Porterswell Farm, Roch hill, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 6JX
There’s a scrapbook at Bôn Camping where guests can note the wildlife they’ve seen or heard as they explore its diverse 29-acre space. There’s a wide variety of species in there too, scrawled in pencil and pen among the pages. It’s a good indication of what this place is all about. Campers take up only a small proportion of the space on offer here, with over two thirds of the campsite covered by woodland, and it’s wildlife that seems to rule the roost. Fiery yellow gorse bushes and blankets of mature trees are an attraction to campers and critters alike. And thankfully, Bôn Camping can accommodate them both.
In total there are just nine, grassy, non-electrical pitches spread across the two meadows behind Porterswell Farm. They’re accompanied by a classic 1970's Mercedes caravan for glampers, and simple, eco-friendly facilities. Loos are of the composting kind, while the showers too are entirely off-grid but gas-powered to provide good pressure and hot water. There is a farm barn that has been converted into a communal area with sofas and a dining table, with electricity providing for fridges and freezers, but otherwise the campsite is a rather unadulterated scene, where you can simply pitch your tent as you please and enjoy the natural environment.
The best place to start is by exploring the woods or heading out on a circular walk from the campsite, either along the Brandy Brook Valley or east to Newgale Beach, one of the best Blue Flag beaches in Pembrokeshire. The latter can also be reached in less than five minutes by car and is popular with families, surfers and just about everyone else who knows a top beach when they see one. Despite this, you can still get away from the crowds if you’re prepared to walk a little from the main car park. There is also the smaller, more sheltered cove of Nolton Haven, perfect for children with its sands and rock pools less than ten minutes away.
The ultimate retreat from the masses, however, undoubtedly comes from sheltering yourself away in he semi-wilderness of the campsite itself. Light your campfire, listen to the birds and watch the sun as it sinks its way towards St Brides Bay. After that, you’ll have some of the starriest skies in Wales for extra company.
The Owner Says
Bôn is field camping in a 29 acre nature reserve small holding with gorgeous countryside views, so close to the coast you can see the sea on the walk to your pitch and hear the waves crash on the beach as you fall asleep. As well as the campsite we also have a yurt and an old Mercedes van for hire. Our family homestead has 20 acres of wild woodland, teeming with wildlife and bursting with ferns and flowers. The facilities are hot gas showers and compost toilets all within easy access of your tent, and for rainy days we have a big barn shed with dining area, fridge freezers and sea kayak available to use at no extra cost, on a first come first served basis.
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Quiet and friendly
We stayed here for a week with two small children and had a fantastic time. It is a quiet site with a limited number of well-spaced, good-sized, pitches of mown grass surrounded by the long grass. We loved sitting around our campfire and enjoying the views. The picnic table and chairs in the pitch were really useful. The kids loved being able to run freely and safely (no cars at the pitches) around the field we were in and playing with the other children. The owners were very welcoming and responsive and made sure that everyone was well looked after. The facilities may be 'basic' but have been very thoughtfully done - the composting loo was no hardship at all and we used the electric showers in the barn which were great. For loading/unloading (just beating the rain in our case!) we were able to carefully bring our car to the bottom of the field and then use the wheelbarrows to get onto and off our pitch but otherwise cars were sensibly kept behind a gate so the site was lovely and safe for the kids and quiet too. The location is very convenient for some great beaches and friendly local villages, the kids especially enjoyed looking in rockpools at Broad Haven.
Peaceful Paradise with great views
Gordy and Fran were great hosts. We were made to feel welcome as soon as we arrived with a cuppa and a tour :) This is a small campsite so you get your own space and isn't overrun with other people. The view from the hills is as good as the pictures, rolling hills and the sound of the distant sea. Facilities were basic but good. There was a gas hot shower in our field and a composting toilet. Both were clean and the shower was lovely and warm. Cars were not allowed at the pitches, which was a nice touch (increases the feeling of being off grid and having gotten away). The wheel-barrow journey from the car was definitely worth it. Being in Pembrokshire it's very dark at night and we were lucky enough to see the milky-way one clear night. The site is well placed, being close to Haverfordwest and St Davids for main towns. The local villages of Solva and Dale were beautiful. Newgale beach is also only a couple of miles away for some time in the sea or some extreme sports! We will definitely come again for our next trip to West Wales.
Fran and Gordon are relatively new guardians of this beautiful bit of Wales and have sprinkled a gorgeous vibe across it. They're creating a natural camping environment and are totally committed to seeing that their guests enjoy that full experience. Don't all rush there though, it's our own little secret hideaway! The coast is stunning too.