The Owner SaysA small, family farm campsite in beautiful west Wales. We offer pitches in 9 acres of flower rich meadows and farmland surrounded by native trees. There are buzzards and kites overhead, a meandering stream and hedgerows ablaze with wildlife. This is a truly natural Welsh haven for you to experience, nestled between the Cambrian mountains and Cardigan Bay. We believe in providing a quality uncrowded campsite where adults can relax and enjoy the open countryside, whilst children enjoy the rugged excitement nature has to offer. A core feature is the promotion of environmentally responsible tourism which we strive to incorporate into all aspects of how we manage the site.
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A special place
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A great place
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A special place!
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Naturesbase is set in the beautiful rural idyll of Ceredigion, Wales near Lampeter. Close to the coast, a fifteen minute drive from beautiful secluded beaches, and with access to stunning coastal walks and incredible countryside. Loads of stuff to do. We've been 4 times with kids as young as 2. Now at ages 6 and 7 there was bundles to keep them entertained.
Aberaeron is the nearest town, a great spot for watching the sun come down, picking up some fresh sea bream before heading off to a quiet beach for a BBQ. Llangranog is my favourite beach in the world bar none, and having lived in Manly for a year I'm not mucking about! All of the great ingredients: caves, a river running on to the beach, great coffee, clean. Wonderful. The Teifi pools represent perfect, untouched country side. No tat, no tourists, peace and quiet.
Gyles and Alison have created a wonderful space at Naturesbase. Big pitches with room enough for a nightly fire, surrounded by meadow. Adventures to be had round every corner in the wild flowers, down by the stream and building dens. Bushcraft lessons, Pizzas in the cob oven and fun on the hill fort. Mum and Dad can totally relax knowing their kids are safe and enjoy a nice glass of something round the camp fire in the evenings.
Happy to share their local knowledge and always around for advice Gyles and Alison are consummate hosts. Warm and with real care for what they do.
Just do it! We will be going again. No doubt. If I could attach photos of the smile on my kids faces and the way the stress lines drift from my face when I'm there then you'd get it!
A Bit Special
We had a great time at Nature Base and I would definitely visit again next time we go to West Wales.
The site is a little different from every other site I have visited and is definitely a bit special. The first thing that stands out is how helpful and friendly Giles and Alison the owners are. We were greeted by Giles personally as we arrived and he came out to the car to show us our pitch and the facilities. The site is fun by the family and it just wouldn’t be the same without them, they definitely make the place, from Giles and Alison, their children right through to their family dog Lilly who seems to love the children and guests on the site and is very sweet natured.Another thing I really liked about the site is the way they layout the pitches. They are not perfectly level, however while most sites I have been to try to cram in as many tents as possible and have vehicle parking next to the tent each pitch is a mowed area of meadow and separated and partly screened from each other by longer grass, saplings and mature trees. Each pitch has its own firepit and ours was large enough that there was between 15 to 20 feet from the firepit to the front of the tent. Because that was ‘our’ area we felt we could leave tables out etc and with no cars driving past felt we could let the children play on the field without worrying about traffic. I loved our pitch.
What really makes Nature Base special however are the little extra things that Giles and Alison do. Every morning Giles rings his bell and the kids all follow him down to collect the eggs and feed the animals, best way of getting them out of bed and ready in the morning was the fear of missing the bell! Two mornings a week you can buy a cooked breakfast in the stone barn made from their own eggs and sausages from pigs on the farm. The absolute highlight for me though was the pizza and children’s campfire evening. They make their own bases and sauce and then add your own toppings (they provide cheese) which Giles then cooks in his outdoor earth oven. Easily the best pizza I have ever had! He then lights a fire on one of the field and everybody sits around and sings some funny childrens songs. I’m not one for usually joining in things like that but Giles does it so well it was infectious that everybody joined in and we had a really great evening.
The facilities are also very good. With such a low volume of tents I wasn’t expecting very much but was pleasantly surprised. Most sites we go to tend to consist of a shower block, big field and a manned shop and reception office. Nature base does it a bit differently!
