Trellyn Woodland The Greener Camping Club

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Fishguard

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Woodland, fires, space, trees and owners who care

There’s a spot at Trellyn – standing on the rickety wooden bridge, looking upstream as water fizzles and licks at the flow-smoothed stones below – where the woodland canopy overhead is so thick with branches and leaves that, even on the brightest days, the sunlight struggles to find a way in. The dappled yellow that does trick its way through the trees lights the woodland with a mystical hue, sprinkling special magic about the place. You might expect fairies or elves to peek out from behind a tree, do a little dance and disappear again. And although on our last visit we didn’t actually see any, it’s impossible to rule it out completely.

Trellyn is a magical place. It’s calm and remote; a hidden woodland playground. And it’s all down to two things – space and trees.

Across 16 acres of beautiful Pembrokeshire woodland, Trellyn stretches to just five camping pitches, a tipi, a couple of yurts and two new geodomes. That’s it. So per pitch that’s, like, a lot of room and a lot of trees. Even calling these ‘pitches’ is a gross misrepresentation. They’re clearings, pockets of solitude carved out of the woodland and furnished with a picnic table, field shelter  and a covered campfire area with a grill. It’s also a stroke of genius, allowing you to cook outside in all weathers and to be creative with your camping meals instead of huddling over a tin of baked beans on a gas burner in your tent.

For those camping in the tipis and yurts, raised wooden floors have been built, providing a more comfortable experience, and sumptuous beds and futons are provided. Rugs, cushions and sheepskins add to the homely ambiance, but unlike other more authentic (and smokey) tipi experiences, there is no internal log fire. A wood-burning stove is provided in the yurts for warmth and general cosiness, while tipi-dwellers have the outside campfire and field-kitchen options. A field kitchen, for those of you that don’t know, is a canvas lean-to equipped with gas stove, cooking apparatus, drinking water and all the other paraphernalia required to cook. Two “sociable” additions to Trellyn are an outdoor pizza oven – lit when the campers all feel like a get together and a wood fired sauna, for a really relaxing end to the day.

As if all that’s not enough, there’s also the fact that, when you arrive, you’ll have a basket of pre-cut wood and kindling all ready and waiting for you and – even better – when that runs out, you’re free to grab the axe and raid the woodshed, chopping down the big old logs and pretending you’re Ray Mears.

The almost-coastal location of Trellyn means it’s a perfect base to explore the attractions of Pembrokeshire. Numerous beaches are just a short drive away and Abercastle beach, with its low-tide sand and rockpools, is 100 metres from the campsite. And while there is plenty to do in the area, the best evening is to be had back around the campfire, in your own special, hand-crafted camping clearing.

When Cool Camping first discovered this place in 2006, we wrote about how refreshing it was to find such a steadfastly uncommercial campsite and how rare such beautiful, chilled-out woodland sites are to find. Since then, we’ve visited hundreds of other campsites and covered just about every inch of Wales hoping to find an equal to the Trellyn experience. We’ve failed. Trellyn wins. And very good luck to them.



Campfires allowed. There are 6 tent pitches, each nestled in a shady glade with a campfire, picnic table and grill. For more home comforts book one of the 3 themed yurts, and 2 geo-domes.  The domes are a new addition – and made from recycled bottles and the timber from a kitchen manufacturer. But rustic they are not. Think something from a Dr Who set on the outside, with a greenhouse sort of warmth within. Shared facilities for the whole site are immaculately clean solar-heated showers, washing-up facilities, toilets, power supply for charging torches etc, 2 communal freezers and a fridge with ice-packs. There’s also a huge supply of beach equipment, from fishing nets, surf-boards, wetsuits, lent out on a “fair usage” basis. Electric hook-ups available. Bedding supplied in the yurts and domes.

