some free quality toiletries and towels for you to use during your stay.
Inside you will also find a range of holiday essentials including a Smart TV, WiFi, coffee and tea making facilities, a small fridge, fluffy bathrobes and a welcome gift of chocolate truffles made by us Trwfffllocated on the Milford Waterfront.
One of the standout features of the cabin is the private balcony overlooking the water.
At night, the marina glows in the glow of the surrounding restaurants, boat lights, and fairy lights that adorn the marina. Wrap up and enjoy the nighttime atmosphere and changing colors of dusk right on your water level balcony.
Check-in is contactless and very easy and access is via the secure pontoon at the marina. About two days before arrival you will receive an SMS with the necessary codes to access the key safe and the port gate.
There is a car park to unload your luggage with a three hour hold time and then there is also free parking further along the marina where you can leave your car for the duration of your stay.
Prices start from £80 per night for a cabin and can be booked direct through website.
What’s at Milford Haven Marina?
The cottages are an ideal base for exploring Milford Haven and the wider Pembrokeshire area. The marina has plenty of bars, shops and cafes to explore, as well as history and heritage in the form of walking trails and the Volunteer Run Milford Haven Museum.
Milford Haven is constantly reinventing its history while still maintaining its proud maritime heritage. Formed by a ria, [or drowned valley]the waterway is known as one of the deepest natural harbors in the world and is home to the Britain’s largest energy port.
The town itself was originally established as a Quaker whaling station in the 17th century before developing impressively into a Royal Naval Dockyard and busy fishing docks.
Today it is still a fishing port but is now a mixed use local and tourist site with moorings, floating accommodation, shops and restaurants.
Development is ongoing at the new Ty Hotel Milford Waterfront, due to open in Spring, which will be run and managed by the team behind the iconic Celtic Manor Resort.
Outside the marina area you will also find local and high street shops as well as art galleries and the impressive Torch Theatre.
Where to eat in Milford Haven Marina
With ongoing development, cabin guests and visitors to the Waterfront can now enjoy a brilliant selection of restaurants, cafes, delis and bars.
The dog-friendly Green Genie has vegetarian and vegan bistros; a vintage 1920’s and 30’s themed restaurant, there’s also a speakeasy experience at Madison’s Bar & Restaurant and Impasto has pasta and delicious home-made pizza.
Other new foodie offerings at the Marina include locally made breads and baked goods from Sugar Loaf Deli & Bakery and artisanal chocolates from Dilly’s Chocolates.
Further along the waterfront you will find dinner and drinks at Coco’s quayside restaurant, housed in the Grade II listed ‘Sail Loft’ building. Pembrokeshire produce features on the menu where possible, and local drinks are also available at this fine eatery.
While no breakfast is served in the Floatel huts, they do provide tea and coffee for your morning brew. However, there are several cafes along the waterfront that serve breakfast including Spinnaker Cafe, Foam and the traditional Crow’s Nest Cafe where you can get a decent fried or bacon bap.
Milford Haven remains Wales’s largest fishing port and home to the local coastal fleet and Spanish and Belgian trawlers. The city was built on fish, which is reflected in the many seafood offerings on the Milford Waterfront restaurant menus.
Sample seared scallops, prawns or seared hake fillet at Martha’s Vineyard, a family-run bar and restaurant with stunning views over the Milford Haven Waterway.
What’s near Milford Haven?
Milford Haven is a fantastic base for exploring the wild and rugged Pembrokeshire coast at any time of the year. Discover coastal walks, sandy beaches, indie cafes, wildlife and exciting water sports
About 25 minutes from Milford you can visit the Coastal walk on the Marloes Peninsula for spectacular views, wildlife and refreshing sea air.
A short drive from Milford Haven is Neyland, a small town that was once the terminus of a railway built by Brunel. Nowadays there is a chic marina to visit and you can stroll along the old railway line, which is now a popular cycle path.
The unspoilt village of Dale is also nearby and offers watersports and several sea-view cafes and proper pubs. Have a drink on the roof terrace of the traditional and award-winning Griffin Pub and enjoy stunning sea views with your evening drinks. They have a great selection of Welsh beers and a delicious menu with lots of seafood to try.
Their seafood is largely sourced from local fishermen off the Welsh coast and the hand-dipped scallops are delivered to the pontoon in front of the restaurant.
Further along the Pembrokeshire coast you will find a range of beaches, fishing villages and elegant towns including St Davids, Britain’s smallest town, the sandy beaches of Broad Haven and New Gale.
The fishing village of Little Haven is also worth a visit for delicious lobster rolls, salmon sandwiches and award-winning TIR & MôR Welsh Gin from Lobster and Mor.
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