Cwmberach Uchaf Farm

UK Wales

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Space, nature and gloriously comfortable accommodation

It would be rude to say that Cwmberach Uchaf was ever abandoned. This 80-acre farm on the western edge of the Black Mountains had been in the Dempster family for generations and today retains a character and charm that all comes from being extremely well looked after. But all the same, the 15-year period between the previous and the current occupiers was certainly a time in which it ‘returned to nature’ – a passing of time that allowed the pastures to grow into thick, shaggy carpets of waist high grass and dry-stone walls to defy their name with a coating of dense, damp moss.

Thankfully, current owners Mark and Sarah have decided not to fight the changes but embrace them, an attitude that has resulted in one of the finest campsites in all of Wales. Cwmberach Uchaf Farm has become a natural haven and, though very much a thriving business with sheep, pigs, goats and beehives, it also a wonderfully diverse and uncultivated space with habitats of woodland, moor and mountain in which wildlife thrives. For a real holiday in the great outdoors you need look no further.

Yet for all its green credentials, Cwmberach Uchaf Farm is not a place for bedding down in the grass and pitching your tent on lumpy ground. This is camping in style – high-end family glamping that allows a more fuss free way to enjoy that same slice of countryside. Comprised of luxury canvas lodges, set up by the experienced folk of Feather Down Farms, visitors here need arrive with nothing but pjs and a toothbrush and they’d manage to get by. There’s a well-equipped kitchen, with a stove, sink and large butcher’s block, plus room to sleep up to six people, with a king-sized master bedroom, a second room with bunk beds and a clever ‘cupboard bed’ area in the kitchen that children will love. The living area is in keeping with the farm feel too – think dark woods, old-style lanterns and, of course, a fantastic wood burning stove.

Outside there’s no shortage of space – build dens in the small copse of woodland or join one of the footpaths that heads up to the top of the hill above, rewarding you with excellent views of the Amman Valley. Mark and Sarah are also happy to provide tours of the farm, introducing you to the animals and demonstrating how they collect the honey from their bees. Visit in spring and early summer and you may even get the chance to bottle feed some lambs!

Details

Facilities

Canvas Lodges include a double bed, bunk beds and a cosy cupboard bed. The lodge has also has an en suite flushing toilet and the campsite shower block is fresh and modern, refurbished in 2015. Lodges have a kitchenette with outdoor cooker and a living space with sofas, a dining table and the like. Wood is supplied for heating and cooking along with a starter pack of candles and lamp oil. Towels and bedding are all provided. Campers shouldn't pass up the opportunity to have a farm tour, but closer to the tent there are also chickens and a coup where you can collect fresh eggs.

Suitable For

Kids, families, groups – yes. Campervans, caravans, tents, dogs and pets – no.

Nearby

Just metres from the tent you can access a bridleway that leads up into the mountains. The site is on a flat area of the hillside and a climb to the top reveals excellent views west. The Brecon Beacons have plenty of fantastic walking and mountain biking routes – chat to Sarah and Mark when you arrive if you don't already have any specific ideas. For culture and history visit Carreg Cennen Castle (01558 822291), reached by a beautiful 5-mile walking route or a pop into the Llandeilo, a wonderful marketing town on the River Towy. Here you'll find National Trust owned Dinefwr and Dinefwr Castle – a National Nature Reserve, historic house and 18th-century landscape park, enclosing a medieval deer park. For something a little different try riding lessons at Dinefwr Riding Centre (01269 850042), 3 miles from Cwmberach Uchaf Farm.

Food & Drink

There is an honesty shop on the campsite selling local goods and the farm's own meat (when in stock). Don't pass up the opportunity to try some of their own honey! If you're after a pub, though, the nearest is 2 miles away in Llandyfan – The Square & Compass (01269 850402). It's an incredible spot, believed to have been built 300 years ago as the village blacksmith’s cottage. It has served as a licensed premises since 1840 and does look, from outside, more like someone's house than a well-loved boozer.

Opening Times

Start of July–end of October.

Location

Contact Cwmberach Uchaf Farm, Cwmberach Uchaf Farm, Brecon Beacons, South Wales, SA18 2DZ

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