The bell tents at Cynefin Farm are tucked in a sheltered spot behind the farmhouse belonging to Nim and Pete. The homely location is a hint at how welcoming this pair of Hipcamp hosts are. You’ll find that out as soon as you arrive on their seven-acre smallholding in Pembrokeshire – they'll give you a tour, introduce you to their animals, and explain all about how they are putting permaculture into practice. They’ll also reveal their favourite places in this part of west Wales: historic villages, lovely beaches, ancient woodlands, and secret swimming spots. These are some of the things that drew the family here. They’ll also be part of the reason you’ll have a good time if you visit.
The other is Cynefin Farm itself, where each of the two bell tents can sleep up to four people. There’s a notably natural feel to almost everything. Instead of cutting trees to fit a picnic bench in a suitable spot, it’s been built around them. Where timber has been used in the set up, it’s been left in a natural form. This light touch is apparent in everything Nim and Pete do – and that’s the whole idea. Nothing is here unnecessarily. Instead of building new facilities for glamping guests, they have used an existing but private part of their house. As part of that deal, one of the bell tents, Hawthorn, has an indoor kitchen while the other, Chestnut, has an outdoor (but covered) one. Both are well equipped and there’s also a shared indoor bathroom with a shower and loo.
The idea is to regenerate and improve the land in a sustainable way – and by staying here, you’ll be part of that too. It’s an inspiring and eco-friendly place to hang out but it’s also in a great location. One from where you can stroll to a 16th-century tavern in 15 minutes or walk all the way to the wide sandy beach at Newport in an hour. For a more adventurous swim and a scramble head, ask for directions to the Witches Cauldron. For watersports head for Fishguard and to explore an ancient woodland there’s Ty Canol, none more than 20 minutes’ drive away.