Suitable For

Tents, glampers, caravans, campervans,motorhomes – yes.  Dogs – no


Abercastle Bay is only 100 metres from the “Meadow” pitches and then you have the whole of the North Pembrokeshire cost to explore, with it’s stunning beaches, coves and cliff walks. For trips around Ramsey Island (for seal, dolphin and bird spotting) take a large speedboat with Voyages of Discovery (0800 854367). Surf lessons can be booked and equipment hired at Ma Simes in St Davids (01437 720433). Adrenalin addicts should seek their thrills with Preseli Venture (01348 837709) or TYF (01437 721611), who offer coasteering where you leap off cliffs into the sea. It’s all the rage round these parts, don’t you know! And for those keen on iconic Welsh design, visit Melin Tregwynt, with traditional mill, shop and cafe (01348 891288).

Food & Drink

Kev and Claire often put out home-grown veg (for a small donation) and their son Matt can provide fresh, locally caught crab and lobster – and he’ll even teach you to cook it. The Farmer’s Arms (01348 831284) up the hill at Mathry and in the opposite direction The Mill at Trefin are good local eateries. Popular Porthgain harbour has The Sloop Inn (01348 831449) as well as an award-winning seafood restaurant, The Shed (01348 831518). There’s a convenience store at the petrol station at Square and Compass and St Davids and Fishguard have all the food shops that you’ll need – from butchers, greengrocers, delis, booze shops and small supermarkets.


End May–early Sept (yurts, tipi, domes stay open until end Sept).

Family Friendly

The Owner Says


Contact Trellyn Woodland, Abercastle, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 5HJ

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Getting There

From the A40 at Letterston between Haverfordwest and Fishguard, take the B4331 opposite the fish-and-chip shop and follow for 4 miles. At A487 crossroads, go straight across to Mathry; just after the Farmer’s Arms, turn right (signposted Abercastle) and after nearly 2 miles, look for a sign/entrance on the left.

The Strumble Shuttle bus service stops at the campsite as it runs between Fishguard and St David’s.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 21 reviews


As good as the reviews have said!

We camped for 2 weeks this summer at Dandelion’s Pitch - our first time staying at Trellyn. It is wonderful, a very magical place that we will return to. We have children ranging from 7 to 17 and they were all happy. Beautiful area, gorgeous campsite with fantastic attention to detail. Everything they say/describe on their website is spot on and not exaggerated. Give yourselves a treat and book!
Sep 11, 2019 by Angela

Another perfect score review

19 reviews, all giving Trellyn Woodland Camping 5 stars. Well I'm going to make it 20, for our week-long stay at the end of June, 2019. This site is very well laid out with large pitches amongst the trees, with a fire pit, free fire wood, compost loos and arranged so that you almost feel like you have campsite all to yourself. We were very lucky with the weather and had a great time exploring the natural harbour using the free, sit on top kayaks they had available. Even when we had a day of heavy rain, we could still relax, outside, next to a fire because of the tarp covered fire / kitchen area. The facilities are great and the hosts very friendly and helpful. I think what made it that extra bit special though, is that with all the trees and shrubs and a stream through the site, you almost feel like you’re camping somewhere remote and far away but with some little rustic luxuries only a short walk away. It is without a doubt the best UK campsite we’ve ever been on. The only problem is that it may well have spoilt us for camping anywhere else now.
Jul 29, 2019 by Nick

Heaven on Earth!

Just come back from a few nights at Trellyn and have to say it is the best campsite we have ever found. Such a peaceful and relaxing setting. Each pitch is very private with loads of space and a fire pit, outdoor shelter and compost loo. Beautiful coastline with lovely beach just a 20 mins walk from the site. Claire and Kevin were lovely and made us feel very welcome. Their son catches local lobster which you can buy and cook on your fire. Just bliss! Thank you for creating such a special place!
Jul 3, 2019 by James Terry

All perfect: site & owners

Can only repeat what has been said in praise of this campsite by previous reviewers, & wondered why, apart from one last year, all the others reviewers were several years ago. Then the penny dropped: those of us who have been are selfishly wanting to keep it to ourselves, or all the ‘billy come lately’s will get their bookings in first!!
May 30, 2018 by Cynthia

