UK Wales Mid Wales Ceredigion Aberaeron

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Staggered showering times
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Nature versus nurture? There’s no need to get into this old debate at Naturesbase, a gorgeous natural environment nurtured to perfection by its caring, sharing owners. So, come and help yourself to a hefty chunk of nurtured nature, and a slice of pizza, too
As his day job, Gyles teaches sustainability, designs school grounds and leads expeditions around the world, so, as owners go, he’s more than well equipped to steer the verdant helm of Naturesbase with his green fingers. Another Ceredigion-based eco-campsite, the dreamy, clover- and buttercup-covered meadows at Naturesbase have just 12 pitches – each in their own little mown spots among the wild grasses and flowers. Two of the pitches are taken up by pre-erected safari tents, which afford campers the added luxury of laziness: just turn up and settle in for the night without so much as touching a tent peg. The site caters perfectly for children, with a rubber-stamp nature trail to follow, a willow den, animals to feed, a mini football pitch and streams to hop across. And then there are Gyles’ campfire nights; everyone sits around the huge fire pit near the communal hub for sing-songs and chats after having their fill of home-made pizza. The kids get to help make the pizza before watching it brown and sizzle in the clay oven. The atmosphere here is unbeatable: tranquil and restorative, but happy and friendly too. There is plenty of space for everyone to have their fare share of nature around here, as well as inviting communal areas in which to chill, sing, play and scoff your pizzas.



Each morning we welcome help from all ages feeding the animals and collecting the eggs. Are you brave enough to play chicken on the head?! Family bushcraft sessions allow you to test your fire lighting, whittling and cooking skills. Ever tasted a nettle pancake? We  use nature to inspire our creations on aarts and craft morning making naturally dyed felt, organic sculpture, pebble people and much more.  Wheelbarrows for transporting your gear from the car park. Campfires in firepits provided. Our hill fort is a great place to hang out and meet form new friends, or the challenging family friendly adventure trail around the site. The goat barn provides a shelter from the elements with tables and chairs, sofas, toys, games and tourist info. A tempting array of home-baked cakes for sale in the onsite honesty shop, stocked with all sorts, from fair trade and home-made produce to, hand-drawn postcards and earthy stationery. Wooden amenities shower and toilet block, with the most stunning compost loos we’ve ever seen – there’s one in both the ladies’ and gents’, along with 2 hot showers and a conventional flushing loo. There’s also a family wet room, which comes with baby-changing. Washing-up sinks, recycling bins and a blackboard with colourful up-and-coming events chalked up. Designated dog-walking area adjacent to the site. Tyre swing and a steam for a good old spot of splashing around. They also run weekly pizza nights and communal campfire fun, as well as other outdoorsy educational courses.

Suitable For

Glampers, campers, tents,  well-behaved dogs (on leads; max. 2 per tent), family groups, couples. Trailer tents – by arrangement. Campervans, caravans, single-sex groups – no.


Ceredigion has a unique unspoiled charm of it own. It might take a little longer to get here but when you do you'll understand.  There are the beautiful beaches, dolphin spotting, secret mountains, great places to eat, wild walks, little market towns, outdoor adventure, mounting biking, kayaking, surfing, heritage, ruined abbeys, National trust estates, or just stay and relax within the beauty of the site and complete join the activity trail, play on the hill fort, dam the stream and enjoy the dark starry skies around your own fire. A week is not enough time to absorb. Take the steam train (01970 625819) from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge. The scenery is eye-poppingly stunning. Just half an hour’s drive away you’ll find the sheltered sands of Llangrannog Beach. It’s a beautiful spot with plenty of amenities, so is very family-friendly. Dogs are allowed, but must be on leads. There is a good dog-walking beach about 5 miles from the site (Cei Bach beach). The natural wildernesses of the Cambrian Mountains are close at hand for hikes and picnicking.

Food & Drink

There are so many great places to eat for all tastes. On site we offer Welsh cooked breakfasts in the communal barn, twice a week and the unforgettable pizza night followed by singing around the fire campfire, all welcome.  We also have a constant supply of tempting cakes  on offer in the honesty shop. For eating out, the seafood at Aberaeron’s Harbourmaster (01545 570755) is hard to beat and, in the other direction, the Talbot Hotel (01974 298208) is a proper Welsh pub with hearty meals and afternoon teas. The Celtic ( Aberaeron)  fish and chips are great to grab whilst enjoying watching the sun go down on the harbour wall. The Cellar and Hive are great family places overlooking the inner harbour and the Stubborn Duckling is a new fine dining restaurant which is wonderful. Newquay 7 miles away has a range of pubs, cafes and restaurants ( Bluebell & Pepper pot ) after a days dolphin spotting or surfing.


21st July to 2nd September. Full-week bookings only during August. Exclusive use of the lodges for 12+ people available throughout the year, apart from summer holidays.

Family Friendly

Nature versus nurture? There’s no need to get into this old debate at Naturesbase, a gorgeous natural environment nurtured to perfection by its caring, sharing owners. So, come and help yourself to a hefty chunk of nurtured nature, and a slice of pizza, too.

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The Owner Says

Covid 19. We welcome only 10 families camping in 5 acres, with over 10 m between each pitch, so there is always a lot of space, meadow grass and trees between each pitch.  We have taken extra health and hygiene procedures to ensure your safety is our priority. We look forward to a covid responsible, relaxing summer of camping, joy, fires and smiles surrounded by nature. What could be better!
we are a 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.

