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Drover's Rest Glamping

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire Whitney-on-Wye

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Rural glamping on the farm with the perfect combination of luxury and real hands-on outdoor fun

There are two types of middle-of-nowhere. The first is a leafy, inaccessible backwater. The second is somewhere that's easy to get to, but once you arrive there's not much there, save for the birds and the bees and a pleasant country breeze. Off the beaten track but thankfully so, Drover’s Rest is just such a place and a truly idyllic glamping destination. With easy access to Hay-on-Wye and the expansive Brecon Beacons yet retaining its own secluded space in the open Herefordshire countryside, it’s glamping the way you want it to be.

A working farm since the 16th century, Drover’s Rest has only relatively recently begun converting it’s out-house buildings into cosy, modern cottages but they’ve long been welcoming guests. Even when the farm began, shepherds (drovers) used to stop off here as they herded their way to London markets and it’s fitting that today the more modern accommodation on offer keeps up that old tradition. It is the five brand new safari tents, though, that tickle the Cool Camping taste buds, letting the outside in and providing a real on-the-farm experience.

The creamy canvas cottages really thrust guests into the outdoors and are set in a grassy meadow, overlooking pastures dotted with sheep. Outdoor furniture lets you prop yourself up on the deck and breathe in the fresh country air as you admire the scenery, whilst inside the glamping-style accommodation pushes the boundaries of where exactly camping ends and hotel living begins. Rooms (divided by the inner canvas lining) separate two sleeping areas from the open plan living space, which comes complete with a log burning stove, fridge, gas stove and pretty much all the kitchen wares you could need. If you still want that more rustic safari vibe then there’s a 3-legged pot outside for cooking on the campfire. Bliss.

The oldies are still the goodies, though, not just the original hayloft – now converted into a chill-out barn with an honesty shop, WiFi and giant TV – but, moreover, the simple rusticity of general farming life that’s been plodding along here for centuries. This is a thoroughly hands on place and perfect for kids. Anything you can imagine of a farm is something you can get involved with, be it collecting eggs, herding sheep, milking the goat or churning the cheese. Indeed, those wanting the perfect family team can let little ones pick apples, before together pressing it ready for cider and finally the adults finishing off with that all important tasting!

Offsite, step back into reality (yes it’s out there) and zip down the road to Hay-on-Wye, an attractive riverside town where winding streets are lined with old stone buildings. For every stone you’re likely to find a different book – it seems to be all the place exists for – but between the shops some top quality eateries are also tucked away. A no brainer, if you haven’t got one, is for the first purchase to be a good Brecon Beacons guide, next on the hit list while you’re here. The endless trails, cycle routes and riverside fun present a real treasure trove of local activities – ever accentuating the middle-of-nowhere yet middle-of-everything feel of this care-free rural campsite.

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Facilities

Safari tents are pitched on decks, keeping them flat and making the most of the views. Each tent has 2 bedrooms with proper beds (linen and duvets included), an open plan lounge, a kitchen and dining area with a wood-burner, gas stove and fridge, and outdoor furniture on the deck. Each tent has its own, private, bathroom with underfloor heating, a shower and a loo. All tents have electricity and water, with laundry available if required. Campers have access to a communal barn, The Hayloft, which has free WiFi, Sky TV, a games console, books, games and a farm shop with a small café/bar for cake and cocktails! Guests are very much encouraged to get involved in farm life (beyond the cocktails!) such as collecting the eggs, feeding the animals, milking the goats and even making cheese.

Suitable For

Glamping only; dogs, kids, large groups, corporate teams, single sex groups, families, couples – all welcome. Tents, campervans, caravans, motorhomes – no.

Nearby

The local village of Hay-on-Wye is rightfully famous for its annual book festival (01497 822629), though throughout the year it is still a treasure trove for books, antiques and interesting boutiquey shops. It's on the water location also makes it a haven for outdoor lovers. Try canoeing on the Wye (01600 891100), fly fishing in its clear waters or zip wiring high up in the trees. Brecon Beacons National Park is on the doorstep, for exceptional walking and some of the best long distance routes in South Wales.

Food & Drink

The onsite farm shop can become quite the go-to place. By day, along with its produce for sale, there is a pleasant café and by night it has an almost communal, pub-ish feel, serving dinner three nights a week including a BBQ night with the farms excellent meats. Hay-on-Wye, though, offers stiff competition – the place is a culinary delight and hosts some excellent eateries, including a few Michelin stars. Some favourites include the Blue Boar (01497 820884), best for real ales and wet-weather fires, and The Granary (01497 820790), an unpretentious café-bistro with a diverse menu and good veggie options.

Open

Easter – end of October.

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Location

Contact Drover's Rest Glamping, Drovers Rest, Llanycoed, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR3 6AG

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Getting There

If you're using SatNav it will take you to Meardy Farm. Keep this on your left and then take the next right down a 'No Through Road' lane and the campsite is at the end of it. From Hay on Wye, head on the old Hardwicke road towards Dorstone. Take the third turn on the right (signposted 'Archenfield'). Follow the road and keep left at the fork. The road climbs and at the top of the hill take the first left onto a 'No Through Road' lane. You'll pass through a wooded area and the campsite is at the end. The nearest train stations are Hereford of Abergavenney – pick up can be arranged with the campsite.

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