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An impeccably crafted shepherd's hut and a floating glamping cabin, set in scenic farmland just beyond the Daugleddau Estuary

A mile and a half east of Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire, newly opened Dragonfly Camping is home to some suitably quirky glamping accommodation. It’s befitting for the area. This is, after all, the most sheltered stretch of the coast, where the long, deep river estuary – Cleddau Ddu – is populated with sailing dinghies, kayaks and tiny tending rowboats that to and fro from yachts. In summer Lawrenny Quay is abuzz with folks in deck shoes and buoyancy aids. So, along with Dragonfly’s resplendent shepherd’s hut, where better to stay nearby than in a floating, boating, buoyant glamping home?

Set on a small lake on 300-acre Little Pencoed Farm, the Kingfisher Housboat is safe from the ebb and flow of the tidal estuary and, instead, stays remarkably still on its calm, quiet waters. Nevertheless, the home gently shifts as you step aboard, reminding you that this is very much a floating abode, while the exterior decking means, on a sunny day, you can jump straight into the lake for a swim. Inside, the floating cabin is all exposed pinewood and timber finish. There’s a master bedroom (with a king-sized bed), a bathroom and an open plan living space with a modern kitchen and a sofa bed for two more campers. It’s luxury living, just with water on every side.

Back on terra ferma the Kingfisher is accompanied by a second luxury dwelling, a two-person shepherd’s hut, built by local craftsmen. The attention to detail is superb. An inbuilt double bed is supremely comfortable, cocooned at one end of the hut, while a stove warms the entire vessel and a beautiful (and vast) copper basin provides a rustic sink in the kitchen space (worthy of a fancy farmhouse). Space inside has been cheated by adding an extra, up-cycled horsebox next door. – it houses an off-grid bathroom with a gas-powered hot shower and allows for extra room inside the hut itself. There’s even space to pitch an extra tent outside, too, if you fancy bringing a few more people along.

It’s a half hour walk into Lawrenny village, home to all the traditional essentials – a shop, cricket club and 12th century church. It’s a little further down to the quay where the boat club is neighboured by a popular tearooms. The garden there makes for a great place to have a cuppa before or after walking a stretch of the waterside footpath, which takes you through the trees of National Trust-owned Cleddau Woodlands. The trail is a part of the longer and renowned Pembrokeshire Coast Path, while the endless popular beaches of the county are all within easy driving distance too.

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The campsite owner says

Dragonfly Camping is a small ecofriendly, green campsite on the Cleddau Estuary. Based in the heart of our organic dairy farm, the campsite is situated in an area set aside for wildlife and adjacent to our pond. Accessed by a long stone track off the quiet country road, it is a peaceful, tranquil haven teeming with birds and woodland animals.

Set up in 2017, this is a small secluded site with one Shepherds Hut and a Houseboat. Both have their own private space. Imagine sitting around the campfire toasting marshmallows, gazing at the stars or simply sitting on the decked porch on a balmy evening watching the sunset over the meadow and the pond.

Dragonfly Shepherds Hut built was by master craftsmen to our own specification with its cosy interior, fluffy kingsize bed and bush bath, is an ideal hideaway for couples. Kingfisher Houseboat, meanwhile, floats on our secluded pond and has stunning waterside views. It is ideal for a couple or family of four.

Bruce grew up here and has been farming the land for over 30 years, building up his prized mixed organic dairy herd. Over 300 acres, Little Pencoed Farm is a mixture of woodland, grassland, saltmarsh and moorland providing a wonderful pasture for the cows and sheep and a unique habitat for many bird and animal species. With his wife Nicola, they now hope to share this space with people wanting to enjoy the outdoor experience at Dragonfly Camping.


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