Cilrath Wood Camping The Greener Camping Club

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Narberth & Templeton

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Campfires allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Off-grid eco camping with campfires in a patch of Pembrokeshire that time forgot

Driving along the track to Cilrath Fach Farm can't help but bring a joyful flutter of anticipation. The Preseli Hills rise to greet you on the horizon before hedgerows create a leafy tunnel down into a time-forgotten vale below. Here you’re welcomed by an old hay meadow, an ancient woodland and a chocolate box 18th-century farmhouse. Time it right and you’ll be welcomed by the teasingly named 'Grumpy Farmer', Pete, or wife Jackie, too, complete with a suitably vintage Land Rover to take your belongings to your pitch.

There’s a wonderfully light touch to things here. Environmentally friendly and off-grid, the campsite takes a minimalist approach to camping. There are gas-powered showers, luxury composting toilets and a washing up area, while camping pitches are sparsely dotted around, each with their own picnic bench and fire-pit. If the Land Rover isn’t to hand you'll find wheelbarrows at the site entrance, where local information, USB chargers, a fridge-freezer and everything you need to light a campfire can also be discovered in “The Shed”. There’s often an opportunity to buy free range eggs laid by happy Cilrath chickens, too, or award winning 'Mabel George’ fudge, freshly made in the on-farm Fudge Factory.

Whilst the time-warp may be modernised by surprisingly good 3G signal, beamed across from the Preseli Hills, this really is a campsite for forgetting about your phone. Brooks rise on the farm and tumble gently down to the wildlife lake and several footpaths guide you on a short amble through the farm's wood. Look out for dragonflies and butterflies, red kites and herons and all sorts of reptiles. Wild orchids and yellow rattle grow, along with a carpet of bluebells each spring. Amongst it all there are two charming communal spaces – a silk parachute that hangs over a small bluebell-clad dell (an old 17th-century quarry) and a simple zinc-topped open barn where campers can socialise within view of the lake and earshot of a stream. The latter spot is particularly good for catching the last of the evening light.

Though it’s more than half a mile from the farm to the nearest road, once you escape the green embrace of the campsite, you’ll actually find it’s remarkably well connected. Located centrally within Pembrokeshire, pretty much every part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is within a half-hour drive, with the nearest beaches, around Saundersfoot and Amroth, less than 20 minutes away. And, while Milford Haven, the Cleddau Estuary, Tenby and St David’s have their appeal, campers are just as well staying inland and exploring the wild Preseli Hills. The local town of Narberth, two miles away, is a good place to finish, with a choice of pubs and restaurants. The town was recently declared ‘the happiest place to live in Wales’. And, while we might not live in the area, it’s certainly our happy place to pitch for a week or two.

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Facilities

Each pitch has a picnic table and a fire bowl for a wood fire (£5 for sack of logs). Nearby are two comfortable compost toilets with wash hand basins and a male urinal in a rustic converted cattle trailer. There are two separate spacious hot showers and a covered outdoor washing up and food prep area with two sinks and cold running water. All facilities are checked and serviced twice daily. Eco-friendly hand wash, shower gel and washing up liquid products are provided. A large silk woodland parachute canopy with a shared fire pit provides a covered area and there's also a communal lakeside pole barn, which catches the last of the evening light.

There are two pitches with firmer ground and access for campervans whilst the car park for all other tent pitches is several hundred yards away. Wheel barrows are provided to help move belongings to your pitch. At the entrance to the campsite a shed houses a fridge, freezer, USB charging points, basic tourist information and maps.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans (maximum of two at any one time) – yes. Caravans, large motorhomes and dogs – no.

Nearby

Cilrath Wood Camping is situated on the ancient Landsker border, a historical boundary running through Pembrokeshire that divides Welsh speaking heartlands from the area known as “Little England beyond Wales”, an area linguistically and culturally English for centuries. The line is marked by a series of frontier castles, the nearest of which is the ruined 13th-century castle in the local town of Narberth, a half-hour walk or five-minute drive from the campsite. There’s also a decent little museum in the town (01834 861719), while other nearby castles include Llawhaden Castle (5 miles), Wiston Castle (8 miles) and Laugharne Castle (15 miles; 01994 427906).

Walk north from the campsite and you’re heading into the thick of the Preseli Hills, superb hiking country and perhaps the quieter spoils of Pembrokeshire. That’s because the busier side of the county, of course, is the coast, pretty much all of which is within a half-hour drive of the campsite. Pendine, Saundersfoot and the beautiful harbour town of Tenby are the closest seaside spots, the latter full of excellent cafés and independent shops all running down to the sweeping bay overlooked by Tenby Castle. Walk stretches of the famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path to find quieter coves and beaches – there’s plenty of space around here – or head out to the likes of Freshwater West, Maroles Sands or any of the beaches in St Brides Bay, which are particularly good for surfing.

