Naturesbase

UK Wales West Wales Ceredigion

Tyngwndwn Farm, Cilcennin, Lampeter, Ceredigion SA48 8RJ
Nature versus nurture? There’s no need to get into this old debate at Naturesbase, a gorgeous natural environment nurtured to perfection by its caring, sharing owners. So, come and help yourself to a hefty chunk of nurtured nature, and a slice of pizza, too.
As his day job, Gyles teaches sustainability, designs school grounds and leads expeditions around the world, so, as owners go, he’s more than well equipped to steer the verdant helm of Naturesbase with his green fingers. Another Ceredigion-based eco-campsite, the dreamy, clover- and buttercup-covered meadows at Naturesbase have just 12 pitches – each in their own little mown spots among the wild grasses and flowers. Two of the pitches are taken up by pre-erected safari tents, which afford campers the added luxury of laziness: just turn up and settle in for the night without so much as touching a tent peg. The site caters perfectly for children, with a rubber-stamp nature trail to follow, a willow den, animals to feed, a mini football pitch and streams to hop across. And then there are Gyles’ campfire nights; everyone sits around the huge fire pit near the communal hub for sing-songs and chats after having their fill of home-made pizza. The kids get to help make the pizza before watching it brown and sizzle in the clay oven. The atmosphere here is unbeatable: tranquil and restorative, but happy and friendly too. There is plenty of space for everyone to have their fare share of nature around here, as well as inviting communal areas in which to chill, sing, play and scoff your pizzas.

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The Owner Says

A small, family farm campsite in beautiful west Wales. We offer pitches in 9 acres of flower rich meadows and farmland surrounded by native trees. There are buzzards and kites overhead, a meandering stream and hedgerows ablaze with wildlife. This is a truly natural Welsh haven for you to experience, nestled between the Cambrian mountains and Cardigan Bay. We believe in providing a quality uncrowded campsite where adults can relax and enjoy the open countryside, whilst children enjoy the rugged excitement nature has to offer. A core feature is the promotion of environmentally responsible tourism which we strive to incorporate into all aspects of how we manage the site.

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★★★★★

A special place

Sep 4, 2017 by Graeme

We stayed at Naturesbase for a week at the beginning of August. My wife and I were a little unsure about how camping would pan out as we have two young children (3 and 1), and we thought that the typically mixed forecast might make things just a bit too much like hard work. We needn't have worried! From the play barn and the indoor lounge, to the hill fort and the campfire, Gyles and Alison have crafted a campsite which allowed both kids and adults to have an amazing time. The kids didn't miss a morning of the animal feeding, by 8:30am they were waiting in anticipation for the bell and the Pizza/campfire night will live long in the memory. We all made friends whilst on the campsite meaning we actually did some day trips with families we met at the site; a consequence of the close knit community which developed at Naturesbase whilst we stayed there. All in all a very special place to camp.

★★★★★

A wonderful family holiday experience

Sep 3, 2017 by Caroline

Can't stress how great this place is. The campsite is excellent, personal, friendly and in a great location. My children enjoyed making friends with others, playing freely, pizza night and more importantly toasting marshmallows around the campfire. We stayed in one of the lodges which surpassed all of our expectations in terms of comfort and quality. The lodges represent great value for money although we did also like the look of the "glamping" options for when we book again next year! We certainly will return as this is a very charming special place.

★★★★★

A week of bliss!

Aug 27, 2017 by Pullum83

We've just got back from a week staying at Naturesbase in Copse Lodge ... two families with 5 kids between us. We needed plenty of space and that's what we got ... large double bedrooms for adults, comfy mattresses and fluffy duvets. The kids were really happy with bunk rooms and lots of play space! There were 3 bathrooms so no queuing for showers which was brilliant after a day at the beach. The living area was huge with a large table and generous lounge area... perfect for families sharing to be able to spread out. The outside kitchen and veranda were well kitted out and another dining space available for warmer days. Complimentary red and white wine were a thoughtful (and much appreciated) touch and the kids loved finding chocolates on their pillows! We all warmed to Alison and Gyles immediately... they are so generous with their time to make sure you are having a wonderful holiday! Our children were desperate to get out and feed the Animals with Gyles each morning and Alison's cakes were delicious! The communal spaces were well used by our families... a play barn for the children and a hill fort! We also enjoyed Pizza night, Gyle's campfire and cooked breakfast in the barn on two mornings. Locally the beaches are beautiful ... our favourite was Penbryn (a walk down the hill to beach and toilets at the top, so not for everyone!) perfect for a BBQ and some bodyboarding. Also good are llangranog and Newquay. We enjoyed fish and chips in Newquay while watching dolphins one evening which was wonderful. Really can't rate Naturesbase highly enough! We have been previously and camped and returned to the lodge... I'm sure we'll be back again! Thank you!!

