Stargazer Glamping

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire Ross-on-Wye

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Laundry
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Luxury bell-tent glamping for couples and families in the serene Wye Valley

The words 'boutique' and 'luxury' get bandied about a lot in glamping circles, but for the site at Stargazer Glamping in Herefordshire border country, they are probably understatements. Let's start with the location; a Georgian country pile in the outstandingly beautiful Wye Valley, which straddles the England-Wales border. It's a land of misty mornings, shaded forests, valley meadows, and mountain views, not to mention glorious sunsets and star-filled skies — if glamping magic is going to happen anywhere, it's here.

Behind the house, in the extensive, mature woods and gardens, are three separate glamping areas, each centred on a spacious Lotus Belle tent with its accompanying facilities. The 'Mahal' is the showstopper, a simply enormous specimen — the sort of thing a desert potentate might entertain in — which sleeps at least eight in four separate rooms, with a whopping 65 square metres of floor space. The other two are six-metre 'Stargarzer' tents — one with an added 'Airbud' pup — so depending on your family grouping, these each sleep anything from two to six people. Furnishings and decor throughout are stylishly top-notch — think country-house hotel with a splash of Scandi-rustic charm — so it's not just proper beds and rugs, but also soft robes, cut flowers, sofas, armchairs and coordinated colours. Outside, you get your own fully equipped cabana-style kitchen — "You won't have to bring a thing" is the promise — and attached to this are pristine hot-water shower facilities, loo, and washing-up area. The knives are sharp, the pots and pans un-battered, while dining is at solid tables and chairs on matching crockery with proper glassware.

At this point, things start to get, well, even more boutique and luxury, for want of better words. Finnish wood-fired hot tub? That's a yes. Hammocks in wooded glades, comfy sun-loungers, and an impressive fire bowl that's almost three-foot across? Yes again. A communal, outdoor honesty bar with its own drink-stocked fridge, firepit, and free-to-use pizza oven is a place to chill, while a potter around the well-tended grounds turns up rose-scented grassy paths, vegetable and herb gardens, orchards, and scratching chickens. It's all extremely well thought out and playful, too, as the invitation to curl up for the night on an outdoor iron bed attests. Ask for a telescope and one will be provided. You can see the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains on a clear day, while starry nights show you the Milky Way in all its glory.

Stargazer is everything that's promised and more. It might even be unique — to use another word that's bandied about — but it's certainly a gloriously upmarket and relaxing base for hanging out with the family in one of Britain's most cherished landscapes.

Details

Facilities

The Lotus Belle tents sleep varying numbers, but all come up with proper king-sized or double beds, and day-bed sofas that convert into extra single or double beds. Furnishings are country-house glam – rugs, throws, cushions, sofas, armchairs, lanterns, plants, and flowers. A rustic, open, wooden cabin contains a seriously equipped kitchen, with electricity, all crockery, cutlery, knives and utensils, a two-burner gas ring, and a cool box. Attached is a hot-water shower room, separate compost loo, and a sink area with cold running water. There's a private six-person, wood-fired hot tub in each location, plus a massive raised fire bowl that can also be used as a barbecue. An awning shelters a dining table and chairs, and you also have sun-bed loungers and hammocks, and telescopes available for dark-sky viewing. Other facilities around the site include a communal garden bar with a firepit and pizza oven, garden walks, hammocks, and hang-out spaces, orchards, and vegetable and herb gardens. Some eggs are supplied from the free roaming chickens. 

A welcome pack includes eggs, butter, milk, bread, cake, biscuits, orange juice, and Prosecco.

Bacon and sausages are supplied by Plump Hill Farm - available in the shop.

Suitable For

Families, extended families, and couples – yes. Stag and hen groups, large single-sex groups, parties, dogs, and pets – no.

Nearby

The Stargazer Glamping grounds are pretty enticing themselves, with all sorts of strolls and quiet corners, while 100 yards down the road is the South Herefordshire Golf Club (01989 780 535), as well as a beautiful fishing lake just beyond one of the fields. For something a bit more active, you're right on the doorstep of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty — it starts at the bottom of the hill — which is well set up for canoeing, wild swimming, fishing, walking, and cycling. There's plenty of information on the official website, including downloadable trails, but for just a taster of the area on foot you can pick up the spectacular Wye Valley Walk at nearby Ross-on-Wye (three miles west of the site) for valley climbs and riverside walks towards the historic border towns of either Monmouth or Hereford.

