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Cool glamping breaks in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire Tourism - Thursday, July 30, 2015
Our latest guest blog from the team at Preseli Venture Eco Lodges & Adventures takes a look at glamping and some of the best spots in Pembrokeshire to enjoy it!

The long days of summer are beginning to beckon, tempting you away from everyday routine, the click clack of computers, air-conditioned office life, and the grey pavements of the city streets. The lush green wild outdoor world awaits new explorers and wanderers, with swathes of wild flowers and overgrown hedgerows, mountain views and valley meadows, long country lanes with rural pubs, and rugged meandering coastlines and hidden beaches with inviting deep blue seas. Imagine a place to escape to with all of this and more, and you would be thinking of the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire in Wales. Surrounded by 186 miles of spectacular coast path, with 590 miles of public footpaths and bridleways to walk, and over 50 gorgeous beaches to discover, with breathtaking scenery and so much to see, Pembrokeshire will tick all the boxes on your holiday wish list.


To enjoy wonderfully wild Pembrokeshire, the best way is to grab your sleeping bag, choose an incredible location and pitch your tent under the stars! But if camping just isn’t your thing, or perhaps you just want those few little home comforts and luxuries (well you are on holiday after all), then ditch your sleeping bag and lilo and choose the glamping life instead. Still very much an experience in the great outdoors, glamping offers a few more exciting choices such as whether to try a yurt or a tipi, a pod or a log cabin, or even a geodesic dome. Complete with beds, warmth, and style, you can enjoy wide open skies, sunsets, and the stars, peaceful quiet nights of proper sleep, birdsong when you awaken, and cool fresh air before the sun warms the day. The perfect way to relax and remember what life is about, to truly enjoy your holiday, and leave everything behind just for a little while.


So take a look at our selection of some of the coolest glamping sites in Pembrokeshire, with each place offering a different experience for the discerning glamper. 


Luxury Yurt Glamping at Ty Parke Farm Camping 

Tucked away in the quiet little hamlet of Llanreithan near St Davids on the north west coast is a unique campsite that offers the chance to stay in delightfully handmade spacious yurts. Complete with double beds, wood burning stoves and fully equipped camp kitchens, Ty Parke have made sure that you’ll have everything you need to enjoy your stay. Found at the end of a long private lane, completely away from any roads, these four luxurious yurts are perfectly located for enjoying those beautiful big Pembrokeshire skies, and gorgeous sunsets. Enjoy ‘pizza night’ with the wood fired oven up by the farm house every week, and campfire cooking in a friendly atmosphere. They also offer a limited number of camping pitches, taking only a maximum of 10 bookings at a time, and because you need to be pre-booked to stay, it makes for a very friendly, personal and safe holiday environment. Plus as the site is a car free zone, it is simply perfect for peace seekers and families with small children.

Nearest beach: Abereiddy and the Blue Lagoon

Hobbit Yurt & Wood Fired Sauna at Trellyn Woodland Camping

Offering secluded camping set in a wooded valley on the St Davids peninsula not far the sea, Trellyn Woodland Camping is wonderfully sheltered and quiet for that real wild experience. New for 2015 is their exciting two bedroomed yurt, handmade and designed on a hobbit/elvish theme. Fully equipped with a wood burner and beautiful internal furnishings, it offers everything you might need for that ultimate glamping experience. For that little touch of luxury after a long day enjoying the beach the wood fired sauna is simply perfect. Shower/wash rooms and toilet facilities are close by, with freezers, fridge and wood fired pizza oven available to use. Usefully there are books and board games to borrow, plus various items of beach kit on site such as surfboards, bodyboards, wetsuits, buckets and spades to share with other campers. For alternative accommodation, they also offer 5 secluded campsite pitches, two domes made from recycled materials, plus two beautiful handmade yurts, with a campfire grill and picnic table provided on every pitch and with each structure. Bushcraft courses are available to brush up on your wild camping skills.

Nearest beach: Abercastle Beach & Harbour

Dragon Tipi Woodland Hideaway at Kitewood Camping

With 60 acres of woodland to explore close to the beach and just 2 miles from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, this site offers a unique glamping experience in a Dragon Tipi. Illustrated by local author Jackie Morris, this beautiful canvas tipi comes complete with sprung double bed and futons, a fully equipped camp kitchen and composting toilet ensuite. Children will enjoy listening to the storybooks before drifting off to sleep under the stars. And if you fancy something special for dinner, then they will deliver fresh local lobster or crab to your pitch so you can prepare and cook it on the grill. Delicious! They also offer 11 wild camping pitches, each with covered campfire area, a picnic table and grill. You can certainly expect a space of your own amongst the beautiful woodland without any near neighbours on this spacious campsite. Additionally you can learn something new on your stay, and even take home your very own hand carved Welsh souvenir, as bushcraft and spoon carving courses are offered every week.

