Our stay at Tŷ Milford Waterfront was gifted for purposes of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.
I’m so excited to share this post with you- our Stay at Tŷ Milford Waterfront in Pembrokeshire. In March we showed you a Sneak Peek of this brand new hotel. Just before the official opening, we were invited along to stay . Unfortunately, Covid-19 put a stop to that (yes, it finally got us too). Then, last weekend, we were invited to stay for a couples break, which we were delighted to accept, so now we can show you what it’s really like to stay at the newest addition to The Celtic Collection.
Read on to find out all about our stay at Tŷ Hotel, Milford Waterfront, Pembrokeshire:
- Where to Find Tŷ Milford Waterfront
- Parking at Tŷ Milford Waterfront
- Arriving and Checking in at Tŷ Milford Waterfront
- Tŷ Milford Waterfront Deluxe Room with Marina View & Balcony
- Tŷ Milford Waterfront Hotel Room Facilities
- Tŷ Milford Waterfront- Perfect for Work or Leisure
- Tŷ Milford Waterfront The Marina View from Balcony
- Light and Airy New Hotel
- Dining at Dulse Restaurant
- Grilled Tiger Prawns
- Vegan Options at Dulse Restaurant, Tŷ Milford Waterfront
- Lemon and Thyme Roasted British Chicken Supreme
- Vegan Sweetcorn and Asparagus Risotto
- Sticky Toffee Pudding
- Chocolate Brownie with Mango sorbet
- Bar Meals at Dulse Restaurant
- Bars and Restaurants at Milford Waterfront
- Morning at Tŷ Milford Waterfront
- Life Through a Local Lens
- Breakfast at Ty Hotel, Milford Waterfront
- Vegan Breakfast at Tŷ Milford Waterfront
- Checking Out of Tŷ Milford Waterfront
- Is there a Pool at Tŷ Milford Waterfront?
- Things to Do During a Couple’s Break at Tŷ Milford Waterfront
- Things to Do During a Family Break at Tŷ Milford Waterfront
- Stay at Tŷ Milford Waterfront
- Stay at Tŷ Milford Waterfront This Summer
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Where to Find Tŷ Milford Waterfront
Tŷ Milford Waterfront (Sat Nav postcode: SA73 3AA) is situated in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. Living locally, we didn’t have far to travel at all. For those coming from further afield, travelling by car, it takes just over two hours from Cardiff. Head West along the M4, until you reach the end of the motorway, then continue onto the A48, then the A477 and turn left into Milford Marina. As you drive into the Marina, Tŷ Milford Waterfront will be on your right and the hotel parking (more on which below) on your left.
Travelling by train, it will take you just over three hours from Cardiff. The hotel is conveniently situated a short, less than five minute, walk from Milford Haven Train Station, so a railway trip is definitely feasible.
Parking at Tŷ Milford Waterfront
During our stay, overnight parking was free for Tŷ Milford Waterfront guests. The car park is located just across the road from the hotel. At the moment, it’s not exclusively for hotel guests so it can get busy. More free parking is available further along the marina on Mackerel Quay. There is also disabled parking available in front of the hotel entrance.
On their website it does state that overnight parking is available for hotel guests at £7.50 per car, so I’m not sure if this will be the case in the future, therefore I’d advise you to check ahead before your visit, just to be certain.
Arriving and Checking in at Tŷ Milford Waterfront
You can never plan the weather and we arrived in pouring rain. Our plans of a marina walk in the sun and drinks on the “beer garden balconies” quickly changed to us being grateful for the indoor hotel bar. Even through the rain drops in my eyes, I could picture visiting on a sunnier day and stopping to take a photo on the – now soaked- giant yellow deckchair. In our case, we couldn’t wait to get into the hotel to dry off and get cosy.
Inside, we had a very warm welcome from the friendly reception team. Reception is very modern and chic. From here, you can see the open bar area and all around to the restaurant. Being locals, we saw a few people we knew while waiting at reception. We checked in quickly and confirmed our dining and breakfast times. Then we made our way to our room.
Tŷ Milford Waterfront Deluxe Room with Marina View & Balcony
I quickly snapped a photo of our hotel room while it was still tidy and free of our belongings. Dave made me laugh asking why I’d packed so much when we were only staying for one night, then proceeded to ask me did I have scissors, cotton buds etc. Perhaps, this is why I can’t pack light…somebody always needs something.
