Cowpots Camping The Greener Camping Club

UK Wales South Wales Carmarthenshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Back-to-basics tent camping on a working farm that produces the finest homemade ice-cream for miles!

There must be something special growing in the grass around Cowpots Camping. It’s not just that it provides soft, easy-to-pitch potential for a family tent in summer. But, over the fence, a dozen or so Jersey cows graze the green slopes here too. They’re Penback Farm’s pride and joy and, when you taste the homemade ice-cream, you’ll quickly understand why. After a long day on a nearby Pembrokeshire beach or a stroll in the 40-acre wood at the foot of the campsite, you’ll quickly discover this is surely the tastiest, creamiest ice-cream in all of West Wales. It’s a sign of the way things work at Cowpots: keep it simple, keep it authentic, keep it traditional and, unsurprisingly, things will come good.

The campsite itself is a similarly unpretentious affair. There are just ten tent pitches – each one huge, with some 11-acres of camping meadow in total – while a space in the centre has been mown out for playing ball games and generally hooning about. There’s a couple of composting toilets and gas-powered showers mean you can still have a hot, powerful wash in the morning. At the top of the meadow, meanwhile, a wooden shed houses a row of washing-up sinks, too, and a small honest shop where you can buy logs and marshmallows for your evening campfire.

Accessed via a farm track, the Cowpots meadow is safely tucked away for children to run wild (though it is still a working farm so be aware of tractors on the local lanes!) and offers wonderful views of the Preselli Mountains. Though you can’t see the sea, it’s only a short drive away. Vast Pendine Sands is one of the closest beaches, aided by lifeguards in summer it’s an excellent spot to swim, while Amroth beach is similarly close and has excellent rock pools to poke around in on the western end. Both are good places to pick up the famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path, too, for a walk along the dramatic waterfront that this part of Wales affords. It’ll all neatly work up the appetite again for your return to the farm where The Cowpots Cowshed serves up wood-fire-cooked pizzas along with that renowned Jersey ice-cream.

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2 composting toilets, 2 off-grid, gas-powered showers. No electric hook-ups. Each pitch has a covered area with picnic table, bench, washing up bowl, water canister and a fire pit. Barn with dish-washing facilities, plus an honesty shop for firewood, marshmallows and other treats. The fully-licensed Cowshed Pizzeria and Ice Cream Parlour is open from 12noon –9pm Wednesday - Saturday and 12noon - 4pm on Sundays.
Private wellbeing sessions, - Yoga, Family Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation and Relaxation sessions can be pre booked.
Forest School sessions during the summer holidays.

Suitable For

Tents, small campervans, dogs (on a lead) – yes. Caravans, larger motorhomes, noisy groups – no.
Please note we have a 2 night minimum stay during the summer holidays.


On the Pembrokeshire-Carmarthenshire border, Cowpots Camping offers easy access to both counties. So, weather you're planning a Tenby boat ride, a visit to Laugharne Castle (01994 427906) or a walk on the beach in Llansteffan, the campsite is well placed. Amroth Beach and Pendine Beach are the closest beaches (less than 15 minutes by car) – the former is easily accessed from the road, the latter is a vast sand beach popular that's great for long walks. Llansteffan (30 minutes drive) has a lovely beach, too, as well as it's own impressive ruined castle, while the literature town of Llaugharne is home to the Dylan Thomas Boathouse (01994 427420), where the poet once lived. The National Trust-owned Colby Woodland Gardens (01834 811885; 15-minute drive) and the Stackpole Estate (30 minutes) are both close by, while the harbour town of Tenby has its fair share of history too.

Food & Drink

The Cowshed is a fully licensed, family run pizzeria and ice-cream parlour that serves the site's own hand-made, wood-fired pizzas and Cowpots' Ice Cream, which is also made at Penback Farm (you'll see the Jersey cows grazing the surrounding meadows). Take away is available to take back to your pitch or you can eat in if you prefer (booking the latter is advised). The Cowshed 01994240790.
 For a local pub, The Station House (01994 240556) is directly opposite the train station in Whitland, less than 2 miles away, and The Alpha Inn (01834 831484) is up the hill and across the border into Tavernspite, Pembrokeshire (home to a delicious Sunday roast).

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The Owner Says

Situated on Pen Back Farm, Cowpots Camping offer 10 pitches for camping in the countryside. We call the camping field “Tree Field” because it has a beautiful Welsh Oak tree in the middle of it. It is a huge 11 acre field, the same size as the roof that covers Wembeley stadium! Accessed by a farm track and 600m away from the farm buildings you’ll be sure to find some peace and quiet in the countryside, surrounded by nature. Pen Back Farm is on the border of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire so we have excellent access to the delights and sights of both counties and we are only 15 minutes away from the closest beach.
Please note we have a 2 night minimum stay during the summer holidays.


