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Ffynnonddewi Camping
21 reviews
· Haverforwest, Wales
5 acres
16 sites
16 RV/Tent
Dog-friendly camping with campfires permitted and a private compost loo per pitch all just a 20-minute walk from a sheltered swimming cove
You know you’ve found a special spot for a holiday when you wish your getaway could last forever. It’s a feeling that Gareth and Luci Chapman know only too well, having experienced it year after year during their camping trips on the Pembrokeshire coast. Not content with poring over the photographs of cliff-top walks and salt-water-washed coves, the couple decided to up roots and harness that holiday feeling. The result is Ffynnonddewi Camping, just a few miles from St Davids and some of the best beaches on the Welsh coast. Pitch up on one of Ffynnonddewi’s grassy pitches and you’re surrounded by miles of farmland with a 20-minute walk across fields to Porthmynawyd Cove. From here, you can turn left on the Wales Coast Path for a two-mile walk to the sand and surf of Newgale Beach or right towards the harbour village of Solva. But this is Pembrokeshire, remember, so expect some fairly challenging ups and downs on the way. And, if that sounds too much like hard work, just ignore the path and take a few more steps for Porthmynawyd’s low-tide sands and swimming in sheltered, turquoise waters. It was coast and country that lured Gareth and Luci to Pembrokeshire’s quieter, northern end and that’s exactly what their campsite showcases. There’s nothing flashy about the place — apart from the gleam from their immaculate facilities. Aside from that, it's a relatively simple site with a couple of family bathrooms, an undercover washing-up area and a few convenient camping facilities which reveal that this pair know a thing or two about camping. Communal-use freezers, little phone-charging lockers and free Wi-Fi are solar powered and all part of the deal. Perhaps, best of all, this site sets itself apart from much of the competition with the rustic luxury of a compost loo per pitch saving midnight dashes across the field when nature calls. Firepits are available to borrow and campers with dogs are well-catered for too – there’s a separate field where four-legged friends can run free and even a dedicated doggy shower. Those walks on the coastal path are great for a day out with the dog but for two-legged campers there’s more besides. Days on the beach, wildlife watching and eating the freshest fish and chips are some of the simple pleasures that make trips to Pembrokeshire memorable. And they’re easy to find from Ffynnonddewi, with Newgale and Whitesands beaches, St Davids city and quay, and the harbour villages of Solva and Porthgain all within a 10-minute drive. But campers be warned: get a taste for these Pembrokeshire pleasures and you might find it hard to drag yourself away too. Maybe you'll end up returning to start your own campsite one day just like Gareth and Luci...
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Haverforwest, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Ffynnonddewi H.Joined in March 2019
14 ratings · 21 reviews
Martyn ?.recommends
July 20, 2022
Standard Grass Pitch
great campsite,
Alice W.recommends
July 4, 2022
Standard Grass Pitch
Thoughtful details
This campsite is a gem. The little details were so thoughtfully worked out, from the long grass between pitches to delineate the spaces to the lockable solar powered phone charging stations, everything worked. The shower block and toilets were clean and functional, having a loo by the pitch too is helpful. Firewood and breakfast on demand is great. The great fields next door dedicated to running your dog are a godsend, Gareth was attentive and helpful. Thank you!
Adele S.recommends
September 8, 2021
Standard Grass Pitch
Helpful and friendly management of the camp site. The pitches are nicely spaced out and having a portaloo makes the camping experience much easier. Having a dog field was wonderful and made life easier with the dogs. The site is at a good location with amazing costal walks near by with free parking. Lovely beaches are near by which are good for swimming and are dog friendly.
Ian W.recommends
September 3, 2021
Standard Grass Pitch
We stayed as a family of four in mid August. The weather wasn’t great but the welcome was warm! The site has large plots big enough for our trailer tent, each with their own toilets and well spread out. It was wonderfully peaceful and had every feature we needed. Gareth was a great host and seemed to be permanently busy doing one thing or another especially as his family was staying for the week too. We appreciated his tips on where to go, good local walks especially to the ice cream farm, and his brilliant egg, bacon and sausage breakfast baguettes at very low costs! Lots to see locally especially if you want to keep the kids so active that they go straight to bed in the evening. We surfed at Newgate and Whitesands but loved the wide open space of Newgate where the beach is so big you don’t crash into all the other surfers. Solva is lovely and don’t miss Mamgu with their interesting variations on Welsh cakes, even for breakfast.
