Top Of The Woods The Greener Camping Club

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Crymych

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
Care-free Welsh camping with acres of space, excellent walks and a beautiful woodland on the doorstep

It’s very easy to get lost at Top of the Woods Campsite. Not in the literal sense – owners Soo and Jon give you a map on arrival – but lost in the more airy-fairy, do as you care-y sort of way. The atmosphere is one so laid back it’s almost horizontal, the flittering of bird and wildlife enlivens every acre, and the light, white-grey wisps of campfire smoke give that essential campsite feel that holiday parks just can’t contend with. No, there’s something lose-yourself special at Top of the Woods.

All the same, when we talk in the literal, this is a sizeable patch of land. Spread over 27 acres, campers here aren’t exactly short of space. And, as if to add to it all, where the corner of the site feathers into a mature flank of oak trees, the gargantuan Ffynone Wood begins - a vast 325 acres of forest - much of which is now a designated SSSI.

The varied accommodation comprises of a large camping meadow (with just 15 pitch-where-you-want spots), 4 fully-furnished nature domes (complete with log burners), 4 luxury safari lodges and 9 pioneer camps. There are no electrical hook-ups which means the campsite has a rustic, traditional atmosphere, something accentuated by the fact cars are parked by the entrance with wheelbarrows for trucking in your gear.

When you pop your head through the tent flaps, its not long before you find a neighbour – usually of the non-human kind. The woods have the largest resident badger population in West Wales, rabbits work like natural hedge trimmers, nuzzling along the meadow edges and, if your particularly lucky, otters can sometimes be spotted slipping into Afon Dulas, a charmingly peaceful stream that runs along the southern edge of the site.

Once part of the huge Ffynone Estate, which was split up in the late 50s, the campsite is located on quaint Penralt Farm. The 18th-century farmstead still has chickens scratching around outside and three kunekune pigs that grey the line between pet and farm-animal. Within the Georgian farm sheds, house martins too and fro by day, while rare breed of bat (the farm hosts 7 of the UK's 17 bat species) also nest within the eves. Slightly separate from the other farm buildings, a Dutch Barn has been converted for camper's use as a covered picnic area. It has tables, hammocks and a stash of games for anyone to use – a handy place to mull over the mapped out walking route that leads you into the trees to the enchantingly named ‘secret waterfall’.

In all, Top of the Woods has an almost fictional feel; a countryside atmosphere embodied in books and paintings of the past. Like a care-free kid from the famous five you can delve into the woods in search of adventure or play cricket in the meadows and picnic in the sun. The Pembrokeshire location may often be the reason campers first arrive – a valuable attraction in itself – but by the time they leave many find they’ve hardly left the campsite at all, such is its size, shape and sheer space that's there to get lost in!



A stand out feature is the 1950s Dutch Barn communal area, a large covered space with picnic benches, phone charging, lighting, games and hammocks. There is freezer for ice bricks and a microwave for baby food.
There are water and recycling points and compost loos in all the meadows and in the pioneer lodge and safari lodge meadows there are also hot showers. The main facilities are in the courtyard area, including hot showers and flushing toilets, washing up sinks and drying lines.
There is free Wi-Fi in courtyard area and at the communal fire pit. Campfires are permitted in the meadows (off the ground only) and fire wood and locally made charcoal are sold onsite.
The site has 3 kunekune pigs, free range hens, a dog and a cat. On site activities include, weekend Yoga Breakfast Club, Bushcraft and Nature Discovery, Storytelling around the campfire and other special events during the season. There is a field left free for games, with equipment onsite that can be borrowed.

Suitable For

Tents, dogs, groups (prior arrangement), gazebos (with a small extra charge) – yes. Caravans, campervans, motorhomes, trailer tents – no.


The campsite sometimes lays on special events, like guided wildlife walks, through the adjoining 325-acre Ffynone Wood and maps are also provided on your arrival with local routes, including Soo’s Secret Waterfall Trail. The site is directly traversed by a bridleway that leads immediately into the woods. 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, in the Teifi Marsh Nature Reserve. There's also very easy access to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, the Preseli Hills and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with a particular highlight being the Teifi gorge, fabulous for kayaking and canoeing.

Food & Drink

Top of the Woods offers guests hot farmhouse breakfasts at weekends and hosted dinners evenings, all prepared with high quality local produce.  They also host pop up restaurants such as wood fired pizzas during school holidays. A mobile fishmonger also visits twice weekly, selling the freshest Welsh seafood. Pub-wise there are two 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.


Spring Bank Holiday weekend – End of September.

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The Owner Says

Places like Penrallt Farm are a rare and special thing in today's world. Penrallt loosely translates from the Welsh as "top of the woods", and is our 27 acre Georgian farm in the stunning unspoilt Teifi Valley in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

Our mission is to inspire through nature and to be the best loved eco-holiday business in Wales!  Everything we do is inspired by creating something which is sustainable, enriching and unique.

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Social Distancing Measures

We are a low-density camping & glamping site with pitches at least 10 metres apart and a very high cleaning standards – check our guest reviews! Here are our new  covid 19 measures in places to help keep each other safe on site and when visiting Pembrokeshire

*Low- density camping  *  New check in time & process to manage social distancing when guests arrive  * extra hand sanitizers across the site & accommodation * Increased cleaning of communal facilities  * Changes to our communal activities and food service * Contactless payment


30 camping pitches across 27 acres comprising of 4 Safari Lodges, 5 Bell Tents, 9 Pioneer Lodges and 12 meadow camping pitches

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 16 Available
Meadow camping, with just 12 pitch-where-you-want pitches across 4 acres, we offer a real back to nature camping experience. Your views are of wildflower meadow, ancient hedgerows and the mystical Preseli hills.

1 - Birch Safari Lodge

Safari tent Sleeps 6 4 Available
Get close to nature and treat yourself to some tranquility with a stay in this huge eco boutique safari lodge which sleeps up to six.