Food & Drink

It's a four-minute drive or half-hour walk into Narberth town. Try the excellent Spanish deli and café Ultracomida (01970 630686) and stock up on cheese, olives and other bits or enjoy lunch at their compact arrangement of communal tables. Another great daytime spot is Plum Vanilla (01834 862762) café, a local favourite offering multiple vegetarian, vegan and gluton free options, which excites even the most avid carnivore. You may need to get there early as it's often full of locals. For restaurants, try the high-end seafood at Mad Tom’s (01834 860506) or trendy bistro the Pepper Corn (01834 861778).

If it's a good pub you're after, try the Dragon Inn or the Dingle Inn (01834 861806), which are always busy and you're sure of fresh food. Just out of town, the Snooty Fox (01834 891300) is in a converted agricultural barn with a great outside area on sunny days. The Plash Inn (01437 563472) in nearby Llanfallteg Village is also a great bet.

Further afield, Tafarn Sinc (01437 532214) is an amazing Welsh pub up in the Preseli Hills, recently bought out by the locals with shares in a community cooperative. Formerly the last stop railway hotel adjoining an old slate quarry, it's clad in corrugated roofing and the floor inside is covered with sawdust. An atmospheric must-visit if you're in the area.

Open

Easter–October.

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The Owner Says

Cilrath Wood Camping is hidden away on a Grade Two Listed traditional Pembrokeshire farmstead, focused around a rare haven of old pastures with uninterrupted views of the countryside and Preseli Hills, semi-ancient woodland rich in fauna and flora and a beautiful wildlife lake fed by two babbling brooks; all of which are far from any dwelling or roadway. Ten pitches in total are available each with a firebowl for a wood fire and picnic bench. Six spaced far apart in the ancient hay meadow, two on firm hardstanding suitable for campervans and a few in the slightly more secluded fringes of the woodland. It is possible within the meadow to bring several pitches together to form a traditional group encampment.

Nearby are two comfortable compost toilets with wash hand basins and a male urinal in a rustic converted cattle trailer. There are two separate spacious hot showers and a covered outdoor washing up and food prep area with two sinks and cold running water. Eco-friendly hand wash, shower gel and washing up liquid products are provided. Car parking, a flush toilet, a fridge-freezer and USB charge points are also on site.

There are two sheltered communal spaces for activities and evening get-togethers. One is in the form of a silk parachute canopy hung from branches in the shelter of an ancient quarry now a small attractive Bluebell hollow, where a fire-pit forms the centre of attention on dark evenings; the other is a lakeside zinc and wood-pole open barn, beside a brook which tumbles into a series of small pools before it joins the wildlife lake. It is perfectly situated to catch the last of the evening sun.

Whilst secluded, Cilrath Wood Camping is only a few minutes drive from the little market town of Narberth, famed for being “UK’s Cleanest and Greenest Town, shortlisted as one of the “Best High Street in the UK”, named amongst the “Best places to live in Britain” and being ranked as one of the “Happiest places in Wales”! The campsite is centrally situated giving easy access to the spectacular coastline on all three sides of the Pembrokeshire peninsula, which forms Britain’s only coastal National Park and is the most westerly part of Wales. It has a coastal footpath that twists and turns its’ way for 186 miles, covering almost every kind of maritime landscape, from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries.

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Pitches

Ten pitches in total are available. Most, usually six, are spaced far apart in the ancient hay meadow; two on firm hardstanding suitable for campervans and several in the slightly more secluded fringes of the woodland. It is possible within the meadow to bring several pitches together to form a traditional group encampment.  All pitches positions are subject to weather and prevailing ground conditions on arrival.

Tent Pitch (Old Hay Meadow)

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 3 Available
Grass pitch within an ancient meadow adjacent to a beautiful wildlife lake, mature woodland and diverse hedgerows with uninterrupted views of the countryside and Preseli Hills. The site is far from any dwelling or roadway.

Tent Pitch (Old Hay Meadow)

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 3 Available
Grass pitch within an ancient meadow adjacent to a beautiful wildlife lake, mature woodland and diverse hedgerows with uninterrupted views of the countryside and Preseli Hills. The site is far from any dwelling or roadway.

