About Our Hostel
We've been to a fair few places around the world ourselves and know that one of the pleasures of travel isn't necessarily the over-hyped famous sights. Coming across that special place to stay at the end of the day can be just as memorable or even more so. That's what we're endeavouring to create here. Trefin is an ex YHA youth hostel, closed by them at the end of the 2006 season and those who know it of old may be pleasantly surprised by the changes we've made so far. There used to be only a kitchen area with nowhere comfortable to sit and now there's a cosy lounge to relax in in the evening as well as a refurbished and well equipped self catering kitchen and dining area. There's now free internet access and wi-fi, toys and games for the kids and an extensive library. We've gone for character rather than what we feel to be an impersonal 'Travel Tavern' look. There are arty and quirky touches to the place as well as those little basics that can often be lacking in budget accommodation - hooks and shelves and towel rails where you need them, blinds at the windows, a cup of tea when you arrive... All the bedrooms have been redecorated and recarpeted. We now have double beds in most rooms and there's breakfast using mostly organic and local and fair trade produce available also. We aim to be green too. We're powered by 100% renewable energy and sponsor the planting of a tree for every booking made. We've also always appreciated accommodation on our travels that's been good value and we're endeavouring to keep our rates at what we hope are the most reasonable in Pembrokeshire and south Wales. Prices at The Old School Hostel and B & B, Trefin start at £12, with doubles from only £15 per person per night.
About a month after we re-opened two guests from the Netherlands kindly gave us a visitors book for others to sign. Here are a few of the early entries...
"We wish you all the best with your beautiful hostel. We have enjoyed your hospitality and warmth during the one night we have stayed here."
Jasmyn, Jade, Marion and Henk.
"Thanks for such a lovely stay - such a great breakfast and packed lunch. Will definitely be spreading the word."
"A big thank-you for such a warm and friendly welcome. It is fantastic to hear that the hostel is staying open. I wish you well and hope that you have many happy years at the hostel."
Stephen Dodd, Suffolk.
"You make the best porridge on the planet!"
Judy Kidman, Oxfordshire.
"Thank you Chris and Sue. We have appreciated your abode. It was cosy, comfortable and welcoming. Your willingness to receive us and to let us use your kitchen and showers was amazing! Thank you for your hospitality. PS: The house was extremely artistic and original. Keep up the good work!"
Malika, (13) Marrakesh.
"Classic hostel experience! Pembrokeshire inspires and satisfies. The gannets @ Grassholm are calling! Can you hear them? All the best."
"Think you've found a little piece of heaven here. We've had wonderful weather and a warm welcome. Thanks so much."
Polly and Andy, London.
"Fantastic welcome. Fantastic hostel. Will tell everyone."
Matt M. Caerdydd, Cymru.
"Thanks for giving us such a welcoming and chilled out visit - we felt completely at home!"
Nick and Sally, Bristol.
"Thanks so much for a wonderful stay. Really loved the friendly, funky style you have created. The kids had a great time too!"
Ann and Daryl Rees.
"This has been one of the best hostels I've ever been in. It was very clean and quiet at night."
"I love your well equipped, clean and organised kitchen. Your room for families is perfect."
Ann Brunt. Victoria BC, Canada.
"Fantastic New Year break - comfy rooms, comfy beds, comfy sofas, no TV and a warm welcome at the Ship Inn. We'll be back"
The Miles family and friends.
"A glorious 2 days walking in January sun and great hospitality. The lone traveller couldn't feel more welcome."
Willy Diment, age 12
"Everything a hostel should be"
Daddy Diment (aged 50 something)