Rhydhowell Farm

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Crymych

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Staggered showering times
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • 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, 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, things are very basic (and a little dated) but all the essentials are covered – showers, toilets washing-up sinks and so on – and the farm barns (again, very basic and dated) can be used as a covered area if it rains.

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.

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Facilities

Facilities here are a bit dated and basic but for campers who want a wilder experience all the basics are still well covered. There are toilets, showers, mains water taps, washing up facilities, rubbish and chemical disposal points, bottle and can recycling and Wi-Fi is even available up by the farm buildings. Stone barns for wet weather use. The main site has two 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

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.

Social Distancing Measures

Following the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, we have introduced the following measures:

  • Reduced availability of pitches to allow extra space between groups
  • Contactless check-in
  • Staggered time slots for use of showers
  • Deep cleaning of common areas.
Due to our location, it is easy to keep socially distant.  If you have any questions or queries before your visit, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We cannot promise that local pubs and restaurants will be catering at normal capacity for eating-in.  However, there are many establishments who are offering takeaway services.

Pitches

Eight grass pitches in the main one-and-a-half-acre meadow (no electrical hook-ups), plus two hideaway spots: one with room for up to three tents among a group of Douglas Firs, the other with room for one tent only, a slight walk away from the facilities next to a small dew pond.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 8 Available
We have a large campsite with no boundaries (except the hedge!!) or pitch numbers.

Hideaway 1 (The Willows)

Grass pitch Sleeps 2
The WIllows is a Hideaway site away from the main camp field.

Hideaway 2 (The Firs)

Grass pitch Sleeps 7
This is a larger Hideaway site that is more suitable for families or a gang of friends.

Second Field Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 10 Available
We have a large campsite with no boundaries (except the hedge!!) or pitch numbers.

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Location

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

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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 12 reviews

★★★★★

Welcoming and friendly spot!

I came for a 2 night stay with my younger sister, and we had a brilliant time. It's got a really casual feel, not like most campsites that seem to feel more like a holiday park. We were welcomed by John while he was making a fire, and we were invited down to a group fire in the evening. The other campers were really chatty in our field closest to the toilets. Some reviews say they're unhappy with the state of the place but honestly this is exactly the kind of place it describes on the website. Old school camping with the basic necessities. Any more luxuries and I wouldn't feel like I was really camping. There's a really charming old barn for the washing up, and the toilets are very basic but work perfectly fine. Of course there's a little mud on the floor, it's a campsite! Loads of great places to explore within 15 min drive too, my sister and I hiked the Ffynone waterfall trail and then did a big walk down the Afon Teifi in Cilgerran. Hope to come again with our brother next time!
★★★★★

Magical place to stay! Lovely farm and lovely farmer!

We had a lovely stay at Rhydhowell farm (despite the storm). There is a magical space in the barn for wet weather. It’s lit up with fairy lights and we went there to play games and drink wine when it was too rainy to sit outside. The owner John is very accommodating, lending us camping chairs when we realised we had forgotten ours. We camped at the top of the hill so had lovely views and went on some magical walks in the surrounding areas. The facilities are basic but we expected that and had everything we needed. The showers were hot and had good water pressure! All in all we had a lovely stay and will definitely be back!
★★☆☆☆

Great location, but the campsite is in a poor state

I hate to write a bad review - the owner is a nice man, and is perhaps doing his best. But I wouldn't encourage anyone to stay at Rhydhowell, in in its current state (Aug 2020). The washrooms are dilapidated and dirty, the outhouses have uncleared rubbish, the camping barn is a forlorn shell of a place. It could be a lovely campsite, but it needs lots of work to bring it round.
★★☆☆☆

Great location, but the campsite is in a poor state

I hate to write a bad review - the owner is a nice man, and is perhaps doing his best. But I wouldn't encourage anyone to stay at Rhydhowell in its current state (Aug 2020). The washrooms are dilapidated and dirty, there is rubbish in the outhouses, the camping barn is a forlorn shell of a place. It could be a lovely campsite, and I do hope he manages to turn it round. But for now, it's failing.
★★☆☆☆

Very poor

As far as I was aware there were no staggered time slots for the showers, which did not look as if they had a deep clean for a few years. The facilities were all very dilapidated and could do with a good tidy up.The barns did not look as if they had been used for years and were very dirty and dusty. Certainly no cup of tea and biscuit as per the website! Very disappointing.
★★★★★

A field with a tap - how camping used to be

The description on the website is spot on. It may be a bit run down but the facilities are clean and sufficient and the place is clearly loved. If you like the old school camping experience then this is one for you.
★★☆☆☆

Needs an overhaul

Yes this farm is remote, but it’s not an excuse for the state it is currently in. With COVID it would be expected to have a clean bathroom/toilet. No chance. The barn hasn’t been cleaned in years and there are no washing up facilities nor ‘afternoon teas’ served (this stopped many years ago). The farm experience mentioned on the website of ‘chickens, sheep, farm dog’...only a cockerel still resides and a few cats kept in a barn, so very disappointing for my kids. Family camping field is on a slope, so good luck pitching! We decided to cut our holiday short because of the site, so I would not recommend it.
Aug 10, 2020 by Amy Du Rand Verified Review
★★★★★

Secluded and beautiful

A lovely campsite with a friendly and very welcoming host (thank you John). Highly recommend staying. Easy access to the water and toilets; they are dated but worked, I enjoyed a hot shower. It felt very remote but Cardigan is close by with a large supermarket to stock up. My children loved playing with Betty the cat and it was a very relaxed atmosphere, other campers were friendly and it all led to a pleasant few days camping, with a nice fire to sit around and admire the view or star gaze. We visited Ffynone Woods, they're magical, take your swimming and hiking gear. A gentle circular walk and a chance to swim in the pool. Only 6 mins drive away. We will certainly be booking again. Hope you enjoy your stay too.
Aug 6, 2020 by Jules Hurl Verified Review
★★★☆☆

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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