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Care-free camping and glamping in the heart of Carmarthen Bay's Dylan Thomas country.

Carmarthen Bay might just be Wales' best-kept secret. While scores of tourists flood the Pembrokeshire Coast out west or scale the mighty peaks of Snowdonia in the north, this lesser-frequented stretch of South Wales promises hidden coves, sandy expanses and wildlife in abundance. The Three Rivers Estuary – one of Carmarthen Bay's two vast river openings – is where the rivers Taf, Tywi, and Gwendraeth converge. Overlooking this jaw-droppingly beautiful coastline lies Laugharne, a tranquil waterside settlement and former home of Dylan Thomas who described it as a 'timeless, mild, beguiling island of a [place]... there is nowhere like it anywhere at all' - a fitting appraisal that could well have applied to Big Barn Camping.

Based on a 36-acre smallholding a short stroll from the centre of Laugharne, Big Barn Camping is, for our money, one of Wales' best-located campsites. Offering family-friendly camping and glamping on a proper working farm, this rural retreat is easily accessible for some of the country's best beaches, famous tourist attractions and the charming seaside villages that make the Welsh coast so special.

Camping here is a peaceful affair, with a spacious paddock reserved for just seven prized pitches. There's no danger of overcrowding (in contrast to some of the other more commercial holiday parks along the coast) and group sizes are controlled. It's largely a tent-centric zone too, with just the odd campervan or retro teardrop caravan permitted meaning all are free to enjoy the unblemished views of the surrounding countryside.

For those looking to leave the tent at home, a trio of cosy pods are also available. These unique designs are a characterful alternative from the identikit versions found on many sites – more like bijou barns that fit seamlessly into the rural setting. Inside, these homely abodes include a dining space that effortlessly converts into a comfy double bed, and an adjacent kitchen shelter comes equipped with everything you could need for cooking up a feast. As for ablutions, eco-friendly composting loos are located in the camping field, while the titular Dutch barn houses showers and washbasins.

With a welcome for well-behaved dogs and campfires encouraged in the firepits, families can enjoy the key components of cracking camping holiday. Whether exploring the woodland on the circular walk, spotting red kites circling overhead, or seeing who can swing highest on the rope swing, kids will simply love it here. It's a proper working farm too with Herdwick sheep, Saddleback pigs, goats and assorted ducks and chickens, meaning little ones can enjoy an authentic slice of rural Welsh life.

Beyond the confines of the farm, an abundance of attractions await. Pendine Sands beach is just 10 minutes drive away while Oakwood Theme Park near Narbeth is around half and hour away if the kids demand rollercoasters. That being said, the lure of Laugharne might not see you stray far. The Dylan Thomas connection makes for a fascinating visit and needless to say the poet's presence looms large over Laugharne (not least with annual literary festival held every spring). Besides the boathouse museum and historic pubs, Laugharne Castle is well worth a visit or you could just plot up with a bag of chips overlooking the estuary and watch for cormorants catching cockles in this most magical of scenes.

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The Owner Says

Welcome to Big Barn Camping at Lower Cresswell . We are a small embryonic eco friendly campsite with just 7 camping pitches and 3 little barn camping pods.

The camping paddock is situated next to the big Dutch barn which dates back to the 1950s.

We welcome tents, trailer tents, campervans and tear drop caravans.

From the camping paddock you have breathtaking views stretching over the Carmarthenshire countryside. We enjoy regular sightings  of red kites, other birds of prey and lots of wildlife.

Our three little Barn Camping Pods are handmade and furnished for a cosy and relaxing stay with a fully equipped camp kitchen.

At night time the true magic begins. Let the Astronomer in you find your favourite constellations, watch shooting stars to make a wish upon whilst toasting marshmallows on a campfire.

Located close to the Township of Laugharne on the estuary of the river Taf, made famous  by the poet Dylan Thomas , you can explore his favourite walks and marvel at the grandeur of Laugharne  castle.

Lower Cresswell is a Georgian farm set in 36 acres of beautiful pastures, including ancient woodland. We currently have Herdwick sheep, Welsh and Saddleback pigs along with a range of Chickens and waterfoul.

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★★★★★

A new site (July 2018) with charming hosts

This site has superb countryside views, big skies, peace and quiet, red kites flying overhead. The 7 pitches, which include picnic tables, are well spaced out and the helpful and friendly owners have thought about the little details when designing the facilities (eg, a little Welsh Dresser displaying useful items to buy, and an honesty box). Fresh eggs are for sale from the farm chickens and we watched the hay being collected and baled during our 8 night stay. Would definitely revisit for a relaxing break.
Jul 16, 2018 by Kim
★★★★★

Lovely campsite....fantastic views, clean facilities.

What a gem of a campsite this is. The views are amazing. The pitches are really spacious and flat and there's just so much space. The toilets showers and washing up facilities are all brand new and spotlessly clean. The hosts were great and we had fresh eggs each morning laid by their own hens and ducks. We will be back. Thanks for a truly fantastic weekend.
Jun 15, 2018 by Jade

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