The Cottage of the Charcoal Burners (Ninfa) was built about 300 years ago on the old parish road over the Blorenge to Blaenavon.
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
The Welsh Government is taking a more cautious view than England, Scotland and Northern Ireland in easing some of the restrictions on the operation of tourism and other businesses. As I write this [June 24th] we are still not allowed to travel more than 5 miles except in an emergency, though I can cycle a lot further on my E-bike. We are now told the 5 mile limit will be lifted on July 13th.
However, economic pressures are increasing and it seems likely that the bunkhouse and campsite will be able to re-open in the next few weeks so we need to prepare for this. We understand that most people do not have the luxury of 23 acres to enjoy in all this beautiful weather. We are keen to share it with others when it is safe and when we are permitted to do so. Having said this, we do fall into strongly at risk groups on account of age and health condition, so we shall keep our distance and perhaps not be able to offer our normal standard of personalised welcome.
We are taking bookings from the second week in July. In the event that restrictions in Wales are not sufficiently lifted by the date a booking falls due, we will return deposits or rebook without further charge. Equally, if a member of your party falls ill with flu-like symptoms before you come, please do not come. We will rebook or refund as you wish.
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
The wonderful weather we have enjoyed this year so far has encouraged lush growth in the woodland and gardens. 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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