Two luxury heritage hotels in Pembrokeshire are celebrating being awarded the prestigious AA 5 Gold Star rating.
Roch Castle (pictured, above) and Penrhiw Hotel are two luxury hotels and exclusive stay properties on the St Davids peninsula, created by Welsh-born international architect and patron of contemporary art, Keith Griffiths.
Roch Castle, a meticulously restored 12th century Norman castle, and Penrhiw Hotel, a luxuriously appointed former vicarage, have each received a 5 Gold Star Award by the AA – the organisation’s ‘supreme accolade for guest accommodation.’
According to the AA’s rating system, this accolade recognises the hotels’ ‘excellent levels of quality throughout and outstanding levels of hospitality and service’ and ‘luxurious accommodation.’ Both properties have also received AA Breakfast Awards for their emphasis on freshly prepared local ingredients and presentation quality. Breakfast at Roch Castle and Penrhiw Hotel is made using fresh local produce.
Paula Ellis, Group General Manager and a recent finalist in the Boutique Hotelier Service Star awards said: “We are thrilled to receive such high acclaim from the AA for our hospitality. The wonderful comments made by the inspectors mirror our aim to provide guests with a warm Welsh welcome and the highest quality of service, comfort and cuisine.
“Personally, in almost twenty years of working in Wales’ leading hotels, I have not experienced so many marvellous accolades achieved by properties so soon after opening,” added Paula Ellis.
Together with sister property Twr y Felin Hotel, also located on the St Davids peninsula, Roch Castle and Penrhiw Hotel form a trio of luxury hotels on the Pembrokeshire coast. Since October this year Twr y Felin Hotel and Roch Castle have been listed in the Sunday Times Ultimate 100 British Hotels list, Twr y Felin has been awarded Best Serviced Accommodation over 12 rooms at the Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards and has been shortlisted in the Civic Trust Awards. Roch Castle has also been shortlisted in the Welsh Hospitality Awards.