Blaenffos, Boncath, Pembrokeshire SA37 0JE
You’ll likely be greeted by sheepdogs Beau and Luke and/or a clutch of rescue chickens as you drive into North Lodge, an unassuming little campsite in the grounds of the former Pant-y-Deri Estate and the shadow of the Preseli Hills. It consists of a selection of unmarked but secluded pitches set between rhododendron bushes and high hedges. Site owners Jane and Martin Callaby make sustainability and recycling a central tenet of the North Lodge experience and are heavily involved in a wide variety of eco-schemes. That said, there’s never a holier-than-thou attitude to camping here – the welcome is warm and friendly and above all there’s a genuine laid back feeling to the site.
What’s especially nice is that this is a part of Pembrokeshire that the guide books and tourist brochures generally overlook in favour of the more high profile coastline (one of the most spectacular sections of which is still only a short drive away). You’ll find it hard to resist the temptation to walk in the blue-shadowed Preseli Hills in the near distance, from the summits of which, on a clear day, you can see most of West Wales and even Ireland’s Wicklow Hills on the other side of the Irish Sea.
The Owner Says
North Lodge is a traditional campsite with picturesque views over the Preseli Hills in remote Pembrokeshire. Long grass and hedges surround a selection of the grass pitches allowing maximum privacy for guests. The unique off grid cabins and horse lorry all have their own private spaces. At night, campers can enjoy star gazing around a campfire and, by day, there are many beaches to explore just 10 minutes away. For walkers there's the Coastal path or inland there are many different woodland, hill and riverside walks.
This is a beautiful, quiet little gem of a campsite in a beautiful part of Wales. The owners are welcoming and laidback and the campsite is thoughtfully set out and with a great respect for nature, so that it appears to spontaneously emerge from the impossibly scenic surroundings. There's also so much to do in the area, eg. castles, a multitude of beaches to meet every wish, market towns, standing stones, glorious walks, that you could spend a fortnight here without getting restless.
There's nothing quite like waking up to the views off the Welsh mountains. A truly stunning location. It is a little bit in land so is not as windy as many beach side camping sites, but is still only a 10 minute drive to some lovely beaches. The owners were extremely welcoming, bringing us cups of tea whilst we pitched our tent.
It's an eco campsite which has a large communal BBQ/fire error that is somewhat enclosed from where the tents are pitched which made it feel a little like we were on a group camp with with our mates when we were kids. We will be going back!
Also nearby Cenarth Waterfalls is a must see.