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The Humble Hideaway

Upper Meend Farm – near Monmouth

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The important stuff

  • Check in after 3pm
  • Check out by 10am
  • PLEASE NOTE: The only way to get to the camp is on foot, parking is a ten minute walk from the camp. You are advised to bring wellies, waterproof gear, an umbrella, a torch and maybe a rucksack for ease of carrying shopping etc.
  • There are no plug sockets at the camp
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • 1double

Extra space available

Space for 2 adults from £15 per adult per night In own tents, please bring own bedding for these. Can also be used for children at same charge

Space for 2 pets from £15 per pet per stay in the purpose-built doghouse!

Space for 1 baby no charge.

Kids & Pets

DOGS: Please note the Humble Hideaway is fenced but is not dog-proof. Dogs need to be on a lead whenever going through fields with livestock in. Dogs are not allowed in the huts, but the beautiful and comfortable Dog House provides them with their own private bedroom. Please bring own dog bed, food, bowls etc.


Children can be accommodated in a tent alongside at £15 per child, per night. Dogs can be brought for £5 per dog, per night but restrictions to protect the farm's livestock apply


  • Two ring gas hob
  • Outdoor fire pit for barbecueing
  • Dutch-style cooking pot also provided


  • Sink in lamp hut
  • Gas powered shower the same hut as the kitchen
  • The two compost loos are just 5 metres behind

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Wood burning stove in bedroom
  • Solar powered led lighting in shepherd’s hut and lamphut
  • It’s a good idea to bring a torch


  • Small selection of novels
  • Local map
  • Walking books
  • Playing cards and small selection of games


At The Humble Hideaway

Book a half day on the farm with farmer Tim! You'll be helping out with feeding animals or whatever needs doing on the farm, for £50 per pair or group staying at shepherd’s camp.

Join one of the many courses or event at Humble by Nature – see for details.

Get out and active

Extensive walking throughout the Wye Valley, including longer distance footpaths of Offa’s Dyke, The Wye Valley Footpath and Monnow Valley Walk

Kayaking on the river Wye, salmon fishing on the river Wye and Usk, local rock-climbing, even scuba diving at the national dive centre outside chepstow 10 miles away.

Some places to visit

Nearby are all the attractive local towns of Monmouth, Usk, Raglan, and Abergavenny (highly recommended during the abergavenny food festivals in september and december).

Food & Drink

At The Humble Hideaway

You'll receive a welcome pack of bread, milk, butter, local cider, farm eggs, tea and coffee. You will be taken out to the camp with your luggage by one of the Humble by Nature team and shown the best way to get around, a few local walks and good local places to eat.

The nearest shops are in monmouth (the team particularly recommend ‘flavours’ delicatessen in monmouth, which sells lots of local produce)


A selection of local eateries


The Inn at Penallt, Penallt, Monmouth, NP25 4SE - Fantastic pub in the village, recently awarded the AA Rosette Award 2012 for culinary excellence in recognition of the high quality of food served in the bar and restaurant. Children and dogs welcome.

The Boat, Lone Lane, Penallt NP25 4AJ - This cosy little pub is steeped in history and is situated right on the edge of the River Wye, overlooking the old railway bridge that crosses from Redbrook to Penallt.  Great place to try local ciders and ales. Dog friendly, children welcome but vigilance is needed as the woodland garden has a pond and water features and the pub is situated on an open river bank. 

The Bell at Skenfrith, Skenfrith, Monmouthshire, NP7 8UH - A former 17th century coaching inn on the banks of the river Monnow, The Bell at Skenfrith has won a series of accolades, including ‘Michelin Pub of the Year’ for Great Britain and Ireland 2007 and the ‘2012 AA wine award’ for Wales and overall UK award.   

The Clytha Arms, Clytha, Near Abergavenny, NP7 9BW - Family-, dog- and child-friendly pub serving good local pub food on one side, with a smarter restaurant on the other, with an excellent choice of beers and local ciders.  Well placed for bracing walks up the Sugar Loaf or Skirrid hills outside Abergavenny, time it to finish with a hearty pub lunch afterwards!


Brockweir village shop, Brockweir, Chepstow, NP16 7NW - The Village Shop is situated on a minor road between the A466 at Brockweir and the A4228 at Hewelsfield. With its stunning views down the valley and local artwork on the walls it is hard to imagine a more appealing place to sit and take a break. The smell of the freshly ground organic fair-trade coffee tempts you to linger, whilst the range of locally made food at competitive prices makes The Café a great place to lunch with friends.

Meadow Farm Shop & Kingstone Brewery - Just opposite the Old Station outside Tintern, this delightful local café run by husband and wife team, Ed & Tory, will sell you freshly made bread, cheeses and pickles, to eat there or take away, along with a variety of delicious beers all made by Ed in the micro-brewery next door.  You can even take a short tour of the brewery itself.  Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am - 4pm.