Social Distancing Measures

Due to the Coronavirus social distancing measures, we will be operating strict measures in communal areas and toilets. Being a small site with a maximum of only 10 pitches set  in  2 large fields all our pitches will be more than 10 M apart and each surrounded by trees. The 3 shower and toilet rooms will be operate with one family being allowed in at anyone time meaning that 3 families at anyone time can use facilities.  Queuing outside on benches will be available. The out door games room will also have distance measures in place. The lodges, being totally self contained will not be affected. Campfire night and pizza night will go ahead, again with social distancing in place.


10 grass pitches and 2 safari tents (sleeping 2 adults and 2 children each).

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 10 Available
A safe, natural pitch with buttercups galore flower and farmland surrounded by native trees. We do not have electric hook ups, this is where evenings are all about stories, conversation, star gazing, fires and the odd glass of wine!

Copse Lodge

Cabin Sleeps 14
Copse sleeps 14, ideal for a large family or 2 families, with two double bedrooms, two bedrooms rooms both with three bunk beds in, 3 bathrooms and a large kitchen/dining/sitting room with a private deck and picnic table for alfresco dining over looking the flower rich meadows and farmland surrounded by native trees the fields.

Forest Lodge

Cabin Sleeps 6
Forest Lodge sleeps 6, one double room and one room with 2 hand made bunk beds, a bathroom, sitting room and alfresco kitchen dining area under cover on the deck over looking the courtyard.

Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4
We have a beautiful shepherds hut which provides that added bit of luxury compared to traditional camping. The individually designed hut is luxurious and comes with a range of facilities to suit all your needs. Inside there is a double bunk bed, sleeping 2 adult and two children.

Woodland Lodge

Cabin Sleeps 6
Forest Lodge sleeps 6, one double room and one room with 2 hand made bunk beds, a bathroom, sitting room and alfresco kitchen dining area under cover on the deck over looking the courtyard.

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Contact Naturesbase, Tyngwndwn Farm, Cilcennin, Lampeter, Ceredigion SA48 8RJ

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Getting There

From Lampeter head west on the Aberaeron Road (A482). After about 1 mile past Felin Fach take a right (signposted with a brown tourist sign towards Ty Mawr Hotel). Follow the road over the bridge and steeply up the other side, until you reach a junction. Turn right (leaving the Ty Mawr hotel on your right). Continue along and take a left just before the blue village signs of Cilcennin. Follow the road for about a mile, through a group of houses and Naturesbase is just after the black metal gates on the right.

Train to Aberystwyth or Carmarthen, and hop on bus no. X40 (Aberystwyth–Carmarthen). Alight at the junction for Cilcennin (near Ciliau Aeron), from where it’s a mile’s walk up a steep hill or ring Naturesbase for a lift from the bus stop.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 53 reviews


A Welcoming Place to Enjoy Nature

From the moment we arrive in mid July for our week's stay in a family tent, we felt welcomed, safe and at ease. The plot we had was massive and with the space between plots we certainly did not feel crowded (which is something we have often felt in other sites) but we also didn't feel uncomfortably isolated. The community activities, which were not compulsory, were delightful, educational and somehow managed to involve everyone from ages 4 to 104. The facilities are clean and very well looked after - you can tell the people who own the facility care a lot about it and their guests. There are power sockets in public places so you can charge your phone and there's hot water available for you to wash your dishes. While some of the extra activities can feel a bit expensive, you know the owners are not in this for huge profits. For example, they have ten available pitches but the location consists of more than than. The reason only ten are available is that the owners allow pitches to recover before moving other people in. It really was a lot of fun and we would love to go back next year! Location-wise, you're in a very green part of the country, surrounded by trees and fields. At night you will hear animals going about their nocturnal business. There are clean toilets and showers. Toilets consists of compost toilets and regular porcelain toilets :) You're approximately 20 - 30 minutes from the nearest sandy beach and some 15 - 20 minutes from Aberaeron where you can buy gifts, groceries, fish & chips etc. The beaches we went to this year were New Quay (Nice beach and shops and not too commercialised - not as bad as Tenby for example), Penbryn (so serene and beautiful it was like an otherworldly paradise), Llangrannog (watch the parking rules) and Mwnt (beautiful cove). Depending on the time of year, you may want to watch out for jellyfish and you may want to make sure you and your little ones wear water shoes in case anyone steps on a Weever Fish.
Jul 26, 2021 by Richard Hodges

A little piece of heaven

I almost don't want to leave a good review to make sure this incredible little site isn't booked up next time we want to go. A fantastic, well appointed and welcoming place where children roam free and parents enjoy sitting in their private pitch surrounded by wild flowers and butterflies. The owners are amazing and could not be more helpful, the campfire singsongs were a huge hit with the kids and a real ice breaker for them to make new fast friends for the duration of the stay. The pizza night was incredible with some of the nicest traditional pizzas we've had in the UK. I heard great things about the fine dining and cooked breakfast too I could not recommend this place enough, it's a little perfect hideaway surrounded by the most beautiful landscape, beaches and towns Wales has to offer. You will not go wrong if you book.
Jul 25, 2021 by Michael Pope Verified Review

There isn't another place like this. This is unique and wonderful.

