Reviewed by Ruth Paulus
We decided to stay at Warren Farm on a May weekend. Unfortunately we had to leave late on the Friday night and met traffic on our journey. We ended up snaking through country roads covered in fog at about 11pm at night to get into the heart of Pembrokeshire. Luckily Hannah from Warren Farm had emailed us some directions to get to Warren and they were much better than the route satnav would take us on (which we found out travelling down one of the lanes in broad daylight the next day!). The farm is situated in Warren next to the church. It has plenty of parking available so this would allow for a number of people to stay at any one time.
Arriving at Warren Farm was an enchanting experience. We were met in the dark by Jane and Minnie the dog who likes to bark in excitement when she meets you but is a cuddly friendly companion. Jane holding a lantern and pulling a trailer with our belongings loaded into it led us to out bell tent home for the weekend. Being so late it was pitch black but a delightful number of fairly lights and LED lights led the way to our tent. My friend (a fellow reviewer) and her 4 year old son were the people I had taken with me to review Warren Farm and he exclaimed with excitement that this was “coooool” and likened it to a winter wonderland.
Our tent, Damson, was situated in the middle of the 3 bell tents and each of them are able to sleep up to 8 people. As there were only 3 of us we had a lot of space to manoeuvre. With 8 people it may be a bit of a squeeze but you don’t want to spend much time in the tent if you are on holiday! It is a perfect size for families and would be fantastic to meet others there as you have your own space but you can always join up together. Inside the tent you get a sense of feeling at home with perfect little touches such as fresh flowers, tissues and plenty of candles and lanterns to light your way in the dark. The orthopaedic mattresses were extremely comfortable and there was ample bedding available. If you needed more this could be provided. The layout was charming and luxuries such as drawers and tables were available to use within the tent. There was an excellent paper available in the tent with all of the activities that could be done in the local area. My favourite touch inside the tent were the 2 little purple rabbits that we found! It was almost like a game of hide and seek with them.
Each of the tents have their own kitchen space with a hob, running water and all of the utensils you would need for cooking or barbequing. We were kindly gifted some marshmallows for toasting when we got a fire going! Along with your own kitchen space you also have your own compost toilet and shower. These facilities were lovely and clean and the shower was a splendid hot power shower that was welcome experience after a long day out! Inside the tent there are 2 picnic hampers for use on the farm and Jane suggested that we could take the hamper down to the beach if we wanted. Each hamper had 4 plates, bowels, glasses, knives, forks, spoons and wine glasses (which we gladly used when we had our bottle of wine), a bottle opener, napkins and salt and pepper pots.
Outside the bell tent you have enough seating for 8 and a BBQ that you can use coal or if we just wanted a fire to toast the marshmallows then Hannah and Jane recommended we could use any of the sticks lying around. As we were in the Damson tent we had a Damson tree outside our tent a lovely slate sign welcoming us to Warren Farm. There were a number of slates that people who have stayed at the farm previously had written on which were nice to read and give a sense that everyone who has stayed at the farm have enjoyed their time immensely! Hannah and Jane were extremely helpful and friendly and welcome you warmly to their farm. They even went out to get a bucket and spade for us to use at the beach if we needed it. They told us that there was a toy box available on the lawn and that we were free to use any of the toys residing in the box as well as the giant Jenga that was in the courtyard next to the bunkhouse. There is a brilliant swing hanging from a tree nearby to the bell tents which positioned next to a trampoline which would allow for children staying at the farm to have a lot of fun!!
Warren Farm is situated on the outskirts of Pembroke and the view from the farm is one of rolling countryside and farmland. The farm itself is made up of a number of old buildings and a bunkhouse is situated next to the main house. The farm is in a great location and while you feel that you are in your own peaceful place of isolation, there are a number of great days out within a stone’s throw and a variety of beaches nearby (the Warren Farm website has lots of suggestions). We decided to go to Tenby beach which only took us about 20 minuets to get to and then Carew Castle which was even closer. Pembroke is just down the road from the farm and Pembroke Castle sits majestically in the centre of the town (incidentally it was going to be closed on the Monday following our stay for a new Hollywood blockbuster). At Pembroke dock we found a number of large stores (Asda, Tesco, Lidl etc…) which allowed us to stock up on food for our Saturday night dinner.
Staying at Warren farm was a truly unique magical experience. Hannah and Jane could do no more to make you feel at home and are there to help you if you need anything. I will definitely consider going back to stay at Warren Farm and I give it 5 stars.
For more information or to make a booking visit www.warrenfarmwarren.com.
Warren Farm, Castlemartin, Pembroke SA71 5HS