The first thing is the shower block, this is fairly basic consisting of lots of plywood and a wriggly tin roof however it is kept spotlessly clean. The only slight negative think I have to say about the shower block is that it was a bit nippy after your shower until you got your clothes back on, but no hardship.
Next to the shower block is the play barn, this is enclosed on three sides with a roof and has a few games for the children to play such as table football which are all free, brilliant.
On the other end of the shower block building you have the washing area, lots of hot water and they even seemed to provide washing up liquid! Two sinks which is plenty between a maximum of 12 tents and probably the worlds best place to chat to very friendly complete strangers.
Across the courtyard is a stone barn with an extension, the extension contains a seating area and a few sockets for recharging your phone, I left both my phone and tablet in there unattended, it just felt like that kind of place and both were still there when I went to collect them!
The stone barn itself contains benches and chairs plus a good selection of family board games and books you can use. We had a couple of wet mornings in there playing games with the family and is a great little facility to have.
There is a little shop on site that sells milk & butter and a few other bits like wood for your camp fire if you want one that works on the honour system.
A really nice facility is that in the shop, open from about 8am to 8pm there is a big fridge with space for campers to put stuff in like meat, milk, spread etc. Very handy when there is no electric hookup.
The final thing is with so few pitches and the little social areas and evenings everybody gets chatting to everybody else and it becomes a really friendly site. Our 9 year old daughter made 4 friends she spent all week with and because it is such a small site we felt we could give her more freedom to play in the fields without us being helicopter parents and watching over her.
There is a fair bit to do in the area and some good beaches, a week wasn’t really long enough, highlights this trip where the long walk at Devils bridge, crabbing at Abereron and the long walk around the site including the secret walled garden.
In summary I can’t fault the place. We will definitely go back next time we are in West Wales.
Wonderful family site
We have stayed in a tent at Naturesbase each summer for the last few years and really do love it. This year we had a new addition to the family and I didn't fancy camping with a 6 week baby so we were lucky enough to stay in one of the new lodges.
The lodge comfortably fitted my family (myself, my husband and 4 kids), there was a small but perfectly formed kitchen on the veranda with a dining area and somewhere to sit out and enjoy the evening once the kids are in bed. The sitting room came with a selection of books for adults and kids as well as board games, this was great for those wet mornings or evenings. The kids bedroom had two sets of bunk beds and the bedding was specially chosen for each of the children and there was a selection of books suitable for each of them. Our room had a lovely big bed with feather pillows and a vase of fresh wild flowers on the window sill.
Like everything else at the site the lodge has so many personal touches including the rugs, pictures, and mobiles, each comes with its own special tale. It really does make it a truly special place.
The site itself has so many wonderful features it is hard to know where to start, the play barn with the toys was opposite the lodge so we could watch the children playing while we made a cup of tea. There are also more books and games in the farm house which is also where the delicious farm house breakfasts take place, the sausages on offer are made from last years pigs which is a good lesson for the kids on where food comes from. The games field has a badminton net and rope swing as well as space for a game of football, as all the campers stay for a week the kids get to know each other and play happily together which makes for a wonderful atmosphere. Each morning there is a farm walk with Gyles, he rings a cow bell and the children all follow him like the pied piper; they can collect the eggs from the chickens and feed the pigs. Just down from the animals there is a stream to pond dip in or attempt to build a dam. A new area for this year is a home made fort mound, it is lovely area to play climbing the mounds using the ladders or as mine did pretending to be a troll under the bridge; the sheep in the field came and said hello before wandering off to munch on the grass.
Other activities include a pizza night, where you bring your own toppings and make your own pizza which Gyles cooks in the outdoor pizza oven. Everyone from the site sits down in the courtyard together, once food is over there is a big campfire with traditional camp songs and toasted marshmallows. When this was over we sat round the fire with other camps for the rest of the evening.
The site is wonderful but what makes it perfect is the people that run it. Alison and Gyles are a lovely couple and did everything they could to make our week with them perfect.