Alison and Gyles truly love their space and show you how to get the most out of the joy and tranquility of your holiday. Unobtrusively Covid safe. Lots of fun and laughter. Perfect location for days out to New Quay, Llangrannog and Aberaeron. Definitely sign up for breakfast and pizza and Gyles' culinary delights! Thank you for an amazing time!!
Jul 25, 2021 by Laura Hale Verified Review

Brilliant site

Such a lovely welcoming place - we stayed in one of the lodges which was great and very comfortable. The camping pitches also looked well thought out and well placed, and we’d love to stay in the Shepherd’s hut in the future! Our kids (10 and 8) loved the freedom - making friends, picking blackberries, playing in the woods and stream. They enjoyed the bushcraft morning and pizzas one evening too. We had pretty good weather so were on the beach (Llangrannog) a lot. On a wet day we went to Aberystwyth and explored the castle and went on the cliff railway. Would also recommend watching the Red Kite feeding at Bwlch Nant yr Arian. Thank you for a restful and enjoyable stay.

Response from Naturesbase

Thank you for you feedback Annabel, it was a delight to welcome you to Naturesbase and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Gyles and Alison


Lovely camping site

We would highly recommend this campsite and enjoyed our stay so much. The grounds are beautiful, yet very natural and there is plenty of space to spread out and relax. There is also a lot of charming character in the way the site and amenities have been designed. Thank you for a lovely holiday.

Fabulous, family friendly campsite in the most beautiful setting.

We (all 12 of us, plus dog) absolutely LOVED our week here. There is such a laid back vibe and Gyles and Alison make everything so easy and accessible. The children loved the hill fort, the tyre swing, the pizzas, the cooked breakfasts, bush craft, the campfire and the sing song, feeding the animals....and the open space and freedom to run around and be kids. The adults loved sitting around the campfire (every pitch has its own) with a glass of wine in the evenings. Everything is thought of and little creative touches are everywhere. I would highly recommend Alison's reflexology sessions too - wonderfully relaxing. There are great beaches nearby and we spent lots of time there. It is a really beautiful part of the world and Naturesbase is the perfect place to explore it from.
Aug 16, 2020 by Gail

Response from Naturesbase

Many thanks, It was lovely to see you Gail and all the family.

Fab week in natural setting

Had a lovely week - thank you Gyles and Alison - at Naturesbase. Gorgeous pitches in amongst trees and long grass, plus very tastefully done facilities and a host of family oriented activities on site, made for a great combination. The area around Ceredigion is stunning and this is the perfect base to explore the beaches and countryside from, then come back to a cosy campfire next to your tent. Will be back!

Response from Naturesbase

Many thanks for the feedback we very much enjoyed having here to stay and look forward to seeing you again in the futre

An excellent, welcoming campsite with wonderful hosts

We, two families including 4 children, had a fantastic week at Naturesbase. From the very warm welcome, to the hearty breakfast and amazing pizzas, to the idilic site, everything was perfect. Gyles and Alison were impeccable hosts throughout and nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommended for camping in Wales with young children.
Aug 11, 2020 by Jon and Julia


We (two families) stayed for a week at the Copse Lodge of Naturesbase. We had an excellent time. The lodge was in immaculate condition and we enjoyed a good few glasses of wine while watching the kids play on the hill fort. The camp as a whole is kid friendly (nature trail aka ninja run, campfire, breakfast area, sheep pen etc) meaning that we always had something to do. Finally, the customer service offered by Giles and Alison gave our holiday a very personal feel.
Aug 2, 2020 by nic Verified Review

Great spot, perfect weather....

We stayed in July for the best part of a week and had a great time. The hosts were brilliant and the pizza to die for. It helped that our weather was incredible and it was a great spot to explore the nearby beaches. Pitches were large, well spaced and private enough. Facilities were great too. The communal fire was my husbands idea of hell but it was great fun, even he enjoyed it. And my kids are still singing the bird song! As a family we always rate these places and our only gripe was the lack of a view. Certainly not the site's fault. We hadn't realised it mattered to us until we got there. We definitely would return. But we might check the forecast first......
Sep 15, 2019 by Tori

Love, Love, Love this campsite

Found this campsite on Cool Camping for kids. Pros - * Great hosts, pizza night, communal campfire and sing song, cooked breakfast on a Monday. * Gyles & Alison are really helpful with info around the local area. * Great for kids - dens by the stream, campfire, rope swing, morning feeding the animals. * Camp shop stocking basics and cakes. * Toilets clean, showers warm. * Loved that you got a pitch to yourself (Cutout of the grass), did not feel that the campsite was over crowded. Cons - * Hot water in the loos was really hot. * Can't think of anything else as we really rate this campsite.
Aug 30, 2019 by harvey.e2 Verified Review

Family friendly site- great for kids

I booked Naturesbase back in January with the view of staying there in July/August. Originally when booking I done so thinking it would be our 'main' holiday of the year. For that reason I wanted a decent campsite and boy we chose the right one. Initially I was wondering what to expect as I had seen the website and the photos looked great. Well the site is even better than I could have imagined and the photos on the internet don't do it justice. The site is relaxing and as I said in title, very family friendly. There is everything here that you could possibly need from a campsite (if you don't mind no electric hookups). The fridge freezer was really helpful and a welcome addition to the site. Gyles was telling me that he used to be a regular camper himself and you can tell with the site as he has thought of everything. The games area for kids in the barn kept my son amused for a good couple of hours while it was raining. The toilets, showers and washing up areas were all clean and not once did I need to cue for anything. My 2 year old son absolutely loved seeing Giles each morning, feeding the animals and doing the chicken on the head. He also loved the campfire and a week later was still singing the songs from it. The site is the best I have ever stayed at. It is perfectly located for exploring Ceredigion. Only 5 minute drive to Aberaeron and 20- 30 min drive to New Quay. I look forward to staying at Naturesbase next year.
Aug 11, 2019 by Tom Gower Verified Review

