The Cottage of the Charcoal Burners (Ninfa) was built in the period 1580-1610 on the old parish road over the Blorenge to Blaenavon. The barn dates to the same period according to the design of a feature on the end of one of the beams.
Twenty years ago we converted the old barn into a 6-bedded bunkhouse. More recently we started the campsite with widely separated pitches on terraces scattered across the mountainside.
Middle Ninfa Farm is located just two miles from the historic market town of Abergavenny. It is reached by a steep, winding tarmaced road from Llanfoist, crossing the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal which once served the iron works of Clydach Gorge and Pwll Ddu. The 23 acre farm lies in a historic and beautiful landscape, within the Brecon Beacons National Park on the edge of the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site.
This is excellent walking country and there are fine views over the Usk Valley of the Skirrid and rural Monmouthshire. The upper third of the land, which abuts the Woodland Trust owned Punchbowl, has been planted to broadleaved woodland. In May this is a sea of bluebells. There is also an acre of withy beds, orchards, vegetable garden, grazing for horses and sheep, ducks, bees and a tennis/croquet court.
Covid-19 Re-opening the bunkhouse and campsite
New Welsh Government Test.Trace.Protect regulations require us to collect contact details for all guests, including telephone numbers, and keep them for 3 weeks [after which they will be deleted] in case another guest on the farm at the same time subsequently develops infection. Please ensure you give us this information when you arrive.
April 22th 2021 update
- The bunkhouse opened to guests from single households in Wales from 27th March
- The bunkhouse opened to single households coming from England on April 12th
- The campsite has now reopened under relaxed Covid regulations. However, the toilet block must remain closed until a further announcement, possibly on May 17th. This means that we can only open for wild camping. A screened pit latrine is available or you can bring your own toilet. Campers are asked to bring hand sanitiser or use ours. We will update the website each time the regulations change.
If a member of your party falls ill with flu-like symptoms before you come, please do not travel. We will rebook or refund as you wish. For more information see The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 2) (Wales) Regulations 2020
We ask all guests to strictly observe 2 metre distancing with us, with other campers and anyone else not in your party [or any new distance guideline if it is changed].
It is also vitally important that SHOULD ANY OF YOUR PARTY FALL ILL WITH COVID-19 DURING or AFTER YOUR VISIT, THAT YOU INFORM US and give us home addresses, email and telephone numbers of all members of your group to enable contact tracing. Should a member of another group staying at the same time as you fall ill with Covid-19 after their visit we will need to pass your contact details to contact tracers for the NHS
We do hope you enjoy your stay. Leaflets and guides will still be available.
Read a recent review of the area and our site by some recent happy campers to find out all we, and the local area, has to offer!
We also run a series of three day workshops during which you will learn how to build a traditional coracle or willow structure. For full details please click:-CORACLE POSTER
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