The Billy Goat Cabin at Broadmeadow Farm

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
A quaint wooden cabin, tucked away on a Herefordshire farm. Perfect for a romantic glamping retreat or year-round family getaways.

Just three miles outside of the county town, Billy Goat Cabins feels surprisingly distant from Hereford, surrounded as it is by open fields dotted with sheep as far as the eye can see. Yet the wooden walls of the cabin are almost an ode to the Jacobean buildings that pepper the heart of the town centre. Like a strange hybrid between a beach hut, Scandinavian lodge and Hereford’s timbered Old House, the cabin is a wooden wonder that has a charmingly timeless feel.

In fact, so quaint is the Billy Goat Cabin, there’s even a children’s playhouse outside that mirrors its exact appearance – a doll’s house type replica that showcases its simplicity and beauty on a miniature scale. The real thing, though, has room for big kids too – up to four people, in fact, two in the master bedroom up on the mezzanine level and two more on a fold out futon that makes up the living area downstairs. There’s a dining area and wood-burning stove, plus a picnic area outside with a fire bowl and firewood for use.

Though the cabin has a distinctly hidden feel, part tucked among a copse of trees and out of view of any other buildings, a short stroll across the adjacent meadow leads you to another nearby wooden beamed house. This is the real treat of the site – an indoor heated swimming pool that’s free for cabin guests to use! Given the remote feel of the cabin, finding a warm swimming pool around the corner has an air of mischievous exclusivity about it, as though you’ve stumbled across someone else’s luxury villa and are sneaking in after dark!

There’s more watery fun to be found in Hereford itself. The old meadows provide a popular wild swimming spot in summer, with gravel beaches and deep pools intermittently dotting the River Lugg and River Wye, while the pubs and restaurants of the compact centre provide watering holes of a very different kind. Then there’s the mighty cathedral. Dominated by its sandstone tower, which was constructed in the early 14th-century to eclipse a second tower, it subsequently collapsed under its own weight in 1786. It’s here you can find some of the towns historic artefacts, including the famous Mappa Mundi, a 13th-century map of the world with all its centuries-old eccentricities. It’s rather different from the way we see the planet today – sprawling open spaces with just a few, sparse settlements plotted on the old parchment. There's a pleasing symmetry with the peaceful world of Billy Goat Cabins – rural escape on the modern-day map.

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Facilities

The cosy cabin has a mezzanine level, housing the main king size mattress, and futon downstairs, that make up beds for another two people if necessary. There is a small wood burner with kettle for hot water and small saucepans for heating beans and soup etc, plus an outside fire bowl for BBQs and campfire meals. We now have a pizza oven which sits on the outdoor fire bowl.  There is an outside compost toilet situated very close to the Cabin. The indoor swimming pool is a short stroll across the fields and here there are 2 showers and a flushing toilet.  Call Sally or Adrian to book swimming pool times. The miniature cabin playhouses are just yards from the cabin – perfect for children to play in and act out their make believe woodland adventures. The one-acre woodland next to the cabin is also fun for kids to collect sticks for the fire. 

Suitable For

Perfect for couples or families who enjoy the outdoors but would prefer the comfort of a soft mattress rather than tent living!
Families with toddlers or small children are warned there is no fire guard around the log burner - be aware. Dogs permitted at certain times of year (dependent on sheep grazing), restricted between October–March.

Nearby

The site is actually close enough to Hereford that you can walk right into the town centre – it takes just under an hour to reach the cathedral from your cabin (around 3 miles). The cathedral (01432 374200) itself is worth a visit – examine the Mappa Mundi and The Chained Library – and over the road there is a museum and art gallery (01432 260692), plus Hereford's famous Black and White Village with a trail taking in the best houses, including the famous Old House (01432 260694). In the opposite direction, it's a short drive to Snell's Fruit Farm (01989 730229) on Windmill Hill. They grow delicious strawberries and host Pick-Your-Own during summer. Further afield the market towns of Abergavenny, Monmouth, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye and Hay-on-Wye will keep you busy or head south to the Forest of Dean for more rural adventures - such as canoeing, Go Ape, cycle tracks, bike hire, steam railways and ancient woodland.  Oakerwood Leisure is situated north of the county and offers a wide range of outdoor activities such as paintballing, quad biking and high ropes.  Walks such as Garway Hill, The Skirrid, The Sugar Loaf, The Black Mountains, Hay Bluff, The Golden Valley and Llanthony Priory are all fun possibilities for a day out walking.  For indoor entertainment both The Courtyard Theatre in Hereford and The Savoy Theatre in Monmouth offer a wide range of performances such as comedy, speakers, plays, pantomime, dancing as well as cinema.   More indoor local indoor entertainment includes Green Spider Climbing, The Core for roller skating and Play Planet for soft play.

