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Thursday, 20 April 2017 12:06

Website Terms of use

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:16


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Questions we often hear from our lovely guests


Q. What will I need to bring?

A. The weather can often change from day to day and when it rains, mud isn’t far away – so we recommend some clothes, shoes, wellington boots and waterproof clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy! Our indoor pool is a great hit so your costume and a towel for swimming is worth bringing, even if you think you might not want to swim. You might miss out on a great activity. 

We provide bedding packs and meals (if fully catered) so no bed sheets or additional food will be necessary. We do ask all guests to bring your own toiletries and towels too.

You may also want to bring a favourite bedtime cuddly toy, a book, a camera to record your stay and a torch.  If you are coming with your school, please make sure you bring only the items on their checklist.


Q. Who is responsible for us?

Young people/ Students – Our staff at Dunfield house are responsible for looking after the grounds and the house, bedding, and providing food (if fully catered). Your teacher, parents or guardians are fully responsible for you whilst staying at Dunfield house. However we always have staff on site and regularly liaise with the teacher or the responsible adult in charge to make sure your stay is good, just as it should be!

Adult groups- to help with the smooth running of your stay we ask that one adult is the designated group leader to liaise with our Dunfield staff during your time at Dunfield – this is often the person organising/ booking the trip, but it can be anybody who wants to take on that role.  We have found that one point of contact enables effective communication and effective response times to help you gain the most out of your stay, making your trip more enjoyable for you and everyone in your group.

For more information on this, you may find the checklist below useful.



Q. What activities do you have at Dunfield house?

A. We have 15 acres of grounds with terraced lawns, walks through woodland, streams and our field. On the grounds close to the house, we have a small sized football pitch, a volleyball area, swimming pool, a disc golf course (like golf but using Frisbees) camp fire sites, a children’s adventure play area, labyrinth and peace garden. Dunfield house is a relaxing environment and we wish for you to have as much fun as we do, we hope that our space will be enjoyed and explored by all within your group or family.


Q. Why choose Dunfield house?

A. We have created a group accommodation centre that we want our groups to see as their home whilst they are here. We have many groups coming back, year on year… 85% in fact! Staff at Dunfield all have our own reasons why we think you should come, but take a look at what some of our previous guests have to say:

“Dunfield is a warm & welcoming, located in a unique place of beauty, peace and tranquility”

“The food was tasty and wholesome, the staff were so helpful”

“Somewhere both children and adults can enjoy”


Q. How safe is Dunfield house?

A. We always have at least one member of staff on site at all times, so in case of an emergency that your group leader cannot help with, we are always here.  We work with consultants to ensure our health and safety record is the best it can be. Group leaders are responsible for locking up at night and have all the necessary keys to do that.

We can accommodate sole use groups using all of the accommodation and site or we can accommodate a maximum of two groups onsite; one in the house and one in the stables. The layout of the two buildings means that you quite often don’t meet the other group – however both groups have full use of the grounds, so for this reason we pair groups accordingly. For example if we have a school group in the house we can hire the stables out to a family group or youth group with young people of a similar age.

Within the first couple of hours of your arrival one of our managers will welcome you to Dunfield and will explain our fire evacuation policy. All of our groups of young people will have a practice evacuation to know what the alarm sounds like and where to meet up with everyone.


Q. Can I get to Dunfield using public transport?

A. You can get to Kington which is 2 miles away from Dunfield on public transport – There are train stations at Hereford, Leominster and Knighton depending on which part of the country you are from.  There is a local bus service from Hereford and Leominster – we find Hereford has the most buses running each day.  We are sure someone from your group or a member of our staff could pick you up from Kington.


Q. What is the food like?

A. Our head cook and her team loves to serve home cooked meals made with love!  Meals are served family style with everyone sitting down at the same time for good food and good conversations.  One person from your table will go to the kitchen, collect the food & bring to the middle of your table.  You can then put as much or as little onto your plate. We invite all of our guests to try everything that is served.  If you have a special diet for religious, ethical or health reasons we will prepare individual meals for you when you can’t have the main meal or sweet. We have not found a diet that we cannot cater for yet!  Take a look at what our guests have said about Dunfield food:

“Wonderful surroundings, wonderful cooking, wonderful place”


“Thank you for the delicious food & hospitality”


“We have all gone home a stone heavier from all the delicious food!”


