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Dragonfly Camping
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15 reviews
· Wales
1 acre
1 unit
1 Glamping
An impeccably crafted shepherd's hut and a floating glamping cabin, set in scenic farmland just beyond the Daugleddau Estuary
A mile and a half east of Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire, newly opened Dragonfly Camping is home to some suitably quirky glamping accommodation. It’s befitting for the area. This is, after all, the most sheltered stretch of the coast, where the long, deep river estuary – Cleddau Ddu – is populated with sailing dinghies, kayaks and tiny tending rowboats that to and fro from yachts. In summer Lawrenny Quay is abuzz with folks in deck shoes and buoyancy aids. So, along with Dragonfly’s resplendent shepherd’s hut, where better to stay nearby than in a floating, boating, buoyant glamping home? Set on a small lake on 300-acre Little Pencoed Farm, the Kingfisher Housboat is safe from the ebb and flow of the tidal estuary and, instead, stays remarkably still on its calm, quiet waters. Nevertheless, the home gently shifts as you step aboard, reminding you that this is very much a floating abode, while the exterior decking means, on a sunny day, you can jump straight into the lake for a swim. Inside, the floating cabin is all exposed pinewood and timber finish. There’s a master bedroom (with a king-sized bed), a bathroom and an open plan living space with a modern kitchen and a sofa bed for two more campers. It’s luxury living, just with water on every side. Back on terra ferma the Kingfisher is accompanied by a second luxury dwelling, a two-person shepherd’s hut, built by local craftsmen. The attention to detail is superb. An inbuilt double bed is supremely comfortable, cocooned at one end of the hut, while a stove warms the entire vessel and a beautiful (and vast) copper basin provides a rustic sink in the kitchen space (worthy of a fancy farmhouse). Space inside has been cheated by adding an extra, up-cycled horsebox next door – it houses an off-grid bathroom with a gas-powered hot shower and allows for extra room inside the hut itself. There’s even space to pitch an extra tent outside, too, if you fancy bringing a few more people along, though proper tent campers should head to Dragonfly's sister campsite run by the same family, Dragonfly Woodland Camping in the trees just a short stroll away. It’s a half hour walk into Lawrenny village, home to all the traditional essentials – a shop, cricket club and 12th century church. It’s a little further down to the quay where the boat club is neighboured by a popular tearooms. The garden there makes for a great place to have a cuppa before or after walking a stretch of the waterside footpath, which takes you through the trees of National Trust-owned Cleddau Woodlands. The trail is a part of the longer and renowned Pembrokeshire Coast Path, while the endless popular beaches of the county are all within easy driving distance too.
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Hosted by Nicola C.Joined in February 2018
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Jack C.recommends
June 24, 2022
Kingfisher
Incredible week away from the city!
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful stay at the kingfisher lake house. The photos really don’t prepare you for how lovely it is in person. I thought the fresh flowers were a lovely touch, as well as the Welsh cakes (which I single-handedly devoured!). What really made our stay was the abundance of wildlife we experienced on the lake. Every day we went out on an excursion we’d be so excited to return back to a welcoming committee of cows, ducks and an overly friendly moorhen - which would eagerly follow us around the cabin waiting for the tiniest crumb of bread which it would rush back to its baby. All day, every day the swallows would swoop down on the lake which was so relaxing to watch and come dusk they would switch out for a show stopping finale of bats which danced around the lake catching bugs until it was so dark you could no longer see them. It was truly magical experience! My absolute highlight of the stay was when we were about to push off in the canoe for a lap of the lake. My boyfriend tapped the front of the canoe and jokingly called to the moorhen looking down at us from the deck “You coming?” and to our great surprise hopped straight on and joined us for a ride before jumping ship half way through to tend to its offspring. We did giggle! Thank you for creating such a wonderful escape to nature.
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Gareth C.recommends
July 3, 2021
Kingfisher
Stayed in the Kingfisher - which floats on the edge of a beautiful lake. It’s on a working farm but is tranquil, private, and secluded. The accommodation is clean, comfortable, and characterful - with strong emphasis on the amazing views, and an absence of modern intrusions such as TV and WiFi. The hosts were very welcoming - and kept us stocked with ice packs for the cooler. Lots of interesting places nearby with the amazing Pembrokeshire coast a 15 minute drive away, and many castles, and pre-historic sites to explore. Had a wonderful trip and loved swimming and canoeing in the lake, while watching the abundance of wildlife.
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Molly C.recommends
June 24, 2021
Kingfisher
It is the most peaceful and relaxing place we have ever stayed. If you are going to the dragonfly I 100% recommend staying in the kingfisher as you are on the water. We were lucky with the hot weather and it was stunning. You have everything you need in there, be aware it is the minimum of things but it’s all you need. The pub up the road is lovely also and has a nice outside seating area. If you are looking for a place to stay to unwind and to get away from TV and phones and all the other hectic things in life go here. Will be re recommending to everyone I know and I will be returning.
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Natalie D.recommends
June 13, 2021
Dragonfly
I had a wonderful few nights in the cosy Shepherd’s Hut. The Welsh cakes and fresh milk were a lovely welcoming touch. Every detail had been thought of - it was perfect. Sitting out on the porch listening to the birds as the sun set was just wonderful. The bed was so comfy - I slept like a log. I will be back to visit again as soon as I can!
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Amelia C.
September 27, 2020
We stayed in the Shepard's Hut for two nights at the end of September. The hut itself was super cosy and had everything you would need (coffee maker, pots, pans, a coolbox etc). I would advise anyone trying out the 'bush bath' to be patient with the process of getting it up to heat - but it was totally worth it in the end! Bathing under the stars and listening to the sounds of the owl calls was magical (we even saw a shooting star!). The shower in the separate horsebox was functional, though the trips out to the loo left us with chilly feet (would advise bringing wellies and a dressing gown). Altogether a lovely remote getaway with access to the unbounded beauty of the area, would definitely recommend!
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Katie ?.
September 26, 2019
This is a very special place . 4 girls at Kingfisher in September - it exceeded our expectations . The double bed was so comfortable, the lake bracing for a swim but worth it. To eat outside under the verandah and just talk about life - just unbelievable. We shall return - thank you.
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An impeccably crafted shepherd's hut and a floating glamping cabin, set in scenic farmland just beyond the Daugleddau Estuary
Nearby attractions
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 and 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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