Perfect family holiday

I say perfect family holiday as this year it was our third time staying at natures base for our family summer holiday. It was perfect year 1, so we returned. We stayed in one of the the lodges, which gave us a holiday with a difference. We love to sit outside listening to nature, sipping wine and feeling at ease with our 9 year old daughter running free and playing with all the other kids on site, knowing all is safe. So nice to see kids making up games and enjoying all the site has to offer. Particular highlights of natures base; feeding the animals each morning, pizza night, campfire songs, roasting marshmallows, reflexology and total relaxation. Lots of beautiful beaches nearby and plenty places to visit, bringing a new experience each time we have been. Strongly recommend this to anyone, a place we will certainly return to time and time again.
Aug 4, 2019 by Jennifer

Wonderful family holiday

This summer we enjoyed a fantastic week at one of the lodges at Naturesbase, which my husband described as probably the most relaxing family holiday we've ever had. By the end of the week, the adults were relaxed and full of wine (and I had read four books!), while the children were semi-feral, covered in insect bites, bramble scratches and grass seeds, and living mostly off dry cereal and marshmallows: in other words, they couldn't be happier.  The lodges had everything we needed for a comfy stay, including an open air cooking and dining area, all the basics we could require including tea and real coffee, and a lovely open deck; and when the thunderstorms finally hit on the Friday night, it was rather pleasant to experience them from the depths of a feather duvet. The site is fabulous for kids and they mostly roamed free, making friends with the other campers, swinging on the tyre swing, worrying the sheep and fishing with nets in the river. Naturesbase puts on some activities including pizza night, campfire singing and a bushcraft morning which my 7 yo described as the highlight of his holiday; and every morning the children can go and help feed the animals and collect the eggs. Off the farm, we crabbed, cycled, swam in the sea, spotted dolphins, and enjoyed some excellent meals out; there is loads to do in the local area and we could easily have stayed another week if it weren't for the danger that the children would go full wolf.  We loved our time at Naturesbase and heartily recommend it for anyone looking for a relaxing off-grid family holiday.
Oct 15, 2018 by Jennie S

Fantastic Place for Children

We stayed at Naturesbase for a week in the middle of August, 2 adults, 2 children aged 5 and 7 and the dog! When we arrived Giles came to greet us, show us around and gave us the choice of a couple of pitches. I was immediately impressed with the site layout, facilities and the pitches. Each pitch is almost private due to the mown areas and small meadows in between. The kids made friends immediately with other children on the site and due to the remote location and layout, we were happy to let them run and explore and to play with their new found friends and have some freedom! Over the course of the week we had ups and downs with the weather but this did not detract from our stay, the play barn is great for the kids if they get tentaphobia in the rain and the cafe area had loads of board games etc they could play with although these were seldom used due to playing outside in all weathers! We enjoyed the Pizza night and campfire and the Bushcraft morning was also a favourite. The kids were itching to get out the tent each morning, waiting in anticipation of Giles ringing the bell to then throw their wellies on and bound down the field to meet him by the pigs. Collecting eggs, feeding chickens and balancing chickens on their heads were enjoyed greatly each day! The location is ideal for visits to the seaside or countryside walks and there are a number of attractions less than an hour away by car. One point to note if you have a large dog, some of the local walks, including the one to the walled garden, have a number of stiles which are the over wall type rather than through the wall with no alternative but to lift your dog over them, not easy with a 38kg muddy Labrador! We thoroughly enjoyed our week, the layout and feel of the site encourages everyone staying at the site to become friends, adults and children alike, sharing campfires each evening for toasting marshmallows with one large last communal one on the Friday being testament to that. Thanks to Alison, Giles, Lilly and Hugo for a great week, we will definitely be back!
Sep 7, 2018 by Stuart

This place is infused with magic

We're big fans of Naturesbase and this year we returned for our fourth visit since 2011. Gyles and Alison have carved out a delightful corner of Wales and have infused it with magic. There's always a warm and friendly welcome, great breakfasts, the glory of pizza night, morning feeds with the cheeky chickens and the handsome pigs, and you'll never quite get to know your family as well as when you sit around your own campfire under a canopy of stars (and, quite often, watch the International Space Station arc across that night sky). For us this is a special place, and we can never talk about it without longing to return. Favourite spots nearby are Llancrannog beach, the walks at Cors Caron, the secret garden and (as a respite on a very very hot day) a visit to the National Trust goldmine (nice and cool inside).
Sep 6, 2018 by Niall Shanahan

All weather enjoyment

A great but all too short stay over the BH weekend, fitted in at the last minute by the very helpful owners.Perfect place to bring children. Our three night stay involved all the weather that Wales can offer at this time of year but the indoor facilities and covered play areas came into their own on a sodden Sunday morning. Have told lots of friends about this place since, and will look to return ourselves.
Sep 4, 2018 by Gareth Dart