1 - Pioneer Lodge

Safari tent Sleeps 4 9 Available
Our nine Pioneer Camps have been designed to discover your frontier spirits with family and friends. Each camp includes a pioneer lodge with two bedrooms and an outdoor camp kitchen and camp fire area.

1 - Bluebell Dome

Dome Sleeps 4 4 Available
Our 4 luxury domes bring Nature closer to you and an escape from the everyday. Soak up views of the Pembrokeshire National Park, as you enjoy our cosy modern designed domes, with everything you need for relaxed glamping stay.  

Exclusive Campervan Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
A grass pitch located in a choice of 3 meadows covering 27 acres of countryside.

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Contact Top Of The Woods, Penrallt, Capel Coleman, Boncath, Pembrokeshire SA37 0EP

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Getting There

Follow the M4 to the end, which then becomes the A48 to Carmarthen. From Carmarthen, take the A484 through Newcastle Emlyn to Cenarth, then the B4332 for 4.5miles. After passing through the village of Newchapel, pass the gatehouses of the Cilwendeg Estate on the left, and take the left turn immediately afterward into Capel Coleman Road.
If you follow satnav to our postcode, it will tell you you have arrived arrived once you turn into Capel Coleman Road; you need to continue down Capel Coleman road, past the houses and continue on until you reach the small Church of St. Colman. Take the left hand fork (signposted Penrallt \ Top Of The Woods), and continue to the bottom of the track, where you will see the gate into the parking area.
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.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 49 reviews


A last minute stay to find peace

We booked a 2 night stay in one of the pioneer lodges for 3 adults 1 child and a toddler. The tent was clean and cosy, the bedding fresh and everything thing we needed was already there. There were hot showers and flushing toilets as well as a nearby compost loo for the late night run before bed. There was plenty of space and beautiful surroundings. No WiFi or phone signal around the tent was the perfect excuse for a switched off weekend of family fun. A really beautiful and accommodating site, it was just what we wanted and would definitely book again.

Response from Top Of The Woods

Thanks for your stay Charlotte & it is lovely to hear you found a chance to have qaulity time together as a family & enjoyed your stay with us.  Do come back and see us again, we would love to host you again especially when you need to find a little peace from your busy lives Thank you Soo x

Perfect get away on my own with my girls

As my husband was busy working as a chef in busy Cornwall, I decided to drive to Wales to have some adventures with our girls. I had been recommended TOTW by my sister-in-law and it didn't disappoint. We camped in The Meadow with our own tent and had plenty of space. We loved playing football, rounders etc whilst just enjoying the relaxed pace of life. I really enjoyed the opportunity for my girls to be independent again (after COVID) and they loved this freedom. We also enjoyed the film night in the barn. Thanks for a brilliant stay and although you were busy it didn't feel busy at all.
Aug 20, 2021 by Sophie Adey Verified Review

Very clean and well organised but relaxed oasis

We loved our recent 7 night stay at Top of the Woods. It's a lovely site. The camping field feels quite private with huge meadow in the middle. We saw a barn owl fly past the tent one night! I especially loved the secret waterfall walk which I ran 3 times including swimming in the idyllic secret waterfall. The toilets and showers are the cleanest campsite amenities I have ever seen! It was great to hire the fire pit /bbq and we enjoyed making babaganoush, veggie burgers, chocolate bananas, chocolate oranges, popcorn etc etc. A great family holiday our 4 year old and 9 and 11 year old nephews had a grand time too.

Response from Top Of The Woods

Thank you Lucy for your lovely review! So glad you enjoyed your holiday oasis & got to spot the Barn Owl who quite often makes her evening rounds across the meadows! We would love to see you all another time x


We booked a grass pitch, but we added a bell tent for our stay. It was fabulous to arrive and not have to pitch a tent or take it down! The site is beautiful, the owners so friendly and helpful - as were the other members of staff. The pop up food was delicious - especially the Asian food from Sauce on the Saturday evening. The walk to Ffynonne Waterfall was wonderful, although I wish I had taken my swimsuit for a quick dip in the pool. The only complaint I have is that our stay wasn't long enough! We would love to come back and stay in the Pioneer tents...hopefully we will be back one day!

Response from Top Of The Woods

Thanks so much for your stay Mark & lovely review and definitely next time you should stay a bit longer! till then keep safe - thanks Soo x


Best Camping ever!

Loved our five days in the Pioneer Tent. Everybody was friendly including all the staff and fellow campers. We will be back massive thank you!

Response from Top Of The Woods

Thank you so much for your kind word& your families stay - see you all very soon Soo x

Another amazing stay

Second time staying at ToTW and it was equally as brilliant as the first. The facilities are fantastic and the whole site is beautiful. Little extras like breakfast and the barn cinema make it even better. The new Pioneer tents were awesome with very comfortable beds. Can not recommend ToTW enough. We'll be back.
Jul 27, 2021 by Gareth Lynch Verified Review

Response from Top Of The Woods

Thank you Gareth for you lovely words! We would love to have you back another time x 

Peaceful, beautiful and comfortable stay at this lovely campsite

My husband and I plus our 6 month old baby stayed for 2 nights in pioneer and 2 in the domes and we loved every moment we spent at TOTW. The setting is just idyllic and beautiful; we were lucky to have a lot of sun and it really was magical. The meadows are so dreamy! The facilities at the site were fantastic and our tents were kitted our with everything we needed and more. The hardworking owners never stop and were really friendly and helpful. To top it off the local area has an abundance of stunning beach and riverside spots. Just perfect. We would definitely go back, hopefully very soon!
Jul 18, 2021 by Laura Smith Verified Review

Response from Top Of The Woods

Thanks you Laura for your lovely kind words & it was lovely also getting to know you a little - come and see us again & next ttime you will have to try out the Safaris Lodges :-) 

Awesome campsite

The campsite was lovely and eco friendly.There was ample space between tents and a beautiful meadow at the campsite. The hosts were really terrific with lots of tips and activity suggestions, which came in handy on our rainy stay. The shower and toilet facilities were cleaned regularly and the hosts were very conscientious and always around so that when a group of young men started to play loud music in the evening, they sorted it out and I didn’t have to leave the tent. I will definitely visit again.

