Inspire your imagination....
Unusual places to lay your head in Pembrokeshire
Inspire your imagination when you put a roof over your head this summer.
Eco glamping, yurts, domes and tipis. We’ve got it all. Always wanted to jump in a surf van and head to the beach? Wondered what it would be like to live in a yurt? Drempt of visiting a grand design eco home?
Pembrokeshire has something to offer the most adventurous of imaginations – here’s a glimpse of unusual places to stay this summer:
For the ultimate canvas experience look no further than these two gems:
Mention the name ‘Fforest’ from here to London and watch people’s eyes turn dreamy as they imagine themselves sleeping in glamping luxury on this beautiful farm near Cilgerran. Camping under the stars awaits you in the most decadent of tents, domes or shacks. And if canvas is a step too far there’s always the crofters cottages. A wonderful place for the whole family to camp, roam, play and explore.
Trellyn Woodland Camping
Kevin Bird and his family have been building yurts and offering yurt holidays on their idyllic small holding near Abercastle for over twelve years. What started out as a summer camp has turned into a full time family business, with yurt camping in the summer and yurt making in the winter.
In 2012 Kevin created the ‘Dragon tipi’, with local children’s author and illustrator Jackie Morris. Your tipi is wrapped in Jackie’s beautiful dragon and there is even a Jackie Morris storybook for you to read before you go off to sleep. Kids of all ages will love this imaginative space.
Read more about the artist & author in Pembrokeshire People: meet Jackie Morris
For the ultimate off-grid experience check out Quiet Earth strawbale house in St Dogmaels. Winner of the 2008 Grand Design Eco Award this beautiful straw bale house was hand build by Rachel Shiamh and hundreds of volunteers. The house is perched above St Dogmaels and offers courses and retreats to anyone wishing to learn more about sustainable building and off-grid living.
It’s not an eco home, or a glamping icon. The building itself is a stone dwelling typical of the area, but it’s not the building you’ll be looking at. It’s the view. Pwll Deri Youth Hostel is perched right on the edge of the cliffs, a stones throw from Strumble Head, and has to be one of THE most spectacular overnight locations in Pembrokeshire. This is a quiet, contemplative, nature lovers spot. Enjoy.
Dreams of racing off to the beach with a surf board under one hand and your sweetheart in the other are a phone call away, thanks to a great little company called Pembrokeshire Classic Campers. I have to warn you, one look at ‘Lily’ and ‘Daisy’ and you will want to book.
If you’re a family or a big group and you are looking for a sustainable place to stay then head to Preseli Venture eco lodge. Preseli Venture is a 5* activity centre, purposely built with sustainability in mind. The lodge offers individual bunks, rooms, geodesic dome, meal options and bar area. As well as outdoor activities to get your adrenaline going!
Curious about a low impact lifestyle? Pembrokeshire is home to a pioneer project called Lammas – an alternative model for low-impact living on the land. Famous for its ‘hobbit houses’ and known globally for its community Lammas runs tours of the site every Saturday during the summer. They also offer ‘experience weeks’ where you can find out what it is like living in an low-impact community. If you are at all curious then follow that impulse. You’ll be amazed at what you will learn.
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