10 grass pitches (8 for tents and 2 for campervans).
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Contact Cowpots Camping, Cowpots Camping, Penback Farm, Ciffig, Whitland, Carmarthenshire SA34 0NG

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Getting There

From Carmarthen continue on the A40 and head towards St. Clears. Take the second exit at the St. Clears roundabout towards Whitland, continuing on the A40. At the next roundabout take the first exit towards Spring Gardens, Whitland, B4328. Follow the signs towards the train station and town centre, (Station Road). Stay on this road, driving through Whitland, going over the train tracks and continue for 1½ miles up the hill until you see a sign on your right saying The Cowshed. You'll notice a cow on the sign. Whitland train station is less than 2 miles away. Buses are available from Tavernspite and Whitland.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 24 reviews


A little piece of perfect and wonderful memories

We have just left and we where sad to go. Spacious pitch, fantastic showers ! Nice and hot. A playing pitch for the kids, fire pits and the best feature was your own sheltered picnic area. One of the best sites we have even been too.
Aug 31, 2019 by Claire Walmsley

The Best, most peaceful, spacious campsite ever

Just returned from a week's stay at Cowpots. Myself and my son thought this was by far and away the best campsite we have ever stayed at. The space, the setting, the facilities (shelter, fire pits, Cowshed pizzeria) were fantastic and if I was to ever put a wish list together as to what a perfect campsite would be ... this is it. Martin is an exceptional host and his focus on people's experience and making sure all is well for them is second to none. Thank you for making our time just what we were looking for. We spent a lot of our holiday cycling and there are many off road trails - for example -Millennium coastal park (35 mins drive - Pembury Country Park - 13 miles), Swiss Valley at Crosshands - Llanelli (35 mins drive). We will most certainly be back next year and will spread the word.
Aug 30, 2019 by Stephen Jarman

Peaceful, well thought out, picturesque, amazing self contained pitches

Just returned from a bank holiday weekend stay at this campsite. By far the best site we've stayed at in 5 years of family bank holiday get always. 3 families on 3 pitches near to each other - so much space! Individual awning/cooking/seating areas meant we could leave the table, cooking stand etc at home - brilliant for making room in car. Fire pits by night and clear skies for star gazing.... kids had a ball. Great for young families as so much space to explore. Martin was a fab host. Enjoyed day trip to Laugharne Castle and Amroth Beach. Pizza and icecream on site were a hit with all. Will return and will spread the word about this site.
Aug 27, 2019 by Vicky

Quiet, secluded, spacious

Just back from a three night stay at Cowpots with my group of 6 (3 kids and 3 adults) and we had an amazing time. Definitely back next year. Facilities all adequate but for kids and smaller adults the toilets (long drop) could do with being lower down, they’re quite high! For people planning on staying: Choose a tent pitch where possible as the two campervan pitches, while level for vans are quite sloped for tents. Overall a great experience and seamless from booking to pitching.
Aug 27, 2019 by Gavin.

Amazing campsite!

Cowpots is one of the best campsites we have stayed at. We received the warmest welcome on arrival and shown to our campervan pitch. The set up is brilliant and the undercover kitchen area and fire pit are great. The facilities on site are brilliant and really clean. An added bonus for this site is the pizzeria and ice cream which were amazing and very reasonably priced. The local area is great and lots of fab beaches. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, we had the best week here and highly recommend it, we will be back!
Aug 11, 2019 by Gina

Truly beautiful and well cared for

A wonderful place, spacious, and set against a back drop of rolling hills. We will be back. Thank you for a special stay!
Jul 26, 2019 by Alice Warren

We Love It!

Just got home from our 3rd stay at Cowpots Camping. We thought it can't get any better but it does! Spacious pitches, good facilities, beautiful views & friendly owners. We will keep going back
Jul 25, 2019 by Sarah

The perfect campsite!

We loved our week long stay with our 16 month old! The owner is really lovely and driven by providing the best experience he can for his campers; he’d thought of everything to make an isolated spot comfortable and easy to enjoy. Particularly great was the shelter which allowed us to enjoy being outdoors rain or shine. The pizzeria and ice cream parlour are also wonderful. There’s loads to see and do in the local area, great beaches, castles and gardens. We will be back!
Jun 29, 2019 by Helen

Response from Cowpots Camping

Thank you for your kind words Helen, we're so glad you enjoyed your stay! :)

A camping idyll!