A place to tune into nature

Gyles and Alison don't just manage this site - it's apparent that Naturesbase is a real labour of love, borne out of a passion for connecting people with the natural world and with each other. There are so many wonderfully thought through elements to Naturesbase - invitations for 'wild' play on the hilltop fort and in the woods, daily opportunities to feed and touch their farm animals, communal spaces for families to get to know one another. We took full advantage of some of the 'treats' on offer - cooked breakfast on two mornings, pizzas from the wood-fired oven followed by songs round the campfire and a morning of bushcraft skills, including boiling dragon vomit. I even indulged in a Reflexology session with Alison in the on-site Reflexology room. Within hours of arriving our kids (4 and 6) were happily running around with other children, making friends with Lilly and Hugo the dogs and eating blackberries. We really enjoyed having a secluded pitch in amongst the trees to enjoy an evening campfire. The on-site shop and access to a fridge made cooking easier and the toilet and washing facilities were so nice that one of the cats took up residency in the Women's toilet block! We did experience some of the wet stuff during our stay, but a sheltered play barn and an indoor lounge with family games and books ensured that even rainy days weren't a problem. There is lots of information on site about local attractions. We would recommend the walk to the 'Secret Garden' which goes straight from the campsite. One day we borrowed the site's crabbing buckets and took the short drive to Aberaeron to catch some crabs. It's a gorgeous part of the world, although we've barely scratched the surface with exploring it. Hopefully we'll be back again to explore more in future!
Sep 3, 2018 by Rachel

Absolutely, fantastic campsite!

We have been regular visitors to Naturesbase for many years. Quite frankly after our first visit we could not entertain anywhere else. The individual mown pitches, seperated by willow trees mean you are gauranteed privacy. And it is lovely to have your own campfire in the evenings. There is a pizza night and campfire singalong, led by an entertaining Gyles, once a week, which my boys love. They sing the songs all the way home when we sadly have to leave. My boys always make good friends each year, with the other childrean and there is a fantastic friendly atmosphere about the place. Each morning, when the bell rings, (not early) there is animal feeding and egg collecting, and if you want you can experience 'chicken on the head', if you possess a hoody! Great place and fun times, where memories are made!
Sep 3, 2018 by Steve

Our best family holiday

This is by far the best holiday that we have experienced with the children. It is exactly what I expected and more. We stayed in one of the lodges and they are lovely, warm and welcoming. The site as a whole is amazing for children of all ages. The bushcraft and pizza nights made it really fun and special. The breakfast and homemade cakes are to die for too. Animal feeding every morning was a massive hit with all the children I think. Gyles and Alison really do put in a hundred percent in everything that they do. Such a lovely and welcoming couple. Myself, my husband and our children made lots of friends and we are all booking to go again next year. The children have the freedom they need to just play, get muddy and have lots of fun. We can’t wait to come to your beautiful site again x
Sep 3, 2018 by Tara Addis

Simply beautiful

Wow what a campsite. This is what I call camping. Beautiful, peaceful and family friendly. So much love and hard work has gone into this site and lovely little touches everywhere. The kids loved feeding the animals in the morning and playing with the train set when it rained. And even tho it was drizzling a lot we still had such a wonderful time. The sandy beaches are 30 mins away and they are stunning. Even have caves to explore and dolphin spotting. I would highly recommend this campsite. It is amazing.
Aug 21, 2018 by Michelle

A dream come true

This site is the stuff that dreams are made of. Our holiday seemed straight out of a nostalgic childhood story; feeding the animals each morning with a happy tribe of children, singing by the campfire, toasting marshmallows and exploring the beautiful woods and beaches. Naturesbase feels handmade and carefully tended. The pitches are well cared for but private; secluded by trees and long grass, perfect for warming our toes by the campfire, or watching our two year old son run through the long grass laughing. The toilets and showers are clean and homely, totally in keeping with the whole atmosphere of the place. We found the communal areas so welcoming and useful; the sitting area with books and stories, the barn where breakfast was served some mornings and the courtyard with brightly painted picnic benches for scoffing sandwiches or just hanging out. Each time I thought I’d explored the whole site, I found that Naturesbase had more to offer: A miniature Hill fort, the play barn with toys and a sandpit, and the wilderness, left to grow for the curious to explore. Alison and Giles are the most welcoming hosts and we felt relaxed and well cared for. Naturesbase is a haven; the perfect place from which to adventure out into this beautiful part of Wales (and the ideal spot to return to for rest and relaxation afterwards!).
Aug 13, 2018 by Charlotte

Response from Naturesbase

Thank you Charlotte, we are go glad you enjoyed it. I will miss the smiling little face waiting to collect the eggs each morning.