★★★★☆

Great for younger cxhildren

Aug 23, 2017 by MrHRdg

In leaving a less than 5-star review, I have to be scrupulously fair with the context. Probably the most important point is that our family of 5 arrived here from an absolutely blissful week in Pembrokeshire spent at just about the most relaxed and least commercialised campsite imaginable. That Naturesbase felt relatively uptight and commercialised by comparison is really more about the comparison than the fact. The introductory tour featuring prominent guidance on all the places that adult supervision would be required didn't help, but again the reality was rather more relaxed than that initial impression created. The second point is that our two older children (10 and 13) were possibly just outside the target age-range. Our 6-year old certainly loved the many playthings provided and, particularly, the interaction with the many other children of a similar age and happily roamed around in the extended "pack". The older two pined for the wilder nature of the previous site. Finally, a rather stressful departure day was undoubtedly our fault, having seriously miscalculated packing up time. Despite starting the evening before and starting again early on the day and hardly shirking until the last peg-bag popped back into the trailer, we were still 2 hours past the requested departure time. I do understand the problems that can cause with new arrivals due, but the rather chilly atmosphere when we took our leave was an unfortunate end to our stay - howsoever self-inflicted. So that's the less-than-good. There is so much that was good though. Pizza evening and the singalong by the communal campfire afterwards were wonderful. A lot of thought, attention and hard-work has clearly gone into the facilities which were impeccably clean and well-maintained throughout (an out-of-order compost toilet excepted). There were cosy and welcoming wet-weather refuges and plenty of well-considered and cheerfully delivered advice available on what to see in the local area. Five stars for all of that. For families with younger children, I would have no reservation in recommending this as a well-judged balance of nature and amenity, it just wasn't quite for us as it turned out.

★★★★★

A great place

Aug 21, 2017 by Tom Marshall

Naturesbase is brilliant. Gyles and Alison have created a fun, relaxing and interesting place where parents can relax and kids can explore, whether it be in the grass fort, feeding the animals and getting a chicken on the head, Gyles' bushcraft morning or playing in the barn. The site has a warm and friendly feel about it, this is down to Alison and Gyles and their relaxed approach to having people in their back garden and it is ideally located to visit the local beaches, Llangrannog being a cracking spot for bodyboarding and then a decent pint afterwards. There are plenty of other places to explore within a few minutes drive, gold mines, Red Kite feeding centre and other national trust sites. Evenings on the site were either spent by a camp fire or in the barn depending on the weather. Pizza night is a must, followed by a sing song and marshmallows around the communal campfire; the "rattlin bog" should not be missed! Also, on a clear evening the night sky is incredible, the milky way is just visible and numerous "shooting stars" can be seen. We enjoyed our stay and our two boys had a blast. We will definitely be back.

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★★★★★

What an amazing place.

Aug 20, 2017 by beeblebear

When we booked Naturesbase we had high hopes, based on the reviews on Cool Camping and the photos we had excitedly studied in the run up to our holiday. All our hopes were surpassed. This is a fabulous place for a family to get away to. Gyles and Alison are a wonderful couple, welcoming and friendly, and at Naturesbase they have created somewhere that reflects those aspects of themselves. At Naturesbase we didn't just feel like we were holidaying, we felt like we were part of the place. Having sacrificed our tent to the elements at the 'Just So Festival' two summers ago, we stayed in one of the lodges. They're fantastically comfortable, we spent most of our time just sitting outside in the kitchen/ dining area watching the light gradually dim.The hand built bunk beds were a joy for our little girl, so much so that even the bell ringing to go and feed the farmyard animals didn't manage to rouse her on one or two occasions! We would recommend taking up everything on offer at Naturesbase. The pizza night had a fabulous atmosphere, and the campfire songs afterwards were great fun and kept us entertained not only that night but on the journey home. Poor little bird... My wife had a session of reflexology with Alison and took quite a while to come down from Cloud 9. My personal favourite, however, had to be the family bushcraft. My fire building skills were never up to much before this holiday, yet since we've been back every weekend has involved a back garden camp fire and toasted marshmallows. Definitely a holiday that will stay with you for a long time, and we can't wait to go back.

★★★★★

"We've all loved Naturesbase"

Aug 19, 2017 by John Cook

We stayed in the wonderful Copse Lodge in early August. This easily accommodated mummy, daddy the three grandchildren (ages 6 months, 4 and 6) and us two grandparents. Extremely comfortable beds, three bathrooms to choose from, a huge lounge and outdoor kitchen/verandah area all added to a feeling of spaciousness in the views of the deep countryside. The activities and experiences for us all were memorable. Early morning feeding of the sheep, pigs and chickens, bushcraft, playing on the hill fort, pizza from the outdoor pizza oven and singing around the fire will all live on in the minds of both the younger and older participants. "We've all loved Naturesbase but most of all the bushcraft and animal feeding" said Oliver, and Isabella "loved the fire and making it with two sticks." Alison and Gyles are the perfect hosts and give so much of their time to ensuring that all goes well for all their guests at this very special and unique site. They have a deep understanding of what works for both children and adults alike and are always on hand. There is much to do in the surrounding countryside and you will be let into the secret of the nearby "secret garden" with its mysterious dragon. Aberaeron and New Quay are excellent beach destinations but not the only ones with details provided of secluded bays or cliff top walks. We also managed the nearby National Trust property, grounds and farm and the Vale of Rheidol railway. Which of course still leaves Aberystwyth, slate mines and the Centre for Alternative technology for another visit. We will be back.

★★★★★

A special place!