Simply the best

Had a excellent week camping in our own tent at Trellyn. Kevin and Claire have created a wonderful site which was perfect for us. We stayed on the Valley 1 pitch. The pitch was very large and sheltered, with a dining and fire shelter, and its own composting toilet (there are normal flush toilets in the shower/toilet/washing block). Stream runs alongside the site - a true babbling brook! Showers were very clean and always had hot water (from solar panels). Charging for phones etc.... but much better to be off grid!! Fridges and freezers (with spare ice packs) available. They have yurts including the Hobbit Shire site, which for a young family looks amazing. The wood burning sauna was an unexpected luxury - cut your own wood, set the fire and in 20 mins a perfect sauna in the woods. We seemed to be be the only ones using it that week - the other loss!! The outdoor pizza night was a great surprise - make your own dough and make up your pizza from your own ingredients. So simple and cooked in 20 seconds under the watchful tuition of Kevin. Rolling pins, boards and cutters provided. Great opportunity to meet the other campers, most of whom were regulars. The marshmallow and Nutella parcels were wicked. Our pitch was only 300m walk to the sea in Abercastle Bay. Lovely little harbour with several holiday cottages. Seals pop in so keep eye peeled. Amazing sunsets sitting on the sea wall. There are kayaks and wetsuits available to borrow at the campsite. Easy access to Coastal Path - North to Strumble Head or South to St Davids. Plenty of cycling options - the site is on Route 4. Careg Sampson burial chamber 1/2 mile. Plenty of firewood and a grill for cooking on the open fire. Pots and pans for use on the fire provided to save your own - very thoughtful. If you want to dine out - Farmers Arms in Mathry (2 miles) does huge portions and good choice of standard pub fare. Ship Inn in Trefin (1 mile) we didn't try but mum looked good. Great little Coffe/Tea shop in Trefin - wifi and sofas if you need to catch up with the outside world. Exelllent fish and chips at Th Shed in Porthgain. St Davids a short drive or catch the bus (Strumble Shuttle) which stops in Abercastle or Fishguard - St Davids bus stops in Trefin. Th site was full all week but you wouldn't know it, the pitches are so well spaced apart and the caked into the valley woodland. We had a perfect mix of activity and relaxation - just what the doctor ordered! Kevin and Claire such friendly and helpful owners. We have already pre-booked for next year.
Jun 25, 2017 by Mike

Just perfect!

Well where do I start....after driving 3.5 hrs to this little slice of heaven and seeing some of the most amazing sea views on the descent into the village we arrive at Trellyn.

We are greeted by Claire who is just lovely and not long after her husband Kevin equally lovely, we arrived having booked a pitch for our vw camper but after Claire showed us the Hobbit house we decided as it was our anniversary to 'upgrade' and what a stay we had...

They have thought of everything! It's the most perfect spot and the whole experience was infact quite magical, with the camp fire outside in the woodland and the log burner to snuggle in front of the the yurt, we were in our element.

If your thinking about booking here, stop thinking and book it! You will not be disappointed! We've already booked for the same week next year and will no doubt get a stay in our bell tent in there as well at some point...

Just to finish, the pizza night hosted by Kevin and Clare and their lovely son Matthew was just fab! 

I cannot praise them all enough! 

To you lucky ones who end up there.......Enjoy! 

Sep 10, 2015 by oscar

Magical campsite

Have returned from our first stay at Trellyn and it will not be our last.  We camped on Lower meadow and the fact that there are only a few camping pitches  and they are separated so well, meant that it was the most relaxing and restful camping trip we have ever taken.  The undercover cooking areas are genius, we spent all our time outside, whether it was preparing and eating food or sitting around our camp fire.  Having limitless supplies of firewood was a real treat as it meant we could stay warm talking, drinking wine and toasting marshmallows, late into the evening.  We ate fabulous wood oven cooked pizzas (made with our own fair hands) on pizza night - a great opportunity for the kids to meet each other and discover the campsite's den.  Another highlight was the chance to buy locally caught Lobster, which Matt, Claire and Kevin's son, helped me to 'dispatch' and clean and which we grilled over an open fire - very decadent!  The wood burning sauna was another fantastic experience - reminiscent of our experience in Sweden years ago - a proper sauna!  Claire and Kevin are knowledgeable, friendly, but as someone else mentioned, not intrusive.  We had an amazing experience here this year and can see this being a place we will return to, time and time again.

