Off-grid camping and glamping on the edge of 21 acre Pembrokeshire coastal woodland

There’s a scrapbook at Bôn Camping where guests can note the wildlife they’ve seen or heard as they explore its diverse 29-acre space. There’s a wide variety of species in there too, scrawled in pencil and pen among the pages. It’s a good indication of what this place is all about. Campers take up only a small proportion of the space on offer here, with over two thirds of the campsite covered by woodland, and it’s wildlife that seems to rule the roost. Fiery yellow gorse bushes and blankets of mature trees are an attraction to campers and critters alike. And thankfully, Bôn Camping can accommodate them both.

In total there are just nine, grassy, non-electrical pitches spread across the two meadows behind Porterswell Farm. They’re accompanied by a classic 1970's Mercedes caravan for glampers, and simple, eco-friendly facilities. Loos are of the composting kind, while the showers too are entirely off-grid but gas-powered to provide good pressure and hot water. There is a farm barn that has been converted into a communal area with sofas and a dining table, with electricity providing for fridges and freezers, but otherwise the campsite is a rather unadulterated scene, where you can simply pitch your tent as you please and enjoy the natural environment.

The best place to start is by exploring the woods or heading out on a circular walk from the campsite, either along the Brandy Brook Valley or east to Newgale Beach, one of the best Blue Flag beaches in Pembrokeshire. The latter can also be reached in less than five minutes by car and is popular with families, surfers and just about everyone else who knows a top beach when they see one. Despite this, you can still get away from the crowds if you’re prepared to walk a little from the main car park. There is also the smaller, more sheltered cove of Nolton Haven, perfect for children with its sands and rock pools less than ten minutes away.

The ultimate retreat from the masses, however, undoubtedly comes from sheltering yourself away in he semi-wilderness of the campsite itself. Light your campfire, listen to the birds and watch the sun as it sinks its way towards St Brides Bay. After that, you’ll have some of the starriest skies in Wales for extra company.

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The campsite owner says

Bôn is field and woodland camping in a 29 acre nature reserve small holding with gorgeous countryside views, so close to the coast you can hear the waves crash on the beach as you fall asleep.  Apart from the fields and woods to explore, we have five Icelandic ponies grazing in one field and two very friendly and adorable kune-kune pigs in the other. When it's feeding time for the pigs, kids are welcome to come along and enjoy. Glyn and Gladys love a good scratch!

The Woodland pitches are in the lower part of the valley in the shelter of the trees. To get to them, you meander down through the woods until you reach the clearings at the bottom. All pitches are flat and grassy, surrounded by willows, ash, oaks, sycamore and gorse. Plenty of sunshine reaches these pitches and some even enjoy a clear view of the Brandy Brook valley. Wheel barrows are provided to take your gear to the pitches, muscle work at first, but once you're there, it's the most enchanting camping experience there is. Also benefiting from composting toilets, drinking water and washing up sinks.

Meadow pitches are where our campsite really started. Located at the top of the valley, each pitch enjoys uninterrupted views across the Brandy Brook valley. Partly sheltered by the tall gorse hedge, new willow trees have been planted around the pitches to create even more shelter. It is possible to have more than one tent pitched up with no extra cost. We now have five pitches spread out from each other with compost loo and washing up facility in the field. All pitches come with a picnic table and fire pit.

As well as the field and woods camping we also have a couple of bell tents, a yurt and an old Mercedes van for hire, all come with all you need for a luxury stay in the outdoors, with campfires, outdoor seating, fully kitted out kitchens and ensuite facilities with a beautiful countryside view.

Our family homestead has 20 acres of wild woodland, teeming with wildlife and bursting with ferns and flowers. The facilities are indoor electric showers, compost toilets and flush toilets all within easy access of your tent, and for rainy days we have a big barn shed with dining area, washing up sinks, fridge freezers and sea kayaks available to use at no extra cost, on a first come first served basis. But remember you'll need a roof rack or a very big boot!

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