Response from Top Of The Woods

Thanks so much for your stay Ratna & that you enjoyed your stay with us & the activitites on offer Pembrokeshire - come and see us again ! till then enjoy your summer 

Absolutely fantastic

Set in the most beautiful, peaceful meadows, a really chilled experience. We stayed in the safari tents with 2 small children, it was really spacious, very well equipped, comfortable seating and a heater which made the tent toastie. The outside shower was a fab bonus. It was fantastic to sit outside in the evening with the fire pit, marshmallows, beer and the kids just mooching around. Local beaches mentioned in the welcome info (15-20 min drive) are beautiful. We will most definitely be coming back.

Best glamping ever!

My husband and I camped in the Safari tents for 4 nights and then in the domes for 3 nights. We had the best time! Soo was so friendly, helpful and is great company! The facilities was fantastic, best I have seen for a eco glamping site. I was so thankful for that we had a private large hot shower room. They have kitted out the tents with everything you need, you can see they put a lot of thought into each tent, almost as if they stayed in the tents themselves and make sure everything they would want is in there. My highlight was the fresh fish van that came to the campsite, we had a lovely seafood BBQ afterwards. Would 100% go back!

Response from Top Of The Woods

Karla thank so much for your stay & you were super fun guest even in the middle of 65 mph storms :-) I wish you all the best with your new venture & hope to see you guys again! minus the winds :-)  

A really quite lovely place

We stayed in a dome for just a couple of nights, but could have happily stayed longer. Some great touches like the feather duvet, a very efficient wood burner and well equipped kitchen. Good showers and toilets too and obviously a lot of thought and care put into Covid-19 safety. The camping field looked great too, keeping cars and campers apart adds to the laid back feel and it's no problem to trundle your kit along in a wheelbarrow. Friendly and helpful people, all in all a really great experience - Thanks TOTW
Sep 21, 2020 by Tim Proctor Verified Review

Response from Top Of The Woods

Hi Tom - thank you for your stay and its lovely to hear you had wonderful stay with you.  It does make a difference not having the cars on the meadow to keeping things quiet & natural & do come back and see us again & till then take care - Thanks Soo  

Fabulous glamping!

Top of the woods was such a lovely place to stay, so peaceful and simple from booking to check out. We stayed in a glamping dome with its own Woodburner and fire pit and all the utensils you needed. Really great set up, well thought out with attention to detail. Cosy bedding and blankets provided with all the novelty of a whistling kettle. Based in a location where the coast is only a short drive away it’s so easy to explore Pembrokeshire. Already looking at our next place to stay 😊 <3
Sep 13, 2020 by Bex Verified Review

Response from Top Of The Woods

Hi Bex - yes the Nature domes are super lovely and cosy & I am happy you  had a fab stay with us.   Did you manage to see all the bats flying outside the windows at night ? its like nature TV :-) Come and see us again ! till then take care xxx

A hidden gem

Outstanding campsite! I stayed with my husband and two children aged 5 and 1 and we all loved it! A perfect campsite for families. Local walks, beautiful beaches and the campsite was a fun place to be. The owners Soo and Jon couldn’t do enough for you. We especially loved the wood fire pizzas on the Thursday night! Everybody was so friendly and the children made friends. We didn’t want to leave.
Aug 19, 2020 by Chrissy

Response from Top Of The Woods

Hi Chrissy - its is lovely to hear you had a wonderful time with us enjoying the local woodland walks & the pizzas they are alway a winner! come back and stay again with us we would love to host you guys again  xxx

Beautiful adventure with family and friends

Top of the Woods is the perfect setting to enjoy the beautiful surroundings with friends and family. We camped in the meadow field, a natural playground for kids and nature (and maybe one too many wasps). The children aged 6 and 8 loved their free-range fun in what felt like a very safe environment. Su, John and Lisa were incredibly welcoming and accommodating and the kids loved wheelbarrowing our stuff (and each other) from the car to the pitch on arrival. The toilet and shower block were always kept clean and made use of the barn for campfire stories, pizza night or generally keeping dry in the unpredictable weather. Our party had a go at Bushcraft skills with John which was great fun and the walk to the waterfall was beautiful. Plenty of snacks and a pre-prepared scavenger hunt were handy in keeping little feet going on the circle route. Make sure you take up the opportunity to feed the pigs - they are incredibly friendly. A perfect location for exploring a stunning local area. We'd definitely go back and would happily recommend.
Aug 18, 2020 by sarahpellow

Response from Top Of The Woods

Hi giys it was lovely to host your holiday with your friends and seeing all the kids go wild :-) do come back and stay with us again and maybe you can enjoy your stay on a non-covid year :-) !!

Super friendly and calm gem of a campsite

Really lovely campsite tucked into the Welsh woodland. Soo and Jon were more than helpful. The site was clean, well laid out and had a friednly atmosphere. Plenty of walks to do from the site itself and only a short drive into town.

Response from Top Of The Woods

I am glad you guys had a lovely time with us and enjoyed Pembrokeshire - thank you for your stay & we would love to see you another time Matt xxx


Beautiful place with friendly people

We loved our stay at top of the woods - the campsite was lovely, in a beautiful spot and close to lots of other lovely places along Cardigan Bay. Jon and Soo were really welcoming and helpful, too. Would def recommend!

