Stackpole Under the Stars The Greener Camping Club

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Pembroke

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Camping and glamping on the Pembrokeshire coast, with the enchanting grounds of a country estate to explore next door

When the sun has got its hat on, there really are fewer places we'd rather spend the day than the beaches and bays of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, while as dusk descends the rarefied night sky round these parts displays the twinkling stars in utmost clarity. And at Stackpole Under the Stars, a hidden idyll of a spot just outside Pembroke, campers and glampers have an unspoiled setting to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with nature. After all, how many campsites can boast a National Park location just a stone's throw from a recognised National Nature Reserve?

While the only remaining link to the Stackpole Estate is the pair of Grade-II- listed stone gate pillars you pass through to enter the campsite, the site of the once grand Stackpole Court is just around the corner. Here, the Stackpole Estate’s landscaped grounds, now reclaimed by nature and managed by the National Trust, are abuzz with wildlife and vibrant flora and centred around the picture-perfect (not to mention, otter-residing) Bosherton Lily Ponds. It is within the grounds of the estate’s North Lodge that Stan and Laura Ridgway's welcome new addition to the Pembrokeshire camping landscape was born.

Offering the best of both worlds, Stackpole Under the Stars has space for five tent pitches alongside a smattering of glamping accommodation which includes hand-crafted yurts, bell tents, and a luxury pod. Keeping things small scale in this way ensures the tranquility of the hay meadow setting is not compromised and all plots are a respectful distance apart. It also means the crafty new wash-pod facilities and eco-friendly compost loo are never over-run. With acres of space, mown play areas and meandering grass pathways, kids can let their imaginations run riot here, with yet more adventures awaiting in the nearby Lodge Park Woods. 

Stackpole's prime spot on the southern Pembroke peninsula means some of the region's finest beaches like Broadhaven South and the sand dunes and pine trees of Barafundle Bay are easily accessible. With the Pembrokeshire Coast Path a stone's throw away, you can really soak up the dramatic nature of the West Wales coastline. And just when you think you know this pocket of Pembrokeshire, it continues to reveal hidden treasures like the hermit's chapel, built into the side of a cliff at St Govan's Head. To get there, you'll have to traverse the 52 vertigo-inducing steps that lead down the cliff-face. Local lore (or tourist board propaganda as some have suggested) has it that the number is never the same on the way back up. Either way, we're sure you'll settle that argument back at camp over the nightly ritual of marshmallow-toasting over the flickering flames of the campfire.

'Dreamy Days and Starry Nights' runs the Stackpole Under the Stars tagline and we think that sums things up pretty nicely.

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Facilities

Four of the camping pitches have electric and each has its own picnic table. Firepits (complete with grill rack for BBQ) can be hired. Logs, kindling, firelighters, etc are also for sale. Yurts sleep up to 4 on a double bed and 2 single futons. Features inside include wood-burning stove, solar fairy lights, dining table and chairs. Furnished bell tents sleep up to 4 on a double bed and 2 removable singles (all bedding included). Luxury glamping pod sleeps up to 4 with en suite shower room, underfloor heating, fridge, microwave and TV. Deckchairs, covered picnic table, gas hob, and a firepit provided (with complimentary fire-starter kit). Other facilities include shower and compost toilet pods, plus a wash-room with double sink, washing machine, tumble dryer and chest freezer for ice blocks.

Suitable For

Tent campers, glampers, families, couples, well-behaved dogs all welcome. If you would like to stay in your caravan, campervan or trailer tent in the autumn please call ahead to check the ground conditions as there are no hardstandings.

Nearby

The campsite is set within the Stackpole Estate so there are acres of enchanting grounds to explore, including the Bosherton Lily Ponds – keep your eyes peeled for otters! Pembrokeshire's many pristine beaches are easily reachable from the site. The stony cove at Stackpole Quay is the closest, while the sandy shores of Freshwater East & West, and Barafundle Bay are nearby too. The latter is particularly spectacular. Slightly further afield you'll find surf-friendly Manorbier and the watersports hub of Saundersfoot. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path begins from nearby Amroth and snakes its way up the peninsula to St Dogmaels near Cardigan in the north of the county. The imposing Elegug Stacks (known as Stack Rocks) and the Green Bridge of Wales cliff arch are just a couple of the epic seascape sites you can see en route. The region is rich in medieval sites with castles to explore at Pembroke and Haverfordwest. History buffs should seek out Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, the ruins of the Lamphey Bishops Palace and the remote hermit's chapel at St Govan's Head. One of Wales' prettiest seaside towns, Tenby, is under an hour's drive away to the east, while St Davids, officially the UK's smallest city, is just over an hour further up the coast.

Food & Drink

The Stackpole Inn (01646 672324) is one of the standouts of Pembrokeshire's thriving culinary scene, winning, amongst many other gongs, Best Gastropub in Wales at the Great British Pub Awards. Stackpole Walled Gardens (01646 661 442) lies within the estate itself and produces seasonal fruit and veg available to buy in the onsite shop. It's all run by Mencap with much of the cultivation carried out by local adults with learning disabilities. The gardens' Cawdors Tea Room is a lovely setting for a bite to eat, boasting the best of local produce. After a day at the beach, The Boathouse Tea Room (01646 672687) is just the ticket, serving up hearty fayre such as sandwiches, paninis, jacket spuds and traditional Welsh cawl, all enjoyed overlooking the picturesque Stackpole Quay.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Our family-run campsite is like a little green oasis, tucked away behind woodland in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park , and yet only 10 minutes’ drive from the historic town of Pembroke. It’s the best of both worlds. If you’re seeking a place to unwind, in a quiet rural location but within easy reach of what others may call ‘civilisation’, we think you’ll love it.
We look forward to hosting you for your camping and glamping holidays here in Stackpole. However long you choose to stay, and whether you’re in your own tent, camper or caravan or relaxing in our glamping accommodation, you’ll share experiences that will last a lifetime.

Accommodation

5 camping pitches (4 with electric hook-up). 2 yurts, 2 bell tents and 1 pod.
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Location

Contact Stackpole Under the Stars, North Lodge, Cheriton, Stackpole, Pembrokeshire SA71 5BX

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Getting There

Take the B4319 out of Pembroke towards Castlemartin and Angle. After about one mile, turn left – continuing on the B4319. After about 1.2 miles, turn left onto an unmarked tree-lined lane immediately after the St Petrox village road sign. Stackpole Under The Stars is straight ahead through the stone pillars.

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