Spring Meadow Farm Campsite The Greener Camping Club
Nr. Caerfarchell, Solva, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 6XG
When Lynne and Tim planted willows around a one acre fruit patch on their Pembrokeshire market garden, their intention was to help shelter the soft fruit they were growing for the local farmer’s market. What they didn’t realise is that they were also sowing the seeds for a camping sanctuary, transforming their home into one rather charming Pembrokeshire campsite. Today, you won’t meet a single camper leaving Spring Meadow Farm who isn’t singing its praises. They’re easy people to find too, since they all return again the next year!
Smack in the middle of St Davids Peninsula, Spring Meadow Farm’s enclosed meadows boast just five grassy pitches, providing ample space even when fully booked. Stays are of a simple and natural kind – there are no electrical hook-ups and each pitch has a moveable wooden picnic table, along with a firepit for that essential evening campfire. The remaining 12-acres are still a bountiful market garden – complete with polytunnels full of vegetables that are sold on site – and, though campervans are allowed, it’s predominantly tents that pepper the flat camping meadow.
It’s the relaxed approach to camping here that makes the place so endearing. Guests are welcome to stroll the margins of neighbouring fields, where unkempt hedges attract gold finches and grasshopper warblers, while kids can busy themselves on the outdoor table-tennis table. Several bright buddleias are also grown on the fringes of the camping meadows – earning their horticultural nickname as ‘the butterfly bush’ with the numbers they attract. It all gives the place a slightly wild and rustic feel, hidden in the back of beyond.
Above all else, however, it’s the location that keeps most of those praise-singing campers returning. Though it may feel delightfully isolated, Spring Meadow Farm is surrounded by popular beaches on almost every side. The coast path walk from Porthgain to Abereiddy is the spot to watch the sunset from, head west for surfing and swimming on Whitesands Beach or drop south to pretty Solva, where the long quayside is ideal for crabbing. The village overlooks a picturesque, dinghy-dotted estuary that is fed, in part, by a tiny stream originating back at the campsite itself. So campers here, it seems, are really just following the natural order: Always bound for the seaside.
The Owner SaysLocated at the heart of the St Davids Peninsula within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Spring Meadow Farm is just 3 miles from both St Davids and Solva and within easy reach of spectacular coastline, exhilarating walks, lovely sandy beaches, surfing, kayaking, coasteering, fantastic wildlife and island boat trips.
Perfection in Pembrokeshire
Our family of four stayed in the Swallows Yurt for a week and had a wonderfully relaxing holiday. The site is very mellow and the facilities are excellent. The yurt is fantastic – spacious, airy, with a log burner which we lit every evening, even though the weather was warm. The beds are extremely comfortable and we all slept well. A few yards away the yurt has its own dedicated covered kitchen with gas burners, cold running water, seating, crockery and cutlery. And we also had our own dedicated shower – again just a few steps away, with wonderfully warm water. There's also your own fire pit and a communal block with toilets, fridge freezer, washing machine and a sink with running hot water. The owners, Lynne and Tim, were very welcoming and instructive, available to help when needed. We toured the beaches of the region, particularly enjoying Whitesands, Solva, Broadhaven and Newport Bay. The scenery is jaw-dropping, with miles and miles of walks along beautiful coastline. St Davids is a wonderful little city with some really nice shops and a cathedral that was hosting an orchestra and an art exhibition. If you come, try the delicious local pasties (with minced lamb and leeks) and the array of ice creams on sale in St Davids. We would recommend Swallows Yurt without hesitation – if you like the outdoors but want to try something a little different, a little more comforting, you'll love staying here. Thanks, Lynne and Tim – we hope to see you again soon.
This is a special place and we loved our stay here for May half term week 2017. Why is it special? (1) Very laid back, incredibly friendly owners Lynn and Tim (2) Only 5 pitches and huge ones at that! So much space for sprogs to run amok (3) Very good facilities - Lovely hot shower room with loo, + separate loo. Big fridge freezer! Washing machine. (4) Poly tunnel table tennis and clothes drying for wet and windy days (5) Location – tucked away but everything is so close, from Solva, St Davids and a range of wonderful beaches
Fantastic place for kids.