We booked Cowpots for one night en route to meeting friends at another site - wish we had been able to change our arrangements and stay all week! A perfect spot (even in the rain). Pizza and good conversation meant we didn't have to dig out all the cooking equipment, devine icecream necessitated several return trips during the week, and we booked next years holiday there the moment we got home!!! Have bored so many friends with our glowing reports that they have thrown in the towel and booked in themselves!
Jun 5, 2019 by Anna

Response from Cowpots Camping

Thank you Anna! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay - look forward to seeing you next time!


Fantastic site

I brought my 2 children here as a first camping experience and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The site facilities were brilliant and the friendly service in the cow shed was second to none. The pizzas and ice cream are definitely not to be missed either!
May 31, 2019 by Katie

Response from Cowpots Camping

Thank you Katie! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay!

The perfect balance of comfort and off-grid family camping

We visited Cowpots for our final family camp of last year, and are very glad we did. The campsite had real charm and our plot felt special and spacious, with an undercover area for cooking and eating. The facilities provided everything we needed without losing that off-grid feel. The kids enjoyed exploring the woodland surrounding the campsite. The location is great for exploring the area, and we visited Kidwelly castle and Laugharne, which the kids loved. On our last night we ate at the pizzeria. The food and wine were delicious, and the people warm and friendly. Looking forward to our next trip.
Apr 27, 2019 by Jaime + Tim

Response from Cowpots Camping

Thank you both!

We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us!

Perfect camping spot!

We have just got back from our first trip to Cowpots Camping. We really enjoyed our stay! Everything was simple. The pitches are beautiful, well spaced out with your own campfire & table undercover. Toilet facilities & washing up shed are perfect & well kept! The pizzas are amazing too!! We will definitely be back, when the weather gets warmer as it was a tad chilly last night! It was lovely to switch off and enjoy the simple things & for the kids to play outside until the sun set! Perfect!!
Apr 14, 2019 by Kerrie

Space, peace, great views and clean facilities

Debs and I spent a long weekend at Cowpots in July 2018 and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. A weekend away felt like a week. We turned up late on the Friday due to a late finish at work but we were met in the dark by the site owner who took the time to take us to our pitch and make us feel welcome despite the late hour. After some directions to the facilities we were left to ourselves. We pitched our tent in the light of the Landy and dispatched a bottle of wine while sitting on the thoughtfully provided picnic table under a canvas tarp (3 different bins and water also provided). We had spent a few weeks in some pretty muggy and hot weather, (as far as the UK goes), and were delighted when it started to rain. A few more glasses of wine later we decided we should get some sleep. Unfortunately, we had left the back of the tent open to the downpour so what looked like an inviting bed was a soggy mess. I don't want to blame anyone for this or name any names but it was the girlfriend's fault. So we salvaged any dry bedding and pulled some spare blankets and clothes out of the Landy and made the best of it. We woke in the morning to find that we had a great pitch at the top of the site with lovely views across the Preselli hills. There are only I think 10 pitches across an 11 acre site with long grass in between, so plenty of space and privacy; such a refreshing change from the commercial campsites we've sadly grown too used to. Further to the canvass awning, picnic table, bins and water, each pitch has a fire pit, with logs available from the 'honesty shack' nearby. Obviously, for those with wood at home it is worth bringing your own logs as bundles of logs will always be more expensive but it all goes back to the site so it didn't bother us too much. Compost loos were clean and functional and the showers were hot and plentiful. The shack also provided some washing up facilities, all lit with solar lighting when needed and plenty of information. After a trip to the launderette in the local town to dry our bedding, we weren't in the mood for much traveling particularly as the campsite was in such a nice spot but we did make it to Barafundle Bay for a swim in the sea and half a day on the beach, which was beautiful. We sampled the pizza one evening from The Cowpots Cowshed just at the entrance to site but a little walk down the access track to the camping ground. It was very popular with the locals and we could see why. Pizza was handmade and cooked to perfection and we could not have been made to feel more welcome. We took our pizzas back to our pitch and ate them around the campfire. We will be going back in the next few weeks, so we will be sure to have a night in the Cowshed this time! On the final morning we packed up and headed out but not before sampling the Cowshed ice cream, which was great. We also picked up a few cheeky local ciders to clink together on our return and remind us of a lovely weekend. Looking forward to going back. If you want a proper campsite, where you are left to your own devices, can have a camp fire, a separate pitch away from other people with some nice clean facilities in a lovely spot, with owners who obviously care about their campers, then you won't be disappointed.
Apr 11, 2019 by James Buckingham

Response from Cowpots Camping

Ah what a lovely response! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review!


