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Blissfully basic, tent-only camping meadows on a 72-acre Pembrokeshire farm with forests, fields, flora and fauna and endless space to roam

Just south of Boncath village, on the edge of the Preseli Hills, 72-acre Rhydhowell Farm appears deceptively smaller at first. The meadows, bordered by hedges and mature trees are all parcelled up into neat sizes while a blanket of semi-ancient woodland covers over 20 acres – almost a third of the farm’s land. The result is a small-scale, relatively basic campsite but with endless room for nippers to go exploring. A nature trail wiggles its way among the trees of Cwm Rhew-erwyll (the Valley of frosts) and Cnwc-y-Perfedd (the mound of guts) – ghoulish names for the evocative natural landscape – and bird- and wildlife abounds. Bring some binoculars and a notebook to notch down all the critters.

The first of the farm’s meadows, open all year round, has just five grass pitches but there’s a second field opened in summer specifically for tent campers. When school’s out this extra space fills with families, a super social camping area where children make friends for the duration of their holiday. Campfires are permitted and, provided the weather isn’t terrible, you can park your car alongside your pitch. Plus, if you manage to book far enough in advance, there are two extra ‘hidden’ areas where a few small tents can pitch among the trees. Facilities-wise, all the essentials are covered – showers, toilets washing-up sinks and so on – and the farm barns can be used as a covered area if it rains.

The farm itself still has plenty of animals – help collect free range eggs in the morning or watch as sheepdog Sally rounds up her flock – and the old stone buildings date back to the 1790s. The grade II listed, whitewashed farmhouse is at the centre of it all, taking pride of place among the gardens, ponds and greenhouses. It’s all there waiting to be explored and stepping out onto the farm footpaths is always the best way of taking it all in, footstep by footstep. From wide-open views to the babbling brook among the woods there’s a wild world waiting to be found. Stumble across the waterfall and you’ll really begin to appreciate the magical beauty of this place – a camping oasis.

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The Owner Says

Rhydhowell Farm is situated south of Boncath on the edge of the Preseli Hills, and the Pembrokeshire National Park The seventy two acre farm includes twenty two acres of woodland, amazing views and listed 18 Century house and buildings. The campsite provides basic facilities - Toilets, showers, washing up and wet weather room.

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★★★☆☆

It was very secluded and left to ourselves.

It was ok, the main reason for the low mark is the very basic facilities provided. The shower (only one in working order out of two) is in the same 'room' as a toilet. A couple of other toilets are available. One shower for a site of this size is not really enough and did spoil the experience some what. That said, is was only £12 per night! We were in 'The Willows' The seclusion which was nice, meant that the glorious views available were not avaliable to us as we could not see over the hedging. Not sure I would go again, but would not specifically exclude it
Aug 11, 2018 by Ian
★★★★★

A special spot for proper camping.

It might be basic but this place is all about camping as it should be – fresh air, lovely views and acres of space to play and build dens. Kids love the friendly Welsh border collie Mischief and there's horses and sheep in neighbouring fields. The owner John is super friendly and is happy to leave you to your own devices. The camping is spread over two separate fields either side of the secluded track, with a private paddock surrounded by trees in the upper field. It really does feel remote but Cardigan is only 15mins away, with Aberporth beach a little further. There's plenty of spots for a campfires and kids love playing round the standing stones in the lower field. We'll definitely be returning!
Aug 8, 2018 by drj
★★★★★

The absolute peace and quiet

Just stayed again for 4 nights this may bank holiday weekend. We thought it would be nice to see the area earlier in the year as we enjoy it so much. We spent one evening watching the sunset over the cardigan bay. If you head to Newport (coming from cardigan) go through the town and there is a little turning on the left. Continue up over the cattle grids. You can thank me later.. Anyway. We love it. We love how basic it is. The no frills. Just pitch up and enjoy.
May 9, 2018 by BenandCaz
★★★★★

Basic but beautiful camping!

Stayed here for 19 days this year, absolutely loved every moment of it. It's far enough from everything to do with modern life and we love it. Dont come expecting marble floors and gold plated loo seats, The toilet block is basic but very usable. The scenery is absolutely beautiful, don't just sit by the tent and think how nice it is, get up into the top fields to really enjoy the view. It's truely stunning. If you want a nice view, Turn right at the end of the farm road and right again at the cross roads, pull over at the top of the hill. Take time to admire the beauty. Almost everywhere in south west/west Wales is accessible from here. St Davids just over an hour, Aberystwyth just over an hour, Tenby 45 mins, Carmarthen 45 mins, Cardigan 15 mins. These are taking it steady times. Well behaved (Ish - ours kept bloody barking) Dogs are very welcome. John the owner is a really nice guy, always happy to help, and always has a good suggestion for somewhere to go/places to see. This for us really is a GEM of a find, I don't think I want to go anywhere other then here, just because when your finally set up, that's it, make a fire in the evenings and listen to the owls/foxes. Just absolute tranquility. If you like basic no frills camping, full of charm and character for an old farm, where you can let the kids/dogs off to run around and explore, then this is for you.
Aug 11, 2017 by BenandCaz

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