Response from Top Of The Woods

Hi Catriona - thank you for your stay and your lovely review - do come and see us another time there is so much to do in pembroekshire & the surrounding area - Take care Soo x

Relaxation and recuperation in majestically stunning surroundings

We felt that we’d discovered a hidden gem of a campsite, nestling in the ancient woodlands of Pembrokeshire. Jon and Soo deserve great credit for having created such hospitable and COVID-aware amenities in the form of the impressively maintained and very hygienic new toilets and shower blocks. Our hosts went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable and happy during our stay. Our intention is to return before the end of the season for a glamping experience in one of their amazing geodesic domes. Top of the Woods is a truly beautiful place for you all to explore. Marian and Mark
Aug 13, 2020 by Marián Arieta-Perez

Response from Top Of The Woods

Hi guys it is always wonderful to hear our guests have had the best time with us and i hope you will come and see us again very very soon :-) Pembrokeshire has so much to offer those who love the outdoors & late summer autumn is a gorgeous time to come !


Beautiful, fun wonderful hosts...

What a fantastic site beautiful views all around and some wonderful hosts. Thank you Soo and John and Lisa for a wonderful week, especially with the strains of COVID. The meadow tent pitches were lovely with views of the hills and the woods all around. The facilities were tidy and clean and the whole area was safe for the young children to roam free. Would love to come again and definitely recommend to others. Thank you
Aug 10, 2020 by Claire

Response from Top Of The Woods

Thank you Claire and as many of our guests say our speciality is rewilding the children :-)  they get here and just go wild - I am glad you had a wonderful holidays & we would love to host you another time xxx


We arrived as soon as Wales opened up to camping following Covid, and the team at TotW maintained clear communication before and throughout our stay about what to expect. They were warm, welcoming, professional, and the site was prepared but relaxed. A slice of almost normal! The meadow camping was beautiful, quiet and with plenty of space. Location was fab for exploring pembrokeshire. We loved the car-free fields, clean facilities, fun storytelling, wild flowers, fire pits, friendly people... We'll definitely be back!
Aug 4, 2020 by AstridvW

Response from Top Of The Woods

Astrid thank you for your family stay with us this year & your kind review.  I have had so many guests  feedback & thank us for the "slice of normal/almost normal"  after such a challenging year with Covid & lockdown.  I am just so happy we could welcome our guests back and they have had a wonderful relaxing stay with us - even though the world outside has gone crazy :-) do come again we would love to host another holiday for you again till then keep safe ! 

Top (and not just of the woods)

A truly beautiful place where memories are made. We had a brilliant week with our hosts Jon and Soos - it’s more like being around at a friend’s home than a business. However it is still run efficiently and professionally. The site itself has a shabby chic boho feel without feeling overly contrived. It is a remote location and mobile reception isn’t great but honestly it was brilliant to have a social media detox. There is some limited WiFi. There is a emphasis on sustainability and I sensed this was a genuine driver rather than a marketing label. Breakfast was excellent as well as the Friday stew and Saturday BBQ. Our safari tent was more like a spacious suit with a well kitted out kitchen. (admittedly with a composting our door loo - don’t worry it’s ok). Also the family really enjoyed the activities we took part in - bush craft with John and Samba Drums. The beaches of Mnut and Poppet Sands are a short drive away. A memorable trip and hope to return.

An absolutely brilliant family camping experience!

We all loved our week at Top Of The Woods recently! Certainly the best family camping experience we've had; From the superb location, brilliant walks, lovely food in the Dutch Barn and the relaxed atmosphere. We cannot fault a thing. We loved the meadow camping where the children could sit down and hide in the grass or play cricket along the border. We loved the fantastic food from the food/fire package as well as the delicious pizza from the Tafell a Tan pizza van. We loved how well the facilities were looked after. We will definitely be back!
Aug 11, 2019 by Andrew Verified Review

Perfect family fun

Our first time glamping with a 3 and 6 year old and it was so much fun! We took a few toys and a load of food and let nature provide the rest. We were lucky to have beautiful sunshine, the kids loved the meadow to run and hide in, jumping on the hay bales and swinging in hammocks, we all explored the waterfall, woods and beaches. The owners were friendly and welcoming and the campsite had a lovely friendly relaxed feel. Hot showers and clean toilets. I can’t recommend this enough!
Aug 10, 2019 by Motley Verified Review

Friendly hosts, very relaxing

The hosts were very welcoming and always on hand to help with anything we needed. The toilets and showers were kept very clean. The site was nice and spacious but with a community feel. We stayed in a dome which was bigger than it seems in the pictures and the beds were very comfortable. The kitchen area was great and complete with plates,pans and utensils. The only thing I felt we were missing was a scrubbing brush for dishes which would have been handy. Other than that we had everything we needed. We’d definitely like to come again
Aug 1, 2019 by Catherine

Best HOLIDAY ever

I came to stay at this AMAZING campsite with my 2 year old son and it was the best holiday I've ever had. The owners have thought of everything. I cannot fault a thing. So I'll list what was so great. 1.long grass for the kids to play hide and seek. 2.really tasty healthy food if you get the weekend package (def recommend it) 3.clean toilets facilities. 4.soft grass to pitch tent. 5.not to close to other campers. 6.can pick your own spot. 7.hammocks (we loved these) 8.sheltered barn communal space.(great for talking to other campers and shelter from the rain) 9.close to the beach, stores and an amazing waterfall. 10.the clamping tents looked amazing and a quilt with the softest most comfortable beding with an outdoor kitchen area. All very stylist. I will definately be back and stay in one of the fancy tents next time! Loved this place! Exactly what I was looking for and acctually the photos on the website don't do it justice it's even better than it looks!
Jul 28, 2019 by Laura Fauvel Verified Review