Aug 6, 2017 by Calvin

Naturesbase is a fantastic place which is able to offer a huge amount to anyone lucky enough to visit. We have been twice, so far! The kids have the opportunity to roam, explore and play (like we used to) in the wonderful, varied and educational environment. The morning animal feeding time was a daily 'must do' for our youngest. The wide selection of books and wi-fi connection in the 'barn' was more than enough to keep our teenage daughter satisfied. For the adults it offers the chance to unwind, restore the batteries and remind yourself of what is important. Organised social gatherings around the pizza oven or campfire are great opportunities to meet others, but are relaxed affairs which are not forced or contrived. Me and my family could have been quite happy not to venture off site for the whole week that we were there, however the local area offers so much that you would miss out on visiting the many idyllic beaches and coves, the chance to see bottlenose dolphins, meandering around historic buildings and exploring all that Ceredigion has to offer. If you don't fancy a week under canvas then I strongly recommend the family 'lodges'. They offer comfortable accommodation without losing on the outdoor feeling. We will be back!

★★★★★

Proper campsite

Sep 19, 2016 by Mcb

We stayed here in August with our two daughters,age 11 and 13. We Loved the individual pitches with their own campfire area. Living in the country ourselves and being experienced campers, we really appreciated the thought which had gone into the whole site. We visited a similarly run site in France last year and were looking for the same experience in this country. The children are safe on this site, there is a great area to sit and play board games if it is wet... came away having to but "pass the pig", sand pit and toys for younger children too. Giles and Alison were great hosts..there if you need them, but did not bother us if we didn't. The toilets were immaculate, and Alison was to be seen checking and cleaning them before she went to bed every night. Pizza night was fun, a real experience for kids. Generally, this site is a great family site, especially for younger children. Don't leave without visiting the secret garden with a picnic..an hour's walk. Wish we had done this earlier in the week as would have gone again...it's free! Don't leave without booking a session of reflexology with Alison- a well deserved treat for any mum! A great place to stay!

★★★★★

Fantastic with kids

Sep 19, 2016 by Paul

We had a wonderful week in July with 3 kids. They loved the whole site, including feeding the animals, exploring the woods, streams and hill fort, playing table football in the barn, and making friends with the other kids. There are loads of great places to visit nearby, and the owners are wonderfully helpful and friendly, providing advice and directions. The pitches are very spacious, with mown grass paths leading through the site. The pizza night was great fun, and the breakfast we had one morning was huge and delicious.

★★★★★

Lovely, natural place for kids

Aug 25, 2016 by

We only stayed here for a few nights, unfortunately. Would have stayed longer, but it was fully booked. Our 4-year-old daughter had a wonderful time here, playing in the grass, among the trees, stroking the pigs! This is a great place to be, and there are lots of places to explore nearby in the Welsh countryside. Would definitely like our daughter to visit again, one day.

★★★★★

The best family holiday

Aug 21, 2016 by Ems

Hands down the best campsite you will visit, everything has been thought of and it is perfect for children. From home baked cakes and the honesty shop selling wood and firefighting kits for your fire pit, home made sausages and lamb buggers and eggs from their own reared farm animals, basic supplies, fair trade gifts and children's treats, to the toy barn complete with sandpit, giant Jenga and skittles. There's a natural children's hill fort to play on for hours, a tire swing that brought no end of entertainment, farm animals to feed every morning with Giles when he rings the bell, and chickens to feed and collect the eggs from. The kids loved the woodland wilderness trail at the bottom of the camp where you can get lost playing in the stream, climbing trees, hiding in dens or negotiating the bog assault course. The site is not too crowded, just 12 pitches and each pitch is set within its own mown plot of natural flower meadow surrounded by young trees so you have the feeling of space and privacy. We loved our pitch. The place really felt like a getaway, yet it was only 20 minutes away from beautiful beaches like those at New Quay, and there were lots of things to do in the area to keep the kids entertained. The bushcraft school was fantastic for the oldest child in our party who was 7, with ash face painting, natural spear whittling with bark stripes, making natural bead necklaces, building a natural shelter and learning to make a fire and boil dragon vomit! This was her highlight of the week. We all loved the pizza night especially the younger children who were just 3, where you get to decorate your own home made pizza before Giles cooks it for you in the traditional clay pizza oven. Afterwards there were campfire sings songs and a few glasses of wine were had by the grown ups which was a lovely way to chat to and meet fellow campers. The facilities were cleaned and well cared for, and even the camping virgins in our party were won over and cannot wait to come back. We will definitely be returning. Thank you for a wonderful week.

★★★★★

Heaven

Aug 20, 2016 by Jo Hartley

We had an amazing time at naturesbase. Our 5 year old cried when it was time to leave! The bushcraft course, wood fired pizza evening, and campfire songs were real highlights - but best for me was seeing the children run free with their new found friends - a freedom that eludes my children too much. It's a beautiful place. Quiet spacious shady pitches, a great communal washing up area, lovely warm showers, indoor play spaces for rainy days and a lovely little honesty shop. But it is Giles and Alison that give this place it's magic. Giles is an inspirational and brilliant teacher of children. I wish he could teach my children outside all day every day! And Alison makes it all work in the background. An amazing inspirational couple, who have created a magical place that they kindly share with us all.

