The Old Farmhouse, Penrallt Goch, Newchapel, Boncath, Pembrokeshire, SA37 0HH
Plenty of campsites are blessed with bountiful birdlife, and Penrallt Goch is no exception. Blackbirds flitter along the bushy meadow hedges; fledgling chicks chirp their morning song, while buzzards and red kites are regularly spotted soaring overhead. Yet while the natural bird-life is rich and varied at this pretty Pembrokeshire patch, there’s also an array of avian residents of an altogether different kind. Set on a working poultry farm, this campsite shares its borders with free-range chickens, ducks and dozens of inquisitive turkeys. So while the campsite may not be open in winter, the farm still has a busy trade come Christmas!
The many animals of the campsite (there are also horses and sheep) make this campsite a boon for children. Farmers Phil and Rachel are happy for little ones to join them as they do the evening rounds – feeding the chickens and locking them up for bed – but it’s the varied accommodation on offer that pleases most family visitors. Fancy camping? There are a couple of pitch-your-own spots in a flat, grassy area of the farm. Glamping more your thing? Try the safari tent if you want space or there’s a cosy pod for couples. A bell tent and yurt make up the total offering, giving you plenty of choice. All are well looked after and come with all the beds, bedding and linen you need.
Indeed, along with farming and running the glamping site, Phil is a real Jack-of-all-trades. He’s a qualified canoe instructor – leading trips along the nearby River Teifi – and a GB archery instructor too. You can organise both, simply by chatting to him at the campsite (though pre-booking is advised in the school holidays). He’ll happily set up his archery targets so that you can have a go at shooting with his traditional recurve bows and on weekends he arranges bushcraft activities on demand, including shelter-building and traditional firelighting using flint, steels and various tinders.The landscape immediately around the campsite means you needn’t jump in the car to find things to do. Footpaths and cycle trails weave through the local area and there’s a great pub within 10 minute’s walking distance. When you do decide to explore by motor, the Pembrokeshire coast is less than half an hour away and the nearest beaches are just 7 miles as the crow flies. Or should that be 'as the red kite flies'. Or is it blackbird? Chicken?