Going to the dogs in St Dogmaels

When getting together for a family party, there was no room at the inn for me and my husband, and Chester the dog. A google search for “boutique, dog friendly B&B, Cardigan” found us the newly opened Oriel Milgi http://www.orielmilgi.co.uk/ in the tiny village of St Dogmaels. Home of the ruined St Dogmaels Abbey, the village has one of the last working water mills in Wales, Y Felin Mill which produces fabulous bread and flours. 


I always stop by and pick up some of their wholemeal rolls to fill with local crab bought from Mandy, the local fisherman’s wife, who is two doors down from Oriel Migli. I use their wholemeal flour to make soda bread, but you can buy a handy soda bread mix, which is ideal for holiday cooking.

Chester on pre-breakfast walk at 7am, Poppit Sands
Chester on pre-breakfast walk at 7am, Poppit Sands

Since St Dogmaels is near to the popular Poppit Sands, we were able to get up early and walk the dog on the beach to work up an appetite before returning to Oriel Milgi for one of their special cooked, and locally-sourced breakfasts. When we were there their daily special was scrambled eggs with smoked sewin, which was a revelation. There are plenty of walks and activities in the area, and Helen and Anne are keen to recommend the best place to eat. The bed was the most comfortable we have ever slept in and the furnishings and restoration of the house are impeccable.

I can’t recommend the place highly enough; Helen and Anne made the three of us very welcome and nothing was too much trouble. It is the kind of place you desperately try to find an excuse to return to. We even enjoyed walking on the beach in the rain…

Chester, Tom and Matt on the beach at Poppit
Chester, Tom and Matt on the beach at Poppit


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