1 - Pioneer Lodge

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Crymych Top Of The Woods

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
A real sense of adventure comes with cooking in the outdoor camp kitchen of this safari-style tent in beautiful Pembrokeshire.

  • Comfy sleeping with hotel-style linen for the beds in two separate canvas bedrooms
  • Pioneer-spirit exudes from the equipped camp kitchen and fire pit with Dutch oven
  • One of nine tents in the five-acre Pioneer Meadow of this sociable 30-pitch site

The Owner Says

This Pioneer Camp has been designed to help you discover your frontier spirits with family and friends with everything provided for sleeping, cooking and dining in the outdoors.  Each camp includes a pioneer lodge with two bedrooms, a king size and two single beds (linen, duvet and blankets included), plus a living area with a storage table/travel box, rugs, cushions and LED lanterns.

Adjacent to your lodge is an outdoor camp kitchen and dining canopy and a camp fire area. The camp kitchen has a two-burner stove, a preparation bench, all your outdoor cooking and eating equipment, and large cool box (with ice bricks provided).  There's also a dining table with benches, all under a large canvas canopy illuminated with a hurricane lamp and solar lights.

The campfire area includes a heavy-duty tripod and Dutch oven, fire pit/BBQ, cooking tools and seating around the campfire. A basket of firewood is included with your booking, and further firewood and charcoal is available to purchase onsite as require

There are nine Pioneer Camps set up in the Pioneer meadow which also has two sets of composting toilets with urinals and two hot showers with sinks, to compliment the main flush toilet and shower block in the courtyard.

The price of the pitch includes four people, one car space, a complimentary basket of wood. Dogs are allowed for a price of £5 per night (max two per pitch). An extra car is £5 per night

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

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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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, all prepared with high quality local produce.  They also host pop up restaurants such as wood fired pizzas during school holidays. 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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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.