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- Secluded site with wonderful view and access to a clear river running straight from surrounding hills (fishing allowed)
- Amazing deep river pool for swimming
- Wood burner in hut, and fire-pit outside
- Off-grid (candles and solar lanterns supplied) - the perfect place for a Digital Detox
- Superb wildlife
- Sleeps a couple, plus 2 children
- Dog-friendly (up to 2 good dogs welcome)
- Great local shop and pub within easy walking distance
Guest comment: 'Our girls were swimming at dawn (in September!) - it was perfect.'
(The mountain river that flows right past Kingfisher Camp has a pool which is really deep and the perfect size and shape for a good swim).
Another guest comment: 'This escape from all things electric has encouraged conversation which has rekindled connections within our family. Watching sheep and cattle at their own instinctive pace, bathing in rivers, and building fires is healing. Thank you. This should be provided on the NHS. It should be used to rebuild family breakdowns - not ours, though!!'
This is the perfect place to set up camp – a sheltered, private site, a sunny aspect, a slight incline, a river (yes - teeming with brown trout), and an extremely romantic view. The owners realised this as soon as they had moved to the farm and came up with this wonderful idea for the ultimate escape. Kingfisher Camp, named after the charismatic bird that guards this stretch of river, is an off-grid heaven for hardy adventurous types, comprising a fairytale gypsy caravan for sleeping in, a shower-with-a-view, and a cosy little fishing hut for everything else. Sleeps two adults, plus 2 children, and up to two well-behaved dogs (not suitable for babies or toddlers, though).
This ancient farm in the lee of the mysterious Black Mountains has sheep, horses, ponies, and bantams, as well as a cut-flower business. Surrounded by exquisite countryside, the farmland is a total haven for wildlife. Not only is the river a home for otters, brown trout, kingfishers, ducks and dippers, but also recently the site for the release of endangered water voles. The birdlife, too, is striking: as well as a rich variety of songbirds, there are curlews, red kites and three species of owl here. Kingfisher Camp is the place to come and be Famous-Five-ish with your children; to escape to with a loved one; or simply to soak up the peace and beauty of the countryside and soothe your soul. This is a place for hardy campers, for people who love to light fires and enjoy the close connection with the environment. Don't come if you expect luxury glamping. Do come if you'd like to get back to the nitty gritty of proper off-grid camping and all the fun that entails.
Sleeping quarters? The adorable gypsy caravan. It has a full-size double bed, with a pull-out bed on top: to turn into a smaller one for one child, or a bigger one for two. If you are bringing two children, it is best that they're not older than 12 or 13 for reasons of space. If you are bringing one child, then the single bed should fit them all the way up to adult size. Where to wash? The ultimate shower-with-a-view in a little cabin between the caravan and fishing hut – the water is gas-heated and piping hot.
Where to cook, eat, relax? The dark green fishing-hut is small but spacious – perfectly kitted-out for cooking, washing-up, eating, and relaxing in the warmth of the little wood burning stove. There is a little table and chairs, great for meals (if not eating round the fire-pit outside) or board games. There’s a selection of books in the shelves. Candles and solar lanterns are supplied, but please bring torches for lighting your way in the dark, as this camp is completely off-grid. The compost loo is attached to the hut, with a separate outside entrance. The immediate garden is enclosed by pretty chestnut paling, but you are welcome to explore well beyond, down to the river, or off to the hills for walks.
Things to do around Kingfisher Camp
The countryside around is yours to explore, either around the farm or on the many footpaths and trails in the area. Cycling is excellent round here, and if you’re not bringing your own bikes, there’s a company in Hay-on-Wye who’ll drop them off for you, complete with a packed lunch, if liked (Drover Holidays 01497 821134). Venture into the dramatic Black Mountains for superb walks, incredible vistas, wild ponies, flourishing birdlife, lovely churches and the famous Cistertian monastery, Llanthony Abbey (which eccentrically has a pub right within its walls). Hay-on-Wye, the famous bookies’ destination, with its second-hand bookshops and yearly literary festival, also has cafes, bistros, art galleries, boutiques, and antique shops for great browsing.
