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Immaculate facilities, peaceful rural location, campfires and a wonderful feeling of space, which the limited number of pitches provides

After deciding they liked the idea of opening a campsite on their farm in the western wilds of Pembrokeshire, Gary and Annie Loch thought long and hard about what kind of campsite they would wish to stay on. They realised they now had a golden opportunity – to create something new and perfect. That they have been so successful kind of confirms that the original ideas were right for the sort of folk they hoped to attract.

Firstly, they were determined to create space for campers to breathe, both spiritually and physically, as an escape from the intense urban lifestyle most of us have to lead. And, the experience had to reflect the original essence of camping – being more directly involved with the natural world. The impression you get is that Gary and Annie, possibly without realising it, have delved even deeper into (wo)man’s camping past and are encouraging campers to feel just a little of what our prehistoric forebears must have felt when they were gathered around the fire at night: the mysterious gaze into the flames; the eerie sounds of the night, and the other creatures out there sharing their lives, but keeping their distance.

The effort to create this natural, but comfortable, camping experience has resulted in Ty Parke having just ten pitches in a space where a hundred might take up residence on other campsites, and the provision of those ‘sounds of the night’ (very authentic they are, too) comes from their adjacent five-acre Nature Trail, where badgers and foxes warily wander.

Ty Parke also offers four luxuriously appointed glamping yurts for campers who wish to try something even more authentic, or decadent, depending on how you view these things. Eventually though, peaceful though it may be at Ty Parke, thoughts must eventually turn to the outside world. Gary and Annie urge guests to bring their bikes with them and discover that there is enough entertainment to keep the family busy for the full week within a 30-minute bike ride. There are glorious beaches, quaint little harbours, adrenalin-rush boat trips, something called ‘coasteering’, pony trekking, big waves and even a cathedral; and all within reach on your push iron.

Ty Parke is camping as it used to be, with the wilds pushing in around the edges, but without the hardships.

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The Owner Says

Ten camping pitches and four luxury glamping yurts, thoughtfully set out in over 50 acres of rolling farmland and young woodlands. Accessed from a long private lane, away from roads and civilisation. Close to the outstanding Pembrokeshire coastline and its beautiful beaches. With great facilities and freedom to roam, this hidden-away gem of a campsite is an exceptional holiday destination for families, friends and couples.

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★★★★★

We just keep going back

We'll be heading back to Ty Parke this summer for our seventh year in a row, and I know we're not the only long term repeat visitors. There's a reason you have to book early if you want to camp here! We first camped on one of the secluded pitches with our kids when they were 4 and 1, seven years on they still love it. Both of us had been scouts and had been spoiled by camping on scout sites where you get a whole field to yourself and all the firewood you can burn. We thought it was impossible to find that on a public site until we discovered Ty Parke. On the secluded pitches you can really believe that you're the only people in the world, especially at night when the fire is lit and the only sounds are the insects buzzing. That said, you're never far from the facilities, which are immaculate - proper family bathrooms, no dingy shower blocks! Campfires are not just allowed but encouraged, there's a huge supply of reasonably-priced firewood which is fantastic quality, and they even provide axes to chop it and tubs to carry it in. Gary and Annie (and of course Bramble the dog) are the perfect hosts, friendly, always there for help and advice if you need it but not in your face if you don't. The site always seems to attract lovely people, and especially in the school holidays has a really nice family feel. Our kids always make friends within a day of arriving, and the site is so safe that we can happily let them just go off and play. The weekly pizza night is a fun social evening. Overall there may be a site as good as Ty Parke somewhere else, but I doubt it.
Jun 21, 2018 by Steve Smith
★★★★★

If only all campsites were like this...

Ty Parke is a very special place: I think it's that balance between being so obviously cared for and looked after while still retaining a very natural peace and charm. I can't remember when we last saw so many butterflies. We stayed in the meadow which is a wonderful open space with some very generously sized pitches mown for tents and obviously it's easy to see the stars at night. The bathroom and shower facilities are excellent, and ideal for even the most cautious camper; tiled floors, heated tower rails, a proper lock on the door and clean! We had a wonderful warm welcome from Gary and Annie, and are looking forward to going back next year.
Jul 22, 2017 by Claire Lewis
★★★★★

What it's all about

This is what it's all about !  We have two children and if they grow up remembering the time we spent camping at Ty Parke - that will be some pretty good holiday memories.  Even when it rains the place is pretty special.  Thank you Gary and Annie for making it possible.

