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The words 'boutique' and 'luxury' get bandied about a lot in glamping circles, but for the site at Stargazer Glamping in Herefordshire border country, they are probably understatements. Let's start with the location; a Georgian country pile in the outstandingly beautiful Wye Valley, which straddles the England-Wales border. It's a land of misty mornings, shaded forests, valley meadows, and mountain views, not to mention glorious sunsets and star-filled skies — if glamping magic is going to happen anywhere, it's here.
Behind the house, in the extensive, mature woods and gardens, are three separate glamping areas, each centred on a spacious Lotus Belle tent with its accompanying facilities. The 'Mahal' is the showstopper, a simply enormous specimen — the sort of thing a desert potentate might entertain in — which sleeps at least eight in four separate rooms, with a whopping 65 square metres of floor space. The other two are six-metre 'Stargarzer' tents — one with an added 'Airbud' pup — so depending on your family grouping, these each sleep anything from two to six people. Furnishings and decor throughout are stylishly top-notch — think country-house hotel with a splash of Scandi-rustic charm — so it's not just proper beds and rugs, but also soft robes, cut flowers, sofas, armchairs and coordinated colours. Outside, you get your own fully equipped cabana-style kitchen — "You won't have to bring a thing" is the promise — and attached to this are pristine hot-water shower facilities, loo, and washing-up area. The knives are sharp, the pots and pans un-battered, while dining is at solid tables and chairs on matching crockery with proper glassware.
At this point, things start to get, well, even more boutique and luxury, for want of better words. Finnish wood-fired hot tub? That's a yes. Hammocks in wooded glades, comfy sun-loungers, and an impressive fire bowl that's almost three-foot across? Yes again. A communal, outdoor honesty bar with its own drink-stocked fridge, firepit, and free-to-use pizza oven is a place to chill, while a potter around the well-tended grounds turns up rose-scented grassy paths, vegetable and herb gardens, orchards, and scratching chickens. It's all extremely well thought out and playful, too, as the invitation to curl up for the night on an outdoor iron bed attests. Ask for a telescope and one will be provided. You can see the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains on a clear day, while starry nights show you the Milky Way in all its glory.
Stargazer is everything that's promised and more. It might even be unique — to use another word that's bandied about — but it's certainly a gloriously upmarket and relaxing base for hanging out with the family in one of Britain's most cherished landscapes.
From the owners Helena and Dominic:
"Stargazer Glamping is a unique boutique glampsite set in the most gorgeous mature garden environment in the grounds of a Georgian country house. The site consists of 3 glamping areas that are well separated from each other. Each area having its own 6 person wood-fired hot tub, extensively equipped kitchen, hot shower with limitless hot water and compost toilet. Each has its own firepit and BBQ, sun bed seating and hammocks. You have your own dining table and chairs under a pretty awning.
The main site consists of over 250 mature and rare trees, rose walks, orchards, vegetable and herb gardens, free ranging chickens providing fresh eggs for the kids to find. We also have mini-lop rabbits.
There are various private seating areas dotted around the site. The beautiful communal bar area has an Ooni pizza oven and there is a hammock garden and a beautiful fairy garden. The views are spectacular from the property consisting of the Welsh mountains, open fields and forest. Sunsets and starry night skies are easily viewable from the site (Telescopes provided free of charge). We are in a dark skies area so viewing the Milky Way with our powerful telescopes is especially fun".
Here are some of our reviews:
Superb weekend!!!!!! 5 Stars
Just the best place to visit on our doorstep! It has everything and even if it didn’t, Dom and Helen would have gotten it!!! We arrived to a homemade cake and chilled bubbles in an amazing outdoor kitchen set up, hot tub fired up and ready to jump in and a whopping fire pit that we pretty much lived by the entire weekend!!! And that was just the outside….. The tent…well! What a tardis!!!! It was absolutely stunning with its 3 piece sofa, super comfy beds with snuggly duvet and pillows!!! Games supplied, pizza oven and local breakfast food to hand and just masses of ground for our kids to run comfortably around in!! Cannot wait to head back in the summertime!!!! Gorgeous!!! 🥰🥰🥰Dec 19, 2021 by Ruth Morgan Verified Review
We spent a week at stargazer and it was one of the best holidays I’ve ever had. The only downside was the noise from the road which after a couple of days we were used to and didn’t spoil our time at all. The tent was comfy, everything was provided. The kitchen area was lovely to cook in. The hot tub was amazing. The hosts were kind and helpful. Loads to do only a short drive away or plenty to fill your time on-site. As you pull in off the road to Ross-on-wye the site that greets you instantly puts you in a magical frame of mind. Able to walk around and pick apples from the tree, say good morning to the chickens that are roaming free or share your coffee with the sheep in the next door field, stargazer glamping was a wonderful way to spend our time.Nov 2, 2021 by Claire Kennard Verified Review
Just returned from Stargazer after a magical two night stay. The whole set up was fantastic and everything you'd expect from a glamping experience. The welcome pack was gorgeous and included home baked bread and cake and of course prosecco for the grown ups and a bowls of chocs for the kids. The beds were all super comfy and luxuriously made with plenty of extra soft blankets and hot water bottles (it was end of October but we were totally warm enough!) The hot tub was perfect and we were lucky to have clear skies to view the milky way. The kids loved the hammocks and swings dotted around and we made use of the pizza oven and the fire pits which made our evenings really special. Can't wait to visit in the summer to enjoy a different season. Fully recommend this lovely spot :)Oct 31, 2021 by Jessica Bowering Verified Review
