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Dingle Den

Craswall, Herefordshire (Ref. 986635)

4.8

Excellent

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Features

  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful place nice and peaceful away from the city good for a getaway verry ..."

    Wonderful place nice and peaceful away from the city good for a getaway verry kind amd friendly owners we been welcomed really nice will definitely go again

    Reviewed by CenkNov 2021

  • "Holiday was lovely and relaxing."

    A covered area to sit outside would have been nice to enjoy the area if the weather not so good.

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2021

  • "We had an absolutely amazing weeks holiday staying at the lovely Dingle Den."

    The facilities are very luxurious and clean, more spacious than expected, perfect for couples or small families and dogs. The location is great for walking around the area and see the spectacular views. We couldn't believe how much space we had all to ourselves, a lovely little stream with a box to put drinks into and a great area for walking/playing or chilling out with the dogs. Very relaxing with no WiFi or TV. Great for reading, BBQ's and star gazing.

    Reviewed by CharmaineSep 2021

  • "Dingle Den - what a fabulous surprise, it exceeded our expectations."

    Beautiful wooden pod with plenty of room for me, my 77 year old mum, my 7 year old son & the Labrador, Penny. The field & meadow which you have all to yourself is huge and so pretty. My son and the dog had great adventures exploring the streams and wooded areas. The peace is amazing, only being interrupted by the tinkling brook and the call of owls each night. We took plenty of activities with us - football, swingball, badminton, remote control cars, paints for pebble painting, cards etc etc. We did venture out in the car but I would have been very happy not to leave our little haven at all. Fires every night, inside & out. The log burner heats the pod up a treat. The Black Mountains are at the top of the meadow - literally! Luke was there to greet us on arrival and he ferried our bags in the wheel barrow provided. Lovely helpful chap. Will definitely be going back. Thank you all at Dingle Den

    Reviewed by RachelAug 2021

  • "We stayed at an amazing place called Dingle Den."

    .. I can honestly say it was one of the most amazing places I have ever stayed.. the owners were absolutely amazing and just left us to it.. I will definitely be staying there again

    Reviewed by AlastairAug 2021

  • "‘Winding remote country lanes Another world exists A world gone back in time And we arrive In heaven."

    ’ Jo so thoughtful leaving gifts she’d remembered we enjoyed from out first visit in May. Our second visit she had put in place everything asked for a person with limited mobility. Nothing is too much trouble. The cuckoo has sang his tune and flown in June. The hare pops up to say ‘hello’ every day. The stillness, presence of the Cat’s neck mountain behind makes this a special place. We shall return again.

    Reviewed by AnneJun 2021

  • "Dingle Den was everything we hoped it would be - stunningly beautiful, peaceful and private."

    We spent a week away from phones, laptops and traffic and we left feeling totally relaxed and revitalised. We spent so much time outside, enjoying the surroundings, having campfires and BBQs and watching out for wildlife, but when it was time to go in for the night the Den had everything we needed - comfort, cleanliness, a super-comfy bed and a great shower! You soon learnt to adapt to life without a fridge (the box in the river works a treat) so don’t let that put you off! It’s only a 20 minute drive from Hay on Wye, where we went on a canoe trip down the river and enjoyed great brunches (at the old Electric shop and The Granary, plus you can have a great coffee and people-watch sitting outside Cosy Cafe) and can highly recommend a hike up the Cat’s Back for stunning views over Herefordshire and the Black Mountains (and you can set off from the gate at the top of the paddock) We just loved the peace (and the privacy!)…there is nothing to hear but birdsong, a babbling brook and the sheep in the field next door. Utter bliss - we will be back.

    Reviewed by CarolineJun 2021

  • "We had the most amazing 3 nights here."

    The location is the most idyllic place and no one around. Very spacious and clean. We loved our time here and didn't want to leave. Will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by TomJun 2021

  • "Really enjoyed staying at Dingle Den, the setting is absolutely lovely, very peaceful and secluded."

    The pod was perfect with everything we needed and was really cosy especially during the rain. We particularly loved the meadow, it was fantastic for our dog and we enjoyed spending time exploring what was there and also the walk from the gate up to the hills beyond was beautiful. We were treated to a visit from a hare, hedgehog and cuckoo, amazing! The owners were very welcoming and we would love to go back one day. Thank you.

    Reviewed by LeanneMay 2021

  • "Apart from the weather which no one has control over, it was a perfect de-stressing week."

