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Visitor Reviews - The Hollybush Inn And Campsite

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The Hollybush Inn And Campsite
Old Brecon Road
Hay On Wye
Herefordshire   (Browse area)
HR3 5PS   See Map
Tel: 01299 822024
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Pitches: 115
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 4/10 from 67 Reviews
                4/10 from 67 Reviews

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Reviews:  67 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: 7tfhflower 1 review from this member

This site has the potential to be one of the most beautiful and tranquil sites in the UK. The setting is stunning and lends it self to some great outdoor activities. Its an ecological site and has some wonderful wood land.

However the site is in a very sad state of repair and is beginning to become a little dangerous. I went with a few male friends to have an rough weekend away so wasn't to concerned with the past reviews. However I don't think will return I would never dream of taking my children there. There is a wall made of wine bottles in the center of the camping field, well conceived however now the wall is incomplete and the necks of the bottles are broken, these have now been left on the ground. The rubbish pile is more akin to a scrap yard and is not fenced off more to the point it is not even out of the way. The toilets although functional, have black mold over the crumbling ceiling and 'punch holes' straight through the doors, these have been filled with news paper. Safety fencing around drops is falling down. There is a static section of the site with some residents of questionable integrity, nice folk but.

I like ruffing it, and I love a good basic camp site often with nothing more than a tap and portaloo. But this site is dirty and border line dangerous. Lovely staff though.

If you can cope with out washing and take everything with you its ok for a weekend, don't take children with out visiting it first and don't do more then 2 nights on your initial stay. You need to know what your letting yourself in for.

Good idea for a site very poorly executed. Needs a lot of work.

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Jcjmachin 2 reviews from this member

This was our first trip in our campervan and once we booked it we were a bit worried after reading reviews - however, we were not disappointed with our stay!

The site did need some TLC - we booked a hardstanding pitch which was very very muddy (weather obviously had a lot to answer for!) and the electric hookup points were not all working so we had to trail an extension lead across to the bar/shop. The owner, Barbara, was very accommodating about this and purchased a lead from a local shop and it was positioned safely. The toilets and showers also could have benefitted from some 'doing up' although served their purpose. There was a basic shop with not much food in it, but we did get fresh eggs daily. We visited the bar and had a laugh with one of the staff members over pulling a pint - there were a few glasses used before it was ready!. The area is lovely and we loved being able to walk from our van along the river. There are also peacocks on the site who are friendly and we enjoyed watching them. The restaurant on the site Yak-Y-Da served authentic Nepali and Thai food which was very nice and good value for money although did not serve kids food for fussy children (ie no chips) Great, friendly staff and a beautiful location. We would definitely go back - this site will be very popular once it 'looks' better.

Date of Visit: December 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Vidmaster 1 review from this member

I booked this site for our 'Groups' New Year bash, 5 motorhomes with others in the B&B. I'll comment only on the campsite and the Inn only. With all the recent rain, we wondered what the site would be like, some of the reviews had not been too complimentary. The site does need to attention to tidy it up and the site facilities are in need of some upkeep. However in a motorhome we were self contained so had no need of the facilities. Wellies were needed but that was really a lot to do with the bad weather. Ref the Inn, there was a singer on Saturday evening and we had a great night. New Years Eve was even better, they put on a really nice buffet. Overall we had a great few days. A memorable New Years Eve

Very welcoming

Date of Visit: October 2012 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Abssorb 4 reviews from this member

This is my 3rd review of the Hollybush over 6 years. We were in Hay this month and although not camping, we thought we'd pop in to the Hollybush and have a walk around the woodland area.

The location is beautiful and the potential for the site is amazing. It's such a shame! We used to love this place. It now smacks of apathy and degradation.

We used to go to the Hollybush regularly from 2004 onward. I wrote 2 other reviews in these pages in 2006 when it was great (gave 9 stars), and another in 2009 which had seen considerable decline (gave 4 stars), but there was a new manager who was a decent chap trying to turn the site around and had personally made some improvement, but the owners insisted on hiring waifs and strays that would do no work (his words). No sign of him during this visit or evidence of his influence.

The reed bed project for green recycling of waste into the river was a great idea years back, but with lack of maintenance it's a smelly bog now.

There was a nicely made animal enclosure in 2009 which had some rare breed pigs, it was starting to look like it needed some maintenance then, and now it's virtually collapsed and is a complete eyesore.

The run-down static caravans used for staff accommodation (that the manager had said were to go in 2009), are still there, and haven't been moved, cleaned or repaired in the slightest. They're now even scruffier and filthier.

A new thing since 2009 is the rubbish everywhere. An accumulation of beer bottles and other rubbish which has clearly been there months. It's easy to forgive a site's state in a quick visit as being the result of some special event. We had a big do, we're short of staff this week. Etc Etc. That would be the gracious perspective. But the evidence suggests it's merely neglect glossed over by 'out of order' signs.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: MrsGlas 4 reviews from this member

We stayed here over the Jubilee weekend last year. All I can say is, don't go there as it will ruin your holiday. When we booked, we asked if we could stay in the wooded area, they said no problem. On arrival, there was no room and it would have been a trek getting gear into the wood let alone the filth we found in there. In fact, there was no room available to camp anywhere. Apart from the neighbouring farmers field which we had to pay extra for! Luckily we could claim the money we paid back from Hollybush. The facilities were abysmal, the toilets filthy and run down, we didn't even contemplate the showers. It's such a shame as the area is beautiful. The pub is the only good thing about the campsite! All I can say is, camp here at your peril!

Date of Visit: April 2012 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Rsilwal 1 review from this member

My husband and I have just returned from the hollybush inn. We had such a lovely time. We stayed in the b&b and had the cherry room which was lovely, and very clean. The shower room looked like it had recently had a make over and whilst small it was clean and had a great shower.

The staff were on the whole very helpful and really nice. Barbara is a hoot although maybe not to everybody's taste but we loved her. All the guest we encountered were lovely and the local even more so.

The campsite was quiet and looks like it could do with some improvements and not sure if I'd camp. The site is beautiful but maybe a bit ruff around the edges.

There are obviously things that could be improved but I am not sure if I'd want them to be. We didn't go on a busy weekend do not sure what it is like then, but really do t think it deserves the slating it seems to get.

We will definitely be back, infact wish we'd never left. Oh and did I say the breakfast was amazing.

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