Chapel House Farm The Greener Camping Club

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire Ewyas Harold

  • 10m + spacing between camping pitches
  • Distance markers for shower/toilets queues
  • Contactless check in
  • Daily deep cleaning of common areas
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • 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, 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 Black Mountains, make this a region that should top anyone’s bucket list. And, since the opening of Chapel House Farm Campsite near Hay-on-Wye in 2017, you’ve all the more reason to go.

Found on the fringes of the sleepy hamlet of Craswall, Chapel House Farm is 15 sprawling acres of vibrant wildflower meadows bordered by ancient woodland. Just 12 generously sized, half-moon-shaped pitches are mown into the long grass. Campers can chose the spot they like best and nestle down amongst the flowers. Wherever you choose to stop, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Hay Bluff and its surrounding mountains.

For those who like their camping with a few added comforts, there is a couple of heated pods, crafted from local timber and with oak interiors, and a six-metre furnished bell tent in a private field. All come with campfire pits and a swinging grill and tripod, helping glampers on their way towards and epic al fresco cook-out – picnic blankets, solar lanterns and all the other kit and kaboodle you might need are 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 hosts, Simon and Anita, know what elevates a good campsite into a great one. Look no further than the facilities block, for example. The couple have constructed an impressive oak-framed hut with a chestnut shingle roof (redolent of a Saxon-Romanian field barn) to house the showers, which have gorgeous Mexican tiles on the walls. Timber from the farm was used to construct the dishwashing area, too, which also includes power-points and a large fridge-freezer, and there’s a cosy converted stable space for when the Welsh weather strays this side of the border. A couple of years ago Anita discovered an old bread oven in their 15th-century house, which now, fully restored, is fired up in the stable most weekends for sociable pizza evenings.

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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Details

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. Covered stable space with bread oven for pizza nights and other meals, plus tea and coffee making facilities. 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. 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

12 pitches, 2 pods and 1 bell tent across 10 acres of wildflower fields.

Trefoil pod

Timber tent Sleeps 4
Rustic, timber pod that sleeps two adults and two children.

Church Field pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 4 Available
The Church Field is below the main camping field and has just 4 pitches available after lambing on the farm. There are 2 extra large pitches, and 2 regular pitches mown into the flowery grass, all with fire pits and views to the Black Mountains. The pitches are accessible by car. Bell tent hire is not available in this field.

Flat field pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 11 Available
Half moon pitches are mown into the flower and herb rich grass. There are panoramic views of the Black Mountains and the Golden Valley. Children can play in a specially mown area in the centre of the field, or follow mown paths to the woods. Why not visit our tiny shop and treat yourself to some local beer or cider to enjoy around the campfire.

Wood Field pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 2 Available
Our small Wood Field is the most secluded and is surrounded on two sides by ancient woodland. There are just two circular pitches, with fire pits, mown into the long grass. There is no vehicle access to this field. You can park nearby in the main camping field. This field is the furthest from the loos and showers.

Furnished Bell tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
This is a spacious six-metre canvas fully-furnished bell tent that comfortably sleeps up to four people. You will find one double and two single beds made up for your arrival with bed linen, duvets, pillows and blankets all provided. The Bell Tent is located in it's own flower field with a panoramic view of the Black Mountains.

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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 11 reviews

★★★★★

"I believe in the Forest and in the Meadow and in the Night" - Henry David Thoreau

Yes I know, how pretentious am I to be quoting a dead poet as a title for a review of a campsite but I think he summed up the experience perfectly. There's a previous review that says that this is the kind of place you don't want to tell people about because it's so good ... I agree! However, I've already told my friends about it so that horse has bolted. Read the other reviews -- I did and then booked -- they sum the place up perfectly and all I can add is that the local beer 'Butty Bach' which is stocked in the charming little shop is the perfect accompaniment to a crackling fire whilst you gaze up past the Black Mountains and up towards the clear bright stars.
★★★★★

Wow, amazing campsite!

Stayed for two nights for our first proper camping trip in the UK and I feel any other campsites we stay on will disappoint now! What an absolutely gorgeous spot, lovely, wild campsite with massive pitches, stunning scenery and friendly owners. Good facilities and we loved the addition of the fire pit and pizza night. I cannot rate this campsite highly enough and we can't wait to bring some friends back next year when households are allowed to mix again properly. We camped in the Canadian Rockies last year but this campsite beat any we stayed in there hands down. Thank you!
Jul 27, 2020 by Helen Cornes Verified Review
★★★★★

Amazing spot!

Amazing camping spot in an idyllic setting. Friendly and helpful owners, beautiful scenery in this semi remote location. Lots of space between pitches and the fact there are so few pitches creates a wild camping feel. Facilities are top notch. Would highly recommend.
Jul 21, 2020 by Angelique D
★★★★★

A wonderfully relaxing campsite, buzzing with nature and crowned with glorious views

The farmers who own and run this beautiful campsite are friendly and welcoming: Happy to chat but also not intrusive. It is clear that a lot of love has gone into the campsite. There is a beautiful traditionally built toilet and shower block and the owners made sure it was clean and left nice touches like jars of wild flowers. It was really nice that a fire pit was provided for each pitch at no extra cost and handy that loo paper and soap and sanitiser were well supplied. The showers were supplied from a spring and were warm. The covered over kitchen area was amply provided with sink and power sockets and a fridge freezer. We camp a lot and both agreed this is one of the best sites (probably best) we have stayed on. This is due to an abundance of wildflowers in the meadow in which we were pitched; the views to the mountains as well as the birdsong, butterflies, bugs as well as the chickens and pigs and Lily the cow. My 5 year old loved it and it felt very safe to let him explore with his newly made friends. Lots of space is given to pitches and no bother of loads of cars coming in and out. The owners keep lambs, fed on their herbal lays. I recommend the lamb burgers!
Jul 14, 2020 by Marie Kenny Verified Review
★★★★★

The problem with this campsite is its one of those places you don't want to tell people about...

Very relaxed camping, each pitch mown into field meant pitches are spaced generously apart and you feel like you have your own space. With the current coming out of 'lockdown' this was definitely comforting. Great setting and view over the black mountains and the animals on site provide interest for kids. Great local produce in the on site shop. Would go again.
★★★★★

Could not have asked for a better campsite!!

Chapel House Farm campsite is everything we love about camping. The setting is idyllic, with beautiful views. Each pitch is huge giving you a peaceful experience. We were lucky to arrive on pizza night and the pizzas were amazing. The facilities are clean and Simon and Anita have made sure there are procedures in place to comply with social distancing. I will be recommending and rebooking soon!
Jul 14, 2020 by Emma Gardner Verified Review
★★★★★

A little piece of heaven.

A beautiful campsite situated in a valley overlooking the Black Mountains. Each pitch is mown into the grass with plenty of room to spread out and relax. There is quite a steep hill down to the farm shop and showers which may be slightly challenging to those with limited mobility. The showers are clean, there are hand sanitiser dispensers outside every door. The area is tranquil and the owners are friendly, I cannot recommend this campsite enough.
Jul 13, 2020 by Max Hartman Verified Review
★★★★★

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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