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Monday, 03 April 2017 14:57

Activities at and around Dunfield House

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Activities for young people and families

  • Indoor heated swimming pool: 1.38 metres constant depth, approx 27 – 29 degrees. 10 x 4.5 metres in own separate building. Doors open onto sun terrace
  • Football/Volleyball: football and volleyball nets and grassed areas available
  • Adventure Playground: small play area for Key stage 1 & 2
  • Orienteering: two routes suitable for key stage 2 [lower & upper]
  • Campfire sites: collect your own wood, build your own fire and enjoy the experience sitting under the stars
  • Treasure Trail : outdoor adventure quest suitable for primary school age or family groups, to help Dr Hoot finish his mission [booklets cost £1 – guests can have one each or can share one per group]
  • Peacemobile : a series of interactive exhibits designed for children and families to explore peace for themselves, each other, their community and the world
  • Picture quiz: two available, one indoor and one outdoor – suitable for key stage 2 [lower & upper]
  • Written quiz: suitable for key stage 2 [lower & upper]
  • Games room: 3 table tennis tables, pool table – suitable for all
  • Walks from Dunfield: Routes suitable for all ages and abilities making the most of the hills and valleys, remote and rural. Either far from the madding crowd or designed to take in a tea shop, gardens or shops.

 

Activities offsite – radius 30 minutes drive:

Walks: Dunfield House is ideal for walking with footpaths from the house leading to: Bradnor Hill, Herrock [Leading to Offa’s Dyke Path], Hergest Ridge, Stanner Rocks, Kington Town, Knill & Old Radnor Church. There are walks for all ages, abilities and many can be tailored to meet the needs of individuals within your group with meet up points by car so everyone can participate.


 

Activities offsite – radius 30 minutes drive:

http://www.owlcentre.com small breeds farm and owl centre, A magical place to experience animals, birds, and owls. Very interactive and hands on, independently managed, café. Approximately 10 minutes away

www.kingtonmuseum.co.uk small independent museum in the middle of Kington celebrating local life and legends. Kington museum welcomes visitors of all ages. The development of educational packs to assist local schools, using local heritage resources to teach about a variety of subjects are available. They also have a Talking Tactile Tablet and a series of multi-sensory booklets to assist visually impaired users access information about their collections

http://www.kington.org.uk Kington is an historic market town on the English/Welsh border, and though on the western side of Offa’s Dyke, it has been an English town for a thousand years. Kington possesses an attractive riverside recreation ground which houses the town’s cricket club and is the venue for many local outdoor events. Kington Golf Club’s 18-hole course on Bradnor Hill is said to be the highest in England, over 390 metres above sea level. Kington is a “Border Town” in the Marches in an area where it rightly claims to be a centre for walking For those self catering Kington has many independent traders. 1 NISA and 1 Co-op supermarket along with local bakeries, butchers, organic fruit, veg and fish and health shops. Approximate 5 minute drive

www.presteigne.org.uk Presteigne, (Llanandras in Welsh), was once the county town of Radnorshire and nestles at the heart of the Marches on the border of Wales and England. Surrounded by devastatingly beautiful, unspoilt countryside, this thriving border town has many unique qualities that make it both a perfect destination and a base from which to explore. Presteigne is another small town with independent traders, craft shops, tea shops here, approx 20 minutes away

www.owlactivities.co.uk quad biking, junior quads, raft building, paintball, aerial tree trekking, high ropes, climbing & abseiling, it’s a knockout, corporate activity days, team building, development, leadership training etc Approx 25 minutes away

http://www.knightontown.net The Welsh name for Knighton is Tref-y-Clawdd which means “Town on the Dyke” and it is the only Town that stands right on Offa’s Dyke. Knighton is the home of the Offa’s Dyke Centre and is the natural base from which to explore The Dyke.

The Dyke was built toward the end of the 8th Century by King Offa to separate the kingdoms of Mercia from Wales. It ran for 149 miles from Chepstow to Prestatyn and some 80 miles of The Dyke is still traceable today. Knighton is steeped in history with sloping winding streets and half timbered houses,the older part of the Town has a grid of streets reminiscent of an Edwardian plantation.

