Escape, Relax, Enjoy
Once a farm, watermill and bakery, the 35 acres of countryside that is Poston Mill Holiday Home and Touring Park is set in the heart of the Golden Valley of Herefordshire and bordered by the River Dore. Owned and run by Wayne and Sarah Jones who live alongside the Park. They are ably supported by: The reception team: ‘Here to help’, this team is on hand to take bookings, meet you on arrival and to make sure that your stay is thoroughly enjoyable.
For Holiday Home owners they are the first point of contact during your many visits to the park. Including an onsite Warden, the team is able to ensure that there is 24/7 support to call upon in case the unexpected occurs!
The Maintenance crew: No wonder the Park receives so many accolades! These guys do everything to keep the site in impeccable running order. From grass mowing to hedge trimming and landscaping to pitch upgrading, they work closely with Wayne and Sarah to maintain high standards and make improvements. Supported by carefully selected additional specialists when required.
The Housekeeping Team: Just as you would expect – we take great pride in ensuring that our facilities are clean. Be it the heated toilet and shower rooms, the laundry areas (yes we have two!), the dish washing room and even our dog -wash, our Housekeeping Team will have been to clean and check on it. They ensure the self -catering accommodation meets 5 star standards and is ready for your arrival, and Holiday Home owners new to the Park can be guaranteed that ‘little extra’ from the team that prepares for your arrival.
Time to visit an award winning site! Visit our Mobility Access page, dedicated to making everyone welcome. Wayne and Sarah have consistently improved the Park and have won numerous awards for their efforts; 2013 saw the best yet when they were given a GOLD FIVE STAR quality in tourism rating scoring 97% out of 100 for standards overall. Excellence in Tourism awards in both Silver and Gold over consecutive years; Excellence in Sustainable Tourism; Holiday Park of the Year 2015; Hereford Chamber of Commerce Tourism Business to name but a handful. As a member of the Best of British group and affiliated to the British Holiday Home Park Association you are guaranteed very high standards for which customers compliment the Poston Mill Team. With the encouragement and enthusiasm of son Lewis entries have been made into David Bellamy awards scheme for conservation with the park consistently winning Gold.
Explore and Relax
Escape to Poston… A Holiday in a caravan, motorhome or as a Caravan Home Owner at Poston enables you the relaxing freedom of choosing how to spend your leisure time, whether it’s a walk around our 35 acres of environmentally and wildlife friendly fields and paths,or doing the purpose built Treasure Trails. Take longer walks out across farmland away from Poston Mill Park and circle back through the quiet village of Turnastone where the original petrol pumps stand outside the front of the house. Both Touring customers and Holiday Home owners at Poston Mill have free use of the outdoor games area with, Pitch and Putt; boules;petanque, knock about Tennis or Badminton. Bring your own cycles and explore the surrounding villages with historic churches and ruined castles or hire them locally. See our ‘Events’ page for events throughout the year in and around Herefordshire.
Hop on a bus at the park entrance… To visit the bustling Book town of Hay-on-Wye,renowned the world over for its Literary festival in May and its ever day eclectic mix of crafts, galleries, restaurants and local characters. Go further on up to Brecon and enjoy this small market town nestled in the shelter of the Brecon Beacons. Alternatively down the Golden Valley to Hereford and its famous Mappa Mundi and chained library.
Explore… There are numerous castles and churches just bursting with fabulous architecture and history. Bacton church is the resting place of Queen Elizabeth I ladies maid, Blanche Parry. All along the Marches there are castles both ruined and still standing, Grosmont, Hay and Ludlow are just a few to consider.
Relax… Collect your paper and fresh croissants from the shop in the Mill courtyard, fish for Brown Trout in the River D’or, pop a few golf balls into some holes on our pitch and putt. End your relaxing day with a home cooked meal in the Mill Restaurant and a stroll back under the stars to your own bed.
Herefordshire has events throughout the year in and around surrounding area. Tap the button below to see our events page where they are all listed.What's on
Local Products sold on park
Located in the Courtyard alongside Poston Mill Park and The Mill Restaurant. Open from March 1st through to October 30th 2017. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8.30am to 11.30pm. We also Open on Bank Holiday Monday’s. Open to the public, when closed items can be requested through Poston Mill Park Reception. Basic grocery items for caravan’s, motorhomes and campers can be found in the shop and reception. Calor Gas is sold at Poston Mill Park reception. Shop items are also available through reception. Poston Mill Shop stocks:
- Local bread
- cakes and preserves
- newspapers and magazines
- Breakfast packages
- Grocery boxes (email or phone through a list of items you would like ready for collection on arrival)
The Mill restaurant sits alongside Poston Mill Park.
