Wye Valley Canoes Bunkhouse, The Boat House, Glasbury-On-Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5NP
Call Jane Hughes on 01497 847213 or 01497 847007
OverviewIn a converted Welsh Chapel, Wye Valley Canoes Bunkhouse is a warm, modern space with huge sofas and a slide to reach the ground floor! There is a small kitchen area, so it is possible to self-cater and the River Café next door can feed your group or serve food to you at the big bunkhouse dining table. The luxury bunks are in individual pods and there is a king size bedroom area. The beds, the sofas and the kitchen are all within one large first floor open plan area and there are three swanky bathrooms and a table tennis table downstairs. The bunkhouse has been graded 5 star by VisitWales and won the Gold Tourism of Wales Award in 2015. Canoes, kayaks and mountain bikes can be hired from downstairs. Try paddling down to Hay on Wye and walking back along the Wye Valley Walk. It is a beautiful area to explore with the market town of Hay on Wye just 4 miles away. An inclusive package with accommodation, food and activities can be arranged. Or if you prefer just come and do your own thing! This accommodation is featured on our map of South Wales and Pembrokeshire and here is its own website.
Rooms & Beds:14: 12x1 (pods), 1 x double
Open:All year. All day
Price per night:From £45 per person (max 8) weekdays. From £1370 for a 2 night weekend (Friday/Saturday)
Booking:Book via website, phone or email.
Directions:On A438 from Hereford to Brecon.
Public Transport:Trains at Hereford and Abergavenney. Direct bus from Hereford, bus via Brecon from Abergavenney.
Walks:Long Distance Walks
Celebrate with a helta skelta
August 5th 2018
Wye Valley Bunkhouse (sleeps 14) is available for Christmas and New Year
The bunkhouse (sleeps 14) is available, for Christmas and New Year. The minimum stay is 3 nights and cost is £2310. Find a group of 14 friends or family and book Wye Valley Canoes state of the art bunkhouse. There’s not just a slide to play on, you can also enjoy a winter walk along the river and enjoy a three course meal in the The River Café.
An aesthetic treat whichever way you look at it.
February 4th 2018
Wye Valley Canoes Bunkhouse
Have a quick look at the accompanying picture to this ‘natter’. Soak in the light. I wonder if it was taken in ‘the magic hour’, that time before sunset beloved of photographers. It only goes to remind me what a wonderful location Wye Valley Canoes Bunkhouse enjoys.
Walkers, motorists, horseriders and now canoeists gush about the scenery here. There is something about the human scale of the Wye Valley that appeals. The hills are eminently climbable; the river broad but not intimidating; the towns have a historic foot-friendly layout. No wonder people rate is as a most-English landscape.
It is true, though, that Wye Valley Canoes Bunkhouse pleases the eye on a multitude of levels. Housed in a converted red-brick chapel, with the austere but shapely features intact, the bunkhouse is designed with an eye for style. I’ve written elsewhere that the interior deco wouldn’t be out of place featured as a showcase on one of those television shows. (You know, the ones that you don’t admit to enjoying!) The shiny steel tube slide from floor to the next makes me chuckle like a toddler when I see it.
That isn’t all, because after you’ve luxuriated in the designer kitchen you might want to pop next door to the River Cafe. Featuring a simple elegant menu of recognisable favourites – chicken breast, butternut squash risotto for example – spun in a gastro style, I would be tempted to eat there all the time.
If my teenage daughter were there, she’d be lapping it all up and posting endlessly on a certain photo-sharing social media. Between the landscape, the decoration and the food, it is an aesthetic treat whichever way you’re looking.
Wye Valley Canoes
December 5th 2017
Style, as they say, is always in style!
Considering that the Independent Hostels Network gives you the opportunity to sleep in converted railway carriages, river boats and canal barges,I was worried that Wye Valley Canoes might be offering a very basic, probably cramped and potentially damp sleeping experience. Imagine my relief when I discovered that their converted Welsh Chapel Bunkhouse was almost the exact opposite!
Check out the pictures on their website because my description just won’t do it justice. They describe their bunkhouse as, “a warm modern space”. Using ‘space’ the way that hip building and interiors TV shows do. And that is just the sort of vernacular that fits. With its oversized sofas, sharp lines, exposed iron work, simple yet striking colours and ultra modern details, this bunkhouse could easily fit on one of those aspirational programmes. Even the bunks are designed and built with a charming flair. But…wait for it…what’s that? A shiny, chrome coloured slide? Indoors? So adults and children alike can access the lower floors? Oooooh!
I haven’t even begun to talk about the activities available from the door. Obviously, we’re in the Wye Valley here, and you know already that the river is gorgeous and winds through a series of perfect little towns so hire a canoe or kayak and paddle on down. You also know that the walking up on the hills is stunning with views over England and Wales. But, here’s another cute surprise…they will also hire you a trendy Vespa Scooter to explore the lanes and byways. Style, as they say, is always in style!