★★★★★

Stop looking

Aug 23, 2015 by Chris Mowatt

Stop looking now. You've officially found Britain's best campsite. Fact! There. That was easy....

You want more info?

Naturesbase is set in the beautiful rural idyll of Ceredigion, Wales near Lampeter. Close to the coast, a fifteen minute drive from beautiful secluded beaches, and with access to stunning coastal walks and incredible countryside. Loads of stuff to do. We've been 4 times with kids as young as 2. Now at ages 6 and 7 there was bundles to keep them entertained.

Aberaeron is the nearest town, a great spot for watching the sun come down, picking up some fresh sea bream before heading off to a quiet beach for a BBQ. Llangranog is my favourite beach in the world bar none, and having lived in Manly for a year I'm not mucking about! All of the great ingredients: caves, a river running on to the beach, great coffee, clean. Wonderful. The Teifi pools represent perfect, untouched country side. No tat, no tourists, peace and quiet.

Gyles and Alison have created a wonderful space at Naturesbase. Big pitches with room enough for a nightly fire, surrounded by meadow. Adventures to be had round every corner in the wild flowers, down by the stream and building dens. Bushcraft lessons, Pizzas in the cob oven and fun on the hill fort. Mum and Dad can totally relax knowing their kids are safe and enjoy a nice glass of something round the camp fire in the evenings.

Happy to share their local knowledge and always around for advice Gyles and Alison are consummate hosts. Warm and with real care for what they do. 

Just do it! We will be going again. No doubt. If I could attach photos of the smile on my kids faces and the way the stress lines drift from my face when I'm there then you'd get it!

★★★★★

A Bit Special

Aug 9, 2015 by Brian Parkes

We had a great time at Nature Base and I would definitely visit again next time we go to West Wales.

The site is a little different from every other site I have visited and is definitely a bit special. The first thing that stands out is how helpful and friendly Giles and Alison the owners are. We were greeted by Giles personally as we arrived and he came out to the car to show us our pitch and the facilities. The site is fun by the family and it just wouldn’t be the same without them, they definitely make the place, from Giles and Alison, their children right through to their family dog Lilly who seems to love the children and guests on the site and is very sweet natured.Another thing I really liked about the site is the way they layout the pitches. They are not perfectly level, however while most sites I have been to try to cram in as many tents as possible and have vehicle parking next to the tent each pitch is a mowed area of meadow and separated and partly screened from each other by longer grass, saplings and mature trees. Each pitch has its own firepit and ours was large enough that there was between 15 to 20 feet from the firepit to the front of the tent.  Because that was ‘our’ area we felt we could leave  tables out etc and with no cars driving past felt we could let the children play on the field without worrying about traffic. I loved our pitch.

What really makes Nature Base special however are the little extra things that Giles and Alison do. Every morning Giles rings his bell and the kids all follow him down to collect the eggs and feed the animals, best way of getting them out of bed and ready in the morning was the fear of missing the bell! Two mornings a week you can buy a cooked breakfast in the stone barn made from their own eggs and sausages from pigs on the farm. The absolute highlight for me though was the pizza and children’s campfire evening. They make their own bases and sauce and then add your own toppings (they provide cheese) which Giles then cooks in his outdoor earth oven. Easily the best pizza I have ever had! He then lights a fire on one of the field and everybody sits around and sings some funny childrens songs. I’m not one for usually joining in things like that but Giles does it so well it was infectious that everybody joined in and we had a really great evening.

The facilities are also very good. With such a low volume of tents I wasn’t expecting very much but was pleasantly surprised. Most sites we go to tend to consist of a shower block, big field and a manned shop and reception office. Nature base does it a bit differently!

The first thing is the shower block, this is fairly basic consisting of lots of plywood and a wriggly tin roof however it is kept spotlessly clean. The only slight negative think I have to say about the shower block is that it was a bit nippy after your shower until you got your clothes back on, but no hardship.

Next to the shower block is the play barn, this is enclosed on three sides with a roof and has a few games for the children to play such as table football which are all free, brilliant.

On the other end of the shower block building you have the washing area, lots of hot water and they even seemed to provide washing up liquid! Two sinks which is plenty between a maximum of 12 tents and probably the worlds best place to chat to very friendly complete strangers.

Across the courtyard is a stone barn with an extension, the extension contains a seating area and a few sockets for recharging your phone, I left both my phone and tablet in there unattended, it just felt like that kind of place and both were still there when I went to collect them!

The stone barn itself contains benches and chairs plus a good selection of family board games and books you can use. We had a couple of wet mornings in there playing games with the family and is a great little facility to have.

There is a little shop on site that sells milk & butter and a few other bits like wood for your camp fire if you want one that works on the honour system.

A really nice facility is that in the shop, open from about 8am to 8pm there is a big fridge with space for campers to put stuff in like meat, milk, spread etc. Very handy when there is no electric hookup.

The final thing is with so few pitches and the little social areas and evenings everybody gets chatting to everybody else and it becomes a really friendly site. Our 9 year old daughter made 4 friends she spent all week with and because it is such a small site we felt we could give her more freedom to play in the fields without us being helicopter parents and watching over her.

There is a fair bit to do in the area and some good beaches, a week wasn’t really long enough, highlights this trip where the long walk at Devils bridge, crabbing at Abereron and the long walk around the site including the secret walled garden.

