About Cresswell Barn Farm and Campsite
Hello, my name is Fiona Elliott and I have been running Cresswell Barn Farm Campsite since 2010.
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 we make up the Elliott family.
As a family we have been living at Cresswell Barn Farm for 44 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 camping pitch at Cresswell Barn Farm you will be speaking to one of the family. myself, Ian my husband or one of our children Patrick or Tessa.
Pops, my father who lived with us was our main receptionist, sadly he passed in November 2018. Many of the campers who have been coming to the site for years will have spoken to him or met him. At 96 he was the oldest receptionist in West Wales.
He loved speaking and meeting guests when they called to book and would always find a pitch in Bridge or Upper Meadow.
It is thanks to Pops, who suggested we open a campsite to share the meadows so others could enjoy the natural splendour or this idyllic place.
We have named pitch six, a favourite spot for him, as Pop’s Corner in his memory.
Working on the farm
Besides the whole family working on the farm, we also employ several skilled farm staff who help us plant, grow and harvest 400 acres of potatoes to supply supermarkets throughout the United Kingdom. If you have bought Pembrokeshire potatoes from your local supermarket, then you have probably eaten ones that were grown here on Cresswell Barn Farm.
Working on the farm needs people and we have a reliable group of seasonal workers who come to us from many parts of the UK and some from Europe. They work hard and long hours and we appreciate they labour to get food on your tables.
A Brief History of the Farm
Rumour has it that the farm was won on the turn of a card back in the 19th Century, when 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.
The Farm Today
Our main crop is Potatoes, we currently farm 400 acres which is spread across the south Pembrokeshire area. It is hard work for the farm workers but it is very satisfying to realise that we are feeding so many people across the UK. You will find our Pembrokeshire potatoes in Sainsbury’s and Aldi so look out for our labels in these shops and others.
As well as potatoes, other crops grown to build fertility in the land for the potatoes are wheat, oilseed rape, corn and mustard.
I have a small farmhouse garden where I love to grow seasonal produce for my family and for sale in the farm shop.
There are a few chickens which provide fresh free-range eggs for our kitchen and for the campers who visit Cresswell Barn Farm campsite.
As you would expect we have a few animals on the farm. My daughter 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 Hunter class, 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 all over the UK.
We have 4 horses in total and if you are up early in the morning you will see Tessa and myself 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.
We also had Jasmine, Tessa’s first pony who at 25 years old came back to us for her retirement, she had a lovely retirement but sadly passed in 2020.
Orange, a skewbald (brown and white) pony who gave birth to a new addition to the Elliott Family in 2018. Cresswell Bluebell is a delight and now as a three year old has become a confident young pony.
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 up to 180 young heifers grazing our grass fields until late September when they return to the herd before calving.
Our lives are certainly busy, but we love living in such a special place and sharing it with you is part of the joy of working and living in Pembrokeshire.
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 showers and toilets, electric hookup points, drinking water, washup facilities, waste disposal, and so on. Each year we have added new facilities, made small changes and improved the site so that your stay with us will be comfortable, enjoyable and stress free.
Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Campsite
Cresswell Barn Farm has been a Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated campsite since we started. We work to their guidelines and maintain the high standards of the organisation to ensure that you have the prefect getaway at Cresswell whether in your tent, campervan, motorhome or caravan. We’ve welcomed all sorts of campers over the years, from cyclists carrying tiny tents and everything else they need on their bikes and backs, to converted horseboxes, families travelling in bus conversion homes as well as the whole variety of vintage and modern campervans and motorhomes to swish caravans with every luxury you could imagine.
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, 2021.