A quick, 1-mile drive southwest to the Forest of Dean offers plenty more walking, plus rock climbing, horse riding, mountain biking, and a Go Ape treetop adventure course. If you were going to hit just one destination here, make it Symonds Yat Rock (0300 0674800), where there are walking and cycling trails and stunning river views from the site of an ancient hill fort. This is also a great place to try and spot soaring birds of prey including peregrine falcons, sparrowhawks, goshawks, and buzzards. For more urban delights, you can't move for historic border towns in these parts, full of indie shops, ancient remains, medieval churches, and charming old pubs. Hereford remains delightfully under the radar – just half an hour's drive away – and boasts the world's oldest surviving medieval map, the Mappa Mundi, housed in Hereford Cathedral (01432 374200).

Food & Drink

The closest village shop — Lea Stores (01989 750458) — is in Lea, two miles south, which has groceries and a deli counter. There's a great local pub too, the award-winning Alma Inn at Linton (01989 720355), which is a handsome country tavern serving a good range of beers and ciders and excellent pub food. It's less than a mile from the site, but be warned — it's a stiff walk down one side of the valley and up the other. Also about a mile away, to the north, the Moody Cow at Upton Bishop (01989 780470) is a terrifically accomplished, Michelin-rated restaurant, with inventive menus strong on local and seasonal produce. Don't just turn up expecting to eat — book before you come.  A bit further afield, there's also destination dining at the Lough Pool (01989 730888), a rustic charmer about eight miles west, or drive down to Symonds Yat to Ye Olde Ferrie Inn (01600 890232) for a slice of history – there's been a riverside inn here since the 15th century and it's a lovely place for a riverside walk and a ploughman's lunch. The nearest town, if you want to stroll the streets and pick a pub or a restaurant, is Ross-on-Wye, just three miles from the site.

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The Owner Says

Stargazer Glamping is a unique boutique glampsite set in the most gorgeous mature garden enviroment in the grounds of a Georgian country house. The site consists of 3 glamping areas that are well seperated from each other. Each area having its own 6 person woodfired hot tub, extensively equipped kitchen, hot shower with limitless hot water and seperate toilet. Each has its own firepit and BBQ, sun bed seating and hammocks. You have your own dining table and chairs under a pretty awning.

The main site consists of over 250 mature and rare trees, rose walks, orchards, vegetable and herb gardens, free ranging chickens providing your fresh eggs and we also have mini-lop rabbits.

There are various private seating areas dotted around the site. The beautiful communal bar area has an Ooni pizza oven and there is a hammock garden and a beautiful fairy garden. The views are spectacular from the property consiting of the Welsh mountains, open fields and forest. Sunsets and starry night skies are easily viewable from the site (Telescopes provided free of charge). We are in a dark skies area so viewing the Milky Way with our powerful telescopes is especially fun. Heating is available in the tents during the cooler months.

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Accommodation

One large and two smaller Lotus Belle tents, sleeping between two and eight people, depending on choice.

6m Stargazer Tent + 3m Lotus Belle AirBud

Bell tent Sleeps 6
Lotus Belle 6 metre Stargazer + 3 metre Lotus Belle AirBud Sleeps up to 6

Lotus Bell Mahal

Bell tent Sleeps 8
Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms with 700 square feet of standing space.

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Location

Contact Stargazer Glamping, Bromsash House, Bromsash, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 7PL

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Getting There

The SatNav will take you to Castrees Nurseries in the hamlet of Bromsash. With the nursery on your left, drive 200 yards along the road until you see a big cream house backing onto the road on your left hand side. The site gate is just past the house on the same side — look out for the star sign. There's no public transport to the site. The nearest railway station is Gloucester, 15 miles away, and you'd have to take a taxi from there.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 7 reviews

