For a joyous and unique Suffolk glamping experience we can recommend staying in these delightful shepherd's huts, situated in a lovely garden, deep in the Suffolk countryside. Guests will enjoy a wonderful experience, with a pre-war atmosphere, while every practical consideration has been taken care of... truly the Best of Suffolk!
These Shepherd’s Huts were built in the 19th century to provide living quarters for shepherds who were away from home during the lambing season.
The huts are situated in Butley, close to the Suffolk coast between Orford and Woodbridge and each consists of a single room one with a sofa, which converts to a small double bed, and one with bunk beds. In addition to The Shepherd’s Huts there is a practical kitchen and shower room, which enable guests to cook and clean in comfort whilst enjoying the wonderful huts.
Layout: The two Shepherd’s Huts, ‘Rose’ and ‘Apple’ are rented together are found in a lovely private garden, in view of each other but are roughly 30 feet apart. The kitchen and shower room are housed in the end of an barn on the property roughly 50 feet from the Huts.
Rose Shepherd’s Hut: This cheery red Shepherd’s Hut has a four step open staircase to the stable door at one end and a sofa that converts into a small double bed (measuring 6'6" by 4'1" only 5" narrower than a standard double bed) at the other end. There is a small window above the sofa and two larger windows on either side of the long walls. Below one of the large windows is a built-in desk, which becomes a convenient bedside table when the bed is pulled out. Beneath the opposite large window is a built-in bench with two big cushions for a nice spot to read. There is a folding chair that fits neatly under the desk, a lamp, a small cupboard with hanging space and plenty of other storage spots. The owner has saved as many original features of the shepherd’s hut as possible creating a very special place to stay.
Apple Shepherd’s Hut: A cool green Shepherd’s Hut with many original features including the original brake. The relaxing colours in this hut would chill most people out! There are built-in bunk beds (measuring 6'6" by 2'6" only 6" narrower than a standard single bed) with a small window above the top bunk at one narrow end of the hut. There is a stable door at the other narrow end of the hut, which is access from outside by a four step open stair, and two larger windows on opposite long walls. In the shepherd’s hut is a built in desk, a stool for getting onto the top bunk, two foldable chairs, a cupboard with hanging space, a lamp and many classic books!
Shower Room: The modern shower room has a fitted corner shower, a heated towel rail to hang the big fluffy white bath towels on, a hand basin and a W.C.
Kitchen: This fully functional kitchen has a double oven electric range, a tall fridge/freezer, all the cutlery and crockery needed, a stainless steel sink for dishes, an additional hand basin, a four-slice toaster and plenty of worktop space.
Outside: The two Shepherd’s Huts are set in a generous lawned garden surrounded by many mature hedges and flowers – including wild roses. There is a picnic table available in the middle of the garden between the Shepherd’s Huts, and the building housing the kitchen and the shower room.
These fantastic Suffolk glamping Shepherd’s Huts are less than five miles from Orford which is situated on the River Ore and boasts an 'English Heritage' Norman castle and a working river quay that serves sailors, fishermen and sightseers. The town has a good choice of places to eat and drink including The Trinity at the Crown and Castle and Kings Head pub, the Butley Oysterage, The Kings Head, The Jolly Sailor, and a café by the quay with lovely views over the river. Across the river is the National Trust's Orford Ness, the site of mysterious research projects in the 1950's and 60's but now a nature reserve.
River trips can be booked from Orford Quay down the river to see the area's famous avocets at the RSPB's Havergate Island. If you are eating in, good food can be purchased in the town from award-winning butchers, Richardson's Smokery, Pinneys and also the Village Stores.
Prices include use of both of the Shepherd’s Huts, 100% cotton bed linen, towels, heating and electricity plus a welcome bottle of wine and biscuits to help you get your break off to a relaxing start.
The Butley Shepherd’s Huts are equipped with electric heaters (on request) and the site is equipped with electric double oven range, fridge/freezer, cutlery, crockery and all other kitchen utensils generally found in our holiday cottages. The Shepherd’s Huts have wood floors with rugs, and the kitchen and bathroom have lino flooring.
Please Note: These Suffolk glamping properties can be booked for two or more nights starting any day of the week from April to September.
Sorry, no smoking or unaccompanied teenagers.
A well behaved dog is welcome as long as they will not bother the free roaming chickens. If you wish to bring a dog it must be mentioned at the time of booking on the booking form and is subject to our conditions of booking. Please be aware that the outside area is not enclosed.
The main part of the barn that the kitchen and shower room are in is available for use on request if the weather is not favourable - the main part of the barn has large glass windows to the front and French doors, there is seating and tables for use.
As The Shepherd’s Huts are separate units we feel that it may not be suitable to children under the age of five. Also due to limited space in the huts a standard size travel cot will not fit – however infants are welcome if you have a small Moses basket you wish to bring.
The Shepherd’s Huts do have electricity and there is a spare plug in each for charging your phone or running a portable DVD player.
Please note that the double bed is 5" narrower than a standard double bed and the single beds are 6" narrower than a standard single bed.
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