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A spacious eco-friendly glamping site in a beautiful Pembrokeshire location, with excellent walks and a pristine woodland on the doorstep.

Top of the Woods

Penrallt Capel Coleman Boncath Pembrokeshire SA37 0EP 01239 842 208

We say

It’s easy to get lost at Top of the Woods. Not in the literal sense – owners Soo and Jon give you a map on arrival – but in a more who-cares, do-as-you-please kind of way. The atmosphere is one so laid-back it’s almost horizontal, the flittering of bird and wildlife enlivens every acre, and the light, white-grey wisps of campfire smoke give it an essentially carefree air. Plus it is a sizeable patch of land in its own right, spread over a 27-acre site that merges into the adjoining Ffynone Wood – a vast 325 acres of forest, much of which is a designated SSSI, and where resides the largest badger population in West Wales. You can also often spot rabbits, and if you're particularly lucky, even an otter or two slipping into Afon Dulas, a peaceful stream that runs along the southern edge of the site. 

Top of the Woods is part of Penralt Farm, a quaint 18th-century farmstead with chickens scratching around outside and three pet kunekune pigs, and farm sheds that are home to house martins and a rare breed of bat (the farm hosts 7 of the UK's 17 bat species). They have won sustainable tourism awards for the past two years running, and are a thoroughly eco-friendly, completely natural place to stay, with a variety of glamping accommodation to choose from  – 5 fully-furnished bell tents, 4 luxury safari lodges and 9 so-called pioneer camps (posher, more spacious bell tents really). Even the bell tents have proper beds beds, with good quality bedding provided, while each bell tent pitch has its own BBQ, dining equipment, cool box,  lantern, rugs and cushions. Bell-tenters can also use the large outdoor camp kitchen, which has 2 fully equipped cooking stations. The safari lodges have running water and a fully equipped kitchen, dining table and benches, plus a welcome pack with a selection of local delights, including coffee, bread, milk, candles and a basket of logs, while the pioneer camps have a 2-burner hob, dining table and benches under a canvas canopy. 

A Dutch Barn serves as a covered picnic area for the whole site (which also has regular camping), with tables, hammocks, phone-charging points and a stash of games for anyone to use: it's a handy place to mull over the mapped-out walking route that leads you to the enchantingly named ‘secret waterfall’. There is also freezer and a microwave, and the main courtyard area has hot showers and flushing toilets, washing-up sinks and free wifi, The pioneer lodge and safari lodge meadows also have their own hot showers and compost toilets. Soo and Jon offer hot farmhouse breakfasts at weekends and hosted dinners in the evenings, with campfire stews on Fridays and BBQ nights on Saturdays, and a mobile fishmonger also visits twice weekly. There are usually any number of activities going on, from a weekend yoga breakfast club, bushcraft and storytelling and other events, including their excellent 'Woof Weekend', held in May, when dogs and their owners get even more pampered than usual.

Finally Top of the Woods enjoys an undeniably great location, right in the heart of Pembrokshire, and handy for the Pembrokshire Coast National Park, Pembrokeshire Coast Path and Preseli Hills. The nearby Teifi Gorge is great for for kayaking and canoeing, while other attractions in the vicinity include Cardigan Castle and the Welsh Wildlife Centre in the Teifi March Nature Reserve. But even with all these attractions on your doorstep, you may find you spend more time on the site than you meant to, delving into the woods in search of adventure, playing cricket in the meadows and picnicking in the sun. There's a lot to explore, and a lot of space to get lost in – why would you want to leave?!

They say

Best local places to eat and drink

Pub-wise there are two locals. The Nags Head (01239 841200) at Abercych offers seasonal menus, all cooked in house by their chef using the best Welsh ingredients. The Fynnone Arms in Newchapel (01239 841800) does excellent Sunday lunches and specialises in dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan menu options.

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Sleeps

5 very comfortable bell tents sleeping 2 in luxury, or 4 in comfort; 4 luxurious safari lodges sleeps up to 6,  in 2 bedrooms & 2 sofa beds ; and 9 pioneer lodges also sleeping 4 in 2 bedrooms. 

How much?

Bell tents from £70 a night, Pioneer Camps from £75 a night, Safari Lodges from £90 a night. Two-night minimum stay. 

Facilities

  • BBQs
  • Bell Tents
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Parking
  • Safari Tents
  • Shared Bathroom
  • Wifi

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  • Activities
  • Boutique
  • Courses & Workshops
  • Eco-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Groups Welcome
  • Seaside
  • Something Different
  • Walking

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Getting There

Top of the Woods is more accessible than you might think, with the A48 (from the M4) and A40 running to Carmarthen, from where it's around 40 minutes by car on a series of country roads – follow the signs to Boncath. By public transport, there are good regular train services to Carmarthen or Aberystwyth, which connect with buses to Cardigan and Boncath, about a mile away.  

When?

May Bank holiday –  September

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