Penrallt; "the wild card!"

Soo and Jon's journey from Whitechapel to West Wales 

Have you ever come back to work from a lovely weekend of being outdoors or back from your holidays and sat at your office desk on a Monday, coffee In-hand, emails demanding to be actioned immediately or the end of the world will be nigh?  

 

Those Monday morning blues spurred uplifted conversations to where else we could live and what else we could do with lives - Mexico, Spain, Wales, the Peak District… wouldn’t it be wonderful to have our own bit of land somewhere to open a campsite, perhaps an art studio, to have some animals and a garden?  Mainly, just to be outdoors?!

After two years of talking about it, we wanted to know if we had it in us to seek out this life and ended up going on a camping recce adventure to West Wales, to check out six possible properties and Penrallt farm, the “wild card”.  

 

The last-minute wild card option came about when I went online that morning to check I had all the details for the 6 properties we'd shortlisted, and spotted a new listing.  It didn’t meet the brief, but it caught my eye!  

 

Our brief was somewhere with 6-10 acres of land, an established existing holiday business with which we could hit the ground running and no "Grand Designs" renovation project!

 

I remember us driving down the single-track lane from the main road, with green lush overhang of trees and an amazing view opening out before us.  As we pulled into the yard, we had both already started talking about it as if this was the place!  We walked around the site and the house and we could see there was a lot to take on.  Our families came to view and were aghast at the scale of the project, but also very excited for us. 

 

There was no established business on site.  The house needed some TLC, the barns were in urgent need of restoration and there was 27 acres of overgrown land to get to grips with!  But it had its own woodland, the views were absolutely stunning and in some fateful way Penrallt Farm had chosen us – we took on the life adventure to bring life back to this beautiful farm, and forge the next chapter in its 300-year history.  

Penrallt Farm on our first visit
Penrallt Farm on our first visit

Luxury Camping & Glamping in Pembrokeshire Wales - The second visit to the farm

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Interior of Carthouse & Stables
Interior of Carthouse & Stables

Luxury Camping & Glamping in Wales - NO Grand Design restoration project please !

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Inside the Dutch Barn
Inside the Dutch Barn

Luxury Camping & Glamping in Wales - Dutch Barn before the renovation

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Woodshed & animal pens
Woodshed & animal pens

Luxury Camping & Glamping in Wales - this would become the camping and glamping wash up area

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Dutch Barn
Dutch Barn

Luxury Camping & Glamping in Wales - Lots of cleaning and painting !

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Planned communal campfire
Planned communal campfire

Luxury Camping & Glamping in Wales - Lots of clearing, removing brambles, cleaning, landscaping

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Into the Woods
Into the Woods

Luxury Camping & Glamping in Wales - Being enchanted in the woods

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Down the footpath to the woods
Down the footpath to the woods

Luxury Camping & Glamping in Wales - Trying to keep a grown up head without getting carried away it was hard !

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Views if the Pembrokeshire National Park
Views if the Pembrokeshire National Park

Luxury Camping & Glamping in Wales - Well this view has brought us here, and many of our camping and glamping guests

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