Shortlands Farm, Druidston, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 3NE
In a region with no shortage of stunning views, the panoramic vistas over St Brides Bay enjoyed from Shortlands Farm are really quite spectacular. The Ledwith family's traditional 29-acre dairy farm at Druidston is a breathtaking, back-to-basics site that makes the ideal camp for those exploring this unspoilt fringe of West Wales. There's a refreshingly laid–back feel to the site – pitches are informal, with campers free to pitch up wherever they please. Perched atop the cliffside, exposed to the elements, there's no better place to watch the sun descend over the Irish Sea.
Distant enough from St Davids (25 minutes away) to avoid the crowds with secluded Druidston Haven just 10 minutes away, Shortlands is also enviably located for the Pembrokeshire Coast Path – accessible from a bridleway at the bottom of the farm. From your tent you can wander across, hop on the trail and stroll down the slope to a large, tidal beach, or walk the two-and a-half miles south to Broad Haven and Little Haven where there are further beaches and a clutch of sea-front pubs and cafés.
All in all, Shortlands Farm guarantees a friendly welcome and the perfect base for exploring this unspoilt stretch of one of the world's great coastal walks. As any beleaguered ramblers can attest, Shortland's hosts' hospitality knows no bounds. From complimentary use of the fridge-freezer, to a lend of brazier for campfires, Kate and family are happy to help and have expert local-knowledge of the best places to go. Not that you need go anywhere. With the best views for miles, Shortlands Farm is a place you’ll want to stick around at.
The Owner Says
Set in 29 acres, Shortlands Farm has stunning sea views and overlooks St Brides Bay in Druidston, Pembrokeshire, West Wales. The farm is currently home to dairy cows and their calves, and there are also rabbits, badgers, foxes and numerous birds to be seen on and around the farm.
Located at the end of a track, and within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Shortlands Farm is a peaceful and secluded get away, yet only 15 minutes by car from Haverfordwest, and 25 minutes from St Davids– Britain’s smallest city.
Nearby there are many beautiful unspoilt beaches and activities to choose from, including surfing, coasteering, horse riding, wildlife spotting, fishing, boat trips, walking, swimming and many more… Druidston Haven beach is a 5 minute walk away, follow the bridleway from Shortlands Farm then wind your way down to the beach. At low tide the large sandy beach stretches out to provide lots of space with rockpools and caves to explore. Druidston is a well-kept secret and remains peaceful and relatively quiet even during the summer months when some busier beaches are crammed with people.
Beautiful family friendly campsite
We had a great time at this beautiful campsite. The facilities are fantastic and it's great that the owners let you pitch where you want, which results in everyone having space. Kate gave us a very friendly welcome. The kids really enjoyed watching the calf that had got into the field, which was safely restored to its own field. Great access to the beach. Definitely returning.
My girlfriend and I, and two friends, spent four nights camping at Shortlands Farm and couldn't have picked a better place! As the pictures suggest, the views from the campsite are outstanding. However, these pictures do not do it justice. I will never get tired of waking up to see the sea. The closest pub (the Druidstone) is a short walk away and should probably hold the award for pub with the best views. If possible, go a watch the sunset from here. Just down from the pub is a hidden gem of a beach which when the tides out allows for a dramatic short walk (complete with waterfall, rock pools and caves. Would highly recommend Shortlands Farm and will hopefully return myself.
We stayed at Shortlands Farm for just the one night on Sunday 23rd April and were blessed with lovely, sunny weather. Apart from one tent, we had the camping field to ourselves. It's a small site, with a good flat surface. The views out to sea are stunning. The site is exposed, so I'd imagine it can get a bit blustery if the wind is up but we were lucky. Friendly, laid back owners, good hot showers in a clean, well maintained block. A 5 minute walk down the bridle path adjoining the site takes you onto the road where you can walk down to Druidston beach and along the coastal path. The Druidstone Hotel is worth checking out for great sunset views and look out for the Teletubby earth house built into the cliff side which can be seen from the coastal path. A peaceful, relaxed location. Recommended!
