Rhydhowell Farm

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Crymych

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
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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Facilities

Toilets, showers, mains water taps, washing up facilities, rubbish and chemical disposal points, bottle and can recycling, WiFi available on farm. Stone barns for wet weather use. The main site has 2 designated campfire areas, while campfires are permitted in the other tent-only areas (firepits provided). Subject to ground conditions you are welcome to park your car by your tent. 22 acres of neighbouring woodland to explore.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs, separate land for Scouts, Guides, DofE and organised groups – yes.

Nearby

There are Blue Flag beaches at Poppit Sands, Newport and Mwnt – the first two being dog friendly – while Ffynone Woods (with a waterfall and pool) makes for excellent inland exploring. Further afield, nearby attractions include fantastic Cardigan Castle (01239 615131), opened to the public in April 2015 after a massive 12 year restoration project, and The Welsh Wildlife Centre. There's also very easy access to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, the Preseli Hills and the Pembrokeshire National Park.

Food & Drink

There's a cute little tea room in one of the farm barns and Boncath has an excellent Post Office and shop. There are supermarkets in Cardigan and Newcastle Emlyn. Pub-wise there are 3 locals: The Nags Head (01239 841200) at Abercych offers seasonal menus, all cooked in house by their chef using the best Welsh ingredients. The Fynnone Arms in Newchapel (01239 841800) does excellent Sunday lunches and specialises in dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan menu options. The Butchers Arms in Tegryn (01239 698680) does good basic pub grub.

Opening Times

The site is open for basic camping all year round but the main shower block is shut down from the end of September to the week before Easter.

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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.

Pitches

8 grass pitches in the main 1½-acre meadow (no electrical hook-ups), plus 2 hideaway spots: one with room for up to 3 tents among a group of Douglas Firs, the other with room for 1 tent only, a slight walk away from the facilities next to a small dewpond.

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Location

Contact Rhydhowell Farm, Rhydhowell Farm, Boncath, Pembrokeshire SA37 0LA

Getting There

From the M4 motorway follow the A48 (signposted Carmarthen). On reaching Carmarthen follow the A40 (sign-posted Fishguard, St Clears). Stay on the A40 until you reach the Penblewin Roundabout take the A478 (signposted Cardigan). Continue on the A478 to Blaenffos, as you exit Blaenffos turn right onto the B4332 (signposted Cenarth, Newcastle Emlyn). At the next T-junction turn right into Boncath, after the Boncath Inn on your left, take the next right (signposted Bwlchgroes). Approximately 500m turn right into a narrow lane (signposted Rhydhowell Farm). Continue along the lane for another 500m and turn right into the farm entrance.

From the A487 at Cardigan take the A478 (signposted Tenby). Continue forward onto the A478. Entering Rhoshill, as you exit Rhoshill turn left (signposted Boncath). When you reach the junction in Boncath with the Boncath Inn on your right go straight across onto the road ahead (signposted Bwlchgroes). Approximately 500m turn right into a narrow lane (signposted Rhydhowell Farm). Continue along the lane for another 500m and turn right into the farm entrance.

There are good regular train services to Carmarthen or Aberystwyth, which connect with buses to Cardigan or Boncath village. There’s also an excellent local taxi company, who can collect from any of the nearby towns or stations, and who have minibuses available.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★☆☆

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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