Aug 27, 2014 by michelle

amazing extension at kitewood

We wanted to stay at Trellyn but sadly and unsurprisingly they were full. Owner Kevin told us about his other site just up the road where an equally wonderful and unique experience was available amongst 60 acres of woodland and we jumped at the chance. What an amazing find!! We stayed for almost 2 weeks but could have stayed longer. The woodland setting gave rise to so much wildlife the children were spellbound. Each pitch was set up for perfect outside cooking come rain or shine due to the massive tarp and fire pit provided. On-site hosts David and Sarah could not have been more helpful or welcoming and provided free wood, pond dipping and local knowledge by the bucket load. We had the fresh caught lobster dispatched and cleaned by David and it was good for the children to see what food is first hand. There are compost toilets which work way beyond our expectations and loads of hot water for the showers and wash up area. I really hesitate to let the secret out but this honestly was our best ever camping experience and I haven't even started on all the beautiful beaches and attractions nearby!! If you want peace and space Pembrokeshire and kitewood in particular are for you.

Aug 12, 2014 by nsnellie

beautiful, relaxing and homely

we stayed in the stargazer yurt for a week and it was brilliant!! there were a few questions i couldnt find answers to easily before we visited, kevin and clare were really helpful with the booking but i asked them so many questions that i felt i should try and do some of my own research as well, so i'll try and include some useful info here...

the site itself is big and beautiful, the communal area is under cover and includes washing up facilities, charging points, a fridge, a toilet and two shower rooms (one including a toilet).  the showers are much more like being at home than on a campsite which is a big bonus!

the other communal area is a large wood shed that includes two further communal fridges and a large freezer with an ice block exchange system for coolboxes, this is also the wood chopping area, you are encouraged to chop your own wood and kevin and matthew both provided visitors with some useful guidance during our stay (including me!) there is also a dreamcatcher making kit here which my wife loved.

our pitch, the stargazer yurt, was the most private of all the ones we saw, right at the end of the track and included a covered area for a fire, its own composting toilet (again, made by Kevin and very comfy), its own large lawn (which gets all the afternoon sun) and a pond including a family of moorhens! the yurt itself was amazing inside with a comfy double bed, amazing furniture all made by kevin and a nice wood burner to keep us warm at night.
kevin and clare were lovely people and very helpful, they gave us advice on things to do in the area, lent us a map and invited everyone to join them in the evenings for a drink (and also organise a pizza night once a week where you make your own and cook in in their wood fired oven)  Their son Matthew can also provide lobster which was dispatched right in front of us and still twitching when it went on the fire to cook!
the walk to the beach was very short (took us 5 mins from our yurt) and the beach itself was very pretty although all large stones, no sand.

overall, i'd say our stay was amazing, the site is beautiful and when we were sitting on our lawn in the afternoon sun we felt totally alone and complaints whatsoever! we'll definitely be back to try out a camping pitch.
Jul 12, 2014 by jamesharris

Absolute Bliss!!!

From the moment you arrive at Trellyn you are treated as a friend not a customer! Kevin and Clare (and Matthew of course) are the most hospitable hosts who make you feel welcome and relaxed from the start of your stay with them. Each pitch is your own space for the duration of your stay and provides privacy if you want it including your own covered outdoor area with table and seating around the campfire. Firewood is provided and if you need it, lessons in how to chop it for your fire! Although each pitch has access to composting loos (which we thoroughly approve of) there are shower and toilet facilities which are immaculate.

Both the surroundings at the site and the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline are absolutely delightful and help to create a superb relaxing stay. 

We have stayed at Trellyn more than once and will look forward to returning whenever we are able, hopefully, for years to come. Thoroughly recommended!!! 

Jun 28, 2014 by jude and geoff

proper camping experience!