In summary I can’t fault the place. We will definitely go back next time we are in West Wales.


★★★★★

Wonderful family site

Sep 13, 2014 by homgif

We have stayed in a tent at Naturesbase each summer for the last few years and really do love it.  This year we had a new addition to the family and I didn't fancy camping with a 6 week baby so we were lucky enough to stay in one of the new lodges.  

The lodge comfortably fitted my family (myself, my husband and 4 kids), there was a small but perfectly formed kitchen on the veranda with a dining area and somewhere to sit out and enjoy the evening once the kids are in bed.  The sitting room came with a selection of books for adults and kids as well as board games, this was great for those wet mornings or evenings.  The kids bedroom had two sets of bunk beds and the bedding was specially chosen for each of the children and there was a selection of books suitable for each of them.  Our room had a lovely big bed with feather pillows and a vase of fresh wild flowers on the window sill.

Like everything else at the site the lodge has so many personal touches including the rugs, pictures, and mobiles, each comes with its own special tale.  It really does make it a truly special place.

The site itself has so many wonderful features it is hard to know where to start, the play barn with the toys was opposite the lodge so we could watch the children playing while we made a cup of tea.  There are also more books and games in the farm house which is also where the delicious farm house breakfasts take place, the sausages on offer are made from last years pigs which is a good lesson for the kids on where food comes from.  The games field has a badminton net and rope swing as well as space for a game of football, as all the campers stay for a week the kids get to know each other and play happily together which makes for a wonderful atmosphere.  Each morning there is a farm walk with Gyles, he rings a cow bell and the children all follow him like the pied piper; they can collect the eggs from the chickens and feed the pigs.  Just down from the animals there is a stream to pond dip in or attempt to build a dam.  A new area for this year is a home made fort mound, it is lovely area to play climbing the mounds using the ladders or as mine did pretending to be a troll under the bridge; the sheep in the field came and said hello before wandering off to munch on the grass.

Other activities include a pizza night, where you bring your own toppings and make your own pizza which Gyles cooks in the outdoor pizza oven.  Everyone from the site sits down in the courtyard together, once food is over there is a big campfire with traditional camp songs and toasted marshmallows.  When this was over we sat round the fire with other camps for the rest of the evening.

The site is wonderful but what makes it perfect is the people that run it.  Alison and Gyles are a lovely couple and did everything they could to make our week with them perfect. 

★★★★★

Great! Highly Recommended

Sep 8, 2014 by welshalterego

We visited for a family weekend celebrating two birthdays, we were a party of 14 adults and 6 children and stayed for 2 nights.  We booked Safari Tents, 1 Lodge and several Tent Pitches.  The weekend was enjoyed by adults and children alike.  The children in particular had plenty to do, lots of items to play with and different areas in which to enjoy themselves.  We had the freedom to move some things around to make our areas more communal as we had booked the site exclusively.  We met Gyles who came to take the children around to feed the animals in the mornings and check we had everything we needed.  The site is very well thought out and provides what is needed for an enjoyable time away.  We all agreed we would have liked to stay longer and will definitely go back.  We personally love the eco elements to the site, encouraging recycling and the use of materials being eco friendly.  The shop was lovely and reasonably priced.  The facilities were adequate and kept very clean.  There has been a lot of thought going into how the site is set up and run and it provides an educational and fun environment for children to learn about nature and the environment we live in.  We would say the prices are reasonable considering other places where we have stayed that haven't been half as much fun.  We highly recommend this site for holidays or weekend breaks, we are also recommending them to local schools for trips. 

★★★★★

Fabulous for all the family

Jul 30, 2014 by SamFriday

My husband and I visited Naturesbase with our 2.5 year old twins in the middle of July and had a fantastic week's camping. Upon arrival we were greeted by both Gyles and Alison who immediately made us feel welcome after our long journey from Sussex. We were shown around the site and to our pitch which was as described in it's own little area separated from other pitches by long grass. We had privacy but were near enough to the other family on the field to not feel alone!
The pitch itself was spacious and had enough room for our large 6 berth tent plus space around for our tables, chairs etc and the fire pit with grate. Firewood was readily available to buy from the honesty shop alongside basic provisions (milk etc) plus the sites own delicious sausages and lamb burgers.

The facilities on site were all we could ask for with two young children - clean, spacious and with lots to do. The play barns were a favourite! There is tons to do on site including a wildlife stamper trail, family campfire and a stream to dam - all activities we enjoyed as a family.

The site is situated in a lovely part of Wales with plenty to do and see all around. The site provides lots of information and ideas of what to do and where to go, the only thing we would have liked would have been a daily weather forecast (maybe on the chalk board?) to help us plan what we were going to do.

There are so many great things about this site that we appreciated and enjoyed, I don't want to list them all but have to say that the effort that Gyles and Alison put in to make sure everyone staying at the site has a good time is what really makes the difference. Gyles was especially kind and patient with our (often shy) children and they couldn't wait each morning to hear the bell signalling it was time to feed the animals.

A fabulous site. Thank you!

★★★★★

Camping for the Enthusiast!!!

