The Little Retreat

South Wales Pembrokeshire Pembroke

  • From £80 a night
  • 5 Geo-Domes, 6 Bell Tents

Luxury glamping and wellbeing in a gorgeous Pembrokshire location.

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Deep in the heart of the Pembrokeshire National Park, The Little Retreat could just be Pembrokeshire's hidden glamping secret. Seemingly buried in the countryside of South Wales, it enjoys a ravishing location high above the Cleddau river in the grounds of the Lawrenny Estate, next door to the pretty village of the same name. It's far enough away from the hurly burly of the coast to be peaceful, yet close enough to enjoy both Pembrokeshire's cliffs and beaches and the region's often unsung green interior. "Escape the Ordinary' is their motto, and The Little Retreat's collection of luxury geo-domes and summer bell tents gives you the opportunity to do just that.

The Little Retreat is the brainchild of local wellbeing coach Amber Lort-Phillips, whose popular 'Big Retreat Wales' festival of wellbeing is held here every year in May. Not surprisingly everything about the site aims to soothe your soul, with a thoughtful formula of luxury glamping, access to some pretty unspoilt nature and any number of treats for the mind and body. Tucked away in a secluded location in the estate's upper walled garden, the geo-domes are the ultimate in high-end glamping. Fully insulated and provided with wood-burning stoves to keep things warm and toasty all year round, each has its own kitchen and bathroom, comfy beds and sofas and a private wood-fired hot tub. Cosy nights in are aided by good wifi and smart TVs so you you can always hunker down with a Netflix box set if the weather plays up.

Dogs are welcome, and there are plenty of places to walk them nearby. Amber can also organise yoga and meditation sessions, wild swimming, foraging , painting and other activities, and you can even hire the entire site for a really memorable country wedding. In summer they also have half a dozen more basic bell tents, with their own water supply and toilet/shower facilities; these also have free wifi and a fire pit and picnic table outside for al fresco dining but you have to bring your own beds and bedding. The location, however, is just as perfect – generously spaced in two separate fields and looking across the rest of the estate and the river.

Whatever brings you here, it would be hard to imagine a better location; indeed you could spend a very happy few days just exploring the grounds and immediate surroundings, with numerous walks to choose from – for example a scenic circular walk through Lawrenny's ancient oak woodland or another following the tidal creeks of Garron Pill and the Cresswell River. Amber is always on hand to point out the best routes, including those that go by the local pub, the Lawrenny Arms, or the excellent Quayside Café, as well as all the nearby attractions. Tenby and Freshwater East Beach are just 20 minutes away, Pembroke and its magnificent castle are a short drive, as is the wonderful expanse of Barafundle Bay – one of our favourite beaches in Wales, if not the entire UK. Why wouldn't you come?



Domes from £140 per night, bell tents from £80 per night. Minimum three-night stays during peak season,  two nights in low season.

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The Owner Says

The Little Retreat is an escape; a place of restoration, reconnection and relaxation. It is a sanctuary; a magical, spiritual place seeped in history and alive with nature. It is beautiful, peaceful, enchanting and up lifting. This is more than just a place for us. It’s a tonic.

​A feel good retreat that restores the body, inspires the mind and energises the soul. ​Create a holiday that is tailored to your needs, take part in one of our wellbeing retreats or simply enjoy a restorative short break, surrounded by hundreds of acres of ancient woodland and secret water ways.

About us... Our retreat and accommodation are run by Amber and Adrian Lort-Phillips. Amber is director of The Big Retreat Wales (Wellbeing Festival) and has run her own fitness and wellbeing centre for many years and managed health clubs both in the UK and overseas before that. She is a fully qualified Pilates instructor, nutritional advisor, massage therapist, personal trainer and holistic core restore coach

The gardens really are your home for your stay, to explore and enjoy at your leisure. There enough space for everyone to escape and wonderful places to come together and join in.

The retreat is set in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside in Britain's only coastal national park. The potting shed and grounds provide a stress-free haven above the Cleddau estuary, a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. With an abundance of local wildlife set in ancient woodland, you can really feel at one with nature. Every season has a special feel and the gardens bloom and blossom with different colours and scents from Spring to Autumn.

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Getting There

From the A4075, take the ‘Canaston Bridge’ exit. After passing Oakwood, take the first turning on your right, signposted ‘Lawrenny’. Follow straight on, then, just after a sharp left-hand bend, take the left fork at the cottages, signposted ‘Lawrenny’. At the next T junction, turn right, then, at the following crossroads, turn right. At the next crossroads, turn right again and Knowles Farm, home of The Little Retreat, is on your left immediately after the village sign and speed limit signs.


  • Catering Available
  • Electricity
  • Hot Tubs
  • Open Fire

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  • Great Outdoors
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  • Sensational Views
  • Short Walk to the Pub
  • Walking
  • Waterside
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wellbeing
  • Woodland

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