Chapel House Farm The Greener Camping Club

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
An on-the-border break near Wales' Brecon Beacons and England's Hay-on-Wye, with a mixture of camping and glamping on offer

The Welsh Marches, the bucolic borderlands running through the modern day English counties of Herefordshire and Shropshire, can boast some of the British Isles’ most stunning, history-rich landscapes. Either side of Offa’s Dyke, dramatic ranges like the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains, make this a region that should top anyone’s bucket list. And, since the opening of Chapel House Farm Campsite near Hay-on-Wye in 2017, you’ve all the more reason to go.

Found on the fringes of the sleepy hamlet of Craswall, Chapel House Farm is 15 sprawling acres of vibrant wildflower meadows bordered by ancient woodland. Just 12 generously sized, half-moon-shaped pitches are mown into the long grass. Campers can chose the spot they like best and nestle down amongst the flowers. Wherever you choose to stop, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Hay Bluff and its surrounding mountains.

For those who like their camping with a few added comforts, there is a couple of heated pods, crafted from local timber and with oak interiors, and a six-metre furnished bell tent in a private field. All come with campfire pits and a swinging grill and tripod, helping glampers on their way towards and epic al fresco cook-out – picnic blankets, solar lanterns and all the other kit and kaboodle you might need are included.

A care and attention to detail runs throughout Chapel House Farm, from the complimentary firepits, to the little on-site shop stocking locally-brewed beer and cider. It’s clear that hosts, Simon and Anita, know what elevates a good campsite into a great one. Look no further than the facilities block, for example. The couple have constructed an impressive oak-framed hut with a chestnut shingle roof (redolent of a Saxon-Romanian field barn) to house the showers, which have gorgeous Mexican tiles on the walls. Timber from the farm was used to construct the dishwashing area, too, which also includes power-points and a large fridge-freezer, and there’s a cosy converted stable space for when the Welsh weather strays this side of the border. A couple of years ago Anita discovered an old bread oven in their 15th-century house, which now, fully restored, is fired up in the stable most weekends for sociable pizza evenings.

All in all, there’s a pleasingly laid back vibe to life at Chapel House Farm. Games are welcomed in the fields and the woods beyond are prime den-building real estate for little ones. Red Kites and Buzzards circle overhead and if you’re lucky (and quiet) you may even spot a fallow or miniature muntjac deer munching grass in the meadow at dawn.

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Facilities

A hand-made, oak-framed, building houses 2 sets of showers and loos, and in one of the camping fields is a compost loo. There’s a covered area with a sink and hot water for washing dishes, a fridge-freezer and fridge and power points for hairdryers and charging phones etc. Covered stable space with bread oven for pizza nights and other meals, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Follow the mown winding paths to a games pitch and beyond to woodland where dens can be made. Complimentary firepits provided. Logs, kindling and firelighting packs are available. The small on-site shop sells local beers, ciders and soft drinks.

Suitable For

Tents, small campervans, tiny caravans and glampers in the bell tent and pods – yes. Groups – by prior arrangement. Caravans, motorhomes and pets – no.

Exclusive hire, by arrangement, is also available for parties and weddings,

Nearby

Herefordshire's world-famous literature capital Hay-on-Wye is a scenic six-mile drive away. Coincide your stay at Chapel House Farm with the annual Hay Festival which hits the town every May. There's no end to the walking trails round here with the The Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, Shropshire Hills and Offa's Dyke Pathall eminently accessible from the site (the latter can be accessed from pretty much the campsite doorstep). The Golden Valley, Llanthony, Llanveynoe and the secluded Olchon Valley come highly recommended. Your hosts can put you in touch with local bike and canoe hire companies and there's outdoor activities available in Craswall.

Food & Drink

Apart from our own regular pizza night and bottle shop, the nearest local pub is The Bridge Inn (01981510646) in Michaelchurch Escley, a charming 16th century riverside inn that serves an array of local ales and a sophisticated meat-rich menu, as locally sourced as possible. In the village, the award-winning White Haywood Restaurant (01981 510 324) offers a takeaway on Thursday evenings from their converted 400-year old stone barn. Hay-on Wye and the surrounding villages boast an array of great pubs, restaurants, delis and independent food shops – just ask Simon and Anita for their personal recommendations. Be sure to stock up on provisions for cooking on the firepit back at camp.

Opening Times

March–October.

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The Owner Says

A warm welcome awaits at our campsite in the mountain wilds of the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire.

Campers seeking peace and tranquility at this hideaway in the little village of Craswall close to the book town of Hay-on-Wye can choose a pitch in 15 acres of wildflower fields bordered by ancient woodland, or why not book our airy, fully furnished bell tent, one of our new rustic wooden pods or hire a bell tent. Children can make dens, run in the woods and play games in the long grass.

Pizza is available, usually one night of the week, from the original farmhouse bread oven and is made using mostly our own farm-grown ingredients, including the flour. We also offer homemade cakes, salad and vegetables from our polytunnel and eggs from our chickens.

Grownups can choose a local beer or cider from our tiny shop, light a fire in one of our fire pits (firewood and kindling available from the shop) and watch the stars. The pastures are a spectacle throughout the spring and summer with a show of bluebells and a host of other wild herbs and flowers. Mown paths wind down to a hand-crafted, oak framed hut with a Chestnut shingle roof, based on a Saxon Romanian field barn design, which houses loos and hot showers (no coins or tokens required!).

There's also a covered dishwashing area with hot water, power points and a fridge and freezer.

Travel by car, walk or cycle, via public footpaths, bridleways and quiet country roads to Hay, the Golden Valley and over the Black Mountains and the Offa's Dyke footpath to Llanthony, Llanveynoe and the secluded Olchon Valley.

Accommodation

12 pitches, 2 pods and 1 bell tent across 10 acres of wildflower fields.

Furnished Bell tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
This is a spacious six-metre canvas fully-furnished bell tent that comfortably sleeps up to four people. You will find one double and two single beds made up for your arrival with bed linen, duvets, pillows and blankets all provided. The Bell Tent is located in it's own flower field with a panoramic view of the Black Mountains.

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Getting There

From Hay-on-Wye (approx 6½ miles): Follow Forest Road, signposted to Capel-y-ffin. After two miles bear left at the fork in the road signposted to Craswall. After 4½ miles turn right into the campsite field. You will be driving steadily uphill from Hay. The road eventually levels out to run parallel with the mountain then descends – the campsite field is on the right on the descent, about half a mile downhill from Pentwyn farm.

From Longtown (approx 6½ miles): Follow the road uphill to Craswall. After 6 miles you will get to the Bulls Head pub (temporarily shut), a large white building on the right, the mountain is on your left, bear right and downhill at the pub (in the direction on Hay-on-Wye). The road crosses a stream at the bottom. Chapel House farmhouse is the first on the left as you drive uphill. Carry on driving up the hill, past the church on your right, and on up for another quarter of a mile, the entrance to the field is on the left.

The nearest train stations are at Hereford (18 miles) and Abergavenny (17 miles). There are also buses from Hereford to Hay-on-Wye (no 39) and infrequent buses from Hereford to Craswall.

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