The southwest Wales town of Saundersfoot, set within a national park, is enjoying something of a renaissance — not to mention London-standard price growth.
“It was originally a pretty little fishing village which, in the 1960s, went a bit “kiss me quick”,” said Carol Peett. “It did, to be honest, go a bit downmarket.”
However this trend has been reversed, first by the opening of the award-winning four-star St Brides Spa Hotel which has pulled in a different type of tourist, and, earlier this year, by the arrival of Coast, a restaurant owned by Will Holland who won a Michelin star at his last restaurant, La Bécasse in Ludlow.
Peett likens Saundersfoot’s rebirth to the success enjoyed by Padstow in Cornwall when Rick Stein decided to open a restaurant there. It does, of course, have one or two natural advantages: wonderful sandy beaches, a pretty harbour and lovely town packed with pastel lime-washed houses.