Campervan (Old Hay Meadow)

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 2 Available
A hardstanding for a campervan with adjacent grass area for an awning, set within an ancient meadow bounded by a beautiful wildlife lake, mature woodland and diverse hedgerows.

Small Woodland Pitch

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 5 3 Available
Small clearing within the fringes of an ancient woodland under managed regeneration and replanting. Profuse wild flowers in springtime, badger sets, nesting Red Kites, small brooks and a beautiful wildlife lake are amongst the many treasures hidden here. The site is far from any dwelling or roadway.

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Location

Contact Cilrath Wood Camping, Cilrath Fach Farm, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 7EY

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Getting There

If you're using a SatNav, use the farm name “Cilrath Fach Farm” and not the post code to navigate to Cilrath Wood Camping. If the post code is used it will take you in the wrong direction along a neighbouring lane to a farm with a very similar name.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 36 reviews

★★★★★

Wonderful!

Just returned from a week camping at Cilrath Wood Camping. What a wonderful site this is and I'm already hoping to return! Large tent pitches which are ideally spread out so you're not too close to other campers but close enough if your visiting with friends. Lots of space for the children to run around, make friends and explore. Picnic bench and fire pit with grill with every pitch. Logs and firelighters for sale on site. Compost toilets were easy to use and very clean. The showers were warm and very clean with eco friendly shower gel and shampoo provided. Really nice touch to have a separate toilet cabin for the children. My children have never enjoyed using the toilet so much! The Grumpy Farmer (not at all!) helped us with our camping things in his trailer when we arrived and when we packed up which was a welcome relief so we didn't have to transport it all be wheelbarrow. So many beautiful beaches to visit which are a short drive away. Thanks again, we had a fabulous week and hope to return!

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Rebecca. Glad to hear you all had a good time and that the children appreciated the small people's toilet 😄
★★★★★

Warm Welcome and back to Nature weekend

From the time of meeting Peter "the Grumpy" Farmer I knew we were going to have an awesome time. Peter you should be known as HELPFUL INGENIOUS FARMER! You really have built a well established campsite where one can get back to nature. And thank you to both you and your wife for taking the time to check in that everything was OK. The setting of the campsite takes you right back to nature, spectacular views, bird song, sunsets. Unfortunately I couldn't pull myself from my deep restful sleep to see the sunrise 🙃 The pitches are well spaced, flat and equipped with a fire pit and wooden bench set. Having an open fire for myself is what camping is about. The site is spotless and well organised, from fridge storage, recycling and shower/toilet facilities. And that on site lake is wonderful for a refreshing swim! We spent most of our time at camp, enjoying the peace and quiet, however there are many interesting sites to visit; I enjoyed Tenby Beach ⛱ 😀
Aug 23, 2021 by Michelle Verified Review
★★★★★

One of the best camp sites I've used

This is an amazing camp site. The facilities are all great, were clean throughout our week stay and well thought out. The cars away from the pitch are a bit of a pain but Pete helped us there and back to our pitch and it meant we could let the kids roan without fear of being run over. The pitches all come with benches and firepit with grill meaning less stuff to bring. It's well positioned really close to several beaches and a nearby town that was really nice. Super markets only 15 minutes drive. The site itself was beautiful with a really nice lake and a bit of a forest to walk through. We saw plenty of bat's and toads too which the kids loved and the cat!
★★★★★

Beautiful site

One of the best campsites we've stayed at. Peaceful, lovely woodland, sheltered from the elements, nice facilities, the kids loved playing on the stone circles and we enjoyed how well managed the site is, and the amount of space. Will definitely return.
★★★★★

A great peaceful place to be.

This was a great place to be and the continuing commitment to the environment and sustainability was admirable. We had a great time, close to many sights around Narbeth and Tenby and would definetely be back.
Aug 17, 2021 by RW Verified Review

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Rebecca, we love our little corner of the globe and preserving our hedges, our woodland and our wildlife for future generations is a privilege. We think Pembrokeshire has a lot to offer in terms of beautiful scenery and opportunities for all sorts of outdoor fun.
★★★★☆

Beautiful camp site

Beautifully mown pitches. Lovely peaceful place to camp. We were really thankful of the lift down to our pitch and back up again at the end of our stay. Beautiful starry nights. We loved having the open fires. Lovely to have the space to unwind. Great to be able to use a little bit of the fridge and freezer up at the top. Super base to explore from and the fudge was delicious. I would recommend this site for sure.

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Hannah for your review. We do get some amazing starry nights when it is clear, and some beautiful sunsets too. Glad you felt 'unwound' after your stay here 😌
★★★★★

New favourite campsite!

