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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GPS:
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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What an idyllic place

We came across this site as we were looking for a simple one night stop over. We were greeted by a great peaceful setting in a large area for 5 pitches. You can find an isolated spot where you want which is looked after so well with cut grass and wild meadow areas. The hosts are caring and attentive. It’s within 2 minute walk of the the character town with many bars, cafe’s and shops Don’t pass this by

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An absolute gem

Dark Orchard CL is a 2.5 acre off grid CL site located on the England/Wales border. Divided by the Dulas Brook, Dark Orchard CL sits on the English side of the border in Herefordshire whilst the town of Hay-on-Wye sits in Powys, Wales. Dark Orchard CL is situated just meters from the River Wye and a few minutes stroll from the iconic town of Hay-on-Wye (Hay). Often referred to as the town of books and famous for its literary festival, Hay is home to over 20 bookshops and is surrounded by natural beauty for hikes, biking or paddling on the river. You'll also find a vibrant market containing local fresh produce, arts, crafts, and antiques every Thursday in Memorial Square. Dark Orchard was immaculately kept during our visit and we had the opportunity to meet the lovely Pete 'The greet' who had a wicked sense of humour and lots of useful information about the area. We also managed to meet the owners Lynda and Chris on our last morning who were extremely personable and helpful. Lynda and Chris had a last minute family event on the weekend we visited but told us they are often on and around the site to meet guests and answer any queries on the area. Our full review and photos can be found here - https://www.theroadtwospoons.co.uk/blog/dark-orchard-cl-review
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Lovely site

Was only able to stay one night due to availability & I can see why, lovely site, well kept, spacious & friendly owners with a dad who knew everything about the area, short walk into town, we wish we could have stayed longer, will definitely return, now in my top favourites of CLs

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A Delightful Site!

A very large, pretty site which is very well maintained. It is run by a friendly team of wife, husband and father all of whom visit each guest frequently providing local information and help when need. Idealy positioned to explore Hay and the many walks nearby. Facilities are perfect in all respects. The entrance is narrow with a sharp turn around a terrace of houses. I have a long caravan towed by a long car and could only enter and leave by unhitching and using the mover to turn the corner. Smaller outfits should proceed with care; there are many scratches on the stonework in the turn!

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Great stay, Covid-19 safe and friendly.

Thanks, we had a great stay, Covid-19 taken seriously. Great space, peaceful and quiet. Short walk into Hay. Good restaurants and lots of nice walking direct from the site. Thanks Lynda for all your attention. Bill and Jan.
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