Stay with us...
“ We need the tonic of wildness...we can never have enough of nature.”
- Henry David Thoreau, Life in the Woods
Visit Cwmffrwd Farm...
Stay at our little pop-up campsite nestled in the heart of the
Brecon Beacons National Park.
Named after the stream that tumbles down from the mountain and through twenty two acres of wildflower meadows, Cwmffrwd Farm is an off-grid camping sanctuary. Picture it - the mountains gently stretching before and behind you, the smell of woodsmoke lingering in the air, children weaving their way through the long grass and giggling as they try to catch the crickets...
Preserving a sense of wilderness is at the heart of everything we do, and to protect the natural biodiversity we keep things really traditional and basic. We only open for a set period each year and provide a small number of camping pitches (so space is never an issue!) Facilities are basic with a single flushing toilet at the end of the barn in the farmyard. Here, you'll also find a washing up area (cold water only) and a fresh drinking water tap at the back of the barn. We can also provide Jerry cans for you to take water over to your pitch.
Certainly don’t come expecting Wi-Fi. Instead, enjoy rummaging around in the little outdoor library for books and charts to help you identify the resident birds and mini beasts, or go for a paddle in the stream and see if you can spot any creatures in the alder, willow, hazel and hawthorn that thrive across the site.
Along with the seclusion of each individual pitch, the farm feels like it is tucked away too. It’s 12 minutes drive to picturesque Crickhowell (and a superb wild swimming spot), and 25 minutes to celebrated book town Hay-on-Wye and bustling market town Brecon. It’s best to stock up on food before you arrive, or shop at local supermarkets in Brecon, Abergavenny or the high street in Crickhowell.
On the website, you'll also find an 'outdoor storying' Fairytrail experience to add a little bit of extra excitement to your stay! Call up the tree, plant and creature grid when you visit and learn about the folklore and stories connected to the trees, plants and creatures you can encounter on site.
Where are we and where can you walk?
We are just 12 minutes up the road from Crickhowell (full address details are provided when you get in touch).
Our home is five minutes up a small country road from Cwmdu and we are surrounded by open access mountain. You can walk out onto it straight onto the Waun Fach mountain range from our top field, and gaze at Pen Alt-mawr, Pen Tir, Mynydd Troed all from the farm!
Additional information beneath the photos for all campers and glampers...
Tents & small campervans
Pitch your tent in one of our wildflower meadows to enjoy a stunning view across the mountains and the night time magic of a dark sky reserve...
£10 per adult
Snuggle up in our cosy bell tents furnished with a futon-style double bed, comfortable rugs, blankets and cushions and two optional inflatable mattresses...
£95 per night
Our little pop-up campsite includes four acres of grassy pitches nestled amongst twenty-two acres of wild flower meadows - with mountain behind and mountain before you! Each pitch has a fire bowl and fire bundles are available for purchase at the farm. There is a flushing loo, a single shower and a washing up area a short walk away in 'The Byre' in the farmyard. Behind the washroom, you'll find the drinking water tap. We can also lend you Jerry cans to take water over to your pitch. Expect an enthusiastic welcome from our resident canine when you visit the yard and no doubt you'll bump into one of us while you're there!
Bookings are via email - see 'Book Now' above. We can rearrange dates or give you a full refund (less a small admin fee) if there are further lockdowns or you are poorly with Covid. Please note that we are only taking bookings of two nights minimum stay during the summer holidays.
The Brecon Beacons are a Dark Sky Reserve so the starry experience you'll enjoy if the night is clear is really something special. For this reason the campsite is not lit at night and we advise you to bring torches and take care when it is dark.
Prices are as follows:
£10 per adult, per night
£5 per child (5 - 16 years)
Under 5's free
Each booking is allocated one pitch in the camping field with a maximum of six people per pitch, one tent and an awning/gazebo. We charge per pitch with a maximum of four adults per booking (this is to avoid large groups as we aim to be a peaceful site). We have space for two small campervans (only VW/transit size). Sorry, we don't take motorhomes or caravans. Well-behaved dogs are very welcome, but we ask you to keep them on a lead and be extra vigilant when it comes to clearing up after them!
Please let us know when you expect to arrive and call in at the farmhouse when you get here so that we can welcome you, help you park and assist you in choosing your spot. We have a 'no vehicles in the meadows' policy and we ask all guests to park just inside the first camping field (Onnen/Ash Meadow).
As much as possible, we like to give everyone free range when it comes to choosing their pitch in our two camping fields - so have a wander once you are parked and, when you are ready, grab a wheel barrow and off you go! We are usually about to help out with the 4x4 if your kit is very heavy. Just give us a shout!