So much more than just a campsite

We camped at Naturesbase with our 4 children (age 13, 11, 9 & 5) for the first week of the summer holidays. From the moment we arrived we knew this was a very special place. Flat, grassy pitches with plenty of privacy and a fire pit, great communal spaces to eat, play, read and meet people, spotless facilities - and that was before we explored the grounds. Acres of woodland, fields, a stream to paddle in, even a hill fort for the kids to rampage in. Our kids loved feeding the pigs & chickens in the mornings, and the songs around the campfire (after helping make pizza in the wood fired oven) were another big hit. With stunning beaches a short drive away, beautiful countryside all around and the warmest welcome from Gyles & Alison, we honestly couldn’t have asked for anything more. We will definitely be back - and can’t recommend this place highly enough (although part of me wants to keep it secret so booking doesn’t get too difficult!).
Jul 28, 2018 by Ursula Adams

Response from Naturesbase

Dear Ursula
Many thanks for your review and so glad you had a lovely time.We very much enjoyed having your family to stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future
Gyles and Alison

A special place

We stayed at Naturesbase for a week at the beginning of August. My wife and I were a little unsure about how camping would pan out as we have two young children (3 and 1), and we thought that the typically mixed forecast might make things just a bit too much like hard work. We needn't have worried! From the play barn and the indoor lounge, to the hill fort and the campfire, Gyles and Alison have crafted a campsite which allowed both kids and adults to have an amazing time. The kids didn't miss a morning of the animal feeding, by 8:30am they were waiting in anticipation for the bell and the Pizza/campfire night will live long in the memory. We all made friends whilst on the campsite meaning we actually did some day trips with families we met at the site; a consequence of the close knit community which developed at Naturesbase whilst we stayed there. All in all a very special place to camp.
Sep 4, 2017 by Graeme

A wonderful family holiday experience

Can't stress how great this place is. The campsite is excellent, personal, friendly and in a great location. My children enjoyed making friends with others, playing freely, pizza night and more importantly toasting marshmallows around the campfire. We stayed in one of the lodges which surpassed all of our expectations in terms of comfort and quality. The lodges represent great value for money although we did also like the look of the "glamping" options for when we book again next year! We certainly will return as this is a very charming special place.
Sep 3, 2017 by Caroline

A week of bliss!

We've just got back from a week staying at Naturesbase in Copse Lodge ... two families with 5 kids between us. We needed plenty of space and that's what we got ... large double bedrooms for adults, comfy mattresses and fluffy duvets. The kids were really happy with bunk rooms and lots of play space! There were 3 bathrooms so no queuing for showers which was brilliant after a day at the beach. The living area was huge with a large table and generous lounge area... perfect for families sharing to be able to spread out. The outside kitchen and veranda were well kitted out and another dining space available for warmer days. Complimentary red and white wine were a thoughtful (and much appreciated) touch and the kids loved finding chocolates on their pillows! We all warmed to Alison and Gyles immediately... they are so generous with their time to make sure you are having a wonderful holiday! Our children were desperate to get out and feed the Animals with Gyles each morning and Alison's cakes were delicious! The communal spaces were well used by our families... a play barn for the children and a hill fort! We also enjoyed Pizza night, Gyle's campfire and cooked breakfast in the barn on two mornings. Locally the beaches are beautiful ... our favourite was Penbryn (a walk down the hill to beach and toilets at the top, so not for everyone!) perfect for a BBQ and some bodyboarding. Also good are llangranog and Newquay. We enjoyed fish and chips in Newquay while watching dolphins one evening which was wonderful. Really can't rate Naturesbase highly enough! We have been previously and camped and returned to the lodge... I'm sure we'll be back again! Thank you!!
Aug 27, 2017 by Pullum83

Great for younger cxhildren

In leaving a less than 5-star review, I have to be scrupulously fair with the context. Probably the most important point is that our family of 5 arrived here from an absolutely blissful week in Pembrokeshire spent at just about the most relaxed and least commercialised campsite imaginable. That Naturesbase felt relatively uptight and commercialised by comparison is really more about the comparison than the fact. The introductory tour featuring prominent guidance on all the places that adult supervision would be required didn't help, but again the reality was rather more relaxed than that initial impression created. The second point is that our two older children (10 and 13) were possibly just outside the target age-range. Our 6-year old certainly loved the many playthings provided and, particularly, the interaction with the many other children of a similar age and happily roamed around in the extended "pack". The older two pined for the wilder nature of the previous site. Finally, a rather stressful departure day was undoubtedly our fault, having seriously miscalculated packing up time. Despite starting the evening before and starting again early on the day and hardly shirking until the last peg-bag popped back into the trailer, we were still 2 hours past the requested departure time. I do understand the problems that can cause with new arrivals due, but the rather chilly atmosphere when we took our leave was an unfortunate end to our stay - howsoever self-inflicted. So that's the less-than-good. There is so much that was good though. Pizza evening and the singalong by the communal campfire afterwards were wonderful. A lot of thought, attention and hard-work has clearly gone into the facilities which were impeccably clean and well-maintained throughout (an out-of-order compost toilet excepted). There were cosy and welcoming wet-weather refuges and plenty of well-considered and cheerfully delivered advice available on what to see in the local area. Five stars for all of that. For families with younger children, I would have no reservation in recommending this as a well-judged balance of nature and amenity, it just wasn't quite for us as it turned out.
Aug 23, 2017 by MrHRdg

A great place

Naturesbase is brilliant. Gyles and Alison have created a fun, relaxing and interesting place where parents can relax and kids can explore, whether it be in the grass fort, feeding the animals and getting a chicken on the head, Gyles' bushcraft morning or playing in the barn. The site has a warm and friendly feel about it, this is down to Alison and Gyles and their relaxed approach to having people in their back garden and it is ideally located to visit the local beaches, Llangrannog being a cracking spot for bodyboarding and then a decent pint afterwards. There are plenty of other places to explore within a few minutes drive, gold mines, Red Kite feeding centre and other national trust sites. Evenings on the site were either spent by a camp fire or in the barn depending on the weather. Pizza night is a must, followed by a sing song and marshmallows around the communal campfire; the "rattlin bog" should not be missed! Also, on a clear evening the night sky is incredible, the milky way is just visible and numerous "shooting stars" can be seen. We enjoyed our stay and our two boys had a blast. We will definitely be back.
Aug 21, 2017 by Tom Marshall

What an amazing place.

