Feast on the Farm – 3 course alfresco dining evening

Feast on the Farm – 3 course alfresco dining evening

This weekend at Dewslake Farm we are looking forward to an evening of alfresco festing with the lovely Slow Pig. A regular addition to the campsite field during the summer, Slow Pig keep the campers well fed with delicious food made exclusively with meat from their own farm. Bangers and mash, tagine, pulled pork or a somehing else equally tasty in the evening (every night is different) provide a welcome break from the traditional camp BBQ and there’s nothing like a hot breakfast wrap in the morning to start the day before heading to the beach. This Saturday the 8th of August will be a little different. A delicious feast awaits campers and visitors alike. The menu is a tapas style extravagansa with almost all the ingredients raised, caught or harvested within a five mile radius.  The meat is reared on the Slow Pig farm.  Salad, herbs and vegetables are grown either in the garden here at Dewslake, or at Lamphey Walled Garden, literally just across the road.  The honey is made by Michelle’s brother’s bees.  The mackerel, that might just be caught by friends, inside five miles, not telling where… It will be a fun, relaxed evening and we’ll be dining outside, weather permitting. Bring your own wine and a blanket, we hope to see you on Saturday! Camping is available or if your local your very welcome to visit for the evening and head home to your own bed after a glorious feast. There will be brunch on the Sunday, including the likes of pork hash with fried duck egg, breakfast wraps and fresh coffee & juices.... read more
Birthday parties in bank holiday sunshine!

Birthday parties in bank holiday sunshine!

The sun is shining and we are looking forward to two birthday parties at Dewslake Farm Campsite this weekend. After a busy morning we now have a small village of bell tents all cosy and comfy with double beds, duvets and extra blankets to keep the chill off. Handmade wooden benches and fire pits in the village centre ready for birthday goers to gather, relax and enjoy the... read more
Glamp Rocks!

Glamp Rocks!

I don’t know about you, but most days I sit at twin screens. I have on average about twenty windows open. Vying for my attention are all manner of notifications (Come to a meeting! You’ve been tweeted! Come to Zumba! The snack machine is broken!)… Wouldn’t it be lovely to just turn it all off? Well, I fancied spending a bit of time off the grid. And  I think, with Cwtch Camp, I’ve found the perfect place to do it. Cwtch Camp is a secluded spot in the Pembrokeshire countryside, skipping distance from the Daugleddau Estuary. The camp comprises three acres of woodland, lightly peppered with timber cabins. And it’s peaceful. Dear god, is it peaceful. If you’re prepared to make the trek, you’ll be rewarded with a sumptuous helping of shire idyll. You’ll find serene woodland, isolated beaches, invigorating walks, traffic-free cycle routes… If such things don’t spark your hand drill, you might want to skip to the next article. Because going to Cwtch Camp is all about getting back to the country. A Cwtch – other than being the Welsh word for cuddle (aw!) – is the camp’s name for the timber cabin itself. At present, there are three onsite. The sparsely-populated site is one of the main draws, and you really wouldn’t want many more. These cosy pods are handcrafted using locally-milled, sustainably-sourced solid timber. According to site owner and manager, Beth Jones, “The cabins are not unlike timber-framed, Scandinavian cabins. Strength and durability are of the utmost importance. Each Cwtch measures 8 feet by 16 feet with plenty of head room, is secure with a... read more
Reasons to visit Pembrokeshire in the spring

Reasons to visit Pembrokeshire in the spring

DO YOU NEED ANY REASONS TO VISIT THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTY OF PEMBROKESHIRE IN THE SPRING?   THEN LET ME GIVE YOU JUST A FEW…. It is, in my opinion, THE BEST time of the year to visit as the beaches are beautifully quiet and you may even get them completely to yourself, the flowers and wildlife can be stunning and there’s not too many folk to queue behind at the bar! Earlier this month with my Surrey-based son and his partner staying for a long weekend, we headed to Marloes for a walk with Rio our aging Springer Spaniel and we had the entire beach to ourselves.  Marloes on the Southern edge of St Brides Bay is a great stretch of sand with some terrific rock formations almost making it feel like lots of little bays. It is the beach where Snow White and the Huntsman was filmed in 2011. It is worth checking the tide table though and planning your visit on a low tide because when the tide is in the beach all but disappears.  The National Trust carpark for the beach is about a half mile walk away. After our walk on the deserted beach we drove the short distance into Dale and enjoyed an excellent bar meal at The Griffin where they pride themselves on good-quality, locally-sourced food.   The fish I had was caught in the waters outside the pub window – it doesn’t get much more local than that!   We received a very hospitable welcome (despite being late lunchers!) and there was a welcoming log fire in both bars and that with a glass of... read more
Tenby March