Vicky C.recommends
August 23, 2021
Standard Grass Pitch
This is the best campsite we have stayed at. Lovely big pitches and so quiet. Facilities were great - individual portaloo for our pitch but the shared shower/toilet facilities were also great. Nice hot powerful showers and always clean. Washing up area was enclosed and useful having a freezer to sort out our own ice packs. Gareth was always really helpful and we loved the delivery of firewood to our pitch. Would definitely recommend to people wanting a peaceful, small campsite. Such a lovely place for people wanting to avoid the bigger busier campsites. This, together with the brilliant facilities made this campsite for us.
Daliah S.recommends
August 16, 2021
Standard Grass Pitch
We had a fantastic week camping at this lovely site. The pitch was very spacious, big enough to fit 2 family tents and an event shelter. Plus we had our very own portaloo (due to Covid) which was a fantastic addition (especially for the 4am toilet trips!). The two family bathrooms were spotless and the showers were always hot. An extra special treat were our morning croissants and pain au chocolate (my 8 year old nephew's favourite!). Gareth also managed to cope with our various dietary requirements (being both veggie and gluten free) and his morning breakfast rolls were delicious! Extra (and very useful) touches included solar powered phone charging lockers and the two freezers. We would recommend Ffynnonddewi to anyone who would like a small (max 15 pitches), well equipped and perfectly located campsite (surrounded by countless beaches on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline and the nearby village of Solva and city of St David's).
From the host
Dog-friendly camping with campfires permitted and a private compost loo per pitch all just a 20-minute walk from a sheltered swimming cove
Nearby attractions
The beaches of the Pembrokeshire Coast are easily reached. It’s about a mile’s walk from site to the nearest beach, Porthmynawyd Cove, where you can swim or join the Wales Coast Path. For a sandy beach to swim or surf from head for Newgale and Whitesands, both just a 10-minute drive away. The Big Blue Experience at Newgale (07816 169359) offers courses and activities, including paddleboarding and kitesurfing. Boat trips to wildlife hotspots, including Ramsey and Skomer Islands are available from Thousand Islands Expeditions (01437 721721) in St Davids, the UK’s smallest city (5 miles away). The huge cathedral is worth a visit. Picton Castle and Gardens (01437 751326) are less than 20 miles and a drive of 30 minutes away. The castles at Pembroke (01646 681510), Carew (01646 651782) and Manorbier (01834 870081) are all within an hour’s drive too. Folly Farm Zoo (01834 812731) offers lots of fun for younger families while Oakwood Theme Park (01834 815170) has thrills and spills for all ages; both are around a 40-minute drive away.
Food and drink
Breakfast rolls and baguettes are available every day and can be delivered direct to your tents — with veggie, vegan and gluten-free options available. Gareth also makes his own cider and is licensed to sell it (and other local goodies) on site and also smokes his own fish which is sometimes available to purchase. There’s fresh seafood, both raw and prepared, direct from Mike the fisherman at Something Fishy (07854 618466), just up the road. Solva has 4 pubs including the fantastic Cambrian Inn (01437 721210). St Davids (5 miles away) has a small CKs supermarket, a fantastic butchers, a greengrocers and a deli along with several excellent eateries and pubs. St David’s Kitchen (01437 720009), The Bishops pub (01437 720422) and Cwtch Restaurant (01437 720491) come recommended. Around 5 miles from site is the Artramont Arms in Croesgoch (01348 831309) where they do good fish and chips. And it’s another five minutes in the car to The Shed (01348 831518) at Porthgain which also serves just-caught fish and chips with vegetarian options too. The coastal village of Porthgain is also home to the excellent Sloop Inn (01348 831449).
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