Little Gaerfields, Herefordshire
www.upperfieldsfarm.co.uk Sleeps 25 + 2
Sleeping up to 25 in the main house in 9 bedrooms and 8 bathroom/wet rooms plus 2 extra in the shepherds hut makes it an ideal house to to celebrate a special occasion with family and friends from a hen party to a golden wedding anniversary.
Lots of love and attention to detail have gone into converting our old milking barn into the house it is today with quirky little corners here and there, we have the little extra's like all the lovely comfortable 6' superking beds which can be made as singles meaning 25 single beds if needed, a chef to come and cook wonderful meals and clear away if you want to really chill out with a glass of wine or two . Underfloor heating and a log wood burner for the cold winter months makes sure the house is always warm and toasty.
Besides the garden and field for a game of cricket, football or whatever is your chosen sport there is the indoor heated swimming pool, swim jet and sauna or a walk across the fields to the local pub. Herefordshire nestled on the border of Wales has a lot to offer those who want to explore local history or activities with the famous Yat rock at Symonds Yat being 5 miles away nestling under the Royal Forest of Dean.
Contact: Shelia Jones.
Upperfields Farm, Llangarron, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6PQ
Tel 01989 770281
The Colloquy, Herefordshire
www.the colloquy.com Sleeps 16+
The Colloquy is a very large and chic retreat for a family celebration, a university re-union or a big birthday. It also provides a contemporary location for corporate retreats, board meetings, management courses or executive training. Bedrooms vary in size and shape but not, we think, comfort. Bathrooms or wetrooms are more generously proportioned than many ordinary bedrooms; king size pocket sprung beds and Egyptian cotton linen are the rule. Three of the bedrooms have mezzanine galleries, two have their own kitchen (and the two other pairs share one each). So there's no need to pad downstairs if you fancy an impromptu midnight feast. Additional accommodation of the same high quality is available adjacent to The Colloquy and elsewhere on the Whittern Estate, ask for details or see our other website.
Contact: Jo or Sarah
The Colloquy, Lyonshall, Herefordshire, HR5 3JA
Tel 01544 340241
Mill End, Gloucestershire
www.millendmitcheldean.co.uk Sleeps 40
The General Stores, Mill End Mitcheldean is located on the edge of a village, which has all the amenities one might need for a weekend away for forest style out door active holidays or a self-catering weekend in a big country house. The majority of our bookings are two night weekend breaks to celebrate a big occasion. We specialise in and prefer hen parties though other group types are catered for. Currently available as a 4 star holiday or business let sleeping up to 40 guests over five units, or parts of it on an individual B&B basis or Monday to Friday short contracts , the inter-connected, five unit properties offer easy access to a range of fantastic outdoor activities within the Forest of Dean area. We cater for families and those with pets, plus bike enthusiasts with bike racks, boot racks, hose down area and outdoor hanging space for wet clothes for bikers and walkers. In addition we provide a fantastic and luxurious range of add-on attractions and activities to create a truly unique occassion. And we also offer in house catering with buffets and three course dinners and uniformed staff to complete the look.
The General Stores Mill End Mitcheldean Gloucestershire GL170HP
Email only: firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland House, Herefordshire
www.largehouseholidayvenue.co.uk Sleeps 20
Jenny invites you to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere in wonderful village surroundings. We're proud to offer such comfortable and tasteful group accommodation. Portland House is Grade 11 listed and partly dates back to the 17th century, and the house has an intriguing history. If you want vintage, look no further. All bedrooms are ensuite, have very comfy beds, and individually styled. Each has a TV and hair dryer, some also with a trouser press Relax in the very comfortable lounge, especially cosy in the winter with a log fire. The elegant dining room, with its beautiful Victorian fireplace is perfect for 22 guests to enjoy dining. Our partially walled garden, with its pretty terrace area and BBQ, is also delightful in summer for alfresco eating. There are many pubs and restaurants close by four even in walking distance. Next door is Woods of Whitchurch, the fabulous village shop, which has a deli, off license, bakery and post office and takeaway food to die for.
