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Lower Porthamel Farm

General

  • Family camping in the Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Orchard stays
  • Fish on the site's own river stretch (catch and release only)

One of the things that most peeps find perfect on a camping holiday is a campfire. Men, women, dogs, kids, first-time campers and even cynical console-clicking teenagers – all are captivated by the crackling of the flames where they can cheerfully char their very own food among the smouldering depths. (Campfires might make you go all poetic.)

And a campfire in a permanent fireplace among pitches in an old, lovely and sheltered apple orchard, while watching the sun set over the Welsh mountains from the light of the flames?

Pass the ginger beer and pitch up at Lower Porthamel Camping on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Powys, a chilled-out and friendly farm site mixing old school camping with that other camping essential, showers with free hot water. (And fishing, as Lower Porthamel Camping has its own fly and coarse fishing rights on a stretch of the River Llynfi: pick up a day pass at the farmhouse.)

As well as the permanent fireplace, guests at Lower Porthamel can pick up one of the site’s raised firepits for campfires which are allowed on any pitches on site. If you don’t fancy a campfire (tsk), use the outdoor kitchen to cook in after picking up a barbecue pack with organic meat from the farm’s Small Farms Butcher shop in nearby Hay-on-Wye (all non-veggies should try the steak). Seasoned firewood is available to buy on site, and kindling can be gathered from the surrounding woodland.

Other facilities on site include an indoor washing-up area, and a toilet and shower block near the orchard with hot water and facilities for disabled guests.

Outdoors, the mile and a half trek directly from site runs through the farm fields and woodland, along the old mid-Wales railway line and onwards to the River Llynfi, a Site of Special Scientific Interest where the keen-eyed can see otters, badgers, kingfishers and herons – part of the SSSI ends up in the wildlife-rich Brecon Beacons National Park to see some more. Fishing on the Llynfi is available with permission from the owners and a valid rod license only. Day permits can be bought at the farmhouse.

Please note that cars aren’t allowed in the camping fields or the orchard at Lower Porthamel Camping – all the more fun, surely, as you get to trundle gear – and kids – to your pitch on a farm wheelbarrow.

The site operates a zero waste policy and guests must take all rubbish home with them.

Please note

Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Facilities/activities including fishing are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Group bookings of 6 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Only well-behaved dogs accepted as this is a working farm.

This is a zero waste site so please be prepared to take all your rubbish away with you when you leave.


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97% would recommend this site to a friend.

93% would stay here again.

 

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If they sort out the hot water issue it will be an ideal place to go 14/04/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Emma S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Site location is excellent, our 2nd time here

    Disliked: 

    No hot water, little interest by owner to get it sorted, no firewood for public purchase and the fridge was so cold it froze everything. All of these made it difficult to extend our stay with a young child.

From the manager...

contrary to your comments - I contacted the electrician to mend the hot water situation on the same day that I understood it to be not working. There was a hot shower on another circuit in full working order for the duration of your stay.

You didn't come to the farmhouse to check in.

I believe you were surreptitiously trying to take firewood from our private fire wood supply and I happened to bump into you at that moment and made it clear that it was not ok to simply take our firewood - embarrassing for both of us but doesn't warrant a poor review of our customer services or our camp site!

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Lovely campsite - had most of the site to ourselves ... 02/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anonymous Confirmed

  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Lovely campsite - had most of the site to ourselves for our stay. Facilities were very clean and indoors and showers were lovely and hot! Camping in the orchard was lovely and picturesque- felt very chilled. Couldn't find a drinking water tap though, so we used bottled water instead. Obviously, we knew about the zero waste policy, but difficult when camping for over a week! Shame there is no recycling facilities nearby.
    Will be heading back here next year! :)

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The site was peaceful with clean communal facilities 30/08/2018

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  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The scenery was beautiful and the fellow campers and local people were very friendly

    Disliked: 

    Not really a dislike but there was not a lot of places to buy supplies

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A great place to pitch your tent. 28/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom ANTHONY A. Confirmed

  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    A beautiful Orchard Campsite, well located for you to explore the Brecon Beacons, Brecon, Hay on Wye and the lovely surrounding countryside. The Orchard slopes slightly but its no problem and you get a nice view from the upper area.
    Well organised and looked after with good clean and easily accessible toilet block with nice warm showers.
    Everyone well behaved and a nice quiet site. Fire pits at various locations.
    Limit your rubbish and take it home but this is no problem at all.
    Would certainly stay again.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Location, fireplaces. 28/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Pawel C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Location, fireplaces.

    Disliked: 

    Not very level pitches but you can pick your own space in a lovely, apple orchard.

