Dog Friendly Glamping at Top of The Woods
Dog Friendly Glamping at Top of The Woods
Camping is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors with your pup, it gives you the chance to bond and connect with the surroundings of nature. Glamping is a glamorous form of camping, something we were yet to experience with our pooch but we were wagging our tail with excitement.
I instantly felt comfort in the fact that I didn’t have to prepare anything. I didn’t have to spend time fitting a tent, sleeping bags, sleeping mats all into the boot. I didn’t have to worry about getting mosquito nets or plastic plates and cutlery or a camping cooker. All I had to do, was pack an overnight bag, the dogs bed and get to Pembrokeshire. Hakuna Matata.
From the moment we arrived we felt relaxed. The peacefulness and remote beauty that surrounds the campsite just takes your breath away. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and Charlie was loving life sniffing all of the things.
After grabbing our things from the boot, we took a stroll into the courtyard which was surrounded by beautiful Georgian farm buildings and said to ourselves ‘wow’. I think part of us expected it to just be in a field, but this was so much more, it felt like we were in a little village. Soo the co-founder of Top of The Woods and her resident pooch Dylan were already outside and gave us the warmest welcome, making us feel comfortable.
Before heading to our Pioneer Tent, we were given a tour of the rest of the campsite and the facilities. We enjoyed seeing the other accommodation options, the Safari Lodges, the Bell Tents and the big camping field for those truly connecting with nature. Other facilities included a big communal fire-pit, the showers and flushing toilets at the front, the compost loos near the tents, the fresh water taps but our favourite part? The big Dutch barn.
This big and beautiful barn offers shade from the sun (which was needed) and the rain with a covered picnic area and a whole variety of games to play. We especially loved the straw bales and bunting which added little bursts of colour and a festival look throughout. They also serve farmhouse breakfasts and campfire dinners in this space and have charging points for that extra bit of power you may need.
Just around the corner from the barn is the hammock garden, with 3 fabulous traditional Mexican Queen-sized hammocks, each big enough for two adults, one person or one little pampered pooch to while away an afternoon in the shade in total comfort.
Finally arrived to our chic, boutique Pioneer Tent complete with an outdoor covered camp kitchen and campfire area. It was a gorgeous space surrounded by acres of meadow. Charlie was relaxed and felt right at home. We said goodbye to Soo and Dylan and started to unpack.
Inside the tent there was a king size & 1 singles bed, including all the bed linen, feather duvets and pillows) and a ‘living room’ space. The kitchen area had all the utensils, plates, cups, a cooking stove. Everything you could possibly think of was already provided. Of course, dogs are not allowed on the mattress or bedding so you have to make sure to bring your dogs bed or blanket for them to sleep on through the night.
We just sat out the front on the decking and just basked in the sun and the silence. Charlie, however had a different idea and just wanted to explore the fields. We walked around the corner to one of the open fields and Charlie was just loving life, zooming in and out of the tall grass.
As we had an early adventure planned for the next morning, we had two options. We could either take a woodland walk to the secret waterfall route provided or take a trip to the beach. Being from the South Wales valleys, we rarely get to see a bit of coastline, so off we headed to Poppet Sands, just a couple of miles away.
The beach was beautiful, as to be expected from the Pembrokeshire coastline. Dogs were allowed on the right side only, but it was filled with dogs frolicking and playing in the sea as the sun was setting. Charlie of course was in his happy place, playing with the other dogs. We waited for the sun to set, then did a spot of shopping for some campfire grub.
Once we got back from our little adventure, the three of us continued playing games with Charlie on the big open field. This holiday was after all for our little pupper!
Playtime done, we cooked some hotdogs in our outdoor camp kitchen, played some cards and got the campfire on the go. Wood and firelighters were readily available within the tent. After telling each other ridiculous camp stories and watching the sun go down, we took a walk around the campsite in the dark.
The twinking fairy lights on all the tents, across the Dutch barn and in the courtyard just made this space complete. We lay in the hammock garden, stargazing in the night sky with our pupper. It truly was a little patch of heaven and the perfect way to end our day.
In this busy life we all have where our phones are always bleeping, it’s just nice to switch off and enjoy life’s timeless pleasures. Founders, Soo and Jon are both so very welcoming and can’t do enough to make you and your four legged friend feel at home. Top of the Woods is also so close to a wealth of beautiful dog friendly activities in Pembrokeshire that you’re truly spoilt for choice.
We loved this place so much that we’re looking forward to our second adventure at Top of the Woods where hopefully we can explore the woodlands! If you’re looking for a glamping or camping holiday in Wales or the Pembrokeshire area then we definitely recommend this place as our number one spot!
Top of the Woods are offering a special discount for all you lovely dog parents. Treat your pooch with a holiday in July and receive a 10% discount with the code: topofthewoofs