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Hollybush Camping

7.2
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General

  • Pub site three miles from Hay-on-Wye and bordering the Black Mountains
  • Canoe and kayak hire: launch onto the Wye straight from the site
  • Home-cooked food, local ciders, real ales and country wines

A riverside site with a pub and a splendid mountain backdrop, Hollybush Camping is within easy reach of the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park for (among many other things) heaps of walking and cycling routes, mountain biking trails, historic castles, sprawling cave networks and abandoned mines.

For over 10 years now, New Zealand-born owner Barbara has been developing a relaxed, friendly and sustainable site that focuses on giving guests a back to nature stay among a peaceful forest setting.

You can hire bikes at the park (helmet and hi-viz vest included), and canoes and kayaks are available to rent for trips along the River Wye.

There’s a shop on site where you can pick up everyday essentials, hot and cold snacks, alcohol and information about the local area, as well as a bar where you can pick up a pint before sitting down to crack out a few tunes on the piano.

Traditional Nepali and Thai cuisine is served at the site’s restaurant, Yak-Y-Da, which is open for lunch and dinner and also provides a takeaway service; meanwhile at the neighbouring Hollybush Inn, real ales, local ciders, country wines and locally sourced meat and fish dishes are on the menu; vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets are also well catered to, and the pub often plays host to live bands at the weekends.

Hollybush has a policy of recycling as much waste as possible, so please sort your own recycling and leave any wood you might find on the forest floor for the use of woodland animals – however, firewood is available to buy at reception for campfires and barbecues (permitted anywhere except the lawn areas and the Field Margin area).

Dogs are welcome at Hollybush, but for the safety of kids and wildlife you’re politely requested to keep them on a lead at all times.


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7.2

Overall rating based on 26 reviews

 

69% would recommend this site to a friend.

69% would stay here again.

 

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Lovely camping by the river 18/08/2017

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  • Liked: 

    Loved the wooded camping area down by the river - so peaceful and relaxing.

    Disliked: 

    Site run down and in need of TLC but saying that I had an enjoyable stay

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Lovely setting but was like goin to a loud noisy festival not campsite 15/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Maria K. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Remote forest setting next to the river

    Disliked: 

    Selfish people playing loud music in tent bit further down until 3.30am and management doing nothing about it. Husband went over in the end told them to shut the eff up!!

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Great experience of camping in the woods at a great price 15/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Narelle H. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    We loved camping in the woods, plenty of space to pitch up, allowed open fires, no restrictions on noise or curfews, clean and tidy pitches, value for money, you get what you pay for

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Really liked this eccentric site. The staff was great along ... 15/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Maxine L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Really liked this eccentric site. The staff was great along with the home cooked food which always smelled great in the evening.
    Loved all the peacocks running about was a special touch.
    We stayed down in the woods by the teepees and had a lovely set up with a great fire.

    We went out in the canoe for the day and very responsible priced.

    Only thing wasn't keen on was the shower block, however we still used them everyday and they was always hot.

    Disliked: 

    Not being closer to London :)
    As would love to visit again and again

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Laid-back campsite with great views and lovely hosts 08/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Matt G. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    We were able to choose exactly where to pitch our tent, and found a lovely spot in the forest, on the river bank. If we'd wanted to (and arrived a bit earlier) we could have camped in the small field, or in some other spots in the forest which looked good for larger groups. The staff were very friendly, and the peacocks which live there were impressive! We made a camp fire on the floor with some stones, but there were also some fire pits available elsewhere. Starting the fire was easy using the wood and fire lighter bundle we bought when checking in.

    Disliked: 

    Whilst the campsite is on the river bank, it was a shame that you couldn't go for a walk along the river from the campsite, as there was no path. We couldn't easily find any other walks accessible on foot, but I'm sure there would have been some if we'd looked harder, or used the car.