Great! Highly Recommended
We visited for a family weekend celebrating two birthdays, we were a party of 14 adults and 6 children and stayed for 2 nights. We booked Safari Tents, 1 Lodge and several Tent Pitches. The weekend was enjoyed by adults and children alike. The children in particular had plenty to do, lots of items to play with and different areas in which to enjoy themselves. We had the freedom to move some things around to make our areas more communal as we had booked the site exclusively. We met Gyles who came to take the children around to feed the animals in the mornings and check we had everything we needed. The site is very well thought out and provides what is needed for an enjoyable time away. We all agreed we would have liked to stay longer and will definitely go back. We personally love the eco elements to the site, encouraging recycling and the use of materials being eco friendly. The shop was lovely and reasonably priced. The facilities were adequate and kept very clean. There has been a lot of thought going into how the site is set up and run and it provides an educational and fun environment for children to learn about nature and the environment we live in. We would say the prices are reasonable considering other places where we have stayed that haven't been half as much fun. We highly recommend this site for holidays or weekend breaks, we are also recommending them to local schools for trips.
Fabulous for all the family
My husband and I visited Naturesbase with our 2.5 year old twins in the middle of July and had a fantastic week's camping. Upon arrival we were greeted by both Gyles and Alison who immediately made us feel welcome after our long journey from Sussex. We were shown around the site and to our pitch which was as described in it's own little area separated from other pitches by long grass. We had privacy but were near enough to the other family on the field to not feel alone!
The pitch itself was spacious and had enough room for our large 6 berth tent plus space around for our tables, chairs etc and the fire pit with grate. Firewood was readily available to buy from the honesty shop alongside basic provisions (milk etc) plus the sites own delicious sausages and lamb burgers.
The facilities on site were all we could ask for with two young children - clean, spacious and with lots to do. The play barns were a favourite! There is tons to do on site including a wildlife stamper trail, family campfire and a stream to dam - all activities we enjoyed as a family.
The site is situated in a lovely part of Wales with plenty to do and see all around. The site provides lots of information and ideas of what to do and where to go, the only thing we would have liked would have been a daily weather forecast (maybe on the chalk board?) to help us plan what we were going to do.
There are so many great things about this site that we appreciated and enjoyed, I don't want to list them all but have to say that the effort that Gyles and Alison put in to make sure everyone staying at the site has a good time is what really makes the difference. Gyles was especially kind and patient with our (often shy) children and they couldn't wait each morning to hear the bell signalling it was time to feed the animals.
A fabulous site. Thank you!
Camping for the Enthusiast!!!
My family (wife age not allowed to be added, daughter Amy 21 months and son Charlie 3 1/2 years) and I have just returned from the Naturesbase camp site. My wife found the site in some camping book and as she loves the outdoors and that, she booked us in for a week.
I have to say I that I don't especially relish the idea of camping added to this is the fact that this was the first full week off work i've had in 3 years and I had spent the week before camping with 135 year seven children who didn't much like the idea of sleeping. My mood on arrival at Naturesbase was shall we say tepid.
We arrived on a Monday which really set the mood for the whole week. Gyles had rung my wife during the journey down to let her know that monday night was pizza night and would we like to let the kids make some pizzas in the mud oven they have. We booked in for the family. Once we had the tent up and had explored the grounds a little Charlie and Gyles got to work on knocking up four delightful pizzas. We sat down in the grounds and enjoyed an hour scoffing pizza, watching the kids play in the barn and chatting with the like minded, normal families sat all around us. No one shouting, no loud radios, no cars driving way too fast for the surroundings, no eyes in the back of ours heads ensuring the kids were safe. Just a relaxed exceptionally happy family enjoying each others company.
And this is how the week progressed.
I am not going to list all the wonderful features Naturesbase has to offer as you can read about them in all the other reviews. What is doesn't have are tents pitched on top of each other; cars racing around; drunk, noisy, rude campers; unsafe, decrepit, cold facilities; overcrowding; or owners who believe they can make a quick buck off the back of the ecotourism trade. As I stated I don't especially enjoy camping and i'm no novice having lived in New Zealand for ten years I've done a fair bit.