When we booked Naturesbase we had high hopes, based on the reviews on Cool Camping and the photos we had excitedly studied in the run up to our holiday. All our hopes were surpassed. This is a fabulous place for a family to get away to. Gyles and Alison are a wonderful couple, welcoming and friendly, and at Naturesbase they have created somewhere that reflects those aspects of themselves. At Naturesbase we didn't just feel like we were holidaying, we felt like we were part of the place. Having sacrificed our tent to the elements at the 'Just So Festival' two summers ago, we stayed in one of the lodges. They're fantastically comfortable, we spent most of our time just sitting outside in the kitchen/ dining area watching the light gradually dim.The hand built bunk beds were a joy for our little girl, so much so that even the bell ringing to go and feed the farmyard animals didn't manage to rouse her on one or two occasions! We would recommend taking up everything on offer at Naturesbase. The pizza night had a fabulous atmosphere, and the campfire songs afterwards were great fun and kept us entertained not only that night but on the journey home. Poor little bird... My wife had a session of reflexology with Alison and took quite a while to come down from Cloud 9. My personal favourite, however, had to be the family bushcraft. My fire building skills were never up to much before this holiday, yet since we've been back every weekend has involved a back garden camp fire and toasted marshmallows. Definitely a holiday that will stay with you for a long time, and we can't wait to go back.
Aug 20, 2017 by beeblebear

"We've all loved Naturesbase"

We stayed in the wonderful Copse Lodge in early August. This easily accommodated mummy, daddy the three grandchildren (ages 6 months, 4 and 6) and us two grandparents. Extremely comfortable beds, three bathrooms to choose from, a huge lounge and outdoor kitchen/verandah area all added to a feeling of spaciousness in the views of the deep countryside. The activities and experiences for us all were memorable. Early morning feeding of the sheep, pigs and chickens, bushcraft, playing on the hill fort, pizza from the outdoor pizza oven and singing around the fire will all live on in the minds of both the younger and older participants. "We've all loved Naturesbase but most of all the bushcraft and animal feeding" said Oliver, and Isabella "loved the fire and making it with two sticks." Alison and Gyles are the perfect hosts and give so much of their time to ensuring that all goes well for all their guests at this very special and unique site. They have a deep understanding of what works for both children and adults alike and are always on hand. There is much to do in the surrounding countryside and you will be let into the secret of the nearby "secret garden" with its mysterious dragon. Aberaeron and New Quay are excellent beach destinations but not the only ones with details provided of secluded bays or cliff top walks. We also managed the nearby National Trust property, grounds and farm and the Vale of Rheidol railway. Which of course still leaves Aberystwyth, slate mines and the Centre for Alternative technology for another visit. We will be back.
Aug 19, 2017 by John Cook

A special place!

Naturesbase is a fantastic place which is able to offer a huge amount to anyone lucky enough to visit. We have been twice, so far! The kids have the opportunity to roam, explore and play (like we used to) in the wonderful, varied and educational environment. The morning animal feeding time was a daily 'must do' for our youngest. The wide selection of books and wi-fi connection in the 'barn' was more than enough to keep our teenage daughter satisfied. For the adults it offers the chance to unwind, restore the batteries and remind yourself of what is important. Organised social gatherings around the pizza oven or campfire are great opportunities to meet others, but are relaxed affairs which are not forced or contrived. Me and my family could have been quite happy not to venture off site for the whole week that we were there, however the local area offers so much that you would miss out on visiting the many idyllic beaches and coves, the chance to see bottlenose dolphins, meandering around historic buildings and exploring all that Ceredigion has to offer. If you don't fancy a week under canvas then I strongly recommend the family 'lodges'. They offer comfortable accommodation without losing on the outdoor feeling. We will be back!
Aug 6, 2017 by Calvin

Proper campsite

We stayed here in August with our two daughters,age 11 and 13. We Loved the individual pitches with their own campfire area. Living in the country ourselves and being experienced campers, we really appreciated the thought which had gone into the whole site. We visited a similarly run site in France last year and were looking for the same experience in this country. The children are safe on this site, there is a great area to sit and play board games if it is wet... came away having to but "pass the pig", sand pit and toys for younger children too. Giles and Alison were great hosts..there if you need them, but did not bother us if we didn't. The toilets were immaculate, and Alison was to be seen checking and cleaning them before she went to bed every night. Pizza night was fun, a real experience for kids. Generally, this site is a great family site, especially for younger children. Don't leave without visiting the secret garden with a hour's walk. Wish we had done this earlier in the week as would have gone's free! Don't leave without booking a session of reflexology with Alison- a well deserved treat for any mum! A great place to stay!
Sep 19, 2016 by Mcb

Fantastic with kids

We had a wonderful week in July with 3 kids. They loved the whole site, including feeding the animals, exploring the woods, streams and hill fort, playing table football in the barn, and making friends with the other kids. There are loads of great places to visit nearby, and the owners are wonderfully helpful and friendly, providing advice and directions. The pitches are very spacious, with mown grass paths leading through the site. The pizza night was great fun, and the breakfast we had one morning was huge and delicious.
Sep 19, 2016 by Paul

