Serene Floating Houseboat in Pembrokeshire

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Pembroke Dragonfly Camping

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
  • Editor's Pick
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Bathroom
An impeccably crafted floating glamping cabin, set in scenic farmland just beyond Wales' Daugeleddau Estuary.
  • Open-plan living area with a modern kitchen and rustic Scandi-style interiors
  • Step outside to your private decking area with seating and hammock
  • Nestled in a peaceful area teeming with birds and woodland animals

A peaceful, eco-friendly glamping cabin, where you can get literally jump out of bed and dive straight into a lake from your own private deck. Step inside, and the cabin is comfortable and cosy; the curved roof is like an upturned hull, while the woodburner, rustic Scandi-style interiors, and breakfast hampers (local sausages, eggs and salty Welsh butter anyone?) make for the perfect romantic retreat. The open-plan living area – designed by local craftsmen who worked to the owner's brief – has a modern kitchen and huge sofa beds, accompanying the main king-size bedroom, while there’s a piping hot shower and bathroom on-board, too. Other thoughtful touches include delicious Welsh cakes, freshly cut wild flowers, and a hammock chair on the wraparound deck. This is a real ‘get away from it all' experience as there’s no WiFi, the cabin is solar-powered, and the lake itself can be accessed by canoe or from the shore. Some of the things you may hear whilst dipping your toes? Birds singing, cows mooing and reeds swaying. Fantastic.

Based in the heart of an organic dairy farm on the Cleddau Estuary, Dragonfly Camping is accessed by a long stone track off a quiet country road, so you’ll be blissfully disconnected and completely off-grid, with birdsong as your soundtrack. Actually, to say it’s disconnected isn't the whole story; nearby villages such as Lawrenny are tiny but do play host to a local shop, cricket club and a lovely 12th century church. It’s a little further down to the quay where the boat club is neighboured by charming tearooms, and the garden there makes a great spot to have a brew after walking the waterside footpath (which takes you through the National Trust-owned Cleddau Woodlands). Back at Dragonfly, glampers have the choice of a beautifully crafted shepherd's hut and a luxury floating cabin, both set in scenic farmland just beyond estuary. Bruce, your host, grew up here and has been farming the land for over 30 years, building up his prized organic dairy herd. Over 300 acres, there's a mixture of woodland, grassland, saltmarsh and moorland providing a wonderful pasture for the cows and sheep and a unique habitat for many bird and animal species. With his wife Nicola, they have created a stunning getaway, where guests can relax and recharge, whilst enjoying Pembrokeshire's great outdoors.

Features & Facilities

The shepherd's hut has a built in double bed, wood-burning stove and fitted kitchen area, complete with a beautiful copper sink. All bedding, towels and throws are provided, along with essential cooking utensils, crockery, pots, pans and paraphanalia. There's a gas stove, a BBQ, a cool box, French toaster, LED lighting, charging points for phones and, outside, a firepit for your campfire. There is also a space to pitch an extra tent if you're bring your children or friends along. Next to the hut is a converted horsebox with a sink, loo and hot, gas-powered shower inside. The floating home has a king-sized double bedroom and a living space with a fold-out sofa bed, plus a bathroom with a gas-powered shower, basin and toilet. Water views are, of course, on all sides. The wood-panelled living space has an excellent kitchen, dining and seating space, with a gas stove, cool box, wood-burner and all the kitchenwares and utensils you need. There's an outside decking area with seating and a BBQ. Swimming in the lake is not only allowed but very much encouraged.

Activities

Dragonfly Camping is within walking distance of the Cleddau Estuary. The ancient woodlands that overhand the edges of the creeks are a treat for family walks – there’s a short, spell-binding trail through Lawrenny Woods, starting at the boatyard on the Quay. Holly and Rowan trees grow beneath the canopy and there’s wood rush, heather and bilberry carpeting the ground. Little Milford Woods, meanwhile, is owned by The National Trust and borders the village of Hook. For an interesting walk, go down to the bottom of Pill Road and take the old miners' drove road over to Lower Quay Road. You can access the waterside here if you are fit and have good boots. Dragonfly Camping is also within 15 minute's drive of several blue flag beaches and the historic towns of Tenby and Pembroke (each with a castle). Manorbier Castle (01834 871394) is also worth a visit – a well-preserved 12th century gatehouse where life-size wax figures in costume are dotted about the place. From the turret windows you get great views down to Manorbier’s surfer friendly beach. For families, Manor House Wildlife Park (01646 651201) is decent – kids love getting up close and personal with the Lemurs, Wallaby's and Meerkats; youngsters are also invited to help feed the goats and sheep.

Food & Drink

Strike out on foot for a pint at Cresswell Quay (01646 651210) or a short drive will take you to the Lawrenny Arms (01646 651367) or Lawrenny's Quayside Tearooms (01646 651574) for locally sourced food. Further afield, the award winning Café Môr (07422 535345), a seafood shack based at Freshwater West beach, is well worth a stop or head into Tenby for a wide variety of good restaurants and pubs.
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Getting There

From the A40 take the A4075 towards Cresselly. At the top of the hill turn, right onto Millway lane. At the bottom of this lane, turn right and go over a little stone bridge, carrying straight on at the next bend and following the sign for 'Chris Buzzard Bushcraft'. Pass the Bushcraft site on the left and keep going until you see a Greener Camping Club sign on the left hand side. Go down the farm track, through a gate and turn right, passing a small quarry on your left. You'll see the shepherd's hut in the meadow on the right before you come to the end of the track. If you're coming from the other direction on the A477, you turn right at the Carew roundabout onto the A4075 and then left towards Whitehill – this will bring you passed the Cresswell Quay pub and then over the little stone bridge mentioned in the directions above.