Food & Drink

It's a couple of miles to The Grafton (01432 355233), which is the closest pub for food, and a couple more to The Black Swan (01981 540295) in Much Dewchurch – a favourite of Adrian and Sally's. The Axe and Cleaver at Much Birch, The Kilpeck at Kilpeck and The Tump at Wormelow are also recommended for nearby pub food.  For something really fancy, though, try the upmarket restaurants The Hardwick (01873 854220) and The Walnut Tree (01873 852797; book well in advance). Oakchurch (01981 500125) is the place to go for locally-produced meats, cheeses, wines, fruit, vegetables and, of course, cider, for which Herefordshire is famous. There's even a cider museum (01432 354207) in town, along with Weston's Cider Distillery (01531 660233).

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

When it comes to things to do you're spoilt for choice in Herefordshire. Our stunning natural backdrop is the perfect place to be at one with the outdoors. Our self-built, hand-crafted cabin offers a cosy retreat with stunning views – perfect for couples or small families.

Accommodation

1 wooden cabin, sleeping 2 on a mezzanine King Size mattress and a further 2 on a futon double bed downstairs. 2 extra detached bedrooms both containing 2 single mattresses have also been recently added to the site. Room for extra tents if you need to accommodate further people. The site offers exclusivity and is only ever booked out to one group. Check Availability

Location

Contact The Billy Goat Cabin at Broadmeadow Farm, Broadmeadow Farm, Haywood, Hereford, Herefordshire HR2 9RU

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Getting There

From Hereford town centre: Follow signs to Abergavenny - A465 Continue up Belmont Road, past MacDonalds and Tesco.  At the roundabout go straight over. Take first left signposted Callow Continue approx 1 mile. Go past the farm and red brick barn conversions on the hill. Before you reach the red brick detached houses on the right take the farm track - (look out for 2 wheelie bins in the gateway and a sign saying Waterbabies, Billy Goat Cabins and at the bottom a sign saying Broadmeadow Farm). Continue up the farm track for 0.5 mile (do not take the left driveway to Haywood Lodge Farm).  There are some work units and the flying club - if you continue, Broadmeadow Farm is the only barn conversion at end of track. The closest train station is in Hereford (0845 748 4950).

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★★★

Idyllic

From the moment you book, to the moment you have to leave to rejoin the rat race, Sally and her whole family are welcoming and make the whole experience so easy and enjoyable. The cabin is amazing, warm, comfy, individual. The fact that you can also have one built for you at your own home is extremely tempting! The location is superb. Close enough to enjoy all the area has to offer but also secluded and safe to allow kids to play in the woods and field is great. We loved watching the microlights take off and land on the airstrip. The jewel in the crown, for us, was the use of the swimming pool, that our two boys LOVED! This place is perfect for single travellers and couples looking for a weekend getaway to chillax or a romantic hideaway, but is also perfect for families who just want to kick back and forget about work and stress. We have already recommended this place to family and friends and will definitely be returning. Thank you Sally and family for a truly wonderful stay. Ben, Nikki and Boys
Jul 19, 2016 by balbutt
★★★★★

great

The nicest hosts and a lovely pool available! The room is very well insulated. It was cold outside but I was very warm. I had a lovely sleep I would love to go again!

Apr 23, 2016 by thomas
★★★★★

A lovely stay at Broadmeadow Farm

My family and I stayed in the cabin at Broadmeadow Farm over Easter 2016. The stay could not have been better: the cabin is lovely: beautifully built and furnished and very cosy with the log burner going. The view over the farm and to the Welsh hills from the front of the cabin is stunning and it was a joy to wake up to!

Sally and Adrian and their lovely family made us feel very welcome and the stay all the more enjoyable. Access to the fabulous swimming pool was a great bonus as was watching the occasional plane crossing your path on the grass airstrip nearby.

The cabin is close enough to Hereford for convenience but remote enough to feel you are properly at peace in the beautiful countryside.

We would love to go back to Broadmeadow Farm and do the same things over again!!

Thank you to Sally and Adrian for sharing their cabin and hospitality with us!    

Apr 9, 2016 by Robin P

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