The room was lovely. It’s especially nice to stay at a hotel when it’s all still shiny and new, isn’t it? I was excited to find out we were in a Marina View Room with a Balcony as I love taking in the outdoor surroundings. Of course, due to its location, the majority (86 out of a 100) of rooms in the hotel boast a marina view. If you’re after a more affordable room and won’t be spending much time in the actual hotel room then you could choose a standard room with a view of some of the older Dock buildings, including Milford Museum.
Tŷ Milford Waterfront Hotel Room Facilities
Our room was lovely and had everything we could need for a comfortable stay and a telephone to call reception in case we needed anything else (we didn’t). In the wardrobe, there was a safety deposit box, ironing board, iron, hair dryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Every room also has a flat screen TV and WIFI. The bathroom was full of ample fluffy towels and wall mounted Elemis toiletries.
The bottles of water and stick of rocks were lovely touches and we unpacked our own drinks and snacks. As in many hotels there were only the bathroom beakers in addition to the mugs, but we did bring a glass up from the bar when we came back up later, so you can always ask for one from downstairs.
One thing I noticed when I unpacked my suitcase was there wasn’t a folding luggage rack so I unpacked my suitcase on the floor as it was too wet and heavy to pop on the bed. There was a long narrow strip of space from the hotel door into the room, so we kept our suitcase here out of the way during our stay and it’s good to know there would be plenty of room for luggage if we stayed with the family. The room also has a full length mirror in this area too.
Tŷ Milford Waterfront- Perfect for Work or Leisure
The modern shaped desk is perfect whether you’re staying here for work or leisure. I used it more for doing my hair and makeup than for working at during our weekend! There was a desk chair, pouffe, two comfy chairs and also a coffee table in the room too, so lots of different spaces to utilise, which is especially useful if you visit as a family.
Tŷ Milford Waterfront The Marina View from Balcony
I couldn’t wait to get out onto the balcony to take in the view. Being local, this is a familiar site to me but I appreciate having the time to stop and admire it.
For Dave, it was a bit of a busman’s (or “boatman’s”) holiday as he could see his business just across the road- I managed to stop him sneaking off to work!
Light and Airy New Hotel
The hotel has been designed so well to make the most of all the natural light and sea views. Just outside our room were these stunning full length windows which look like beautiful maritime paintings.
Dining at Dulse Restaurant
We were invited on a breakfast and dinner package. We made our way to the bar for a drink with friends before our meal. There’s a lively and welcoming atmosphere in the bar. It’s suitable for families, friends, couples and celebrations. Soon it was time to make our way to Dulse Restaurant.
Throughout the bar, restaurant and private dining area, the layout highlights the marina view. Every table, including the booths, faces the floor to ceiling sea view windows. During my last visit, this room was unfinished so I did mean to take some photos of the completed restaurant with the art work. Instead, the sea views, quite rightly, steal the show so I ended up staring out to sea, when I wasn’t looking at Dave or my food! This really is a lovely place to sit and eat.
The restaurant staff were very attentive and helpful. We sat and relaxed. They brought water over and we ordered wine and beer. They also talked to us about the menu. At Dulse, Executive Head Chef, Simon Crockford is “inspired by the fresh seafood, drifting seaweed and sparkling tides of his Pembrokeshire childhood”. It’s perfect if you love seafood and fancy something a little more special.
Grilled Tiger Prawns
Dave began with the Grilled Tiger Prawns.
Vegan Options at Dulse Restaurant, Tŷ Milford Waterfront
When the hotel and restaurant first opened, I was delighted to hear that even though there would be an emphasis on seafood, which makes sense, given the location, there would also be vegan options available.
My vegan starter was Quinoa Salad, Butternut Squash, Edamame Beans, pickled watermelon, toasted seeds with seaweed and lime vinaigrette. It’s not the sort of starter I’d usually choose, so it was nice to eat something different for a change. I have to say it was very tasty and refreshing- I really enjoyed it.
Lemon and Thyme Roasted British Chicken Supreme
It’s not all sea food and vegan options. You will also find steak, chicken and vegetarian choices available. For Dave’s main course, he chose Lemon and Thyme Roasted British Chicken Supreme with Truffle mash, Tiny Rebel beer braised carrots and chicken jus. Like all the food, this came out beautifully presented.
Vegan Sweetcorn and Asparagus Risotto
Apologies, it’s always difficult to do risotto justice in a photograph. But, the Vegan Sweetcorn and Asparagus Risotto with Samphire, peas, tomato and vegan cheese, was so full of flavour- it was delicious, which I kept exclaiming after every mouthful (sorry, Dave!).
