Melin Mabes

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Narberth & Templeton

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Adults only
  • Hot tubs
  • Laundry
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Have a close encounter of the glamping kind at this singular Pembrokeshire experience which also features a stunning treehouse and antique gypsy caravan.

Can it really be that an intergalactic visitor has crash-landed in the heart of the West Wales countryside? Struck by this gleaming white landing module pod with its three spider-like legs, visitors to these parts could be forgiven for thinking they’ve stumbled upon Pembrokeshire’s very own Roswell. Well, the little green men could do a lot worse than Spodnic – the extraterrestrial-themed glamping pod at Melin Mabes.

The brainchild of master craftsman Martian… sorry, Martin Johnson, space-age Spodnic is truly out of this world. This ingenious creation has illustrious origins – not only did it start life as prop from the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, its staggering transformation into a cosmic glamping pod was documented on the small screen by Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. And it’s easy to see why. Spodnic is brimming with amazing astro-themed features, like a Star Trek-style automatic sliding door, ‘gravity-defying’ rotating double bed, space-blanket-lined walls and steps up to a Perspex ‘cockpit’ in the roof, purpose-built for stargazing. Interplanetary paraphernalia abounds, with colour-changing alien lights, ray guns and the obligatory lightsaber. There are even astronaut’s helmets for your budding Buzz Aldrins and nipper Neil Armstrongs. Needless to say, kids will love it.

While the UFO understandably steals the headlines, the site itself is an incredible spot in its own right. Melin Mabes lies within four stunning acres on the site of a 16th century mill that Martin and wife Carol-Anne acquired from nearby Picton Castle. This tranquil stream-side setting is open to a handful of tent campers, with a trio of hard-standings for caravans. And if you’re more period romance than science-fiction, there’s a gorgeous antique (150 years old!) gypsy caravan (named Mabel) for couples, complete with ornate décor and an authentic Queenie wood burning stove.

The newest addition to Martin's glamping wonderland is the Templar Treehouse. This incredible sylvan shack rivals Spodnic in the ingenuity stakes. Set in a private pocket of the mill garden overlooking the river, the treehouse strikes a pleasing balance of rustic luxury with underfloor heating, hot tub, fully equipped antique kitchen and a modern bathroom to boot. There's even a slide to get back down to ground level (or a handcrafted staircase for the less adventurous). When not admiring the sunrise from the spacious veranda, spend your evenings swinging in the suspended loungers while stargazing beside the stone circle firepit. 

Glampers are each given their own kitchens for exclusive use (Mabel’s boasts a fabulous newly-built pizza oven), while for campers, the rustic kitchen shack (complete with attendant Dalek, of course) serves as a well-equipped central hub. Thoroughly outdoorsy perks, like picking veg from the patch and feeding the chickens, offer a pleasingly surreal start to the day after emerging from your very own spaceship. And when the eminently reachable footpaths beckon, the idyllic harbour village of Saundersfoot is just five miles away – or you could always warp speed it there in Spodnic.

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Facilities

Spodnic sleeps 4 , a double bed and sofa bed that transforms into bunks (with curtains for privacy).  heating , merino wool mattress, wool duvet, kettle, mini fridge, and towels included. Templar Treehouse sleeps 2 adults in a double bed with merino wool bedding. There's a mezzanine bedroom for 2 small kids (mattresses and sleeping bags provided for children). Private bathroom with underfloor heating, antique kitchenette, BBQ, hot tub and toiletries and towels provided. Gypsy caravan sleeps 2 in a double bed and features a wood-burning stove and adjacent hot tub. The communal covered kitchen areas outside features fridge-freezer, electric cooker, hot and cold running water, utensils, dining table and wicker chairs. Washing facilities include 4 showers, 3 toilets, plus a disabled-friendly family room with 2 showers, 1 toilet and 1 sink. Washing machine available. Pick your own fruit and veg in season.

Suitable For

Families and couples  – yes. Martians welcome too (probably). dogs welcome extra charge

Nearby

There are several pretty walking routes to enjoy, easily accessible from the site, including the disused airfield at Templeton, Landsker Borderlands Trail and the Knights Way. The latter runs to the cathedral at Britain’s smallest city, St Davids (28 miles away), home to medieval wonders like the bishops palace and close to the Preseli Hills and some stunning, surf-friendly beaches such as Whitesands Bay. Pembrokeshire’s best beaches are within easy reach including Amroth, Freshwater West and Barafundle Bay. It’s also Wales’ coasteering-capital – seek out TYF Adventures(01437 721611) for your adrenaline fix, or take a boat excursion out to Grassholm, Ramsey and Skomer Islands courtesy of Thousand Islands Expeditions (01437 721721). For the kids, Folly Farm petting zoo (01834 812731) is pretty much next door, while the ever-popular Oakwood Theme Park(01834 815170) features rollercoasters and amusement rides for all ages. Heatherton World of Activities (01646 652000), Treetops Adventure Trail (01646 652000), Dinosaur Park Tenby (01834 845272), Manor Wildlife Park (0164 665 1201) are all worth a family away-day from camp.

