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Garn Gwely Camp Site
Garn Isaf
Pembrokeshire   (Browse area)
SA62 5HJ
Tel: 01348 831838
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Pitches: 14
Open: 01/01/2022 to 31/12/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 31 Reviews
                9/10 from 31 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming <1 mile   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   No Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring <5 miles 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport On Site  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: July 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 6 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Mazzles 1 review from this member

 Very much a green quiet site and impressive in how it deals with covid. Ingenious pods complete with HOT shower and water gas fuelled. Porta loo easy to empty. Full range of recycling options.

Annie the owner is fantastic. She even came to check on us all when a storm was forecast.

Superb location for exploring walking and swimming.

The pitches are not flat so if this bothers you bring some levelling mats. Great value for money. Electric hook ups available. 
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Date of Visit: September 2020 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 6 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Mike61 1 review from this member

 We have just returned from a weekís stay at Garn Gwely campsite and had a fantastic time. The pitches are large and contained on three sides by earth mounds, planted with local flora. Each has a picnic table, fire pit and its own fresh water supply.

There are electrics if needed. The facilities are well-maintained and clean, with a fridge and freezer available which were useful extras to our own ice box.

The owner, Annie, lives on site and couldnít be more helpful, even coming around with locally sourced supplies of dressed crab and lobster for those who wanted to purchase. We did and they were delicious.

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is quickly and easily accessible. We walked it most days. The views were fantastic, and seeing seal pups was an unexpected bonus.

St Davidís, Haverford and Fishguard are within a twenty minute drive, and the fish and chip shop at Letterston is worth a visit!

This was our fourth visit, second this year, and we look forward to returning in 2021. We canít recommend this campsite enough Ė itís definitely worth a visit. 

Date of Visit: September 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Other
Reviewer: Samvic 1 review from this member

 We were so lucky to find a space at Garn Gwely at short notice. Anne is an amazing, diligent host who works 12 hours a day to make her guests welcome. This is a green site with proper recycling.

We had a huge pitch to ourselves with sole use of a cassette loo and the gas powered shower facilities during CV-19 times. An adventure into wild camping with mod cons.

Abercastle is a working harbour with incredible scenery, wildlife and walking.

Respect the place and enjoy the peace and quiet. 
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Date of Visit: September 2019  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Mgdeak 1 review from this member

 The campsite was very clean and well cared-for, with hedges between each pitch providing good privacy.

The bathrooms were clean and well maintained.

Annie was very helpful and welcoming to us and our dog

We were very happy with our stay at Garn Gwely 

Date of Visit: September 2019 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Shorelinecamper 2 reviews from this member

 Although the campsite was clean and tidy there was very little to see, we were told there was a sea view but only had hedges to look at,

Quite expensive too for what you get, £25 a night and we also had to cough up another £10 for a "green membership " whatever that is, as it was no different to other sites we'd stayed on who don't have the title of a Greener Campsite,

A fire pit was on each pitch but bring your own wood as the owner requested £5 for a small bag of chopped wood!

A nice Cove 10 min walk away but apart from that no a lot to see,

We booked here based on previous reviews who gave it 10 stars but really struggled to see how it managed this as we'd give it 5 at best.

We could have stayed in a bed and breakfast for what we stayed in a field for. Smh. 
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Date of Visit: July 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Adeytaylor 6 reviews from this member

 Garn Gwely campsite is a gem set in the most beautiful location.

Pembrokeshire was a completely new destination to us and we were bowled over by how quiet and beautiful it was.

The campsite is set off a lane very close to Abercastle cove which is a 8 minute walk down the hill.

Anne, who owns the site, is the most perfect host - always happy to offer advice.

We had a really large pitch with high banks on either side - plenty of room for our Outwell Bearlake 6 including front extension.

There are 3 separate washrooms at the site. Each one houses a shower, toilet and washing up area. All kept very clean. Other reviews have commented on the layout - it's different but workable.

We took kayaks - you can launch from the cove which is very safe for swimming too.

Fantastic beaches in the area - we went to several which were all great (Whitesands, Poppit Sands, Wisemans Bridge, Newgale Beach, Aber Bach & Portmeigan) but the best one we found was just west of Porthgain called Traeth Llyfn (park at Porthgain and its a 20 mins walk but well worth it)

The coastal path is accessible at Abercastle and is arguably the best one in the country.

For an inland walk, try Foel Cwmcerwyn which is the highest point in Pembrokeshire - absolutely breathtaking.

We also did a lovely bike ride from Haverfordwest to Neyland - all off road through amazing countryside.

Also recommend Nolton Stables for horseriding on the beach.

We ate out twice at the Farmers Arms in Mathry which was excellent value and we also had breakfast on our last day at the Mill at Trefin (possibly the best breakfast in Wales?)

All in all, we had a terrific holiday (bolstered by the best summer Wales has known for 20 years).

I would thoroughly recommend this site and the area. 

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: VickyMorrison 2 reviews from this member

 This is a brilliant campsite that is tended with genuine care. You get a lovely large pitch complete with a picnic bench and a fire pit, a very friendly welcome and immaculate shower, toilet and washing up facilities that are constantly cleaned. Washing up liquid, tea towels, dishcloths and hand soap are all laid on, which saves space and hassle when packing. There's also a shared fridge and freezer for keeping milk, butter etc. Which is a real luxury when you're staying in a tent.