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Dave’s pudding looked amazing- there were so many lovely dessert choices but he went with Sticky Toffee Pudding, Barti spiced rum toffee sauce and salted caramel ice cream. He’s a fan of Barti spiced Rum so this was the perfect choice for him.
Chocolate Brownie with Mango sorbet
The vegan dessert at Dulse restaurant is a Chocolate Brownie with Mango sorbet, caramelised pineapple and star anise syrup. Again, this was an edible delight and the flavours went together beautifully.
The three course meal was beautiful, so well presented, tasty and washed down nicely with a bottle of Chardonnay. Thanks so much to the chef, kitchen team and wonderful front of house staff. The restaurant is open to the public as well as guests and it’s a great choice for a special occasion or treat. I was pleased to see that they do have a good children’s menu too featuring pizza, pasta, fish and chips and chicken.
Bar Meals at Dulse Restaurant
If you want something less fancy- perhaps if you’re in the mood for more relaxed “pub grub” style food then during the day (between 12- 5) you can order from the Bar Menu. I’m definitely hoping to come here one day to try Pembrokeshire Salt and Chilli Cauliflower wings and Frank’s hot sauce (£7.50) and house chips.
After eating, we made our way to the bar area. It’s stylish and comfortable and we felt very relaxed sitting on the sofa just having time to chat and catch up with each other.
Bars and Restaurants at Milford Waterfront
If it had been a warm and dry evening we’d have walked along the waterfront and took some photographs. If you stay for a couple of nights, there are lots of places to choose from to eat at all times of day. There are too many to mention here but I’d recommend a pub meal at The Harbourmaster or Martha’s Vineyard, Pizza at Impasto Pizza Bar or a meal at Madison’s Bar and Restaurant. Every cafe, bar and restaurant overlooks the marina view and it’s especially lovely when the weather allows you to sit on a table outside. Martha’s and The Harbourmaster have balconies too. Over the other side of the marina, opposite Ty Hotel, Coco’s Restaurant also does good food and has a picturesque Sunset Bar which looks so pretty twinkling with fairy lights. See a full list of the places to eat and drink at Milford Waterfront here.
In the end, the weather dried up so we popped across the road to Nos Da Bar for a drink, then returned to the hotel bar for a nightcap and then back up to our room. Standing on the bow of the balcony, you almost do feel like you’re at sea yourself against the bright marina nightscape.
As you can see, it was still quite windy- I have many photos of Dave and I with our hair in front of our faces before we managed to take the photo above, which was the best out of a bad bunch, but I wanted to have a photo of us together. It was so nice to have a night away together. You don’t need to go far to escape the reality of everyday life.
Morning at Tŷ Milford Waterfront
It was lovely to wake feeling so refreshed after sleeping well at Tŷ Milford Waterfront- the bed was huge and very comfortable, with the essential lamp, sockets and bedside table beside. I woke up before Dave and moved across from his embrace so I could stretch out and read etc while letting him catch up on his sleep as there was lots of space.
After a lovely rainfall shower, I dried my hair and made a cuppa. In keeping with the Celtic Collection, brand, all the supplies in the room are Welsh and fairly local.
I was intrigued with the Welsh Brew coffee, from Swansea, as it came in the form off a “coffee bag” (like a tea bag). I don’t think I’ve ever brewed (or steeped) a coffee this way before but it did make a good coffee.
The blue sea and sky looked so beautiful…..
Life Through a Local Lens
I allowed myself a few more moments of peace before going down to breakfast. Enjoying the view, drinking my coffee, I browsed through Ty Hotel’s “Life Through a Local Lens”. I contributed to this hotel publication a few months ago, so it was good to see it in print for the first time and to read about the places others had recommended, of course. Definitely take a look at this during your stay at Ty Milford Waterfront and use it to plan your time wisely.
Breakfast at Ty Hotel, Milford Waterfront
It was typical that Dave chose a fairly early breakfast slot for us so he could get to work, but then the following morning didn’t feel well to go down for breakfast anyway. So off I trotted downstairs to breakfast alone, which wasn’t as much fun as breakfast with company.
Once downstairs, I was greeted warmly and taken to a table of my choosing. Reception had told me to inform the breakfast staff that I’m vegan so they could order some vegan sausages to be cooked for me. So on arrival, I let them know. But it wasn’t until later while getting my coffee, that I realised I should have asked for soya milk too, so once they came out with the sausages I asked for some. The breakfast is a self serve continental and hot breakfast buffet and the option to order some items cooked fresh to your requirements- such as eggs and vegan sausages. You can book breakfast with your hotel room or add on for £15 per person, which is around the same as other hotels. Usually, breakfast in a hotel is a busy affair, we’re up and down getting things for ourselves and the kids. Alone, I didn’t get to have such a good look at what was on offer. I didn’t see any vegan pastries on the menu, but there was cereal, fruit and bread to toast.
