Darnells' Luxury Glamping

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
White sheets and wellies combine at this small, high-end glamping site on a working farm near Ross-on-Wye.

These days camping on the farm doesn’t have to be muddy. We’ve found a place where you can snuggle down under crisp white sheets while listening to the moos of cows and waiting for the kettle to boil. It’s a place where, instead of pulling on the wellies to trudge to the loo, you can pad barefoot to your en-suite bathroom. You can wash your hands with locally made soap and dry them on Egyptian cotton towels before delving in to the contents of your just-delivered breakfast hamper. This is definitely not old-school farmyard camping. It’s Darnell’s Farm Luxury Glamping.

This bijou glamping site has been set up on a fourth-generation family farm on the border of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. It’s the real deal; very much a working farm and not just a petting zoo for campers. Host Danni and farmer husband Graham set out to create hotel-style comfort in a rural location that they recognised had much to offer. It’s a tranquil setting with countryside views. It’s easy to reach too – little over a mile off the motorway (though you’d never know it) and just seven miles from Ross-on-Wye.

Accommodation-wise, the choice here is between the fairly luxurious glamping pods (there are two) and the very luxurious safari lodge, which sleeps six. They are well spaced for privacy but not so far apart that this glamping trio doesn’t work for group bookings. The communal fire pit is great for glamping get-togethers and toasting marshmallows or barbecuing local produce from the on-site honesty shop.

The glamping is kept deliberately separate from the hard graft. While Graham is out in the fields ploughing and harvesting, you can enjoy views of the idyllic scenery that surrounds him. And while onsite ‘entertainment’ comprises a large dose of countryside chilling, we think that’s just as well because there’s already so much to do in the surrounding area. The glamping site is within reach of a staggering number of attractions and activities; more than can be managed in the three and four-day minimum stays. You can visit the market towns of the Wye Valley, go kayaking down the river or climbing at Symonds Yat. You can cycle in the Forest of Dean, walk in the Malvern Hills and visit a vineyard if you have the time. If not, you’ll just have to come back.

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Facilities

The safari lodge sleeps 6 in a double bed, a double cabin bed and two singles (all bedding and linen provided). It has 2 bathrooms – one with an electric shower, basin and toilet and the other with a basin, toilet and a clothes dryer – and a kitchenette, with a toaster, sink, kettle, fridge, and a log burner with an oven. There's also a dining area and a veranda for BBQs. Pods sleep up to 2 adults & 2 children, with a double bed and a double sofa bed (all bedding and linen included) and under-floor heating throughout. The pods have kitchens too – toaster, kettle, fridge and a microwave – and a bathroom with a fitted shower, a toilet and a wash basin. Outside veranda space. There is a communal fire pit where campfires are allowed. Initial baskets of logs are provided.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Group gatherings (up to 10 adults and 4 children) are permitted and dogs are welcome.

Nearby

The site is on a working farm, so there is always something going on and visitors often wake up with views of cows or sheep grazing in the field next to the site. There are 2 golf courses within 5 miles of site: Ross-on-Wye Golf Club (01989 720267) and South Herefordshire Golf Club (01989 780535). There’s plenty for foodies, including Harts Barn Cookery School (01452 831719), Hillside Brewery (01452 830222), Three Choirs Vineyard (01531 890223) and Westons Cider Mill (01531 660233) all within 10 miles of site. A little further afield is the Chase Distillery (01432 820455). The historic market town of Ross-on-Wye is 7 miles away with plenty to see and do, including the Made in Ross gallery (01989 769398). More active things to do include walking at the National Trust’s May Hill (4 miles away), cycling in the Forest of Dean with bike hire from Pedal a Bike Away (01594 729000) and a range of adventure activities from Wyedean Canoe and Adventure Centre (01600 890238) 13 miles away. Other nearby attractions include Hellens Manor (01531 660504) and Newbridge Farm Park (01531 670780). There’s also Puzzlewood (01594 833187), Littledean Jail (01594 826659), the Dean Forest Railway (01594 845840), Clearwell Caves (01594 832535) and Goodrich Castle.

Food & Drink

A complimentary breakfast hamper is provided on the first morning of stays. Local eggs and a selection of seasonal, freshly-cooked meals are available on site but must be pre-ordered a day in advance. The site is within walking distance of three local pubs that serve food: The Roadmaker Inn (01989 720352), an outstanding Gurkha curry house, is 1 mile away; The Alma Inn (01989 720355), one of the very few old-fashioned English pubs remaining with excellent pub food using local suppliers (1½ miles away); and The Penny Farthing (01989 750366). There is also a village shop and post office selling local produce within walking distance, Gorsley Shop (¾ mile). The Forest Bakehouse (café and shop; 01452 830435) is 5 miles away and recommended. There are plenty of independent shops and eateries in Ross-on-Wye.

Opening Times

March–November.

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Accommodation

1 safari lodge (sleeps 6) and 2 glamping pods (each sleeping up to 2 adults & 2 children).

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Location

Contact Darnells' Luxury Glamping, Darnells Farm, Linton, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 7SQ.

Getting There

Leave the M50 at junction 3 to join the B4221 signposted to Newent. After about ½ mile, turn right just before The Roadmaker Inn. Follow the road past The Gorsley Chapel, then follow the road down through the narrow bit, bear left and up to the T juction, go straight onto Sargent’s Lane. Take the first right on to Darnell’s Lane. You will find the Darnell’s Luxury Farm Glamping after about 400 metres.

There is a bus stop less than a mile from the glamping site with buses operating to Ross-on-Wye, Newent and Gloucester. The nearest train stations are Ledbury (11 miles away) and Gloucester (14 miles away).

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