Probably the best campsite ive ever stayed at! Amaze-balls

Jun 13, 2014 by CR

I love this place!

We have just returned from our second stay at Trellyn, it is the first and only time we have returned to the same place for a holiday and we have booked again for next May half term.  That is how much we all love Trellyn.  We are a family of four, Mum, Dad, daughter (10) and son (8).  Our accommodation of choice is the Beachcomber yurt, its the one in the photos with the massive bed - made by Kev (what a clever chap!).

Beachcomber Yurt is as lovely as it looks in the photos.  The kitchen is very well stocked and has everything that only the most extreme foodie would find limiting.  Sharp knives, nice cafetiere, decent pots and plenty of other kit.  The wood burner in the yurt lights easily and keeps inside super cosy for those crisp evenings.  Plus there is a nice outdoor seating area around a fire pit, perfect for campfire cooking and toasting marshmallows.

Our children adore Trellyn.  They love running off with new friends, climbing through the bush, coming back wet, filthy, laughing, starving, chatting non-stop about what the next adventure is going to be.  Getting them into the car to go anywhere is difficult, they just want to stay on site.  One of the main highlights of Trellyn are the evening games with games master Matthew, Kevin and Claire's son (may he never grow older!).

In terms of location the site is a maximum of 5 minutes from the beach which is perfect for kayaking and rockpooling.  The beach is right on the coast path, clearly you can go anywhere from there (Solva perhaps ... ). A short drive to St David's, perfect for a rainy afternoon.

Trellyn is wonderful, but don't take my word for it go check it out for yourself.

Jun 11, 2014 by stiperstones

Kick the can and other stories....

My son and I have just returned from Trellyn after the most amazing week's camping.  I can't remember ever visiting a campsite which lived up to the reviews but this wonderful little piece of Pembrokeshire certainly does and I admit I'm torn between keeping it to myself and announcing how wonderful it is to the world.

The owners, Kevin and Clare, are the most welcoming and kind hosts who are always on hand if needed of just for a chat but leave you alone if that's what you want too. Kevin, upon our arrival in the pouring rain, offered to help me unload my car and put up our tent - this generosity continued throughout the week with nothing too much trouble.  I must also mention Matt who kept all of our children thoroughly entertained for the whole week with 'kick the can' and other games - a week of no technology for a 9 year old boy out of choice is almost unheard of in our house these days -  he's an absolute star!

The campsite is comprised of only 5 peaceful camping pitches, all large private areas with either private or shared compost loos which are completely clean and odour free.  Also each pitch has a covered camp kitchen area complete with picnic bench and camp fire (free wood on tap) which is perfect if the weather is less than perfect and provides further options for storage etc instead of having to squeeze everything into the tent.

  There are also 5 structures, 2 domes, 2 yurts and a tipi for a different and more luxurious camping experience.  Each structure created beautifully by the owner and once again each in their own spacious pitch with garden, private compost loo and kitted out camp kitchen and campfire.

In a block near the house there are 2 showers with plenty of hot water, and toilets and a shared washing up area- all of which the owners and campers keep clean - there is a real community feel the like of which I haven't experienced on a campsite.

The location is perfect and the woodland site itself is lush and beautiful and full of birdsong morning and evening, all only a few minutes walk away from Abercastle harbour. The local bus stops at the end of the lane if you wish to leave the car behind and explore further afield.  The surrounding walks along the coast are just breathtaking and kayaking from the harbour seems to be a popular pastime if that's your thing.

We've already booked to return next year - my son can't wait and I'm not sure I can either but the site books up fast especially in the school holidays so if you like the sound of this heavenly place you'd better be quick!

Jun 3, 2014 by Mamps

Absolutely Perfect

Our stay here was absolutely brilliant despite the storms! The carefully positioned covered outside areas provided welcome shelter from
the rain (which luckily only made an appearance at night). The fire pits are half inside the shelters which meant that using the FREE wood we could keep warm and cook over the fire while the rain lashed down around us. Each site comes with a grill  and a picnic bench.

