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Warm & cosy bunkhouse on the Coast Path between Freshwater West & Broadhaven South. Perfect for climbing, surfing, walking & exploring the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
With 12 super-comfy beds & wetroom, you'll be set for anything!
Main view of the bunkhouse. Each bed has an orthapedic mattress, lots of pillows & its own bedside light - for a great night's sleep
Warm & cosy bunkhouse for 12 adults in gorgeous rural location in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Right on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, close to fantastic climbing at Castlemartin Range East & West, the excellent surfing at Freshwater West & Broadhaven South, and within striking distance of many of Pembrokeshire's best (and unspoilt, especially if you're used to the comparative hordes in Devon & Cornwall) beaches, countryside, castles, river walks, Neolithic remains, geological formations, charming pubs, film locations and other places of interest.
The bunkhouse is in a single story stone built former Dairy, with purpose-built robust and generously-sized bunkbeds (with 6 bunkbeds - AirBnB will only let us add 5) for up to 12 active adults. All mattresses are orthopaedic & hypo-allergenic, so you'll get a good night's sleep even after the most energetic day. Complete with wet room and Ladies & Gents toilets.
Being single storey with no internal steps & only a very shallow step to negotiate at the entrance, we're accessible to those with limited mobility, though not specifically designed for it. Ask for more info.
The lawns are pedestrian only, with offloading areas just a short distance away
History fans may enjoy the unusual shape of the toilet cubicles, which are curved where they back on to an original medieval bread oven. Both the lawn and the Bunkhouse are south-facing, with good views of the medieval St Mary's Church to the sea beyond. You may even be able to see Lundy Island on a clear day. The campervan area faces west over the Range towards Linney Head.
Nature fans may be lucky enough to spot badgers & our visiting barn owl at the farm. Or otters, seals, bats, puffins, etc. elsewhere in Pembrokeshire.
You'll have exclusive use of the main part of the bunkhouse, with a keycode lock on the door to stop others wandering into the bedroom by accident. The bunkhouse shower and toilets that are accessed from the hallway are technically shared, but are rarely used by others.
Please note that it hasn't been possible to squeeze proper cooking facilities into the bunkhouse, simply enough to make a hot cuppa of tea & coffee (kettle & full-sized fridge). However it opens on to a small enclosed courtyard for dining, relaxing, and firing up a bbq (if it's easier than bringing your own, we can provide a large gas barbecue for a small charge). The courtyard has sails across one end, providing shelter from sun and rain.
There are also two shared lawns for playing garden games, having afternoon tea or general chilling, including one with our driftwood swing and ground level trampoline that is very popular with kids of all ages!
For special events, we can provide the use of a barn or our indoor patio (complete with giant paddling pool!) for a supplement. Or arrange your own mini festival in the field.
Private camping is also available, if you need to squeeze extra friends or family in.
Please note that all other buildings (the farmhouse, barns, the polytunnel, bell tents and their kitchen/bathroom blocks) are out of bounds except by prior arrangement.
Interaction with Guests
Jane lives at the farm full time and she will be on hand most days to answer any questions or help out. Hannah is usually only around at weekends, but is on the other end of email, (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) & (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) for anything you need before or after your stay.
You'll probably get a few visits each day from Minnie, our dog, who is very friendly and likes to see if she can persuade you to give her a bit (or better still: a lot!) of fuss.
The location of the Farm is pretty special: we're nestled just under the crest of a hill with views over unspoilt countryside to the sea to the west, to the south, and even to the south east. As we're right down on the far south west tip of Pembrokeshire, the farm is the ideal place for:
•great surfing and kite surfing beaches at Freshwater West (surf school available) & Broadhaven South
•amazing climbing at Castlemartin Range East & West (we're the closest you can stay to Stack Rocks and the Green Bridge of Wales)
•one of the 3 best long distance walks in the world: the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
•super swimming beaches at Barafundle (often voted the best beach in the UK) and Freshwater East (not to mention one or two 'secret' beaches - you'll have to sweet-talk us to share their location)
•nipping to Stackpole Quay, for coasteering, kayaking, scuba diving from the shore (no boat needed!) and jumping off the Quay at high tide into our crystal clear waters
•sightseeing at St Govan's Chapel, Pembroke Castle (with the biggest keep in the country & birthplace of Henry VII), the Green Bridge of Wales (head down the lane beside our field & stop before you fall off the cliff edge), Stack Rocks, Bosherston Lilyponds and many other sights
•visiting local galleries at the Golden Plover and Bosherston
•looking for Lundy, as seen from your doorstep on clear days
•touring around Pembrokeshire's wide range of seaside & riverside pubs, restaurants and tea rooms, picturesque villages, and castles and forts
The Farm is in a very rural area, which makes for a lovely peaceful stay (unless the Army are using our part of Range West).The Coastal Cruiser bus service is great for avoiding retracing your steps on a walk but only runs a few times a day and only visits the main spots. For the best experience, we strongly recommend that you have your own mode of transport: bikes for the very energetic (it's quite hilly!) or better still, a car. Without it, you'll miss some of the best bits of Pembrokeshire.
