Chapel House Farm The Greener Camping Club

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire

An on-the-border break near Wales' Brecon Beacons and England's Hay-on-Wye, with a mixture of camping and glamping on offer

The Welsh Marches, the bucolic borderlands running through the modern day English counties of Herefordshire and Shropshire (not to mention parts of Cheshire), can boast some of the British Isles’ most stunning, history-rich landscapes. Either side of Offa’s Dyke, dramatic ranges like the Brecon Beacons and Shropshire Hills, make this a region that should top anyone’s bucket list. And with the opening of Chapel House Farm Campsite near Hay-on-Wye, you’ve all the more reason to.

Found on the fringes of sleepy Craswall, Chapel House Farm Campsite is 15 sprawling acres of vibrant wildflower meadows bordered by ancient woodland. Generous, half-moon-shaped pitches are mown into the long grass, while adjacent ‘pitch-where-you-like’ fields filled with flowers leave campers spoiled for choice. Wherever you choose to stop, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Black Mountains and the peaceful tranquility of this understated retreat.

For those who like their camping with comforts, there is a spacious, six-metre furnished bell tent in a private field. It comfortably sleeps up to four (a double bed and two singles) and is adorned in a simple yet tasteful style, with beautiful furnishings such as colourful rugs, fresh flowers, director’s chairs, and an old steamer trunk lending a homely feel. The firepit provided (with swinging grill and tripod) means glampers can also enjoy that all important al fresco cook-out. Solar lanterns, picnic blankets and all the kit and kaboodle come included.

A care and attention to detail runs throughout Chapel House Farm, from the complimentary firepits, to the little on-site shop stocking locally-brewed beer and cider. It’s clear that your hosts (Simon and Anita) know what elevates a good campsite into a great one. Look no further than the facilities block. With not a dingy portable cabin or rusty shipping container in sight, Simon and Anita have constructed an impressive oak-framed hut with Chestnut shingle roof (redolent of a Saxon-Romanian field barn) to house the free hot showers. Timber from the farm was used to construct the dishwashing area which also includes power-points and fridge-freezer. The showers even have gorgeous Mexican tiles on the wall!

All in all, there’s a pleasingly laid back vibe to life at Chapel House Farm. Games are welcomed in the fields and the woods beyond are prime den-building real estate for little ones. Red Kites and Buzzards circle overhead and if you’re lucky (and quiet) you may even spot a fallow or miniature muntjac deer munching grass in the meadow at dawn.

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The campsite owner says

A warm welcome awaits at our campsite in the mountain wilds of the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire.

Campers seeking peace and tranquility at this hideaway in the little village of Craswall close to the book town of Hay-on-Wye can choose a pitch in 15 acres of wildflower fields bordered by ancient woodland, or why not book our airy, fully furnished bell tent. Children can make dens, run in the woods and play games in the long grass.

Pizza is available, usually one night of the week, from the original farmhouse bread oven and is made using mostly our own farm-grown ingredients. We also offer salad and vegetables from our polytunnel and eggs from our chickens.

Grownups can choose a local beer or cider from our tiny shop, light a fire in one of our fire pits (firewood and kindling available from the shop) and watch the stars. The pastures are a spectacle throughout the spring and summer with a show of bluebells and a host of other wild herbs and flowers. Mown paths wind down to a hand-crafted, oak framed hut with a Chestnut shingle roof, based on a Saxon Romanian field barn design, which houses loos and hot showers (no coins or tokens required!).

There's also a covered dishwashing area with hot water, power points and a fridge and freezer.

Travel by car, walk or cycle, via public footpaths, bridleways and quiet country roads to Hay, the Golden Valley and over the Black Mountains and the Offa's Dyke footpath to Llanthony, Llanveynoe and the secluded Olchon Valley.

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