Five Saints Riding Centre

UK Wales

Five Saints Riding Centre, Gilfach Farm, Pumsaint, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire SA19 8YN
Equestrian heaven in the heart of West Wales.

The Five Saints farm, riding centre, B&B and campsite celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014, and what a fabulous ride it has been! First opened in 1989, we love this place because its success is so bound up with the passion and commitment of its owners. First of all there's the riding, which was what brought Nikki and Oz to the area in the first place: this part of Camarthenshire is a wonderful place to explore on horseback, perfect terrain whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro. The farm is close to the forest and there are lots of good bridal paths so you can come here for a week and leave your car keys in the drawer. The B&B accommodation consists of two double rooms in the converted cowshed and hayloft respectively: the hayloft room has twin beds, an en-suite shower and views over the valley and the farm's small lake; the cowshed room is slightly larger, with comfy chairs and a larger bathroom with bath; breakfasts include eggs from the farm's own hens. As for the campsite, you can get the full picture from our mates at Cool Camping, but it's basically a simple tree-lined field that slopes down to a stream with a view of hilly farmland beyond; only four tents are allowed, so it's very peaceful, and of course you can if always book the whole site if you want and enjoy total isolation. As regards things to do, you could can hire a raft or a dinghy for the day and potter about on the lake with its pair of miniature islands, or explore the countryside around by bicycle (mountain bikers will love the local forestry tracks); you could even borrow Fly, the farm’s border collie, for a promenade avec chien. However, equine activities are really the thing here, and you can arrange everything from beginners'  lessons, day jaunts taking in a pub to a full-fledged trail ride through the forest (overnighting somewhere else), and everything in between, including week-long riding holidays. Plus you can bring your own horse and enjoy full stabling and livery facilities at just £80 a night for the two of you B&B, including packed lunches and evening meals. If that isn't the greatest equestrian bargain of all time for a horse-mad holidaymaker, we don't know what is!

The Owner Says

You will stay in our comfortable & spacious en-suite accommodation with beautiful views over the valley and have your own entrance from a small hidden garden. Breakfasts and evening meals are taken in the main cottage dining area and where there is a lounge for your use too with a wood burner for total cosiness on the chilly winters nights. The garden is a stunning place to sit on sunny days and evenings as the view is truly spectacular looking over our valley and lake. 

Oz loves cooking and will cater to any taste whether vegetarian or otherwise, his curries are famous, but if plain is what you want his roast dinners are awesome.

Our camping field is in a really peaceful field at the bottom of our land completely hidden from the farmhouse, great for groups who want exclusive use of the field and families who don't have to worry about children making a noise.

Our favourite spot

Tent campers, couples – yes. Caravans, dogs – no. 

The local area

We are situated in the Cothi Valley area at the start of the Cambrian Mountains in Carmarthenshire, West Wales a stunningly beautiful unspoilt area great for riding, walking, mountain biking and bird watching. 
From our farm we have direct access to some excellent off road riding on both forestry/farm tracks, signed walks over the National Trust Dolaucothi estate is nearby and the famous Brechfa Forest mountain bike trails are 20mins away.

Best local places to eat and drink

Free-range eggs, bread rolls and seasonal fruit and veg are available from campsite owners. Ask about optional extras like cooked breakfast, evening meals, and picnic hampers. The Dolaucothi Arms in Pumsaint is the local. This historic pub (reopened in 2013 after a major refurb) offers a host of Welsh ales and a menu of hearty but adventurous grub served in a stylish setting. The Brunant Arms (01558 650483) free house in Caio (4 miles away) is a good shout for food. They've even got some hitching posts for horses, so why not ride from the campsite? 

Why stay with us?

We are a small family run riding centre, smallholding and B&B set in the middle of our own 32 acres of farmland at the very end of the road with views across the valley and the forest being right on our doorstep, so no neighbours overlooking the farm which means total peace and tranquility - only the sheep, chickens and Percy the peacock to break the silence.


Reviews

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★★★★★

Heaven in Wales

A fabulous combination of scenery, cosy accommodation, good food, great company and horses! What is not to like? There are plenty of other activities for the non-riding holiday makers (cracking camping and fabulous walking), but the horses are all so well trained, well behaved and fun to ride. Such a peaceful, hassle-free holiday I can't wait until I can go back... I've only been twice . Great hosts in Nicky and Oz. Five Stars or 10 out of 10 : )

by Moi
★★★★★

Happy Days

Beautifully picturesque place to stay. Rolling hills & valleys, with Horse riding, Fishing, Cycling, Walking and more. You can B&B or camp. Very friendly people. I'm certainly planning another trip soon.

by Keith Howard
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