A spotlight on: Denmark Farm

From luxury eco lodges to countryside conservation, Denmark Farm offers something for all kinds of visitors in Ceredigion. Read on to find out more…

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre has been dedicated to conserving the countryside – its plants and wildlife – for more than 25 years, so it should come as no surprise that the 40-acre site is a haven for butterflies, birds, wildflowers and dragonflies, to name but a few. The footpaths around the site lead you through secluded woodland and into flower-filled meadows. As you explore, you come across ponds, a lakeside shelter, a roundhouse, handy benches on which to sit and enjoy the sights and a wildlife garden. Some of the paths close to the car park are wheelchair accessible, including a boardwalk through the woodland and into the most species-rich field.

The site is open to visitors who want to explore for themselves, but to enjoy Denmark Farm to even more, we recommend that you attend one of the many courses – from families going ‘Wild in the Woods’ during school holidays to felt making, from identifying plants to foraging for food or learning about bats. For the best Denmark Farm experience, however, staying on site is a must.

The options are varied enough to suit all tastes. There is a dormitory, providing ‘bunkhouse’ style accommodation and an Eco Campsite suitable for tents, with a camp kitchen built from sustainable timber, two compost toilets and access to showers and flush toilets in the main centre. But the ultimate place to stay at Denmark Farm is the Eco Lodge, with its green roof, woodburners, organic bedding and views from the balcony across the site. The Eco Lodge sleeps up to twelve in flexible accommodation that splits into as many as three separate units for smaller groups.

During most school holidays, the site is bustling with family activity, but at other times it’s ideal for a peaceful retreat, where you can enjoy the nature all around.

This Easter (2014) there is a range of activities open to residents and day visitors, including an egg hunt/nature trail for children (4-12, under eights accompanied by a grown up!), as well as a workshop to make chocolate eggs and the Big Birdsong Brunch (both suitable for adults or families). Check out the Denmark Farm website for details of these activates and much, much more.

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre is managed by the charity The Shared Earth Trust. Any profit from holidays and workshops goes back into developing the nature reserve for the benefit of wildlife and for your enjoyment.

*** For another spotlight blog, read our article on Penllywn Cottages ***

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