Knighton is an area of truly outstanding natural beauty and is a good place to visit whether you are striding the length of Offa’s Dyke or exploring the surrounding area.


 

Approx 30 minutes away

www.thomas-shop.com The Thomas Shop Museum is distinctively nostalgic and evocative of times gone by. Established in 1730, the current shop is the modernisation of 1805, and spans 4 centuries of service to the community. Described as ‘the restoration of a village treasure’ it now contains an extraordinary collection of memorabilia mostly donated by members of the community. Lovely tea shop and home made cakes.

www.judgeslodging.org.uk Once called ‘the most commodious and elegant apartments for a judge in all England and Wales’ (Lord Chief Justice Campbell, 1855), decay beckoned From the stunningly restored judge’s apartments to the dingy servants’ quarters below you can explore their gaslit world. Damp cells remind you of the building’s true purpose, along with the vast courtroom where your imagination in captured by the echoing trial of William Morgan, local duck thief.

Visitors to the building are accompanied by an eavesdropping audio tour of voices from the past; you will hear their tale, from Mary the hardworking maid, to Reverend Richard Lister Venables, Chairman of the Magistrates and employer of the famous diarist Francis Kilvert, portrayed by actor Robert Hardy. Approx 20 minutes away

www.llandrindod.co.uk Llandrindod Wells is a firmly placed ‘hub’ of Wales and hive of activity. Branching out from its fine central location are a wealth of historic places & events, natural & manmade beauty spots and future promise. In addition to the originality contained in the local arts and craft shops, the variety of products and services offered on and off the main streets there are numerous warm and welcoming restaurants. Llandrindod Wells truly has a character born of its ‘Victorian Heyday’; a well maintained and rustic charm – but with all the modern conveniences. Approx 30 minutes away

www.builth-wells.co.uk market town situated on the river wye with walks, playgrounds and independent local shops , tea shops and restaurants’. Approx 30 minutes away

www.visitherefordshire.co.uk A county of unspoilt countryside, market towns of distinctive character and a wealth of varied landscapes from a historic City to fascinating villages. From walking to food and music festivals, cider museum, mappa mundi, Hereford cathedral, art galleries, outdoor activities, team building, trekking and so much more…..visit the site for more details


 

Gardens & Garden Centres:

www.hergest.co.uk Hergest Croft Gardens lies in the heart of the Welsh Marches with stunning views towards the Black Mountains. There are gorgeous flower borders. An old fashioned Kitchen Garden, Azalea Garden, Maple Grove, and Park Wood, all to discover. With a Gift Shop and Tearooms the Gardens are the perfect place to explore and relax.

www.whimblegardens.co.uk Tucked away on the south facing slopes of The Radnor Valley this richly planted garden is a subtle tapestry of colour throughout the season.

In the main garden a yew walk leads into a box-edged parterre planted with bulbs, perennials and some unusual annuals. Beyond, an airy wiremesh “church” creates an eccentric and attractive frame work for roses and rare clematis. A small garden is scented by a hedge of Hidcote lavender, and a gate cuts through a beech hedge leading to the meadow beyond which even finer views of the surrounding hills can be seen from the balustraded toposcope.

This is an inspiring and satisfying place to visit and boasts a lovely tea shop with home made cakes. Approximately 10 minutes drive

www.wyevale.co.uk national chain of garden centres – approx 30 minutes drive

www.oakchurch.net independently owned food hall, restaurant and garden centre – approx 20 minute drive

