River's Edge, Hereford.
Unsuitable for children
Summer glamping couldn't get much more idyllic than this. Surrounded by old apple trees, with private riverside access and just enough modern conveniences, this is a great place to unwind for a couple of days as two couples or a mates break away. The newly restored Vardo wagon and its younger counterpart, a modern, cosy tipi, are nestled into a mature cider apple orchard, and is a great place to head for if you're in need of a break from the stresses of work life, and quality time spent with your favourite people.
Forget about everything for a while - gaze into flickering flames in the brazier, watch shadows on the Black Mountains from the sofa, be dazzled by starry skies, lie back in the grass and look for pictures in the clouds. And sleep well, because the mattresses were specially made to fit the interior dimensions and the cute Queenie stoves warm up the double Wagon and the twin Tipi in no time. A short stroll across the orchard and down a quirky set of steps is your private riverside picnic spot, with a secondary relaxation Tipi, a campfire and chairs. We can't think of many places that would be more idyllic on a British summer afternoon - share a glass of something bubbly and share stories over the fire with your closest friends.
There's a great pub withing walking distance, but everything you need to cook some great food is right here in the field shelter kitchen - gas hob, fridge, dining table and chairs - exchange a TV dinner for one with views of mountains from the sofa! If quirky is your thing, you will love the rustic bathroom hut with its shower that's open to the skies, and one of the quirkiest glamping loos we've seen! Even washing up here is a joy in the huge, old belfast sink as butterflies and bees hover by.
The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a protected area, rich in heritage and worth exploring if you haven’t already done so. Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, Clearwell Caves, Brecon Mountain Railway., Rowlestone Court
Historic properties and Gardens: Hampton Court Castle and gardens, Brobury Gardens, Burton Court, The Judges Lodgings, Goodrich Castle, Westonbury Water Mill and Gardens, Eastnore Castle, Amazing Hedge Puzzle Wye Valley Visitor Centre, Hereford Cathedral.
Ledbury Poetry Festival at the beginning of July, Three Choirs Festival at the
end of July, Hay on Wye Literary Festival.
Local Food and drink: Monkland Cheese Dairy, Given that you're in a cider apple orchard it would be churlish to miss the Cider Museum in Hereford, as well as the Herefordshire & Wye Valley Cider Route. If wine is your tipple check out the Paunton Court or From Valley Vineyards, or for beer the Wye Valley Brewery (yes Hereford has all your refreshment options covered!).
Theatre & Galleries: Wobage Makers Gallery Upton Bishop, Apple Store Gallery, Old Chapel Gallery Pembridge, Lion gallery Leominister, and the Courtyard Centre for the Arts. Hay on Wye is 15 minutes away, and even without the Festival is a fascinating town to visit.