North Lodge

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Crymych

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Unassuming little site tucked away in one of the least visited corners of Pembrokeshire

You’ll likely be greeted by sheepdogs Beau and Luke and/or a clutch of rescue chickens as you drive into North Lodge, an unassuming little campsite in the grounds of the former Pant-y-Deri Estate and the shadow of the Preseli Hills. It consists of a selection of unmarked but secluded pitches set between rhododendron bushes and high hedges. Site owners Jane and Martin Callaby make sustainability and recycling a central tenet of the North Lodge experience and are heavily involved in a wide variety of eco-schemes. That said, there’s never a holier-than-thou attitude to camping here – the welcome is warm and friendly and above all there’s a genuine laid back feeling to the site.

What’s especially nice is that this is a part of Pembrokeshire that the guide books and tourist brochures generally overlook in favour of the more high profile coastline (one of the most spectacular sections of which is still only a short drive away). You’ll find it hard to resist the temptation to walk in the blue-shadowed Preseli Hills in the near distance, from the summits of which, on a clear day, you can see most of West Wales and even Ireland’s Wicklow Hills on the other side of the Irish Sea.

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Facilities

Campfires allowed at site owners’ discretion. Ten pitches, one hook up; ‘eco-cabin’ sleeps up to five people with wood burner and open plan sleeping/living area and a kitchen shed, also quirky 'Horse Lorry' sleeps up to 2 people with wood burner and kitchen/lounge area. Both units have there own toilet, and a short walk away there is a well insulated shower for all year round. For campers onsite there is basic but clean washrooms and one shower (free), one normal and two compost loos (in separate area), drying area, communal cooking/fire/bbq area and indoor room with tea making facilities. There’s also the option of four to six-person set up tents for lazy campers.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, dogs (dog walking area on site and you can even do dog agility courses!), families, first time campers – yes.

Nearby

Nearby Cenarth has lovely waterfalls and a good selection of pubs/tearooms although it can get busy, plus the National Coracle Centre (01239 710980). Wales’ biggest and best preserved Neolithic dolmenPentre Ifan is a few minutes’ drive away and above it are the Preseli Hills from where the Bluestones of Stonehenge were quarried.

Food & Drink

The best option is The Boncath Inn (01239 841241), less than five-minutes’ drive away, a traditional, friendly pub offering decent pub grub and ales. Just down the coast at Newport is the Cnapan Restaurant (01239 820575), one of the best eateries in Pembrokeshire.

Opening Times

Open all year.

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The Owner Says

North Lodge is a traditional campsite with  picturesque views over the Preseli Hills in remote Pembrokeshire.  Long grass and hedges surround  a selection of the grass pitches allowing maximum privacy for guests. The unique off grid cabins and horse lorry all have their own private spaces.  At night, campers can enjoy star gazing around a campfire and, by day, there are many beaches to explore just 10 minutes away.  For walkers there's the Coastal path or inland there are many different woodland, hill and riverside walks.  

Accommodation

There is a range of pitches and pitch sizes, all are big and not overcrowded. There are long grass areas and bushes around the pitches for privacy. For very large tents please specify and we will allocate a space. Vehicles not allowed on the field, wheelbarrows supplied for your kit. Damson off grid cabin is set in the old orchard with plenty of space outside, sometimes cabiners friends also bring tents and pitch up next to the cabin.  Preseli Cabin is on the edge of the camping field with its own hedge lined garden area. Our converted horse lorry Romerco is set in its own meadow, very private and secluded ideal for couples or friends who want to chill in their own space.

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Location

Contact North Lodge, Blaenffos, Boncath, Pembrokeshire SA37 0JE

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Getting There

The site is on the south side of the B4332 mid-way between Eglwyswrw and Boncath.  The postcode is SA37 0JE.  On booking we always send directions as SATNAV is not always reliable due to our large postcode area.   For practical ease most of our visitors come by car, we are not far from most places and you can enjoy a cycling holiday around the area.
Trains are now more frequent on the South West Wales line to Fishguard, you can reach our site from Clunderwen Station on this line, or Fishguard station which is slightly further.  The bus from Clunderwen is the 430 from Narberth to Cardigan.  The bus from Fishguard to Cardigan is the T5, you alight at Eglwyswrw.  
For cycling and walking around the area go to the following:

http://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=107,1180&parent_directory_id=646&id=12847

http://www.discoverceredigion.co.uk/English/what/cycling/Pages/Cycle-Break-Centres.aspx

http://www.discoverceredigion.co.uk/English/what/walking/Pages/Walking.aspx


Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 7 reviews

★★★★★

Tranquil. Natural. Secluded. Chilled.