Contact: Jenny Jarvis
Portland House, Whitchurch, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6DB
Tel 01600 890757
Dunfield House, Herefordshire
www.dunfieldhouse.org.uk Sleeps 25 and 70
Standing in 15 acres of gardens and parkland, is a beautiful activity centre set in an ideal rural location, that allows your group to meet together as a community. Dunfield offers excellent facilities for youth, schools education and family groups to meet together and run their own programs. We offer self catering for up to 25 people in our stables accommodation. Fully catered bunk style accommodation for up to 70 guests Home cooked meals are wholesome and plentiful using local produce where possible Set in 15 acres of lawned terraces, woodlands and streams Plenty of outdoor areas for football, volleyball and team games. Games room, Indoor heated pool Suitable for schools, family gatherings and church groups.
Dunfield House, Kington, Herefordshire, HR5 3NN
Tel 01544 230563
Kempley Barns, Herefordshire
www.kempleybarns.co.uk Sleeps 14
Looking for accommodation for groups of up to 14 people? You can take the opportunity to book all the barns for that special occasion or meet your friends for that annual reunion. The choice is yours. The barns are fantastic spaces to spend as much time together or apart. Flexible easy living accommodation allows for this. Enjoy the open-plan living and dining areas which seat large gatherings of friends and family. Simply bring wellies and enjoy a Famous Five lifestyle with boat bug and bonfire. Explore the open-sided barn - trampoline, play pool, table tennis, badminton, cricket and on and on....
Contact: Bob & Petula Skerrett
Woodhouse Farm, Upton Bishop, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7UW
Tel 01989 780 772, Mob 07739 233 172
Holt Farm, Herefordshire
www.holtfarmholidays.com Sleeps 20
Holt Farm offers an idyllic setting for your family get-together or special celebration with friends, Holt Barns dining hall can seat all 20+ guests together. Located on an organic farm in the rolling hills of Herefordshire, there is easy access to Hay-on-Wye and the Welsh borders and Brecon Beacons. For a superbly relaxing short break and fun filled days with outdoor activities and walks galore. You can stay in any combination of Holt's four luxury cottages which accommodate 2, 4, 7 and 8 guests. Stay in all four for exclusive use of the secluded site and have the activities on site at Holt Farm or at sites around Herefordshire.
Contact: Ruth Christopher
Holt Farm Holiday Cottages, Michaelchurch Eskley, Herefordshire, HR2 0PT
Tel 01981 510238
Castle Farm, Monmouthshire
www.capel-y-ffin.co.uk Sleeps 27
The Bunk barn and Granary can only be rented in conjunction with the Farmhouse. Our weeks run Friday to Friday, weekend breaks are available from Friday, mid-week breaks Monday to Friday.
All the bedrooms have big, cosy beds, thick duvets, quality bed linen (please note that towels can be provided as an extra), either freestanding wardrobes or chests of drawers and plenty of homely touches. There are eight altogether, with four extra sets of bunks in the Barns. This is not a house for lovers of ensuite facilities, but there are three downstairs bathrooms in the farmhouse and cottage, and a shower room in the main barn.
The Farmhouse is decorated in traditional country style, with big cosy sofas and chairs, painted brick walls, low wooden beams and a huge open fireplace in the farmhouse living room that's a joy to come home to at the end of a day in the fresh air.
