Freshwater East

Freshwater East

Freshwater East village is a sheltered bay situated to the south of Lamphey in the south-west of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Freshwater East dates back to the Iron Age, with the remains of a fort at the East Cliff. During the 18th century, Freshwater East was used for coastal shipping, it also achieved exposure for smuggling with contraband being stored in the cliffs.

In Victorian times, Freshwater East was part of a busy social scene and very popular for outings and picnics, with the Pembrokeshire horse races being held on the beach in 1860!

Freshwater East beach is a haven of golden sand, backed by dunes with a stream running through the southern end of the beach.

At low tide, the sea exposes an abundance of sand for all those family ball games and low cliffs at the eastern side provide some nice private coves.

Freshwater East is linked by the Coastal Cruiser, which connects the surrounding villages to Pembroke and Pembroke Dock both of which has a railway station.

Walks and wanders around Freshwater East

The Coast Path can be walked in either direction with some fantastic views. Walking east to remote Swanlake Bay and then on to Manorbier, with the striking red sandstone cliffs. Walk west to Stackpole Quay with its wonderful Boathouse café and then carry on to Barafundle Bay.

Further round the coast path is the National Trust’s Stackpole estate, with its award-winning sandy beaches, tranquil wooded valleys, wildlife-rich lily ponds, walking trails and water sports, there’s lots to see and do.


Freshwater East’s wide, sandy beach is backed by sand dunes. The dunes are a local nature reserve called ‘The Burrows’. Where you can explore the 90-acre nature reserve. Footpaths crisscross the many habitats from dune grassland to woodland with a boardwalk through a reed marsh.

Food & drink

The Freshwater Inn just outside the village serve British pub food, dog friendly with a scenic beer garden. Jacks at the Longhouse is down in the village itself, serving food and drinks, a perfect pit stop after a relaxing day on the beach.

Places to stay

Puffin Cottage Holidays have two properties with stunning sea views in Freshwater East, Salty Kisses and Freshwater Bay.

Whether you’re looking for a cosy cottage, a luxury lodge or an apartment with a sea view we’ve got an array of properties in Pembrokeshire available at Puffin Cottage Holidays.

About us

Based in South Pembrokeshire, Puffin Cottage Holidays are a family run business, with a wealth of knowledge on the area and the local attractions and have been successfully letting holiday accommodation for over 15 years.

We aim to provide our customers with excellent service before, during and after your holiday, making your break away from home as enjoyable, relaxing and hassle free as possible. We understand that you may lead a busy life which is why we make ourselves available out of hours and on weekends, so that we can help you find your perfect holiday at a time convenient to you and if there is anything we can do to make your holiday more special just let us know.

Remember we specialise in all sorts of properties whether you are looking for Sea Views, Pet Friendly, Character, Rural, Hot Tubs, Lodges, Apartments, Cottages, Pods and keep close to our website for the best late deals.

We are in the process of building up our portfolio of properties, so if you have a property that you would like to let with us, please take a look at our Property owners page and contact us for more details. Our current properties are predominantly based in Tenby, Saundersfoot, Penally and surrounding areas therefore access to Pembrokeshire’s award-winning beaches is never too far away!

Date: 27 March 2024