Nearest beach: Abercastle Beach & Harbour

Glamping Pods & Sea Views at Fishguard Bay Resort

From its dramatic setting above Fishguard Bay, this resort offers some of the most breathtaking coastal views from its Glamping Pods on their front row plots. With totally uninterrupted sea views across the bay, the opportunity to stay in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, literally on the Wales Coast Path, this site gives fuss free camping with all the mod cons. As well as the double sofa bed and bunks, the Glamping Pods are all plugged in, with heating, fridge, kettle and even a TV if you’ve had your fill of the sea views and starry skies. With a front row seat to the amazing Pembrokeshire sunsets though, you may choose to turn the TV off, and enjoy relaxing in this amazing location. And with toilet and shower facilities, laundrette, kitchen and dishwashing room, you’ll not want for much. This large resort also includes luxury lodges with hot tubs, caravans and cottages to hire, plus touring and camping pitches, and with Goodwick and Fishguard towns conveniently close by, there’s plenty to see and do.

Nearest beach: Goodwick Sands

Hobbit House & Hot Tubs at Florence Springs

In an unusual grass roofed log cabin with private double bedroom, cabinet bunk beds and sofa beds, there’s room enough for six hobbits — or six fully grown people if you have fancy giving this glamping experience a go! The round windows and round doors will delight the children, and make their holiday a truly magical experience. The private garden has decking, a fully equipped undercover kitchen and most luxurious of all, an eco hot tub for some decadence under the stars! Lit by internal and external solar powered lights, with a log burner to keep you warm and snug, plus a gas BBQ, picnic table, campfire and compost toilet, each site is decently equipped with all that you need. No electric, but there’s no need to panic if your phone runs out of battery, as a very useful USB solar charging station is supplied. Showers, hot water and additional toilet facilities are just a short walk away. With yurts and camping pitches, this countryside campsite is usefully located near to a number of local theme parks, and some of Pembrokeshire’s award winning beaches.

Nearest beach: Tenby Beach

Dome Glamping & Adventures at Preseli Venture Eco Lodge & Adventures

Nestled at the edge of natural woodland in a little valley, the Geodesic Dome is sheltered and just a short walk away through quiet countryside to a beautiful secret beach and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Fully equipped with all the essentials including electricity, the Dome has a lovely wood burning stove, double bed and futons, whilst the site has a cook tent, cold water tap, campfire with grill, and outdoor seating for enjoying those beautiful summery evenings in the open. Excellent shower and toilet facilities are available at the 5 star eco lodge, where you can also opt in to some or all of the freshly cooked delicious meals prepared by the resident chef for the lodge guests, with seafood specials direct from local fishermen. As the Eco Lodge is so close by, you can make the most of the well-stocked Bar in the evenings, and relax in the Lounge with pool table and games, wood-burning stove, comfy chairs and free WiFi. If you want to add a bit of excitement and adventure to your holiday, then this really is the place to stay, as Preseli Venture offer half days and full days of coasteering, kayaking and surfing adventures along the coast for families and adults.

Nearest beach: Abermawr Beach

Bell Tents & Bunkhouse Cabins at Cwtch Camping

For low-key relaxation, and camping in style in the great outdoors, choose Dewslake Farm for your holiday base. A true working farm, there’s likely to be cattle grazing in nearby fields, but they are happily dog friendly, so a great option if you like to holiday with your four-legged friend. The handcrafted cabins have double beds, with a fire pit and BBQ, plus they are double glazed, fully insulated, and on mains electric, so this really is luxury glamping. For another more down to earth option, the furnished bell tents come equipped with luxury air beds, linen and a lantern plus a picnic hamper of basic campsite cooking equipment for you to master the art of cooking al fresco. But just in case your campsite cooking is not up to scratch, they often have Slow Pig on site during the summer serving homemade street food from a vintage Citroen van, using meat which is bred and raised by the Slow Pig Farm. Despite the spacious site, they limit the number of tents to ensure a good experience for all, but can also cater for larger groups with their bell tent village if you want to holiday with a few friends.

Nearest beach: Freshwater West

Truck Glamping Luxury at Ffynnon Samson

Matilda the truck certainly tops this list for the most unusual glamping accommodation. Permanently parked in a leafy glade surrounded by woodland, this large safari truck has been converted to provide such luxuries as a queen size double bed, solar powered electric lighting, gas cooker and hob, and veranda with separate wooden Ty Bach offering a private shower, wash basin and compost toilet. With a wood burner for the cooler evenings, this off grid low carbon destination gives privacy in beautiful surroundings with no compromise on comfort. For families, they’ll erect a bell tent, so you can still enjoy your truck in relative peace and quiet. A short walk across the fields will reveal breathtaking views of the Preseli Hills during the day and a stargazer’s paradise at night. Sited on an 40 acre organic working farm with a river which runs across the bottom of the valley, guests are welcome to explore, and children will love meeting the resident farm animals roaming around in this 'back to nature' experience. Stock up on your food supplies at the farm, as they grow and sell organic vegetables, plus you can enjoy freshly laid chicken eggs for your breakfast.

Nearest beach: Newport Beach

No longer will you be the reluctant camper, in this age of glamping cool. There won’t be the bother of having to put your tent up in the rain, or the hassle of how to fit everything back in your car on the return journey home. Best of all there’s no real packing to worry about as most essentials are supplied, so you can enjoy exploring Pembrokeshire knowing that there's plenty of room in your suitcase for those holiday treats and treasures. For more information on places to visit on your stay, attractions and activities to experience, visit www.visitpembrokeshire.com.


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