Vegan Breakfast at Tŷ Milford Waterfront
Apologies, I know my breakfast looks a bit beige, but I wasn’t in the mood for baked beans which would have added colour and another “five a day” to my plate. At the hot breakfast buffet, there was the usual sausage, bacon and eggs. For vegans and vegetarians there were baked beans, mushrooms and sautéed Pembrokeshire potatoes. The mushrooms and the potatoes were very tasty. The vegan sausages were Glamorgan style and very filling so I’ll know just to ask for one if I breakfast here again. They were delicious. The bread is also suitable for vegans and there is suitable for vegans spread available. I have to say the toaster is amazing- my bread went round speedy quick and came out perfectly toasted! I wonder if this is another perk of a new hotel and they all gradually slow down as they age?! Personally, for me adding a grilled tomato and some spinach would have made my breakfast perfect, but it was very satisfactory anyway.
While eating my breakfast, again I enjoyed the marina view. It was quite interesting watching people out for their morning walks with their dogs and lots of runners arriving for Milford Waterfront’s weekly parkrun.
Checking Out of Tŷ Milford Waterfront
We had such a restful and enjoyable stay at Tŷ Milford Waterfront. It went very quickly and we didn’t have time to check out the Activi-Tŷ Suite, which would have been good, especially after all the lovely food we enjoyed. It was very sad to leave but at least we have our memories and can still visit the bar and restaurant. I will miss those wonderful views from the windows! Yes, I know there is a refinery and working docks in view but to me those layers of Milford’s history all come together to make a colourful and beautiful picture.
Is there a Pool at Tŷ Milford Waterfront?
I’ve been asked a couple of times if there is a pool at Tŷ Milford Waterfront. There isn’t but if you visit you can make use of the local leisure centre pools, the nearest being at Milford Haven Leisure Centre and during the summer months the lovely Milford Haven Paddling Pool will be open on The Rath for younger children.
We arrived in the pouring rain but left in the sunshine. This was good timing as we were going off to explore Saundersfoot, which is just half an hour away, for the day. There are plenty of places to explore locally too.
Things to Do During a Couple’s Break at Tŷ Milford Waterfront
If I was here on a couples break for a night or two longer, I’d check if there were any plays or films on at the Torch Theatre. We’d definitely enjoy a walk around Milford Waterfront popping into the shops, cafes and bars. To make the most of the local wildlife, if in season, we’d go on a boat trip to Skomer Island. Book in advance and catch the boat from Martin’s Haven, which is just under half an hour from the hotel. Alternatively, explore a quaint town, such as Narberth or St Davids.
Things to Do During a Family Break at Tŷ Milford Waterfront
During a family break at Tŷ Milford Waterfront there are so many activities and days out to choose from. Definitely spend at least a day in Milford Haven. Visit Milford Museum, stroll along Milford Waterfront’s Heritage Walking Trails and take a walk along The Rath to enjoy the stunning view (it’s the perfect place to enjoy a sunset).
Make the most of a stay at #TybytheSea and take the kids out on the water- choose from a variety of boat trips in Pembrokeshire, including a day trip to Caldey from Tenby, a wildlife trip to Skomer Island, a row around Pembroke Castle or a dolphin spotting tour.
For kids (okay and adults too) a visit to one of Pembrokeshire’s best theme parks is a must: younger children will love Clerkenhill, animal lovers will enjoy a trip to Manor House Wildlife Park or Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo (if you can only visit one as a quick way to choose-Manor Park is smaller, quieter with animal walk-thrus, whereas Folly Farm is bigger, busier and has more animals and rides, including a vintage fairground too. We enjoy visiting both parks for different reasons) and older kids and teens may prefer Heatherton or Oakwood Theme Park. If the weather’s good, you can’t beat a day at the seaside, followed by chips on the beach.
Stay at Tŷ Milford Waterfront
Fancy staying at Tŷ Milford Waterfront yourself? Rooms are available from £85 with Bed and Breakfast and Dinner, Bed and Breakfast packages available. In addition to the hotel rooms, there are also four Floatel Rooms and one Shores Apartment available to book. For more information and to book, please visit: https://www.ty-hotels.com/destinations/milford-waterfront/
Stay at Tŷ Milford Waterfront This Summer
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