Open 11am to 3pm Wednesday through to Saturday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 6pm to 11pm
Sunday 12noon to 4pm
The Function Room can accommodate up to 60 guests for weddings; christenings; business meetings;
funeral teas; anniversaries etc
For more information, tap the button belowThe Mill
At Poston Mill Park we pride ourselves in making all the family welcome. A holiday accompanied by your dog is a special time for the family, a wonderful experience for you and for them. We can provide a relaxing environment away from the stress of everyday life in a new area to explore and appreciate. A chance to re charge your batteries is important for all of us and your dog is part of that experience.
- 10 acre field for well behaved dogs can run free
- Trails around the park
- Footpaths starting at the park
- Doggie buckets for easy poo picking
- Dog wash and Fur dryer undercover
- Water bowls
- Dog hooks
General Pet Rules
- You may walk your dog anywhere on a lead around the park.
- The dog field is where well behaved dogs get to run free.
- All footpaths require a dog to be kept on a lead.
- Please be cattle and sheep aware.
- Do not leave your dog in your vehicle unattended in hot weather
- Please ensure your dog does not wander alone
National trust properties that accept dogs
Dog walks in Herefordshire and restaurants pubs that accept dogs
At Poston Mill Park
Fishing in the river Dore which runs alongside the park, is available free to customers staying on park.
Fisherman must fish from Poston Mill Park bank or from within the river. Please do not fish from the opposite bank.
The river contains small brown trout which can be caught and released.
No keep nets and barbless hooks only to be used.
Canon Bridge Fishery-Madley
Cost £5 per day.
Pond fishing carp during daylight hours only.
A license must be produced.
How to locate Canon Bridge.
From Poston Mill park follow signs for Madley to the crossroads, take the first left signposted Canon Bridge. Continue down this road and take the first right after the sign for Bridge Sollars.
Sat.Nav. HR2 9JE 6 miles from Park.
Moccas Fishery-River Wye
Salmon £25 Trout £15 Course £10
Extending over some 4 miles of single bank fishing on the middle Wye, this is traditionally one of the places to try for spring salmon. With plenty of pools and fly runs, passing through pastureland, the fishery offers easy access and good wading.
The beats on the river Wye can be accessed via The Red Lion pub at Bredwardine 01981 500303 or through The Wye & Usk Foundation (click here for a link to the website).
The Red Lion Sat.Nav.HR3 6BU 6/7 Miles via Dorstone Hill.
These can vary across different regions and should be checked at time of booking with the relevant body.
January 26th to October 17th -Salmon
March 1st to September 30th – Brown Trout
No season – Rainbow trout.
For bait, rods and other fishing tackle, please visit:
Woody’s Angling Centre
67 Whitecross Road, Hereford HR4 0DQ
Winforton Hereford, HR3 6SP
A potted history of The Mill at Poston Mill Park There has been a mill at Poston for many centuries. As long ago as 1588 records of the Sheriff’s Court refer to “…profits of the mill at Poston…” and the contents of a nearby barn which included “…five bushels of oats, two loads of hay and certain loads of straw…”. Map-making became more sophisticated and by 1786 Isaac Taylor produced a map of Herefordshire clearly showing a small building with a water-wheel attached at Poston. It was, however, Bryant’s map of 1835 which was the first to carry the name “Poston Mill”.
Poston Mill would have undoubtedly been a water mill and essential to the needs of the local farmers. It is almost certainly the largest and longest-lived mill in the Golden Valley. Millers would often learn their trade in other local mills and aspire to become the tenant at Poston Mill.
The fields attached to the Mill were clearly named by the 19th century. Most of the holiday homes are in what was Great Mill Meadow whilst the Putting Green was a part of Lower Mill Meadow.
To ensure a regular supply of water Poston Mill required a mill pond. This was situated between the building and the road and explains why the road curves at the entrance to the Park.
The supply of water was obtained by creating a weir upstream on the River Dore and digging a very long mill-race – sometimes called a ‘leat’ – to carry the water downstream to the mill pond.