Aug 2, 2015 by mangofire
★★★★★

Delightful

We stayed on the Willow Yurt site with our two young children and friends who also have young children, for the May bank holiday. This is our second stay and it matched our first despite mixed weather this year. The yurt, site and facilities were immaculate and we had a fantastic weekend in this idyllic location. Gary and Annie are superb hosts and their attention to detail is second to none. The children particularly enjoyed helping to feed the lambs and one of our friends children said it was his best holiday ever!

May 12, 2015 by Heather
★★★★★

fab campsite

This is a wonderful campsite.  We camped for two weeks this summer with our 5, 4 and 2 year old.  They loved it.  They made lots of friends and enjoyed the freedom they had.  We loved the space, the nightly camp fires and the wonderful welcome from Gary and Annie.  The weekly pizza night was a lovely touch.  If we ever get to go back to beautiful Pembrokeshire, Ty Parke will be our first choice of places to stay.

Sep 8, 2014 by mary
★★★★★

Peace and yurts

We chose Ty Parke for part of our honeymoon in Wales as we thought it offered the best yurt accommodation possible. We were not disappointed: our yurt was stunning, and it included a really comfortable bed, attractive table and chairs and very comfy futons which doubled up as day chairs. The woodburning stove was much needed in the chill and wet weather but we had a good supply of logs which were provided for both outdoor camp fire and indoor stove. 
There are many things that make this camp site special, and as far as the yurts are concerned, in addition to the practical and attractive furnishings, it's the fact that Gary and Annie have made a separate 'kitchen' with full camp cooking facilities and table/bench. This is dry in the worst of weathers (we had lots of 'worst weather' - fog in June?!), keeps the smells out of the living area, and also ensures that food can be stored out of the way of interested wildlife. We appreciated the space between pitches - it was totally private in our 'dell'. 
We also loved the shower/loo facilities which were combined in lovely big bathrooms - best ever. Having a warm towel rail and bathmat just seems so incredibly trusting and civilised, but it was a home from home rather than a cold, and often mouldy, cramped experience which is what we often find when camping. 
The only thing I would say is that if you had children who are reluctant walkers and want to stay in the yurt - which would be great fun - the Dingley Dell is quite a long way from the facilities. However, the other two yurts were much closer - just something to discuss if booking. 
Other excellent facilities included two fridges - so useful - freezer, kettle for a quick brew, washing machine and barn drying line. We appreciated all the recycling options - home from home again!
We made use of Pembrokeshire on line food ordering which really made life easy as our supplies were there when we arrived. 

Apr 3, 2014 by Liz RH
★★★★★

Can't get better than this

An absolutely perfect campsite, huge, with spacious open fields yet sheltered and cosy at the same time. The facilities are great, with a kettle, plenty of fridge space and spotless bathrooms. There are chickens and a lovely border collie roaming around, lambs to bottle-feed, and children can be released to play in the shallow stream! Would love to go back, for two weeks this time, because it would be nice to have a few days to do nothing but enjoy the peace.

Aug 19, 2013 by kmckay
★★★★★

Ty Parke Farm

I’ve just returned from a full week at Ty Parke as a family of 4, with our youngest being only 2, and we had a fabulous time! The site is really peaceful, with 5* facilities - spotlessly clean showers, toilets, washing up facilities, and little extras such as free eggs from the hens, campfire pits with grills at each pitch, along with your own picnic bench. This is how camping should be. There are lots of places to explore, from saying hello to the pigs, sheep and horses, to exploring the nature trails around the farm. The main field is never crowded - we were one of only 5 families in that field, despite it being fully booked. There is an impressive looking Tipi if you fancy something different, as well as wild camping pitches further away from the amenities. The highlight had to be the campfires each evening. There is plenty of wood, only £2.50 for a huge basket full that you can collect and chop to the right size yourselves - improving your axe skills as the week goes on! The views of the stars in the evening are first class - not a streetlight in sight, so stargazing is a real pleasure! We had a fabulous family camping holiday - all the space we needed, but other people around if you want to have company. Perfect really! Nearby I would recommend The Sloop Inn for a family friendly pub with lovely meals, in Porthgain, as well as St David’s (and in particular the pub on the hill just above the Cathedral, sorry can’t remember the name, but the meals there were fabulous!)!
Aug 15, 2010 by parrots

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