Shortlands and chill
We had two fantastic days and nights at Shortlands Farm. The owners were so friendly and helpful. Our two little girls teamed up with theirs and were alternating playing in our camper van and their house. Facilities were great, lovely warm showers, spacious cubicles and what a setting. The views were to die for and it was a lovely walk down to that incredible beach. We spent the first day playing on the beach, exploring the rock pools and the caves. The next day we went for a horse ride on the beach from Norton Stables and then had a Spanish Banquet that evening in the very cool Druidstone Hotel. Couldn't have asked for more.
Great campsite, beautiful spot
Just back from a 5 night stay - had a great time and the campsite us in a lovely location with fantastic views of the sea and the spectacular Pembrokeshire coastline. The owners were very welcoming and helpful. Great for families (dogs!). Showers and toilets were clean and had plenty of hot water - sometimes a little busy first thing/last thing. The owners sell wood and have fire pits - great to have a fire in the evening. Druidston beach was lovely, great for hanging out or a little body boarding, the Druidston hotel does OK food (we're veggie - the food wasn't anything special) but gas a good range of local beers and has amazing views. We'll definitely be going back.
We stayed for 5 days, 4 nights - first visit to Pembrokeshire. No welcome as such but this was explained and met one of the owners cleaning the washblock facilities which were kept very clean. Lots of small children and dogs (we had neither!) but this was ok and good to see kids enjoying safe play in the fresh air! Strong winds and rain kept us awake but worth it for the beautiful sunsets! Facilities under pressure (limited unisex toilets and showers). The site would definitely benefit from additional wash basins both for personal use and washing-up (only one sink?). Freezing facilities inadequate and some guidance for camping novices in terms of labelling etc would help as our labelled ice was taken by someone else! Took advantage of local leaflets and reading book collection (took one and left another behind as suggested!). Would definitely recommend as the location is superb - easy access to coastal path, within walking distance of Broad Haven where there is a Londis supermarket. Would recommend local Druidston Hotel - bar food ok, great views but need to get there early in high season or book restaurant in advance.
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We came for 3 days and ended up staying a week! Lovely quiet unspoilt site, very relaxed owners and very dog friendly, so nice not to have to have our dogs on leads all the time. Showers and toilets very clean and lovely hot water. Great location for walks and the many unspoilt (and deserted) beaches. We could see beautiful sunsets over the sea right from the camping field a real treat. Whilst we were there it was quite windy and as the site is on the cliff it is quite exposed. One suggestion we had was it would have been good to have some sort of shelter over the washing up area just to make it easier if it rains, although for us it really didn't make a difference. Just loved our week here and we will definitely be back, thank you!
Lovely coastal camping
We have just returned from a lovely sunny weekend at Shortlands Farm. Good clean facilities, including free hot showers. Plenty of space to relax in the camping field. Friendly owners who greeted us on arrival. Within spitting distance of the sea, the stunning coastal path, pebble cove and a delightful pub - albeit down a dirt track. In essence, Shortlands is a site that I would heartily recommend and would go back to if we were to make the trek to Pembrokeshire again.
A camp with a view
The location could not be better. The view is one you will never tire of . Great access to local pub, beach and coastal walks. We liked the laid back attitude of owners i.e. camp where you want, also being able to have a fire is a must for us. We take our own fire basket and wood, but you can hire a burner and buy wood on site. The 3 Unisex toilets and showers were fine, but took a bit of getting used to . When the camp is busy, obviously, so are the facilities. The fridge freezer was also under pressure, a separate chest freezer would be a great addition! We did our washing up away from "peak times", so the one sink was ok for us. The field is a lovely size, most people gravitate to the sides, so don't be surprised if someone squeezes next to you instead of using loads of space in other areas of the field. We were there for a week, so saw a big turnover of people. The site is understandably popular. One other little point might be to direct big groups to an empty space, or in the middle of the field. We had a big group next to us,10 adults, 3 kids, 2 dogs! (5 Tents )....Thankfully, they were only there for 2 nights, or we would have seriously thought about moving spot. We saw the dogs doing their` business` a few times around our tent...not great!!! In general they cleared it up , but the little family who came to camp in the same spot after they went, trod in their uncollected lump of dogs poo...camping etiquette and all that !!! ..... All things considered.....a great week, we would go back !