I booked a weekend away at TOTW as a surprise for my husband for our 'wood' anniversary and it surpassed our expectations. We hired a bell tent and the food and fire package which I was a little unsure of but we both thoroughly enjoyed sharing our meals with other guests and the personal touch provided my Soo, Jon and the team. Soo's correspondence prior to our stay was second to none, added to by the thoughtful gift of a tree sapling which greeted us at our tent on arrival. My husband and I enjoyed the Secret Waterfall Trail, even if we did get a bit lost and watching the stars at night around our firepit was very relaxing. The eco-friendly site wowed us as I was a little apprehensive about using a compost toilet but they were spotlessly clean, as were the other facilities, and would put many a public (and private) toilet to shame! Recycling our various items was a breeze with the clear signposting and we personally loved Soo and Jon's endeavours to look after the environment and 'give something back'. I could continue with how fantastic Penrallt is but all I will say is if you are considering this as a possible venue to camp then book now as we were already asking about dates to return before we had even left!
Jul 25, 2019 by Rhian Llewellyn

Sublime, blissful, peaceful slice of Welsh heaven

Arrived on Friday evening with wife, daughter @ new pup in tow. After a long journey; it was great to stow a few bits & then take a lovely hot shower. It was a beautiful evening - Sue showed us to our accommodation & told us all the local area & even gave us a map; which was amazing. I couldn’t believe the dome tent had everything you needed included!!! This was camping without any hassle - right down to the kitchen utensils & tea bags! The dome was wonderfully clean, we had a wonderful weekend walking in the woods, the sun, the beautiful fresh air, the local beech, Cardigan a beautiful town, the evenings roasting marshmallows - our pod has a great view over the valley & we watched the stars come out from our wonderfully warm comfortable beds. After a fantastic hike in the woods we never quite made the secret waterfall & so we have vowed to return. On the last day John showed us his pigs, beautiful creatures & great to be able to get up close & pet them( Not something you normally ever get a chance to do!) I returned home yesterday feeling refreshed, relaxed & rejuvenated. Thank you to Sue & John this wonderful place is a spot of untouched natural beauty - I think you should be commended for all the hard work you do and please carry on!! We will be back! My wife has taken photos & is hoping to win the competition for a free break!!

Amazing Wilder Camping Holiday

My boyfriend and I had an absolutely fabulous time at Top of The Woods! The staff were very friendly, the location was perfect and we absolutely loved the open fire pit to cook food on and look at the stars etc. We would have given 5 stars, however as a bit of constructive criticism; we thought that the kitchen area in the safari should have been equipped with some essential supplies such as salt/pepper/oil as well as sponges for washing dishes and a whole bottle of washing up liquid rather than just the small amount we were given for 5 nights. We also understand that some dogs need to be on leads when walking around the campsite which is completely understandable, however we did think that perhaps to the owners judgement, well behaved dogs should be allowed off of the lead within the proximity of the safari tent, such as on the veranda and by the bench outside our tent etc. However; all in all, the stay was fabulous and we would definitely recommend to others! We had a fantastic time!
Jul 8, 2019 by Anneliese Hodge

Fantastic and faultless!

You could not ask for a better, more beautiful and well run campsite than Top of the Woods. We were a family of three (with another on the way) and went with our friend and neighbour and her son - we would all like to go back, perhaps with more friends and their kids... It is the perfect place for anyone but truly excellent for families, so much space for running around and playing in! We were very grateful for the covered Dutch barn when we arrived, as it was pouring with rain it came in very handy. We received a warm welcome and help and care right from the start (and they saved us by lending us a couple of big bulldog clips so we could shore up a dodgy pole and not have a leaking tent!). The attention to detail is stunning; the toilets and showers are done well and spotlessly clean, there are recycling points all around the site, the wild grass and flowers are left long in the middle of the camping meadows. We went there in our own tent but had a look at the glamping tents and pods in other fields and they were nicely done too. We went on a wonderful long long walk on a big circuit with a secret waterfall along the way, using the homemade map provided. They recommended a beautiful beach, so we did leave the campsite on one day but were perfectly happy just staying there and enjoying the gorgeous views (and space and woods and feeding the pigs and so on!). You can have meals cooked for you over the weekend if you like, we only partook of the Saturday evening BBQ but it was delicious. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer, like forever...

Relaxing break - once you get there!

Getting to this site was rather a trek - if you are coming from South Wales / M4 the last hour of driving is pretty tortuous. Luckily we had paid for the Food & Fire package so there was a lovely meal of stew and baked potatoes waiting for us on arrival. Once we had unloaded and wheelbarrowed our stuff to the camping field, we had a huge choice of where to pitch despite arriving fairly late on the first evening of a bank holiday weekend. This site definitely has something of an Enid Blyton story about it - there were kids playing hide-and-seek in the long grass, splashing in puddles, building forts from straw bales, listening to stories round the campfire, toasting marshmallows over open fires, and lots of family expeditions heading off to find the secret waterfall. We did go off site a few times for longer walks and to visit the Iron Age fort at Castell Henllys, but I can see that others might choose to spend their entire holiday on and around this charming site. Staff are friendly (efficiency was a bit mixed, but to be fair I think several of the staff were very new), facilities are very good and well thought out, and the weekend food offering was very tasty. I would definitely recommend Top of the Woods to those who want to sit back with a glass of something and watch the kids enjoying a proper, old-fashioned camping holiday.
Jun 11, 2019 by Emma Verified Review

Gorgeous place, thoughtful luxury

This was a lovely holiday and we had a really lovely time, the views are gorgeous and the spa e is well maintained and cared for. The safari tents are amazing and the thoughtful touches that have gone into making this a wonderful glamping experience whilst still feeling absolutely immersed in nature is brilliant. Our hosts were friendly and helpful and went out of their way to make sure we had a good time. Would definately reccomend.

