Cwmberach Uchaf Farm Feather Down Farms

UK Wales South Wales Carmarthenshire Llandeilo

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Space, nature and gloriously comfortable accommodation

It’s a good job that the honesty shop is well stocked at Cwmberach Uchaf Farm – and that breakfast hampers are available to pre-order. Since, once you’ve seen the view from the veranda of your safari-style tent here, you might find it hard to tear yourself away. Cwmberach Uchaf is the last traditional Welsh hill farm on the Black Mountain in the west of the Brecon Beacons. And, from your lofty position in a sheltered corner of it, the lush Amman Valley spreads out in front of you in jaw-dropping style; all fields, trees and distant farm rooftops with the occasional red kite soaring by.

Cwmberach Uchaf is also a Feather Down farm; part of a network of farm stays offering off-grid holidays in roomy safari tents (or ‘tented cottages’ as the Feather Down team likes to call them). Lit only by candles and oil lamps, the rustic but homely accommodation is provided by Feather Down and invariably lovely with log burners, en suite loos and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms as particular highlights. And while the well-set up accommodation varies little, the on-site experience is as unique as the farms you’ll find it on with hosting left in the capable hands of Feather Down’s partner farmers.

Here that’s Mark and Sarah. They’ll show you which of the site’s four safari tents is yours, point out the pizza oven, honesty shop and farmhouse showers. They’ll take you to meet the animals and explain how Welsh mountain farming goes hand in hand with nature. They are as proud of their sheep, goats, piglets and bees as they are of the badgers, foxes, owls, cuckoos and red kites that this type of farming encourages. Guests are welcome to explore the farm by way of a nature trail through woodland, moors, pasture and along the banks of the river that flows through the farm.

For a longer walk, you can head off site and straight on to mountain trails from close behind your tent or hike five miles to Carreg Castle Cennen. This ruined 13th-century castle is open to the public and, thankfully if you’ve walked here, has a pleasant tea room too. Other nearby treasures are Dinefwr, a National Trust parkland and castle, and the market town of Llandeilo. It’s quite a foodie place and just seven miles away so you might want to call in for a meal or to pick up supplies. But, then again, you could just take a slow saunter from your tent to the well-stocked honesty shop, pick up some farm-fresh bangers and cook them on the barbecue whilst drinking in that view.

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  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
  • Balance due 30 days before your holiday
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • Due to the flexibility provided we are unable to offer refunds
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Details

Facilities

Each family-sized safari tent has three rooms: a double bedroom, a bunk room and the main living space within which is a cute cupboard bed suitable for younger children. The living space also has a fully equipped kitchen, a wood-burning stove, dining area and a sofa and each tent has a private en-suite, flushing toilet. There is running cold water to both the hand basin and the kitchen sink. Bedding and towels are supplied. Outside each tent there is a sheltered veranda with two deck chairs, a picnic table and outdoor cooking area with a barbecue and a fire pit. Showers are shared and a short walk away. The site also has a pizza oven and a shared undercover seating area, space for games and play equipment.

Suitable For

Kids, families, groups – yes. Campervans, caravans, tents, dogs and pets – no.

Nearby

Just metres from the tent you can access a bridleway that leads up into the mountains. The site is on a flat area of the hillside and a climb to the top reveals excellent views west. The Brecon Beacons have plenty of fantastic walking and mountain biking routes – chat to Sarah and Mark when you arrive if you don't already have any specific ideas. For culture and history visit Carreg Cennen Castle (01558 822291), reached by a beautiful 5-mile walking route or a pop into the Llandeilo, a wonderful marketing town on the River Towy. Here you'll find National Trust owned Dinefwr and Dinefwr Castle – a National Nature Reserve, historic house and 18th-century landscape park, enclosing a medieval deer park. For something a little different try riding lessons at Dinefwr Riding Centre (01269 850042), 3 miles from Cwmberach Uchaf Farm.

Food & Drink

There is an honesty shop selling local goods, the farm's own meat and vegetables (when in stock) and homemade meals. Don't pass up the opportunity to try some of their own honey! Barbecue packs are also available to pre-order and can be collected from the honesty shop along with croissants and pain au chocolat which are baked fresh in the morning if you order them the night before. There's a regular pizza night on a Saturday. If you're after a pub, though, the nearest are in Garnant, almost two miles away, including The Raven Inn (01269 825500). It's only a smidge further to Llandyfan, though, where The Square & Compass (01269 850402) is worth a try. It's believed to have been built 300 years ago as the village blacksmith’s cottage and although it has served as a licensed premises since 1840, it does look, from outside, more like someone's house than a well-loved boozer. A little further again (but well worth the journey) is the beautiful market town of Llandeilo which boasts many cafe, deli's, pubs and restaurants, including the lovely Ginhaus (01558 823030) and Cawdor Hotel (01558 823500). Nearby is the amazing Wrights Food Emporium (01558 668929) which is an essential visit for any serious foodie!

Open

Easter–October.

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The Owner Says

Cwmberach Uchaf Farm covers 80 acres on the beautifully wild Black Mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The tents are situated in a sheltered corner of the farm, with amazing views over the Amman valley and the mountain itself. The combination of animals to meet is very special, with unusual breeds of sheep, beehives for delicious homegrown honey, goats, and lambs and piglets in the spring.

The farmland has all the variety you would expect from a National Park: pasture, moorland, woodland and mountains. A small river – the Berach – runs through it, with mountain springs and marshland dotted throughout. The landscape has prompted visitors to comment on the genuine away-from-it-all feeling of remoteness, quiet and wildness.

The farm has been in Sarah Dempster’s family for several generations. There were 15 years before Mark and Sarah took over when the farm was left to return to the wild. It has become something of a nature reserve, with badgers, foxes, owls, red kites and other endangered bird species still thriving. Try and spot them all on your stay especially cuckoos, now the fifth most endangered bird in the UK, who visit every year.

As nature flourishes unchecked at Cwmberach Uchaf, their version of the Feather Down farm tour has much to show and tell about how Welsh mountain-farming goes hand-in-hand with nature, including information on trails that guests will be free to explore. Access to the mountain and a bridleway lies only a few metres behind the tents themselves. On the farm, there’s a beautiful barn for get-togethers that can be used for all sorts of functions.

Nearby, visit Carreg Cennen castle, reached by a beautiful five-mile walking route. Alternatively, there is Dinefwr Castle on the River Towy. The glacial lakes of Llyn y Fan Fach and Lyn y Fan Fawr make for a good day trip, and Dinefwr Riding Centre offers riding lessons three miles from Cwmberach Uchaf Farm.

Social Distancing Measures

We have received the official UK certification “We’re Good To Go” to show that we have worked hard to follow the government and industry COVID-19 guidelines to maintain cleanliness and social distancing in our UK locations

Preparation for your stay
  • Our tents will be carefully cleaned, disinfected and ventilated for you prior to your arrival
  • When you arrive at the farm, please send only one person to report to the farmer/host
  • Specific measures, which may vary by farm, will be explained to you on-site
  • During your stay, outside visitors will not be allowed
Change in activities
  • Depending on the farm, the pizza evening has been adapted or canceled

  • Depending on the farm, the farm tour has been adapted or cancelled

  • The farm’s honesty shop will be open, with one person allowed inside at a time

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Accommodation

Canvas Lodge With Farmhouse Shower

Safari tent Sleeps 6
We believe in simplicity, but rest assured you will not be sacrificing luxury when staying in our canvas lodges

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