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Darnells Farm
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14 reviews
· Ross On Wye, England
1 acre
4 units
2 Glamping
White sheets and wellies combine at this small, high-end glamping site on a working farm near Ross-on-Wye.
These days camping on the farm doesn’t have to be muddy. We’ve found a place where you can snuggle down under crisp white sheets while listening to the moos of cows and waiting for the kettle to boil. It’s a place where, instead of pulling on the wellies to trudge to the loo, you can pad barefoot to your en-suite bathroom. You can wash your hands with locally made soap and dry them on Egyptian cotton towels before delving in to the contents of your just-delivered breakfast hamper. This is definitely not old-school farmyard camping. It’s Darnell’s Farm Luxury Glamping. This bijou glamping site has been set up on a fourth-generation family farm on the border of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. It’s the real deal; very much a working farm and not just a petting zoo for campers. Host Danni and farmer husband Graham set out to create hotel-style comfort in a rural location that they recognised had much to offer. It’s a tranquil setting with countryside views. It’s easy to reach too – little over a mile off the motorway (though you’d never know it) and just seven miles from Ross-on-Wye. Accommodation-wise, the choice here is between the fairly luxurious glamping pods (there are two) and the very luxurious safari lodge, which sleeps six. They are well spaced for privacy but not so far apart that this glamping trio doesn’t work for group bookings. The communal fire pit is great for glamping get-togethers and toasting marshmallows or barbecuing local produce from the on-site honesty shop. The glamping is kept deliberately separate from the hard graft. While Graham is out in the fields ploughing and harvesting, you can enjoy views of the idyllic scenery that surrounds him. And while onsite ‘entertainment’ comprises a large dose of countryside chilling, we think that’s just as well because there’s already so much to do in the surrounding area. The glamping site is within reach of a staggering number of attractions and activities; more than can be managed in the three and four-day minimum stays. You can visit the market towns of the Wye Valley, go kayaking down the river or climbing at Symonds Yat. You can cycle in the Forest of Dean, walk in the Malvern Hills and visit a vineyard if you have the time. If not, you’ll just have to come back.
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Ross On Wye, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Danni T.Joined in June 2019
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14 Ratings · 14 reviews
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Frances L.recommends
July 30, 2022
Glamping Pod
Stay in Pod
Arrival details are clear. On arrival we were shown to our pod which was amazing. Danni is friendly and welcoming. A problem was rectified promptly. Peaceful, rural location. The pod was not too close to the other pod or safari lodges. Trailers are provided to take luggage to accomodation from the car park which is not too far away. Complimentary breakfast on last morning delicious and very welcome. Children had a fantastic time.
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Peter O.recommends
July 8, 2022
Glamping Pod
Great views and very peaceful. Clean and well maintained pod with everything we needed. Attentive and friendly host plus a tasty croissant for breakfast on our last morning. Definitely recommend!!
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Deborah S.
February 27, 2022
Beautiful location, spotless accommodation! But… when we arrived we couldn’t find the hosts and so had to drive around the area to kill an hour until we tried again. Again had to hunt for hosts. When we were finally shown to our pod we then found there was no milk to make a drink so then had to drive off again to find a local shop. Though the small bed was comfortable there was only 1 pillow each and these were extremely flat and offered little support. The host did rectify this when we asked for a couple more pillows. Also though liquid soap was provided there were no complimentary toiletries for us to use such as soap, shampoo or body wash in the shower unit. We did not receive a complementary breakfast hamper on our first morning as advertised/expected so again had to drive off in search of breakfast. Though there was a sofa bed in the pod this was very low and not great if you suffer with a bad back, had to bring in one of the outside chairs to sit on. There were local pubs and we did walk to the closest, though walking back in the dark was not ideal, thankfully we had torches on our mobile phones to use to see the way. We did enjoy some of our short stay, visiting The Forest of Dean and the Butterfly Zoo. But unfortunately we decided to go home early as the thought of another night in the pod just wasn’t attractive enough. That said a summer booking would probably be a much better experience. Don’t go in February!
