About Cresswell

About Cresswell Barn Farm and Campsite

Hello, my name is Fiona but you can call me Fi.

As a family we have been living at Cresswell Barn Farm for 40 years. We have raised a family here working the land growing crops to feed Pembrokeshire and beyond.

When you pick up the phone to book a pitch at Cresswell Barn Farm you will most likely speak to Pops.  At 93 he is probably the oldest receptionist working in West Wales.

Pop's, Creswell Bank Farm receptionist

Pops… on the phone

He loves speaking with guests when they call to book and will always try to find a pitch for you in Bridge or Upper Meadow.

Cresswell Barn Farm is a working farm, my husband Ian and both our children Patrick and Tessa work with us in the day to day running of the farm from planting through to feeding the animals to harvesting the potatoes. Altogether with Pops we make up the Elliott family.

 

We also employ several skilled farm staff who help us plant, grow and harvest 400 acres of potatoes to supply supermarkets throughout Wales.  If you buy Pembrokeshire potatoes from your local supermarket, then you have probably eaten ones that were grown here on the farm.

The Farm

Rumour has it that the farm was won on the turn of a card back in the 19 Century.  The Lawrenny estate handed over ownership to the  Cresselly estate and the rest is history.

As a family, we purchased the farm with 130 acres of land from the Cresselly Estate in 1977.  Over the years, we have purchased other fields in the area and now have over 240 acres.

Other crops grown to build fertility for the potatoes are wheat, oilseed rape, corn and mustard.  I have a small farmhouse garden where I love to grow seasonal produce for the farm shop.  There are a few chickens which also provide fresh free range eggs for our kitchen and the campers who visit Cresswell Barn Farm campsite.

As you would expect we have a few animals on the farm.  Tessa and I both enjoy horse riding.  After being mad on ponies and representing Wales at various times from the age of 8 to 20 in the Working Hunters, her desire to continue has taken her into the world of show jumping.  This takes her and her horse Hugo far afield to various equestrian centres in England.

We have 4 horses in total and if you are up early in the morning you will see the two of us heading out from the farm gates and taking an early morning ride around the area.  Both the horses, Tessa and myself getting a little exercise before the day starts.

In the winter, we have flocks of sheep from a farmer in Lampeter who sends his ewes to graze the fields before lambing.

In the summer, we have upto 180 young heifers grazing our grass fields until late September when they return to the herd before calving.

Our lives are busy,  we live in a special place and sharing it with you is part of the joy of working and living in Pembrokeshire.

The Campsite

Spread over two meadows, Bridge Meadow and Upper Meadow  you will enjoy the great outdoors here at Creswell Barn Farm. Paddle in the river to cool off after a long day walking the secluded tracks of Pembrokeshire National Park, follow the hunt for castles in the area – there are lots of them.  And don’t forget the beaches, miles and miles of soft, fine, golden sand on warm summer days.

I started the campsite in 2010 after we had a lot of people stopping in the farm shop and asking if they could stay on the farm.  After seeking permission, we installed electricity points, showers and toilets and each year we have added new facilities, made small changes so your stay is stress free.

Caravan and Camping Club Certified Campsite.

Creswell Barn Farm has been a Certified Camping and Caravan campsite since we started.  We maintain the high standards of the organisation to ensure that you have the prefect stay at Cresswell.

We would look forward to meeting  you so why don’t you give us a ring and book a few days at Creswell Barn Farm this year, 2017.