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Five Saints Riding Centre

UK Wales

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby

The roads get narrower and the hills they climb become more ambitious as you approach Gilfach Farm – a sure sign that one’s camping experience is not going to be trammelled by the petty irritants of urban life. Indeed, the campsite at Five Saints Riding Centre is even out of sight of the farmhouse and riding stables – there’s a field with a lake in it to be crossed before you arrive (the owners will whizz your stuff down on a quad bike if necessary) – leaving the only vestige of civilisation a very tiny but well kept shed that houses the compost loo.

The site’s simple treelined field slope down to a sylvan-topped stream with a view of hilly farmland beyond. If you pop back to the next door field, you can hire a raft or a dinghy for the day and potter about on the small lake with its pair of miniature islands. The countryside around can be explored by bicycle (mountain bikers will love the local forestry tracks), but if you prefer your transport to be more equine-based, horse rides can be arranged with the owners (if the mounts aren’t already booked), including a day's jaunt that takes in a pub. Walkers can borrow Fly, the farm’s border collie, for a promenade avec chien.

Only four tents are allowed at any one time here, but if you happen to hold to Sartre’s maxim that ‘hell is other people’, you can book the whole site and spend your time in wonderful isolation. Breathe in. And out. 

Details

Facilities

1 loo in the yard & 1 compost loo in field (both unisex). No showers but washing-up area planned; coarse fishing; dinghy/raft hire for lake (£5/day); horse riding (not pre-bookable) from 30 mins to 11am–4pm pub or picnic ride; breakfasts and evening meals can be booked in farmhouse; B&B from £35pp. Fires are permitted in braziers (handmade from horseshoes); £5 to hire or £65 to buy; firewood £5.  

Suitable For

Tent campers, couples – yes. Caravans, dogs – no. 

Nearby

Head to the Dolaucothi Gold Mines (01558 650177) to pan for gold and descend into a Roman mine that was open till the 1930s. For a day at the seaside, head to the charming harbour town of New Quay or go dolphin spotting in Cardigan Bay

Food & Drink

Free-range eggs, bread rolls and seasonal fruit and veg are available from campsite owners. Ask about optional extras like cooked breakfast, evening meals, and picnic hampers. The Dolaucothi Arms in Pumsaint is the local. This historic pub (reopened in 2013 after a major refurb) offers a host of Welsh ales and a menu of hearty but adventurous grub served in a stylish setting. The Brunant Arms (01558 650483) free house in Caio (4 miles away) is a good shout for food. They've even got some hitching posts for horses, so why not ride from the campsite? 

Opening Times

April - October

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Location

Contact Five Saints Riding Centre, Five Saints Riding Centre, Gilfach Farm, Pumsaint, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire SA19 8YN

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Getting There

Llanwrda (10.5 miles) – Shrewsbury to Swansea line (aka the Heart of Wales line). No onward bus service. 

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★★★

Peaceful bliss/Blissful Peace

We thoroughly enjoyed our camping holiday here! On arrival, we were blown away by the chickens, peacock and gorgeous views while our tent, equipment, luggage etc (a woman and 2 daughters don't travel light!) were all transported to the camping field for us and we loved the short walk downhill in our wellies! We originally planned to stay one night as we were visiting a nearby beer festival but we enjoyed the peace and quiet so much that we sent the husband home to work while we stayed the week! The children enjoyed a pony trek (very good value), we enjoyed a trip to the nearby Gold Mine and of course the beer festival and we mainly played in muddy puddles (it was a very showery August) until another family came to use the campsite half way through the week and the children made friends which gave me plenty of time to read, reflect, think, relax, and even snooze - bliss! The children were invited to join the other family for a boat ride in the lake and they also received a little ride on the quad on their last day! The camping toilet was honestly the best i've ever found - the sawdust is very effective and leaves a lovely scent, althuogh my 11 year old daughter wasn't very impressed lol I'm planning on making a return trip in the summer, perhaps with more riding!
Nov 18, 2014 by Louise
★★★★★

Wonderful Spot

Everything we wanted: our best camping with the grandchildren yet. I don't want to give too much away. If you come without a car, as we did, you'll be thoroughly isolated and you can walk for miles. When the food runs out sign up for some bread and eggs, or a couple of meals, and/or get yourself to the local shop. It's a magical walk to the Roman/Victorian gold mine and an easy enough amble to the pub. The animals were a great bonus. I wouldn't have been so happy had we had sing-song neighbours but that's always a risk, as is relying on a campfire to ignite in the damp and the mist. But really no complaints. We'll be back.

Nov 15, 2014 by grannycamper
★★★★★

My best camping experience, so far.

I stayed at Five Saints a couple of year back, when they had first started doing camping, intact, I think we may have been their first campers! The camping field was full of beautiful wild flowers and has a small stream running next to it in the woodland. The lake was tranquil and the children were often out on the homemade raft and little boat. We went as a group of adults and children from ages 2 to 12 years old, and without exemption everybody loved this campsite. The setting, the fact you can camp alone and have the run of the field, the friendly owners, the horses and Fly, the dog, just make this place perfect. The owners leave you to your own devices and you are fair enough away from the farmhouse to not bother anyone if you have a bit of a sing song, or hold a mini Olympic Games as we did! We would go back here again and again and again, if there was a shower and washing up area, which I believe they are putting in in 2015. That is the only downside, and this is only really because having 3 children there is only so much strip washing you can do! Lovely campsite, beautiful area, quiet and STARS!  My favourite because it is so natural.

Oct 22, 2014 by Catrin

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