Dark Orchard

Nantyglasdwr Lane, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5BD

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  • Dogs
  • Peaceful stays
  • Waterside stays

Why stay here ...

Dark Orchard is a quiet, secluded site tucked away on the edge of Hay-on-Wye, yet only a 5 minute walk to the shops, restaurants, pubs and other amenities that this unique Welsh Marches market town has to offer.

Dark Orchard is a level, well sheltered grassy site. The site is bordered on one side by the Dulas Brook and divided by the Nantyglasdwr stream. We welcome families and pets. Dogs must be kept under total control at all times in the interest of other site users and farm animals in the adjacent fields. Any mess must be cleared up immediately. We regularly see a lot of wildlife at the site including kingfishers, dippers, red kites, buzzards, hedgehogs and otters playing in the brook.

Hay-on-Way Town of Books is world famous for its second hand bookshops and is fast gaining a reputation for its antiques, collectibles and other fiercely independent shops. Although only a relatively small market town, Hay-on-Wye has a great vibrancy and many facilities including a cosy 65 seat cinema and is also famous for the annual Hay Festival of Literature & Arts held for ten days at the end of May. Work is due to start on the renovation of Hay Castle during 2018 to create a unique new centre for culture and education. Hay-on-Wye also has a lively Thursday Market which features many local artisans and producers.

Two long distance footpaths, Offa's Dyke and Wye Valley Walk, both pass very close by Dark Orchard. Alternatively many other excellent walks can be found direct from the site. Take a walk to Hay Bluff and enjoy the panoramic views of the Wye Valley or try one of our shorter circular walks to explore the lower lying areas. Excellent fishing can be found on the River Wye for which day tickets can be bought locally. Or why not hire a canoe and explore the river.

Dark Orchard is also well placed to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park. At over 500 square miles and including Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales. The park is a paradise for all lovers of the outdoors. With mountains and moorland, standing stones and castles, lively waterfalls and vibrant communities, the Brecon Beacons National Park has masses to offer visitors. With a long and colourful history and a rich and varied mythology and culture, the park has something to offer everyone with fabulous scenery, walking, cycling, mountain biking, castles, gardens, caves and much, much more.

Dark Orchard is also ideally situated for visitors to the annual Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells in July as well as a host of other events and shows held at the Royal Welsh Showground throughout the year.

The surrounding area of Herefordshire also has much to offer with its Black & White timber-framed buildings, Cider Making or visit the 13th Century Mappa Mundi at Hereford Cathedral.

We also have a recently refurbished cosy self-catering Victorian cottage, sleeping 3, next to Dark Orchard. Check out our website.

Facilities on site ...

  • Battery charging
  • Dog walk from site
  • Recycling facilities
  • Unfenced water

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Latest arrival time: 8:00 PM

Latest departure time: 12:30 PM

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Postcode:
HR3 5BD
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Lat 52.077851 / Lon -3.123258
OS field ref:
SO231427
OS map ref:
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Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Brecon, Cardiff, Hereford
  • Daily public transport within 1 mile
  • Train station within 5 miles

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Dark Orchard
This C.L is just right for a short break or longer stay. Its very close to Hay for cafes and shops, yet equally there are many walks straight from the site. There is so much space for 5 units-we parked over the tiny bridge in the smaller field and it was like having our own private site. True there are no facilities other than CDP and water, but we all have facilities in our vans so make us of them! The site owner is very helpful and friendly, and her Father is a delight, he lives overlooking the site and welcomes everyone personally. I just can't fault this place-lovely!

Boo King

Reviewed on 01/09/2021 22:35

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We love this place. We've stayed here twice, it's a real gem. Off grid living in a huge field. Total peace and tranquility yet only a short walk into Hay-on-Wye. A fabulous mix of culture, cafes and restaurants as well as gorgeous places to run, road cycle and dog walking. The owners are super helpful and the site is superbly well tended. I can only reiterate what everyone else has said, I'd have no hesitation in reccommending.

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Reviewed on 03/08/2021 15:36

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Dark Orchard
Fabulous site, as described, large quiet spot. Very friendly, helpful owners. Short walk into town. Down by the river is lovely but lack of bridges means no circular walk but nice walk past the glamping tents and in other direction to The Warren. Tough 11 mile walk from site up to Hay Bluff but worth doing. Also some hilly road cycling on quiet roads. Enjoyed visiting the town for the bookshops of course but plenty of other interesting shops too. From the Midlands approaching on the A438 at about 5 miles away we crossed the river on the wooden Toll bridge which was a novelty and came through Clifford on the B4350, site entrance just past the co-op, opposite the big pet & garden store. Definitely recommend.

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Reviewed on 26/07/2021 17:16

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Peace and quiet in the heart of Hay on Wye

Dark Orchard
Lovely, well kept, site that couldn't be closer to the centre of Hay on Wye. Very welcoming owners. Great location with a small stream running through that added to the charm. Recommend going to The Warren, there's a small pebble beach there which we really enjoyed swimming from.

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Reviewed on 20/07/2021 19:17

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Dark Orchard
Stayed here for 3 nights mid June . A lovely large meadow .... Met the owners who were a very pleasant couple . Would highly recommend.

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Reviewed on 20/06/2021 12:12

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