Within 1 hours drive of the centre:

www.grovegolfandbowl.co.uk ten pin bowling, small café and good restaurant. 9 & 18 hole golf course approx 40 minutes away

www.tgsbowling.co.uk 17 lanes ten pin bowling, 12 holes adventure golf, American Bistro approx 40 minutes away

www.lifechangingactivities.com Can offer your party climbing, abseiling and canoeing, gorge walking, survival training, raft building, caving, team challenges. A brilliant website to access

www.courtfarmleisure.co.uk/mbc.htm mountain boarding approx 30 minutes away

www.leominster.co.uk the town on the marches – approx 30 minutes away

http://www.ludlow.org.uk food heaven, lots of restaurants, farmers markets. Brilliant castle to explore, boating on the river. Approx. 1 hour away

http://www.elanvalley.org.uk dams and reservoirs, unspoilt and natural, feeds part of Birmingham’s water supply with gravity fed pipe all the way to Birmingham. Bug hunts and walks through dams organised from Easter. Approx 45 minutes away

www.gigrin.co.uk Kite feeding centre, fabulous, need to visit at specific feeding times. Approx 45 minutes away

www.llangorselake.co.uk Hire fishing boats, kayaks, pedaloes and sailing dingies. Ideal for everyone to either sit and enjoy the lake area or be active [and probably wet] approx 1 hour away [can combine visit with activity UK below]

www.activityuk.com Indoor/outdoor climbing/abseiling/caving centre and outdoor riding/trekking school approx. 1 hour away

www.mazes.co.uk The Amazing Hedge Puzzle is just right for playing games with your friends and family, like hide and seek, tag, or even Kiss Chase! Will you rely on agility or stealth? The Museum of Mazes will surprise you – its hands on fun.

www.ajactivities.co.uk Paintballing – the group activity which beats all others. Played across varied terrain and incorporating a wide selection of game scenarios, paintball provides a “rush” unlike any other activity. Stealth and cunning are as important as a quick trigger finger as you and your team-mates try to break down your opponents defences to successfully complete your mission.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk Berrington Hall and Croft Castle are within 30 minutes drive

This is not an exhaustive list, but gives a taster of what our group accommodation or self catering guests can add to their list of ‘things to do’ when visiting Dunfield. We are more than happy for activity providers to make contact with us to add them to our list.

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

Thursday, 30 March 2017 12:02

Retreats

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Time to reflect, revisit and renew your relationship with the world

We all need time to retreat from our busy lifestyles, and Dunfield House is an ideal place for you to get away from it all.

Sue & Paul are happy to help you plan your own Retreat or can plan a programme for you to meet the needs of your group – our aim is to allow you to spend time in quiet reflection with the world around you.

Our catered service in the main house or the Stables can be designed to suit the needs of your programme. The Stables also has the option of self catering – which immediately makes your Retreat more cost effective but also enables those attending the retreat to help prepare food. The house is booked on a per head basis with a minimum number of 30 in the low season and 50 in the high season. The Stables is booked on a unit basis – with no minimum numbers if self catering, we have a minimum number of 15 guests for a catered service.

A retreat can be from 2 days to a full week.

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

Thursday, 30 March 2017 11:26

Groups

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Activities, training and group programmes

Dunfield is owned and operated on faith based principles, however this does not infringe on your own programme or activities. Groups of differing denominations and faiths along with community groups involved in training and development are most welcome to visit and have been doing so for over 45 years. The centre is an ideal venue for groups to run their own programmes in a warm relaxed atmosphere, Sue & Paul and their team manage the centre but hand over the house to you as your home for the duration of your stay, whilst maintaining the centre to a high standard.

Many groups make year on year visits with all generations developing a love for the centre, whether your programme is relaxed and informal or dynamic and challenging and needs to meet specific aims and objectives.

Our bespoke service enables you to plan your programme with confidence at a centre that will work with you to ensure that you are warm, well fed and safe, leaving you to concentrate on your programme and your guests. We are more than happy to offer testimonials from groups that have used Dunfield recently and know that our group leaders will be more than happy to discuss the programmes they have run.


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

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:48

About Dunfield House

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Group Accommodation Centre in Kington, Herefordshire

Standing in 15 acres of gardens and parkland, is a beautiful activity centre set in an ideal rural location, that allows your group to meet together as a community.

Dunfield offers excellent facilities for youth, schools education and family groups to meet together and run their own programmes. We offer a fully catered service for 25 – 90 and self catering for up to 25 people in our stables accommodation.

