The name fforest camp probably conjures up images of fields and canvas and an outdoor summery vibe, and you're not far wrong. But there is so much more to fforest, and here are 10 very good reasons why it’s a great choice for a cosy winter wedding weekend with family and friends.
1. The Colours
Winter has its own palette. Subtle shades of white, blue and grey, which lend themselves beautifully as the backdrop to the soft pastels or rich jewel colours of a winter wedding. The clear crisp Pembrokeshire skies make you want to get outside and embrace the elements.
2. Your own pub
There’s a magical private pub at the heart of fforest, exclusively for the use of you and your guests. It also has a licence enabling you to get married in front of the inglenook fireplace. If the weather is against you it won’t matter as you go straight from ceremony to celebration without even having to step outside. Your guests can toast you with a fforest winter cocktail which, whether warm or spicy, will be guaranteed to kick-start the festivities.
3. THE FOOD
fforest food is seasonal and local, so with a winter wedding comes an appropriate change in menu. Slow-roasted lamb from our wood-fired oven with lovingly prepared locally grown vegetables, a table full of colourful sharing platters or a comforting tagine. The opportunities to create a memorable, intimate culinary experience for your celebration are limitless. Not so much fine dining, rather the best private dinner party you’ve ever hosted.
4. THE ATMOSPHERE
When the natural light starts to fade, fforest lighting comes into its own – candles and lanterns dotted around the heart of the camp, tealight chandeliers in the pub, festoon lighting along the pathways and the stunning heartwood halos in the farmhouse and domes, made from ancient heartwood from the standing dead branches of fforest oak trees.
5. RURAL COMFORT
The farmyard at fforest has ample en-suite accommodation for 30 resident guests in the newly renovated farmhouse and old stone crog lofts. The geodesic domes can be added as a romantic option, able to accommodate another 4 couples, with room for small children. For larger families and groups of friends, the katacabins have five single beds round a central stove with a covered outside seating area.
6. WELSH HERITAGE
Wherever there’s a sofa or bed at fforest, there’s a coldatnight Welsh blanket, designed by Sian and woven up-river at a traditional woolen mill. Being surrounded by beautiful Welsh textiles gives a satisfying sense of place and there is no better time to appreciate a fforest blanket than when it’s crisp and fresh outside and you’re warm and toasty inside.
Even in the height of summer we can’t wait for the sun to go down and the temperature to drop so that we can gather together some kindling and logs and start up a roaring fire. Whether it’s outdoor braziers, indoor wood-burning stoves or the big communal covered firepit, we are all drawn to the warmth and glow of a real fire and at fforest there is no shortage of them.
8. THE COAST
fforest is on the Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion border, adjacent to the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve and the magnificent Teifi gorge, and a short drive from the All Wales Coast Path. The area is stunning all year round, but in winter you often find you have a beach all to yourselves. The light is breathtaking and begs to be photographed.
9. THE CEDAR BARREL SAUNA
Saunas are amazing at any time, but they were designed to be appreciated when it’s at its coldest outside. Ours is made from sweet scented cedar and heated with a wood fire. For the brave, there’s a cold shower outside too.
10. THE FFOREST COMMUNITY
“There are no strangers here, just friends you haven‘t met yet“. No matter what time of year you visit, you will find the fforest elves are just as busy as their famous namesakes. fforest is not short of wonderful assets, but the fforest elves are undoubtedly what completes the experience, receiving constant praise for their knowledge, skill and unobtrusive service. And by the time you leave you’ll all be on first name terms.