Spy real, live dragonﬂies dancing over lily-rich ponds as you head out in search of sleepy dragons in the wooded wonderland at this quiet eco site
'There are dragons in there!’ one young camper enthused as we made our way into the dark woodland adjoining the camping meadow at Denmark Farm. Fearing for our safety, the gallant squire grabbed his trusty sword (ok, so it was a long stick) and rushed past us with a chivalrous, ’And I’m going to get them’.
Although we didn’t encounter any dragons during the visit, their presence is eminently plausible at this Welsh conservation site, situated among the green humps and bumps of Celtic Ceredigion. You wouldn’t blame the mystical creatures for slumbering off the effects of battling with medieval knights in a centuries-long hibernation somewhere within this 40-acre treasure trove of landscape.
Encirling the camping meadow are woods and fields and ponds that have been slowly nursed back to life from the land owner’s farming days. A commendable job has been carried out by Denmark Farm Conservation Centre in helping nature to restore the site, much to the joy of the local flora and fauna (dragonflies included).
There is room in the gently sloping meadow for around 20 people at any one time, with only tents allowed, plus a yurt for non-campers. A small, open fronted kitchen, made from sustainably sourced timber, is available for all guests to use and, while there are two composting toilets in the camping meadow, flushing loos and showers are open 24-hours-a-day in the Conversvation Centre building.
Pathways that lead through the woods beckon you towards fairy-tale adventures, one leading to a magical roundhouse, another to a spiky hide – is it a bird or a hedgehog? – by the long lake. Just be careful where you step; you wouldn’t want to awaken any dragons – at least, not unless you have your own little St. George to hand.
Lampeter, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Mara M.Joined in December 2015
3 ratings · 8 reviews
August 31, 2021
Grass Pitch For Tent
Denmark Farm is a small and extremely well kept campsite. The facilities are excellent and the site set out beautifully.
I was initially put off by the campsite being so far from where you can leave the car, but actually with the huge barrows they provide, it is very easy to move all of your stuff from one to the other.
The site area is fairly small and with so few tents, it does feel a little close - you certainly can't help but hear each other, but we had lovely neighbours and the three nights we spent at Denmark Farm were very sociable.
I would highly recommend it and hope to return.
June 21, 2021
Grass Pitch For Tent
Beautiful quiet campsite shared with birds and flowers. Great trails in the woods and meadows. Campfire was a lovely bonus. The facilities are spick and span and everything we needed was there. Super to have no vehicles on the camping field, just mole-hills and butterflies. Looking forward to going back.
September 1, 2020
We had a lovely week at Denmark Farm, in spite of storms Ellen and Francis! The site is well situated in a meadow corner adjacent to woodland. The tracks in place around the site offered a pleasant walk for the family and exploration opportunities for our boys. Great to spot a hedgehog one evening. It's worth noting just how peaceful this spot is; silent at night time with no rumbling roads in the background. And the night sky views are stunning when the clouds part.
The site is accessed by a well laid tarmac and boardwalk path, so wheeling our kit in on the trolleys wasn't difficult. It was wetter than normal while we were there and things still worked okay.
Toilets and showers were kept clean. My only ask would be that the utility room be accessible by a code lock, akin to the toilet block, to allow easier access to these facilities.
The two NT beaches, Mwnt and Penbryn were lovely. New Quay, Aberaeron and Cardigan all have their charms too. Devil's Bridge waterfalls and Plynlimon not far to the north and Cors Caron nature reserve well worth a visit.
The central campfire area was a nice feature that brought the small group of families who were staying together of an evening, weather permitting! Mara was on hand to help with any queries we had. Thanks for a lovely week away.
August 14, 2020
Grass Pitch For Tent
My son and I stayed for 3 nights. Organisation and comms were great and Mara was around to to show us what was where.
The grass was mowed to make things easier. The field is compact with room for 5 - 6 decent sized pitches (to allow for social distancing)
The toilets / shower were fine. The shower took a while to get to the right temperature but not really an issue.
We made good use of the communal camp fire. The only clarity that would be helpful on the website - is if we were allowed our own camp fires (other guests had their own fire pits). The £5 for a bag of fire wood is good value.
We explored Long Wood, a local nature reserve, Tywi Forest, New Quay ( crowded by Welsh standards - not south Coast!), Penbryn (quieter) and coast paths. We shopped for food in Lampeter.
Overall a great stay. Our needs (campsite, hot water, camp fire, no pets).
September 4, 2018
One of those magical places. We stayed in our tent previously and in the yurt this time. Best yurt I've ever stayed in, so cosy and comfortable. The campsite is small and nestled next to a woodland which the children loved. There's a compost toilet or full amenities a little further away. Everything is rustic but in keeping with the place and considerate of the surroundings.
October 11, 2017
We had a fabulous time staying in the Yurt. It was very cosy and a perfect place for a birthday. The landscape is stunning and peaceful. There were wonderful stars at night, and we loved walking through the meadow and deciduous wood with early autumn colours and a clear stream. It was our first time in a yurt and we loved every minute of it. There were five of us (three children and their parents) and it was snug and airy at the same time. We enjoyed listening to the crackling of the log burner and the occasional owl hooting. Dish washing in the rustic kitchen was made pleasant by the view, as the walls were partially open and the floor partially elevated. Even the water seemed to taste better. Highly recommended.
From the host
Denmark farm provides space for eco-camping set in a wonderful, wildlife-rich 40-acre nature reserve. The camp site is situated on a gently sloping meadow next to woodland and, with almost no light pollution, the stars are amazing. Campers have the unique opportunity to share this peaceful place with red kites circling overhead, hares hiding in the undergrowth, dragonflies darting over ponds, hedgerows and woods full of birdsong, and flower rich meadows.
Visit the huge bog at Cors Caron's nature reserve (01974 298480), about 7 miles away. The wetlands form a sanctuary for many species of bird and other wildlife; its resident otters are so at home that they can sometimes be seen during the daytime. A circular walkway provides access to a huge stretch of peaty Welsh bog.
Explore the stunning Ceredigion coastline. Cardigan Bay offers something for everyone with family friendly Green Flag beaches, miles of spectacular coast paths and plenty of dolphins, seals and porpoises.
Food and drink
Watson and Pratts (01570 423099) is just off the A485 (you'll pass it on your way to Denmark Farm if coming via Lampeter) and has a fantastic array of fresh and organic produce (they also do delivery). For eating out, the Talbot Hotel in Tregaron (01974 298208) can't be beaten.