We arrived in the dark after driving from Swansea after work, so waking up was a great surprise to see the meadow pitch that we had been given in the valley, next to the calming tones of the stream. Each pitch is far enough from other campers so you really feel like you are in the wilderness, but with facilities always subtly positioned close by. The campsite owners have really thought of everything and nothing was too much trouble for them even giving a fellow camper wood chopping lessons!

After a pleasant days kayaking down the picturesque River Teifi nothing was more welcome than the wood fired sauna.

We also managed to kayak around the stunning coastline around Abercastle - fantastic wildlife, caves, fishing and jumping off the

We will be back to this campsite and I can’t recommend it more. Thank you very very much for having us!!!

Sep 13, 2013 by ibkttd

Wonderful Experience

We (2 adults, 9yo,13yo) are just back from a week staying in the Starlight Yurt at Trellyn. Liek most people we live busy, stressful lives between work and family commitments, terrorised by a calendar full of meetings, dentist appointments, homework, clubs, drama performances and standing around watching 9 year olds hit/throw/kick a ball around a muddy field.

Trellyn is the antidote to all that, no stress, no fuss, we hardly looked at our watch the whole time we were there.

As others have noted, Kevin and Claire can't do enough to make your stay more comfortable, although the Yurt was so luxurious that confort was never really a problem. Plenty of room for a family of four or even five.

There were more than enough activities inside and outside the campsite to keep the kids happy including boat trips, coastal walks and afternoons on the beach. Pizza night was excellent but my personal highlight was late evening, once I had chopped the wood, built the fire, cooked the dinner  and toasted the marshmallows was sitting back watching the fire. listening to the stream gurgle and not having to worry about whatever I would normally have to do the next day.

I came back throughly refreshed, having slept more than I than I thought possible for any non-teenager. Don't hesitate just call and book it. We booked for next year before we left.

Sep 2, 2013 by smsmith70

Best Camping Experience For Years

Just wanted to take a few minutes to say how much we (me, wife and two kids 9 and 11) enjoyed our experience at Trellyn. Everything was better than advertised, and the advertisements were very appealing. Even the weather was mainly dry and bright, though I don't think Kevin and Claire had anything to do with that. That said, they provided an updated weather forecast in the common kitchen/shower area, which was just another detail that made us feel that they cared about our experience there. 

There's no way I'm going to be able to list all of the expected and unexpected delights of this place, but I will say for those considering going, that I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed regardless of the weather.

We stayed in the Starlight Yurt, which was considerably more comfortable (and infinitely more atmospheric) than most expensive hotel rooms. The beds and bedding were excellent, the cooking facilities complete and we even had our own ingeniously designed composting toilet (which did not smell at all). 

The pitch was enormous with a large lawn, a pond and canopied fire ring and picnic bench set in among the woods. 5 -10 minutes lovely walk through the trees and you're on the spectacular coastal path. 

Just a final word about the green credentials of the place. From what I could see, every relevant aspect of the operation (ie water, waste, wood, energy, etc) was conceived with conservation and reuse in mind, and  did not impose an unreasonable degree of inconvenience on guests. Thanks for such a brilliant holiday.

Rich (Ullapool, Scotland)

Aug 13, 2013 by Richard Pagano

Perfect for recharging life's batteries!

This was our fourth year back at Trellyn and we have just returned home fully relaxed and re-charged and filled with yet more truly wonderful memories of our time here.

In 2010 we booked a week with our own tent and went home thinking we'd only just slowed down enough to properly enjoy our holiday to the max. So we decided to book two weeks the following year in the Tipi and would honestly stay the whole summer if it was practical!

For the kids, Trellyn offers them a wonderful environment of adventure and low tech in which to cement friendships and play with the resident cats. Depending on their age they can roam free and help with fire building which our 8 year old adores. In fact this year, while our youngest was asleep in the dome our eldest came haring back along the track demanding that she needed "more camoflauge" in order to play Kick the Can with the 10 other kids on site. Any pink clothing was thrown to the ground and by the time I had looked up from toasting my marshmellow she'd raided the dirty washing for Daddy's green t-shirt and a pair of mud covered grey trousers, grabbed a handful of leaves and sticky bud plant from the undergrowth and was gone! 

