Ty Parke Farm Camping & Yurts
Parke, Llanreithan, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5LG.
After deciding they liked the idea of opening a campsite on their farm in the western wilds of Pembrokeshire, Gary and Annie Loch thought long and hard about what kind of campsite they themselves would wish to stay on. They realised they now had a golden opportunity – to create something new and perfect. That they have been so successful in such a short time kind of confirms that the original ideas were right for the sort of folk they hoped to attract.
Firstly, they were determined to create space for campers to breathe, both spiritually and physically, as an escape from the intense urban lifestyle most of us have to lead. And even though this was a brand-new site, the experience had to reflect the original essence of camping – being more directly involved with the natural world. The impression you get is that Gary and Annie, possibly without realising it, have delved even deeper into (wo)man’s camping past and are encouraging campers to feel just a little of what our prehistoric forebears must have felt when they were gathered around the fire at night: the mysterious gaze into the flames; the eerie sounds of the night, and the other creatures out there sharing their lives, but keeping their distance.
The effort to create this natural, but comfortable, camping experience has resulted in Ty Parke having just ten pitches in a space where a hundred might take up residence on other campsites, and the provision of those ‘sounds of the night’ (very authentic they are, too) comes from their adjacent five-acre Nature Trail, where badgers and foxes warily wander.
Ty Parke also offers a tipi for campers who wish to try something even more authentic, or decadent, depending on how you view these things. Eventually though, peaceful though it may be at Ty Parke, thoughts must eventually turn to the outside world and the Lochs are urging guests to bring their bikes with them and discover that there is enough entertainment to keep the family busy for the full week within an hour’s bike ride. There are glorious beaches, quaint little harbours, adrenalin-rush boat trips, something called ‘coasteering’, pony trekking, big waves and even a cathedral; and all within reach on your push iron.
Ty Parke is camping as it used to be, with the wilds pushing in around the edges, but without the hardships.
The Owner Says
Ten camping pitches and four luxury glamping yurts, thoughtfully set out in over 50 acres of rolling farmland and young woodlands. Accessed from a long private lane, away from roads and civilisation but close to beaches. With great facilities and freedom to roam, this hidden-away gem of a campsite is an exceptional holiday destination for families, friends and couples.
What it's all about
This is what it's all about ! We have two children and if they grow up remembering the time we spent camping at Ty Parke - that will be some pretty good holiday memories. Even when it rains the place is pretty special. Thank you Gary and Annie for making it possible.
We stayed on the Willow Yurt site with our two young children and friends who also have young children, for the May bank holiday. This is our second stay and it matched our first despite mixed weather this year. The yurt, site and facilities were immaculate and we had a fantastic weekend in this idyllic location. Gary and Annie are superb hosts and their attention to detail is second to none. The children particularly enjoyed helping to feed the lambs and one of our friends children said it was his best holiday ever!
This is a wonderful campsite. We camped for two weeks this summer with our 5, 4 and 2 year old. They loved it. They made lots of friends and enjoyed the freedom they had. We loved the space, the nightly camp fires and the wonderful welcome from Gary and Annie. The weekly pizza night was a lovely touch. If we ever get to go back to beautiful Pembrokeshire, Ty Parke will be our first choice of places to stay.
Peace and yurts
We chose Ty Parke for part of our honeymoon in Wales as we thought it offered the best yurt accommodation possible. We were not disappointed: our yurt was stunning, and it included a really comfortable bed, attractive table and chairs and very comfy futons which doubled up as day chairs. The woodburning stove was much needed in the chill and wet weather but we had a good supply of logs which were provided for both outdoor camp fire and indoor stove.
There are many things that make this camp site special, and as far as the yurts are concerned, in addition to the practical and attractive furnishings, it's the fact that Gary and Annie have made a separate 'kitchen' with full camp cooking facilities and table/bench. This is dry in the worst of weathers (we had lots of 'worst weather' - fog in June?!), keeps the smells out of the living area, and also ensures that food can be stored out of the way of interested wildlife. We appreciated the space between pitches - it was totally private in our 'dell'.
We also loved the shower/loo facilities which were combined in lovely big bathrooms - best ever. Having a warm towel rail and bathmat just seems so incredibly trusting and civilised, but it was a home from home rather than a cold, and often mouldy, cramped experience which is what we often find when camping.
The only thing I would say is that if you had children who are reluctant walkers and want to stay in the yurt - which would be great fun - the Dingley Dell is quite a long way from the facilities. However, the other two yurts were much closer - just something to discuss if booking.
Other excellent facilities included two fridges - so useful - freezer, kettle for a quick brew, washing machine and barn drying line. We appreciated all the recycling options - home from home again!
We made use of Pembrokeshire on line food ordering which really made life easy as our supplies were there when we arrived.
Can't get better than this
An absolutely perfect campsite, huge, with spacious open fields yet sheltered and cosy at the same time. The facilities are great, with a kettle, plenty of fridge space and spotless bathrooms. There are chickens and a lovely border collie roaming around, lambs to bottle-feed, and children can be released to play in the shallow stream! Would love to go back, for two weeks this time, because it would be nice to have a few days to do nothing but enjoy the peace.
Ty Parke Farm
I’ve just returned from a full week at Ty Parke as a family of 4, with our youngest being only 2, and we had a fabulous time! The site is really peaceful, with 5* facilities - spotlessly clean showers, toilets, washing up facilities, and little extras such as free eggs from the hens, campfire pits with grills at each pitch, along with your own picnic bench. This is how camping should be. There are lots of places to explore, from saying hello to the pigs, sheep and horses, to exploring the nature trails around the farm. The main field is never crowded - we were one of only 5 families in that field, despite it being fully booked. There is an impressive looking Tipi if you fancy something different, as well as wild camping pitches further away from the amenities. The highlight had to be the campfires each evening. There is plenty of wood, only £2.50 for a huge basket full that you can collect and chop to the right size yourselves - improving your axe skills as the week goes on! The views of the stars in the evening are first class - not a streetlight in sight, so stargazing is a real pleasure! We had a fabulous family camping holiday - all the space we needed, but other people around if you want to have company. Perfect really! Nearby I would recommend The Sloop Inn for a family friendly pub with lovely meals, in Porthgain, as well as St David’s (and in particular the pub on the hill just above the Cathedral, sorry can’t remember the name, but the meals there were fabulous!)!