What a great camping experience! My partner and I booked a woodland pitch for a couple of nights and had an amazing time. Our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer! The pitch was in a lovely spot surrounded by trees, with nice views out to the camping meadow. It felt quiet and secluded which was exactly what we were looking for. We were warmly welcomed by Pete who was really helpful, explaining the facilities and giving us a hand to get our camping gear to and from our pitch. All the facilities were spotless and together with the fire pit and picnic table, we had everything we needed for a comfortable and relaxing stay. The site itself was very peaceful and we loved being able to explore the lake and the tracks and trails through the woods. Despite the peace and quiet, the campsite is only a few minutes drive from Narberth and is also very handy for exploring the rest of Pembrokeshire due to its central location. We can't wait to stay again during bluebell season!
Aug 13, 2021 by Tamzin Verified Review

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Tamzin, glad you had a relaxing couple of days. It would be lovely to have you stay again, and spring is truly beautiful in the woodland, Bluebells this year were later than normal - I would say that usually end of April - mid May is when you are most likely to catch them .... and the scent is heavenly!
★★★★★

Fantastic experience book now !

Long drive - totally worth it. Beautiful wild habitat. Lots of space. Excellent facilities. Came with two teens who were absolutely engrossed by the frogs and toads. I don’t camp a lot but I can say that everything about this experience was perfect. From the wide spacing between pitches to the kind considerate Pete who refers to himself as the grumpy farmer. I can safely say that this grumpy farmer wins the award for worst grumpy farmer in the world. He is so kind and considerate and attentive. Nothing is too much for him. And he is ready to help every step of the way (having our stuff tractored down was a lovely touch and so appreciated). He is someone who takes this business and your happiness very seriously. Congratulations Pete and Jackie you are both fabulous as is your camp site! Pricing too very reasonable. All I can say is go and book (before someone else does)!
Aug 7, 2021 by Guy Lynn

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks Guy, sorry I had an off few days. Will try to revert to grumpy as soon as I can!  Glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope we see you again one day. 
★★★★★

Brilliant stay

We would like to say thank you to Peter & his wife for a lovely and relaxed holiday camping. The camp site it self has ample space for the children to make friends & run their socks off... Some lovely rocks are situated through the site which means the kids can climb and jump over which became a focal point for the kids The pitches themselves are very spacious and a picnic bench is provided which is really handy aswel as a fire pit for evening fires with a water bucket to douse it down at bedtime Within the camp site there is a beautiful lake which offers opportunities of spotting insects etc and a nice woodland walk The showers are the best we have experienced camping aswel as the toilets, we love the eco vibe from the camp site and we will definitely be returning but for longer All in all, we would definitely recommend this camp site

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Stuart for your review. So good to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay. It's very satisfying for us to see children having fun in the "great outdoors" and developing their interest in the natural environment. I hope they will look forward to coming back and making new friends!
★★★★★

A wonderful campsite

Pete and Jackie were marvellous! They were friendly and helpful from our arrival and throughout our stay. The facilities on site are everything you need, I have nothing negative to say about any of it. The toilets & showers are cleaned to a high standard regularly. The setting itself is beautiful, the lake is amazing and the site is spacious and not cramped at all. It’s obvious how much thought and care goes into preserving nature as much as possible around the entire site, which gives campers a real chance to feel in touch with nature whilst they are there. We have made so many happy memories at Cilrath over the past week and hope to return again some time next season. Best wishes Pete and Jackie and thank you for everything. Sarah & family.
Jul 30, 2021 by Sarah J H

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Hi Sarah, Thank you for your review.
So glad to hear that you have happy memories of your stay at Cilrath Wood. We feel very lucky to live in this lovely place and it is always a pleasure when others appreciate it too. We do our best to keep the toilets and showers in a condition we would like to find them ourselves.
It would be lovely to have you stay with us again.
Peter & Jackie
★★★★★

Beautiful in every way

Camping in a lovely field, nature all around, peaceful and spacious. Great green - loos and showers. The owners go the extra mile and want to make sure everyone has the best time. Great for kids.
Jul 29, 2021 by RB WALKER Verified Review

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Robbie. Glad you and your family had a good time - so sorry we couldn't accommodate you for the extra night you would have liked    . . . . .  you'll just have to come back another time! 😃
★★★★★

A beautiful and peaceful experience on a lovely farm

Our stay here (in the woodland) was absolutely lovely. The site is so peaceful & beautiful, and obviously so carefully maintained for people while respecting the birds, animals, insects & plant life on the farm. The Grumpy Farmer was, as the review below notes, anything but — he even lent us a pan from his own house after we only brought one... one day we walked into Narberth which was really lovely, and paddled in the on-site pond when we got back. Couldn't recommend Cilrath highly enough.