The house has gas central heating, washing machine and tumble dryer, CD HiFi with iPod connection
Contact: Thekla Hickman
Castle Farm, Capel-y-Ffin, Abergavenny, NP7 7NP
Tel 07812 357118
The Fountain Lodge, Gloucestershire
www.fountaininn.info Sleeps 32
The Fountain Lodge has recently been renovated to provide good quality hostel accommodation at affordable prices. The lodge is available for groups of 8 to 32 people, and we welcome school parties, clubs, families, or just organised groups of friends looking for a budget holiday, without having to resort to poor quality accommodation. Full-size bunk beds are provided in dormitories accommodating 2,3,4,9 and 12 people. If required, prior arrangements can also be made to accommodate two, less able, guests at the Fountain Inn. Mattresses and pillows are provided, but sleeping bags and towels should be brought with you. Alternatively "bed-kits" can be rented for a small fee. Downstairs are full self-catering facilities, including utensils, microwaves, fridges, freezers and stoves. Adjoining this is a dining area and lounge, with television. A large barbecue and outdoor seating area are also available. Alternatively meals, including breakfast, are available from the Fountain Inn. Central heating and double-glazing throughout makes this an ideal base any time of year. Please note that exclusive use of the hostel cannot be guaranteed for groups of less than 22 people.
Contact: Alan & Michelle Powell
The Fountain Inn, Parkend, Near Lydney, Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL15 4JD
Tel: 01594 562189
Monnington House, Herefordshire
www.monningtonhouse.co.uk Sleeps 18
Group Accommodation in Herefordshire Monnington House provides luxury self catering accommodation in an unspoilt and rural location on the edge of a family farm. It is almost equidistant from Hereford to Hay and close to the River Wye. It is a perfect situation for discovering the Wye Valley, Brecon Beacons and beyond. There are top quality beds to sleep 18 in 9 spacious bedrooms each with their own bathroom or shower. A large well equipped kitchen which is easy to work in is located next to the dining area which seats up to 20. All 3 reception rooms have woodburners and comfy sofas. There is sofabed in the cottage. The games room in the outbuildings has pool and table football and there is a rustic table tennis room. Guests so far have celebrated their big birthdays at the house and we regularly see reunions of parties who love the outdoors. From here you can go canoeing on the Wye, mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons, walking extensively in the surrounding hills and you are only 45 minutes from the nearest gorge walking area. We are lucky to have a wide range of pubs all within 20 minutes drive from excellent value to Michelin star.
Contact: Anna Pearson Gregory
Monnington House, Monnington on Wye, Herefordshire, HR4 7NL
Tel 01672 563571 Mob 07879 886068
Trevase Cottages, Herefordshire
www.trevasecottages.co.uk Sleeps 18 x 2
Trevase Granary, converted in 2007, and Penblaith Barn, added in 2010, are traditional stone buildings that combine 18th century character with 21st century luxury and style. These beautiful spacious buildings are set in South Herefordshire within five miles of each other, Penblaith Barn is four miles north of Monmouth while Trevase Granary lies five miles north-west of Ross-on-Wye. Both self-catering holiday cottages boast stunning views and offer ideal large venues for family gatherings, reunions, group holidays and corporate hospitality. Both holiday cottages are near to Symonds Yat, Forest of Dean and only a short drive away from the Brecon Beacons. Whatever your requirement - extended family holiday, reunion, group holiday, or corporate event - Trevase Granary and Penblaith Barn provide perfect self-catering venues. Whichever you select for your self-catering cottage holiday in Herefordshire, you can be assured that we will do everything we can to make your stay truly perfect.
Contact: Liz Pursey
Trevase Farm, St Owens Cross, Herefordshire, HR2 8ND
Tel 01989 730210
Upper Trereece, Herefordshire
www.uppertrereece.co.uk Sleeps 8
Upper Trereece is a superb detached stone built barn converted in May 2005 into a holiday cottage. It stands in its own 10 acre pasture field leading down to the Garron Brook with 2 miles of private brown trout fishing near the village of Llangarron just 5 miles from Ross on Wye. It is ideal for all outdoor activities as well as fishing, walking, bird watching or simply relaxing. The barn provides spacious luxury accommodation for eight people and is equipped to a very high standard. Llangarron is mid-way between Ross on Wye and Monmouth and close to Symonds Yat and the Lower Wye Valley which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Forest of Dean with its miles of cycle tracks and footpaths is only a short distance away. The towns of Hereford, Gloucester, Worcester, Ludlow, Hay on Wye, Black Mountains and Malvern Hills are also all within easy reach. No hen or stag parties please.
