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Family-friendly bell tent glamping within easy striking distance of Manorbier castle and beach

Beavers Retreat was always destined to be an instant hit. Local farmer Iwan first opened the site in 2015 with just a pair of bell tents pitched in this large, triangular meadow on the edge of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Just a few years later and he’s already expanded to offer a further eight fully-furnished tents. Not that meeting the demand has stifled the place for space. In fact, it’s difficult to imagine just how small two bell tents must have looked in the great expanse of the meadow. Every tent still has its own space, complete with a picnic table and firepit, but the whole site is also enlivened by a sociable, family-friendly buzz. There’s a proper summer holiday atmosphere.

Set on a 60-acre working sheep and cattle farm, the campsite aims to marry the luxurious with the eco friendly. While bell tents feature double beds, bunting and basic cooking facilities, the place is still entirely off-grid, with gas-powered showers, tap water sourced from a natural spring and toilets of the composting kind. On-site fun comes not from playgrounds and arcade games, but the chance to run amok with newfound friends and stargaze under some of the darkest skies in Wales.

Along one edge of the grassy field runs a railway line, with slow, hourly trains passing quietly until 10:30 at night. It makes the glamping site very easily accessible, with the nearest station just half a mile away and a bus stop even closer. So it’s perfectly possible to come here without the car – especially as the bell tent furnishings mean you needn’t bring much with you.

Even if you do arrive by car, though, don’t be surprised if you never use it. It’s a pleasant 25-minute walk to the village of Manorbier, where a 12th-century castle overlooks the tidal sandy beach (a popular spot with surfers) and a local pub lures you in with its attractive beer garden. From there, jaunts along Pembrokeshire's renowned coastal path can occupy you for hours more or you can simply hide back at camp and enjoy the pleasures of space, seclusion and tummy-full of marshmallows.

The campsite owner says

Beavers Retreat is run as a family business, priding itself on luxury glamping in Pembrokeshire on a small 60 acre working cattle and sheep farm. Established in 2015, Beavers Retreat has 10 family sized bell tents and can accommodate up to 50 people. With the retreat offering a getaway from your hectic everyday life, smack bang in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National park, there is no electric to the site, meaning the hot showers are run off gas. Additionally, here at Beavers Retreat we believe in helping the environment wherever we can, hence the installation of compost toilets. We understand that these facilities are important to our guests, therefore are kept extremely clean and are attractively decorated. There is natural filtered spring water available on a tap at the retreat.

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