  • Fully catered bunk style accommodation for up to 70 guests
  • Home cooked meals are wholesome and plentiful using local produce where possible
  • Set in 15 acres of lawned terraces, woodlands and streams
  • Plenty of outdoor areas for football, volleyball and team games and make believe play – there is even the chance to build a dam
  • Campfire sites
  • Games room
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Suitable for schools, family gatherings, church groups

You may have a clear programme you want to follow, alternately, if you have never run an activity before, Sue & Paul are happy to discuss programme options both based onsite or in the local area with you to assist you through the booking and planning stages. Their role will then be to ensure that the house runs smoothly during your visit to enable you to concentrate on running your programme, along with facilitating any activities you may book with them.

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

Monday, 27 March 2017 15:47

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Sole Use

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Sole Use of facilities at Dunfield House

Full information regarding having sole use of Dunfield House is coming to the website soon. Please contact us for details.

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Monday, 27 March 2017 15:45

The Stables

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Staying with us at The Stables

Welcome to our renovated Stables accommodation sleeping 22 guests in 8 bedrooms, [6 bunk beds] offering well appointed accommodation for family gatherings, celebrations, church groups and friends getting together. Click on the following link for a short video of our stables accommodation, which we think says more than our words can:

 

 

 

Our new lounge offers a cosy, comfortable place to relax and enjoy the stunning views across the valley, with a cosy woodburner for those chilly evenings and days. The kitchen has all you need and space for everyone to help, we also have a gas barbeque in the courtyard and plenty of takeaways and pub grub to a Michelin star restaurant to satisfy every ones taste in surrounding villages [nearest is 2 miles away].

The Stables accommodation [22 beds + 4 camp beds] offers a self catering option with level access facilities to 3 bedrooms and communal rooms. A fully or part catered service can be provided.

Accommodation in The Stables comprises:

Fully Equipped Kitchen:

  • Six burner catering range cooker
  • Fridge
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Water Boiler
  • Six slice Toaster
  • Kitchen utensils and cooking pots
  • Cutlery and crockery

Additional facilities:

  • Conservatory-Dining/Meeting Room
  • 2 Shower/Toilet Rooms (one Level Access)
  • 3 Level Access Bedrooms ( one en-suite)
  • 6 First Floor Bedrooms with 2 – 3 Beds and Washbasins
  • Lounge/Meeting Room on ground floor
  • Glass Fronted corridor with seating
  • Enclosed courtyard
  • Parking

Guests staying in the Stables also have shared access to 15 acres of grounds which provide managed areas of grassland and flower borders along with plenty of woodland and stream areas for play, learning and exploration.

There is level and wheelchair access to all ground floor rooms, including three ground floor bedrooms and level access showers and toilets. Equipment for people with additional needs is available [please check with Sue & Paul before you book]. The showers are hot whatever time of day they are needed, with central heating controlled by you to the temperature you like.

There is plenty of parking and shared use of 15 acres of grounds offering lawns, woodlands and streams, brilliant for everyone who is young at heart – who can resist paddling in the stream, making dams and exploring. The indoor heated pool, adventure playground, grassy areas for team games etc along with campfire sites make this a unique setting for your visit. Based in the beautiful, rural county of Herefordshire there are amazing walks on your doorstep with many groups leaving their cars parked for the duration of their stay or you can just stay put and enjoy the ambiance of this centre.

If you do want to look around the area there are plenty of villages, cathedral cities and adventure centres close by, with many villages have a strong food theme. A good opportunity to explore tea shops, pubs and restaurants whilst you are here.

Food at The Stables

The Stables is a self catering facility and guests who choose our self-catering option will find a fully equipped kitchen (gas cooker) and a dual-purpose dining/meeting room within the Stables. Our staff are more than happy to help should you run out of something and can’t get to the shops which are two miles away. Major supermarket home deliveries can be ordered.

We are also happy to offer a fully or part catered service from our main house, with full meals taken in one of the rooms in the main house [if available] or tray bakes for you to serve in the Stables. Dunfield has a nationally recognised 5 star food hygiene rating and is well known for its delicious, satisfying, home cooked meals.

With prior notice we can:

  • cater for dietary requirements
  • personalise your menu
  • offer party food and/or birthday cakes
  • offer special themed meal

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

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