Dragonfly Camping The Greener Camping Club

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Pembroke

  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
An impeccably crafted shepherd's hut and a floating glamping cabin, set in scenic farmland just beyond the Daugleddau Estuary

A mile and a half east of Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire, newly opened Dragonfly Camping is home to some suitably quirky glamping accommodation. It’s befitting for the area. This is, after all, the most sheltered stretch of the coast, where the long, deep river estuary – Cleddau Ddu – is populated with sailing dinghies, kayaks and tiny tending rowboats that to and fro from yachts. In summer Lawrenny Quay is abuzz with folks in deck shoes and buoyancy aids. So, along with Dragonfly’s resplendent shepherd’s hut, where better to stay nearby than in a floating, boating, buoyant glamping home?

Set on a small lake on 300-acre Little Pencoed Farm, the Kingfisher Housboat is safe from the ebb and flow of the tidal estuary and, instead, stays remarkably still on its calm, quiet waters. Nevertheless, the home gently shifts as you step aboard, reminding you that this is very much a floating abode, while the exterior decking means, on a sunny day, you can jump straight into the lake for a swim. Inside, the floating cabin is all exposed pinewood and timber finish. There’s a master bedroom (with a king-sized bed), a bathroom and an open plan living space with a modern kitchen and a sofa bed for two more campers. It’s luxury living, just with water on every side.

Back on terra ferma the Kingfisher is accompanied by a second luxury dwelling, a two-person shepherd’s hut, built by local craftsmen. The attention to detail is superb. An inbuilt double bed is supremely comfortable, cocooned at one end of the hut, while a stove warms the entire vessel and a beautiful (and vast) copper basin provides a rustic sink in the kitchen space (worthy of a fancy farmhouse). Space inside has been cheated by adding an extra, up-cycled horsebox next door – it houses an off-grid bathroom with a gas-powered hot shower and allows for extra room inside the hut itself. There’s even space to pitch an extra tent outside, too, if you fancy bringing a few more people along, though proper tent campers should head to Drgaonfly's sister campsite run by the same family, Dragonfly Woodland Camping in the trees just a short stroll away.

It’s a half hour walk into Lawrenny village, home to all the traditional essentials – a shop, cricket club and 12th century church. It’s a little further down to the quay where the boat club is neighboured by a popular tearooms. The garden there makes for a great place to have a cuppa before or after walking a stretch of the waterside footpath, which takes you through the trees of National Trust-owned Cleddau Woodlands. The trail is a part of the longer and renowned Pembrokeshire Coast Path, while the endless popular beaches of the county are all within easy driving distance too.

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Facilities

The shepherd's hut has a built in double bed, wood-burning stove and fitted kitchen area, complete with a beautiful copper sink. All bedding, towels and throws are provided, along with essential cooking utensils, crockery, pots, pans and paraphanalia. There's a gas stove, a BBQ, a cool box, French toaster, LED lighting, charging points for phones and, outside, a firepit for your campfire. There is also a space to pitch an extra tent if you're bring your children or friends along. Next to the hut is a converted horsebox with a sink, loo and hot, gas-powered shower inside. The floating home has a king-sized double bedroom and a living space with a fold-out sofa bed, plus a bathroom with a gas-powered shower, basin and toilet. Water views are, of course, on all sides. The wood-panelled living space has an excellent kitchen, dining and seating space, with a gas stove, cool box, wood-burner and all the kitchenwares and utensils you need. There's an outside decking area with seating and a BBQ. Swimming in the lake is not only allowed but very much encouraged.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Pets not permitted. Minimum age (8 years old) for children in the Kingfisher floating cabin.

Nearby

Dragonfly Camping is within walking distance of the Cleddau Estuary. The ancient woodlands that overhand the edges of the creeks are a treat for family walks – there’s a short, spell-binding trail through Lawrenny Woods, starting at the boatyard on the Quay. Holly and Rowan trees grow beneath the canopy and there’s wood rush, heather and bilberry carpeting the ground. Little Milford Woods, meanwhile, is owned by The National Trust and borders the village of Hook. For an interesting walk, go down to the bottom of Pill Road and take the old miners' drove road over to Lower Quay Road. You can access the waterside here if you are fit and have good boots. Dragonfly Camping is also within 15 minute's drive of several blue flag beaches and the historic towns of Tenby and Pembroke (each with a castle). Manorbier Castle (01834 871394) is also worth a visit – a well-preserved 12th century gatehouse where life-size wax figures in costume are dotted about the place. From the turret windows you get great views down to Manorbier’s surfer friendly beach. For families, Manor House Wildlife Park (01646 651201) is decent – kids love getting up close and personal with the Lemurs, Wallaby's and Meerkats; youngsters are also invited to help feed the goats and sheep.

Food & Drink

Strike out on foot for a pint at Cresswell Quay (01646 651210) or a short drive will take you to the Lawrenny Arms (01646 651367) or Lawrenny's Quayside Tearooms (01646 651574) for locally sourced food. Further afield, the award winning Café Môr (07422 535345), a seafood shack based at Freshwater West beach, is well worth a stop or head into Tenby for a wide variety of good restaurants and pubs.

Opening Times

All year (shepherd's hut Easter–October only).