Jul 29, 2014 by Matt Short

My family (wife age not allowed to be added, daughter Amy 21 months and son Charlie 3 1/2 years) and I have just returned from the Naturesbase camp site. My wife found the site in some camping book and as she loves the outdoors and that, she booked us in for a week. 

I have to say I that I don't especially relish the idea of camping added to this is the fact that this was the first full week off work i've had in 3 years and I had spent the week before camping with 135 year seven children who didn't much like the idea of sleeping. My mood on arrival at Naturesbase was shall we say tepid. 

We arrived on a Monday which really set the mood for the whole week. Gyles had rung my wife during the journey down to let her know that monday night was pizza night and would we like to let the kids make some pizzas in the mud oven they have. We booked in for the family. Once we had the tent up and had explored the grounds a little Charlie and Gyles got to work on knocking up four delightful pizzas. We sat down in the grounds and enjoyed an hour scoffing pizza, watching the kids play in the barn and chatting with the like minded, normal families sat all  around us. No one shouting, no loud radios, no cars driving way too fast for the surroundings, no eyes in the back of ours heads ensuring the kids were safe. Just a relaxed exceptionally happy family enjoying each others company.  

And this is how the week progressed. 

I am not going to list all the wonderful features Naturesbase has to offer as you can read about them in all the other reviews. What is doesn't have are tents pitched on top of each other; cars racing around; drunk, noisy, rude campers; unsafe, decrepit, cold facilitiesovercrowding; or owners who believe they can make a quick buck off the back of the ecotourism trade. As I stated I don't especially enjoy camping and i'm no novice having lived in New Zealand for ten years I've done a fair bit.

 The facilities are excellent but what makes the site is Gyles, Alison and team. Nothing is too much trouble, be it travel advice or a sing around the campfire; chatting with your children or a delightful farmhouse full english. I have been fortunate enough to travel the world and stay in some amazing places, but never have I been personally contacted by the owner, prior to my arrival to ask my family what they would like for their evening meal! 

As I and many others have said Naturesbase is an wonderful campsite with superb facilities. But if you want a truly wonderful experience it takes more than the environment it takes the friendship and dedication of the people who manage that environment, and this is in my mind what made our holiday truly great.

If (like me) you really don't consider yourself a camper, nor do you relish the idea of a week in a tent then all I can say is try it. We did and we'll be going back. 

Matt Short

★★★★★

Absolutely Beautiful

Jul 24, 2014 by Leigh McGough

Just returned after a week stay in July 2014 with my wife and 2 boys (Aged 3&5) - they boys loved feeding the farm animals each morning and adored Giles and Alison the owners!  The campsite was well designed - lots of space on each pitch surrounded with natural meadow.  The boys loved the outdoor and indoor play barns and having cooked breakfast twice a week was really nice!  A lovely, well thought out eco friendly campsite which we will be returning to next year! 

★★★★★

A wonderful campsite

Jun 2, 2014 by Steve n Nancy

"A wonderful campsite". That's what granddad said after he joined us for a camp last week. It says it all really with our kids in full agreement loving every minute and asking when are we going back there? The Kites overheads during the day and Tawny Owls hooting back to kids in the evening whilst they blew their owl whistle bought from the honesty shop. Totally recommended as a family camp and perfect for the kids.   

★★★★★

Fantastic Campsite!

Feb 20, 2014 by Team JFK

This is by far the best campsite we have been to. We were there last summer and our 3 year old still talks about Gyles and the campsite!! In fact we are going to go back this summer again. It is the perfect family campsite and it is obvious that Gyles and Alison are pasionate about everything that they do.

Highlights included:

- A great barn with small  bikes and trikes, table football and a table tennis table which was a great hangout for the kids (and adults!)

- A large lounge type room with loads of comfy sofas, tables, board games, kid toys and magazines

- The DIY pizza night in a clay oven outside was awesome and was finished by a singsong round a firepit.

-Loads of space between pitches.Think only a dozen pitches or so, so book early

- Feeding the pigs and hens every morning was a hit with many of the kids

- Small honestly shop on site with essentials

- A great scenic area with lots to do and see in the area

Really looking forward to going back:)

★★★★★

Fabulous Place

Feb 12, 2014 by Jimmytheonlysaint

We stayed at Naturesbase for a week at the end of August 2013. It is an exceptional campsite that will be loved by all the family. The daily feeding of the animals is a must for small children (and their parents) and the Pizza night is a great opportunity to meet other campers. There is a wonderful family feel to the place, Gyles and Alison have put a lot of thought into the layout and you never feel crowded or uncomfortable.

The fire pit on each pitch is a brilliant addition, lazy evenings are spent toasting marshmallows, sipping wine and telling tall stories. The surrounding area is beautiful, from amazing beaches to historic towns it has it all. 

In short, get booked in, unwind and have an amazing holiday.

★★★★★

Best camping site EVER!

Aug 17, 2013 by Woodys

What can I say! This is the BEST campsite we have ever been to, and we have been to quite a few over the years. None have ever ticked all our boxes until we found this one. You have your own spacious pitch were you can have your privacy and then there is the communal area if you wish to make new friends. We have 2 kids, aged 9 and 12 and they loved it all. Gyles and Alison are very friendly, Gyles is excellent with the children and Alison makes the most yummy cakes and breakfasts. My 2 loved the pizza night and then the family sing along around the fire afterwards. The facilities are second to none, spotless, showers that are hot and not timer controlled and hot washing up water. The other plus side for us was that they asked for quiet after 10pm which everyone adhered to.  No listening to inconsiderate people talking in loud voices outside until after midnight like on some of the sites we have been to. The site attracts like minded people which is great. I could go on but others have said it all.............we will be back! 