The facilities are excellent but what makes the site is Gyles, Alison and team. Nothing is too much trouble, be it travel advice or a sing around the campfire; chatting with your children or a delightful farmhouse full english. I have been fortunate enough to travel the world and stay in some amazing places, but never have I been personally contacted by the owner, prior to my arrival to ask my family what they would like for their evening meal!
As I and many others have said Naturesbase is an wonderful campsite with superb facilities. But if you want a truly wonderful experience it takes more than the environment it takes the friendship and dedication of the people who manage that environment, and this is in my mind what made our holiday truly great.
If (like me) you really don't consider yourself a camper, nor do you relish the idea of a week in a tent then all I can say is try it. We did and we'll be going back.
Just returned after a week stay in July 2014 with my wife and 2 boys (Aged 3&5) - they boys loved feeding the farm animals each morning and adored Giles and Alison the owners! The campsite was well designed - lots of space on each pitch surrounded with natural meadow. The boys loved the outdoor and indoor play barns and having cooked breakfast twice a week was really nice! A lovely, well thought out eco friendly campsite which we will be returning to next year!
A wonderful campsite
"A wonderful campsite". That's what granddad said after he joined us for a camp last week. It says it all really with our kids in full agreement loving every minute and asking when are we going back there? The Kites overheads during the day and Tawny Owls hooting back to kids in the evening whilst they blew their owl whistle bought from the honesty shop. Totally recommended as a family camp and perfect for the kids.
This is by far the best campsite we have been to. We were there last summer and our 3 year old still talks about Gyles and the campsite!! In fact we are going to go back this summer again. It is the perfect family campsite and it is obvious that Gyles and Alison are pasionate about everything that they do.
- A great barn with small bikes and trikes, table football and a table tennis table which was a great hangout for the kids (and adults!)
- A large lounge type room with loads of comfy sofas, tables, board games, kid toys and magazines
- The DIY pizza night in a clay oven outside was awesome and was finished by a singsong round a firepit.
-Loads of space between pitches.Think only a dozen pitches or so, so book early
- Feeding the pigs and hens every morning was a hit with many of the kids
- Small honestly shop on site with essentials
- A great scenic area with lots to do and see in the area
Really looking forward to going back:)
We stayed at Naturesbase for a week at the end of August 2013. It is an exceptional campsite that will be loved by all the family. The daily feeding of the animals is a must for small children (and their parents) and the Pizza night is a great opportunity to meet other campers. There is a wonderful family feel to the place, Gyles and Alison have put a lot of thought into the layout and you never feel crowded or uncomfortable.
The fire pit on each pitch is a brilliant addition, lazy evenings are spent toasting marshmallows, sipping wine and telling tall stories. The surrounding area is beautiful, from amazing beaches to historic towns it has it all.
In short, get booked in, unwind and have an amazing holiday.
Best camping site EVER!
What can I say! This is the BEST campsite we have ever been to, and we have been to quite a few over the years. None have ever ticked all our boxes until we found this one. You have your own spacious pitch were you can have your privacy and then there is the communal area if you wish to make new friends. We have 2 kids, aged 9 and 12 and they loved it all. Gyles and Alison are very friendly, Gyles is excellent with the children and Alison makes the most yummy cakes and breakfasts. My 2 loved the pizza night and then the family sing along around the fire afterwards. The facilities are second to none, spotless, showers that are hot and not timer controlled and hot washing up water. The other plus side for us was that they asked for quiet after 10pm which everyone adhered to. No listening to inconsiderate people talking in loud voices outside until after midnight like on some of the sites we have been to. The site attracts like minded people which is great. I could go on but others have said it all.............we will be back!
Perfect Family Camping
A family of four, with two boys aged 3 and 5, we camped at Naturesbase for one gloriously hot and sunny week in July. Whilst I accept that any camping is better in the sunshine, there is no denying that this was the best family camping holiday we have ever had.