Thursday, 06 April 2017 14:18

Planning Your Programme

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Planning your programme and visit to Dunfield House

The majority of groups coming to Dunfield House do so to take part in courses designed and conducted by their own leaders who have set aims and objectives. This enables groups to provide specific programmes to meet individual needs and also reduce the cost of such activities.

Leaders wishing to organise a course for the first time will be given every assistance by Sue & Paul, who will be happy to discuss individual aims and objectives whatever the age or type of group you are looking to bring to Dunfield. Networking and sharing information between group leaders can be arranged for all ages whether primary children, students 11 – 18, church, training or family.

A pre-visit trip will ensure a familiarity with the house, the opportunity to tailor your programme to the facilities available and to meet with Sue & Paul and their staff.

Contact Sue & Paul by email, our online booking enquiry or telephone at 01544 230563, due to the nature of our hands on work at the centre we may not always be in the office; please leave a message if we do not answer and we will return your call as quickly as we can.


Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

Thursday, 06 April 2017 14:16

Christian & Church Based Gatherings

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Activities, accommodation and group programmes

Dunfield House lends itself to your church community being together as a family. The layout of the house and bedrooms enables families, teenagers and couples to be accommodated in bedrooms that suit them; varied activities available in and around the house enable you to plan your programme knowing there is plenty for all ages to do. Whether it is sitting with the morning papers with the view of Hergest ridge from the lounge with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea [which is available 24 hours a day] or small groups going off for walks, playing football or swimming.

The communal areas encourage people to mix and share together and you are never short of people to serve in the tuck shop.

The chapel with its stained glass window as a focal point of the room or the recreation hall where you can set up a band on the stage, data projectors etc. provide you with the setting to plan your worship and study.

There is the option to book either the whole site if your party is 65 people or more, or book the house [65 beds] or the Stables [22 beds] as an independent unit. On occasion there may be one other group on site, our policy is to book like minded groups and ages together when two groups are onsite.

We are happy to put you in touch with group leaders who have run church based activities at Dunfield over many years.

Contact Sue & Paul by our online booking form, email or by telephone at 01544 230 563, due to the nature of our hands on work at the centre we may not always be in the office; please leave a message if we do not answer and we will return your call as quickly as we can.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

Thursday, 06 April 2017 13:55

The Elan Valley Course

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The Elan Valley Course at Dunfield House

Birmingham’s main water supply comes from the Elan Valley. For several years now Dunfield House has been hosting groups who have enjoyed its facilities as a base for exploring the Elan Valley Area and its dams, reservoirs and waterworks – all this in the heart of magnificent scenery.

Courses are usually from Monday – Wednesday or Wednesday – Friday (subject to availability) during the months of September to February.

Minimum Group size is thirty students; teachers go free. The agreed price includes all meals, accommodation, an organised programme and all transport costs. Please contact Sue & Paul to discuss your individual programme and they will confirm the cost.


Sample Programme:

  • pick up from school, visit enroute [optional extra]
  • arrival, settle in, fire practice & evening meal
  • getting to know Dunfield and free play
  • workbooks
  • supper & bed
  • breakfast and day out to Elan Valley [to include packed lunch, tour guide, explore around and chance to go inside a dam, [restrictions may apply] museum & gift shop, opportunity to explore art & expressive activities
  • evening meal back at Dunfield & workbooks
  • free play, campfire with hot dogs
  • bed
  • breakfast and free play in the grounds
  • leave for school after lunch [or optional extra to have packed lunch and visit on the way home
  • arrival back

For more information and the opportunity to plan your own programme then please contact us.

