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Brooks Vintage Horsebox Glamping

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire

Brooks Country House Pengethley Park, Nr Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6LL.

Thoughtfully styled vintage horsebox accommodation in the grounds of a Georgian manor house hotel

One of the first things Carla and Andrew Brook did, when they took over the Pengethley Estate in 2016, was drop the word ‘hotel’ from the title. They wanted to give the handsome, Georgian manor a more homely feel and, while today they still offer up-market accommodation and exceptional restaurant food, it’s all done with an air of informality. It’s an atmosphere that lends itself to the quirky style of the vintage horsebox glamping outside. If you want hotel-style facilities but all the fun of a glamping holiday, this Herefordshire haunt is just the place to come.

Set in a walled courtyard a hundred yards from the main, white-painted house, the trio of 1970s Bedford horseboxes mirror the dynamics of the hotel. Inside, the warm wood panelling of the bedsteads and the textures of the soft furnishings and heavy wooden side-tables echo the colour scheme and décor in the hotel rooms, while the functionality of the fold-away bunk beds allow for extra space. Small touches like the equestrian-themed paintings on the wall and luxury toiletries all show a real eye for detail. The finish is outstanding.

The horseboxes, of course, are only one part of what makes this place so special, for it’s the wider setting of the estate that really make Brooks Country House – as it is now called – stand out. The National Trust owns much of the land, but 15 acres still belong to the hotel, including not only a heated outdoor pool in a walled garden but also their very own two-acre vineyard, with pretty, regimented rows of vines lining out behind the house. The very drinkable Pengethley Estate White is best enjoyed in the setting of the hotel dining room, where glampers are served breakfast and dinner each day as they gaze through the floor-to-ceiling bay window to the gorgeous view beyond.

When not enjoying the range of facilities (there’s a grand snooker room and a smart new sauna – this is a hotel after all) you can explore the rural locale. Romp a mile and a half along the meadows to the ancient and ineffably quaint Lough Pool Inn, where you can sip a post-walk pint beneath the beams, or link to the other footpaths that spread across the countryside. The land is all a part of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the river itself is less than a mile further. So the great outdoors are very much on your doorstep, even if your glamping accommodation is shielded away by all the luxuries of room service and a swimming pool!

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The Owner Says

Our Georgian manor house has lots of historic features such as oak panelling , secret doors, big fireplaces and chandeliers. It has stunning views over National Trust Park land but a mere stones throw from Hereford or Ross on Wye . Newly decorated from top to toe with a heated swimming pool in summer, a games room and small gym - it's the perfect retreat in the country. Our quirky converted horse wagons offer stylish and comfortable glamping accommodation. The smaller horseboxes can accommodate 2 adults, while the larger ones can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children up to the age of 12 years.

Our favourite spot

Glamping only. So no tents, campervans, caravans or pets.

The local area

Ross-on-Wye and Hereford are the nearest towns, the latter home to a grand cathedral that dates back to 1079. Its most famous treasure is Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world dating from the 13th century. Renowned Symonds Yat is also nearby – a quaint village on the banks of the Wye, straddling the river and thus the border of England and Wales. It's also a popular spot for hiring a canoe (01600 891100) and journeying downstream, where you can be picked up at a later point and transported back. Head to the Royal Forest of Dean, meanwhile, for mountain biking.

Best local places to eat and drink

Breakfast and dinner is served in the atmospheric hotel restaurant. A floor-to-ceiling bay window let’s you soak up the superb view, while the walls, where not covered by original Georgian bookshelves, are dotted with intriguing paintings by Andrew’s grandmother, who studied with Henry Moore. The food, meanwhile, couldn't be much more local if you tried – most of the produce comes from Pengethley Farm Shop (01989 730430) right next door, while eggs come from Brooks County House's own 40 hens. They grow their own vegetables and herbs, too, and, if that's not enough, they even make their own wine!

Why stay with us?

The horseboxes are each a different size – the small one has a double bed, the medium has a double bed, plus 2 bunks if required, and the largest has a king-sized bed, plus 2 bunks if required. Bunks are suitable for children up to 12 and all bedding is provided. The boxes are heated and have en suite shower rooms, with a Hansgrohe shower and toilet (towels and toiletries provided). There is a flat-screen TV and DVD player, designer guild fabrics and cushions and a welcome tray with a kettle, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, biscuits and more. In the main building guests also have access to table tennis, snooker, life size chess, table football and darts, plus a sauna and an outdoor heated swimming pool (June–Sept).

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