We stayed here for two weeks in August. There were only two other tents the first week in our field, and one in the field behind us, separated by lovely trees). And the second week two different tents, one apposite and one next to us. Which means there is plenty of space for everyone and it really is a quiet, small campsite. All pitches have their own movable picnic tables, which is very handy. Our side had sun pretty much from the morning until end of afternoon, and all the pitches have their own fire pit. It's a short walk to the immaculately kept ( thanks to hardworking Lynne!) 2 toilets and shower. There's also a washing machine and cold and warm water for washing up. Tim and Lynne let you walk the grounds ( keeping to the sides where they grow vegetable obviously) which are really a great place for butterflies, bugs, meditation and sunshine). Tim has been growing vegetables for many years, and sells them on side, so every morning you can have some fresh tomatoes, and cucumber), and of course a lot of vegetables for your dinner. They also have a fantastic yurt in the other field of which they have done a great job with and it looks fantastic. Although it's on the road to St. David's ( not even 10 minutes by car, so great if you want to visit local Nisa supermarket for freshly baked croissants, and breads early in the morning), you don't notice the traffic that much, and at night it gets even quieter. Beautiful night skies with little air pollution, great for stargazing. There is a lot of grass for the children to roam, and we had no problem letting our 20 month old explore the place, it feels really safe, as is quite a way from the road, and Lynne and Tim don't want cars on side, which is great. Lot of credit to Lynne and Tim who are a really lovely couple ( thanks again Lynne for the Dutch oven, next time we WILL use it:-)) My only question was about drying facilities, because we had a few rainy days and it was hard to keep things dry, but Lynne told me they've already discussed that, and were working on a solution, We had a wonderful stay with Lynne and Tim and also had great 'neighbours' both weeks. Definitely highly recommended camping. Thanks for all your hard labour guys.
Charming quiet site
We stayed at Spring Meadow Farm for a week this summer. The site is beautifully kept and fantastically located in close proximity to the many wonderful delights that North Pembrokeshire has to offer. It is quiet and well maintained, the shower and toilets are kept spotlessly clean with a constant supply of hot water and table tennis for those waiting their turn. We enjoyed many campfires and fresh vegetables the owners grow themselves. Will definitely return, highly recommended!
I almost don't want to write a review as I don't want everyone knowing about this site! We have been staying here for a number of years having tried many sites in west wales. The site is about 3 miles inland which means you don't get a sea view, but you also don't get the spectacular prmbrokeshire storms smashing your tent. Tim and Lynne are fantastic- laid back and friendly. The site has huge pitches (really huge!) in flat, well drained fields, protected by well chosen planting. There are fires allowed (encouraged!) with tables and grills provided. The site is off the main road from st David's so no scary single track roads. There is a clean toilet block but only one shower: when busy a second shower would be a good idea. You can buy wood and farm veg from the site. Prmbrokeshire has some of the best beaches and views in Europe - excellent surfing just down the road at newgale This site is camping as it should be in a fantastic location. Highly recommended
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A brilliant little campsite! We stayed four nights, arriving in pouring rain to a warm welcome from Lynne and Tim. It was quiet, but close to St David's, the beach, plenty of interestingly different places to visit and lots of beautiful countryside to walk and soak up the fantastic atmosphere round there. The field wasn't cut when we arrived - understandably in light of the weather conditions - but this was remedied as soon as it was dry enough, when we were also able to enjoy the firepit by our pitch. The shower, toilets and washing up area were kept spotless, with an immaculate firdge freezer and washing machine. Numerous small touches showed a lot of thought, including a picnic table by each pitch, a good selection of tourist information, books to borrow, soap by every tap, clearly labelled bins (a green site, with everything possible recycled and cars left in the yard on the other side of the lane), and even an outdoor table tennis table with bats and balls free to use. The farm produce was freshly picked and delicious!
Just what we needed!
The only reason I wouldn't want to review this site is I am not keen to share this wonderful place with too many people in case we can't get a space when we inevitably return one day! Tee hee..
We travelled a long way from Cumbria in June to this campsite and it was worth every mile !
We've been stung on 'quiet' sites in the past with loud music (and thoughtless drunken behaviour in the past) so we were looking for somewhere different this year.
The campfire and bench clinched it for us and we became rather good at campfire cooking!
The site is unspoilt and just as a farm should be, I enjoyed an early morning stroll trying to spot the pair of cuckoo's I could hear every evening and morning.
We were lucky that the weather was superb but we were pleased to have the freedom to erect a gazebo for extra outdoor space/shelter and it felt spacious and private even on the first night when all 5 pitches were occupied.
We stayed with 2 young boys and they enjoyed every minute that we spent on the campsite , we were relaxed too, knowing they were safe away from traffic.
It's really not far at all to St David's so we didn't feel cut off from civilisation but the compromise of not overlooking the sea was more than made up by the peace and tranquillity of the site: the friendly owners Lynne and Tim, the spotless shower/toilet facilities plus washing machine and fridge freezer.
We had 8 nights and only one was a bit noisy as our last night must have coincided with local farm harvesting of some sort which meant the nearby fields had loud machinery going until midnight! It seemed much louder at night but this may have been a one off and they have to work when the weather's favourable I guess.
I can't fault the site and look forward to returning in a few years for more beach, coastal walks and boat trips to this most beautiful part of Wales .