    We even had visits from a friendly hedgehog. The hosts, Joe and Billy could not have been kinder. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by BryanMay 2021

  • "Great location, beautiful and quiet - perfect for a relaxing break."

    Reviewed by StaniMay 2021

  • "Jo and Billy were wonderful hosts."

    The cabin was absolutely spotless and had everything we needed. The dog had the time of his life and we felt completely secure with letting him run riot in the meadow. 10/10 would recommend. We will be back for sure!

    Reviewed by KatherineApr 2021

  • "I have just returned from 4 nights of blissful peace at Dingle Den."

    Jo made me feel very welcome and explained how everything worked and where to find things. The cabin was very cosy with log burner and plenty of hot water curtesy of the solar panels. I hope to return again to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere to listen to the birds singing and the sheep gossiping , and to be away from traffic, and the hustle and the bustle of everyday life.. ;.

    Reviewed by GillianApr 2021

  • "WOW!!!"

    We came with our two dogs for our 10th wedding anniversary and we were greeted with such warmth from Jo & Billy, thank you! The surroundings and the actual Dingle Den were everything we’d hoped for! Peaceful, calming, secluded and gave us the ability to totally relax (something that has been near impossible with our busy lives!). The dogs were able to explore and play to their hearts content away from any hazards; which again is something they don’t normally get to do living in a suburb, they had the best time! We are passionate about the environment and this incredible location and eco friendly place to stay gave us the ability to live out our dream of sustainability; with the compostable toilet, solar panels, gas fuelled den it is just wonderful!! Plug into all that is nature and meditate in this beautiful spot, you will not be disappointed!! 100% recommend!!

    Reviewed by KimberleyApr 2021

  • "Absolutely loved this mini brake, literally just the rest I was longing for."

    It was certainly over my expectations from previous places that I have stayed. Just would like to say a big thank you to Jo and Bill for making us so welcome at their holiday Dingle Den. We for sure would love to go back again. Paula and William

    Reviewed by WilliamApr 2021

  • "I must have missed that it was solar powered/had a chemical toilet which was ok but not quite what we were expecting!"

    However it was a beautiful location and we didn't run out of power so it was fine. Also very warm and insulated which made it a very pleasant stay. Gorgeous views and lots of fresh air which is exactly what we wanted.

    Reviewed by SamanthaSep 2020

  • "The toilet is more of a composting toilet rather than a chemical toilet."

    Also, those with limited mobility may struggle with the walk from the car to the accommodation as there are a couple of steep slopes to go up. The communication is fantastic and the owners are really helpful. I have already recommended this accommodation.

    Reviewed by YvonneSep 2020

  • "We had a great few days at Dingle Den."

    Beautiful location in total privacy. Den was very comfortable, spotlessly clean and with all the facilities we needed. A friendly welcome from owner Jo who explained all we needed to know & provided a perfect place to stay. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by ColinSep 2020

  • "This is such a special, beautiful hide-away - so peaceful."

    We have a wonderful few days exploring the local area. The ridge onto the summit of Black Hill is accessible from the door and is a beautiful walk with a real mountain feel. Dingle Dell itself was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed. We loved the lack of WiFi and time as a family, making full use of the fire pit outside and the cosy wood burner inside. Our girls loved the space and playing in the stream which runs just by the hut. Thank you to the owners who made us really welcome too. We'll definitely be back :-)

    Reviewed by AdamAug 2020

  • "Can’t really fault the Dingle Den."

    A secluded and well-built little gem that helps you get away from it all. Lovely surroundings and if you don’t mind negotiating one-track roads and having no phone signal for anyone to bother you, then this is for you. The Den was well equipped and I can’t fault the owners who were polite, communicative and prompt to resolve any issues. The best way to describe it is ‘luxury camping’ as you have a toilet, some power and gas stove, although a fair walk to the fridge. The shower was great too and the Den itself was surprisingly warm. ****The only slight downside is (and I’m unsure if this is Sykes’ fault) is that it lists ‘fishing’ on its features as an accommodation. This is untrue. There is no fishing on site and this was a disappointment because we searched specifically for a ‘fishing holiday’.

    Reviewed by MatthewAug 2020

  • "Owner met us there and explained everything clearly, making sure we understood changes due to Covid."

    The Den was very clean and the outdoor space was lovely, great shower, really enjoyed the fire pit. Beautiful area - would stay for longer next time.

    Reviewed by WindsorJul 2020

  • "Had a wonderful holiday at the Dingle Den."