★★★★★

Perfect Family Camping

Aug 5, 2013 by Nat

A family of four, with two boys aged 3 and 5, we camped at Naturesbase for one gloriously hot and sunny week in July.  Whilst I accept that any camping  is better in the sunshine, there is no denying that this was the best family camping holiday we have ever had.

A relaxed and friendly welcome from Gyles and Alison set the tone and we were led to our large, circular pitch surrounded by tall grass and complete with fire pit.  The small shop kept all essentials including the fantastic sausages and fire wood so well dried that my sons proclaimed me an expert fire lighter!

All the facilities were excellent, showers; toilets washing up area were spot on.  The play barn and family barn were enjoyed by the boys and provided them with an excellent opportunity to meet new friends. We particularly enjoyed the acres of woodland, some established, some recently planted, with a stream for damming, hidden dens and a mini obstacle course across boggy land and the stream.  We spent hours exploring down paths through the long grasses.

Between 0815 and 0830 every morning Gyles rang a cow bell, alerting the kids that it was time to feed the animals.  This was a great way for them to start the day.

If the outdoors is “your thing” there is lots to do in the surrounding area, and in addition to a plethora of information surround the large map on the notice board Alison and Gyles had a wealth of local knowledge to share when asked. That said, the site is so good for families on a couple of days our boys wanted to spend the day exploring it rather than going out.

If you are looking for a quiet site, with excellent facilities, fantastic hosts, a beautiful setting and a truly memorable holiday then this is the site for you.


★★★★★

Exceptional Experience at Naturebase

Aug 4, 2013 by claire pert

What a wonderful place!!!  As a family of four with children aged 4 and 6, we've camped all over Britain and we have to say that this has been one of the most positively memorable experiences we've had.  The personal touch from both Alison and Gyles was very comforting, starting with a lovely postcard from them thanking us for our interest in their campsite, this was before we even arrived.  We had high expectations of the place and were very excited about our holiday and I must say that our expectations were entirely exceeded.  We received a warm welcome from both Gyles and Alison on our arrival and were over the moon with our allocated pitch.  We had loads of space in our pitch with it's campfire and surrounding wild grasses and there was a substantial amount of space between each of the pitches giving you plenty of privacy if you wished.  We were very impressed by the lovely spaces created on site such as the play barn for the kids to play in, the reading/playroom for all the family, the wee shop, the bathroom facilities were very clean and well organised with lovely fresh flowers, shells etc on display.  Our kids loved the fact that they could float around in this safe environment, playing on the rope swing and hanging out with other children.  

We thoroughly enjoyed the pizza night with the delicious pizzas and we also chose to have breakfast one of the mornings which was absolutely beautiful!  A big, hearty breakfast which was devoured eagerly.  This was our first visited to Wales and we were very fortunate with the weather, which made things even better.  There's lots to do, all of which is displayed on site, so it's easy to decide on what to do during your stay and both Gyles and Alison were around to give tips and advice on what to do and where to go.  We were only there for six days, but what a great time was had by all.  We're definitely going to return in the future to this little pocket of paradise.  Thanks to Gyles and Alison for such a lovely experience!

★★★★★

Perfection

Aug 3, 2013 by tofu

I almost don't want to write this review as I'd like to just keep this place a secret!!! Simply put, there is nothing about this beautiful, friendly, welcoming, magical place that we did not enjoy.

We have camped a lot in our lives and have never come across a campsite like this.  Gyles and Alison have thought about every detail yet presented the perfection of their ideas effortlessly creating a space that facilitates enjoyment without forcing it upon you!

It's an intimate site and because the pitches are so large, few and far between you can either hide away in your own space or use all the other areas they have available.  Usually we are getting up, getting ready and getting 'out for the day' but here time just seemed to slow down and the same applied for many other families.  Our children (nearly 2 and nearly 4) couldn't wait to feed the animals every morning and hearing Gyles ring the bell was like music to their ears, then there was the 'play barn' to get busy with the digger, building with bricks, playing in the sand or meeting up with new friends.  Occasionally we spent some time at the indoor barn, sharing a book or playing with even more toys but mostly we were out.  we caught leaves in nets at the stream, built a den, went through the willow tunnel, took a walk round the farm trail, played with balls, made fires, axed wood, ran and generally felt very at home and chilled out.  

When we did go out, it wasn't necessary to go far to find a lovely beach, dolphins, great walks (Local national trust forest), places to eat, the secret garden (we really recommend this little place and it can be walked to from the site) and Aberaeron is a really lovely little harbour town.  Gyles and Alison are more than happy to advise you on days out and there is a wealth of information on walls for you to read and make your own decisions about.  