Contact: Anne Pearson
Castle Ashby Lodge, Northampton, NN7 1LH
Tel 01604 696889
Old Great Marlborough, Herefordshire
www.bespokebynature.com Sleeps 22
A spacious, very comfortable, historic country house situated in the heart of the Golden Valley in border countryside between England and Wales with magnificent views of the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. The house has 3 acres of its own grounds which are set in mature gardens and lawns and feature a tennis court with viewing pavilion, paved terraces with built-in barbecue, large play house and swings. The house is at the end of a track which is itself off a B road about 11/2 miles outside of Grosmont Village so it is very secluded. The accommodation consists of very generously sized rooms featuring a mix of fine antique furniture and comfortable furnishings. There is a large country kitchen with an AGA, an additional oven and hob unit and a built-in microwave/multifunction oven, marble work surfaces and a large breakfast table. The main room (30 x 20) has a substantial open fireplace and is a very welcoming room with large sofas and chairs. The dining room with its antique dining table and dressers can seat groups of at least 18 adults comfortably. The bedrooms will cater for up to 22 occupants. There is also a conservatory, 3 TV rooms, a games den with snooker and table football and an indoor heated swimming pool that doubles as a play area for basketball when the floor of the swimming pool is closed (our children like to play roller hockey and a sort of mixed tennis and squash in here).
Contact: Ed or Francesca
Lower House Farm, Longtown, Herefordshire,HR2 0NT
Tel 01873 860254
Oakraven Field Centre, Gloucestershire
www.oakraven.org Sleeps 30+
The Oakraven Field Centre provides warm and relaxing accommodation in a specially converted Victorian school. Indoor comfort is provided by a large communal hall heated by an open fire, a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering, 3 bunk rooms sleeping 21, 6, and 3, as well as separate male/female toilets and shower. We are wheelchair friendly, with suitable lift and shower facilities. Children and dogs are welcome. Wi-Fi, large-screen TV, and darts are provided free. We can provide rooms for classes & training. We operate eco-friendly solar-heated water and solar panel electricity systems. While the accommodation is primarily self-catering, breakfasts, lunches, evening meals and even banquets can be provided by prior arrangement. Our bunks beds are supplied with fitted sheets, but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag or duvet, pillow and a towel. Outside, a large walled forecourt and rear garden provide ideal areas for BBQs, safe children's play, and secure storage of mountain bikes, canoes, and other outdoor-pursuit equipment. 1.5 acres of grounds and meadow provides camping and outdoor fire-pit areas. A neighbouring 3-acre nature reserve is managed by us to provide a wide range of habitats to observe wildlife. This reserve is also available for education and training purposes. Oakraven is located in a quiet lane, bordering the picturesque western edge of the Forest of Dean. It is ideally situated for most outdoor activities, and there are pubs and other facilities just a mile away in the village of Mitcheldean.
Contact: Andy Moir
Oakraven Field Centre, Jubilee Rd, Mitcheldean Gloucestershire, GL17 0EE
Tel 01594 369 343
Orchard Barn, Herefordshire
www.orchardbarnholidays.co.uk Sleeps 14
With it's six en-suite bedrooms Orchard Barn is a beautifully converted 18th century barn on the Welsh borders, offering an excellent venue for friends and family reunions. With unique views towards the neighbouring Border Castle and surrounding hills, guests can enjoy a restful break. Orchard Barn is 8 miles West of Ross on Wye and the M50 and 6 miles North of the Historic town of Monmouth with dual carriage way heading to the M4. There is en-suite accommodation for up to 14 people in this stunning barn with sociable living spaces.
Up to 3 pets are also welcome at Orchard Barn.
