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As seen in National Geographic (29th October 2019)
Recommended Back to Nature Retreat
*** Change over days Mon & Fridays / Min stay 3 nights weekend - 4 nights midweek***
This unique amalgamation of real-life military equipment - including an army safari tent, tipi, and a bomb shelter bathroom - combine to create this wonderful themed woodland hideaway. The beautifully secluded site sits high on the hillside with breathtaking views of the Herefordshire countryside and offers a whole range of brilliantly themed army zones just for you. Whether you're looking for a unique romantic getaway or fun-filled family escape this fabulous woodland camp has so much to offer.
The main living quarters is a genuine ex-military safari tent, which comes complete with two woodburning stoves, chesterfield sofa, double bedroom and a fully functional kitchen. All the little extras from the pots and the pans to the coffee table are wonderful examples of real-life military gear, each with their own intriguing back story.
The super-insulated army tipi contains two single beds plus another woodburner, which makes a great second bedroom for kids, friends or another couple.
The bathroom is styled in the form of an air raid shelter, beautifully installed with a shower, toilet and hot running water, while the transparent roof looks up towards the trees protruding into the sky, creating a really magical outdoor experience.
An open plan kitchen tent, with fully recycled army equipment, of course, is perfect for a family feast, while the barbecue and fire-pit outside offers another place to dine amongst the majestic woodland setting.
In addition, the lookout point offers yet one more seating area to enjoy, with mesmerizing views through a clearing in the trees, while a woodland walk mapped out through the trees has been installed with several shooting targets for your own personal firing range. No firearms are provided for safety reasons, but children (and adults too!) are free to bring their own BB guns or water pistols and tuck and roll their way between the undergrowth.
This multi-diverse site is brilliant fun and makes an amazing place to get away for couples or families alike. The gorgeous woodland setting offers a real sense of seclusion, while the huge range of features and facilities make The Officer's Hideaway a truly magical experience. Take your favourite loved ones, build fires, explore the beautiful surrounds, or simply marvel at the glorious views from the 4 man wood-fired hot tub, this majestic site really has it all.
Check-in - 3pm winter months / summer months 4pm - Check -out - 10am
Superior double in the main tent and two singles in the sperate tipi. (Travel cot hire available £10 per stay)
Fully functional bathroom with a flushing toilet in a converted air-raid shelter.
Indoor and (covered) outdoor kitchen with choice of woodburning oven, gas hob or a barbecue. There is a small gas-powered fridge and authentic military cooking utensils provided.
There is no internet access in this property.
Heating and Lighting
Electric lights and three woodburning stoves to keep you lovely and warm ( logs provided ) - extra logs can be purchased on site.
1 dog welcome (£15 per stay)
Grounds and Nearby
Private 4 man wood-fired hot tub. Numerous seating areas outside include a lookout point over the gorgeous Herefordshire countryside. Large grounds set within your own private woodland with private woodland walk and activities on site.
Private parking on site. However, please be aware the site is on a secluded track at the top of a hill, so low lying cars will need to park further away.
Check in from 16:00 and check out by 10:00
The main safari tent contains a fully functional kitchen with sink, small gas-powered fridge, woodburning oven and cooking utensils provided. There is a separate bedroom with a luxurious king size bed and bedding provided.
In the main living space, there is another large woodburner together with a Chesterfield sofa, plus a dining table and chairs for up to four people. A free welcome pack of wood is provided.
A separate army tipi provides two single beds with all bedding provided, plus another woodburning stove to keep you nice toasty.
An authentic army style kitchen offers another place to dine in the open-plan kitchen tent. Guests will have use of a gas-powered fire, as well as a reclaimed army kitchen.
A fire pit and barbecue with outdoor seating provide another place to cook and enjoy the beautiful woodland location.
A lookout point on the edge of the camp offers yet more outdoor seating, which makes full use of the amazing countryside views as it looks out through a clearing in the trees.
A woodland walk and personal firing range is also available for your personal use. However, you will need to bring your own BB guns or water pistols.
Set within a 3,000-acre private Estate, remote retreats like this are few and far between, with privacy, peace, and only deer, owls, badgers and other forest dwellers as your neighbours. If you love the idea of proper solitude, this is the place for you.
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.
Also visit: Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, Clearwell Caves, Brecon Mountain Railway and 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, Eastnor Castle, Amazing Hedge Puzzle Wye Valley Visitor Centre, Hereford Cathedral.
Festivals: 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. Chesterfield
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.
Check-in - 3pm winter months / summer months 4pm - Check -out - 10am
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