Although the weather was great during our stay this place is designed to accommodate you whatever the weather.  The 2 play barns have loads of stuff to keep children busy and comfy areas for parents to sit in and Alison and Gyles actively encourage you to make as much use of everywhere as you can.  We particularly liked the indoor barn with the closing door on a couple of late nights and uncivilised early mornings with either our crying little one or very loud and busy bigger one.  It was so good to know we could keep them occupied or get them to sleep without keeping everyone else awake.

If you can get booked in to this site - go!  You will really not be disappointed.  We will be going back.  

Thank you Gyles and Alison 




★★★★★

Family camping perfection

Aug 2, 2013 by crunchybiscotti

Our family (2 adults, 5 year old and 7 year old) just had a magical week at Naturesbase. I would go as far as to say it was a perfect week of family camping. It appears (and Gyles confirmed) that the owners had been seeking camping ‘perfection’ for their family of 5, but had never found it, so decided to create it, which they have done with great success. Naturesbase is ideal for a family with younger children – 5 and 7 being mid-range in my opinion, or anyone looking to get back to nature.  

Long grass separating the circular pitches of mowed lawn gives a sense of privacy and space. Being low-density, you don’t have to wait for the (immaculate and attractively decorated) loos nor the showers, nor for (hot water) washing up. With only 12 or so pitches, there is also a real sense of community, with enough children for new friendships to develop while maintaining a sense of safety.   Our family went solo to Naturesbase and made many new friends. The owners mentioned that they prefer not to have more than 2 families together, as in their experience, larger groups affect the sense of community. This is a special campsite, passionately environmentally friendly and lovingly maintained by the owners. As such, it seems to attract down-to-earth campers with strong family values.  

Nature is everywhere here and watching my kids run and skip along the paths amongst the long grass, stopping only to stare at the odd butterfly, or to collect a bug, made my heart sing, and kept prompting me to reach for the camera. Every activity at Naturesbase is a ‘kodak’ moment, because Gyles and Alison have gone the extra mile on the aesthetics and detail.   

We loved indulging in the cooked breakfasts (amazing sausages!) and the pizza night - both great for bringing the ‘communtiy’ together for a chat. The kids loved the campfire sing-song with Gyles too. The daily 8.30am bell calling all kiddies for animal feeding was a brilliant way to get the kids up and dressed and they loved the daily ritual. 

I must mention in this glowing report that we had amazing weather –  un-interrupted sunshine and temperatures in the mid-20s each day and only 10 minutes of rain one night – so that of course helps keep everyone happy. It also meant we didn’t use the communal areas as much. Having said that, the kids got much mileage from the table football in the playbarn. 

We spent a lot of time off exploring the region – wonderful, family-friendly day trips abound in the area. My favourite was the bike ride from the nearby National Trust property to Aberaeron along a disused railway line – now a beautiful bike path. We borrowed bikes from Gyles and Alison (thank you!), took our kids’ bikes and made a day of it with lunch at the National Trust cafe, the ride into Aberaeron, ice creams on the waterfront with the kids scrambling around on the rocks, before a beautiful ride back through the woods and fields. Gyles has laminated a big map of the region and stuck it to a wall showing you the best spots for family outings - very helpful!  We did many of the outings, but left a few for next year. We’ll definitely be back - and might even glamp...  

★★★★★

Exceeded expectations

Aug 17, 2012 by Kyra Boon

This campsite came recommended by a friend and was better than I had imagined. There is a lot of care and attention given to the detail and you can tell that this is a passion for the owners and not a money making enterprise. The camp is so child friendly, made for little ones really, I would have thought it would not hold the same interest for teenagers but we had one in our group and he seemed to enjoy himself. Especially the pizza nights where he ate at least 2. The pitch was just long enough for our enormous 6 berth monster (with extra canopy) but plenty of room round the side for camp fires and lazing about. Easy ground to pitch into, not too much of a slope. Pitches are separated by a good few feet so you don’t feel you are on top of anyone but close enough so if you are camping with friends (we were) you don’t feel miles away. Shower and loo block was fabulously clean and the family room has a swift nesting above the door which my boys loved. There is a barn with toys and books in which you can use (little ones need an adult) so there are wet weather options. There are animals to feed in the mornings (a bell is rung and children gather), my boys weren’t interested in this but others were. The area around is amazing and we could have stayed 2 weeks (only stayed 1) there is so much to do and see. Best bits: the child friendliness of the site - boys running round madly and endlessly in a safe environment; never having to queue for a shower or loo or washing up; pizza nights - the pizza tastes out of this world, allow at least 1 pizza per person, more for teenagers!; cooked breakfast in the barn twice a week with sausages from last years pigs; the honesty shop and the opportunity to use the fridge for your wine :) I can’t recommend it enough.

★★★★★

Naturesbase Holidays

Aug 14, 2011 by Blakemere

Have just come back from 2 weeks at Naturesbase; what a fantastic campsite. The owners, Gyles and Alison are very welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. Cooking chops and sausages from the farm on an open fire and toasting marshmallows on as many nights as possible kept the children and us adults more than happy. The additional little touches that are available, like pizza night (pizzas baked by yourself in a traditional outside oven), cakes baked by Alison and cooked farmhouse breakfasts if you just feel like the morning off are just right. The privacy and space for each individual pitch is amazing and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the site to those of you who are looking for a relaxing campsite with space to breathe. It gets booked up quickly, so you need to plan ahead for this one.

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