Our Best Family Holiday Yet

Top of the Woods is fantastic and so family friendly, we took our 8 month daughter and pitched in the meadow and we all thoroughly enjoyed it! As it was our first time camping with her, we also added on the food package which is both relaxing and a wonderful way to meet and talk to other campers. The site is beautifully maintained, with keen focus on suistanability. The surroundings and scenery are equally stunning and you are only a short drive away from breath taking beaches, walks, castles and wild life sanctuaries. Jon, Soo and their team are all so welcoming and we're already planning our return next season! Highly recommended! 😄
Sep 3, 2018 by Samantha Willis

top site

this is a well kept site in a top location. in terms of the site, soo and jon work tirelessly to keep the site clean and tidy. they are both very welcoming and give a personal touch which you don't find at most other sites. jon saw us one morning when he was on the way to the feed the pigs and he asked if we would like to join him - the kids loved it. it felt very safe to let my 5 year old run free and he enjoyed the freedom of exploring. there's no swings, slides etc but the site doesn't need it, there's plenty to keep little ones imagination run free. we love visiting this part of wales as there is so much to do no matter the weather...we will be returning!
Aug 26, 2018 by Daniel

Peace and space in a chilled out setting.

What a find! After a long drive we pulled up at top of the woods and felt all the day to day stress fall away. The welcome from Soo and Jon was genuine and the “drive time”stew very welcome after the M4. The site is split into glamping fields with different levels of luxury accommodation and the camping field. There is plenty of space for all, and the camping field had lots of level pitch options. Plenty of hot water and a communal area in the Dutch barn meant our 10night stay was easier than it could have been. Kids loved the space and the straw bales, and we enjoyed big sky’s and friendly people.
Aug 15, 2018 by Lizzie P

Dark sky adventure

Lovely family friendly campsite with oodles of space to explore. Stayed in one of the Safari Lodges which was well worth it as we had plenty of space, and they were extremely cosy and well kitted out.
Aug 10, 2018 by Annalie

Beautiful part of the world

A relaxed, picturesque and friendly campsite. It has huge grounds so even when it’s busy it feels quiet and you have your own space. There’s a great five mile walk / run from the campsite and loads to do within a 20/30 min drive. That being said, you could quite easily sit on the site and relax for a couple of days and feel completely removed from day to day stresses. Brilliant hosts who are super friendly and very helpful.
Jul 29, 2018 by Andy

Relaxing and enjoyable weekend stay

We absolutely loved this campsite. We had a warm welcome from the team and got set up in the camping meadow - which has spectacular views over the countryside. We chose to add the Weekend Food Package onto our stay (which is detailed on the campsites website) which was a great decision. Soo and Jon cooked a fantastic stew on Friday evening which warmed us up. The Dutch Barn, where food is served, also has the hay bales so once the kids were finished, they could play safely whilst we chatted. The hammocks were also a favourite for all of us! The breakfast was wonderful, as was the Saturday BBQ - would highly recommend adding food, it made out whole trip totally relaxing, with the added benefit of also getting a fire pit for our pitch. The toilets and showers were modern and always clean, with enough there for everybody. There was a lovely Secret Waterfall Trail to follow as well - which the kids enjoyed as much as the adults. The site was a 20 min drive from Poppit Sands which was an absolutely beautiful beach and 15 min drive from Cardigan where we also visited. We always felt like Soo and Jon were available to help if we needed anything and nothing was ever too much. Thank you for a great stay!
Jun 4, 2018 by Jess

Fantastic part of the world

Friendly owners, lovely site, and communal feel while being as private as you need (there's plenty of space). Lovely circular walk that starts and finishes on-site is a bonus, as were the yoga classes that were on we were there.
May 21, 2017 by ash.kay

Magical stay

We had the most wonderful couple of days here... it really has a magical feel. I went to Penrallt with our three children on my own and I was a bit worried about it ...but it was fantastic. The owners are the most hospitable people. You feel like you are on holiday with friends as they are so genuine and friendly. They couldn't do enough to help. Even their recommendations on where to go as family were fantastic and shaped our stay thoughtfully. The site is so well thought through... and everything is spotless! The showers are hot and again, thoughtfully built. I had a hot shower with the three children... all together and excellently planned. The animals were lovely and a bit draw for us as a family. The children loved the chickens, Dylan the dog and the pigs. The area is wonderful and so much to do. We are planning our summer trip there now.
May 16, 2017 by Rachel Zeraschi

Beautiful site with excellent hosts

We stayed at Top of the Woods for three nights and had an absolutely lovely time. The site was beautiful, well laid out and well equipped. Soo, Jon and Dylan offered the warmest welcome. They were very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. We joined them for the BBQ on the Saturday night which was delicious. We are one vegetarian and one meat eater and can vouch that all the food was excellent - we very strongly recommend partaking in at least one meal. This was followed by drinks around the fire pit with our hosts and fellow campers which was a lovely end to the day. The site seemed appropriate for all types of guests - there were families, other couples and groups staying while we were there and all were very happy. The pigs are a definite attraction! The bell and safari tents looked brilliant. Soo showed us around the safari tents and we are planning to bring a group back with us to try them out soon. The facilities were great - clean, environmentally friendly and we didn't have to queue once. We walked to the secret waterfall - which is so peaceful - what an enchanting bonus to a welcoming, picturesque place!
Aug 24, 2016 by Kate & Joel

Lovely campsite

We had an amazing stay at Top of the Woods. We arrived late on Friday evening as it was starting to get dark, we had called ahead and Soo had kept us back some stew to eat. We pitched our tent in one of the two expensive and quiet meadows while Soo got the stew ready, we picked it up from her along with a fire pit and some wood and went back to our pitch for a tasty dinner and to watch the stars in the dark skies of Pembrokeshire. I was impressed by the policy of not overbooking the meadow with the pitches around the edge. The facilities were great with clean toilets, showers and washing areas. There were multiple recycling and water points and even somewhere to charge a phone! The result is a very friendly campsite, this coupled with the stunning location leads to an extremely enjoyable experience.
Aug 13, 2016 by JamesPMarsden

