Starry Meadow

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Hay-on-Wye

  • Campfires allowed
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
A well located pop-up glamping site next to Hay on Wye and the Brecon Beacons with a bar, food and family games

They say ‘make hay when the sun shines’ and many people are doing just that. With festivals abandoned and wedding venues closed, bell tent businesses are opening glamping sites instead. Starry Meadow has taken the phrase quite literally. A five-minute walk from the famous book town of Hay-on-Wye it really is making Hay accessible to holidaymakers. And, though sunshine may not be guaranteed, since Starry Meadow is only open for 10 days in the height of August there’s certainly a very good chance of it.

In fact, the location of this pop-up glamping site is no joking matter. It’s on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park (great for hiking), within walking distance of the River Wye (probably the best river in the UK for canoeing) and a stroll away from bookish Hay town, which, though best known for its literary festival in May (which, this year, went virtual for the first time), is also a good spot for antique shops and quirky, foodie hang outs like The Old Electric Shop and The Granary Café. For a glamping site created in such impromptu style it really is remarkably well located.

The site itself is a spacious, family-friendly affair and it’s obvious the bell tents were once destined for the festival scene: Expect flags, bunting, strings of festoon lighting and a few festival-esque touches on site, such as a bar and food outlets and even some acoustic music on weekends. Inside, bell tents are kitted out with fitted floors, bedside tables, mirrors, fairy lights and proper futon-style beds, sleeping up to four people (with extra room to accommodate young children). There’s even an open-sided marquee where you can chill out in shelter if the sunshine doesn’t appear and a load of oversized garden games for when it does. When it really heats up, stroll down to the riverside and take a swim. The local farmer really did make hay when the sun shone, so there’s a nice stroll through an empty hay meadow to the water's edge.

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Facilities

Five-metre canvas bell tents sleep up to four (a fifth and sixth child can be accommodated) on futon-style beds with memory foam toppers. There are bedside tables, mirrors, battery lanterns, fairy lights and bunting inside. High quality portable shower and toilet units. Washing up facilities. Microwave, kettles and fridge for guest use. Phone charging facilities. An open-sided marquee hosts a bar, tables and chairs and there are food outlets on site. Communal fire pit. Deckchairs, hay bale seating and dining tables and chairs for communal use (cleaned regularly). Acoustic music most evenings. Screen showing family-friendly films.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Dogs are not permitted.

Nearby

The Brecon Beacons, Hay on Wye town and the River Wye are all quite literally on your tent step, which offers a fantastic array of opportunities and also a good deal of diversity. If you fancy an active day, climb Hay Bluff for rewarding views, swim in the River Wye – 'The Warren' (a 10-minute walk) is a lovely meadow, edged with pebble beaches, which is the perfect place to picnic, skim stones and relax – or rent canoes locally for a paddle down the river and an easy return from a pick-up shuttle. We wouldn't suggest doing all in one day (that would be a very busy day) but we would suggest doing all. Canoes can be hired locally from Want to Canoe? (01497 820604), Wye Valley Canoes (01497 847213) and Celtic Canoes (07515 905419). For something more chilled, just mooch around Hay on Wye. Home to the famous Literature Festival, Hay is a pretty market town with vintage shops and bookstores in abundance (and a great map shop!). Also, while there, be sure to grab an ice-cream from Shepherds (01497 821898).

Food & Drink

Food is available on the glamping site, and there's a licensed bar. If you want to eat out, though, Hay on Wye has a wide variety of options and is a fashionable enough town that it offers the full range from olde local pubs to more hipster hang outs. We particularly like poking around in The Old Electric Shop (01497 821194) – they just happen to stock copies of the Cool Camping guidebook on their shelves! – where there's a great café menu if you manage to bag a seat. Across the road, The Granary (01497 820790) offers more hearty meals as well as lighter bites and has a lot more space. Try Tomatitos (01497 820772) for tapas (and atmosphere), Red Indigo (01497 821999) for excellent curry and a friendly welcome and The Swan Hotel (01497 821188) and Kilverts (01497 821333) for beautiful beer gardens.

Opening Times

Open for just 10 days from 21st–31st August only.

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The Owner Says

Looking for a camping getaway, where the tent is erected for you, the cooking sorted, lots of things to do within the local area (most of it walking distance), a family friendly atmosphere and stunning local scenery? 'Starry Meadow' may just be the answer.

We have taken our beautiful bell tents, which are currently redundant from the festival scene and created an exclusive ‘pop up’ Glamping village, for 10 days only! Think Flags and bunting, strings of lights and evenings sat around the fire pit, all surrounded by beautiful countryside. Our spacious, canvas tents sleep up to 4 (a 5th & 6th child can be accommodated) on comfy beds to ensure a good night’s sleep and are well spaced to allow for social distancing. A reasonably priced bar and food outlets are available on site, accompanied by acoustic music most evenings.

‘Starry Meadow' is being set up in an exclusive location, which wouldn’t usually be used as a campsite. It is within the Brecon Beacons National Park with it’s stunning mountain scenery and dark skies status. The river Wye with it’s pebble beaches, wild swimming and canoeing is just a short walk away as is the beautiful town of Hay-on-Wye with it’s array of bookstores, vintage shops and quality food outlets.

We supply spacious 5m canvas bell tents with fitted flooring. These come furnished with a double futon (with memory foam topper), two single futons (due to covid we are unable to supply bedding sorry, so please bring your own). Indian bedside tables, mirror, battery lantern and of course fairy lights and bunting to make it all lovely and pretty!

Pitches are well spaced to make social distancing easy, and we have large open sided marquees with plenty of seating where you can sit for your alfresco dining. Reasonably priced breakfast is available on site, as are evening meals provided by specially selected festival food stalls.

We have hired in excellent quality shower and toilet units which will be manned throughout busy periods and cleaned between guests.

As parents ourselves, we know that to enable you to relax, the children need to be entertained, so we'll have giant outdoor games, a huge pile of hay bales (you wouldn't believe how much fun can be had with a hay bale!), and we'll be showing family friendly films in the evening.

Accommodation

18 furnished bell tents in a spacious meadow within walking distance of Hay on Wye.

Family Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4 18 Available
Sleeps 4 (plus two little ones)

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Location

Contact Starry Meadow, Glamping Wales, Gipsy Castle Lane, Hay-on-Wye, Powys HR3 5PW

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Getting There

Bookings should be made in advance and, to avoid impromptu arrivals, exact directions to the glamping meadow are only provided once you've made your reservation.

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