Preseli Venture

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Fishguard

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Dome glamping in a quite corner of a Pembrokeshire adventure centre, with a bar on the doorstep and a beach down the road

When Nick and Sophie Hurst first set up their Pembrokeshire adventure centre in the late ‘80s coasteering was seen as a pretty unusual pastime. Swimming into sea caves, paddling through gullies and jumping off cliffs was something reserved for adrenaline junkies and eccentrics. More than 30 years on it’s become one of the most popular seaside activities in Wales. And that tiny company they started? Well, it’s worth seeing the change for yourself.

Down a narrow lane crowded by cow parsley, Preseli Venture is found – a cluster of outbuildings and a smart wooden lodge that resembles something between a modern hay barn and an over-sized boathouse. Along with organising coasteering, sea kayaking, surfing and guided walks, the enterprise, now run by Sophie and a team of 12 other people, also offers comfortable bedrooms in the main lodge, with a restaurant, bar and lounge area. Outside, meanwhile, a paddock gently slopes down to the trees where a secluded glamping glade is found. There’s just a single geodesic dome, kitted out with a double bed, two futons and a toasty log-burning stove but to those whole love to sleep beneath the stars it’s the real show stopper here when it comes to accommodation.

Almost encircled by the trees, the dome provides a wonderful feeling of solitude – something only accentuated at night, when the campfire’s going and the stars are out in full force. When you fancy being sociable, meanwhile, the lodge is still just moments away. You can book in for home-cooked meals or simply enjoy an evening beer, examining the huge framed map of Pembrokeshire that’s on the bar wall. If you pin point Preseli Venture and follow the treeline all the way to the sea you’ll note that Abermawr Beach is a mere one mile away (and eminently walkable), while popular beaches like Abereiddy are less than 15 minutes by car. St Davids, the tiny cathedral city that sticks out on the map, is also within easy reach, as are Solva, Newgale and Whitesands Bay.

Glampers don’t have to book in to Preseli Venture’s activities but it’s handy to know that there’s organised fun there if you need it. Sea kayaking trips can be arranged for beginners, right up to experienced paddlers who want to cross to Ramsey Island, while Sophie and the team remain the most experienced people to take you coasteering. It’s all done with the same zeal and enthusiasm she had when it all started back in the ‘80s. It’s just not seen as totally bonkers anymore.

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Facilities

The dome is made of wood and canvas and has electricity, a wooden floor with rugs, a wood-burning stove, a double bed, 2 single futons, side lights and a storage chest and cupboard. Bedding and linen provided (for 4 people, an extra camp bed can be provided for a 5th person). Firepit, picnic table and fresh water tap outside. The glamping meadow is car free (car park is 50 metres from the dome with a wheelbarrow to transport your belongings). Bathrooms are in the nearby eco lodge accommodation, where there is also a lounge, bar and restaurant. Preseli Venture runs outdoor activities in the surrounding area, so you can book sea kayaking, surfing, coasteering and more on site.

Suitable For

Glampers, campers, tents, families, couples, groups, well-behaved dogs (on a lead) – yes. Caravans and motorhomes – no.

Nearby

Preseli Venture is more than just a glamping site. You can also book organised coastal activities, including kayaking, coasteering, surfing and more. The site itself is around a 15-minute walk from Pembrokeshire's coastal path and, if you only want to walk in one direction, the reliable shuttle bus services in summer will bring you back to the village (or other starting points). The nearest beaches on foot at Abermawr and Aberbach – both beautiful, remote beaches with pebbles but, at low tide, expanses of sand revealed. Abermawr Beach is particularly intriguing, with buried tree stumps appearing at low tide – perfectly preserved by salt and the remains of a forest drowned by a sudden flood 8000 years ago. It's also a half-hour walk or 5-minute drive to Tregwynt Woollen Mill (01348 891288). It's been there since 1819, taking fleeces from local sheep farms, then spinning them into woollen yarn and weaving beautiful blankets and pillow covers. Further afield, it's a 15-minute drive to Abereiddy, with an excellent beach and the place to organise boat trips around St Davids Peninsula and out to Ramsey Island. It's a touch over 15 minutes to diminutive St Davids and its impressive cathedral (01437 720202).

Food & Drink

On site there is a lounge, a restaurant and a fully licensed bar. Ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible and their freshly prepared meals can be adapted to suit dietary requirements (just let them know at the time of booking). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all available and, if you're booking on to one of their daytime adventure activities, such as sea kayaking or coasteering, a pack lunch is provided too. There are other local options as well; The Farmer's Arms (01348 831284) in Mathry is 1 mile down the road, while The Shed (01348 831518; best for fish and chips) and The Sloop Inn (01348 831449; a characterful pub on the waterfront) are worth the 10-minute drive to Porthgain.

Opening Times

May–end of September.

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The Owner Says

Perfectly situated on the stunning Pembrokeshire coast, our geodesic dome sits snugly in a woodland glade at the edge of a meadow. Enjoy the peace and seclusion of a glamping holiday amongst the trees in a unique woodland setting, within a beautiful green swathe of trees and wildlife that stretches down to a quiet, wild beach and the Pembrokeshire coast path.

The location is perfect for glamping, camping and dome living, totally sheltered and hidden at the bottom of the valley, your very own ‘dome from home’.

The dome is lovely and spacious, six meters in diameter and forms a unique space age structure, manufactured out of wood and canvas and fitted out for your comfort with all your essentials. It has a double bed and two single beds (sleeps 4–5 people in total).

An ideal location for walking the Pembrokeshire coast path, a safe family friendly beach within just a 15 minute walk, adventure activities run right from the eco lodge, plus restaurant and bar facilities.

Enjoy the very best dome dwelling for family holidays, friends get away or a romantic break for couples.

Accommodation

A single geodesic dome (sleeping 2–5 people), plus plans for 10 separate camping glades set to open soon.

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Location

Contact Preseli Venture, Parcynole Fach, Mathry, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 5HN

Getting There

From the M4, head west on the A48 and then towards St Clears and Haverfordwest on the A40. From Haverfordwest, take the A40 towards Fishguard for 9 miles and then, in the village of Letterston, turn left onto the B4331 towards Mathry. At the junction with the A487 coastal road, cross the A487 and then turn immediately right, down a narrow lane signposted to Preseli Venture. The geo dome parking is the first car park on your left once you reach Preseli Venture.

Get the train to Fishguard and Goodwick (5 miles) or Haverfordwest (15 miles). From there, local buses and the coastal shuttle buses (The Strumble Shuttle) bring you to Mathry village, 1 mile from Preseli Venture.

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