Home of the Allen family for 250 years, the fine stone façade of Cresselly presents a lovely symmetry as you approach the house from the main drive.
The three-storey centre section, built in 1770, is flanked by two-storey wings added nearly a hundred years later and was the work of Clarke and Holland of Newmarket, Suffolk, who also worked for Lady Catherine Allen's brother, the Earl of Portsmouth. The house contains good plasterwork and fittings of both periods.
Cresselly is a handsome and inviting old country house with a long history of hospitality and good living. The visitors’ book, going back a hundred years, records the regular arrivals and departures of aristocrats and gentry invited for country and sporting gatherings, and the same tradition of welcoming the guest is enthusiastically carried on today by Hugh Harrison-Allen.
Today’s opening hours
15 to 29 August (excluding 21 August).
7 to 21 May (excl. 14 May).
15 to 29 August (excluding 21 August).
Tours: 10am to 1pm.
26 Aug: tours 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Cresselly lies just to the west of the A4075 which can be reached from the road to Haverfordwest (A40).
As you come into the village of Cresselly, going slightly uphill, look for the high stone garden wall on your right. Then shortly after it ends, take the small side road signposted Cresswell Quay and just down on the right you will find the main entrance drive to the house.
Please note our gates are narrow, so you should swing wide when driving in.
A word from the owner
This is my home and the house of my ancestors, the home I love. I want you to enjoy it during your stay as much as I always do – a complete break from life during the week, a haven of peace and good cheer and beautiful countryside. Treat Cresselly as your home during your stay and head home refreshed.
Cresselly truly is an outstanding wedding venue. Where better to make your vows than in the elegant surroundings of an ancestral stately home?
The grandeur of the historic building will be complemented by a friendly and professional team providing a seamless level of service together with a total commitment to ensure that your wedding day exceeds every expectation.
We can take care of it all for you, designing a package that is exactly to your wishes – from arranging the ceremony itself, to catering for the reception, accommodating the happy couple and their all important guests. We can also arrange for music, entertainment and a photographer if required.
Our friendly and professional team provide a seamless level of service together with a total commitment to ensure that your wedding day exceeds every expectation.
For bigger functions marquees can be arranged, in the grounds of Cresselly, upon request.
For weddings over 40 guests Cresselly House is available to book, on an exclusive use basis, allowing you to enjoy the stunning grounds and a private setting for your special day.
The Drawing Room
The elegant drawing room is the perfect setting for smaller, more intimate, ceremonies for up to 50 guests.
Set in the heart of unspoilt Pembrokeshire countryside, your stay will be as comfortable as you could wish, whether relaxing in the spacious morning room (in its Wedgwood blue colours, reflecting a notable connection with that family), or in the beautiful drawing room with its delicate 1769 plaster ceiling.
The handsome staircase leads to colourful, traditionally furnished bedrooms with large modern en-suite bathrooms. A full, locally-sourced Welsh breakfast will greet you in the morning in the portrait-lined dining room.
Thereafter the day is yours, to explore the grounds, visit the world famous local castles and glorious St David’s cathedral, arrange to go riding, walk the famous coastal path or go shopping in the boutique-filled Narberth. In the evening you can walk down to Cresswell Quay, and enjoy the excellent real ale and stunning views at the waterside estate pub, the Cresselly Arms.
Cresselly is available for both school and educational groups to visit.