The M4 ends about 50 miles away, with dual carriageway continuing for another 20 miles (distances are approximate!). Even our A roads are pretty decent, with an excellent regime of upkeep and an ongoing programme to bypass the windiest bits.
The mainline train from Paddington stops at Swansea, with a local train continuing along the pretty (but slow) coastal track west from there.
•The best station to pick up someone on the way is Port Talbot – avoiding the change onto the local train will save them a good couple of hours of journey time.
•If you need to meet one of your party at a local station, get them to aim for Pembroke (not Pembroke Dock, that's another town), though both Haverfordwest and Tenby aren't that far away if the timings are better. (The local service usually alternates between Pembroke Dock and Milford Haven, with some cross-country routes terminating at Tenby.) It's often better to hop on the next train to Milford instead of waiting 2 hours for the next Pembroke Dock train.
•If you plan to catch a train for the first part of the journey and then pick up a hire car, Swansea might be a good point to swap from one to the other, as the journey between Swansea and the farm is *much quicker by road.
Conversely, if you're planning to catch the ferry over to Ireland, you might want to consider ditching the car, as foot passenger prices are considerably cheaper.
Other Things to Note
It's a bunkhouse, so you'll need to bring sleeping bags or other bedding as well as your own towels. Pillows are provided.
We have plenty of parking space for cars, vans and even campervans in the farmyard and the field. The bunkhouse is around 30 meters away from the main parking area, with temporary parking for loading & unloading a little closer. We'll loan you our garden cart if you want.
Please note that we are in a remote rural location near to an Army Tank Training Range:
•there is no mobile signal at all for most providers;
•we'll endeavour to provide free wireless internet access near the house (sorry, it doesn't reach far through our thick stone walls), but can't guarantee it at all times;
•depending on Army manoeuvres, there may be noise. This is usually only Monday to Friday during the day, with occasional firing up to 10 pm. It's nowhere near as noisy as you'd think, and also quite interesting to watch with the flares & tracer fire!;
•facilities (such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops & petrol stations) are all a drive away. There is a bus service, but you are highly recommended to drive as it is infrequent and changes route depending on firing.
We're a small, intimate, family-run site and usually host a mix of families, friends and single sex groups.
1)Please be considerate of other guests, respecting their private space and keeping noise to reasonable levels, especially in the early mornings or late at night.
2)Let us know if there's anything you need, there's anything you've run out of, or if anything is broken - we'll do our best to get things sorted ASAP.
3)You're very welcome to use the trampoline & swing, at your own risk. No shoes on the trampoline please, as we regularly have tiny tots crawling on it.
4)Please do your best to keep mud outside the bunkhouse bedroom and shower – our local blend is *really* tough to clean up and stains at the drop of a hat!
5)Watch your head! The door into the Bunkhouse is traditional - in other words, very low but wide. Please be extra careful.
6)Our toilet & waste water systems can only cope with biodegradable materials (and not too much paper, either – temperamental or what!). Please:
a.wrap nappies & other items well before disposing in black bins,
b.food waste must be thrown away/composted, not washed down sinks.
We're a dilapidated old farm in Warren out on the coast in stunning south west Wales.
Alongside offering bunkhouse, bell tents & camping, we hold regular free Volunteer Weekends - where you get to spend a few days on the farm helping out & enjoying an insiders experience of Pembrokeshire. (Camping or bunkhouse space & home cooking included)
(SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Likes:
Surfing, Sea Cliff Climbing, Homebrewing, Foraging, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Baking Cakes, Preserving, Growing Good Food, Making Nice Things