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Fforest Farm
Reviewed 26 August 2014

We went for a wedding, hired one of the Camp Shacks, and had a brilliant weekend away. The staff were really helpful, great food, and our shack was delightful. Lovely spot to park up and escape the world, pull out a beanbag and read a book looking out over the rolling Welsh Hills.
Amenities were much better than expected, good showers particularly. The wood burners in the shacks definitely helped keep the Autumnal chill off. Would recommend.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

We just spent a long weekend at the Manorafon Fforest camp site, in one of the 'Nomad' tents. We could not have been happier with our first 'glamping' experience! In prior years we have camped with our own tent, got soaking wet and spent a large part of the weekend undertaking all of the tasks that come with the joys of camping. At Manorafon this was all of the best best of camping, but none of the worst! We were expecting a tunnel tent with an outdoor cooking area as per the website, and were totally surprised and pleased to find that they are upgrading the site, and so we actually had a two-bedroomed 'tent' which had a central cabin area. This was fully waterproof, had electric lights and came fully furnished with gas stove, water urn, all cooking implements and plates/cutlery, even sponges and washing up liquid. It also contained a large bench table, a large beanbag which could be used indoor/outdoor, and a portable BBQ unit. A large coolbox could be replenished with ice blocks for no charge from the storeroom freezers. The two bedrooms each contained two single beds with mattresses, low to the floor but quite comfortable. We definitely had the experience of sleeping under canvas but without the 'damp floor' aspect that camping often brings - these tents are set up on large decking areas which also give ample room for sitting outside.
A short walk across the green games area (or dog play area depending on your preference!) brought us to the toilet.shower blocks, which were always clean and tidy due to there always being someone around in the staff area. Breakfast (cereal and toast with homemade jams/marmalades etc) was served at no additional cost in the converted stable block, where there was also a comfortable seating area, usually inhabited by someone's teenager using the free wifi to stay in touch with the outside world (there are no mobile signals here, it was bliss!).
Our dogs were very welcome and thoroughly enjoyed their stay due to the amount of walks in the immediate area. The cafe around the corner sells the most lovely icecream and coffee! We drove around to Llangrannog on night and had superb fish and chips at the Beach Hut cafe, and watched the surfers enjoying the high waves in the sunset. Blissful.
Despite many warnings from our friends about how we were going to get battered by Hurricane Bertha's leftovers, in reality we had one night of torrential rain, which did no affect the tents at all, and a relaxing morning's reading while the showers eased. Sitting on the stable block verandah and looking out to the nearby beach is somehow still very relaxing even in the rain!
We very much enjoyed our stay and would definitely repeat it at some point in the future. It was the perfect place to unwind and relax away from the ties and demands of everyday life.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We stayed in the camp-shacks for two nights for a wedding. The weather was amazing (for late May), meaning the venue was stunning.

The shacks sleep 8, and it didn't feel too cramped with 8 adults. Ours had electricity, but the other 2 didn't (so be sure to ask for camp-shack 1 when you book). We visited friends in the Domes, which were amazing (but expensive).

The vibe is very laid back, and relaxing. Simply perfect for a wedding.

The only drawbacks were limited sign at the entrance, so we were left unsure of what to do (there are trollies to get your bags, so you don't have to lug them to your tent like we did). The young people that work there are super helpful, but there were some things that were missed (e.g we weren't given a map, others were, the tour didn't point out where the toilets were etc). For that reason I have given Fforest 4 stars.

The little candle light pub is lovely, and the breakfast was good (granola, toast, fruit and boiled eggs). Overall a wonderful experience. Just make sure you pack a torch and a warm sleeping bag.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We had our wedding at Fforest in April 2014 and not only is the location absolutely beautiful, with views and surroundings that truly make the stay more than special, but the Staff were absolutely fantastic as well. The gang at Fforest truly made our wedding exceptional and our guests who weren't usually into the outdoorsy nature of the holiday were blown away by the experience and have all said great things about their stay and the team here.

I cannot recommend it enough.

Room Tip: Don't ignore the camp-shacks, they're awesome for families with youngsters.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Myself and my partner went for a long weekend in April, the first thing to say is this place is absolute perfection.

We stayed in a dome which were kitted out with a massive bed, wooden chandelier and log-burning stove. The bedding consisted of reindeer hides and Welsh woollen blankets. After a long drive it was so relaxing to light the fire, and sit on a massive bean bag with a glass of vino to watch the sun go down.

There was lighting, a USB plug point & one normal plug in the done - the bedding was also provided which was a nice touch.

I was nervous about the toilet & shower block, but they were also fab - boiling hot showers and everything was immaculately clean. Can't complain at all!

We took our excitable Border Collie with us, which was great as Fforest are so welcoming to dogs. She sat in the pub with us in the evenings and ate breakfast at our feet in the mornings - this place is truly doggy heaven.

James & Sian the owners are just lovely, so chatty, friendly & can't do enough for you.

Now for the best bit about Fforest - THE PUB. The Bwythyn is candlelit and stocked with the most amazing local beers and wines, it's absolutely beautiful in there and an easy way to waste a few hours.

