Melin Mabes

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Narberth & Templeton

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Adults only
  • Hot tubs
  • Laundry
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Have a close encounter of the glamping kind at this singular Pembrokeshire experience which also features a stunning treehouse and antique gypsy caravan.

Can it really be that an intergalactic visitor has crash-landed in the heart of the West Wales countryside? Struck by this gleaming white landing module pod with its three spider-like legs, visitors to these parts could be forgiven for thinking they’ve stumbled upon Pembrokeshire’s very own Roswell. Well, the little green men could do a lot worse than Spodnic – the extraterrestrial-themed glamping pod at Melin Mabes.

The brainchild of master craftsman Martian… sorry, Martin Johnson, space-age Spodnic is truly out of this world. This ingenious creation has illustrious origins – not only did it start life as prop from the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, its staggering transformation into a cosmic glamping pod was documented on the small screen by Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. And it’s easy to see why. Spodnic is brimming with amazing astro-themed features, like a Star Trek-style automatic sliding door, ‘gravity-defying’ rotating double bed, space-blanket-lined walls and steps up to a Perspex ‘cockpit’ in the roof, purpose-built for stargazing. Interplanetary paraphernalia abounds, with colour-changing alien lights, ray guns and the obligatory lightsaber. There are even astronaut’s helmets for your budding Buzz Aldrins and nipper Neil Armstrongs. Needless to say, kids will love it.

While the UFO understandably steals the headlines, the site itself is an incredible spot in its own right. Melin Mabes lies within four stunning acres on the site of a 16th century mill that Martin and wife Carol-Anne acquired from nearby Picton Castle. This tranquil stream-side setting is open to a handful of tent campers, with a trio of hard-standings for caravans. And if you’re more period romance than science-fiction, there’s a gorgeous antique (150 years old!) gypsy caravan (named Mabel) for couples, complete with ornate décor and an authentic Queenie wood burning stove.

The newest addition to Martin's glamping wonderland is the Templar Treehouse. This incredible sylvan shack rivals Spodnic in the ingenuity stakes. Set in a private pocket of the mill garden overlooking the river, the treehouse strikes a pleasing balance of rustic luxury with underfloor heating, hot tub, fully equipped antique kitchen and a modern bathroom to boot. There's even a slide to get back down to ground level (or a handcrafted staircase for the less adventurous). When not admiring the sunrise from the spacious veranda, spend your evenings swinging in the suspended loungers while stargazing beside the stone circle firepit. 

Glampers are each given their own kitchens for exclusive use (Mabel’s boasts a fabulous newly-built pizza oven), while for campers, the rustic kitchen shack (complete with attendant Dalek, of course) serves as a well-equipped central hub. Thoroughly outdoorsy perks, like picking veg from the patch and feeding the chickens, offer a pleasingly surreal start to the day after emerging from your very own spaceship. And when the eminently reachable footpaths beckon, the idyllic harbour village of Saundersfoot is just five miles away – or you could always warp speed it there in Spodnic.

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Facilities

Spodnic sleeps 4 , a double bed and sofa bed that transforms into bunks (with curtains for privacy).  heating , merino wool mattress, wool duvet, kettle, mini fridge, and towels included. Templar Treehouse sleeps 2 adults in a double bed with merino wool bedding. There's a mezzanine bedroom for 2 small kids (mattresses and sleeping bags provided for children). Private bathroom with underfloor heating, antique kitchenette, BBQ, hot tub and toiletries and towels provided. Gypsy caravan sleeps 2 in a double bed and features a wood-burning stove and adjacent hot tub. The communal covered kitchen areas outside features fridge-freezer, electric cooker, hot and cold running water, utensils, dining table and wicker chairs. Washing facilities include 4 showers, 3 toilets, plus a disabled-friendly family room with 2 showers, 1 toilet and 1 sink. Washing machine available. Pick your own fruit and veg in season.

Suitable For

Families and couples  – yes. Martians welcome too (probably). dogs welcome extra charge

Nearby

There are several pretty walking routes to enjoy, easily accessible from the site, including the disused airfield at Templeton, Landsker Borderlands Trail and the Knights Way. The latter runs to the cathedral at Britain’s smallest city, St Davids (28 miles away), home to medieval wonders like the bishops palace and close to the Preseli Hills and some stunning, surf-friendly beaches such as Whitesands Bay. Pembrokeshire’s best beaches are within easy reach including Amroth, Freshwater West and Barafundle Bay. It’s also Wales’ coasteering-capital – seek out TYF Adventures(01437 721611) for your adrenaline fix, or take a boat excursion out to Grassholm, Ramsey and Skomer Islands courtesy of Thousand Islands Expeditions (01437 721721). For the kids, Folly Farm petting zoo (01834 812731) is pretty much next door, while the ever-popular Oakwood Theme Park(01834 815170) features rollercoasters and amusement rides for all ages. Heatherton World of Activities (01646 652000), Treetops Adventure Trail (01646 652000), Dinosaur Park Tenby (01834 845272), Manor Wildlife Park (0164 665 1201) are all worth a family away-day from camp.

Food & Drink

For those arriving late, Carol-Anne is more than happy to cook up a traditional Welsh cawl (vegetarian option available) or to pre-order and collect your choice of food locally. Hampers can also be arranged and delivered for your arrival from Bethesda Farm Shop (01437 563124), Caws Cenarth Cheese (01239 710432), and either of the butchers Andrew Rees (01834 861892) or Heywoods of Saundersfoot (01834 811168). Tesco also deliver groceries direct. Narberth has a fabulous assortment of eclectic places to eat – Plum Vanilla (01834 862762) comes highly recommended, offering superb healthy options for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. Ultracomida (01834 861491) delicatessen offers the finest Andalucian food outside of Spain. Fast becoming a new favourite is Tooj (07410 148900) an atmospheric Middle Eastern café serving delicious Kurdish cuisine – with traditional music, dancing, décor and a small outdoor courtyard for summer BBQs. The nearest local pub is within walking distance (uphill to get there but an easy downhill back) – The Boar's Head (01834 860286) has a great ambience, friendly staff and hearty pub fayre (bookings recommended for Sunday lunch). For your hidden culinary treasure, the renowned surf beach at Freshwater West (site of the famous shell house from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) plays host to Cafe Môr (01646 278101) a street-food beach hut resident for summer selling the most sumptuous seafood (the lobster rolls are phenomenal!)

Opening Times

March–October. 

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The Owner Says

Relax this is a fantastic area for nature walks. We have super sized pitches available for tents, caravans and motor homes. We also have a gypsy caravan with private hot tub and our quirky Spodnic UFO (As seen on channel four's amazing spaces) 

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Accommodation

Several grass pitches for tents, 3 hard-standings for caravans, 1 treehouse sleeping 2 adults (plus an additional pair of small children), 1 gypsy wagon (sleeping 2)… oh, and a UFO (sleeping up to 4)!

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Location

Contact Melin Mabes, Templeton, Narberth, Pembrokeshire

Getting There

From Carmarthen head for St Clears then Tenby. At the Kilgetty roundabout follow signs for Folly Farm (FF). Drive past FF on left for 1 mile. Turn right under the railway bridge (before the village of Templeton – no houses or buildings in sight!). Melin Mabes is the first turning on the right (look out for the mini windmills stuck on lampposts). Please park at the gate then call at the static caravan on the left. Do not call at Mabes Mill House on the right as this is where the neighbours live.

The nearest bus and train stations are Narberth, or Kilgetty.

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