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beautiful site with plenty of space and great facilities. 28/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sarah M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Beautiful location and a perfect base for exploring the area, especially hay-on-wye and Brecon. Great facilities, clean toilets and plenty of space. Family friendly, quiet time is from 11pm which is one of the latest I've seen. The zero waste policy leads to a very clean site where everyone is waste conscious. It's always nice to be able to have a campfire in the evening and the fire pits are plentiful and the bags of firewood are reasonable sizes for a good price (£5 a bag, paid in an honesty box). Will definitely go back.

    Disliked: 

    Could have done with more than one sink in the ladies toilets

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Fabulous find. Would return again and again. Campfires amazing! 20/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom natalie t. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Clean, inviting facilities. Helpful host. Campfires amazing! Beautiful setting. Delightful atmosphere. Pretty orchard

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Beautiful location, camping in an orchard was lovely, host was ... 18/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Adam M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Beautiful location, camping in an orchard was lovely, host was very friendly and inviting and the facilities were all clean and fully functional.

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Lovely site. 18/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Robert J. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
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    In a orchard. Good location. Clean shower and toilet block. Lovely walks around the farm and a great sunset.

    Disliked: 

    Can't park beside pitch. Have to take a your rubbish and waste off site.

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Great site, excellent facilities, helpful staff. 15/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom John M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Site is lovely, apple trees everywhere. Able to have open fires. Kids enjoyed toasting marshmallows every evening. Showers were fantastic.

    Disliked: 

    Pitches could be a bit more level.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • Brecon, Talgarth, Powys, Wales, LD3 0DL
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.0131°N 3.2207°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Hay on Wye: Castle Bus Stop — 5.8 miles
Brecon Interchange — 8.6 miles
Brynmawr Bus Station — 15.0 miles
Train stations
Cilmeri Rail Station — 13.8 miles
Builth Road Rail Station — 13.9 miles
Garth (Powys) Rail Station — 15.6 miles
Ferry ports
Newport (S Wales) Ferry Terminal — 32.7 miles
Airports
Cardiff International Airport — 42.8 miles

Directions


From Hereford
Take the A438 for Brecon. Follow that road until you reach The Three Cocks then turn left on the A4078 towards Talgarth. After just under a mile there are two cottages on your right-hand side. Lower Porthamel Farm is the drive on your right directly after the two cottages.

From Brecon
Take the A470 towards Builth Wells from Brecon then the A438 towards Hereford. At the first roundabout take the third exit onto the A438 signposted Abergavenny. At the next round about take the third exit onto the A479 signposted Abergavenny. Once in Talgarth turn left onto the A4078. After about 1.2 miles there is a turning to the right signposted Felindre. The farm is on the left just after it.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Walks, walks and more walks, adventure sports, splendid scenery, the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the bookish town of Hay-on-Wye are the main attractions in this part of Welsh countryside, with quite a bit more to see and hike within driving distance to boot.

Talgarth, about a mile and a half away, is a small market town in the Black Mountains with a big amount of things to do and is a well-known Welsh hang-gliding and gliding base for the very adventurous (well worth it for the spectacular scenery you can work up the nerve).

On land, mountain biking and pony trekking can be had both in the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons, and canoeing, kayaking, fishing and rowing on Llangorse Lake and the River Wye.

If you’ve brought your rod to fish on Lower Porthamel’s part of the River Llynfi, travel it a little further to the Wye, regarded as one of the UK’s best fishing rivers, where fisherfolk can land salmon, trout, carp, barbell and pike, many of monstrous proportions.

Or hike along to famous book town Hay-on-Wye for a relaxing day among its restaurants, pubs, foodie outlets and a glorious two dozen bookshops.

Must see

  • Brecon Mountain Railway (16.1 miles)
  • Blaenavon Ironworks (17.3 miles)
  • Big Pit: National Coal Museum (17.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Cwmmau Farmhouse (11.7 miles)
  • The Weir (17.5 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  9 a.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.

Please check in at the farmhouse to settle up from 9am to 11am and from 5pm to 7pm.

Lower Porthamel Camping cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Lower Porthamel Camping will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Dogs
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Extras
Facilities/activities including fishing are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 12 a.m. and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
Recorded music are not permitted.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
You'll need an Environment Agency rod licence (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

Occupancy
Group bookings of 6 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Additional terms

Only well-behaved dogs accepted as this is a working farm.

Only kindling can be gathered from the woodland.

Please check in at the farmhouse to settle up from 9am to 11am and from 5pm to 7pm.

Fishing permits on the Llynfi are available at the farmhouse at £18 per day.

This is a zero waste site so please be prepared to take all your rubbish away with you when you leave.

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