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Pencelli Castle Caravan and Camping…

Powys Ld3 7 Lx, Powys, Wales
1 acre hosted by Pencelli P.
Flower-empowered pristine site with good facilities

There used to be a castle on the site of this marvellously situated campsite; and although it may have been dismantled in the 1550s, the chances are its battlements would be crammed full of flowers if it were still around. Not for nothing have the campsite’s owners, the Rees family, won the Wales in Bloom campsite category for over five years now. Paying quiet consideration to a camper’s every need is what this dedicated family does so very well, and the main reason why staying here is such a special experience.

Pencelli is a place that is just packed full of history, though the more gory bits are now consigned to the file labelled ‘historical interest’. Thankfully the bloody battles that were fought here up until the 1300s are now a thing of the distant past. The castle was around until the 1550s, when it was pulled to bits and taken to be used for local building material. But there are some shadowy reminders of its former grandeur all over the site, like bits of the old walls, or the house, which was part of the chapel until 1583.

You can almost picture the castle as you pitch your tent in one of the three fields. The Meadow is the largest field and is reserved exclusively for tent campers. All the pitches have a backdrop of stupendous views of heather-clad mountains and sheep-strewn, rolling hills, although the drawback is the slightly longer walk from here to the facilities. The Oaks and Meadow lie in a horseshoe around the old moat, now part of the Monmouthshire Canal, which runs alongside the site today. You can even launch your boat or canoe directly into the water from the camping field.

The fields are ancient and spacious, with lots of shady, sheltered spots under some of the biggest and oldest oak trees in the parish. Wooden picnic tables are scattered around – perfect if you feel like having a peaceful meal admiring the view – and there are plenty of water points in all the fields. All in all, it’s a well-organised and well-planned site, especially good for first-timers, with flat, sheltered pitches, spotless facilities and even a castle themed play area for the kids.

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Powys Ld3 7 Lx, Powys, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Pencelli P.Joined in September 2014
From the host
A warm Welsh welcome awaits at this multi award winning park. Pencelli Castle in the Beacons National Park. Pencelli is situated four miles East of the historic market town of Brecon, which is on the border of Mid and South Wales. It is an ideal location for walking, cycling, mountain biking, pony trekking, canoeing the adjoining canal, bird watching as well as relaxing in the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful area. The Park is set at the edge of Pencelli Village and is within walking distance of Brecon Beacons’ highest peaks. The Taff Cycle Trail passes the entrance, as does the Cardiff to Abergavenny bus and the Brecon & Monmouthshire Canal borders the camping field, making it ‘on location to the great outdoors’ for all modes of transport. There are numerous footpaths and cycle trails and the canal towpath leading directly from Pencelli, making the location ideal for all levels of walking, cycling and mountain biking. This unique, small and peaceful Park caters for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents in three very different and picturesque fields, The Orchard, The Oaks and The Meadow. The Park is serviced by an award winning facility block, which is luxurious and spacious. A pleasant and well kept children's play park is situated outside the main caravan and camping fields.
Nearby attractions

The Brecon to Monmouthshire Canal (01873 830328) runs right along the edge of the site, and you can take a boat trip on it. You can also hire day boats for 4–8 people. There is pony-trekking at Cantref (01874 665223), as well as a play farm, with pig-racing and sheep-shearing to watch. Pen y Fan, the highest point in the Brecon Beacons isn’t far and is a great excursion for older kids. It can be reached by a combination of driving and walking, well worth it for the magnificent views. The Taff Trail (01639 893661) criss-crosses this area, a network of cycle paths running along the canal and through the villages.

Food and drink

100 metres up the road is the Royal Oak pub, but the best food is found in the White Swan (01874 665276) in Llanfrynach. There’s a farm shop at Middle Wood, which is good for local meat. An onsite shop sells basic provisions, and if you order before 4.30pm you can have a delivery of milk and bread for the following morning. A mile away you can buy lethal local cider from Aber Valley, but if you’re up early with the kids then it might be better to stick to their equally excellent, though less potent, apple juice.

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