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks Neil, Glad you enjoyed your stay. I will really have to try harder with the grumpiness!
★★★★★

Peaceful, beautiful, great experience

Thoroughly enjoyed camping here. The self styled "Grumpy Farmer" owner, Peter, is in fact the opposite of grumpy. He was friendly and helpful throughout. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon in the rain, when no doubt he had better things to do, but he took our tent to the pitch in his Landrover and then came back an hour later to do the same with our belongings so they wouldn't get wet. We stayed in the Hay Meadow, which has pitches sculpted into the side of a hill leading down towards a small lake. This was beautiful and the pitches are a considerable distance apart, it did feel a little bit like wild camping. Absolutely loved the eco-friendly features on the site. Excellent to have every pitch with its own picnic table and fire pit. Logs were available from the shed a few hundred yards away, and you can just settle up at the end. It was very peaceful and serene, came away feeling thoroughly refreshed

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Phil for your review, glad you had an enjoyable stay despite the wet welcome.
"Peaceful and serene" is the aim, so we are glad that you felt refreshed by having been here ☺️
★★★★★

Peaceful with everything you need

We loved the well spaced out pitches and exploring the woods. The campsite was clean with lots of lovely touches like shower gel and washing up liquid. Our children lived the freedom to roam and seeing the farm
★★★★★

Brilliant campsite!

We had a really lovely time. Peter and Jackie are extremely welcoming and friendly. The facilities are fantastic - very clean and spacious. The campsite itself is beautiful and we felt very relaxed whilst we were there. We were even able to buy fresh eggs for breakfast every morning! I would definitely go again.
Jul 5, 2021 by Amy Cromie Verified Review

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Amy for your review. So glad you and your friends enjoyed your stay and appreciated the facilities. We hope you will come again. Glad our hens were obliging too🐔🥚.
★★★★★

Perfect, just what we needed.

Cilrath Wood campsite is perfect for a quiet, restful camping trip. We loved our secluded woodland pitch with fire pit and picnic bench. The grumpy farmer was on-hand to greet us and helped us settle in... he's not so grumpy. All the facilities are really clean and really well made. The shower was really warm. The site was quiet when we visited so we were able to fully explore and made use of the communal areas. Watching the sunset from the stone circle at the top of the field is a great way to end the day. We couldn't have wished for a nicer camping experience. We're returning soon.
Jun 14, 2021 by Philip and Vicky
★★★★★

Perfect, just what we needed.

Cilrath Wood campsite is perfect for a quiet, restful camping trip. We loved our secluded woodland pitch with fire pit and picnic bench. The grumpy farmer was on-hand to greet us and helped us settle in... he's not so grumpy. All the facilities are really clean and really well made. The shower was really warm. The site was quiet when we visited so we were able to fully explore and made use of the communal areas. Watching the sunset from the stone circle at the top of the field is a great way to end the day. We couldn't have wished for a nicer camping experience. We're returning soon.
★★★★★

Fabulous Base, Clean and Beautiful Space

We stayed for 4 night in a beautiful woodland plot surrounded by bluebells. I slept incredibly well and the bird symphony which woke me gently in the morning was lovely! The facilities are fantastic, so we’ll maintained and so clean. We had an absolutely fantastic stay and will definitely stay again when we’re down I. The future.
Jun 10, 2021 by Cara Morison Verified Review
★★★★★

Fabulous

We arrived and we warmly greeted , all our gear was transported from the car park to our pitch by tractor . The kids as well ! The pitched are a good size well away from other campers but close enough for kids to make friends. All facilities are well maintained , very clean and the so called Grumpy farmer or Kevin was always around to give advice and help. The layout of the campsite encompasses a large woodland to walk around and a lake to picnic next to . Every morning I was pleasantly awoken by the amazing dawn chorus. As the grass around the pitches is left to grow , it is teaming with bugs which kept the children busy for hours on end. As far as location for us it was perfect as it was central to all the beaches and sites we wanted to visit . Shops are a mile away so very convenient. Every evening we lit the campfire with the logs we bought from the farmer , bringing a perfect end to a fabulous day

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Really glad you enjoyed your stay and found everything to your liking. Plenty of outdoor fun to be had for children here on the site, which hopefully makes for a relaxing holiday for the adults too! Yours sound like biologists in the making!
★★★★★

A great site

We've just returned from a 4 day stay at cilrath and we are so sad to be leaving. The site is beautiful and the facilities are fantastic. Our hosts were so welcoming and super friendly. Really can't wait to come back and stay here again. Plenty to do around the area, but really I could have just stayed on the campsite all holiday!

