St Dwynwen's Day - St Valentines

Published: Wednesday 18th Jan 2017

Written by: Anita Lee

St Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated on 25th January – a Welsh version of St Valentine’s Day.  Dwynwen was a beautiful Welsh princess who was most unlucky in love.

The story begins with Dwynwen falling in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill, but her father had other ideas, he wanted her to marry someone else.  Dwynwen loved Maelon and was so upset she could not marry him so she begged God to make her forget him.

Dwynwen was visited by an angel carrying a potion to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.  The angel then gave her three wishes, firstly she wanted Maelon thawed, then she required God to meet all the hopes and dreams of true lovers and her final wish would be that she would never marry. 

All three wishes were honoured and she devoted the rest of her life to God and is now more commonly known as the patron Saint of Lovers.

On St Dwynwen’s Day a sign of affection is the giving and receiving of Lovespoons this is a tradition which dates back to the 17th Century.  A young man would carve a Lovespoon from a single block of wood and present it to the women he loved.  It would also show to her family just how skilled he was.  Lovespoons are unique and the carvings have great significance and meaning and are a very popular gift for a loved one. A lovespoon can be given on an anniversary or a special birthday.

Treat your loved one with a magical week or short break at Lovespoon House to celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day.  Close to all the beautiful beaches for romantic walks and pretty coastal villages with intimate places to enjoy a romantic candlelit meal.  Have a browse around the ‘Thomas’ family workshop and receive a free Lovespoon* up to the value of £50, choose and create your own design together. A lasting memento of your time in Pembrokeshire and the love shared.

For a full range of our Romantic Retreats or if you’re planning a family get together for an anniversary or special birthday a larger property may be just right for you.

*Conditions apply, a week or short break must be booked for St Dwynwen’s Day or St Valentine’s Day 2017 at Lovespoon House, Cold Inn, Pembrokeshire for the Lovespoon offer.  This offer is not valid for any other property.


Anita Lee
Anita Lee


Office Manager

Powells Cottage Holidays - Cottage holidays est. 1965



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