The Hollow Ash Orchard is a small holding in the Herefordshire countryside. Situated in Broad Oak, surrounded by vast commons, the orchard holds two Shepard’s Huts. In late August, my boyfriend Marcus and I stayed in Dawn of the Day, a green hut hidden in the trees.
After visiting Paris and experiencing the hustle and bustle of early summer tourists, we decided to take a weekend away in the countryside. To find the perfect place we searched The Canopy & Stars website. Canopy & Stars selects inspiring and out there places to stay for people who like to be out in nature. It’s a brilliant tool for finding unique stays all over the world. Out of all the places we could have chosen, Herefordshire was our choice. The train fare wasn’t too expensive and the hosts were willing to pick us up from their local train station, which was helpful as neither Marcus or I can drive.
The booking process was really simple. The Canopy & Stars website is easy to navigate, meaning we could see all the availabilities for the hut and make our choice of when to visit. We booked a three night stay in August, which came to £264. After booking, our hosts Jeremy and Clare emailed me to arrange a pick up from the train station and to ask if we had any dietary requirements. I can only speak highly of Jeremy and Clare they were lovely people who were very friendly.
The Hollow Ash Orchard is a charming and beautiful place. Surrounded by charismatic Herefordshire countryside, located in the small hamlet of Broad Oak. The hut was located at the far side of the Hollow Ash Orchard, meaning to access it we walked along a path through the trees. This secluded position made the little green hut feel extra comfy and cosy. The bed in the hut is situated in a little alcove with curtains to pull across while you rest, this was a lovely touch. The country décor and small log burning stove added to the wonderfully relaxed feel of the hut. I must congratulate Jeremy on the design and execution of the huts as it has inspired me to build one in the future! The bed was very comfortable and the hut was lovely and warm, so we had no trouble sleeping. We visited in August so the summer heat meant we didn’t need to put the log burner on to keep us warm. However, we did use it once to make food when it was raining and it got VERY toasty inside!
Everything you could need to cook was provided; from pots and pans for the indoor stove, to an outside cooking pot and griddle. There was even a back up gas camping stove for if you couldn’t get the fire going. We made a delicious vegetable stew on the second night in the Kotlich pot over the fire. It was delicious! We also made use of the cheese, bread and milk which Jeremy and Clare provided for us, using it throughout our weekend stay.
An electric cool box was provided at the shower/washing up facilities which is situated about 150 meters from Dawn Of The Day, this was helpful to store food that needs to be refrigerated. The washing facilities are shared with another hut on the property, but we had no trouble with accessing the shower or toilet because of this. The shower was warm and composting toilet was great, couldn’t have asked for anything else. At the wash facilities there is a shall shelving unit hosting different goods made at/around the orchard. Jeremy and Clare make their own apple juice, cider and perry from the bountiful orchard. Their juice is delicious, varying in flavour based on the type of apple used to create it. Jeremy even took the time out of his day to show us the process of how he makes the juice using a traditional apple press. If you visit Hollow Ash I would definitely ask for a tour.
I would definitely recommend staying at Hollow Ash. It was so incredibly peaceful. An amazing short getaway.