Perfect Family Holiday and campsite
Some campsites only seem to attract nice people. No rowdy drinking or idiots driving too fast - that kind of thing. A few years ago, I'd have camped down by Newgale and drunk too much and stayed awake all night. Now I look for a family campsite with a nice view and nice people.
£5/ night/ person is good value for always-hot water and a beautiful view.
We had a little fire (bring a fire pit) and if poss, bring your own wood. A tenner for a couple of nights of wood shows the value of a captive market!
Kids play in the middle of the field and parents watch on by their fires. It is a short walk from the Druidstone Hotel (you must go... there is a bar menu as well as a restaurant)
Druidston Haven Beach is wonderful.
The owners are easy-going... "welcome.... pitch where you want"
How to improve? The site needs a chest freezer and maybe an extra washing up sink or two. (or even just a hot tap and a shelf)
Beware the wind. Some tents got shredded.
Lovely site. Go!
Great Stay at Shortlands Farm
Just got back from 3 nights of camping at Shortlands farm and it was a great holiday! We had good weather and the location of the site is beautiful, with amazing views of the sea and great views of the sunset! It is so peaceful and the perfect place to get away from it all! The owners were lovely and helpful, and we were able to borrow a fire pit and buy some logs to have a fire in the evening! The showers and bathrooms were always clean and the showers were warm and powerful! It is also near the Druidstone Hotel which is 5 min walk away, perfect if you want to grab a drink or food! Couldn't have asked for a better place to stay! Highly rate this camping site!
This is my favourite campsite in the world and it gets better every time we go! We just got back from a week long stay in our van with 3 young children. They have moved the camping field to a bigger field-lots of space and breathtaking views. The showers and wash up are lovely and hot and the toilets always clean. All the other campers were lovely people, and it is peaceful and safe for little children. Can't wait for our next trip.
We have just returned from our camping trip at Shortlands Farm and we really enjoyed our stay. A really quiet, lovely little site with spectacular views. The showers were nice and hot and it was great to have a fridge/freezer to use. We experienced very windy weather when we arrived, and the owner was very helpful, assisting us with tent repairs (thank you!) We were having such a nice time we decided to stay an extra night!
An amazing campsite
My boyfriend and I just spent the May Bank Holiday weekend at Shortlands Farm and had a lovely time. The campsite was just what we were looking for...a nice big field, the freedom and privacy to pitch up where ever, stunning views of the sea etc, etc. It was such a bargain too - only £5 per person per night!
I loved the peace and simple amenities - showers (lovely hot powerful ones!), toilets, a sink to wash up and a fridge to keep some cold beers :-).
We rented a fire pit for two nights as well and bought a big bag of wood for £10.
I will definitely go back...hope it stays the same :-)
Thanks to Luke and Kate
Clean, minimalistic, friendly
Camped 3 days in May, very pleased. Sea views in much of the camping field (however, there is a field of cows between you and the sea!). Facilities were minimalistic: 3 toilets, 3 showers and an outside sink for washing up. However, they were cleaned regularly and appeared to be quite new. Hot showers too :) No plugs or handryers. Very reasonably priced. Friendly family owners, campfires allowed, short walk from the beach and a local restaurant/pub. Don't forget your loo roll as it is not provided! Overall very good experience.
A lovely setting, great views over the bay. great access to the local beaches. Druidston was a lovely beach, as was broadhaven which was great for body boarding and Slova was a great place to go crabbing.
The poor rating comes from the state of the facilities. The toilets are of mixed use and provide no toilet paper or soap, this I can live with, however, although the shower and toilet block is new it was filthy. The floors of the showers where constantly wet and I often found people coming out if the shower cubicles and dressing in the communal area to try and find a dry spot!. At one point I even looked for a mop so I could have a go at the showers myself with no luck. The toilets were not cleaned from at least the Sunday until the Wednesday, this was easy to observe this as someone had put very muddy boots on one of the toilet lids and the mud stayed there for four days!! When the cleaning took place it was only the toilets, the floors remained untouched for the whole of our visit. The showers and floor where not cleaned for the whole length of our stay, which on the fifth night resulted in a flood as all the dirt had blocked the drain. To use the toilets we found ourselves wading through a couple of inches of water, with credit to the owners this was sorted quickly. However to get clean we resorted to the local swimming baths to use the showers. For the amount of people on site when we arrived there was not enough toilets and the one sink for washing up is outside and there was regularly a queue over the bank holiday.