A relaxed and friendly welcome from Gyles and Alison set the tone and we were led to our large, circular pitch surrounded by tall grass and complete with fire pit. The small shop kept all essentials including the fantastic sausages and fire wood so well dried that my sons proclaimed me an expert fire lighter!
All the facilities were excellent, showers; toilets washing up area were spot on. The play barn and family barn were enjoyed by the boys and provided them with an excellent opportunity to meet new friends. We particularly enjoyed the acres of woodland, some established, some recently planted, with a stream for damming, hidden dens and a mini obstacle course across boggy land and the stream. We spent hours exploring down paths through the long grasses.
Between 0815 and 0830 every morning Gyles rang a cow bell, alerting the kids that it was time to feed the animals. This was a great way for them to start the day.
If the outdoors is “your thing” there is lots to do in the surrounding area, and in addition to a plethora of information surround the large map on the notice board Alison and Gyles had a wealth of local knowledge to share when asked. That said, the site is so good for families on a couple of days our boys wanted to spend the day exploring it rather than going out.
If you are looking for a quiet site, with excellent facilities, fantastic hosts, a beautiful setting and a truly memorable holiday then this is the site for you.
Exceptional Experience at Naturebase
What a wonderful place!!! As a family of four with children aged 4 and 6, we've camped all over Britain and we have to say that this has been one of the most positively memorable experiences we've had. The personal touch from both Alison and Gyles was very comforting, starting with a lovely postcard from them thanking us for our interest in their campsite, this was before we even arrived. We had high expectations of the place and were very excited about our holiday and I must say that our expectations were entirely exceeded. We received a warm welcome from both Gyles and Alison on our arrival and were over the moon with our allocated pitch. We had loads of space in our pitch with it's campfire and surrounding wild grasses and there was a substantial amount of space between each of the pitches giving you plenty of privacy if you wished. We were very impressed by the lovely spaces created on site such as the play barn for the kids to play in, the reading/playroom for all the family, the wee shop, the bathroom facilities were very clean and well organised with lovely fresh flowers, shells etc on display. Our kids loved the fact that they could float around in this safe environment, playing on the rope swing and hanging out with other children.
We thoroughly enjoyed the pizza night with the delicious pizzas and we also chose to have breakfast one of the mornings which was absolutely beautiful! A big, hearty breakfast which was devoured eagerly. This was our first visited to Wales and we were very fortunate with the weather, which made things even better. There's lots to do, all of which is displayed on site, so it's easy to decide on what to do during your stay and both Gyles and Alison were around to give tips and advice on what to do and where to go. We were only there for six days, but what a great time was had by all. We're definitely going to return in the future to this little pocket of paradise. Thanks to Gyles and Alison for such a lovely experience!
I almost don't want to write this review as I'd like to just keep this place a secret!!! Simply put, there is nothing about this beautiful, friendly, welcoming, magical place that we did not enjoy.
We have camped a lot in our lives and have never come across a campsite like this. Gyles and Alison have thought about every detail yet presented the perfection of their ideas effortlessly creating a space that facilitates enjoyment without forcing it upon you!
It's an intimate site and because the pitches are so large, few and far between you can either hide away in your own space or use all the other areas they have available. Usually we are getting up, getting ready and getting 'out for the day' but here time just seemed to slow down and the same applied for many other families. Our children (nearly 2 and nearly 4) couldn't wait to feed the animals every morning and hearing Gyles ring the bell was like music to their ears, then there was the 'play barn' to get busy with the digger, building with bricks, playing in the sand or meeting up with new friends. Occasionally we spent some time at the indoor barn, sharing a book or playing with even more toys but mostly we were out. we caught leaves in nets at the stream, built a den, went through the willow tunnel, took a walk round the farm trail, played with balls, made fires, axed wood, ran and generally felt very at home and chilled out.
