Secret Pasture and Woodland Eco Camping
Welcome to our website. Our exceptionally beautiful and unique home offers Cilrath Wood Camping a certified Greener Camping site, and Cilrath Cwtch holiday accommodation in a converted old stone and timber barn.
Cilrath Fach Farm is a Grade Two Listed traditional Pembrokeshire farmstead with uninterrupted views of the countryside and Preseli Hills. For the last 30 years we have had the privilege of being the ‘steward and guardian’ of its old pastures, semi-ancient woodland, rich fauna and flora and several brooks rising from springs on the farm that flow to a secluded small wildlife lake.
We are situated directly on the ancient Landsker border, a historical boundary marked by frontier castles, running through the county of Pembrokeshire, which divides Welsh speaking heartlands from the area known as “Little England beyond Wales”, an area linguistically and culturally English for centuries despite being far from the England-Wales border.
Secluded, yet only a few minutes drive from the little market town of Narberth, which is famed for various awards. It was shortlisted for the “Best High Street in the UK”, for being “UK’s Cleanest and Greenest Town”, named amongst the “Best places to live in Britain” and has been ranked as one of the “Happiest places in Wales”!
Cilrath Fach Farm is centrally and ideally situated for easy access to the spectacular coastline on all three sides of the Pembrokeshire peninsula that forms Britain’s only coastal National Park and is the most westerly point in Wales. It has a coastal path that twists and turns its’ way for 186 miles covering almost every kind of maritime landscape, from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries.
Cilrath Wood Camping is focused around an ancient four acre meadow, a beautiful wildlife lake fed by two babbling brooks, and an area of mixed deciduous woodland, all of which is out of sight and far from any dwelling or roadway.
We have five pitches available, all offering a peaceful and beautiful outlook in the meadow adjoining the lake and woodland. It is possible in some circumstances to arrange to bring several pitches together to form a traditional group encampment. Pitches have a regularly mowed area where there is a picnic bench with seating for 6 people and a fire bowl with a cooking grill for a real outdoor living experience.
It is anticipated that a further five pitches will become available during the season and these instead of being in the meadow will be hidden away within the woodland setting so that you can enjoy that ‘in the wild’ peace whilst remaining close enough to make use of facilities and communal areas.
Rustic, yet well presented and daily serviced comfortable compost toilets and hot showers are provided on the campsite. We ensure high standards are maintained by keeping to a ratio of two toilets, and a hot shower per five pitches.
Two very different sheltered and dry open-sided communal spaces are provided for activities and evening get togethers. One is in the form of a silk parachute canopy hung from the branches of an old oak tree, which almost entirely covers an attractive ‘sheltered on all sides’ Bluebell hollow that was once a tiny 17th century quarry. Here a fire pit forms the centre of attention on dark evenings. The other is a lakeside zinc and wood-pole open barn. It is sheltered and hidden in a cutting into the hillside and within earshot of the adjoining babbling brook, which tumbles into a series of little pools before it joins the wildlife lake. It is wonderfully situated to catch the last of the evening sun.
All the pitches, whilst they are off road with no vehicle access, are not off the beaten track! They are accessible on foot using mown footpaths and tracks, and on the days you set up and break camp we may be available to assist with moving your equipment using our small farm trailer towed by our vintage Land Rover or tractor. For the rest of the time we provide a shiny wheelbarrow for use during your stay. So it goes without saying to camp at Cilrath Wood you must be physically mobile and keen to embrace an active outdoor lifestyle.
There is a designated parking area with room for only one vehicle per pitch approx 600 yards away, leaving the remaining area of Cilrath Wood vehicle free. We aim to maintain good ground conditions for access routes and pitches but this is subject to the weather and the time of year. It is always a good idea to have some wellies available. If parking for an additional vehicle is desired this must be booked in advance, there is an additional charge and it may be required to be parked separately on another area a further distance away.
The Shed is situated in the car park at the lane entrance to the campsite.
Here you will find:
- Freezer and fridge space sufficient to store a few of your own freezer packs and some food items.
- USB charge points to charge electrical items.
- Some basic local maps, tourist and emergency information.
- A few bats, racquets, balls, Frisbees, card games and similar.
Arrangements can be made to...
pick up from the shed our hireable charcoal BBQ on a stand and buy prepared firewood, kindling and charcoal.
(Shed facilities not inclusive but may be available on a first come first served basis)
There is one around called Pete who is friendly and has a smile. The Grumpy Farmer’s wife is called Jackie. The two pictures below taken 54 years apart, show the Farmer before and after becoming grumpy, with his love for driving his Grey Fergie T20 tractor undiminished!
Seriously, the real Grumpy Farmer is what we call the lakeside zinc and wood-pole barn where fun and food can break out spontaneously with less than 48 hours notice, on an appropriate evening. Always at a reasonable price, there is a high chance it could be an Italian delight or an Asian surprise but often centred around a wood-fired oven or wood fuelled BBQ.
To book or check availability, use the booking tool here. If you have any questions at all, you can contact us using the information below.
Tel: 01834 861106