For Mum and Dad, well, the benefits of sitting staring into a campfire every night under the stars are simply huge. We can feel the manic speed of our usual life diminish with every evening that passes. So much so in fact that this morning my husband got 15 minutes into his commute before realising that he'd left his computer at home. This is unheard of!!

And then there is the whole of beautiful pembrokeshire to discover once you leave the campsite which never dissapoints. Every year we "discover" a new beach. Some you have to walk to, some you can drive onto, some with every facility imaginable, others with none but all with breathtaking views, sand and surf.

This year we borrowed the free sit on top kayaks that they have at the site for campers to borrow and paddled around Abercastle harbour with the children discovering caves and wildlife. I also took an onsite woodcarving class with Kevin and made my own spoon.

Whatever type of accommodation you choose at this excellent site ( and believe me, having camped for over 25 years we've been to a few) you cannot fail to be impressed by the warm welcome from your hosts Kevin, Claire and Matt. Their hospitality shines throughout their site and you will not only feel the physical change in yourself  during your stay but find that by the end of the week you will be sharing campfire recipes, day trip tips and smiles with your fellow campers. And that is the very beauty of the place - you can choose your privacy in the quiet woodland surroundings or just wander down to the shower block when you fancy a chat.

We love it and our fourth year won't be our last!

Aug 5, 2013 by The Casey Family

cool in the heat of july

Just returned from a week at Trellyn - the hottest week of the last few years, in the middle of July. Me, wife, and 5 year old son. We had an absolutely super time and can heartily recommend the site. We stayed on (what the owners call) Valley 2. It was the last one going when we booked, so we wondered if we had got the least good pitch. For us, at least, nothing could be further from the truth. We had sun most of the day, but with just enough shade in the morning and evening to make bedtime manageable for the little one. And our cooking tent was tucked down in a dell - we nicknamed it 'the den' - under a few trees, and right next to a (just trickling) stream. As the temperatures hit 30 degrees, we retreated there one afternoon to survive. The little harbour/bay 5 mins walk away was just perfect for rockpooling, swimming and snorkelling, and canoeing. Owners are super, keen to help, but far from intrusive. And with only 9 or 10 pitches - over several acres - you do not feel crowded by others either. We loved it. And - vacancies permitting - would love to go back next year too.

Jul 21, 2013 by RichY


We recently stayed in the Tipi at Trellyn and had a fantastic time.   

Though we missed the turning off the road initially (they need to move that sign out of the bush a bit, hah!), upon arrival we were greeted by Kevin and Claire, the site owners, who were extremely welcoming and very friendly.  

We weren't really sure what to expect (always hard to tell from the pictures!) but as Claire guided us to the Tipi it was hard not to be impressed with the site:  secluded, peaceful and gorgeous. 

From the Tipi, the adjacent pitches (one for a tent and the other for the dome) were a fair distance (20-30m) away, but it felt further thanks to the dense woodland.  This gave us a good compromise between being by ourselves when we wanted, but it was easy enough to get chatting to the neighbours if we wished. 

The Tipi itself was fantastic, our boys ( 2 and 6 months) loved the dragon artwork - we've subsequently picked up a load of Jackie Morris books after discovering her thanks to this campsite!  The facilities were great, a travel cot was provided for our littlest one, and the elder managed just find on one of the two single futons provided.  The double bed mum & dad used was super comfortable and we slept well every night!

Outside, while listening to the stream that ran through the site, we found a well stocked kitchen area; all the basics (stove, kettle, pans, plates etc) were provided, including a coolbox, for which we could swap out freezer blocks whenever we needed at the sites freezer.  A picnic table and some benches around a fire pit were also present; all covered so we were sheltered from the elements - not that we needed it really as it was pretty much fantastic weather all week.   Only (very slight) niggle regarding the Tipi's setup was the small grassy area directly outside the Tipi; some of the other plots had larger areas for the kiddies to run and play in, though the site is so safe for toddlers to run about it wasn't much of a problem, really!  The shower / washing facilities were great, including big family bathrooms which were very useful.