Also if you have a dog that is not keen on other dogs or family members who do not like dogs this is not the site for you. As dogs are not required to be kept on leads, when walking through the site we had to run the gauntlet of other peoples dogs running out at us, which freaked our dog out completely and we were also regularly visited by the resident dog marking his territory, though thankfully he did leave when shooed away.
A lovely spot, great views we had a great holiday, and the issues I have could easily be rectified, by regularly hosing down the block and regular cleaning, however we won't be returning to this site.
Great little site
If you want a real out of the way getaway, in a great location with fantastic views and great friendly owners then give Shortlands a try.
Not much to add to previous reviews really, great brand new shower block with brilliant showers and a campers fridge freezer, only minor gripe is that washing up could maybe be undercover.
Close enough to H'f'west for all the shops, but right out in the country, 10 minutes from a great beach(when the tide's out) and even closer to the Druidstone a great pub/restaurant.
Right on the coast path a 45 minte stroll to Broadhaven.
Kate, Luke, Belle and Leo, the dog will all make you welcome.
Would we visit again? You bet, will probably be back in September
We had a fab family holiday here - the facilities are new and clean and near to the campsite. The best things are the view, proximity to the beach and friendly atmosphere. The beach is a perfect sandy beach with the hotel halfway back up the cliff to the campsite. Perfect for ice creams and a post beach beer. We will come back!
FANTASTIC FAMILY BREAK
A relaxing experience from start to finish - I had to write a review! The Ledwith family, including the 'master of the camp' - Leo the dog - were friendly and welcoming. The location feels remote and removed from civilization... with the most spectacular views - what more do you want from a break away?!! The sunsets over the seascape, hearing the cows in nearby fields, and falling asleep to the sound of the waves just top off the whole camping experience. The nearest beach is the huge and beautiful Bridal Bay - it is a steep walk downhill to get to - but you can park nearer if you want to avoid the walk ;) The facilities were spacious and clean.
Stayed here very recently with the intention of staying just the 1 night, but due to it's stunning location, excellent (free!) facilities and friendly owners, we had to extend that to 2. It's a stunning location and an ideal spot. I would fully recommend a stay here and the showers were a godsend
Shortland's Farm - Beautiful
Shortland's Farm was truly amazing and beautiful. Their facilities were clean and quite close to the camp site. The beach was only a 10 minute walk, the surfing activities were only 20 minutes drive away and we even had time to visit the famous Blue Lagoon which was only a 30 minute drive - if you go, bring a wet suit (the water is freeezing!). The views and temperature during the day & night were perfect for a BBQ or a camp fire. The owners were so kind and welcoming that we'll be sure to visit Shortland's Farm again!
Stayed over the easter weekend. Great campsite and great location - Druidston beach just down the road is a peach! Great beach and quiet even during the holidays. Facilities at the site were everything we needed - hot showers (that stayed hot even when busy), washing up spot and logs for sale for a campfire. The owners were very friendly as well. Also recommend a trip round to the blue lagoon at Abereiddy for some diving. We'll definitely be returning!
We braved the January wind and rain for 2 nights, and have a lovely stay at Shortlands. Very hospitable guests (cheers for the tow!!), wonderfully hot showers, spectacular views, and a short stumble away from the Drui hotel. We'll be back!x
Stayed just one night in November – yes they are open all year round! Stunning spot, owners very friendly and helpful – we had the place to ourselves (because it was November!) and the view really is lovely – a starry walk down the old green way to Druidstone Hotel and hot showers in the morning = perfect winter camping – we might come again when the sun is shining though!
We had a really lovely stay at Shortlands farm. The site is small and relaxed. The facilities are clean and ample for the size of site. It is a short walk down to Druidstone beach, and the Druidstone hotel is a must! We recommend taking a boat tour from St Davids to see the island and all the sea life. We will definitely be returning, this is our kind of campsite, friendly and relaxed!