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you James, so glad you all had a good stay :)
Come and see us again.
Peter & Jackie
★★★★★

Such a lovely spot!

What a lovely farm and atmosphere. It really was like being immersed in nature. The facilities are well kept and clean and it was the first time I used a compost loo but the instructions on the wall saved me! haha. The owners are so friendly and you can tell they are passionate about nature and the environment being eco-conscious! I cannot wait to return next month!
★★★★★

Very special place!

Two of us stayed here for a long weekend and it was absolutely perfect. The owners are wonderful, the site is beautiful and the facilities are lovely. There are 2 toilets & 1 urinal as well as 2 showers so you may have to queue at times but not for very long. There is tonnes to explore in the area and again - the owners are so helpful and you can tell they want people to have a great time and enjoy their land with them. Hopefully we’ll be back again soon.
★★★★★

A labour of love

We had a fantastic week at Cilrath. Pete and Jackie were lovely hosts. The compost loos, showers and washing up facilities have been expertly made by Pete (whose practical skills I am well jealous of!) There is a lovely lake fed by streams - where I did my daily meditation , to the sound of running water. On the clearest night of our stay - the Milky Way was simply awesome! Many thanks from Robbie and Siân x

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks Robbie, great to know that you and Sian enjoyed your stay. Yes, the sound of running water is Pete's favourite sound, followed by the cooing of the wood pigeons;  there's something quite calming and restorative about the sounds of nature. Glad too that you had some clear nights for stargazing :)
★★★★★

Special spot for Pembrokeshire

Fantastic, well-curated space that allows for peaceful, back-to-nature camping. The basic facilities consist of a shower block with hot water, a couple of compost loos, a very inventive mens' urinal and a washing up space. All were immaculate and well-designed. Dotted around the camping space were stone circles and a wooded area with a parachute providing cover from the elements. All plots have picnic tables and a fire pit. Wood is available at £5 a bag and there is also fridge space up towards the main farmhouse. The host is unintrusive but always around to offer help with your bags and a friendly word or two. In terms of constructive criticism, I suppose I would say that if all plots had been taken, some of that sense of escape and privacy would have been reduced with the other plots quite close by. Hopefully as the owner expands plots into the wooded area, there won't be pressure to over-book the main field. Will be back next year!
Sep 12, 2020 by Mark Burgess Verified Review

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks Mark, glad you appreciated the facilities and the 'back to nature' experience :)  You were here when it was very quiet but actually even when we are full not all of the pitches you see are occupied, and certainly never close together (unless people want two pitches as one family group).  We have extra mown pitches so that they can be used alternately allowing the grass to rest and recover after heavy use.  We expect to have three woodland pitches in operation next year too, so usually six tent pitches plus two camper van pitches in the four acre Hay Meadow, occasionally with a family group in the corner where you were. It would be lovely to welcome you again next year.
★★★★★

The Perfect escape !

First camping experience as a group of friends and we found this little gem ! Jackie & the grumpy farmer were fab hosts, a beautiful location, quiet, spacious and full of places to explore. The compostable loos were even part of the charm as well as a shower room under the stars ! There's also the chance to grab some homemade fudge on the farm (which was delicious !), we will definitely be back !!! Thanks for a great stay !

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

We'd love for any of you to come back Amy! Nice to hear you enjoyed your stay despite one rather rainy day!  I had never considered that you could see stars from the shower through the perspex roof, that must be just after dusk when the automatic light system thinks it's not quite dark enough to come on!
★★★★★

Best camping we have had - even in horrid weather and a pandemic

We had an amazing time camping here. It poured with rain and there was a lot of mud but the ‘grumpy farmer’ had mown some dry pitches which served us well. All of our belongings were driven down to the pitch for us and back up the hill to the car at the end of our stay. Our four year old had a ride on the tractor trailer with the tent! The compost toilets and showers were fantastic - easy to use, hot water, super clean. There were also disinfectant sprays and things available so campers could feel safe in our current Covid times. The site was beautiful, and quiet and lots of places to explore on the site including a lake and little bridge to an island which was magical for our 4 year old. Also rocks to clamber on and woods and grasshoppers which are her favourite insects! The way the site was set up meant we could see her at all times as she made friends with some other children who were camping so it was super easy for us as parents and fun for her to have freedom! We will come again and highly highly recommend it as a place to stay and feel a bit wild but also have hot showers etc. Well managed, friendly owners. Just fab. Don’t ignore the deep ditch signs on the road to it though or you will need a tow like we did - whoops! Thank you grumpy farmer (we didn’t think you were really grumpy at all).
Aug 30, 2020 by Ellie

