St David’s, Pembrokeshire SA62 6QT
Caerfai Farm is one of the original pioneers of low-carbon camping. Indeed this organic, family-run dairy farm has won awards-a-plenty for its eco-initiatives, for example the landmark wind turbine you pass on your way down the lane. However, you don’t have to join the sandals and sackcloth brigade to camp here – it’s a welcome-all, traditional campsite, with the usual scattering of tents, the odd campervan, buckets and spades, wetsuits and surfboards.
There are four fields, three of which look out to sea, with the best views had by those in the “cliff field” next to the coast path. Yes, you are camping virtually on top of the Pembrokeshire coast, with the pretty little Caerfai beach just a five-minute stroll down the cliff path. There are adequate washroom facilities here, with solar heating and a fantastic little farm shop that sells some outstanding local produce including matured Caerfai Cheddar and Caerphilly cheese, all produced on the farm. So, no unnecessary food miles. The morning croissant queues are legendary, with kids and adults alike racing back across the grass clutching brown paper bags to enjoy the warm contents with their morning cuppa.
It’s an easy hop into St Davids for all the local attractions and you’re brilliantly placed to explore all the beautiful beaches that North Pembrokeshire has to offer. Do remember, though, that the views come at a price in inclement weather. Being on the edge of Wales, glorious sunshine and pancake-flat seas can often be engulfed by howling wind and lashing rain. Regulars (of which there are many) tend to opt for sturdy tents and double-check their pegs and guy-ropes!
The Owner Says
Found this site on Cool Camping last year when looking for a bookable site near Whitesands (as family of six, bit risk averse). Enjoyed a glorious stay here during late May Bank Holiday week, but decided not to respond to original request for review as didn't want to spoil our chances of getting a spot here this year. Without wishing to regurgitate comments from other reviewers, have to say it's all true (the good stuff). The team are really friendly and very, very helpful, the organic bread, cheese from the shop amazing, the croissants/pan au chocolat legendary, and the (solar generated) hot water was available for showers whenever needed. Yes, you need a good warm jacket for the evenings (you're on a cliff top), yes the swallows nest in the bathrooms (it's charming), but two things for me sum this place up: one, the "campsite full" sign goes up once all the very large pitches round the outside of the fields are taken, yet it still feels very relaxed and spacious; two, one morning some person whose brains had unfortunately been blown out by the overnight winds had emptied hot ashes into one of the litter skip things, causing a fire. There was a discussion between the team about whether a sign should be put up and Wyn's response was "if we're going to do that, we might as well put signs up for everything all over the place". Oh, and this year we didn't even go to Whitesands; Caerfai Bay beach and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path were all we needed (apart from the stone-fired pizzas in the yard behind TYF and The Shed).
A perfect spot! The site facilities are a little basic, but the views and setting more than makes up for it! On site shop does fantastic croissants for breakfast. Just a short walk and you are in the lovely st David's. We will definately be returning.
This must have one of the most spectacular settings ever. The site is quiet, not crowded and very family friendly. Watching the sunset overlooking the beautiful coast was just so memorable. The site facilities are a little basic, but perfectly suitable for our family. the owners are very friendly, and the price is excellent value. There are also some lovely secluded beaches to explore in the area. highly recommended
After specifically looking for a campsite with coastal views, I came across Caerfai Farm on Cool Camping. This site was fab, not being overcrowded at all as all campers have a pitch around the periphery of the field leaving large open space in the middle. There is access to Caerfai Bay which is just gorgeous, especially when the tide is out is is all white sand and blue sea. There are good facilities with showers, toilets and washing up areas, as well as a lovely little farm shop supplying local cheese, ice-cream, yoghurt and other organic fayres. The walk into St. David's is minimal, only taking us about 10 minutes where there is a good offering of local boozers. It is on top of a cliff, so ensure you pitch your tent well and take earplugs to block out the wind, but it is all worth it to wake up to that view.
We stayed here in May 2012. The setting is absolutely stunning, on the clifftop with views all across St Brides Bay. The fact that it is also right on the coastal path means that there are some really spectacular walks to be had without having to get in the car. St Davids is about 20 mins walk away with a few amenities including shops, pubs and cafes. Being on the top of the cliff was wonderful however does mean that the site is exposed and although the weather was generally good the wind could be quite chilly (not sure I'd fancy it in really bad weather). As reasonably novice campers the facilities were adequate but basic and prone to wildlife - I'm sure there's much worse out there and we had no real complaints. The farm shop was really useful with some lovely cheese, rolls, pastries and other bits and pieces. The only real issue we had was when it got busier at the weekend there was a large and noisy group of people who flouted the no noise after ten pm rule, although obviously this is no particular fault of this campsite.
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We saw some stunning sunsets here...yes the weather was changeable (and windy- what you would expect at the top of the cliff) I felt a sense of real freedom on this site...in its windswept and unspoilt state...toilets and showers were basic but clean. I liked the way the kids could group together in the centre and play together. A real gem of a find.
Great site - amazing views.
Amazing views from this site - we turned up the day we wanted to stay and got a great pitch - really well priced. Expect it to be windy - it is literally on top of the cliff. Access to beach path and Pembrookshire Coast path right on site - City of St Davids is also within walking distance with some great shops and places to eat. Friendly staff and a great site shop - selling freshly baked croissants in the morning! Only slight down side were the facilities - a little tired and dated - but did serve their purpose.
We stayed in Caerfai Farm, which is not only a working dairy farm but the only Welsh farm certified to sell raw (unpasteurised) milk. Highlights were watching the cows being milked by the automatic milking machine, walks in both directions along the stunning coastal path and playing in the beautiful beach.
The best pitches are those in the lower fields directly overlooking the bay. Bring hats, it's windy. The washing facilities are fine, there is a seemingly limitless supply of free & piping hot water, from a heat pump, solar & wind power. Watch out, some pitches are on quite a slope and the site does get full at peak times. Also as dogs are welcome on the site & the beach, both are a bit of a magnet for dogowners. There were more dogs than people on the beach at times.
We stayed at Caerfai Farm August b.hol 2010. Booked at short notice, just a week before but had no problem getting a pitch. The pitches are HUGE, plenty of room for our 8 berth, plus porch, plus windbraked seating area and our van and room to spare. There are four main fields. Three have amazing views over St.Brides Bay, the other doesn't have the views, but neither does it have the wind or the slope. Yes it's a gentle slope but nothing to get uptight about and the wind is to be expected when you're at the top of a cliff. The centre of each field is kept clear for games etc. The coastal path is reached directly from the site and Caerfai Bay is a stone's throw away. The path down to the beach is great on the way down but a heavy slog on the way back. The bay is sheltered and spotless with lots of rockpools for exploring as well as a lovely expanse of sand. Visiting the farm shop is a must before breakfast when the delicious smell of freshly baked croissants wafts over the site. The village of St Davids is within walking distance albeit back down the narrow track to the main road so beware if you have children. The toilet blocks were basic but clean and the best time to shower is in the afternoon as the showers are solar heated. The ladies loos also had swallows nesting there; the fledglings came back each night to roost on the roof lintels.