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Accommodation

A shepherds hut (sleeps 2, but there's space for a tent if you want to bump up the numbers) and a floating home on the lake (sleeps 4). Check Availability

Location

Contact Dragonfly Camping, New Pencoed, Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire SA68 0QD

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Getting There

From the A40 take the A4075 towards Cresselly. At the top of the hill turn, right onto Millway lane. At the bottom of this lane, turn right and go over a little stone bridge, carrying straight on at the next bend and following the sign for 'Chris Buzzard Bushcraft'. Pass the Bushcraft site on the left and keep going until you see a Greener Camping Club sign on the left hand side. Go down the farm track, through a gate and turn right, passing a small quarry on your left. You'll see the shepherd's hut in the meadow on the right before you come to the end of the track. If you're coming from the other direction on the A477, you turn right at the Carew roundabout onto the A4075 and then left towards Whitehill – this will bring you passed the Cresswell Quay pub and then over the little stone bridge mentioned in the directions above.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 10 reviews

★★★★★

Peace and tranquility in abundance

This is a very special place . 4 girls at Kingfisher in September - it exceeded our expectations . The double bed was so comfortable, the lake bracing for a swim but worth it. To eat outside under the verandah and just talk about life - just unbelievable. We shall return - thank you.
Sep 26, 2019 by Katie
★★★★★

Fantastic and better than expected once we found it.

The pictures do not really do it justice. 4 people would be cosy. The quirky little decorations were wonderful. The owners were very relaxed and trusting. I could spend hours here watching the light and birds change as the day goes along. Brilliant if you have teenagers who need to revise/read!!!!Top of my list to come again. Thank you so much for a much needed quiet place.
Jul 6, 2019 by lesley finley
★★★★★

Perfect retreat

My husband and I stayed here fore my 30th birthday and it was the best decision. Nicola and Bruce were incredibly helpful throughout the booking and stay. I was left speechless as we arrived up to the property, I haven't stayed anyway quite as spectacular as this. It was beautifully secluded and tastefully decorated. There were fresh flowers, milk and welshcakes upon our arrival which was a lovely additional touch. The bed was very comfy and looked straight out onto the lake, which was perfect to wake up and go for a swim. It was a really amazing experience to be so close to nature but still have the comfort and luxury of the lodge. I couldn't recommend this place more and I am already looking at when I can next book. There were absolutely no faults for me, Perfect trip.
May 22, 2019 by Samantha Stagg
★★★★★

Just amazing!

The houseboat on a lake is one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed in. No internet, quietness and a wood burner are like a complete retreat from the struggles of every day life and a travel back in time. The host was really kind and helpful, providing all that we needed and even left us some absolutely amazing Welsh biscuits, fresh flowers and wood for the fireplace. Truly recommend!
May 18, 2019 by Amadeusz
★★★★★

Beautiful and so peaceful with only farm animals and wildlife for neighbours

Our stay at the Kingfisher boathouse was simply the best; beautiful and so peaceful with only farm animals and wildlife as neighbours. We took our kayaks and had a paddle around the lake, which was lovely. We did not want to leave. Amazing to think this place is only 20 minutes away from home; we will definitely be returning.
May 14, 2019 by Lisa Townley
★★★★★

And breathe

This place is just magical. From the moment we arrived to the moment we, sadly, left I enjoyed every second The hut is extremely well appointed, bedding, kitchen area, wood burner. All fabulous. It’s so peaceful and the lake is wonderful to swim in. Watched the tiny ducks diving, the swallows feeding and the bats in the evening. Perfect, just perfect. I’m almost reluctant to leave a review because then other people might go and it gets too busy. We’ve been to a few places round the world but this really is at the top of my list of places to return to. Like one of the other reviewers I was a bit weepy to leave. Great weekend. Thank you
Sep 25, 2018 by Lesley
★★★★★

The whole experience was outstanding including the location, facilities and the people.

We arrived after a long drive including a breakdown on the motorway. As we turned the corner to the Kingfisher hut our breath was literally taken away. We were met with an extremely warm welcome and calming reassurance including a recommendation for a local (excellent) mechanic. Within minutes all the stress and strain of the journey was gone. We swam in the beautiful pond morning and night and woke to the ducklings happily swimming about in the morning. My highlight was seeing a kingfisher on our last day. I could not fault anything the warm welcome, comfortable and beautifully planned hut and the excellent Wales people and countryside. As we waved good bye I wanted to cry and only cheered up when I thought that we can and will be back as soon as possible.
Aug 28, 2018 by Catherine Greene
★★★★★

Sitting on the terrace watching the birds dip and dive over the water and waking up to peace and quiet

Very secluded and in harmony with nature. We even glimpsed a kingfisher on our last day. It was like having a private piece of heaven and great fun for the kids with immediate access to the lake. thanks to Nicola for being a lovely host. Will certainly recommend to friends and family
Aug 9, 2018 by Paul
★★★★★

The sound of nothingness and total relaxation

With the hussle and bussle of everyday life, its easy to forget its the simple things in life are what really matter. The Kingfisher Houseboat is literally the perfect getaway. Waking up, lying in bed with the doors open, watching the swallows dive, the HUNDREDS of blue dragonfly, and the sound of absolute silence. There is literally nothing better. We have travelled all over the World, and stayed in some incredible places but this tops it all...and it was 10 minutes down the road from where we live. An absolute hidden gem. Stunning decor, a log fire, a tasty breakfast hamper, a canoe for the lake, a swing chair on the decking - Kingfisher has everything and Nicola and Bruce have thought of everything. I am racking my brain trying to find something that wasn't perfect. We shall definitely be returning! Thanks guys.
Jul 23, 2018 by Neil
★★★★★

Amazing place in a beautiful location, can not wait to go back

really beautiful houseboat in extremely peaceful and beautiful surroundings, lovely helpful owners. highly recommend it to others and can not wait to go back for a longer stay
Jun 10, 2018 by helen

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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