Safety and Security
We want you to enjoy a stress free peaceful holiday at Cresswell Barn Farm and take every precaution we can to ensure your safety and security.
This is a working farm. Our main activity at present is growing potatoes and in particular at harvest time it is unavoidable that machinery, farm equipment and farm vehicles are active. Please avoid the lane up to the farmyard, instead using the camper’s path across the upper meadow to access the facilities.
The facilities and farm shop are situated adjacent to the farmyard where vehicles, machinery and crop storage take place. Please do not enter any area of the farmyard or buildings beyond the area immediately outside the facilities building and shop. In particular please ensure that your children do not enter the farmyard.
The river is one of our greatest assets, but where there is water and children there is always danger. Please ensure that you supervise your children at all times and do not let them enter the water unattended, small children can down in a just a few inches of water.
Flora and Fauna
If you live in a town or city, or have not visited the countryside much, you may not be familiar with the natural hazards that exist everywhere. There are numerous plants that can hurt, including stinging nettles, brambles and thorns – the plants’ natural defence mechanisms, as well as countless plants that can do a lot of damage if eaten. The rule of thumb is if you are not sure then don’t touch, and most definitely don’t eat! Do not touch or collect any mushrooms or fungi, unless you are an expert they are very difficult to identify.
We do not see many foxes here, but there are badger setts in the vicinity. If you see a badger – usually only at night – do not approach it, it is simply going about its business.
The nuisance of flies and other biting insects that occur everywhere in the UK in summer is unavoidable. Mostly they are just doing their jobs collecting food [bee on dandelion] so please take a sensible approach, keep food covered especially sweet things that might attract insects on warm days. As the river is fast flowing and tidal we do not particularly suffer from mosquitos or midges. Insect repellent and keeping your skin covered are the best defence if you are bothered by them
Cresswell Barn farm is situated in a quiet rural area in the heart of Pembrokeshire. Although we have never had an incident on the campsite and locally the crime rate is low, but sadly like everywhere today it is not non-existent.
Please take care over the security of your property at all times. Do not leave valuables such as money, mobile phones and other technology unattended or on view. Lock vehicles and units if you are leaving the vicinity or campsite.
We pride ourselves on our friendliness here and making yourself known to the other campers – in particular those on your adjacent pitches – can help everyone to be familiar with who should and shouldn’t be on the campsite, helping to avoid any potential problems.
While we take every care possible to ensure your safety and security, it is ultimately your responsibility, if you have any concerns, please report them.
BBQs and Fire
There’s nothing like food cooked in the open air, so do enjoy barbequing whether over charcoal or gas if you prefer.
Taking care of the meadow
If you are using a charcoal BBQ please make sure to avoid burning the grass, BBQs should be raised up off the ground on legs or similar.
Open fires create that magical atmosphere, especially in the dark, gather round and toast marshmallows and warm your toes on chilly evenings. Please only use a fire pit or similar to keep your fire off the ground, and do not make open fires on the ground as it will damage the grass and create hazards for your party and others.
Fire Pits for hire
Fire pits are available for hire at just £10 for 2 nights including logs and kindling. You can also buy logs from us for your own fire pit. While it is fine to collect twigs or branches that have fallen to the ground to use as kindling or fuel but please do not cut or snap any branches from trees, even if they appear to be dead!
Safety first as always, ensure that your BBQ or fire pit is at a safe distance from any flammable materials, and look out for overhanging branches. It’s a good idea to have a water bucket or damp cloth at hand so that you are able to deal with any problems quickly.
Disposable BBQs, while they are cheap and easily available can create hazards for others, so if you use one please do not place it directly on the ground where it can be accidentally stepped on or burn the grass.
The morning after a fire or BBQ there is the job of clean-up. Please ensure that any ashes or detritus from the fire is completely cold, pouring water on it if necessary. Bag up any waste and dispose in the bins provided. Please do not dump ashes in the hedgerow, under trees or in the river.
Fireworks and sky lanterns
Please do not use fireworks or sky lanterns at any time. While it may seem like a little harmless fun, this is the countryside and untold damage to property can occur. They are a danger to crops and can be terrifying for livestock and animals.
Music, Noise and Lights
Cresswell Barn Farm Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated site is a designated quiet campsite, a hideaway, a place that people come to be quiet, away from the noise and bustle of hectic everyday life.
To maintain this we would request that you do not play music that can be heard outside whether radios, stereos, mp3s or similar, during the daytime or especially at night. If you have music or tv inside your unit, please ensure that it is not at a level that will disturb others.
It is fine if you wish to quietly strum your acoustic guitar (or other acoustic instrument) around the campfire or on your pitch, adding to the ambience of the area, but drums or loud jamming sessions are not encouraged! No amplified or electronic instruments are permitted.
While the sounds of laughter and children playing is a delight, most people do not appreciate persistent raucous behaviour so bear this in mind. Note that voices can carry across the open spaces where there is little background noise to drown them out, so be aware to preserve your peaceful surroundings. In particular, as darkness approaches and finally falls, so should a quiet calm fall over the meadows. If you listen out for them, tawny owls can be heard at dusk calling across the valley.
