Pencelli Castle Caravan and Camping Park

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
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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Facilities

No campfires but BBQs welcome. With 80 pitches and 29 hook-ups over 3 fields, space is rarely an issue, and the facilities are spotless, with 10 showers and 2 family washrooms, a small laundry with fridge-freezer and washing-up facilities. A small shop stocks basics, and there’s also a place to store and wash bikes and boots. There’s a useful information room and you can order newspapers daily. Some pitches have disabled access and WiFi. A welcoming site for children, there’s a good play area with a grass pitch and a nature trail to follow around the site, which includes the red deer enclosure and vintage farm machinery. The Brecon Beacons are only a stone’s throw away and hardy campers often pitch tents here in the bleak midwinter to witness the first snow. The canal running along the side of the site means you can launch a canoe directly from the camping field.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, children, caravans – yes. Big groups, young groups, dogs – no.

Nearby

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 & 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.

Opening Times

February–November.

The Owner Says

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.

Pitches

The caravan and camping pitches at Pencelli Castle are in 3 different fields, The Orchard, The Oaks and The Meadow.

The Orchard is a site for caravans and motorhomes.  It has spacious gravel hard standings and is accessible from a tarmac ring road. This area also has several Serviced Pitches where you can connect your caravan directly to the water tap and not have to carry water from the communal tap.  You can also connect your waste water directly into a drain as well as the usual electric hook-up (16 amps). The Orchard is situated on a plateau adjoining the shower block and is within the curtilage of where the castle walls would have been.  Unfortunately the walls have long disappeared.

The Oaks is suitable for caravans, motorhomes and tents. It has a mixture of hardstandings and closely mown grass.  Electric hook-ups are available on spacious numbered pitches.

The Meadow is for tents only.  Situated furthest away from the shower block, this field has a wonderful feel of space and freedom making it a favourite with campers. It is bordered on 2 sides by  mature trees, one of which is thought to be the biggest Oak tree in the parish.  The Brecon & Monmouth Canal runs along the length of the Meadow where canoes can be launched or enjoy a picnic as the brightly coloured barges go by. The Meadow also has a Bike & Boot Wash so you can have a good clean up before you leave.


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Location

Contact Pencelli Castle Caravan and Camping Park, Pencelli, Brecon, Powys LD3 7LX

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Getting There

From Brecon: Take the A40 East out of Brecon (Signposted Abergavenny). After 1 mile turn onto the attractive B4558 (Signposted Pencelli) and follow the brown caravan and tent signs. Go south for 2 miles until you reach the village of Pencelli. As you pass through the village Pencelli Castle is the last place and is signposted on the left.

From Brecon - If using a satnav the postcode LD3 7LX  - your satnav will instruct you to take a sharpe right within the village , please ignore this instruction and continue on for 30 yards - we are on the left as signposted..

From Abergavenny: Take A40 towards Brecon. 6 miles from Brecon turn left for Talybont On Usk.  In the village, at the T junction, turn right. Pencelli Castle is the first place on the right in the next village, 2 miles.


A train to Abergavenny, then bus X43, which runs between Cardiff and Abergavenny, stopping near the Royal Oak pub. Call 08712 002233 for times.

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