In the middle of the glade at the heart of The Hop Garden at Kingstone Brewery sits Pioneer the hardy converted horsebox, another creation from owners Ed and Tori. During the winter months warmth won’t be a problem, with the cosy bed up a ladder above the cab, the wood-burner crackling in the corner and Kingstone Brewery on hand to supply you with that special inner glow. As part of a constantly evolving site, you’ll spot the greenhouses on the way in, still being fashioned for purpose. Keen to leave the area to rewild, owners Ed and Tori are busy running the brewery, and home schooling six kids respectively – so if nowhere to be found, send them a text with any queries. The beer is Ed’s domain and if you can find him, he’ll can show you round and talk you through the art of brewing. Ask about the brewery shop too, where you can also pick up ales, cider and local wines; or just meet the other connoisseurs staying on the property.
Getting out into the Wye Valley and the depths of the Forest of Dean, or visiting the ruins of Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle can help you work up a thirst. If the weather is holding you can take to the river by canoe, idling round the gentle curves to waterfront pubs like the Saracen’s Head or the Inn on the Wye.
Each of our places has a lovely wood fired hot tub, secluded in the private gardens.
The Important Stuff!
Check in: 4 pm
Check out: 10 am
- Bring torches, wellies and walking boots.
- Brewery shop onsite selling real ale and cider.
- Supply of firewood provided for the woodburner to get you started. The owners do not sell additional firewood, however there are local shops where firewood can be purchased.
- Mobile phone signal. WiFi available outside the brewery shop.
- One double bed above cab and accessed via a ladder.
- 2 hobs and oven cooker
- Toaster, kettle, pots, pans & cutlery
- Sink for washing up with hot & cold running water
- Fire pit outside
Private ensuite bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.
Heating, lighting & bedding
- Bed linen and towels provided
- Electric lighting
- Plug sockets
Wood fired hot tub
Initial supply of firewood for the hot tub.
Food and Drink
At Kingstone Brewery
There’s a bar & shop on site where they do a great range of Kingstone beer. There are occasional pizza event and Hop up food events.
Going out – a few pubs & restaurants worth a try
The Wild Hare, Tintern
The Rose and Crown, Tintern, especially for steak!
The Whitebrook, Whitebrook
The Miners, Sling
The Three Tuns, Chesptow
Stone Rock Pizza, Chepstow
Severn & Wye Smokery
Wye Valley Experience is specialised in canoeing and mountain bike hire alongside guided trips. Please visit the website for more information or to make a booking .
A visit to Tintern Abbey is really amazing and once you are on the inside you will be surprised by its size. It is a wonderfully majestic site.
Tintern is also a lovely village to walk around with unusual and fascinating little shops! Tori’s favourite is Stella Books as they have over 30,000 rare or out of print books – you will be bound to find a memorable story there!
Clearwell Caves – 4500 Years of mining history in an amazing cave system.
Puzzlewood – magical woodland in the Forest of Dean.
Dean Steam Railway – Dean Forest railway.
A day out at Go Ape! Forest of Dean, 11 miles away, is always recommended for Tarzan swings and epic zip wires.
Abbey Mill, Tintern – award willing riverside shopping & dining.
Ask Ed & Tori for more information on the local area.
Low: £89 midweek – £115 weekend
Mid: £99 midweek – £130 weekend
High: £119 midweek – £145 weekend
- Sleeps 2
- Hot Tub
- Washing with shower
- Cooking facilities
- Own fire pit and BBQ
CHECK IN: 4PM / CHECK OUT: 10 am
~We had a lovely stay in Pioneer. It was really cosy and comfortable in the horsebox and we used the fire pit outside on one night so we could look at the stars. Edward was really helpful and was able to sort out an issues we had. It is set in the beautiful Wye valley and we could see buzzards, blue tits and a woodpecker from our window!
~We had the most wonderful anniversary weekend at Pioneer. Arriving from London on a boiling hot day and in lots of summer traffic; the Kingstone Brewery ales were a wonderful touch! We had perfect blue sky days, and the green canopy of trees gave us beautiful shade and coolness from the heatwave. We loved being able to cook and eat outdoors – the barbecue A-frame grid was great! The interior of Pioneer has been carefully, and thoughtfully planned out. It is cosy and welcoming, and has everything you need. A lovely touch is the trivia games left for guests to enjoy, and we spent our evenings quizzing each other with some after-dinner riddles. We felt like nature’s guests and observed (and heard) beautiful birdlife. It was the perfect city break. The nearby village of Tintern is charming, and the Wye Valley won us over immediately. We would definitely return.