The Old Station Tintern, Tintern, Chepstow, NP16 7NX - Built as a Victorian country railway station, the Old Station is a charming site to visit for a relaxing day out or start to walks in the Wye Valley. It is a perfect spot for a picnic, or sample the traditional fayre from the Victorian station’s award winning tea room - voted by Living magazine as one of the top 25 in the UK.

The Whole Earth Cafe, 10 White Swan Court, Monmouth, NP25 3NY - Tucked away neatly between the quaint pedestrianised shopping area of Church Street and Priory Street, this popular bistro-style cafe restaurant serves both traditional English food and freshly cooked authentic Thai food (evenings only).  Also does Thai take-away Thurs-Sat eve, menu available on website.

The Hardwick, Old Raglan Road, Abergavenny, NP7 9AA - Beware – Satnav – use postcode NP7 9AB, located on the B4598. Described by Michel Roux Jr as his ‘favourite Welsh restaurant’. The Hardwick has a fantastic reputation built on using quality local produce.

The Stone Mill, Rockfield, Monmouth, NP25 5SW - Superb restaurant in a converted 16th century barn at Rockfield. Awarded two AA rosettes in November 2006, The Stone Mill has an excellent reputation and is listed in all the major eating out guides, including: Michelin, Les Routiers, The Good Food Guide, Hardens and Time Out. They continue to achieve this high standard to the present day.

The Walnut Tree, Llanddewi Skirrid, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 8AW - The Walnut Tree has been a famous inn and restaurant since it began in the early 1960s. It is now run as a joint venture between Shaun Hill and William Griffiths. The Walnut Tree offers proper dining and drinking in an informal setting; for a glass of good wine with a plate of something, through to a full lunch or dinner.

Misbah Tandoori, 9 Priory Street, Monmouth, NP25 3BR - Locally popular Indian restaurant.

Pizzorante, Market Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5SD - Italian restaurant and pizzeria in the central market area of Abergavenny. As a family run restaurant, the atmosphere is relaxed, welcoming and family friendly, just like the food!

Meet your hosts

A little history

Upper Meend Farm used to be a council-owned farm, tenanted for many years.  When the previous tenants handed in their notice, the farm was due to be divided up and sold off in lots. Kate Humble and her husband Ludo Graham decided that it was a terrible waste to lose a working farm and approached the council to buy it, keep it as a tenanted working farm, and diversify into different types of activity to make it viable.

The farm house was completely renovated and new farm buildings added to be the base for a wide range of courses in rural skills, which are run under the banner of Humble by Nature, Kate & Ludo’s business.  Part of the farmhouse was converted into a delightful separate holiday cottage, The Piggery, and a new, off-grid hideaway has now been added to the farm as a special retreat for 2 people who want to feel at the heart of the farm, and yet beautifully tucked away on the edge of the woods in their own private world.  

It's pretty, green and pretty green

The Humble Hideaway is entirely off grid, with small solar panels providing simple lighting, and gas bottles for the fridge, cooker and hot water. There is also a double composting loo. The camp sits on the edge of a working livestock farm (sheep and cattle) but is entirely securely fenced for the privacy and protection of people staying in The Humble Hideaway. The water is from the farm's own bore-hole, treated by UV filter. The farm is farmed sensitively and wildlife is one of Kate and Ludo's main concerns.  There is a large pond, hedges, trees and copses make for a good variety of birdlife and the wildflowers are spectacular. The team work with the local Wildlife Trust, and have an extensive nest box scheme as well as regular surveys by the RSPB. With help and advice from the Woodland Trust they have undergone an extensive tree-planting scheme and also planted an acre of cider and perry orchard – although sadly it will be a few more years before it's productive.  Luckily, they know some very good local cider producers…   


You'll hear tawny owls as the dusk draws in, and barn owls have also been spotted hunting over the fields and roosting in some of the spectacular ancient oak trees that dot the farm.  Redstarts nested in two of the boxes this year, buzzards soar overhead and you may even catch a glimpse of a goshawk.  The nearby River Wye is wonderful for fishing and kayaking.  Watch out for kingfishers, leaping salmon, and if you are very lucky, otters.  You might catch a glimpse of deer in the fields around the camp.

Getting there

'Humble by Nature', Upper Meend Farm, Lydart, Monmouth, NP25 4RP

By public transport

The nearest train station is Newport and the nearest bus stop is in Monmouth. Neither are within walking distance of The Humble Hideaway, unless you're feeling really energetic, so you may need to arrange a local taxi.

By car - Parking is a ten minute walk away. Your luggage will be moved to and from the camp on arrival and departure by one of the farm vehicles

Directions by car. Head for the village of Penallt. About half a mile before (or after) the village, turn left at the sign, "the craig/no through road". Upper Meend Farm is the first turn on the left up this lane.

Booking Terms

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Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

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  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.


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1. Booking and payments


1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).


1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 We're sorry for any inconvenience, but payments can only be made by credit and debit cards. A 2% surcharge will be applied to credit cards. We do not accept American Express, cheques or cash.


1.4 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.5 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


1.6 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.


2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.


5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.


6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.


17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.


18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.