Wild flowers, wild woodland and ample wildlife-friendly facilities in this 10-acre tract of off grid camping space.
‘Wild place’. That’s what the Welsh word Cynefin means and it’s abundantly clear when you arrive at this 10-acre smallholding that preserving a sense of wilderness is at the heart of everything owners Kay and Judith do. Half covered with hazel, rowan, willow and Welsh oak trees, the partially wooded space is a campsite designed for a multitude of species. Bird boxes perch among the trees; honeysuckle, dog-rose and bramble shelter dormouse boxes and, at dusk, barn owls silently explore the starry sky above the wildflower meadow where campers pitch their tents. It’s a place of harmony and natural tranquillity – a ‘habitat’ (another meaning of Cynefin) for campers and creatures alike.
“While out for a walk seven years ago we came across a ‘land for sale’ sign on an old broken gate,” Kay tells us. “Being inquisitive, we climbed over to investigate. Before we’d got half way down the concrete path we’d decided that we just had to buy the place”.
Since then, the couple have crafted a real off-grid camping sanctuary. To preserve the natural biodiversity, there is a maximum of just six tents at the campsite, including the two pre-pitched bell tents and a tipi that are already there, so space is never an issue. Solar-powered lanterns provide the only artificial lighting, the piping-hot shower is driven by bottled gas and toilets are of the composting variety. Certainly don’t come expecting Wi-Fi. Instead, rummage in the resource box filled with books and charts to help you identify the resident birds and bugs, or use the bat detector to listen to the distinctive clicking of their echo-location at dusk.
It’s not all about the animals at Cynefin Eco Camping though. An area in the woods has been specifically laid aside for children to set up shelters and make dens and swings, while pathways have been mown between the camping pitches in the wildflower meadow so that you don’t get dewy trousers every time you wander to the loo. Those staying in the bell tents and tipi also have access to use a well-equipped kitchen shelter and all campers are provided with campfire-pits with a grill and pan to use.
Three miles away, the ancient fishing village of Burry Port has hung up its trawling nets in favour of leisure boats, which now populate the marina-style harbour. It was here that Amelia Earhart completed the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman in June 1928 (commemorated today with a plaque in the harbour), soaring in over what is now the Pembrey Country Park. Bring a picnic to make the most of the vast 500-acre parkland or bikes so that you can take to the Millennium Coastal Path that follows the waterfront. The eight-mile-long beach there is backed by sand dunes that are a wonder to explore for kids, forming just one of the many seaside attractions that this part of Carmarthen Bay affords.
Carmarthenshire, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Kay G.Joined in May 2017
12 Ratings · 25 reviews
August 31, 2021
This is probably the most peaceful campsite we've ever been to (and we've stayed at lots). We had the private glade and it was the perfect place to switch off. The birdsong was beautiful, we read and played games and let our phones go silent. It's a brilliant place for cycling, so we cycled along the coast for swimming and ice cream and to the nearby country park for toboganning which was great fun.
The campsite maintains a wild, low key feel whilst being so clean and functional.
A wonderful break which was greatly needed. We would love to return
August 30, 2021
Grass Pitch 2
We stayed for four nights. It is a very peaceful, clean campsite with a wonderful connection to nature. The staff are very helpful and make sure you have space from other campers. Firewood could be purchased for £3 which was helpful. would visit again.
August 26, 2021
Grass Pitch 1
We had an utterly fab stay at Cynefin eco campsite. The site was beautifully maintained by Kay who was available to answer my son's hundred and one questions (including "can I see your quad bike please"). We loved cooking on our camp fire each night and making friends with the neighbouring family. Kay provided a tub of fire wood and a box of information about places to visit. Between the local beach and hanging out at Cynefin we didn't want for anything else really! We definitely hope to return next year and we've had to promise our boys it will be for more than 3 days next time.
August 14, 2021
Private Glade Camping
The private field we stayed on was really spacious and very private yet still close to the main facilities. The facilities were also kept very clean and considering the toilets were compost toilets the unit was made to feel like a general toilet, I've stayed on other Eco sites which were just gross. The gas powered showers were also better than I expected with the only small inconvenience being you had to hold a leaver on the shower head for the water to flow out, but the water pressure was really good and the temperature easily controlled be how much hand force you applied to the leaver. The only thing that would made the stay easier would have been a small freezer to put ice blocks as I did waste a bit of food being there for 3 days due to not being able to keep it cold. I appreciate its an Eco site but having to go out in the car and use petrol to get groceries every day is non Eco so would balance out the use of a Freezer. Oh and maybe some milk and local eggs wouldn't have gone a miss - maybe with an honesty box if the owners didn't want to hand around selling it!? All in all a nice quite site which I would recommend
August 9, 2021
Private Glade Camping
We stayed here for four nights for our first break since the global event that shall not be named. We had the private glade pitch and it was really lovely. Great to be able to have a fire and to wander the little forest. Our welcome was warm and the hosts were very chilled. The gas showers in particular were much warmer and more powerful than I expected! Shops are within easy access if you've got a car. Lovely beaches around the estuary. Definitely recommend the Botanical Gardens for a day out.
July 27, 2021
Grass Pitch 3
We stayed here for a long weekend and had the most amazing time. Lovely host, lots of nature, great eco facilities and like minded fellow campers. Top marks all around!
From the host
In 2022 will we have no more than 10 units. This will ensure that everyone has plenty of space, there will be plenty of room in our small car park, there will never be queues for the toilets or showers and our site will retain a sense of exclusivity with plenty of space for you to commune with nature.
In 2022 we will have 2 glamping bell tents available, which come with a fully equipped kitchen tent which is shared between both bell tents but with your own space of course. A double bed and 2 single beds complete the inside of the bell tent together with all bed linen, cushions, carpets on the floor and cosy throws for those chilly nights. Each tent has their own local made picnic bench. All you need to do is drive up and move in and relax. Why not book both bell tents for a family get together or friends sharing the outdoor experience?
We will also have a 5 metre tipi set up in the corner of our main camp field with its own private kitchen shelter with all the camp equipment you will need to make some super outdoor food. The tipi can fit 4 or 5 blow up beds for a group of friends or a family wanting some real camp experience. We provide everything apart from pillows and sleeping bags.
Also up to 7 camp pitches located in the wild flower meadows with plenty of space to relax where you can bring all your own equipment.
No vehicles are allowed on the wild flower meadows so all cars have to be left in the car park. Wheel barrows are available.
The fabulous beaches of Carmarthenshire are within easy driving distance, including 8-mile-long Cefn Sidan Beach (Blue Flag) less than 2 miles from our site, along with Llanelli Beach and Burry Port Beach. The historic harbour of Burry Port is well worth wandering around, particularly at high tide. Cyclists should try the 13-mile-long Millennium Coastal Path along the waterfront, while walkers can follow the same route or, from the campsite, stroll up Pembrey Mountain or explore the local SSSI (Ffrwd Farm Mire; 10 minutes' walk from the campsite) and 500-acre Pembrey Country Park (great for family picnics and access to the beach with lifeguards on standby).
Food and drink
Burry Port has a small selection of shops for everyday needs, including a local bakers. Llanelli (5 miles away) has a large shopping centre with supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Morrisons). Llanelli and Carmarthen both have indoor covered market selling local produce. Burns Farm Shop (01554 892724) at Park Y Bocs Farm, Kidwelly is a farm shop with a children’s play area and very nice café-restaurant. Some pubs in the area are the Coasting Pilot (01554 833520) and Pemberton Arms (01554 832129). The golf club (01554 744888) in Machynys, Llanelli is also a top place for a drink or meal with a spectacular view of the estuary.