There are some great places to eat and drink, from Toi et Moi, a little gem of a place run by a Frenchman and his British wife (follow signs from Abbeydore, but make sure you book first on 01981 240244), to the Bridge at Michaelchurch (here you will find generous gastropub portions), picturesquely situated in the weeping willows by the Escley Brook in the shadow of the Black Mountain; or The Crown in the middle of Longtown village for a great pint and good, honest, well-priced pub food. A brilliant pub for a drink is the Cornewall Arms at Clodock, one of the few remaining 'parlour pubs', and a pretty 15-minute stroll down-river. Here, pints are passed through a hatch, there's a lovely beer garden, and children can play Pooh-sticks either side of the bridge. The Hardwick and The Walnut Tree Inn, both just outside Abergavenny, are great places for a special meal. And people of all ages adore the prize-winning teas at The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny.
The nitty gritty
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Changeovers are normally Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.
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From the visitors book at Kingfisher Camp
'Wow, what can we say: "absolutely stunning". A perfect little getaway for our first wedding anniversary! Also cooked the best bit of topside beef in the oven!' Sally & Kelly, Oxfordshire
'Back for a second time and we absolutely love it here. The beautiful flowers everywhere make such a difference and the beds are wonderfully comfortable.' Charlotte, Harry & Iona
'Kingfisher was seen! Lovely retreat!' Prisca & Simon, Cheshire
'Really lovely, the views were gorgeous. We enjoyed going on walks down by the river and trying to catch fish. We tried some of the pubs and climbed Sugar Loaf. We went to Hay-on-Wye and thoroughly enjoyed looking round the shops, eating tapas, looking around the castle and would recommend the health food shop. Overall, amazing stay at an amazing place.' Charlotte, James, Thea & Fin
came for our first wedding anniversary. It looked idyllic in the
pictures but in reality it was so much more than this. A real homely,
warm, rustic place that we could live in for the rest of our lives.
Perfection. The icing on the cake for two avid birdwatchers were the
family of tawny owls living in the trees by the river and the two
mistle thrushes behind the caravan. Lovely!' Olly and Sam, Suffolk
have had the most wonderful time here on our honeymoon! Thanks for
providing people with such a beautiful and peaceful getaway. We will be
back!' David and Sarah, London
'The perfect romantic weekend escape. We will never forget this unique experience. Thank you, I don't want to leave.' Lauren and Sam
'This beautiful camp felt like pure luxury after a week of camping. Hot shower, quilted snuggly bed and the cosy fisherman's hut. We've enjoyed it so much. We swam in the river three times yesterday - our best swimming spot of the week (and we've really been around). This place is a rare gem.' Bella and Henry, London
'Wow, this has been living "off-grid" at its best! A truly remarkable spot, thank you so much, we have had a brilliant time.!' Nick, Cathy, Sam and Tilly, Cambridge
'Beautiful location. Spotted a Kingfisher and found fresh otter droppings. Thank you.' Liz and Jamie, Ashton-under-Hill
'Showered in rainbows at dawn and bathed in starlight at night. Ultimate peace and tranquility. Loved not having electric/wifi!' The Merrit Neaves
escape from all things electric has encouraged conversation which has
rekindled connections within our family. Watching sheep and cattle at
their own instinctive pace, bathing in rivers and building fires is
healing. Thank you. This should be provided on the NHS. It should be
used to rebuild family breakdowns - not ours!!' Judith and Stewart
'Magical place, better than we hoped - truly peaceful and relaxing, including a barbecue in the rain in a beautiful setting. Two small brown trout - all fish returned safely.' Paul, Bonnie and Murphy, Worcester
A wonderful place to spend time with a loved one. I can't imagine a better place to spend the first few days of married life. The views, the flowers, the wood burning stove, Digger the dog, horses and ponies, baa-ing of friendly sheep, the pitter patter of rain in the tin roof, snuggled up on the sofa. It reminds me once more that you don't have to jump on a plane to create unforgettable memories - thank you, Amber and Rob' Paul and Lorenza, Manchester
'I've read that the best times are when all the best things in life converge together - perfect moments. The sounds, smells, people and, of course, the place. This was a holiday filled with great moments and one we will treasure for a long, long time.' The Wallace Family, Richmond
'This is the most calming and peaceful place I've experienced to date. It's wonderful to just relax, take in the beautiful surroundings and in the evening catch the stars coming through the blue night sky. No electricity was strange at first but we didn't miss it. I would recommend the walk up the Black Hill and down the Olchon Valley.' Jenny and Tim, Bristol
'Despite, or in spite of the extreme weather - heavy snow and below freezing - we had the most amazing few days. Appreciating the important and simple things in life. Thanks to John's fire building skills we stayed warm and cosy whilst gazing out at a stunning snowy landscape. Perfect!' Karen and John, Derbyshire