The perfect campsite if you like a basic, quiet camping experience. We loved staying there. All the amenities required are provided. We particularly liked the wild, natural, rustic nature of North Lodge. Martin and Jane never over-fill the site with campers so you get a fantastic feeling of space and privacy. If you are a wild camping kind of person you're going to love North Lodge!
Aug 31, 2019 by niki butcher
★★★★★

Fantastic place.

With the peaceful surroundings and lovely people we had an absolutely lovely stay.the campfire was great and had all the facilities we needed.
Aug 19, 2019 by Lee Williams
★★★★★

Lovely, quiet, natural stay with child and dog

Our five year old loved butterfly counting, the dog loved the garden. We loved the peace and quiet. We stayed in presilli, which was lovely on colder nights and the veranda was just great to eat under. Martin was very informative and helpful. We will be recommending it to our more eco-concious friends. It was rustic and not at all like some of the bigger sites with playgrounds etc that we have been to, but that is part of it's charm. We will be booking again!
Aug 4, 2019 by Nicola Bovey
★★★★★

Back to nature

What can I say, I went there to be able to have piece and quiet and to be left alone to ponder my thoughts and spend quality time with my niece. It was everything and more. Welcomed by Jane and offered a hot drink which was very much needed after a long journey. When shown to the cabin it was everything I had visioned. The buzzing of Bees and the birds singing was the only noise to be heard. The cabin is situated within its own little garden where you can enjoy the flowers in the day and have a campfire with the stars at night. Close to some very nice beaches with coastal walks that the scenery is amazing. Would highly recommend to anyone needing some time away from everyday life.
May 28, 2019 by Jane
★★★★★

A lovely & cosy retreat that doesn't cost the earth

We were greeted by friendly and playful dog Nell, as Jane welcomed us and showed us the garden way round to Preseli Cabin. What stunning views! We were given a lovely cup of hot tea as we unloaded our gear using a wheelbarrow, and soon sat on the veranda , enjoying peace, birdsong, and spring greenery allround with the hills in the distance. The Cabin offers rustic charm and is perfectly suited for eco-conscious glampers. We had brought our own Kelly kettle, gas-cooker, stove-top coffee percolator , feuerhand lamps and bedding (sleeping bags and duvet on top), and were very snug.The woodburner makes all the difference! The kitchen area is simple and clean, and provides big water carrier bottles , so we could keep water at hand for cooking or washing up. Perhaps a little bolt on the inside of one of the kitchen doors might be a good idea,so one door can be kept closed, when it's cooler outside. We enjoyed being able to take nice hot showers in a clean and we'll equipped shower-shed. Martin &Jane are friendly and helpful hosts, who provided us with a lovely retreat, and we will be back. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area, so North Lodge is an ideal base camp. We recommend the Preseli hills walks, St Dogmaels, Poppit Sands beach, the Nature reserve near Cardigan.
Apr 13, 2019 by Hélène & Andy
★★★★★

Idyllic

This is a beautiful, quiet little gem of a campsite in a beautiful part of Wales. The owners are welcoming and laidback and the campsite is thoughtfully set out and with a great respect for nature, so that it appears to spontaneously emerge from the impossibly scenic surroundings. There's also so much to do in the area, eg. castles, a multitude of beaches to meet every wish, market towns, standing stones, glorious walks, that you could spend a fortnight here without getting restless.
Aug 11, 2016 by ash.kay
★★★★★

Stunning Views

There's nothing quite like waking up to the views off the Welsh mountains. A truly stunning location. It is a little bit in land so is not as windy as many beach side camping sites, but is still only a 10 minute drive to some lovely beaches. The owners were extremely welcoming, bringing us cups of tea whilst we pitched our tent.

It's an eco campsite which has a large communal BBQ/fire error that is somewhat enclosed from where the tents are pitched which made it feel a little like we were on a group camp with with our mates when we were kids. We will be going back!

Also nearby Cenarth Waterfalls is a must see.

Mar 6, 2014 by Charli

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