Who Are We?
We are Dympna and Bill and we own and run Sleekstone Holidays. As you can see, we love to travel, and we adore holidays – they add that touch of sparkle to our everyday lives.
We think that often the best bit of the holiday is planning it; the excitement begins when the holiday is booked and it increases every day as we study the places to be visited, ensuring that we get the absolute best value for money out of our time away.
So, who are we? Dympna is originally from Sussex but moved to Pembrokeshire in 1992 to settle down with Bill; she trained as a Secondary School teacher many years ago; over the past 40 years she has made a few career changes including teaching, admin assistant at American Express, driving a taxi in south London (not a black cab I hasten to add), selling jewellery, china, glass and candles to people in their homes, customer care and training for Rank Xerox, and finally finance manager for our property portfolio (which we built up over several years as our retirement fund). Dympna enjoys travel, reading, cooking, horse riding, eating out, spending time with Bill and our daughter, and going to the beach for a walk or just to chill in the sun.
Bill studied Geology and Archaeology at the University of Leicester and worked in the oil industry for 40 years until illness forced an early retirement. In his early years in the industry Bill worked primarily offshore in the UK but, after the recession in the industry of 1999/2000, he started to work overseas. He was lucky enough to work in many locations around the world including various countries on the African continent including Tunisia, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Ghana plus Indonesia, Pakistan, Trinidad, Norway, Bulgaria, Dubai, Qatar and Oman. Bill enjoys travelling, watching rugby and football, walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, eating out, the odd pint or two of real ale at a good pub, and spending time with our daughter.
Bill’s work abroad and Dympna’s love of experiencing different cultures and foods, plus her love of the sun, started a desire to travel as often as possible.
Over the years we have been lucky enough to visit the USA, France, Spain, Portugal, Madeira, Italy, Dubai, Germany, Qatar, Oman, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore. That experience gave us a very good insight into what makes not just a good holiday experience, but an exceptional one for the visitor.
Why Holiday Lets?
Armed with that knowledge and experience we decided to buy 2 cottages in 2020 to set up as holiday lets for guests.
The first 6 months of 2021 saw major renovations to the Barn and the Coach House with Dympna and Bill getting stuck in, along with friends, to help as much as possible. It was not an easy journey and stress levels were pretty high, but eventually we reached the stage where we could put the finishing touches to the cottages and welcome guests.
Our Promise to You
Our aim has always been to deliver something different from the norm to our guests so that they have not just a good holiday, but an exceptional one. We want people to come back again and again to experience fully everything that Pembrokeshire has to offer. There is a lot here so guests will just scratch the surface if they only ever come once for a week.
We hope we have got it right – we think we have … the only way you will find out is by coming to stay!!