Care-free camping and glamping in the heart of Carmarthen Bay's Dylan Thomas country.
Carmarthen Bay might just be Wales' best-kept secret. While scores of tourists flood the Pembrokeshire Coast out west or scale the mighty peaks of Snowdonia in the north, this lesser-frequented stretch of South Wales promises hidden coves, sandy expanses and wildlife in abundance. The Three Rivers Estuary – one of Carmarthen Bay's two vast river openings – is where the rivers Taf, Tywi, and Gwendraeth converge. Overlooking this jaw-droppingly beautiful coastline lies Laugharne, a tranquil waterside settlement and former home of Dylan Thomas who described it as a 'timeless, mild, beguiling island of a [place]... there is nowhere like it anywhere at all' - a fitting appraisal that could well have applied to Big Barn Camping.
Based on a 36-acre smallholding a short stroll from the centre of Laugharne, Big Barn Camping is, for our money, one of Wales' best-located campsites. Offering family-friendly camping and glamping on a proper working farm, this rural retreat is easily accessible for some of the country's best beaches, famous tourist attractions and the charming seaside villages that make the Welsh coast so special.
Camping here is a peaceful affair, with a spacious paddock reserved for just ten individually cut prized pitches. There's no danger of overcrowding (in contrast to some of the other more commercial holiday parks along the coast) and group sizes are controlled. It's largely a tent-centric zone too, with just the odd campervan or retro teardrop caravan permitted meaning all are free to enjoy the unblemished views of the surrounding countryside.
For those looking to leave the tent at home there are two fantastic stargazing glamping domes with a double bed and two single futons beds in each and include there own private composting toilet and kitchen area, a trio of cosy pods are also available. These unique designs are a characterful alternative from the identikit versions found on many sites – more like bijou barns that fit seamlessly into the rural setting. Inside, one of these homely abodes there is a double bed with memory foam mattress , and the other two pods each have a include a dining space that effortlessly converts into a comfy double bed, and an adjacent kitchen shelter comes equipped with everything you could need for cooking up a feast. As for ablutions, eco-friendly composting loos are located in the camping field, while the titular Dutch barn houses showers and washbasins.
With a welcome for well-behaved dogs and campfires encouraged in the firepits, families can enjoy the key components of cracking camping holiday. Spotting red kites circling overhead, or seeing who can swing highest on the rope swing, kids will simply love it here. It's a proper working farm too with Herdwick sheep, Saddleback pigs, goats and assorted ducks and chickens, meaning little ones can enjoy an authentic slice of rural Welsh life.
Beyond the confines of the farm, an abundance of attractions await. Pendine Sands beach is just 10 minutes drive away while Oakwood Theme Park near Narbeth is around half and hour away if the kids demand rollercoasters. That being said, the lure of Laugharne might not see you stray far. The Dylan Thomas connection makes for a fascinating visit and needless to say the poet's presence looms large over Laugharne (not least with annual literary festival held every spring). Besides the boathouse museum and historic pubs, Laugharne Castle is well worth a visit or you could just plot up with a bag of chips overlooking the estuary and watch for cormorants catching cockles in this most magical of scenes.
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Hosted by Michael A.Joined in August 2019
31 Ratings · 44 reviews
August 16, 2022
14 - Grass Camping pitch
Peaceful, simple, with all you need
Nice flat, spacious pitches and great facilities in the barn like fire pits to hire, freezers, hot showers, washing up sinks, phone charging and a couple of essentials in case you'd forgotten them! Really quiet, peaceful campsite.
August 14, 2022
10 - Grass Camping pitch
Nice place with animals 😊
Nice spot, lovely animals, good showers, very cool fireplace and you can buy firewood there ( cash ) 👍🏻
August 12, 2022
11 - Grass Camping pitch
Lovely chilled atmosphere. Beautiful rural spot. Pitches are spacious and well spread out.
Michael was really welcoming and friendly. All the facilities were great
August 8, 2022
11 - Grass Camping pitch
What a lovely site! Loads of space between pitches, really clean facilities, eco friendly - what’s not to love. Michael is a really welcoming and super helpful host too. We will definitely stay again.
July 25, 2022
10 - Grass Camping pitch
Lovely grassy pitches, great facilities. Loved the picnic benches and fire pits. Excellent camp site!
July 25, 2022
Cwtch Barn Pod
Stunning site and private
Stunning piece of land for our pod stay. Michael was a super host. The pod was very private and the facilities perfect. We would love to go back one day.
From the host
We are a small eco friendly campsite on a Georgian farm set in 36 acres of beautiful pastures, including ancient woodland with just 10 individual quite camping pitches, 2 beautiful luxurious stargazing glamping domes and 3 little barn camping pods.
The camping paddock is situated next to the big Dutch barn which dates back to the 1950s. The Big Barn is the heart of the campsite and houses all the facilities, hot showers, washing up facilities and honesty shop.
From the camping paddock you have breathtaking views stretching over the Carmarthenshire countryside. We enjoy regular sightings of red kites and other birds of prey. So why not sit back, chill out and relax until nightfall when the true magic begins and let the Astronomer in you find your favourite constellations, watch shooting stars to make a wish upon whilst toasting marshmallows on your campfires.
Located close to the Township of Laugharne on the estuary of the river Taf, made famous by the poet Dylan Thomas, you can explore his favourite walks and marvel at the grandeur of Laugharne castle. The recent filming location of the BBC Tv series 'Keeping Faith' Laugharne is ever popular with new visitors and with the closest local beach, Pendine Sands - a 7 mile long stretch of beautiful sand and is only 10 minutes away by car, You will have a great holiday to remember.
Laugharne is synonymous with Wales’ most famous writer, Dylan Thomas – visit his iconic writing shed at the Dylan Thomas Boathouse Museum (01994 427420). The town’s magnificent medieval castle also served as a place of inspiration for Thomas who composed in its garden summerhouse. Today, you can enjoy its atmospheric ruins and ornate Victorian gardens also Laugharne was the recent filming location for the BBC Tv series 'Keeping Faith' Laugharne is ever popular with new visitors. Pendine Sands is one of Wales’ best beaches, boasting a vast expanse of soft sand and stunning views of Carmarthen Bay. The nearby Pendine Museum of Speed (01994 453488) commemorates the beach’s role as the setting for various land-speed record attempts, most notably with ‘Babs’ the vehicle used by Parry Thomas in his fatal 1927 attempt. For outdoor thrills, Morfa Bay Adventure (01994 453588) in Pendine organise everything from coasteering and sea kayaking, to abseiling, archery and sumo wrestling! Being situated on the Pembrokeshire boarder you can explore and enjoy the best of West Wales and return each day to the peaceful tranquility of this small site.
Food and drink
There are plenty of historic pubs in Laugharne, and it’s fair to say Dylan Thomas propped up the bar in most of them! Browns Hotel (01994 427688) is the most famous, with everyone from Jimmy Carter to Mick Jagger enjoying a pint at the poet’s favourite watering hole. They also have a restaurant next door, The New Three Mariners Inn (01994 427426), boasting nautical ephemera and tasty bar snacks. To sample the best of the local produce, The Ferryman Deli (01994 427398) is the place to go. This welcoming spot just down on the main thoroughfare serves up a seasonal menu of homemade dishes and stocks the finest Welsh cheese, pies, tarts, artisan Spanish tapas and craft beer. The Owl and the Pussycat (01994 427742) is a delightful tearoom and restaurant serving everything from cakes and light lunches to hearty main meals like traditional cawl and Welsh black beef stew. Another popular area is Amroth and the Amroth Arms offers great food.