1 - Pioneer Lodge

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Crymych Top Of The Woods

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
A real sense of adventure comes with cooking in the outdoor camp kitchen of this safari-style tent in beautiful Pembrokeshire.

  • Comfy sleeping with hotel-style linen for the beds in two separate canvas bedrooms
  • Pioneer-spirit exudes from the equipped camp kitchen and fire pit with Dutch oven
  • One of nine tents in the five-acre Pioneer Meadow of this sociable 30-pitch site

The Owner Says

This Pioneer Camp has been designed to help you discover your frontier spirits with family and friends with everything provided for sleeping, cooking and dining in the outdoors.  Each camp includes a pioneer lodge with two bedrooms, a king size and two single beds (linen, duvet and blankets included), plus a living area with a storage table/travel box, rugs, cushions and LED lanterns.

Adjacent to your lodge is an outdoor camp kitchen and dining canopy and a camp fire area. The camp kitchen has a two-burner stove, a preparation bench, all your outdoor cooking and eating equipment, and large cool box (with ice bricks provided).  There's also a dining table with benches, all under a large canvas canopy illuminated with a hurricane lamp and solar lights.

The campfire area includes a heavy-duty tripod and Dutch oven, fire pit/BBQ, cooking tools and seating around the campfire. A basket of firewood is included with your booking, and further firewood and charcoal is available to purchase onsite as require

There are nine Pioneer Camps set up in the Pioneer meadow which also has two sets of composting toilets with urinals and two hot showers with sinks, to compliment the main flush toilet and shower block in the courtyard.

The price of the pitch includes four people, one car space, a complimentary basket of wood. Dogs are allowed for a price of £5 per night (max two per pitch). An extra car is £5 per night

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

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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.


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


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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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.