Food & Drink

For those arriving late, Carol-Anne is more than happy to cook up a traditional Welsh cawl (vegetarian option available) or to pre-order and collect your choice of food locally. Hampers can also be arranged and delivered for your arrival from Bethesda Farm Shop (01437 563124), Caws Cenarth Cheese (01239 710432), and either of the butchers Andrew Rees (01834 861892) or Heywoods of Saundersfoot (01834 811168). Tesco also deliver groceries direct. Narberth has a fabulous assortment of eclectic places to eat – Plum Vanilla (01834 862762) comes highly recommended, offering superb healthy options for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. Ultracomida (01834 861491) delicatessen offers the finest Andalucian food outside of Spain. Fast becoming a new favourite is Tooj (07410 148900) an atmospheric Middle Eastern café serving delicious Kurdish cuisine – with traditional music, dancing, décor and a small outdoor courtyard for summer BBQs. The nearest local pub is within walking distance (uphill to get there but an easy downhill back) – The Boar's Head (01834 860286) has a great ambience, friendly staff and hearty pub fayre (bookings recommended for Sunday lunch). For your hidden culinary treasure, the renowned surf beach at Freshwater West (site of the famous shell house from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) plays host to Cafe Môr (01646 278101) a street-food beach hut resident for summer selling the most sumptuous seafood (the lobster rolls are phenomenal!)

Opening Times

March–October. 

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The Owner Says

Relax this is a fantastic area for nature walks. We have super sized pitches available for tents, caravans and motor homes. We also have a gypsy caravan with private hot tub and our quirky Spodnic UFO (As seen on channel four's amazing spaces) 

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Accommodation

Several grass pitches for tents, 3 hard-standings for caravans, 1 treehouse sleeping 2 adults (plus an additional pair of small children), 1 gypsy wagon (sleeping 2)… oh, and a UFO (sleeping up to 4)!

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Location

Contact Melin Mabes, Templeton, Narberth, Pembrokeshire

Getting There

From Carmarthen head for St Clears then Tenby. At the Kilgetty roundabout follow signs for Folly Farm (FF). Drive past FF on left for 1 mile. Turn right under the railway bridge (before the village of Templeton – no houses or buildings in sight!). Melin Mabes is the first turning on the right (look out for the mini windmills stuck on lampposts). Please park at the gate then call at the static caravan on the left. Do not call at Mabes Mill House on the right as this is where the neighbours live.

The nearest bus and train stations are Narberth, or Kilgetty.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 10 reviews

★★★★★

Exceptional, Inspirational and FUN

We enjoyed a highly memorable and magical weekend in the Templar Treehouse. The attention to detail and the warmth and passion of the hosts is apparent in every new delightful surprise as you explore the space. It’s very private and lovingly presented. The hot tub with its views to the rowing lake is such a wonderful place to unwind. The large gas barbecue easily made a feast for us all in no time. It is all spotlessly clean and everything you could possibly need is provided. We don’t want to spoil all the surprises for you, so if you are reading this we can only say GO and experience it all for yourself. The children laughed and played so much and didn’t want to go to the nearby animal park. None of us wanted to leave and we will certainly return. Highly recommended and would award extra stars if it were possible.
Jul 9, 2019 by shelleymcgrath
★★★★★

The best Nature holiday

We booked Spodnic and Treehouse with friends for the Easter holidays. Highly impressed with the novelty of the Spodnic one. Treehouse is brilliant with its elements of originality and comfort. Very welcoming hosts. The hot tubs were a great luxury for our kids and for the adults. BBQ, boating, nature walk....the list of things to do is endless, regardless of the Welsh weather. Excellent holiday !! Would highly recommend and would love to come again.  Thank you Martin and CarolAnne. We can't fault your service.
Apr 26, 2019 by N Prasad
★★★★★

What a wonderful time

The tree house is beautifully built and has some great finishing touches. The fine details really matter when making you feel comfortable. You will not be disappointed if you choose to visit.
Feb 11, 2019 by Richard
★★★★★

Amazing! Totally relaxing stay!