Contact: Mrs Sarah Partridge
Caldicott Farm, Broad Oak, Herefordshire, HR2 8QZ
Tel 01981 580248
Cefncoedbach Farm Cottages, Brecon
www.breconholidaycottages.co.uk Sleeps 8 and 12
Contact: June Powell
Cefn Coed Bach, Sarnau, Brecon, Powys, LD3 9PT
Tel 01874 623548
Great team building staff day out!
We had a fantastic day with Michael. He provided clear instructions, reassurance when some people were a little scared and had a very good rapport with the group. The location was beautiful, the equipment of good quality and the activities were great fun and challenging. We did abseiling and then a gorge walk, Michael knows his stuff and pitched the day perfectly to suit the varied needs/experience levels of the group. I would thoroughly recommend this as a day out with family, friends or colleagues.
Would highly recommend!
Excellent fun with a great coach/guide
We went abseiling and gorge walking with Michael and it was a top day out. He was very laid back - this was our day and he was happy to let us make the plan, so we did the abseiling at 10.30, then had a break for a pub lunch, then gorge walking in the afternoon.
The abseiling was a pretty scary 58-foot drop from an impressive bridge. A few in the group were less than sure they wanted to do it, but Michael talked them through it and everyone managed it. Great views of the valleys on the way down.
Then the gorge walking was a series of obstacles upstream like sliding under logs and scaling waterfalls. Really cool stuff - pretty tiring and very satisfying. Enjoyed by all.
Michael was a great guide and coach and made it an excellent day in the valley
Mark C - Cheltenham
A brilliant day's gorge walking and abseiling with Michael. He helped everyone master the 58-foot abseil, suggested we break the day up with a tasty pub lunch nearby, then led us over rocks, under logs, and up waterfalls on an exciting gorge walk.
Highly recommended. Matt B - Swindon
I would absolutely recommend Michael and his team. We had a fantastic day of team building and survival activities (pics are on this page - Hub & Haven team building). Great experience for management team we brought along. Highly recommended and definitely will be booking again. Thanks
Best wishes Paul W - Birmingham
Michael and his team were absolutely fantastic. This was booked as a team bonding exercise and it definitely worked as one. The guys were so supportive all the way through, helping less confident members of the team with challenges, constantly inspiring us to push ourselves further and even at one point jumping in with one of our team as a morale booster.
The entire day was so much fun and everyone had a great time. I would recommend the guys to anyone and would definitely come back and do this again.
Laura C - Cardiff
Dear Michael, I have had great feedback about the day. It has been interesting to hear about how everyone learned a little more about themselves by taking on the challenges you set. On the whole the day was an outstanding success and all were very impressed by the quality of your staff and instruction/guidance. I leave it to the 'adrenalin heads' in the company to decide to form a team and try the tougher challenge, I'm sure the company will pay for them to have another go in the near future. I hope some of them do go for it. I will let the right people know there can be tougher challenges set.
Thank you once again for a worthwhile day out, great challenges and value for money.
Jamie @ Rupert King - Monmouthshire
Hi Michael, we had a fantastic time yesterday, thank you so much. From the feedback from the guys, I think we would very much like to do something along these lines again next year - assuming when we are a full team again the new members are up for this kind of activity. So we'll surely be in touch again in the not so distant future. I will also do some positive PR for you around the company and who knows, another department may decide to go gorge walking as well.
Thanks again and have a lovely weekend.
Tracey Hyem, Commercial Marketing Manager email@example.com - Gloucestershire
Thank you very much for these photos, they are a great reminder of a fantastic time had by every one. The feedback this morning back in the office is brilliant, as much for the ones that went but I can also see that the ones who didnt qualify will really make sure they do next time. Thank you for all your help along the way in getting it organised and our guides for the day itself helped to make sure it was enjoyed by all, going out of their way to encourage even the most timid of person to do much more than they ever dreamed of.
Hope to be in touch again for more gorge scrambling in the future.
Michael - East Sussex