Our bell tents have a mountain meadow all to themselves, complete with babbling brook and epic view across the valley. Athough entirely off-grid, these homely abodes are kitted out with comfort in mind. Each has a double futon style bed, accompanied by a pair of inflatable mattresses and your own fire-pit. Cooking and lanterns are not allowed in the bell tents due to the fire risk. Please note that bed linen is not provided and remember to bring your torch!
We charge per night with a maximum of five people per booking. I'm afraid we can't accommodate pets.
Please let us know when you expect to arrive and call in at the farmhouse when you get here so that we can welcome you, help you park and drive your kit up to the bell tent meadow. We have a 'no vehicles in the meadows' policy and we ask all guests to park just inside the first camping field (Onnen/Ash Meadow). - including our bell tent guests.
Important info for campers & glampers...
We have a single flushable toilet in the barn. On arrival, we'll provide you with toilet roll which we ask you to keep with you during your stay. Please shout if you need another roll!
Please take all your rubbish home with you (there are binbags provided in the toilet barn if you need them.)
There will be hand sanitiser in the barn, a disinfectant spray and blue roll to wipe the toilet seat etc. Campers will be expected to take responsibility for their own social distancing.
Please cook over our fire pits, on the fire bricks or on barbecues that are at least 12 inches off the ground - please don't burn holes in the fields. No disposable BBQs on the grass please.
Fire bundles are available at £10 a bag and include kindling, logs and firelighters. (One bundle is included if you are staying in a bell tent.)
Minimum two nights at weekends and during the months of July and August, and three nights on bank holiday weekends.
We ask for full payment at the time of booking. If you need to cancel, please give us at least 14 days notice and a 50% refund will be returned to you. We are happy to reschedule and refund bookings (less admin charge) in cases of lockdown and self-isolation.
Pitches are available from 2pm on the day of arrival and up to 12 noon on the day of departure. Please ask if you would like to arrive earlier or stay longer on your day of departure. This is not normally an issue outside of peak times.
Keep an eye out for the extra special fire and folktale sessions that Pridie runs every now and again in the retreat area - no extra charge - just come and join us for some immersive nature-based interactive storytelling!
We don’t believe in having too many rules, but want everyone to have a fun and enjoyable stay so:
Please keep dogs on leads and clean up after them.
Please keep noise to a sensible level, particularly after 8pm. We welcome acoustic music around the campfire, but no stereos, amps or car radios please. We ask for no loud noise after 11pm. Loud talking/laughing into the late hours can drive your neighbours bonkers. Please be aware of others that may be trying to sleep.
Please DO NOT cook inside, or take flame lanterns into, the bell tents.
Please take your rubbish home with you to sort and recycle.
REWILDING OUR LITTLE BIT OF WALES...
We want to provide people with the opportunity to experience and enjoy the magic of the Great Outdoors, because we believe that a strong connection with the wild world leads to an even stronger desire to protect and preserve it for us all.
Cwmffrwd Farm provides gifts some very special naturescapes to everyone who visits. With hawthorn, hazel, alder, willow and ash trees, wild-flower meadows, and a mountain stream born of a spring above to encounter and explore, we are keen to increase the biodiversity further still and so we strive to make the landscape a place where wildlife can thrive by restoring habitats and teaching about the ways in which we can all do this - wherever we live.
Our approach is to allow nature takes the driving seat at Cwmffwd Farm - to 'rewild' itself - and to thus provide a space for everyone to rest, relax, recharge and relearn their relationship with the natural world.
A massive advocate of outdoor life and positive environmental change, James has been working in the energy and environment sector for over a decade. Ever seeking the next project - be that installing the newest and greenest technology, building adventure vans, or crafting bespoke bunk beds...James delights in getting creative, problem solving and generally encouraging everyone to reduce, reuse, re-purpose and recycle as much as they can! Very much at ease in the outdoors, he's always keen to sleep under the stars and get cooking on the campfire with family and friends!
Ex-Royal Engineer and now Energy and Environment Manager with years of experience under his belt when it comes to a wide variety of eco-engineering projects, it's safe to say that James is happiest when he's busy being busy - outside!
Pridie is an unashamedly outdoor-obsessed educator and professional performance storyteller. When she isn’t teaching, running expeditions or performing stories, you’ll find her reading fairy tales, foraging for a wide variety of natural materials to play with or having an outdoor adventure with family, friends and her black lab Brock!
A professional storyteller, accredited bushcraft instructor, qualified teacher and Mountain Leader (MLTB), it's safe to say that Pridie is an outdoor enthusiast committed to experiencing life via plenty of wild!