Glamping at Warren Farm Pembrokeshire, Wales
Last week we enjoyed a fabulous holiday on the South Pembrokeshire Coast, we were staying in one of the spacious Bell Tents at Warren Farm, they have a bunkhouse as well if you want, but I really wanted to Glamp. Only 1 mile form the stunning coast you could see the sea whilst relaxing in the dappled shade provided by the trees at the farm so here is my review of the tents, facilities and hospitality we received during our four night stay.
Check In at Warren Farm is normally 5pm though so long as you let them know they are really very relaxed about this, we had spent a full day exploring caves and meeting dinosaurs in the Brecon Beacons and arrived a little bit before 5pm, but I soon found Hannah cleaning one of the tents and was immediately made to feel at home, when you meet Hannah and Jane you will feel like you have just bumped into long lost friends, they go a long way to make each holiday, memorable, easy and fun. On hand to provide maps, knowledge, friendly chatter, fresh ice blocks and phone charging facilities you will be sad to leave them when you go home, we certainly were.
After introductions all round she helped us bring our bags to the tent and gave us the welcome tour, we were staying in Elderflower, the furthest bell tent at the bottom of the lovely gardens, it is the most secluded and even has it's own private access path. As we were staying mid week we were the only people on site but I still appreciated being tucked away, our Bell Tent was the most shaded and not only did we get some scorching hot days, the light nights did confuse the little one, so we really appreciated our tent having those extra trees, every little helps as they say.
Each bell tent sleeps 8 people, so has 8 single mattresses, cleverly stacked 2 high with the bedding laid out to turn each stack into a sofa you can then move the round as you need. We left ourselves with 3 sofa set ups and pulled one apart to create a double bed, there was then loads of room for L's travel cot and plenty of space to run about and be a scamp inside of the tent. You are left with all the equipment you could need and more, inside the tents are little tables and a chest of draws so you can actually unpack, a tea light chandelier to provide light as well as a hurricane lamp, loads of spare candles, a torch, local information and a lighter, there are also two gorgeous picnic hampers with enough crockery, cutlery and glassware for 8, these double up as your cool bags too.
As well as your luxurious bell tent you also get a private kitchen area, shower and toilet. Again you have everything you could possibly need, pots, pans, a 4 ring gas hob, kettle, washing up liquid, spare bin bags, even marshmallows and a toasting fork to use with your fire pit. Literally all we had to bring was towels, toiletries and clothes. With a toddler this fact is incredibly important as they come with a lot, and I mean a lot, of stuff! If we had then had to fit in sleeping bags, camp beds and all your normal camping gear, well quite frankly we wouldn't have been able to do it, the poor car just wouldn't have coped and neither would my nerves! The water for the showers was hot and powerful and the compostable toilet was actually really nice, surprisingly so, so please do not let that put you off for even one moment.
With all this I think we would have been happy, but when you stay at Warren Farm you are truly spoilt, we had breakfast on our private lawn area each morning and enjoyed a glass of wine, or a cheeky cider, there each evening after putting the little one to bed, we toasted marshmallows on the campfire and got to reconnect for a bit. We enjoyed the views, thoroughly enjoyed watching the cows being moved into the field opposite and watching the going on's of the nearby Castlemartin Range, if you want a happy toddler, let him eat your Fish & Chips in the back of the car whilst following behind a Tank, all we heard was either 'more, more' when out of chips or excited cries of 'tractor!', he doesn't really understand why a tank is different, bless.
Talking of keeping the toddler happy, he also loved the garden toys, the giant swing, sunken trampoline and the Rocking Horse that Jane bought out for him. They also have a great supply of other toys, buckets and spades you can borrow for the beach, balls, lawn golf and more. We had great fun watching him play whilst we chatted away with Hannah and Jane after our days out, they were very helpful in helping us plan our days out, all we would have to do was mention where we were thinking of visiting and we would be given maps, interesting driving routes, restaurant recommendations and handy hints that only a local would know. These cam in very useful, especially when we needed a longer drive so L could nap after a day out, it meant we got to see loads of the county and really explore whilst he snoozed away. We would have never found this amazing burial chamber if it wasn't for Hannah giving us directions and nor would we have known about the lovely drive home we took from Castell Henllys back to Pembroke. What I found amazing was how she managed to just know when she was required, we wouldn't see either of them until that moment when I was saying 'oh lets ask Hannah' and then, as if she had magic powers, she would appear.
There isn't much to Warren itself, a church, the farm and a few houses but we loved the solitude. Andy would take L for a walk every morning whilst I washed up and got out bag ready for the day and then we would head out, there were so many amazing beaches nearby, we watched surfers find waves and kept an eye out for the wildlife, we saw so many castles, and visited so many amazing attractions an they were all so close, I wish we had booked for longer as we could have easily filled a fortnight visiting all the amazing places in Pembrokeshire. The driving was fun and scenic and everywhere we visited was really reasonably priced, even the car parks were super cheap, which made for a pleasant surprise as that is not something you can say about Norfolk!
So to wrap things up, would I recommend Warren Farm? YES!!! Would I recommend Glamping? Yes, quite frankly it is now the only acceptable way to camp, period! Is there anything I would change? No not even one little bit! We simply had the best time and it was the perfect adventure for a cheeky toddler and his slightly frazzled parents. Even better, if you can fill your tent, it is actually a really a very affordable holiday and one you will never forget, I can see why it is so popular with hen and stag parties, both Andy I said it would have been lovely to have bought friends with us.
Disclosure - we were invited to stay at Warren Farm free of charge in return for our open and honest views