    Perfect place to escape. It had everything you needed for a comfortable stay. Greeted by Jo who shown us around and gave us a welcome hamper with scones butter and jam, milk and water. The den was spotless and really cosy, the log burner heated the space up quick. The surroundings where beautiful. It was secure with a fence all around to let our dog run around as much as he wanted. On a clear night the stars were magical. Cant wait to book our next trip there.

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2019

  • "This is a beautiful place to stay - quiet, tranquil and set in amazing surroundings."

    The host was very friendly, and all of our needs were met. It was a fantastic week and I would love to go back!

    Reviewed by JessicaSep 2019

  • "We had a great time at the Dingle Den!"

    There were two of us and a dog, and it was the perfect size. There is a private car park space and a wheelbarrow to help with getting luggage up the path to the den. The den is perfectly secluded and has a fenced private field with a stream which we were able to let our dog roam free in. The den is eco friendly and runs off solar power which is enough to charge one iPhone at a time and power lights etc but not to use a hairdryer and no fridge. Alternatively, there is a fridge in the barn down the path or you can store items in the stream to keep them cold, which we did-this was quite fun! The shower has good pressure and the water is hot. There is a composting toilet. Kitchen facilities were good and we had a couple of fires in the wood burning stove. There is a fire pit outside that we didn’t make use of. The best part of the Dingle Den is that the field leads straight onto a path with many walking options. We did a couple of routes which looped up and over the Cat’s Back. The family were very helpful and gave us a lovely welcome pack with homemade scones. Would highly recommend for a break from city life!

    Reviewed by GillianAug 2019

  • "We had an amazing and relaxing time."

    We used the fire-pit to cook a dinner . Surroundings are absolutely stunning and secluded. We would recommend it to everyone who need a break from a busy life .

    Reviewed by StanislavAug 2019

  • "The location of dingle den is perfect, very secluded and the surrounding scenery is beautiful!"

    It's perfect for a small family wanting to explore or a couple wanting to escape a busy and stressful life. It's very peaceful, and for me, my partner and our dog has been an amazing short getaway. On arriving we received a little welcome basket with homemade scones, butter, jam, a small jar of milk and some bottled water which was a lovely touch and very welcoming! The den is solar powered so there is no fridge, we kept things cool in the nearby stream and the owner does keep a small fridge in one of their buildings just a short walk from the den. The den was spotless inside, very cosy, comfortable and well equipped. The fire pit outside is wonderful and we enjoyed a barbeque and toasted marshmallows on our last night! Shops and pubs are just a short drive to hay on wye and there is a local pub about 5 miles from the den and the food was lovely. This short break exceeded our expectations and we are hoping to make it an annual trip.

    Reviewed by EmilyJul 2019

  • "Dingle Den is an amazing holiday spot."

    The accommodation was clean and comfortable, the outside space perfect for our two boys to run around, and the fact that there was the walk up the Cat's Back starting from the pod was an additional plus. We will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by EiriniJun 2019

  • "Dingle Den far exceeded our expectations."

    When we arrived we were taken back at how stunning the location was. The pod itself is so cosy, clean and well thought out, we really enjoyed staying there. My children and our dog loved being able to explore the grounds and it felt secure enough for them to wonder around and play near the stream. We can’t wait to return again soon.

    Reviewed by KateMay 2019

  • "Absolutely lovely- the family who ran the cottage were really welcoming, the location was idyllic, the cottage cosy and beautifully designed."

    i can't wait to book it again!

    Reviewed by HelenMay 2019

  • "This is a perfectly secluded little gem set in an idyllic location."

    The property itself is beautifully designed and well equipped with everything sparklingly clean. Our only regret was that we could not stay longer to enjoy the area and do some walking (there are trails nearby).

    Reviewed by StephenMay 2019

  • "Luke and family have made this an amazing little retreat in a brilliant location."

    The views are stunning, the wood burner powerful and the access to the hills means you can get out there very quickly. Two adults, a black lab and a nine-year old had a great weekend, despite the gales, rain and hail! We WILL be back - looking at making it a regular thing!

    Reviewed by GarethMar 2019

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The property

Dingle Den is a cosy retreat set in a sheltered field next to a tinkling stream, with the Black Mountains as a backdrop.

This eco-friendly accommodation is a haven for couples and small families who enjoy escaping to the countryside for the feeling of being at one with nature amongst the rolling Herefordshire hills.