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There are better places to camp for the money. 07/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lisa W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Loved the location, close to river so great for the kids to paddle, swim, fish and skim stones.
    Great opportunity to camp in the woods
    Also loved the fruit and nut trees, and the chickens and peacocks
    Trampoline, sandpit and tree swing was also a hit with the kids

    Disliked: 

    Rowdy groups of campers partying into the early hours, despite campsite rules.
    Booking into the pub for cooked breakfast and being told to arrive by 9am, only to arrive at 8.40 for the doors to be locked
    Certainly disliked a fully grown naked man changing into his wet suit in the car park infront of my children who saw his penis, despite changing rooms being less than 50 yards away....
    We could have got away without paying for the second night, the owners dont check or even have a walk around to check anything, its a bit of a free for all. You can see that once upon a time it would have been a beautiful place but has sadly fallen into a state of disrepair, and has not been very well looked after

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Fab holiday, already booked up to go again for a week at end of month 06/08/2017

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  • Liked: 

    Friendly and fun staff who go out of there way to help
    Food
    Pub
    Pitches in the woods
    Peacocks
    Dog, cats, chickens

    Disliked: 

    Enjoyed it all

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Unless you want bare basics and are self sufficient look elsewhere. 02/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Vicky F. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Back to nature

    Disliked: 

    Caravans in of great repair, site need cleaning, shop never opened and overall a dump

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Avoid it if at all possible - or be well prepared before you arrive 30/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kevin H. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The location of the site and the ease of access to the river - my son and I were starting an 80 mile canoe trip of the River Wye.

    It was quiet enough for us and we were able to find somewhere close enough to the river to not have a long haul of all our equipment first thing in the morning.

    My son also loved the opportunity to build a fire in one of the fire pits and not be monitored or patrolled about what he was doing - I supervised and that was enough.

    Disliked: 

    Everything about the site. All the reviews we read were very accurate. The site has fallen into serious neglect - there were abandoned caravans, litter everywhere, of the 2 available gents toilets, 1 was blocked, there was no hot water, the sinks to wash the dishes were about to collapse at any time, we wandered round the tepees they had on site and they were dirty and smelt inside.

    When trying to make our booking at first, we struggled to get a response from the owner either calling directly or emailing them through their website to confirm our booking, only when we booked through Pitchup did we get a response.

    It is such a shame as it as obviously been a great site at some point but now it is well worth avoiding unless like us you are looking for somewhere to start a journey from.

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This site is an hidden gem and will certainly be going again 28/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom chris s. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Loved the entire camp site and the friendly and helpful staff

    Disliked: 

    Having to leave

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Seasonal pitches

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Gastronomic delight

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Pub campsite

Camping 2.0

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams

Location

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  • Old Brecon Road Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England, HR3 5PS
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.0543°N 3.1720°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Hay on Wye: Castle Bus Stop — 2.4 miles
Brecon Interchange — 11.9 miles
Pontrilas: Telephone Exchange Coach Stop — 14.7 miles
Train stations
Builth Road Rail Station — 13.5 miles
Cilmeri Rail Station — 13.8 miles
Llandrindod Rail Station — 15.7 miles
Ferry ports
Newport (S Wales) Ferry Terminal — 34.9 miles
Airports
Gloucestershire Airport — 44.7 miles

Directions


We are located halfway between Glasbury and Hay-on-Wye on the B4350.

A bus service is available from Hereford and Brecon which has a stop outside the campsite.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Hire a canoe or a kayak for a trip down the River Wye to Hay-on-Wye, three miles away, and if your arms can handle it you can continue another five miles on to Whitney-on-Wye.

Plenty of fun outdoorsy options are within very easy reach, at the outdoor adventure company a couple of miles from the site: take your pick from orienteering, gorge walking, caving and rock climbing to clay pigeon shooting, archery and paintballing, all of which take place in and around the spectacular setting of the River Wye and the nearby hills.

There are heaps of fab towpaths, lanes and hillside tracks you can explore on two wheels around Brecon Beacons National Park, as well as a small loop that comes off the National Cycle Network’s National Route 42 and runs through nearby Hay-on-Wye; from there you can take a leisurely ride down to Llanthony Priory, which lies at the foot of the Black Mountains, and stop off for sustenance at the eatery next door.

Other popular things to do in the area include mountain walks along Offa's Dyke Path and the section of the Wye Valley Walk that runs between Hay-on-Wye and Builth Wells; if you're into birdwatching and animals there's a brill bird hide on the shores of Langorse Lake (10 miles) and a Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre in Kington (16 miles).

Must see

  • Blaenavon Ironworks (19.5 miles)
  • Brecon Mountain Railway (19.6 miles)
  • Big Pit: National Coal Museum (19.7 miles)

National Trust

  • Cwmmau Farmhouse (8.2 miles)
  • The Weir (15.0 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart:  10:30 a.m.

Hollybush Camping cancellation policy

No penalties

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

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A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

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Any criminal damage to the site including damage to live trees will be reported to the police and a fine charged.

Due to the delicate eco system in SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) woodland, foraging for wood will not be tolerated.

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