The old castle as it once stood
History and Location
Cymbrogi's home sits at the heart of the Pembrokeshire National Park,
in the upper reaches of one of the country's treasured ‘hidden waterways.'
This former castle site has been inspiration and home to explorers past and present, the most famous of which was Charles Darwin's former cabin mate on the HMS Beagle. John Lort-Stokes went on to captain subsequent Beagle voyages and map large parts of Australasia. We like to think that waking up to this view was what probably inspired him to a life-time of adventure and discovery...
It was in part the adventures of his ancestor that inspired the current owner David Lort-Phillips to co-found the Darwin Centre which today dedicates its work to nurturing future generations of young Darwins. We are delighted that the Centre has since become a Founding Cymbrogi Companion.
One generation on, this legacy and these views went on to inspire the founders of Cymbrogi, Liza and her friend Jamie Burdett - co-conspirators and long-time sustainability advocates.
Situated in the village of Lawrenny, the site overlooks the River Cleddau, an estuary teeming with marine life and rich in ancient woodland, with a working organic dairy farm on its doorstep. This natural setting is central to the learning philosophy: to connect to and understand the natural world and the importance of ecosystems; to play, explore and be inspired by it. We believe this is the perfect location for a truly inspiring learning experience.
Events will be hosted in versatile tents and flexible semi-permanent structures on the site, with loos and showers and shore access for water adventures. A Youth Hostel 200 metres away has additional capacity for hosting 24 children and adults.
People, Place, Purpose
© Cymbrogi, 2018