When you live “up North” the opportunities to visit South Wales are relatively thin on the ground, however this weekend we decided to do a spot of Glamping in Pembrokeshire. We hit the road and took the winding, seemingly endless drive to Narberth to enjoy the peaceful, scenic haven of Noble Court – which is a camping, RV and tent-friendly campsite. They allow dogs, but since we anticipated a 4.5 hour drive we didn’t bring Bob along.
Flowers in the local boutiques
We arrived late, around 9pm, and were very tired from our drive. We were welcomed a the bar and directed to our hut which was about 1/2 way between the bar/reception and the wash block. There’s no shop or restaurant onsite but Narberth centre is a convenient 2-minute drive down the road, so it didn’t take us long to locate sustenance and a few drinks before snuggling down in our pod with a few drinks, listening to the delicious silence of the countryside with the sort of awe that only city people can muster for peace.
Our pod was super cosy, potentially sleeping 4 across 1 double and 2 single beds, so it’s ideal for families. There was a picnic bench on the pitch too. We were really close to the wash block and toilets so we didn’t miss having our own, however the pods were short of an indoor ledge or table (phones, drinks, everything had to go on the floor at night). The pitches would also have benefited from a BBQ. After stuffing the car full of bedding, and anticipating limited space in the pod we hadn’t brought a camp stove, and we regretted it. Nevertheless the pod was clean, comfy and incredibly warm, and we slept very well there indeed.
Saturday is when we’d planned to take Narberth by storm, and sample all the delights on offer. We started early with a shower in the communal block. Usually I hate this, but they were clean and spacious, with pretty good facilities. The water was very warm and there was a hairdryer on site too, which is rare and welcome. Within 30 minutes we were on the road to Saundersfoot Beach, which is about 15 minutes drive.
On the journey there we learned there’s actually lots to do in the area. Obviously the beach, which is beautiful and bustling and has several seafood restaurants which looked pretty nice. We also drove through Narberth itself and stopped off on the way back, which I’ll detail more later. There are also a few attractions for those with young kids, like Folly Farm (a zoo type experience). We spent a few hours at the beach and enjoyed a seafront breakfast and posh cupcake before driving back up to Narberth.
If you like artisan boutiques, vintage shopping, foodie shops and antiques then Narberth will steal your heart. It’s small, but full of character, with pastel houses lining the winding, hilly streets. We visited a number of vintage fashion shops, a beautiful antique market and spent a good hour sampling flavoured balsamic vinegar in a local food emporium. Before we knew it, we’d spent a few hours roaming around enjoying the bustle of village life, meeting literally hundreds of dogs (everyone seems to be a dog person there, which I loved).
Narberth Town Hall – How gorgeous!
The Malthouse Antique Shop – Hours of fascinated browsing!
Back at Noble Court we hit the outdoor pool, which is advertised as being heated. I was really looking forward to taking a relaxing dip after walking all morning. The first thing I noted that it was so peaceful by the pool. Granted, it was only 16 degrees outside, the other guests might not have been quite as daring as us, but we found it tranquil across the whole park if truth be told. I must admit, the pool isn’t what I’d call warm but it certainly wasn’t cold, and would have been very refreshing on a warmer day. It was clean, though, which is basically all you need!
That evening we took a few drinks in the Celtic bar on site, which was priced pretty reasonably at £3.59 a pint. The bar was cosy and well staffed, with nice furnishings. We managed to bag the armchairs by the fire and spent an hour or two watching guests come and go. I understand there’s also entertainment in the bar, but we turned in early so we missed it. Turns out the seaside and country air knocks you out, and we were fast asleep again by 9:30pm, ready for our long, winding drive back to the stresses of city life!
All in all, we enjoyed our stay at Noble Court and I’d certainly recommend it if you’re near enough. We are natural explorers, so I’d suggest 3-4 nights may be enough to get the best from the area but if you just like to relax then this is a nice place to do it!
The glamping pods were actually really impressive – spacious, cosy and secure – but could have been a bit better equipped with a folding ledge/table. They kept out noise well and were very warm, so for the most part they were fantastic!
If you’re planning on trying out a spot of Glamping in Pembrokeshire then I’d point you in the direction of Noble Court!
In fact, if it weren’t such a long drive, I’m sure we’d return frequently!