Chapel House Farm The Greener Camping Club

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
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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Facilities

A hand-made, oak-framed, building houses 2 sets of showers and loos, and in one of the camping fields is a compost loo. There’s a covered area with a sink and hot water for washing dishes, a fridge-freezer and fridge and power points for hairdryers and charging phones etc. Follow the mown winding paths to a games pitch and beyond to woodland where dens can be made. Complimentary firepits provided. Logs, kindling and firelighting packs are available. The small on-site shop sells local beers, ciders and soft drinks.


Suitable For

Tents, small campervans, tiny caravans and glampers in the bell tent and pods – yes. Groups – by prior arrangement. Caravans, motorhomes and pets – no.
Exclusive hire, by arrangement, is also available for parties and weddings,

Nearby

Herefordshire's world-famous literature capital Hay-on-Wye is a scenic six-mile drive away. Coincide your stay at Chapel House Farm with the annual Hay Festival which hits the town every May. There's no end to the walking trails round here with the The Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, Shropshire Hills and Offa's Dyke Pathall eminently accessible from the site (the latter can be accessed from pretty much the campsite doorstep). The Golden Valley, Llanthony, Llanveynoe and the secluded Olchon Valley come highly recommended. Your hosts can put you in touch with local bike and canoe hire companies and there's outdoor activities available in Craswall. 

Food & Drink

Apart from our own regular pizza night and bottle shop, the nearest local pub is The Bridge Inn (01981510646) in Michaelchurch Escley, a charming 16th century riverside inn that serves an array of local ales and a sophisticated meat-rich menu, as locally sourced as possible. It was awarded Herefordshire's Best Pub in 2017 and it's clearly deserved. In the village, the award-winning White Haywood Restaurant (01981 510 324) offers a takeaway on Thursday evenings from their converted 400-year old stone barn. Hay-on Wye and the surrounding villages boast an array of great pubs, restaurants, delis and independent food shops – just ask Simon and Anita for their personal recommendations. Be sure to stock up on provisions for cooking on the firepit back at camp.

Opening Times

March–October.

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The 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, one of our new rustic wooden pods or hire a 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, including the flour. We also offer homemade cakes, 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.

Accommodation

10 grass camping pitches across 10 acres of wildflower fields, plus a single bell tent (sleeping up to 4) in a separate, private meadow.
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Location

Contact Chapel House Farm, Chapel House Farm, Craswall, Nr Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR2 0PN

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Getting There

From Hay-on-Wye (approx 6½ miles): Follow Forest Road, signposted to Capel-y-ffin. After two miles bear left at the fork in the road signposted to Craswall. After 4½ miles turn right into the campsite field. You will be driving steadily uphill from Hay. The road eventually levels out to run parallel with the mountain then descends – the campsite field is on the right on the descent, about half a mile downhill from Pentwyn farm.

From Longtown (approx 6½ miles): Follow the road uphill to Craswall. After 6 miles you will get to the Bulls Head pub (temporarily shut), a large white building on the right, the mountain is on your left, bear right and downhill at the pub (in the direction on Hay-on-Wye). The road crosses a stream at the bottom. Chapel House farmhouse is the first on the left as you drive uphill. Carry on driving up the hill, past the church on your right, and on up for another quarter of a mile, the entrance to the field is on the left.

The nearest train stations are at Hereford (18 miles) and Abergavenny (17 miles). There are also buses from Hereford to Hay-on-Wye (no 39) and infrequent buses from Hereford to Craswall.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

Pictures don't do it justice

I stayed over the august bank holiday and even though the site was officially full I still managed to find a private spot, pre-mown in a meadow for ease of access, with stunning views up to mountains alongside. I was lucky enough to arrive on pizza night and what a treat that was - Simon the owner/chef can certainly multi-task (although possibly capable wife Anita is the strength behind the dough:) This is campsite that your children will talk about for the rest of their lives and you'll be pleased you discovered.
Oct 13, 2019 by Julie North
★★★★★

We’ve found our perfect campsite!

So much to love about this Greener Camping campsite! We loved the friendly owners, the warm welcome, the lovely showers, the compost loo, the 3 different fields to choose from, the stunning views, the long grass, the path to the showers... And, we loved the fact that there were no dogs, as our daughter has a phobia of them. It meant we could have a peaceful, stress free time ... We’re already planning our next visit! Absolutely loved it (can you tell?!)
May 30, 2019 by Liz L
★★★★★

Beautiful family campsite

Great welcome from the owner of the farm and site Anita on arrival. We were free to pick our two pitches, of which there was a great choice and well spread apart with a kids play area mown in the centre. Stunning views and amazing hot showers morning and evening, which were very clean and beautifully done. Free fire pit, which was a nice touch. Even though the site was busy it didn't feel like it and had loads of space and was very tranquil. I visited with my husband and children, we would definitely recommend it and plan on coming back.
Aug 12, 2018 by Petch
★★★★★

Wonderful, peaceful getaway

Just returned from a beautiful 5 nights at Chapel House Farm. The site has lots of lovely pitches with views of the black mountains. Our three children really enjoyed the den building, as well as the beautiful starry skies at night. Craswell is quite remote, but that meant the peace and quiet was magical. The shower block is a short walk through the field-(lots of fairy lights), but provided an adventure at bedtime for teeth brushing etc-our littlest loved this part of the day. It all added to the Magic of the stay. It was nice to see a greener approach, with compost loo etc. We found the shop in longtown great for supplies, and also had a great meal at the pub there! Lots of gorgeous walks in the area, with spectacular views etc. We will be back again next year! X
Aug 10, 2018 by jazz

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