This unique rustic shepherd’s hut will offer you the quirky glamping experience you are looking for, with a view over fields grazed by deer, yet only minutes from the friendly market town of Ringwood, on the edge of the New Forest.
This sturdy and well insulated shepherd’s hut has been refurbished with new curtains, upholstery and bedding.
The design is unusual with a spacious 5 foot wide double bed so spacious for two but can be used by a family of four as there is a bench seat by the fire which can pull out into a five foot long bed. There is also a pull down bunk over the main bed suitable for smaller children (aged approximately 4 -9 years) but as this is quite cosy most people chose to put the mattress from this onto the floor. We charge 5 pounds for each younger guest per night and will provide a sleeping bag with integral pillow and a towel.
There is no electric – after all, who would want it when you can use fairy lights and tea lights (although we do provide an LED lantern and light incase you want to read).
There is a small wood burner, which makes the whole hut toasty warm in a few minutes and even after you let it die down, it will continue to keep you warm over night. We provide you with a basket of wood which you can use here or on the fire pit / chiminea outside as you sit and enjoy the sunset (perhaps even toast marshmallows!).
We have a beautiful octagonal thatched summer house with decking that overlaps the pond. There are no fish so it has been naturally colonised by local wildlife including dragonflies, frogs and newts. There are power points here and you are welcome to make yourself a hot drink or recharge your mobile phones etc.
We have built a compost toilet for our guests. With accessories in bright colours- fairy lights, funky toilet seats, voile curtains, a cold water tap and a hand sanitiser we are sure this will get more use than our traditional toilet in the garage block. Guests are also welcome to use the shower in the house and we provide plenty of bath and hand towels and two towelling robes for your use during your stay.
From your accommodation you can see into the fields behind, regularly grazed by deer who have become quite used to us now. We have even seen both fallow and roe deer at the same time. A fox will do his nightly rounds and walks across the fence line daily although he can sometimes be seen in the middle of the day too.
Guests may use the back garden, also the summer house for drinks and recharging electrical items. We have many other animals including dogs, a cat, chickens, guinea pigs, a rabbit and chameleons! Our tree house has now become a deer hide!
The location of our shepherd’s hut is some distance from the main house so allows guests a good level of privacy. There is plenty of off road parking on the front drive.
We do not offer breakfast as part of the fixed price because we know many of our guests will want to have the choice and flexibility to explore the local cafes. However we are able to offer guests a breakfast hamper with cereal, muesli bars, yoghurt, fresh fruit, a warm bread roll and juice which can be left outside your hut or in the summer house to eat at your leisure (please enquire about this when booking).
There are many pubs and restaurants within a few miles.
We are not able to offer cooking facilities but there is a Tesco local, off-licence, bakery (pizza takeaway twice a week) and fish and chip shop half a mile away so you certainly won’t go hungry!