Great Hosts

Just got back from Top of Woods and I can’t believe it has been only seven days, it feels longer and I mean that in a good way. We have a real sense that we have got a way from it all and feel fully relaxed. I get the impression that Jon and Soo have put a lot of time and effort in creating a place they really want to spend time in, and then invited lots of people to share the experience! Jon and Soo put a lot of effort in being hosts, making time for every guest, and we certainly felt they welcome there. It’s a fantastic spot, camping meadows beautiful and the kids had a great time exploring and making new friends, but all in a very safe environment (and no need for playgrounds). My favorite bit has to be having camp fires by the tent, staying up late until the kids fell asleep snuggled up by the fire under the stars! The visiting story teller and the weekend breakfasts were great too. There were lots of friendly campers, the site clean and tidy, showers and facilities all good and a great base to explore a really interesting county. We would recommend anyone to go there.
Jul 31, 2016 by Benjamin

Very welcoming and inspiring

    Top of the woods is an ideal site for campers looking for a back to basics stay (there are  very luxurious tents for glamping as well). Located a few miles from Cardigan near the village of Boncath It is centered around their 300 year old farmhouse, ideal with spectacular views from the tent fields. We were curious about the inspiration for the name until we took the walk mapped out by Sue herself. Part of the walk takes you along the ridge of a valley from which you can see the top of the trees from your own level, that explains the name.
    The site is widely spaced with plenty of room to spread out and the attitude of the owners is very laid back That said, they were genuinely welcoming and inclusive. This was clearly demonstrated by the feature of the Dutch Barn, a common area used for get together s. Here we experienced a home cooked barbecue (all local produce) and a breakfast with the best coffee weI had tasted during our  entire holiday! They really couldn't have been more helpful, giving advice on local amenities and reception was fully equipped with information pamphlets. Their Wheaten Terrier was also very enthusiastic!
    Sue and John were clearly committed to the local area and it's residents, using local products and services wherever possible. Their non-authoritative commitment to recycling have also inspired me to be more environmentally aware now that I am back home. 

Jul 10, 2016 by Tjerk Salomons

Foxgloves, fires, frisbees and food!

Last weekend me, my husband and dog Giant escaped to Top of the woods in search of daydreaming time and a much needed retreat from the city. Living in Wales we never need to go far to find the right kind of escapism - mountains, lakes, beaches and meadows are at most a couple of hours drive (we are very lucky). Heading out in the van and taking in the beautifull scenery we made our way to a new campsite we hadnt yet tried. Weve been to a fair few and can honestly say that this place is something special. The cost of camping isnt the cheapest (you can wild camp with no facilities for about £8 a night) but you can also spend £25 a night by the beach and not have anything more than a tap and a loo. Top of the Woods pitch your own is £20 a night and well worth it. There are two beautiful meadow fields to camp in and after a tour of the facilites we got to pick where we wanted to go. Each field has its own compost toilet (which is clean and really easy to use exactly like a normal toilet - nothing to fear)

The actual location is wonderful, loads of walks to go on, through woods and along the river and Soo and John have a really cute secret waterfall map which is well worth adventuring to.

The whole site is great, really well organised - the carpark is the first one we've been to that has wheelbarrows ready and waiting for you to use (free of charge) and it is pretty close to where you camp, but not close enough to ruin any view of the space around you.

Our favourite thing was the Dutch barn, a great structure that they have used to create a social space, at night its lit with strings of light bulbs and all the furniture is hand crafted and beautiful - we booked on to have a BBQ on the Saturday night and had the most delicous food - they catered for me being vegetarian with some wonderful (i think carrot and squash) burgers, aubergine, and halloumi as well as an array of salads and hot sauces!

Soo and John also offer breakfasts, yoga, bushcraft and walks with their dog Dylan (who if you have seen Fraggle Rock is the spitting image of Sprocket!) You can also hire your own fire pits / bbqs or join people by the communal fire pit in the courtyard.

Everything is super welcoming, Soo and John do ALOT to make sure guests are comfortable and happy and id recommend giving them a try. Great value, great location, loads of extra little touches and a really honest place. We look forward to returning and seeing it grow :) 

Jun 13, 2016 by apple bees

A Very Special Place

I have just returned from 4 nights at Top of the Woods and it really is a special place. It was far more than a campsite it was a real community. Jon and Soo work tirelessly to ensure that the guests are happy and their dedication shows in the site. They talk about it as a work in progress and based on what they have achieved so far this could be unbeatable. 

It is not the cheapest campsite you will find but you do get what you pay for, limited numbers mean that the site feels tranquil and you can pitch where you like, the facilities are basic but clean, the dutch barn is a great addition and we joined the owners and campers for breakfast one day and their BBQ on Saturday night. All well prepared and a real fun atmosphere.

It is worth noting that this is a no vehicle site, you park just before the entrance and then have to wheelbarrow your gear to the fields. Now this is a bit of work and can become annoying whilst doing it but the pay back is well worth it, children can be left to run free with no worries about cars and it keeps the site very tranquil.

The location is stunning, the waterfall is well worth the walk with all three children fully enjoying the crystal clear water (despite the lack of swimwear!) There are beaches only a short drive away and so much to do that we could have happily filled 4 weeks rather than 4 days.

I cannot recommend this site enough, we will certainly be going back and all the new friends we met said the same. If you are reading this review then book and go, go as soon as you can and enjoy some time and one of the nicest sites I have ever visited. 

Jun 6, 2016 by Rob Fenn

A beautiful place

I picked Top of the Woods on a whim really and am so glad that I did. It's a beautiful site with its own woodlands, and the owners Jon and Soo were both kind and welcoming. I managed to get there entirely by public transport (took a little research, mostly using google, but doable.) And on arrival wa given a warm welcome by Jon, a tour of the site and facilities, and the option of where to pitch. I was also given maps and information on local walking including a map of the local woodland walk (did that on Sunday and it was beautiful, and included a little waterfal.). The site itself is lovely - I chose the meadow field with its lovely view over the hills. The bus from the local village, Boncath, into Cardigan is at times that are useful for those without a car, and from Cardigan its about an hour walk down to Popit sands which is a beautiful sandy beach. I would definitely recommend Top of the Woods to anyone looking for a woodland escape; good walking, lovely views and lovely people!