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks for your review Ellie.  We are pleased you all had a relaxing stay and appreciated the facilities.  We like to think parents can chill out a bit whilst on holiday too :)
I am confident that you won't be ignoring the 'DEEP DITCH' sign on your next visit, no-one had been in our ditch for a number of years but it might make you feel better to know that someone (not a camper) drove into it today; so twice in one week has given Pete further opportunity to hone his Grumpy Farmer persona (LOL!)
★★★★★

A wonderful site

Cilrath Wood has everything you could want from a camp site. Beautiful setting. Wonderful hosts - Pete and Jackie were welcoming and v helpful. Great facilities...including swiming lake and endless fun for kids and lots of castles, beaches and walks in easy reach. We had a wonderful time and will be back! Thanks for sharing such a great place. Dave, Louise and Charlotte.
Aug 21, 2020 by David Morris

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Dave, we are glad you all had a fun time and enjoyed the surrounding area. We are pretty well placed for outings North, South, East or West!
★★★★★

Beautiful landscape, spacious pitches and lovely facilities

Cilrath is an absolute gem in the Pembrokeshire countryside. Jackie and Peter are both incredibly welcoming and helpful, and their collie Merry is an absolute delight - the perfect welcoming committee. The pitches are beautifully spaced and mown into the meadow, accompanied by designated picnic benches and fire pits. The view from the top of the hill offers a beautiful vista and the sunset from here is phenomenal, particularly over the stone circles. An early evening walk around the pond also can't be missed, even in the rain - it is something to behold. In terms of amenities: The showers are a lovely temperature and really well designed and the compost toilets are also sleek and modern. This is eco camping, but it's not "rustic". The shed by the farm offers a fridge and freezer with a little basket and a name tag for your foodstuffs, and there's also a charging point for your electrical items. Onsite, they even have a fudge maker - that's right, there's handmade fudge on site. If Sally is around I'd recommend you grab her for a chat because she's a lovely lady and her fudge is phenomenal. We will definitely be back, Pete told us tales of bluebell carpets in spring and that's something we have to see for ourselves.

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Ellie for your review.  We are glad to hear you and Rich had a pleasant stay despite the uninvited rain!
The woodland flowers are indeed at their best in the spring when the sunlight can reach in through the branches, before the leaves have unfurled.  After the early snowdrops in the woods come celandines, violets and primroses, wild orchids and wood anemones providing a tapestry of colour, followed by the vivid hue and the intense scent of the bluebells.  We love to watch everything burst into life and spot the first swallows arriving after their winter migration  ....  but actually every season has it's own beauty, which is one of the best things I love about living where we do  -  being able to observe the rhythm of the year, month by month, each month with it's own associated activities.  Do come again and experience some of these with us!
PS.  We think Sally's (AKA Mable George) fudge is the best too!
★★★★☆

A lovely quiet campsite in a great location for exploring Pembrokeshire

We had a nice stay at Cilrath wood camping and the owners were very friendly. It was great to have lots of space between the pitches along with the picnic table and fire bowl. The facilities were really clean, the downside being have to trek up the hill every time you needed to use them. The toilets and showers weren't very child friendly and I wouldn't reccomend this site for anyone with young children.
Aug 18, 2020 by Nicola Goldberg

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Nicola for your review.  We're glad you enjoyed your stay at Cilrath Wood Camping and appreciated your pitch and the facilities.  We have had a lot of quite young children here through the summer, and whilst they all seem to have had great fun, we recognise that the seat in the compost toilet is rather high, and as you have mentioned is a bit awkward for them.  With this in mind we have plans for the addition of a lower, smaller compost toilet next year, designed to be easier for little ones to use, together with lower basins for hand washing. 
★★★★★

A fantastic place to stay

We have just come back from a 7 night stay at this beautiful site. We had use of the larger ‘group pitch’ in the corner of the field and it was perfect for us, between us (including all the kids!) we had 4 tents, this pitch had plenty of space for that plus the 2x picnic tables and fire bowls that were provided and still loads of space for us to play - on the pitch! It was lovely not having to worry about being too close and upsetting other campers, or any traffic etc. It is a short hike to toilets if you are camped at the very bottom of the field, like we did, but well worth it with lovely views from the top of the hill. Pete and Jackie were very friendly and incredibly active in keeping the site maintained and clean. I hope to return at some point, my son has been asking to go back already and we’ve only been home 1 day.
Aug 10, 2020 by Alexey Don

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Alexey for your review.  All the groups who have stayed on oak corner have loved it , because it does allow you to make it your own space without having any borders between you. We are glad you had a good time and would be very happy for you to visit us again.
★★★★★

Beautiful, relaxing, tranquil, the perfect campsite!

