A lovely country town in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, Whitland was the site of the first Welsh parliament in the first century AD and takes its name from a medieval Cistercian abbey whose remains are still visible and open to the public. The modern-day town has excellent transport links, including its own railway station, and is perfectly placed for country walks and cycle rides. The town has all the amenities you could need, including schools, pubs, restaurants, a Co-Op and convenience stores.

Beaches, harbour towns and country walks

Whitland sits in one of the most stunning parts of Wales – an area known for its green fields, picturesque harbours and spectacular sandy beaches. Head southwest and you’ll reach Saundersfoot – a sought-after destination where you can walk around the lovely harbour, tread barefoot on golden sands and take a remarkable stroll through former colliery railway tunnels to Coast restaurant, one of the most feted dining destinations in Wales. In the heart of the village are further great places to eat and drink – look out for opportunities to enjoy local seafood. A little further west lies Tenby, an ongoing source of inspiration for artists thanks to the colourful Georgian houses that cluster around the harbour. The town bursts with great shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as offering a theatre and boat trips to tranquil Caldey Island, home to a beautiful monastery. This coastal stretch of Pembrokeshire is a joy to explore on foot, by boat, or if you’re feeling more energetic, by coasteering or paddle boarding. To the west lie further beautiful, secluded locations including Lawrenny Quay – Pembrokeshire’s “secret waterway” – a stunning place to go sailing or relax in its pub and tearooms. Head southwest from Whitland and you’ll reach Pendine Sands, once the site of land speed record attempts but now a peaceful stretch known for its caves and beach walks.