We love Cowpots Camping

I may be a little bias, but whenever we get the chance we pack up the van and head down to the Camping field at Cowpots! We love the campfires and undercover areas. The stars at night are amazing! My children love making friends with all the other children on site, and enjoy playing football on the communal games pitch in the centre of the field. It’s great to be able to relax and let the kids roam free 😊
Mar 3, 2019 by Amelia

Beautiful & relaxing. Highly recommend

Beautiful setting, excellent facilities & welcoming owners. Lots of space between pitches. Will definitely be returning
Mar 2, 2019 by Sarah

A camping idyll!

We booked Cowpots as a one night stop over before moving on to another site to meet friends. If we hadn't already paid for the other site we would certainly have stayed put! What a lovely place. Space, privacy, silence, flat pitches!! And the BEST camping showers ever. Could not have been made more welcome, water already delivered to our pitch, and not an eyebrow raised when we rocked up for pizza 5 minutes before closing - great pizza, great icecream and great conversation. Took our friends back to see it (and so they could experience the jaffa cake icecream) and will all be booking in for a week next summer. Thank you!
Sep 7, 2018 by Anna

Response from Cowpots Camping

Thank you for your review Anna! We hope to see you and your friends next year :)  Martin 

Perfect spot!

What’s not to love about this spot...stunning views, plenty of space, lovely warm showers and clean facilities. A lovely friendly welcome and delicious pizza and ice cream to top it all off! We visited as my youngest requested he be camping for his birthday...he had the best birthday ever (according to him!) We look forward to coming back for another visit!
Sep 4, 2018 by Vicki

Response from Cowpots Camping

Thank you for your review Vicki! We’re glad your little one had a good birthday! We hope to see you again next year :)  Martin 

Beautiful Gem in the Hills

We had a wonderful welcome from Martin, the owner, and were shown to our pitch with an overwhelmingly beautiful view of the Preselli Hills and Carmarthenshire. The facilities were everything we needed with a canopy equipped with all recycling facilities, a picnic bench and surface space. The composting loos were very well kept and maintained and hot running water in the showers!! There is an honesty box with marshmallows and a starter pack for kindling and logs. The washing up space with all eco friendly detergents were in-keeping with the whole ethos at Cowpots, which is right up our street! The little paths mown into the field made it easy to keep track of the children and there was a small open space for playing ball games which was great! We will definitely be back 😊
Aug 26, 2018 by Isabella

Response from Cowpots Camping

Thank you for your review Isabella! We hope to see you again soon!!  :)  Martin 

The open space!

We only stayed 1 night but will be back.... I opened the door and the kids just ran (and ran) around the mown paths. I had a camper pitch and loves that I didn't need to unpack all the seating and table paraphernalia, the covered over table/kitchen area was great as we had drizzle at breakfast time...
Aug 22, 2018 by Elizagingham

Response from Cowpots Camping

Thank you for your review Eliza! We hope to see you next year :)  Martin 

Best campsite we been to in years

Staff grate food was spot on really friendly great for kids and dog loved it. Nice shower rooms and good area for washing up highly recommend to any one
Aug 1, 2018 by Kevin

Response from Cowpots Camping

Thank you for your review Kevin! We hope to see you again next year :)  Martin 

Gem of a place!

What a lovely campsite! Stunning view of the countryside, modern and clean facilities (showers were fab), large well kept pitches and friendly owners. We were looking for something a bit different after staying at a large, busy campsite in the Gower and this certainly fit the bill. We would definitely recommend and hope to return next summer. Oh and the Cowshed's pizza and ice-cream are good too! Best wishes to Martin.
Jul 31, 2018 by JennLukeAidenLouisa

Response from Cowpots Camping

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again next year :)  Martin 


Quite possibly the best campsite we have ever stayed in! The pitches are large and very well spaced out with wonderful long meadow grass in between with mown paths to make your way around the camping field. We arrived to a perfectly kept pitch, with our own canopy structure and table with benches. There was even a water drum and individual recycling bins ready for us, along with enough wood for a campfire. The facilities were excellent and very clean. The showers were brilliant too. A beautiful, secluded campsite ideally located for exploring a scenic part of Wales. Make sure you book in for a tasty pizza too!
Jul 16, 2018 by JamesPMarsden

Response from Cowpots Camping

Thank you for your review James! We hope to see you again next year :)  Martin 

Great facilities

Excellent campsite - very eco, but nice facilities on pitches and toilets/showers etc. Pizza restaurant on-site - well worth a visit and only 20 mins from Carmarthen.
Jul 9, 2018 by Gareth Norris

Response from Cowpots Camping

Thank you for your review Gareth! We hope to see you again next year :)  Martin 

The view and facilities were simply amazing.

Great facilities, lovely view, very friendly and accommodating campsite owners. Will definitely go again.
Jun 19, 2018 by Robin

Response from Cowpots Camping

Thank you for your review Robin! We hope to see you next year :)  Martin 

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