Tenby March

At last! A day fit for a walk on the beach with a Simpson-blue sky, sparkling sunshine and a brisk, bracing wind. I headed off in my car towards the picturesque resort of Tenby when, on an impulse, I decided to turn into the railway station car park at Penally where it is possible to follow a footpath across the railway tracks, through the sandy terrain at the edge of the golf course (taking care to avoid any hazards such as the odd train or straying golf ball!) I continue along the path until I find myself at (almost) the far end of Tenby’s South Beach with a breath-taking view of the beautiful, glistening Caldey Island and its bright white lighthouse gleaming in the winter sunshine. To my left, in the distance, are the colourful and iconic cliffside buildings of Tenby town and I strode off purposefully towards them picking my way through the array of pebbles and shells littering the shore…stopping here-and-there to collect the particularly lovely ones. The beach was nursing some scars from the recent violent storms but remains exceptionally beautiful. One of the pleasures of a walk on this particular beach is that on reaching the edge of the town (but still on the beach) is to settle at a sunny outdoor table in the shelter of the South Beach Café to enjoy a welcome cup of coffee whilst soaking up the wonderful view. Afterwards, if you have more time and energy then continue along the beach entering Tenby through the old town walls…check out the Grand Designs conversion of the old lifeboat station and... read more
Local amenities for food and drink

Local amenities for food and drink

Claws Fish Shop and The Farm House Bakery in Johnston. If you are planning on making the most of the Camp and having meals around the camp fire. Stock up at Claws for freshly caught fish and the Farm House Bakery for your essentials, local milk and freshly baked bread as well as local bacon, eggs and sausages. Johnston Business Park (SA62 3PL) is just a 20-30 cycle along the Brunel Cycle route from the Cwtch Camp. Haverfordwest Farmers Market is held every Friday in the centre of town on the riverside and again you can follow the Brunel cycle rout from Cwtch Camp into Haverfordwest. We can arrange food hampers so they are waiting for you on arrival. We use only local suppliers and producers and can put together a basic BBQ and breakfast hamper or something special freshly caught fish for the BBQ and champagne chilled in a ice bucket. On Wednesday and Friday evenings you can have stone baked pizza delivered to site from the Cookhouse, Llangwm – 01437 899880. If you are a large group (10 +) hiring the entire site, we can arrange on site catering. Outdoor pizza oven, Posh BBQ, vintage style afternoon tea or guided foraging walk with foraged meal. Here are a few links for local food suppliers. www.clawsshellfish.com www.gate2platefarmshop.co.uk www.nashfarmshop.co.uk www.wisebuys-wales.co.uk  ... read more
Local Food and Drink

Local Food and Drink

The closest Restaurant to the Cwtch Camp is The Bar at Neyland Marina it is also one of the nicest places to eat and one of my favourites in Pembrokeshire. With a great view over the Marina and Estuary beyond. It serves a choice of locally caught seafood, welsh beef steaks and vegetarian choices. Its just a 20 minute walk or 10 minute cycle from the Cwtch Camp. The Bar is open Tuesday – Sunday for evening meals Tel: 01646 602550 www.thebar-restaurant.co.uk Other recommended near by eateries include… The Swan Inn, Little Haven. Tel: 01437 781880 www.theswanlittlehavenco.uk The Stackpole Inn. Tel: 01646 672324 www.stackpoleinn.co.uk The Georges, Haverfordwest. Tel: 01437 766683 The Druidstone Hotel. Tel: 01437 781221... read more
Adventure, Kite and Water Sports

Adventure, Kite and Water Sports

The Big Blue Experience based in Newgale offers kite surfing, surf lessons and coasteering. Big Blue also offer activities on the sheltered Daugleddau Estuary (a short distance from the Cwtch Camp) with its creeks and tributaries are perfect for a Stand Up Paddle boarding. For more details contact Oli 07816 169359 Email: info@bigbluekitesurfing.com Website: www.bigblueexperience.co.uk There are several Adventure/Water sports Centres in our county to find out more check out these websites. www.celticquestcoasteering.com (Abereiddy Bay) www.tyf.com (St Davids) www.bigblueexperience.co.uk (Newgale)... read more
Festival Style Wedding Venue at Cwtch Camp or Dews Lake Farm

Festival Style Wedding Venue at Cwtch Camp or Dews Lake Farm

Open Day on Saturday April 19th 10am – 4pm. If you are curious to know what our new Campsite, Dews Lake Farm has to offer then come along to our Open Day on April 19th. Wedding Tipi will have their stunning giant tipis on show and we will have stands offering a selection of local produce for Festival Weddings. Dews Lake Farm, The Ridgeway, Lamphey SA71 5PB We have teamed up with Wedding Tipi to offer a unique wedding venue. Wedding Tipi provide bespoke Giant Kata Tipi’s for weddings, parties and events and combined with the secluded woodland setting at Cwtch Camp or the beautiful countryside views at Dews Lake Farm creates a fantastic and unique venue. Intimate wedding surrounded by beautiful woodland at Cwtch Camp maximum of 60 guests. Festival style wedding at Dews Lake Farm for parties up to 200 guests. Wedding Tipi can also supply a luxury camping village, so all your guests can stay and you can make a weekend of it! Call or email Beth 07525779454 or info@cwtchcamping.co.uk for more information on the sites. contact Anna at Wedding Tipi for all you need to know about these fantastic giant tipis, yurts and bell tent villages.... read more