Birch Safari Lodge

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Crymych Top Of The Woods

  • Sleeps 6 (max 6 adults, 4 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
A welcome hamper, Welsh blankets and handcrafted furniture make stays at this safari lodge in Pembrokeshire extra special.
  • A beautifully-furnished and equipped safari lodge with two separate bedrooms
  • The lodge's spacious veranda helps you enjoy the highest vantage point of the site
  • One of 30 pitches on a 27-acre site with woodland, meadows and sociable spaces

The Owner Says

A stay in one of our boutique eco safari lodges will help you get close to nature and give you the treat of tranquility. The lodges are huge (six metres by nine metres - and three metres high) and can sleep up to six people. They are floor boarded throughout and elevated on timber platform with a veranda.  They include full self-catering facilities with running water and are thoughtfully designed throughout.

All of our lodges feature two bedrooms (king size and twin beds) with beds made up with luxury feather bedding, hotel quality linen, and Welsh made wool blankets. There is an open plan lounge with two stylish sofas which convert to single beds as well as a large wicker storage basket/table with a selection of games.  Interior lighting is high-quality LED lanterns hung from a handcrafted lamp stand.

The tent also has a kitchen and dining area with furniture that has been designed and made on-site by our resident artisan Glen. The kitchen has a two-burner stove, sink with running cold water, and all the pots, pans and utensils you’ll need, plus a selection of essential provisions and a large cool box (ice bricks provided)​.

Outside, there’s a BBQ/fire pit area, with comfortable campaign chairs. Hurricane oil lamps for a lovely outdoor light ambiance, and solar fairy lights over the veranda.

A welcome hamper and basket of firewood are provided for your arrival.  ​

​The meadow has a toilet and shower units, located between two lodges, with hot showers and compost toilets, to compliment the flush toilet and shower block in the courtyard.

The price of the pitch includes  four guests and one car parking space. Extra adults are charged at £25 (PP/PN/), children at £15 (PP/PN), dogs at £5 PN (max two per pitch). You can also pay for an extra car parking space at £5 per night

EXTRAS TO BRING - We have included everything you'll need for your stay, except your clothes, towels and toiletries.

Features & Facilities

A stand out feature is the 1950s Dutch Barn communal area, a large covered space with picnic benches, phone charging, lighting, games and hammocks. There is freezer for ice bricks and a microwave for baby food.
There are water and recycling points and compost loos in all the meadows and in the pioneer lodge and safari lodge meadows there are also hot showers. The main facilities are in the courtyard area, including hot showers and flushing toilets, washing up sinks and drying lines.
There is free Wi-Fi in courtyard area and at the communal fire pit. Campfires are permitted in the meadows (off the ground only) and fire wood and locally made charcoal are sold onsite.
The site has 3 kunekune pigs, free range hens, a dog and a cat. On site activities include, weekend Yoga Breakfast Club, Bushcraft and Nature Discovery, Storytelling around the campfire and other special events during the season. There is a field left free for games, with equipment onsite that can be borrowed.

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Activities

The campsite sometimes lays on special events, like guided wildlife walks, through the adjoining 325-acre Ffynone Wood and maps are also provided on your arrival with local routes, including Soo’s Secret Waterfall Trail. The site is directly traversed by a bridleway that leads immediately into the woods. Further afield, nearby attractions include fantastic Cardigan Castle (01239 615131), opened to the public in April 2015 after a massive 12 year restoration project, and The Welsh Wildlife Centre, in the Teifi Marsh Nature Reserve. There's also very easy access to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, the Preseli Hills and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with a particular highlight being the Teifi gorge, fabulous for kayaking and canoeing.

Food & Drink

Top of the Woods offers guests hot farmhouse breakfasts at weekends and hosted dinners evenings, with campfire stews on Fridays and BBQ nights on Saturdays, all prepared with high quality local produce. Food can be booked in advance, so you have dinner ready on arrival. A mobile fishmonger also visits twice weekly, selling the freshest Welsh seafood. 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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Location

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Getting There

Follow the M4 to the end, which then becomes the A48 to Carmarthen. From Carmarthen, take the A484 through Newcastle Emlyn to Cenarth, then the B4332 for 4.5miles. After passing through the village of Newchapel, pass the gatehouses of the Cilwendeg Estate on the left, and take the left turn immediately afterward into Capel Coleman Road.
If you follow satnav to our postcode, it will tell you you have arrived arrived once you turn into Capel Coleman Road; you need to continue down Capel Coleman road, past the houses and continue on until you reach the small Church of St. Colman. Take the left hand fork (signposted Penrallt \ Top Of The Woods), and continue to the bottom of the track, where you will see the gate into the parking area.
There are good regular train services to Carmarthen or Aberystwyth, which connect with buses to Cardigan or Boncath village. There’s also an excellent local taxi company, who can collect from any of the nearby towns or stations, and who have minibuses available.