FAQ FOR BLACK ORCHARD BOTHY
What is the earliest time we can check in on our arrival?
1500 is the earliest
What time do we have to depart on our departure date?
1100 is the departure time. If you would like to depart later than this please speak to us as it might be possible depending on bookings etc.
Can you smoke in the Bothy?
No. Feel free to smoke outside, but please extinguish any butts properly and throw away buts or dottle in the rubbish bin.
What should we bring with us?
Bring everything you would for any other holiday, plus your bedding unless you have booked it from us. Wellies and/or walking boots, plus waterproofs, would be sensible, and you might find a torch useful as it can get very dark.
What household appliances are provided?
Part of the fun of glamping is getting back to basics and not having every possible appliance. There is a water carrier and a cool box at the Bothy. Fresh freezing blocks are available every morning. The Bothy's kitchen is equipped with pans, cutlery, plates, mugs and utensils, and the Bothy firepit has a full range of facilities for outdoor cooking.
Are the Pizza Oven / Barbecue and the firepit charcoal or wood-fired?
All are log-fired.
Are logs provided for the log burner, firepits and pizza oven?
Yes initially, then more logs can be purchased on site.
Are towels and linen provided?
Not as standard, but bedding and towels can be booked at an extra charge. Please bring your own beach towels.
Can a SatNav be used to get to your destination?
Yes, but it might try to take you across the fields. We suggest using the SatNav to get to Meinciau, then following our directions.
Do mobiles work?
There is a good signal around the Bothy, but reception can be very patchy in the woods and near the river.
Is there wifi?
No; you are here to get away from it all.
Can we arrange a grocery delivery to Black Orchard Bothy?
No, no supermarkets deliver to our area.
While we are staying at Black Orchard can we have visitors?
Yes, but please warn us so that we are not alarmed by a strange vehicle in the yard.
Are children welcome? What is there for them to do?
Yes, children are very welcome, but we feel the accommodation is best suited to a maximum of two children, both ten or younger. This is not a hard and fast rule, but it might not be the ideal holiday for all teenagers.
There are fields and woods to explore on the farm, and the stream and river to splash in (both are shallow and safe, apart from when in spate in the winter, but, as always, make sure you supervise your children carefully around water). They might enjoy exploring the foraging area to learn about wild food, watching birds in the hide, and toasting marshmallows around the campfire in the evening. There might also be the chance to help out with some tasks on the farm if you ask, such as collecting eggs or feeding lambs in season.
As well as the stunning Cefn Sidan Beach at Pembrey, which has a Blue Flag Award and lifeguards in the summer, there are lots of local attractions designed for children.************
Remember that this is a working farm with machinery, animals, brambles and stinging nettles, so please supervise your children at all times and keep them away from working machinery and out of the farm buildings. Please also ensure that they do not chase any of the animals, or try to feed them except under our supervision.
Do you accept dogs?
Yes dogs are very welcome indeed at Black Orchard. If your dogs are used to going on furniture or sleeping with you this is not a problem, but please bring your own throws to protect the sofas / beds. Also note that we have stock, as do our neighbours, so if not in the Free Play Field, please keep your dog on the lead, or under close control in the woods.
Where can we go on the farm?
Please avoid the fenced off wildlife area, and don't enter farm buildings unless invited, but otherwise you are free to explore to your heart's content.
How accessible is Berllan Dywyll Farm in the nnow?
Being relatively coastal we don't often have heavy snow, and the hills approaching Berllan Dywyll are not too steep, but the last couple of lanes are very small and not gritted, so care must be taken. We have a four wheel drive to help if necessary.
Are all cars suitable to get to Berllan Dywyll Farm?
Yes, there might be a bit of grass in the middle of some of the lanes, but both they and the track to the farm are smooth enough even for sports cars.
How accessible is your accommodation for the elderly and disabled?
The Bothy is 150 yards across a rough hay meadow, and there are steps into the building. It is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Is there a pub within walking distance? Or shops?
No, the nearest pub is The Baltic Inn in Pontyates, 10 minutes drive away. There is a farm shop five minutes drive away, and there is a supermarket within 20 minutes at Kidwelly and, slightly further away in either Carmarthen or Llanelli, a wide selection of major outlets.
Is there tourist information?
Yes, you can find tourist information brochures in the house porch.
How do we get the keys?
We will meet you when you arrive to give you your keys.
Will somebody be available to help with luggage and show us to our accommodation?
Yes, we will take you to the Bothy, and help you with your luggage if you need a hand.