Dark Orchard

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

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  • Dogs
  • Families
  • 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

3 acres

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Postcode:
HR3 5BD
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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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To reiterate other comments, beautiful site tucked away in the village with just a 5 min walk in. Didn't actually meet any of the owners as was out a bit but not an issue. Loads of space to spread out and we were alone in the over the bridge but having just a dinky MH. Easily the most professional CL website and booking system I have come across. 2 tiny neg points, the main gate hatch needs looking at, bit me on the thumb twice and no info with what to do with waste water that I could find, otherwise perfect and many thanks for having us, will set come back. Richard and Tracy.

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Reviewed on 11/05/2022 10:52

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Really well placed for Hay, peaceful, very relaxing and welcoming. Peter, who overseas operations from his bungalow next to the site, is an absolute delight to chat to. Worth a stay here just to spend some time with him! His daughter Lynda who runs the site is equally charming and full of useful information about the local area. I wouldn’t want to stay anywhere else in the area and that includes a hotel! Thanks a million and see you again.

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Reviewed on 09/05/2022 16:34

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Dark Orchard
This site is a little gem. A stones throw from the beautiful town of Hay on Wye and with lovely walks (or runs in our case) along the river, Ofas Dyke and stunning countryside. The site itself is very peaceful and very well kept. The owners are great and always give you a good welcome.

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What a lovely site, possibly my favourite CL so far, a perfect peaceful location yet only a 5 minute walk into the town and to a lovely riverside walk. It was lovely to meet Lynda and Pete the greet, thank you for all of the local information, will definitely visit again.

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Reviewed on 06/10/2021 15:13

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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!

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Reviewed on 01/09/2021 22:35

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