We’ve just returned from 2 nights at Cilrath Wood Camping and we absolutely loved it. From the stunning location (with the green hillside visible through the trees and the setting sun throwing beautiful colours across the hay meadow) to the excellent eco facilities, to the lovely owners and their gorgeous dog... everything was perfect. We really enjoyed relaxing around the firebowl and just walking around the site, taking in all of the scenery and awesome spaces, we only managed to visit Tenby! We would love to return right now! We’ll be back.
Aug 4, 2020 by Louise

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks Louise, you'd be welcome, not that we have much availability left for the summer holidays! Relaxing and enjoying the surroundings is what we're all about at Cilrath Wood Camping.
★★★★★

Beautiful Location, Friendly Owners, and Spotless Facilities

We had a lovely time camping at Cilrath Wood. The site itself if gorgeous and includes a small lake to swim in and a sheltered area in case of rain. The owners were very friendly and drove our camping gear from the car park area to the pitch - which saved us a lot of work! The toilets were kept very clean and the showers were a good temperature. There has clearly been a lot of care and attention given to craft a welcoming site - the communal stones make a good place to sit and play games, the toilets and showers are well designed and a cut above the generic cubicle trailers a lot of sites have. The inclusion of picnic tables and fire bowls also make it easy to cook and prepare food (firewood is also made available!). All in all we would wholeheartedly recommend Cilrath Wood to any campers!

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks guys for your comments. We are pleased you appreciated the facilities as well as the surroundings! Hope to see you again at some point :)
★★★★★

Perfect camping - all bases covered

Stayed here for a long weekend with some friends and everything was perfect. Pete and Jackie have put together everything you need for a wonderful stay, including: - Level ground to sleep on - Fire basket at every pitch - Covered area in case it rains - Hot showers & comfortable toilets - Lake to swim in - I could go on... 30 mins from beaches, castles, close to pubs as well... Couldn't have asked for more!
Aug 3, 2020 by Will L

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks for your comments. It was lovely to see you guys enjoying the place. Come again :)
★★★★★

Perfect camping break

Loved our visit to this small peaceful campsite. The owners were friendly & helpful. There is a slope to get to the pitches but peter put all our stuff in his trailer so It wasn’t a problem. Compost toilets & showers very clean. Fridge & freezer available to use & flushing toilet as well. These are up a steepish track but if like us you like walking it’s not a problem. Cars are parked at bottom of this road so you could always take the car up if necessary. Plenty of places to visit including Tenby, saundersfoot several beaches & various castles. Carew castle in particular was lovely. The nearby town of Narberth has some nice independent shops. If you want to get away from it all but also have the option to visit bustling seaside resorts then I highly recommend this site. We will definitely be booking again.

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks Heather, pleased you enjoyed your stay.  We like where we live and the beautiful places around us. Glad you had the chance to visit some of them as well as chilling out on the meadow, plenty more to see and do on your next visit :)
★★★★★

Peaceful friendly site

What a lovely site - Pete and Jackie are friendly and helpful, lovely to have a chat in the evening. Sites are very well spaced out, but there are communal areas (stones on main field and a parachute in the woods) if you want to socialise. We stayed on the site - no need to go elsewhere, loved sitting by the lake reading and exploring the woodland. To have a picnic bench and fire pit on each pitch was very much appreciated, wood available to buy on site at a very reasonable cost. Each pitch has also been levelled, it is a really well thought out site. Also lovely to have use of a fridge/freezer at the top of the hill. Toilet and shower facilities were great - always very clean. Don't forget to try the fudge - made on site and truly delicious. We will be back - it is a really great place to visit for some peace and quiet and reflection.

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks Clare for your review, we are glad you and your boys had a relaxing stay and enjoyed the space by the lake. We would be pleased if you visit us again :)
★★★★★

Lovely experience

Very friendly, anything you need they will help you if they can. Lovely quiet site. Lots of wildlife to watch. Toilets and showers kept lovely and clean.
Jul 28, 2020 by Catherine Mavin

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks Catherine, we love noting the wildlife around the lake and watching the changing seasons in the woods. Glad you could appreciate it with us for a short while.

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