When we did go out, it wasn't necessary to go far to find a lovely beach, dolphins, great walks (Local national trust forest), places to eat, the secret garden (we really recommend this little place and it can be walked to from the site) and Aberaeron is a really lovely little harbour town. Gyles and Alison are more than happy to advise you on days out and there is a wealth of information on walls for you to read and make your own decisions about.
Although the weather was great during our stay this place is designed to accommodate you whatever the weather. The 2 play barns have loads of stuff to keep children busy and comfy areas for parents to sit in and Alison and Gyles actively encourage you to make as much use of everywhere as you can. We particularly liked the indoor barn with the closing door on a couple of late nights and uncivilised early mornings with either our crying little one or very loud and busy bigger one. It was so good to know we could keep them occupied or get them to sleep without keeping everyone else awake.
If you can get booked in to this site - go! You will really not be disappointed. We will be going back.
Thank you Gyles and Alison
Family camping perfection
Our family (2 adults, 5 year old and 7 year old) just had a magical week at Naturesbase. I would go as far as to say it was a perfect week of family camping. It appears (and Gyles confirmed) that the owners had been seeking camping ‘perfection’ for their family of 5, but had never found it, so decided to create it, which they have done with great success. Naturesbase is ideal for a family with younger children – 5 and 7 being mid-range in my opinion, or anyone looking to get back to nature.
Long grass separating the circular pitches of mowed lawn gives a sense of privacy and space. Being low-density, you don’t have to wait for the (immaculate and attractively decorated) loos nor the showers, nor for (hot water) washing up. With only 12 or so pitches, there is also a real sense of community, with enough children for new friendships to develop while maintaining a sense of safety. Our family went solo to Naturesbase and made many new friends. The owners mentioned that they prefer not to have more than 2 families together, as in their experience, larger groups affect the sense of community. This is a special campsite, passionately environmentally friendly and lovingly maintained by the owners. As such, it seems to attract down-to-earth campers with strong family values.
Nature is everywhere here and watching my kids run and skip along the paths amongst the long grass, stopping only to stare at the odd butterfly, or to collect a bug, made my heart sing, and kept prompting me to reach for the camera. Every activity at Naturesbase is a ‘kodak’ moment, because Gyles and Alison have gone the extra mile on the aesthetics and detail.
We loved indulging in the cooked breakfasts (amazing sausages!) and the pizza night - both great for bringing the ‘communtiy’ together for a chat. The kids loved the campfire sing-song with Gyles too. The daily 8.30am bell calling all kiddies for animal feeding was a brilliant way to get the kids up and dressed and they loved the daily ritual.
I must mention in this glowing report that we had amazing weather – un-interrupted sunshine and temperatures in the mid-20s each day and only 10 minutes of rain one night – so that of course helps keep everyone happy. It also meant we didn’t use the communal areas as much. Having said that, the kids got much mileage from the table football in the playbarn.
We spent a lot of time off exploring the region – wonderful, family-friendly day trips abound in the area. My favourite was the bike ride from the nearby National Trust property to Aberaeron along a disused railway line – now a beautiful bike path. We borrowed bikes from Gyles and Alison (thank you!), took our kids’ bikes and made a day of it with lunch at the National Trust cafe, the ride into Aberaeron, ice creams on the waterfront with the kids scrambling around on the rocks, before a beautiful ride back through the woods and fields. Gyles has laminated a big map of the region and stuck it to a wall showing you the best spots for family outings - very helpful! We did many of the outings, but left a few for next year. We’ll definitely be back - and might even glamp...
Have just come back from 2 weeks at Naturesbase; what a fantastic campsite. The owners, Gyles and Alison are very welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. Cooking chops and sausages from the farm on an open fire and toasting marshmallows on as many nights as possible kept the children and us adults more than happy. The additional little touches that are available, like pizza night (pizzas baked by yourself in a traditional outside oven), cakes baked by Alison and cooked farmhouse breakfasts if you just feel like the morning off are just right. The privacy and space for each individual pitch is amazing and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the site to those of you who are looking for a relaxing campsite with space to breathe. It gets booked up quickly, so you need to plan ahead for this one.
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