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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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.


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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

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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