Into The Sticks
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone more suited to running a campsite than Kate and Andy Fox. “We literally lived camping for four years”, they confess, referring to the nine months they lived in a bell tent while they built their own tiny wooden home on wheels. They subsequently set off on an impromptu tour of small farm campsites in West Wales, living from their crafted wooden hut, building up friendships in the area and keeping an eye out for the perfect piece of land. Only when they stumbled upon this semi-wild 22-acre smallholding – lost down a narrow country lane overgrown on either side – did they settle down. And now they’ve opened the place up to other campers, too. We couldn’t be happier that they have.
A patchwork of gorse, thicket, woodland, meadow and marsh, stitched along the banks of the Western Cleddau River, make Into the Sticks one of the most an aptly named campsites in Wales. It’s a wonderfully hidden spot where only tent campers are allowed – save for the lucky pair who nab a few nights in Kate and Andy’s innovative 'Tiny Home', which they now rent out to glampers. On most days campers play second fiddle to wildlife, with much of the campsite a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation. Otters have been spotted on forays from the river, wildflowers and orchids grow and tiny, native birds flitter between the bright yellow flowers of the thicket.
Despite the thoroughly natural scene though – aided by the primal smoke of campfires and rustic, handmade table and log benches provided at each pitch – the campsite is never too far from civilization. It’s a short stroll to a farm barn that has been converted into a warm communal space with sofas and games, while a covered ‘camp kitchen’ and washing up space adds further convenience. Hot showers are provided, a super-swanky eco-toilet too and, when the weather turns bad, Andy and Kate are quick to organise impromptu wet weather workshops for all ages – build a bird box or craft an artistic masterpiece out of flotsam, jetsam and drift wood from the Pembrokeshire beaches six miles away.
Yet while the village pub and playground are within walking distance and the coastal attractions of Pembrokeshire and the Preseli Mountains are just a short drive away, this campsite is so adept at getting you back to nature, you may well choose simply to stay put. The modern world is lost here to the sound of the stream and the crackle of the campsite. With nature trails to explore and dens to build in the adjacent ancient woodland, why would you go anywhere else?
The Owner SaysInto the Sticks campsite is the perfect campsite for a technology detox! The campsite is situated at the end of a no through road in a secluded peaceful valley teeming with wildlife and just a few miles from Pembrokeshire’s famous coastline and wild beaches. There are no signs of the modern world, only the sounds of birdsong and running water. The campsite offers a level area to pitch your tents, and free dry wood for your campfires. Individual pitches are spread out over the meadow so each family has a good degree of privacy. There are rustic tables and benches dotted around the campsite and a covered camping kitchen/washing area (eco friendly washing up liquid is provided by the campsite). They have a luxury dry toilet (twinned with a toilet in Cambodia) and hot shower with free eco-friendly soap and shampoo, and if the typical Welsh weather is forecast during your stay there is an indoor space to hang out in and take part in guided workshops suitable for all ages including Bird Box making and Beach Debris art.
Heaven is a Tiny House
We were delighted to stay with Kate and Andy in their Tiny House early in July. It was wonderful. So peaceful and private. The Tiny House is beautiful, lovingly designed and built by Kate and Andy who lived in it for 3 years. It felt very special to stay here. Views across the valley into lush green woodland with no sign of human habitation. We spent hours soaking up the tranquil atmosphere, looking at the sky and watching the birds. It was so quiet on the first night I could hear my own heartbeat! Kate and Andy are lovely people and so welcoming. They gave us great information about places to visit and things to do. They really care about the land they are on and are working hard to provide a truly green experience. The showers and toilets are beautifully constructed. Everything is lovingly hand crafted. Its a labour of love and such a contrast to our mass-produced lives. The local village is friendly with pubs, shops and eateries. The Friday morning 'friendship club' at the church hall provides a lovely window on life in Letterston. We loved our stay at Into the Sticks. Thank you for making us so welcome and for sharing your special place with us. Wishing you a successful summer and looking forward to visiting again in the future.
A Rural Idyll in Pembrokeshire
Myself and two friends were fortunate enough to stay here for 3 nights in early June, we were particularly lucky as due to my ineptitude I booked the wrong weekend and was forced to contact Andy and Kate and ask to move the booking. They could not have been more helpful and changed the dates straight away even though it meant opening the site a week early when they were still putting the finishing touches to the facilities. Because of this we enjoyed the whole site to ourselves for the duration of our stay. The site is in an idyllic location and is very peaceful, don't be put off by the proximity of the railway line as there are very few trains and they are gone before you notice them. I would describe the shower, toilet and washing up facilities as rustic - but in a good way! ( I loved the smell of the shower gel provided for guests), Andy has done a fantastic job building them and they fit in perfectly with the surroundings. My friends and I have already decided that we will return to this beautiful place in the future for another stay. Many thanks to Kate and Andy for the warm welcome and for the fresh mint from the garden for the spit roasted lamb.
Perfect site, wonderful people
I stayed at Into the Sticks as a solo camper in May and I couldn't have enjoyed the experience more (well perhaps with a little less rain but then that's why Wales is so green!) The site is lovely, packed full of wildlife and beautifully spacious. Every detail is carefully thought out by the passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable owners, Kate and Andy who were just the right level of attentive (I had everything I needed without feeling overlooked). The shower and washing up area were immaculate with beautiful views over the valley and I especially loved the biodegradable products provided free of charge. The fire pits and free firewood were a lovely touch and a perfect way to spend an evening relaxing surrounded by bird song. The coast is just a short drive away whilst some lovely walks can be found directly from the site. For food, Fishguard is a short drive and the village has a fantastic fish and chip shop (and pubs though I didnt test these) and thanks to Andy and Kate's chickens there are fresh, free range and organic eggs available. I'm already looking to book again and wish this site and its owners the very best of luck and success.
I stayed here with my three children aged 13, 12 and 8 over the Easter break and we had the most amazing time. Into The Sticks really does bring you closer to nature. My children loved the nature trail, animal tracking and toasting marshmallows on the camp fire as well as the clear starry skies and listening to the animals and birds at dawn and dusk. Kate and Andy were really welcoming and helpful, and their ethos of working with nature and preserving our natural habitats only increases the fantastic camping experience they offer. Will definitely return.