Camping at Ynysfaen
We're a small family-run campsite just two miles from Trecastle and 20 minutes west of Brecon in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, which has recently been designated one of the five Dark Skies Reserves in the World. Our lovely old farmhouse is set in 5 acres. To call it 'beautiful' is an understatement - but we would say that, we live here!
Chickens, owls, kingfishers, red kites, bats, foxes, and otters. Just a few of the creatures we share our land with. As such, we do all we can to keep it looking nice for them and for you.
Ynysfaen is all about peace and tranquility - a base-camp to explore and enjoy mother nature doing what she does best. We are a prime location for a digital detox and rural retreat - the no mobile phone signal or wifi helps!
We're not into late nights so we have a 'no noise policy' after 10.00pm. On the other hand, we love early mornings - and waking up to the sounds of the babbling River Usk, the dawn chorus, and the gentle clucking of chickens. If you share this sentiment, then you should really enjoy Ynysfaen.
A little different....
We like to think we're a little different from most other campsites in the area. Here's why...
Camping, not caravanning - tents and trailer tents are welcome. Trailer tents can pitch on one of our hardstanding small camper pitches and cannot be towed onto the camping field. Sorry, no large motor homes or caravans. Small size campers are permitted on our 2 purpose-built pitches (see size restrictions!) access is impossible for large motorhomes.
Canvas, not cars - no vehicles are allowed on the camping field making it a safe haven for children to play safely. There are wheelbarrows to cart stuff to your pitch, and if you need a hand, just holler!
Quality, not quantity - we love sardines, but only on toast. So you'll have plenty of room to pitch your tent and you decide where you want to pitch, we don't allocate pitches.
Seclusion, not isolation - Ynysfaen feels far from the madding crowd, but there's plenty of civilisation nearby, too.
Heat, without hassle - for £5, we provide fire pits, logs and kindling for those chilly evenings or just to toast marshmallows and stargaze. We can also provide a BBQ with a bucket of charcoal for £5.
Simplicity, and luxury - we have a modern unisex, heated shower and toilet block, along with a covered washing up area with two sinks. The washing up area has hot and cold water, washing up utensils and ECOVER products are supplied for your use. We have a food prep area with mild sterilising products for your use to ensure cleanliness. We also have an American style fridge freezer for your use that also supplies ice for those evening drinks around the fire. We have outdoor games for you to use if you're feeling energetic or indoor games for the less energetic or indeed those rainy days. A large selection of books for you to borrow or swap for adults and children, utensils to borrow if you've forgotten something and our " whoops I forgot " cabinet where you can purchase a small selection of toiletries. Our Shepherds Hut, Glamping Bell Tent and small camper van pitches offer a slice of extra luxury for your escape. We can also offer a 5 mtr bell tent to rent with coir matting so you just need to turn up with your own camping items and move in. We also have a small riverside walk where you can sit and listen to the babbling river Usk and the birds singing.
Basics, not banquets - there's no shop, but you can buy free range eggs laid by our own Warren chickens and sometimes even seasonal homegrown veg, when available.
Take on the great outdoors, or just let it wash over you.
Whatever you're into, there's lots to get up to - whether you're the adventurous type or just want to chill out in the bosom of mother nature. There's fishing on the Usk Reservoir, 5 minutes' drive up the valley. There's mile upon mile of spectacular walking with breathtaking views of the Beacons and Black Mountains. There's road cycling and mountain biking, as well as pony trekking, mountain boarding, canoeing and canyoning. And for the gentler of mind and body, there are some great local attractions like Dan yr Ogof Show Caves and Big Pit, Blaenavon. We're really just scratching the surface here, so if you're stuck for inspiration, just ask, we've got lots of ideas.
We were very lucky in 2015 to have a wildlife camera installed on our river bank. We were even luckier to find some great footage of our local residents...some otters! Check out our video on YouTube!