Mill Haven Place
Middle Broadmoor, Talbenny, Haverfordwest, Dyfed SA62 3XD
If Cath Kidston, the queen of colourful countryside living, imagined herself a yurt camp, it would definitely look something like this. Mill Haven Place is all floral bunting, spotty tablecloths, and tin ceramics, and – oh my – is it pretty. Don’t, however, be deceived by the charming appearance – new owners Paddy and Lou are ruthless… well, ruthlessly devoted, to making this site absolutely unforgettable.
Taking over the reins in 2017 (although the site originally opened in 2009), Paddy and Lou are keen to carry on the stellar work of the predecessors who established a beautiful, welcoming community of four picture-perfect yurts ensconced by a swathe of 1,500 newly-planted trees, which, when mature, will transform the site into a miniature woodland.
It’s worth noting that there are three generations of Josie’s family living on the site, and the place definitely has a warm aura of ‘family’ about it. Unlike other yurt sites, where individual units are secluded or set among woodland, here at Mill Haven Place they are clustered around the young copse and are close enough to really create a camping community. It’s a fantastic place to bring children, who have a whale of a time rushing about within the safe environment.
The yurts sit atop their very own deck, which, aside from being a lovely place to sit and consume your sundowner, helps enormously with the general cosiness of the yurts. The structures themselves can sleep four in a double and two singles. The doubles being beautiful cast-iron beds complete with snuggly Welsh blankets. And yes, more bunting. One of the best things about the yurts is how they smell – a delicate tinge of woodsmoke from the tiny stoves that sit inside each one. Logs are provided for your first night, and then they are £4 for a healthy plastic trugful. Each yurt has its own camp kitchen with gas hob, cool box, and all the cooking paraphernalia you could ever want – tin-enamel dinner set anyone? There are some truly charming touches, like solar-powered fairy lights, paper lanterns, wooden-bench seating, brightly coloured table cloths, and yes, you’ve guessed it – bunting. Meanwhile, two compost loos and a salubrious decked shower/wet-room comprise the site’s ablutions, and Mill Haven has fantastic recycling facilities.
While the tranquil setting of Mill Haven Place lends itself to the laziest of getaways, there's a wealth of extra activities on hand to keep glampers active. Onsite bushcraft sessions will show guests how to light the perfect campfire and prepare and cook the mackerel you’ve caught that very day, while out on the waves, try your hand at sea kayaking with TYF Adventures.
Mill Haven really does seem like the happiest, most welcoming yurt site you can imagine… and we think you and Cath would agree, it takes a lot more than just bunting to achieve that.