This place is absolutely out of this world! Every single thing has been thought of and taken care of. The tents are so cosy and so comfortable and the kitchen's are so well equipped. Dominic (the owner) makes sure you have everything you need. (He'll even take your luggage to your site with a little trailer!) They provide a wonderful little welcome hamper including bread, milk, orange juice, prosecco and fresh eggs and tea bags etc. You could come entirely empty handed and have everything you need! The setting is just beautiful. The views and surroundings are stunning and the grounds are great for having a stroll. There's bunnies and chickens and a badminton court. There's also a wonderful vegetable garden where you can pick some fresh veggies for your dinner. We planned to do so much on our holiday but all we wanted to do was stay at the site because it was so wonderful! Having a glass of prosecco and toasting marshmallows on the fire pit, keeping you warm (and the blankets they provide) then jumping in the hot tub and looking at the stars...it really was absolutely perfect!! I cannot fault one single thing about this place. It really is fantastic in every possible way and I cannot wait to book again to go back! Great for couples or for families! Would absolutely recommend!! 5 stars!! A massive thank you to the owners for making it such a magical wonderful experience for us!Oct 15, 2021 by Alexandra Bingham Verified Review★★★★★
What an amazing place. From the moment you pull up, Dominic cannot do more to help and show you round explaining everything. The "tent" itself is beautifully furnished and the beds are so comfy, the kitchen has everything you need, the shower is just perfect, there is nothing we could fault. The hot tub was lovely, views are fantastic, we just had a great time and felt so relaxed. It's also the personal touches - a bottle of prosecco, milk, bread, eggs, butter all left in a cool box in the kitchen and best of all....a home made cake which was just delicious. The honesty shop is a great help too for any little bits you might need and the communal area with a pizza oven is great. It really was a fantastic stay, made even nicer by Bonnie - their gorgeous dog having had pups which are just adorable which we had a cuddle with. We will definitely be back and will recommend to anyone so a huge thank you for making us feel so welcome.Sep 27, 2021 by Rachel Smith Verified Review
This glamping experience exceeded all expectations. Every little detail and finishing touch you can tell has been so well thought out and there is absolutely nothing that the site doesn’t have .. the beds are super comfortable and warm, the kitchen has everything you might need, the many hammocks dotted around the site for star gazing at night or sunbathing during the day were perfect and the honesty shop is so well stocked with essentials. Let’s not forget the pizza oven cooking pizzas to complete perfection.. the location itself is also very beautiful with the sun setting across the field, the variety of trees with character making the place feel extra magical, especially at night. Dominic was the perfect host and our group is so grateful for his hospitality and a special stay. We will 10000% be back next year. Thank you !Sep 21, 2021 by Channon Allen-Gulley Verified Review
I can only add to what others have already said. From the moment we arrived we felt like we were being cosseted. Helena met us on arrival and took our luggage to the tent with her little tractor and trailer. I say tent, it is more like a boutique hotel without solid walls. Comfy beds, luxurious sofas and rugs, towels and beautiful little lamps. Having done that she showed us the amazingly equipped outdoor kitchen, shower, composting toilet, fire pit and wood fired hot tub. These things were individual to each tent. Then it was on to the communal honesty bar and store where all your needs are catered for. This area contains the pizza oven which you are free to use. There are two further tents, one of which our friends had and the rest of the grounds are laid out with secret little areas to discover. Relaxing areas with chairs, beds or hammocks are dotted around the site. There is a fairy garden for the younger children, chickens roaming the site and rabbits in the run. A great area to explore and all lit up with solar lights in the evening. Our hosts delivered us logs to burn which I had great fun chopping. They even brought their 6 week old puppies over for the kids to see and play with. Dominic has great knowledge of the 250 trees in the garden and is happy to share. In reality I shouldn't be saying how wonderful this place is as it may then get fully booked and we desperately want to go again. But I have to be fair to Helena and Dominic. What they have achieved is superb and we will be back Sep 8, 2021 by John Fletcher. Verified Review
We stayed here for two nights in the smaller 'Orion' bell tent with our two children (12 and 10). This is one of the most gorgeous sites I have been to. It is set in mature gardens with lovely views and loads of wildlife (we saw bats, birds, dragonflies) as well as the owners' friendly chickens and rabbits. There are only three glamping pitches here and we really had a lot of space to ourselves. The tent felt huge even with four of us in it, and was beautifully furnished. The pictures on the website almost don't do it justice! Each pitch has its own fully equipped outdoor kitchen, shelter, dining table, firepit, hot tub, hammock, lounging chairs, toilet and shower... Plus there are some communal areas such as the honesty shop/bar, a hammock garden, badminton court, sunset viewing benches. Highlights for us were sitting in the hot tub watching the bats fly about as the sky got dark, and then stargazing around the fire. We couldn't have asked for more and would definitely return, it was worth every penny.Aug 27, 2021 by Helen Brown Verified Review
We have just left the site after a brilliant long weekend at Stargazer glamping. We was amazed of how brilliantly equipped the site is. All you need to take is some clothes everything else is catered for. Dominic the owner is super helpful and kind. The children are very sad to of left as are we. We can not wait to return! Thank you Dominic for the fantastic stay.Aug 23, 2021 by Alannah Jean Bill Verified Review