When we arrived, Kevin was busy building frames for some compost loos that were installed during our visit, which generally reflects the eco-friendly vibe the site has going on.  There was free firewood, and on the first night of our stay Kevin gave a short woodsplitting class, perfect for complete newbies like me!  Really miss having a fire every day after coming home :(   On another night Kevin & Claire invited all campers up to their house to make use of their outdoor ceramic pizza oven - everyone brought their own ingredients and got a bit messy making food - top fun for the kids. 

Our only disappointment with the site was the lack of a 'view' in the traditional sense, but with woodland camping you're not usually going to get one - and with such beatiful coastline very close, all around, we could hardly complain, really. 

Fantastic stuff, we'll be back for sure! 

Jul 19, 2013 by robdood

Magical camping

I’m writing a review of Trellyn camping to fill in where other reviews on this and other websites had left gaps. First off, this place is great, what a find! We as the previous reviewer also spent a fantastic four nights in the starlight yurt which well-exceeded both our expectations and I’m sure any that may have been harboured by our incredibly excited 2 ½ year-old and 11-month year-old.

The two things that I hadn’t quite picked up on were 1) the amount of private outdoor space the starlight yurt has (about a tennis court’s size out front) mostly mown lawn excellent for running/crawling around with bordered wild flowers, with adjacent (‘naturally’ child-proofed) pond and separate covered area for campfire/BBQ. The other (beachcomber) yurt I think has less of a flat lawn but is slightly further removed from the other camping ‘plots’ so better for couples I’d have thought. Many of the camping plots are similar in terms of set up. They’re all unique which adds to the charm of the place.

And 2) how luxurious the interior of the yurt was. Pictures on the net don’t do it justice. Yes, it has cooking facilities and a bed and a dining table and a woodburner and a toilet, but all are really tastefully and well designed and make the interior of the yurt similar to that of a luxury safari lodge. There’s also dark wooden floor and a Persian + sheepskin rugs – it’s all very cosy… all the fun of camping without any of the discomfort.

More broadly, the campsite has a friendly but relaxed atmosphere with a private feel. Free fire wood made the nights warm Claire and Kevin are very welcoming and informative – great hosts - always happy to answer questions without imposing themselves. Our toddler easily made friends with others of similar ages who were staying at Trellyn, meeting up most evenings on trips to the ablution blocks to chase the resident cats etc. During the day there’s plenty to keep everyone busy:  beautiful walks from the campsite, which is a stones-throw from the hamlet of Abercastle, which is on the coastal path. Beaches in the surrounding area are magical, the whole place is magical.... the cool camping review above is very accurate... we’d go back in a flash, loved it.    

Jul 1, 2013 by The Essex's

Trellyn Woodland - Starlight Yurt

Everything coolcamping’s said about Trellyn is right. It is magical. We didn’t want to leave, and can’t wait to be back. Loved toasting our toes by the campfire in our private clearing at the edge of woodland surrounded by buttercups and birdsong; roasting and cracking our way through the freshest and most locally-and-sustainably-caught lobster and crab we’ve had in a long time; waking up in a snug bed with sunlight dappling through the trees onto the canvas; or just admiring all the skill that went into handcrafting the yurt and giving it all its authenticity and character. One new thing – self-designed self-built compost loos a few steps from the yurts, brilliant.

A gorgeous coastal drive and ferry ride away is Skomer Island, where we hung out with puffins – at our feet! – amid a sea of bluebells and sea campion. We also walked the stunning Pembrokeshire Coastal Path from the site to Porthgain (5 miles) through wildflowers in full bloom. In Porthgain, plaice and scallops at The Shed, and Upton Farm icecreams were excellent.

Exceptional location, owners, and site. Maybe we were just lucky to have beautiful weather the entire four days we were there, or maybe the Starlight Sailor’s really enchanted us. Five stars, and a big heart.

Jun 14, 2013 by sproutside

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