06 Sep A glamping getaway at Pembrokeshire Barn Farm shepherd’s huts
Looking for the perfect rural getaway? Pembrokeshire offers an enviable blend of coastline and countryside that’s equally appealing to beach lovers and active explorers. On our recent trip, we stayed at the highly enjoyable Pembroke Barn Farm in one of their charming shepherd’s huts. Here’s how we got on.
After our walking adventure in Dorset, we decided it would be fun to get away for a (slightly)* more relaxed break before the end of the summer.
It didn’t take us long to settle on Pembrokeshire. When it comes to summer destinations in the UK, it’s pretty hard to beat this part of South Wales. With a wild coast to rival Cornwall, expansive sandy beaches that could give the Med a run for it’s money and rugged countryside ripe for exploring, there’s an enormous amount to do – or simply sit back and enjoy. We’ve been here before, but the wealth of things to do and see brings us back time after time.
Destination settled, it was time to find somewhere to stay. We wanted to find somewhere easy to reach, self-contained (we wanted to be able to prepare our own meals some of the time) and relaxing. A little online research brought us to Pembrokeshire Barn Farm and their rural shepherd’s huts. It ticked all our boxes – so we swiftly booked and started planning our trip.
*Apologies to all my friends who will tell you that my idea of relaxed is probably not relaxed at all. I do however heartily recommend Pembrokeshire whether your idea of relaxed is a laid-back beach day with the family or an adventurous day walk.
A quick note about our trip in August 2020
It’s worth mentioning two things in particular about the timing of our trip.
Firstly, there were still some Covid-19 restrictions in place. This meant it was a little more difficult to enjoy eating out. There were fewer tables available at local restaurants and pubs, and some businesses hadn’t opened for the summer. Therefore, we chose somewhere to stay that gave us more options to cook for ourselves. On a related note, the hut was spotlessly clean and the owners had done a great job of following all Covid-19 recommendations.
Secondly, we managed to time our stay with Storm Francis. In an improbably twist of the British weather, we encountered gale force winds and torrential rain for much of our stay! We were very glad that we picked accommodation we could enjoy in spite of the conditions outside.
Pembrokeshire Barn Farm at a glance
Pembrokeshire Barn Farm is small farm in the hamlet of Reynalton in rural Pembrokeshire. Here you’ll find two shepherd’s huts – Hillcrest Hut and Apple Tree Hut – are pitched at the brow of the hill with views over the surrounding countryside. We stayed in the baby blue Apple Tree Hut, with the sage green Hillcrest Hut next door. Each has its own distinct plot, close enough to one another and the farm that you don’t feel alone in Welsh wilderness, but far enough apart to have plenty of privacy. It feels like you have the place to yourself.
The friendly owners also let a small number of holiday cottages nearby.
It’s just 7 miles (15 minutes) to Tenby and 5 miles (10 minutes) to Narberth, both sizeable towns. The A40 and A477 are less than a 10 minute drive away.
I’d highly recommend travelling by car. There are regular rail services to nearby Tenby, but bus services are less frequent. You’d likely rely on taxis to get out and about without your own transport.
You can park right by your hut when you arrive, so there’s no need to drag luggage across the fields (ideal if it’s wet!).
Two people very comfortably. Pets are also welcome and there’s plenty of room for a dog bed or two. If you’re travelling with a little one, a travel cot would also fit comfortably.
En-suite shower room, WifFi, well-equipped kitchenette with hob and fridge/freezer, outdoor seating and barbecue. A utility room over at the farm has some useful extras like a washing machine.
We found it was easiest to go direct to the owners and book at pembrokeshirebarnfarm.co.uk
At the heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside
With views for miles across the surrounding countryside, you’d be mistaken that you’re at the ends of the earth at Pembrokeshire Barn Farm. In some respects, you are. Here you’re at the heart of rural Pembrokeshire, a patchwork landscape of hedgerows, small villages and winding country lanes. It really feels like you’ve escaped to the Welsh countryside.
But whilst the views are almost completely unspoilt by signs of modern life, you’re only a stone’s throw from Tenby and Narberth. Here you’ll find great-looking places to eat, independent shops, and – at Tenby – two fabulous beaches. Pembrokeshire Barn Farm is perfectly located for exploring this part of south-west Wales.
With no more than a 45 minute drive you can reach spectacular beaches and stretches of coastal path at places like Saundersfoot, Freshwater West and Barrafuddle Bay. Alternatively you can head north to the Presseli Hills for upland walking with panoramic view. Or explore the extraordinary wealth of castles and inviting little towns that are liberally sprinkled across this area. If you want to get out and about, there’s an enormous amount to see and do. But if you’d rather put your feet up by the sea, you can find some of the best spots in the British Isles just a few miles away.
We stayed for three nights and have visited Pembrokeshire before, and we still haven’t exhausted this part of the world. At all.
Want some ideas for things to do in Pembrokeshire? Check out What to do in Pembrokeshire (even if it rains)
The shepherd’s hut at Pembrokeshire Barn Farm
But enough about the great location. I expect you want to know all about the hut itself.
I’ve had the pleasure of staying in several shepherd’s huts over the years, and Apple Tree Hut was one of the cosiest we’ve enjoyed. Shepherd’s huts offer the perfect glamping experience in my mind – a comfortable compromise between a outdoor escape from the real world and the facilities that you need to enjoy a multi-day trip away from home. I’m all for camping, but I love that staying in a hut makes it easy to prepare meals and provides shelter from whatever weather the Welsh coast wants to throw at you.
Nestled between mature hedgerows briming with blackberries, on first impressions the hut is cute as can be. French doors at the front offer views across the surrounding countryside and let light flood into the cabin inside (don’t worry, blackout curtains mean this doesn’t jeopardise your chances of a lie-in!). The hut is surprisingly spacious. To your left is an en-suite shower room tucked behind a sliding door, and to your right a plump platform bed, made up with pristine white linen. A cosy little sofa fills the space between the bed and the little kitchenette.
The kitchen had everything we needed and more. With a fridge freezer, two ring hob and microwave there’s everything you need to rustle up a big breakfast or simple evening meal. We ate here most nights, and on the mornings when rain lashed down outside we enjoyed a brew and breakfast.
The seasonable weather we experienced during our trip also showed us that the shepherd’s huts at Pembrokeshire Barn Farm are a great choice whatever the season or weather. There’s no need to traipse over to separate bathroom or shower facilities. It’s warm and cosy as anything inside and (one of my personal favourites) there are plenty of coat hooks and space for wet weather clothing and shoes. Although we stayed in August, weathering Storm Francis reassured us that we’d be snug as a bug in a rug in the spring or autumn here – not just in mid-summer.
In short, we’d happily return
There’s something really nice about saying goodbye to somewhere you’d happily return to.
I’m not afraid of revisiting destinations time and time again. Especially when they’re as packed with things to do as Pembrokeshire. I wouldn’t hesitate to return to Pembrokeshire Barn Farm in future. It’s cosy, comfortable and just rural enough to feel like you’ve really got away from it all. Now if I just arrange for a little more sunshine for a a return trip …