As with all Camping and Caravanning club sites, between the hours of 10pm and 8am all noise should be kept to an absolute minimum.
Please remember this includes vehicles, it is easy to forget how loud the bang of a gate, or a vehicle driving across a field can be when the silence of the countryside is all around you.
Lights and torches
When the moon rises over the trees a magical glow illuminates the night and on a clear moonless night the stars appear in the sky, on very clear nights even the milky way is visible. Unnecessarily bright lighting can cause disturbance to other campers, so please reduce or switch off any bright lights after dark, dim lighting should be sufficient. Some campers like to use fairy lights or candles to create an atmosphere. Reduce lighting to an absolute minimum after 10pm.
You will need a torch to cross the meadow on a moonless night, remember to keep torches pointing at the ground whenever possible, especially avoid shining them around and illuminating camping pitches or units, modern tents do not provide much protection from bright lights and no one likes to be woken from their sleep!
We value our campers’ friendliness and consideration for others everyone who stays here loves the peaceful atmosphere it creates.
There are two waste collection points, one in each meadow near the gates.
Waste is collected daily, please keep your waste to a minimum and separate recycling whenever possible and deposit your waste in the bins provided.
Everyone likes the area around them to be clean and free from litter so please keep the area around your camping pitch clean. Do not drop rubbish on the ground and in particular avoid dropping food as this can attract or endanger wildlife.
A chemical disposal point is also provided, situated next to the waste collection in Bridge Meadow. Please ensure that you use this point to service any porta-potty or chemical toilets you may have in your units. Please do not dispose of any chemical waste in any other toilet facilities including the portaloo which is situated in Upper meadow at busy times.
We try our best to be kind to the local and wider environment so would request that you avoid the use of chemicals that are harmful to the environment, particularly ones that contain formaldehyde (blue) or other harmful chemicals. These damage the ecosystem that breaks down waste in cess-pits. Environmentally friendly replacement chemicals are now widely available.
We’re very lucky to have the beautiful Cresselly river running alongside the camping fields, as well as a small stream that separates the two camping fields, crossed by a little footbridge, and by a shallow ford (for which you need wellies) joining the main river to form a natural pool
The river is clean, fast flowing at times, tumbling and rattling over river-worn pebbles, between banks covered with verdant natural vegetation that provides valuable habitat for wildlife
The Cresselly river is a tributary of the Cleddau that runs into the sea at Milford Haven. The depth varies along its length, also as it is tidal, twice each day at varying times it gets substantially deeper, then as the tide recedes so the river falls.
Campers have been known to paddle and play in the water (including the grown-ups), wild swim and even kayak all the way to Lawrenny and beyond. As with any water activities, please be careful and ensure you supervise children at all times.
Fishing is not normally permitted as the rights are owned by the Cresselly Estate, so special permission must be sought, even if you are a holder of a fishing licence from Natural Resources Wales.
Dogs (and other animals)
We welcome dogs at Cresswell Barn farm and have a quite a few resident dogs ourselves!
Please ensure that we know that you are bringing dogs or other animals when you book. (See Booking form)
Care and Control
Your dog must be under control at all times either on a lead or under your close command. Even though you (and we) love dogs remember that this is not the case for everyone, particularly children so please be considerate to other campers.
If you need to leave your dog unattended on the site for any reason or length of time, please consider the welfare of the dog and your neighbours.
We find that most dogs like to drink from the stream and river. The water is clean and it is safe to let them do so if you wish. However, as the tide comes in the river water may become a little brackish (salty) so ensure that your dog has fresh water provided at all times.
Exercise and the ‘call of nature’
The lower half of bridge meadow is a large open grassy area designated for exercising your dogs (see Cresswell Barn Farm Campsite map). For the safety and comfort of everyone, please clean up after them straight away and dispose of waste in the waste bin provided.
Please do not exercise your dogs near other campers. In particular, try to avoid at all times allowing your dog to ‘answer the call of nature’ in the camping areas or near to your or other campers’ pitches. We make every effort to ensure that the camping fields are a clean and pleasant environment for everyone, particularly where children play. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
If you wish to bring any other animals on your camping trip, please check with us that it is appropriate before doing so. We have had campers with cats, rabbits and other small pets. Our concern is first with the welfare of the animals and also of course consideration to other campers.
Regretfully, we are unable to accommodate visiting horses at this time.
What’s available at Creswell Barn Farm Campsite
|Pitches – 4-acre field plus 2-acre field||15|
|Wash up area|
|Black waste disposal|
|Farm shop – seasonal farm fare|
|Free range children||Welcome|
|Well behaved Dogs||Welcome|
|Peace and quiet|
|Riverside pitches – booking required|
|Good location for touring Pembrokeshire|
|Fire pits – NEW for hire – 2017|
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