Lovely, natural place for kids

We only stayed here for a few nights, unfortunately. Would have stayed longer, but it was fully booked. Our 4-year-old daughter had a wonderful time here, playing in the grass, among the trees, stroking the pigs! This is a great place to be, and there are lots of places to explore nearby in the Welsh countryside. Would definitely like our daughter to visit again, one day.
Aug 25, 2016 by Anon

The best family holiday

Hands down the best campsite you will visit, everything has been thought of and it is perfect for children. From home baked cakes and the honesty shop selling wood and firefighting kits for your fire pit, home made sausages and lamb buggers and eggs from their own reared farm animals, basic supplies, fair trade gifts and children's treats, to the toy barn complete with sandpit, giant Jenga and skittles. There's a natural children's hill fort to play on for hours, a tire swing that brought no end of entertainment, farm animals to feed every morning with Giles when he rings the bell, and chickens to feed and collect the eggs from. The kids loved the woodland wilderness trail at the bottom of the camp where you can get lost playing in the stream, climbing trees, hiding in dens or negotiating the bog assault course. The site is not too crowded, just 12 pitches and each pitch is set within its own mown plot of natural flower meadow surrounded by young trees so you have the feeling of space and privacy. We loved our pitch. The place really felt like a getaway, yet it was only 20 minutes away from beautiful beaches like those at New Quay, and there were lots of things to do in the area to keep the kids entertained. The bushcraft school was fantastic for the oldest child in our party who was 7, with ash face painting, natural spear whittling with bark stripes, making natural bead necklaces, building a natural shelter and learning to make a fire and boil dragon vomit! This was her highlight of the week. We all loved the pizza night especially the younger children who were just 3, where you get to decorate your own home made pizza before Giles cooks it for you in the traditional clay pizza oven. Afterwards there were campfire sings songs and a few glasses of wine were had by the grown ups which was a lovely way to chat to and meet fellow campers. The facilities were cleaned and well cared for, and even the camping virgins in our party were won over and cannot wait to come back. We will definitely be returning. Thank you for a wonderful week.
Aug 21, 2016 by Ems


We had an amazing time at naturesbase. Our 5 year old cried when it was time to leave! The bushcraft course, wood fired pizza evening, and campfire songs were real highlights - but best for me was seeing the children run free with their new found friends - a freedom that eludes my children too much. It's a beautiful place. Quiet spacious shady pitches, a great communal washing up area, lovely warm showers, indoor play spaces for rainy days and a lovely little honesty shop. But it is Giles and Alison that give this place it's magic. Giles is an inspirational and brilliant teacher of children. I wish he could teach my children outside all day every day! And Alison makes it all work in the background. An amazing inspirational couple, who have created a magical place that they kindly share with us all.
Aug 20, 2016 by Jo Hartley

Stop looking

Stop looking now. You've officially found Britain's best campsite. Fact! There. That was easy....

You want more info?

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!

Aug 23, 2015 by Chris Mowatt

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.

Aug 9, 2015 by Brian Parkes

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. 

Sep 13, 2014 by homgif

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. 

Sep 8, 2014 by welshalterego

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!

Jul 30, 2014 by SamFriday

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 facilitiesovercrowding; 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. 

Matt Short

Jul 29, 2014 by Matt Short

Absolutely Beautiful

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! 

Jul 24, 2014 by Leigh McGough

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.   

Jun 2, 2014 by Steve n Nancy

Fantastic Campsite!

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.

Highlights included:

- 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:)

Feb 20, 2014 by Team JFK

Fabulous Place

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.

Feb 12, 2014 by Jimmytheonlysaint

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! 

Aug 17, 2013 by Woodys

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.

Aug 5, 2013 by Nat

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!

Aug 4, 2013 by claire pert


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 

Aug 3, 2013 by tofu

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...  

Aug 2, 2013 by crunchybiscotti

Exceeded expectations

This campsite came recommended by a friend and was better than I had imagined. There is a lot of care and attention given to the detail and you can tell that this is a passion for the owners and not a money making enterprise. The camp is so child friendly, made for little ones really, I would have thought it would not hold the same interest for teenagers but we had one in our group and he seemed to enjoy himself. Especially the pizza nights where he ate at least 2. The pitch was just long enough for our enormous 6 berth monster (with extra canopy) but plenty of room round the side for camp fires and lazing about. Easy ground to pitch into, not too much of a slope. Pitches are separated by a good few feet so you don’t feel you are on top of anyone but close enough so if you are camping with friends (we were) you don’t feel miles away. Shower and loo block was fabulously clean and the family room has a swift nesting above the door which my boys loved. There is a barn with toys and books in which you can use (little ones need an adult) so there are wet weather options. There are animals to feed in the mornings (a bell is rung and children gather), my boys weren’t interested in this but others were. The area around is amazing and we could have stayed 2 weeks (only stayed 1) there is so much to do and see. Best bits: the child friendliness of the site - boys running round madly and endlessly in a safe environment; never having to queue for a shower or loo or washing up; pizza nights - the pizza tastes out of this world, allow at least 1 pizza per person, more for teenagers!; cooked breakfast in the barn twice a week with sausages from last years pigs; the honesty shop and the opportunity to use the fridge for your wine :) I can’t recommend it enough.
Aug 17, 2012 by Kyra Boon

Naturesbase Holidays

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.

Aug 14, 2011 by Blakemere

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