SONAR The Submarine

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Tenby Apple Camping

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 0 children)
  • Bed Linen Provided
Sonar Submarine! Another UK first for Apple Camping, beneath the waves or beneath the ground (partially)

The Owner Says

Descend down the spiral staircase into an ex British naval sonar hull that was built to be attached to an HMS Destroyer, hard to describe but lots of fun to stay in. Triangular Sofa bed that converts into a dining table. A Tiny kitchen with a fridge, toaster, kettle and induction hobs. Sonar also has its own en-suite loo and highly original shower!

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Suitable For

Glamping only. So no tents, campervans or caravans.


Owner Toby has sent his life round these parts and is never short of recommendations. Just ask if you want some local advice. For families, Manor House Wildlife Park (01646 651201) offers a chance to explore the globe – head down to the African Village where you can walk with lemurs or trek through the wallaby enclosure in the Australian bush. Back in Britain, the nearby harbour town of Tenby is a cute little spot, with ferries running out to Caldy Island, or try the harbour in Saundersfoot where there is also a sandy, blue flag beach. Freshwater West, meanwhile, was the filing location for Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows and Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, while Barafundle Bay was recently voted the best beach in Wales.

Food & Drink

The family-friendly, Parsonage Farm Inn (01834 871436) in the village of St Florence (2¼ miles) is an excellent local pub, while the Sun (01834 871322), also in St Florence, is a traditional picture-postcard pub full of local memorabilia.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 51 reviews


Absolutely awesome stay, such an experience!

We stayed in the Jet Star for 2 nights, we had not told our two children about and surprised them when we arrived, they were so shocked and excited! They did not stop smiling from the minute we arrived. Such an amazing experience. Well recommend if you want something a little bit different.


We have an amazing time staying in the space ship! Me my partner and our dog loved it! Very clean communal showers and kitchen facilities! The space ship lights were lovely at night the stars really felt like space! Toby was at hand for anything we needed (didn’t need anything as it was all to hand) but was around offering any help!
Sep 22, 2021 by Bethany Bell Verified Review

Quirky fun and good location

The holiday was something very different. The kids loved it. Brilliant location. Lots to do. Friendly staff. A good holiday all round, would recommend and would visit again.

Mouldy tents. Unsuitable for families.

I booked with my family, taking four large tents including the Pac Man tent. The biggest problem was one of the tents was covered with black mould and mildew and, worse, leaked in several places. This left my sister, with young children and a baby, afraid to use the electric lights and using cups to catch leaks. I wish I could upload pictures here, because I have them. Most of the other tents were fine, even though I remain dubious that any of the electrics are safe given that some of them are just patched up with duct tape. I also noticed (when we had a minor injury) that the first aid kit in the kitchen was half empty, with nothing at all to deal with burns (which you'd expect on a campsite). The BBQ when we arrived also had leftover food in it from several days past, so cleaning is an issue. We complained to the owner, who apologised, promised to look into it and offered to put up a new bell tent for us. Unfortunately the new tent was smaller and had nothing in it - no carpet, no matting, no furniture, making it completely pointless and just as wet, with no ground insulation. The owner was on site the following day and didn't check in on us even as the rain worsened and despite promising to. Eventually, the following day, we got in contact with him. He agreed that this was an issue, got carpets, etc. in place. But by then it was the last day and our group was just being downgraded to a worse tent. No refund. No care given. He did offer to open one of the outbuildings so we could have dinner in there, but it was filthy and he rescinded the offer as soon as we said that wouldn't make up for the whole issue. Terrible experience, would not return. Not suitable for families.
Sep 16, 2021 by Joe

Quiet and peaceful

Me and my other half stayed in the JetStar for 5 days , absolutely loved every moment, enjoyed waking up and sitting outside with a cup of coffee enjoying the view and silence, also so many places to explore. Definitely would like to experience the Pacman and the new submarine, only down side is it ended too soon could of easily spent another couple nights there, definitely recommend to anyone looking for a nice week getaway from the big city.
Sep 10, 2021 by Ashley g
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Apple Camping is located at Apple Camping, Redberth, Pembrokeshire SA70 8RX

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Getting There

Turn right off the A477 which is sign posted Redberth then immediately take the next right which is sign posted to Jefferson. You will go over a hump backed bridge approximately 100m then pass Norchard Farmhouse and the farm of the same name on a sharp 90 degree right hand bend. The entrance to Apple Camping is just round this corner on the left.