Birch Safari Lodge

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Crymych Top Of The Woods

  • Sleeps 6 (max 6 adults, 4 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Private Bathroom
  • Pet Friendly
A welcome hamper, Welsh blankets and handcrafted furniture make stays at this safari lodge in Pembrokeshire extra special.
  • A beautifully-furnished and equipped safari lodge with two separate bedrooms
  • The lodge's spacious veranda helps you enjoy the highest vantage point of the site
  • One of 30 pitches on a 27-acre site with woodland, meadows and sociable spaces

The Owner Says

A stay in one of our boutique eco safari lodges will help you get close to nature and give you the treat of tranquility. The lodges are huge (six metres by nine metres - and three metres high) and can sleep up to six people. They are floor boarded throughout and elevated on timber platform with a veranda.  They include full self-catering facilities with running water and are thoughtfully designed throughout.

All of our lodges feature two bedrooms (king size and twin beds) with beds made up with luxury feather bedding, hotel quality linen, and Welsh made wool blankets. There is an open plan lounge with two stylish sofas which convert to single beds as well as a large wicker storage basket/table with a selection of games.  Interior lighting is high-quality LED lanterns hung from a handcrafted lamp stand.

The tent also has a kitchen and dining area with furniture that has been designed and made on-site by our resident artisan Glen. The kitchen has a two-burner stove, sink with running cold water, and all the pots, pans and utensils you’ll need, plus a selection of essential provisions and a large cool box (ice bricks provided)​.

Outside, there’s a BBQ/fire pit area, with comfortable campaign chairs. Hurricane oil lamps for a lovely outdoor light ambiance, and solar fairy lights over the veranda.

A welcome hamper and basket of firewood are provided for your arrival.  ​

​The meadow has a toilet and shower units, located between two lodges, with hot showers and compost toilets, to compliment the flush toilet and shower block in the courtyard.

The price of the pitch includes  four guests and one car parking space. Extra adults are charged at £25 (PP/PN/), children at £15 (PP/PN), dogs at £5 PN (max two per pitch). You can also pay for an extra car parking space at £5 per night

EXTRAS TO BRING - We have included everything you'll need for your stay, except your clothes, towels and toiletries.

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About Top Of The Woods

Suitable For

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

Nearby

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.
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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
★★★★★

Lush!

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
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Location

Top Of The Woods is located at 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.