In short - just go. Leave behind your phones, laptops & stress and instead spend a few days wandering around the forest, eating good food and relaxing.

Room Tip: If you want the best - go for a Dome.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

Stayed in dome 9 at fforest camp in the first week of September with my wife.

The first thing to note is that a stay at fforest camp is expensive. So after a 6 hour journey, having some difficulty finding the place (in the middle of nowhere; little signposting) and arriving to an off-road car park with no sign of life, we were perhaps feeling a bit miffed. We were not aware that there were carts to put your stuff on and pull to the tents so ended up lugging our gear to the reception and then onto dome 9 at the back of the farm - not a relaxing start!

However, the cup of tea and warm welcome at reception set the tone for the rest of our stay and was greatly received. The reception itself is a beautiful space with oak tables/benches, bunting, chalkboards, woodland flowers in jars - a rustic and relaxed atmosphere which you cannot help but be taken in by. In fact, at times the staff seem as relaxed as the setting itself which does mean that the odd request gets forgotten. I was initially somewhat frustrated by this but by the end I accepted that it was just the fforest way and I sort of loved it for that.

The dome was a good choice for a stay. The website gave limited information about the accommodation but everything necessary is included (bed; bedding; warm blankets, firewood for the wood burner etc). It is well furnished for a cosy stay. Similarly there is sheltered seating on the decking next to the dome equipped with stove, water butt, ice box and a barbecue set. Fforest camp provide a full set of pots, pans, kettle, tea/coffee, utensils, washing up liquid etc so all you really need to bring is yourself and some food. The toilets and wash facilities were some walk from the domes we stayed in but they were clean, functional and importantly, the showers were hot!

There is a sauna in the forest which we tried and is well worth the effort although be prepared to start the wood burner yourself - it takes 30 mins to get it warm if the staff haven't got it going or other campers haven't kept it going. Also try a few of the welsh tipples at the pub. Nothing quite like a cold beer on a summer evening by a campfire.

Fforest camp just misses out on five stars for me. The price, the lack of signposting/greeting when you get to the car park and lack of information about the accommodation/activities are areas where I think it could be improved. Nonetheless, I wholeheartedly recommend a stay. Relax. Don't do it. That's the fforest way.

Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

We found this fforest camp a little out of the way in that there are no local restaurants and a day time cafe nearby. The Domes are great and very comfortable and cozy. The stove was redundant as the weather at night was warm. The lady who runs the site was fantastic and nothing was too much trouble for her. We might try the Cilgerran camp close to Cardigan next time. The Tipee pizza place in the centre of Cardigan was quite good too. My only criticism is that the activities could be better co-ordinated, all staff should be able to furnish accurate directions and booking should be possible on-line.

Room Tip: Dome 10 is one of two domes on their own in the upper field
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Fforest Farm

Address: | Cilgerran, Cardigan SA43 2TB, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Ceredigion > Cardigan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Cardigan
Hotel Class:5 star — Fforest Farm 5*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
fforest farm has been created as a place to enjoy the simplicity, pleasures and beauty of outdoor living in an outstanding natural environment. fforest farm is 200 acres by the river Teifi gorge, next to the Teifi marshes nature reserve, minutes from the town of Cardigan and from the beautiful undiscovered beaches and coves of the West Wales coast. Most of our our accommodation is custom designed and built by us to ensure you get the best comfort, best views, best experience of the location. We combine ethically sourced materials, period pieces and local craft to create relaxed, comfortable and inspiring spaces for you to enjoy. During the school holidays we include breakfast daily in our lodge & also supper nights at least once a week. Throughout the year we have special events too, including our Spring & Winter Feast. Our on-site pub (seasonal opening) & cedar barrel sauna are the perfect places to chill-out after a hard day of exploring! We offer a wide range of accommodation types to suit everyone. Ty Fforest and the Crog lofts all have their own bathrooms, whilst our tented accommodation use our beautiful cedar wood shower block, just a short walk from all accommodation types. Each tented accommodation sits on its own raised deck area with private outdoor kitchen & all of the basics provided to cook simple meals. Ty Fforest is our luxurious, renovated Georgian farmhouse that sleeps 14 people in 5 bedrooms. Our Crog Lofts are converted crofter's cottages. We have four of these each sleeping 4 people. The Geodesic Domes made famous at fforest have the luxury of a king size bed & wood-burning stove with spectacular views across the countryside. We have nine of these each sleeping up to 4 people. Our Kata Cabins combine solid wood sides with a canvas tipi top, LED lighting & USB charging points in each beds' dock. We have five of these each sleeping up to 5 people. The Bell Tents are a lovely, simple canvas structure with wood-burning stove. We have three of these, each sleeping up to 4 people. For larger groups or two families we have our Campshacks with two sleeping areas & a large, central kitchen & dining area with a wood-burning stove & 3 point power socket. Our accommodation has featured on BBC and S4C, Conde Nast Traveler, BBC Good Food magazine and in a national Visit Wales TV & cinema ad campaign. We also came runner-up in the National Geographic 'Big Sleep Awards' in the 'Happy Glamper' category 2017 ... more   less 
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Fforest Farm Cardigan, Wales

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