A lovely, family-run farm campsite in the west of Wales, Naturesbase isn't just for campers – though its 10 pitches enjoy as inviting and bucolic a location as you could find. Likewise its two safari tents, though strict non-campers may prefer the relatively little effort involved in just turning up to one of their woodland lodges, which between them deliver all the rural beauty of the location but none of the hassle. There are three lodges in all, two (Copse and Woodland) sleeping 6 apiece and the third (Forest) accommodating no less than 12 people, in 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Each have a large kitchen and sitting room, a mixture of regular and bunk beds, and are really nicely done – perfect for family holidays or large groups. As for the site, there's a nature trail, animals to feed, a mini football pitch and streams to hop across. Plus they have campfire nights from time to time, When everyone sits around the huge fire pit near the communal hub for sing-songs, drinks and chats after eating their fill of home-made pizza. It's not everyone's cup of tea of course, and you don't have to join in with these events if you don't want to, but overall the atmosphere of this special place is extremely tranquil and restorative, happy and friendly, with plenty of space for everyone to chill, sing, play – and of course eat and drink.
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The Owner Says
On our small family farm & campsite in west Wales we have what we believe are our beautiful Ty Coed Lodges adjacent to the communal courtyard at the heart of 9 acres of flower rich meadows and farmland surrounded by native tree. There are buzzards and kites overhead, a meandering stream and hedgerows ablaze with wildlife.This is a truly natural Welsh haven for you to experience nestled between the Cambrian mountains and Cardigan Bay. We believe in providing a quality uncrowded family experience where adults can relax and enjoy the open countryside whilst children enjoy the rugged excitement nature has to offer.
A core feature is the promotion of environmentally responsible tourism which we strive to incorporate into all aspects of how we manage the site. Our 3 Ty Coed lodges have been designed with local timber with a living roof and wood powered boiler. They do not have television but do have wifi. This is where evenings are all about, stories, conversation, star gazing, fires and the odd glass of wine.
Our favourite spot
Glampers, campers, tents, well-behaved dogs (on leads; max. 2 per tent), family groups, school groups (Monday–Friday summer term only) – yes. Trailer tents – by arrangement. Campervans, caravans, single-sex groups – no.
The local area
Take the steam train (01970 625819) from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge. The scenery is eye-poppingly stunning. Just half an hour’s drive away you’ll find the sheltered sands of Llangrannog Beach. It’s a beautiful spot with plenty of amenities, so is very family-friendly. Dogs are allowed, but must be on leads. There is a good dog-walking beach about 5 miles from the site (Cei Bach beach). The natural wildernesses of the Cambrian Mountains are close at hand for hikes and picnicking.
Best local places to eat and drink
Cooked breakfasts are available (book the previous day) as are home-made ready meals that you can heat up in the microwave in the communal barn. Gyles’ wife Alison is a fabulous cook and her cakes are temptingly on offer in the honesty shop. For eating out, the seafood at Aberaeron’s Harbourmaster (01545 570755) is hard to beat and, in the other direction, the Talbot Hotel (01974 298208) is a proper Welsh pub with hearty meals and afternoon teas.
Why stay with us?
Wheelbarrows for transporting your gear from the car park. Campfires in firepits provided. Open-all-hours playbarn with 2 football tables, a sandpit, little scooters and tractors to borrow, tables and chairs, sofas, games and info. A tempting array of home-baked cakes for sale in the onsite honesty shop, stocked with all sorts, from fair trade and home-made produce to, hand-drawn postcards and earthy stationery. Wooden amenities block, with the most stunning compost loos we’ve ever seen – there’s one in both the ladies’ and gents’, along with 2 hot showers and a conventional flushing loo. There’s also a family and disabled-access wet room, which comes with baby-changing. Washing-up sinks, recycling bins and a blackboard with colourful up-and-coming events chalked up. Designated dog-walking area adjacent to the site. Tyre swing and a steam for a good old spot of splashing around. Kids can accompany Gyles to feed the pigs and chickens at 8.30a.m before dashing off to the willow den or makeshift footie pitch. They also run weekly pizza nights and communal campfire fun, as well as other outdoorsy educational courses.
10 grass pitches and 2 safari tents (sleeping 2 adults and 2 children each).
Lodges from £500 to £850 per week during summer.
Opening TimesAvailable all year.
Nature versus nurture? There’s no need to get into this old debate at Naturesbase, a gorgeous natural environment nurtured to perfection by its caring, sharing owners. So, come and help yourself to a hefty chunk of nurtured nature, and a slice of pizza, too.
Train to Aberystwyth or Carmarthen, and hop on bus no. X40 (Aberystwyth–Carmarthen). Alight at the junction for Cilcennin (near Ciliau Aeron), from where it’s a mile’s walk up a steep hill or ring Naturesbase for a lift from the bus stop.
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