Thursday, 06 April 2017 13:45

Community Groups

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Activities, accommodation and group programmes

You may have a training programme that you require residential accommodation. Offering bunk style, a cosy and comfortable setting the house and/or Stables is an ideal base for your training needs. Delegates can be accommodated in either our house [minimum number of 65 in the summer and 40 out of season] or our Stables [tariff based on unit price, can sleep 22] depending on the needs of your course.

We are happy to discuss individual requirements and the options for small group meeting rooms along with large group facilities. Catering can be discussed to ensure the appropriate meals are served, along with offering three home cooked meals per day and a cheese & biscuit supper we can tailor the catering to suit the programme you are running, we can offer packed lunches, special end of course meals, and themed meals – we have even run a Christmas day in May along with a decorated tree and Father Christmas and a back to front day, although spaghetti bolognese for breakfast was possibly the strangest time for that sort of meal that we have catered for. As a matter of course we cater for all special diets for medical, ethical or religious reasons.

We can accommodate one day training events up to 7 day courses. Sue & Paul are more than happy to meet with you to discuss your individual needs. We are also happy to put you in touch with course directors/leaders who have run training course/community groups at Dunfield during 2012.

Contact Sue & Paul by our online booking form, email or by telephone at 01544 230563, due to the nature of our hands on work at the centre we may not always be in the office, please leave a message if we do not answer and we will return your call as quickly as we can.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

Thursday, 06 April 2017 13:24


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Activities, accommodation and group programmes

As a provider of school group accommodation Dunfield welcomes infant, primary and secondary schools to the centre to run their own programme. Many of our schools and teachers visit year on year, with two schools recently celebrating their 25th consecutive year of school trips to Dunfield. We are very proud of the fact that teachers who first came as children now bring their schools for the Dunfield Experience; we also welcome back students who visit year on year with music courses, with Dunfield being a very special part of their lives – We think Joe, who made his 18th visit to Dunfield this year for his schools' music band camp is probably the record!

We offer a warm and cosy house that becomes your schools' home for the duration of your visit, providing the setting for children to be children again, so they can explore living in community, sharing rooms and meal times and learning about the relationship they have with the world around them whilst following the programme you have set them.

The house lends itself to educational visits, year group trips, music courses, leadership training and specific courses. We offer plenty of home cooked, wholesome meals for hungry children and adults with hot chocolate for our younger guests and a cheese & biscuit supper for staff each night.

Whether you want to remain onsite to run a specific programme or want to explore the local area Sue & Paul are happy to share their knowledge and experience with you from their association with Dunfield since 1965.

Thursday, 06 April 2017 12:26

Access Statement

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Our Access Statement for Dunfield House

Our Stables accommodation has been extensively renovated over the past three years and offers groundfloor wheelchair accessible rooms [including three bedrooms]

Please contact Sue & Paul 01544 230563 to discuss individual requirements. Please click the link below for detailed information on the access available in our Stables accommodation:

Download the Dunfield Stables Access Statement 2017

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

Thursday, 06 April 2017 12:09

Documentation To Help With Planning

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Documentation to help with planning your visit

The following documentation is available to download to help with planning your visit:

Brochures & Booking Form:

Dunfield House brochure
Stables brochure
Booking form (house and stables) with terms and conditions

Information specific to booking Dunfield House:

Dunfield House checklist
Dunfield floor plan
Dunfield House Bedroom planner
Group information sheet – house only

Information specific to booking the Stables:

Stables information to help with planning
Stables floor plan
Stables bedroom plan
Group information sheet – stables only – fully and part catered groups

Additional information to help with your planning:

Dunfield House and Stables access statement
Risk Management
General risk assessment – Dunfield House and Stables
Swimming pool documentation – House and Stables
Data Privacy Notice




Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

Thursday, 06 April 2017 12:06

Visiting us

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Visiting us before your stay

We recommend you visit Dunfield prior to your stay to match your programme to the facilities available.

These visits are an ideal opportunity for you to;

  • Have a look around the house and grounds
  • Meet with the managers and discuss individual requirements
  • Come for a meal and sample the food
  • Develop networking/information sharing with other group leaders
  • Explore places to visit in the area
  • Write your own risk assessments

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

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