Sitting around the fire pit toasting marshmallows as the sun sets is a truly magical time; you could almost expect to see fairies flitting around the enchanting little meadow!

Dingle Den has been made to a unique original design with a high-quality finish.

It is a well-insulated, open plan cabin which sleeps up to 4 people, and has solar powered electricity and hot running water.

Inside you’ll find a comfy double bed and double sofa bed, a table and chairs, a kitchenette with sink and 2-ring hob and a private bathroom with shower, eco WC and basin.

The table and chairs seat up to four people.

The log burner adds to the cosy atmosphere in the evenings.

All the basic kitchen equipment is provided, as well as a welcome pack with the essentials (including some logs).

Bedding and towels for up to 4 guests is included.

One well-behaved, sheep-friendly dogs are welcome (but paws to stay off the furnishings please!) and there are numerous walks nearby, whether you prefer a quiet stroll to the local bar or to explore further afield.

Ramblers enjoy the ancient Drovers’ Road which runs along the fields, and there is easy access by foot to the famous Offa’s Dyke path and into the Black Mountains where wild ponies roam free.

The nearest town is Hay on Wye (6 miles) which has an annual literary festival attracting visitors from all over the world.

The town itself is a treasure trove for anyone who enjoys strolling around boutiques, galleries and bookshops.

Dingle Den is popular with foodies as there is lovely local produce available, from honey to gin which is distilled just down the road.

The Abergavenny Food Festival is a regular destination for gourmets who love the markets, tastings and cookery workshops on offer.

A regular market showcases all the fantastic local treats.

Mountain biking and road cycling are popular, with adventurous folk enjoying the activities on offer at our neighbours’ company, Mountain Mayhem: clay pigeon shooting, hover-crafting, paint-balling and quad biking.

There are paragliding site above the village of Pandy or Hay and visitors will often see them floating gracefully above the mountain ridge.

Kayaking is a very popular activity on the river Wye, with rental available from Hay.

The surrounding area is steeped in British history, with several centuries-old chapels and a small English Heritage castle site nearby in the village of Longtown.

Visitors shouldn’t miss paying a visit to Hereford to discover the ‘Mappa Mundi’, a medieval map of the world which dates back to the 1300s.

Celebrated composer of the ‘Enigma Variations’ – Sir Edward Elgar – lived in Hereford and his statue sits just outside the cathedral.

Magnificent Llanthony Priory is one of the earliest Augustinian canons in Britain, of which only a few remain.

To access the accommodation there is a private road on the owners’ property that leads to the parking spot.

From there you’ll need to take in the fresh air for a two minute walk to the front door.

The owners will help with bringing luggage from guests’ vehicles on arrival and departure.

Summary

  • All ground floor
  • Sleeps 4: 1 x double and 1 x sofa bed
  • Private bathroom with shower, basin, composting WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining table, sofa and wood burning stove.
  • Woodburning stove
  • Gas hob
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Private field with fire pit
  • Electricity and water incl in rent
  • Private access and parking
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • One well-behaved pets welcome
  • Shop and pub 12 minute drive
  • Welcome pack provided
  • Owners on site if required.

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About the location

CRASWALL, HEREFORDSHIRE

Hereford 17.7 miles; Brecon 22.9 miles

Craswall lies on the fringes of the Brecon Beacons National Park, bordering Wales in the foothills of the Black Mountains. This quiet village offers the ideal location for exploring all that Herefordshire has to offer. Nearby, is the historical landmark 'Arthur's Stone', a Neolithic burial chamber set in the hills above the Golden Valley. This tomb is over 5,000 years old with links to King Arthur since pre-13th century, with a gruesome legend behind it. Hay-on-Wye is renowned for its world-famous Hay Festival of Literature, a popular destination for book-lovers, housing many book shops, antique shops, cafes and restaurants. Attractions nearby include The Three Castles Walk, Eastnor Castle, the Offa's Dyke Path, and the Mortimer Trail. Let us not forget the historic city of Hereford, with its medieval bridge over the River Wye, offering an eclectic mix of architecture from almost every British era. This town is famous for producing cider and is also home to the Mappa Mundi, which is located in the magnificent cathedral alongside the famous Chained Library, a collection of over 1500 rare books. This 17th-century library is the largest to survive with all of its chains, rods and locks still in tact, a fascinating treasure in Britain's history. Discover the delights of the neighbouring regions of Shropshire, Worcestershire and The Cotswolds. There is plenty to see and do in the wider area, making this the perfect base for your next holiday in England.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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