Sep 16, 2015 by Jay

Perfect escape

I picked Top of the Woods after (way too many) hours of checking out campsites online, and was so pleased that I did! My other half and I drove down straight after work on Friday, keen for a weekend in the countryside. We were met by Jon and Soo as we arrived, were given the guided tour and the option of where we wanted to pitch. Being the last weekend of the season, it was awesomely quiet, so we ended up with a field to ourselves, overlooking the hills, and surrounded by trees, but only a few seconds walk to the facilities. We hunkered down with our fire pit and some logs Jon sorted out for us, and listened to the sounds of the owls and the falls. Saturday night we opted for the BBQ which was amazing! Exactly what we needed after a day of stomping, so much delicious food and great company in the dutch barn. We finished the night off with another chill in front of the fire pit watching the stars, the sky is so clear here, you can literally see millions, it was magical. We had brekkie provided by Soo and Jon on Sunday morning, which was amazing, and had a natter with them and the other chap who was sharing the campsite. I was blown away by Soo and Jon's hospitality, theyre both really friendly, welcoming and nothing was too much to ask. There's the added bonus of Dylan the mutt and the mini pigs, the campsite is near enough to Newport and Cardigan and the beaches, there are some great walks nearby. I'd recommend doing Gwbert to Mwnt :) Really looking forward to seeing how the campsite evolves, if this is only the first season, Soo and Jon are on to an absolute winner, we'll definitely be back :)

Sep 8, 2015 by Mollym


My fiancé and I stayed for 3 nights earlier this week.  We couldn't have asked for a more peaceful setting for a little break before our wedding.  We were made to feel at home from the moment we arrived, with a personal tour of the site and explanation of various eco credentials from the owners.  As we arrived after a long drive we opted to have the BBQ on Saturday night, at only £8 a head it was an absolute bargain.  This was followed by an evening of relaxed drinks around a camp fire made from an old tumble dryer drum.

The Dutch Barn was great, allowing us to get out of the rain and play some badminton, jenga and cards.  A really useful space which we both commented would be fantastic for weddings in the future!

We did quite a bit of walking whilst in the area, heading to the coast and getting the bus from Cardigan to Newport before walking back to Cardigan (about 17 miles, with some tricky trails) as well as the secret waterfall walk around the campsite.  Both walks were great fun and there is plenty of wildlife to spot, including numerous birds of prey, rabbits and butterflies.

The facilities, although basic for the time being, were more than adequate, clean and well maintained.  This ties in to the "back to basics" feel of the site, which we loved!  We definitely intend to visit again, and wish we could have stayed for longer.

Jul 30, 2015 by David Cleaver

Fairytale Setting

Myself and 5 friends stayed with Jon and Sue last weekend, eager to escape the manicured lawns of holiday-camp style sites and being enticed by the rustic charm shown in the website photos.

After a tiresome 3 hour drive after work from The Cotswolds on Friday night we couldn't have wished for a better reception. Arriving at just gone 9, we pulled up to a charming farm house and were greeted by Jon and Sue, who had been waiting for us to arrive over the beatifully cooked homemade stew (£6 each) we had ordered with them previous to our arrival.

The greeting was incredibly warming, and combined with the surrounding forestry and the miles of rolling hills we instantly felt the stress of our office jobs drain away. Jon and Sue had put us in our own field so we had complete privacy and we soon made ourselves at home with our tents opening out to the incredible views.

The dutch barn is a really special addition to the site, creating a space that resonates the relaxed social areas you come across in travelling hostels across the world. Benches made from the wood of the surrounding forest, and a hammock big enough for a couple create the perfect atmosphere for socialising between yourselves, with your 'neighbours', and even with Jon and Sue who also joined us for a drink.

There are a few beaches within 10 minutes of the site, which Jon and Sue (as well as any other locals you ask) will be able to recommend. This is, however, where a car would be handy as the site is a little out of the way (which is key to its charm). If you're lucky like us you may even spot some dolphins! If you did want to stick to the site, you would be more than entertained during your stay. The site is surrounded by a beautifully picturesque forest that could be the design of your favourite fairytale. Jon and Sue have created a hand drawn map that takes you on a 1-2 hour walk on forest paths lined with majestic trees. The walk is broken up by the magical 'secret waterwall', which could provide hours of entertainment alone- It's deep enough to swim and the surrounding area has been adorned with rope swings and picnic benches.

We were all incredibly impressed by both the warm welcome of Jon and Sue and the wonderful place they've managed to create in just a year- their passion is reflected in every aspect of the site. This site isn't for those that want loud boozy evenings and close-by shopping but if you're looking for somewhere a little bit special and back to nature then Top of the Woods definitely won't disappoint.

Jul 15, 2015 by Ryates

Rural with good facilities

Myself and 7 friends stayed here over the last weekend.  Its a beautiful  and very rural site.  Its not easily accessible without  a car although it is do able. We had to get a taxi from Clunderwen  which cost us £50 one way (our lifts car over heated)  .  However the site itself is beautiful. 

Jon and Soo  have set up a couple of fields to try and give bigger groups there own space.  The facilities  are good.  Hot showers/portaloos  and a Dutch barn which  is great  for socialising in the evening and when the bad weather hits.

They offer a bacon sandwich / veggie sandwich for breakfast  served with fresh ground coffee /tea fruit juice (£5).

Over the  weekend they also offer a BBQ £8 a head.  Which had a lot of choice  for the meat eaters and the veggies in our party seemed happy to.  I would say the bbq felt better  value  for money.  But overall  the food on offer  was good and of a Hugh quality. 

Jon and soo are very welcoming gave us lots of information  on the local walks.  

There is a pub and small shop about 1.5 miles up the road.  

The site is perfect for families  as there are great facilities  in the way of the showers and loos in each field.   Defo worth a look if your  in the area. 

Jul 7, 2015 by Lucymc231

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