Today, there is no public access to the weir, but the route of the mill-race can just be seen in the fields and if you look for the older native trees near the dog-walk you can follow its route across the Park.
To avoid the mill-pond overflowing there was a sluice before the mill complex. Water could be diverted downhill and back to the River Dore.
With a drop of over 6m water from the mill pond poured over the mill wheel, giving it its name of an ‘overshot’ wheel. The turning wheel would rotate the upper mill stone. There were two mill stones, but only the top one rotated. They were made of French Burr, imported from the Marne Valley in France.
No doubt the miller’s family would have paused to watch the inaugural train on the Golden Valley Railway. A small engine pulled three coaches, resplendent in their green and gold livery, and a guard’s van.
They would have heard the bells of St Peter’s ringing out across the valley to mark the occasion. It was Thursday 1st September 1881 and this was taking place at the bottom of their orchard! The River Dore was straightened and the railway cut through their land on an embankment – times were changing!
By the start of the 20th century milling was less profitable. Water power ceased to be used and Poston Mill was converted to a turbine which ensured a year round supply of power. You can see the remains of the more modern engine in the pit that held the waterwheel, to the right of the building. It was a 40 hp turbine manufactured by Joseph Armfield. It also powered ‘roller mills’ which produced a finer flour. In 1913 the miller and some of his family emigrated to Canada. Other family members continued to run the business, but the Mill ceased work in 1947.
Most millers were also farmers, but given that the end product was flour it was only natural for the miller to also be a baker.
Many residents of the Golden Valley still remember coming to Poston Mill for bread, but most importantly, the miller also provided a delivery service.
Conservation at Poston Mill Park
As a family business we feel fortunate that our business, Poston Mill park, is nestled in the Golden Valley of Herefordshire , a very rural county. The business impact on our neighbours is minimal with careful planting of hedgerows, woodland areas, green caravan Holiday Homes, low level and motion sensor lights. The Beech hedges at the Park entrance take on some beautiful hues from spring through Autumn and back to spring again and with the park open all year for caravans and motor homes you get to enjoy the colour display whenever you visit. We are proud to continue being a Gold David Bellamy award winners
For the fishermen we have the River Dore running alongside park, part of which is straight where it was re routed for the Golden Valley Railway line in the late 19th century. Some areas which were once the river bed still lie damp and are managed by us to provide for wildlife and are fenced to protect them. By clicking on here you can download pictures of birds, butterflies, trees and shrubs which can be found around the park, why not take a stroll and see how many you can find. If you have younger family members with you ask in reception for our treasure trails which make the walk even more fun.
When changes on park are essential we always incorporate careful planting of shrubs and trees both adding privacy for customers and habitat for wildlife, our latest plantings have included wild flower areas in unused areas of the Pitch & Putt and the dog walking/football field. This year for the first time we had poppies and with careful mowing and harrowing we hope these will develop further during the coming years. A visit to us around July/ August would enable you to see them first hand, if not then watch out for our ‘Facebook’ posts.
The facilities on park help reduce our carbon footprint with good insulation, thermostatically controlled heating, temperature restrictions and push top taps. Rain fall is managed with good drainage to reduce the risk of flooding and water butts for recycling where appropriate.
The large open spaces we have around the park of course need mowing and this along with garden waste is carefully composted and masked from general view, but this quiet environment created an exciting feeding ground of grubs and flies for our bird families. All our customers are encouraged to be a part of our Conservation and along with bird feeders and nesting boxes they are kept up to date with where new dipper and bat boxes have been located through notice boards around the park. This along with walking pets on leads offers further protection to the wildlife and gives an opportunity for many to watch nature which is often not available in their own urban surroundings.
When you visit the park please feel free to take pictures of any animals or scenery you find and if you would like to share them with us that would be fantastic. We regularly have the local schools doing survey’s of water voles along the river bank and other projects involving habitats. A hedgehog count has been carried out in different areas by Hereford Nature Trust which is also the body who mark us for our David Bellamy awards. The awards also take into account our use of electric buggies and bikes, use of local staff and contractors and The Shop at Poston selling local produce and crafts.
WiFi is available on park through a third party called Caravan Connect.
We cannot guarantee signal strength although there are a number of aerials.
Access Caravan Connect via your laptop or phone and pay by card direct to the company.
Free WiFi is available in The Mill restaurant and other restaurants and cafes when you are out and about.