Stayed in the wonderful tree house for a night last weekend. It was truly amazing. Such a magical relaxing place to stay. The weather was awful but it didn't affect our stay in the slightest! In fact it made it even more cozy! The tree house itself is perfect for bit of luxury, done out so well, so cozy, with a log burner, comfy bed, underfloor heating, big windows, fairy lights and loads of little secret touches that made it feel so special and fun. Under the tree house is a lovely outdoor space with BBQ, swing with cusions and rugs and a fab hot tub. Spent a good few hours chilling and de-stressing. Candles and fairy lights make it feel so special. There's a lovely fire pit and seating area that we didn't get to use but we will definitely be booking again to take full advantage of that. Carol Ann and Martin were fantastic and we totally recommend this wonderful place and will definitely be booking again. Found a gem!!
Sep 29, 2018 by Katie
★★★★★

Friendly, welcoming, relaxed place with great facilities.

We had a great relaxing stay at Melin Mabes in our trailer tent for the week. We even extended our stay when we were there The facilities were just what was needed and always spotlessly clean. The kettle, fridge and microwave that we could use made camping that little bit easier!! The accessible shower room also made a great family shower room, with parent and child being able to have their own shower in the same large space. CarolAnne and Martin were always happy to go the extra mile to make campers happy. We all enjoyed our tour of the Mabel, Spodnic and the amazing Tree House. They even looked after our dog for the afternoon while we went to Folly Farm and also set up an agility course for her! The campsite was peaceful but within easy reach of lots of beaches and activities. We saw a beautiful Owl just by the campite and enjoyed stargazing due to th clear night skys. Overall it was a welcoming, friendly and relaxed place to stay with great facilities,that allowed us to play and explore beautiful Pembrookshire.
Sep 16, 2018 by Nikki
★★★★★

Lovely, quiet campsite for families

Everything was great - nice, clean shower blocks and washing facilities. The site had a lovely family feel and was very well situated for loads of great Pembrokeshire sightseeing. We will likely be back!
Aug 12, 2018 by andrew

Response from Melin Mabes

Many thanks Andrew for your kind review, we look forward very much to welcoming you back soon!
★★★★★

Brilliant place for camping

Lovely and peacfull. The shower and toilets are lovely and clean. Host are lovely and welcoming. Will defenately be back.
Aug 11, 2018 by Llinos

Response from Melin Mabes

Many thanks Llinos for your kind review. We look forward very much to welcoming back soon!
★★★★★

THE place to take a partner who won’t camp!

Just had a lovely stay on the camp site...we’d sort of forgotten how to camp and had left behind the usual essentials, gas camping stove, ice box, loo roll etc. No problemo, there was a HEATED shower and toilet block with not only a gorgeous warm shower, but a kettle, small fridge, and a hairdryer too! Very quiet. Peaceful, easy going and comfortable, in sheltered beautiful surrounds. I want to come back and stay in the treehouse. Thank you Carol Anne and Martin, for thinking of all the little things to make camping a piece of cake. It really would be possible to turn up with the minimum (bed + tent).
Jun 18, 2018 by Ellie and Plum

Response from Melin Mabes

Many thanks Ellie and Plum for your kind review, you are more than very welcome back anytime!!

★★★★★

Quiet and Peaceful site - fantastic hosts

We booked a electric pitch for our tent in the fully fenced and gated paddock. We only had to share the paddock with 2 other campers one in a motor home and another in a caravan. There was plenty of space for the children to play our pitch was called under the oaks, we put a rope around the oak tree behind our pitch for a swing for the children and the owners came around with a swing seat and a kit of bats and balls for the children to play. There were lots of attention to detail from the owners- freshly baked home made cakes on arrival and a tour around the impressive tree house!! The family room shower was also stocked with complementary shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. The showers were just at the end of the paddock and were kept spotlessly clean with a shoe rack for outdoor shoes to be left outside the building. We have been to many sites over the years but this one is now our favourite no noise in the evenings and early morning just bird song. We also had directions from the owners for a walk through the lanes to the boars head pub which is well worth a visit. Narberth town is only a short drive away and there are lots of quaint shops and a good butchers, fish and chip shop etc..
May 28, 2018 by Michael & Gemma
★★★★★

Idyllic bank holiday with kids

We phoned from the car 40 minutes before arrival to see if there was space and were assured a warm welcome. And we were! Two tired kids (2 and 4) played in the field while we put up our tent in this beautiful spot. After a delicious meal in the Boar’s Head, we all slept soundly waking revived for a day at Folly Farm. A spotless, warm bathroom, hot showers, gorgeous shampoos, shower gels and hairdryer all within a minute from the tent were an added bonus. Our kids loved everything about this campsite- from the wildflowers, butterflies and birds to the proximity to Folly Farm (1 mile). It’s quiet and feels secluded yet only minutes in the car to activities and my morning coffee (lots of choice in Narbeth. Numerous sunny spots to read a book, and lots of woodland walks. I relished both the peace and the little luxuries. We are seasoned campers and found Melin Mabes perfect for a bank holiday with kids. Highly recommend.
May 7, 2018 by Sophie

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