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Lizzie W.recommends
September 27, 2021
Safari Lodge
We had a lovely time at Darnells for my sisters 40th birthday. The views were beautiful and we enjoyed watching the sunset from the balcony. Would definitely recommend and we will be coming again
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Lisa W.recommends
August 11, 2021
Safari Lodge
We have stayed in a few safari tents over the last few years but I have to say this is one of the best. Myself my husband, two boys (13 & 10) plus my brother and sister in law and their dog stayed for three nights and it was just amazing. The site is a working farm with plenty of cows and sheep in the adjacent fields much to the delight of some of the younger children on site. Our host Danni couldn’t of been more helpful, the tent itself was spotless and very well equipped with plenty of room for us all. Beds were very comfy and we were all as snug as bugs with the help of the wood burning stove which warmed the tent on a few chilly nights. Safety guards, high chair and cot available in the tent for those with little ones. Excellent outdoor furniture with cushions (which has not always been the case with some safari tents we’ve stayed in). Perfect size veranda which protected us from some pretty bad wind and rain with a BBQ available to use. Ping pong table, various games, football area and a pizza oven also on site. The cherry on the cake however was the complementary breakfast provided on the final morning of our stay. This was brought to our tent in a basket and contained filtered coffee, fresh orange and a choice of either croissants and muesli or bacon and egg barm, what a way to end our stay. We all had the most amazing time and can’t wait to return. I would highly recommend Darnells to everyone. Excellent accommodation in some of the most beautiful countryside. Thank you so much.
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Sally I.recommends
August 7, 2021
Safari Lodge
A friendly welcome and an amazing safari tent with so much space and lots of fun for the children. The view is lovely and it is so quiet and peaceful. The log burning stove takes the evening chill off and the bbq makes relaxing meals on the veranda. Lots to do and see neaby, our little ones didn't want to go home! Highly recommend!
From the host
White sheets and wellies combine at this small, high-end glamping site on a working farm near Ross-on-Wye.
Nearby attractions
The site is on a working farm, so there is always something going on and visitors often wake up with views of cows or sheep grazing in the field next to the site. There are 2 golf courses within 5 miles of site: Ross-on-Wye Golf Club (01989 720267) and South Herefordshire Golf Club (01989 780535). There’s plenty for foodies, including Harts Barn Cookery School (01452 831719), Hillside Brewery (01452 830222), Three Choirs Vineyard (01531 890223) and Westons Cider Mill (01531 660233) all within 10 miles of site. A little further afield is the Chase Distillery (01432 820455). The historic market town of Ross-on-Wye is 7 miles away with plenty to see and do, including the Made in Ross gallery (01989 769398). More active things to do include walking at the National Trust’s May Hill (4 miles away), cycling in the Forest of Dean with bike hire from Pedal a Bike Away (01594 729000) and a range of adventure activities from Wyedean Canoe and Adventure Centre (01600 890238) 13 miles away. Other nearby attractions include Hellens Manor (01531 660504) and Newbridge Farm Park (01531 670780). There’s also Puzzlewood (01594 833187), Littledean Jail (01594 826659), the Dean Forest Railway (01594 845840), Clearwell Caves (01594 832535) and Goodrich Castle.
Food and drink
A complimentary breakfast hamper is provided on the first morning of stays. Local eggs and a selection of seasonal, freshly-cooked meals are available on site but must be pre-ordered a day in advance. The site is within walking distance of three local pubs that serve food: The Roadmaker Inn (01989 720352), an outstanding Gurkha curry house, is 1 mile away; The Alma Inn (01989 720355), one of the very few old-fashioned English pubs remaining with excellent pub food using local suppliers (1½ miles away); and The Penny Farthing (01989 750366). There is also a village shop and post office selling local produce within walking distance, Gorsley Shop (¾ mile). The Forest Bakehouse (café and shop; 01452 830435) is 5 miles away and recommended. There are plenty of independent shops and eateries in Ross-on-Wye.
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