★★★★★

Simply stunning

I can only add to what others have already said. From the moment we arrived we felt like we were being cosseted. Helena met us on arrival and took our luggage to the tent with her little tractor and trailer. I say tent, it is more like a boutique hotel without solid walls. Comfy beds, luxurious sofas and rugs, towels and beautiful little lamps. Having done that she showed us the amazingly equipped outdoor kitchen, shower, composting toilet, fire pit and wood fired hot tub. These things were individual to each tent. Then it was on to the communal honesty bar and store where all your needs are catered for. This area contains the pizza oven which you are free to use. There are two further tents, one of which our friends had and the rest of the grounds are laid out with secret little areas to discover. Relaxing areas with chairs, beds or hammocks are dotted around the site. There is a fairy garden for the younger children, chickens roaming the site and rabbits in the run. A great area to explore and all lit up with solar lights in the evening. Our hosts delivered us logs to burn which I had great fun chopping. They even brought their 6 week old puppies over for the kids to see and play with. Dominic has great knowledge of the 250 trees in the garden and is happy to share. In reality I shouldn't be saying how wonderful this place is as it may then get fully booked and we desperately want to go again. But I have to be fair to Helena and Dominic. What they have achieved is superb and we will be back
Sep 8, 2021 by John Fletcher
★★★★☆

Lovely experience

Well organised, great location, nothing too much trouble, well equipped. Simply turn up relax and enjoy.
★★★★★

Spent the August bank holiday weekend here and it was lovely.

Located just outside Ross On Wye, the site looks out onto fields and distance hills. With only 3 tents, and that doesn't do them justice at all, the site is perfectly sized for a peaceful Glamping stay. Having been camping before, this was our first time Glamping. Now that we've experienced a tent with real beds, sofa, chairs with plenty of room to stand and walk about, I'm not sure that we'll be returning to camping any time soon. With a hot tub, a shower with as much hot water as you want, well equipped cooking area, and a collection of friendly Chickens, this was a relaxing bank holiday for sure.
Aug 31, 2021 by Jonathan Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful scene, Lovely touches, fab hosts.

We had a lovely welcome and introduction from Dominic who kept the shop well stocked and everything running smoothly. We didn’t need anything. Everything from the furnishings and facilities was a touch of class. Fresh bread, cake, eggs, Prosecco, milk, butter, tea, coffee, sugar, toiletries and cleaning products provided. The seats and beds were cosy, logs for fire available on demand. Gorgeous gardens and help yourself allotment. Each pitch is private so it’s really easy to just unwind. The hot tub under the Milky Way is magical. We are so grateful for this experience and we can’t wait to come back. Wonderful hosts, wonderful place. Oh and the chickens! Lovely friendly girls who came to visit every day and kept us entertained. We never realised how friendly they could be. I want some! Well done you have done a wonderful job we have been spoilt ❤️
Aug 28, 2021 by N. Coogan
★★★★★

Beautiful glamping site

We stayed here for two nights in the smaller 'Orion' bell tent with our two children (12 and 10). This is one of the most gorgeous sites I have been to. It is set in mature gardens with lovely views and loads of wildlife (we saw bats, birds, dragonflies) as well as the owners' friendly chickens and rabbits. There are only three glamping pitches here and we really had a lot of space to ourselves. The tent felt huge even with four of us in it, and was beautifully furnished. The pictures on the website almost don't do it justice! Each pitch has its own fully equipped outdoor kitchen, shelter, dining table, firepit, hot tub, hammock, lounging chairs, toilet and shower... Plus there are some communal areas such as the honesty shop/bar, a hammock garden, badminton court, sunset viewing benches. Highlights for us were sitting in the hot tub watching the bats fly about as the sky got dark, and then stargazing around the fire. We couldn't have asked for more and would definitely return, it was worth every penny.
Aug 27, 2021 by Helen Brown Verified Review
★★★★★

Absolutely Fantastic!

We have just left the site after a brilliant long weekend at Stargazer glamping. We was amazed of how brilliantly equipped the site is. All you need to take is some clothes everything else is catered for. Dominic the owner is super helpful and kind. The children are very sad to of left as are we. We can not wait to return! Thank you Dominic for the fantastic stay.
★★★★★

Beautiful spot

We had a lovely time at Stargazer Glamping. Set in a beautiful mature garden among trees, our area felt very private and peaceful. The tent itself is very spacious, comfortable and stylishly furnished - we both slept like logs and I loved the windows in the ceiling. The kitchen was very well equipped and we really appreciated all the little extras - especially the homemade bread, jam and cake and the fresh eggs and vegetables from the garden. Dominic and Helena were friendly and welcoming and had thought of everything to make our stay comfortable and luxurious. The hot tub was absolutely fantastic - sitting there looking at the stars made for a memorable and relaxing break. We would love to come back!

Response from Stargazer Glamping

Many thanks Sarah for your kind words. We are so pleased you had a chance to unwind. Helly and Dom

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