Annie the owner is lovely - always happy to offer advice and assistance if you need it. She clearly goes camping herself and understands exactly what is needed. Tiny, thoughtful details are all taken care of, like plenty of hooks in the showers in exactly the right places.

All this means that with a bit of planning, it is perfectly possible to come here by train. We used the brilliant 'Strumble Shuttle' bus service that you can hail right outside the campsite to take you all along the coast between Fishguard (where there's a railway station) and St Davids. You can use it to do a series of day-long walks on the coastal path and then get back 'home' to Garn Gwely, which most certainly feels like a welcoming home to return to after a day out.

The site is a very short walk from the tiny village of Abercastle, which is a very quiet, beautiful hamlet set around a harbour with little more hustle and bustle than the splash splash of the waves on the stones, even though we visited at the end of July when places like St Davids were packed. There is a tiny shingle beach to the right of the harbour a couple of minutes along the coastal path which is a great place to swim and skim stones at high tide.

There are no businesses at all in Abercastle, but there's a sweet pub with a breathtaking outdoor garden overlooking the hills at Trefin, which is a picturesque 40 minute walk from the site via the coastal path and a spectacular neolithic burial chamber, or about a 20 minute walk along a quiet lane (uphill to get there, mostly downhill back).

St Davids is about 8 miles away and is beautiful but busy, with a great range of local shops selling good locally produced food and is the obvious tourist place to go, but the place that really stole our hearts was the old part of Fishguard (the bit up the hill away from the port), which has wonderful little local shops, a gorgeous fish and chip shop and a both a great health food shop with loads of organic food and an upmarket deli with a great cafe. Compared to St Davids, there was virtually no one there.

I would unreservedly recommend this site. 

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Trailer Tent
Reviewer: Melfoster1971 1 review from this member

 This is our second visit to this site and it's become our favourite site we've ever stayed on in Pembrokeshire. Fantastic pitches that are enormous, feels like you have the site to yourself as each pitch has that much space.

Very quiet peaceful site, close to the beach at Abercastle and great walks all around, 2 local pubs in Mathry and Trefin serve good home cooked food, the Ship is a great watering hole en route to Porthgain across the coastal path.

All pitches have electric hook up and Annie the owner does a great job of making you very welcome and keeping all faculties clean and tidy, you can even have your own camp fire. Can't wait for our next visit. 

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Tazzie71 12 reviews from this member

 What a beautiful site. This is a remote site, very quiet, beautiful area, so if you want your kids to run around screaming, want music playing, this is not the site for you. The emphasis is on peace & quiet & relaxing evenings. They insist on NO noise between 10pm & 8am, NO radios, no running around screaming etc! Annie the owner isn't afraid to tell you either if you do, which is a refreshing change for us that want peace.

The entrance has been widened, we have a large twin axle caravan & managed it well. The access roads are single track for about 2-3 miles but this was not a problem as we hardly met another vehicle!

There are 14 pitches, but they area rarely full, as Annie likes to keep it that way. The pitches are all large, each with its own fire pit, picnic bench, most now have electric & they are in the process of installing water to every pitch. Some pitches are surrounded by hedges, so you have your own space, then there is the large field at the back, which has 4 pitches on it, very very roomy, which is ideal for caravans. Relatively level, depends where you pitch.

There are 3 showers, toilets & wash up areas, all unisex, which wasn't a problem. 2 X electric shower, 1 X power shower with plenty of hot water. These facilities are kept spotlessly clean. Outside there is the recycling area, with bins & crates for recycling waste.

Just a quick note on the caravan toilet, the chemicals you use must be the environmentally friendly ones as they aren't on mains surage. So make sure you have these before you go.

Annie is fantastic, walking regularly around the site to check everyone is ok, & behaving! She is willing to give info on the local area, where to visit, eat etc.

Dogs are very welcome here, but must be controlled. She doesn't insist that they have to be on a lead at all times but will ask you to if your dog is wandering around or bothering others.

We did have a problem with noise here, a couple of times, only other people's children who are not controlled, but as its August this seems to be the norm everywhere you go now, esp with people in tents! However Annie soon sorted them out which was very appreciated by us so we were able to have our quiet relaxing break as planned!

This is not a cheap site, £30 per night per pitch, or £200 per week. £5 extra per night for electric. But you pay for the peace & quiet, the facilities are nothing special for the price. It's the location & peace that you are paying for, which in our opinion is well worth it. It was a bank holiday weekend but not crowded at all. Myou must also be a member of the Greener camping club, which you can join on the site for £10 per year.

The local area is fantastic, rugged, beautiful, far from the tourist crowds that a bank holiday usually brings. Plenty of local tea rooms, pubs etc, but not within walking distance. Plenty of local coves, pebbly beaches & of course the coastal, path.

Overall a fantastic relaxing break, hopefully quiet! In a beautiful unspoilt area. We would definitely return here. Thank you Annie for restoring out faith in caravanning. With peace & quiet! 

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Mdsnape@hotmail.com 1 review from this member

 We have just returned from a fantastic week camping at Garn Gwely with 2 girls and our dog. The campsite is one of the best we have visited in the UK. The pitches are large, private and all have a campfire area and picnic table. The grass was lush and soft and the toilets and showers were very clean and there is a freezer and fridge for keeping food. Annie was a great host and we had a wonderful week exploring the area. It's a 5 minute walk into Abercastle and straight onto the cliffs and beautiful walking path. The campsite is quiet and peaceful and has a lovely outlook over fields and countryside. We had such a relaxing time that we can't wait to go back. Really worth a visit. 

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