Hilda the Shepherd's Hut
- A fully-equipped shepherd’s hut with running water and an equipped kitchenette
- Eco-friendly glamping with a private compost toilet, solar power and wood-burner
- A dog-friendly glamping option on a six-acre meadow camping and glamping site
The Owner Says
Step inside our latest Shepherds Hut and warm yourself by the crackling fire!
This cosy hut sleeps up to three people with a double bed and elevated single. Soft bedding is provided for up to three people.
You have exclusive use of a handmade composting toilet with a stable door and view of the neighbouring field. We can also supply you with a solar shower or you can use the shower on the campsite.
The hut has a real vintage charm, but also has plenty of modern conveniences: its eco-friendly hidden solar panel runs a set of lights, and even has a 12v socket to charge your phone. The authentic cast iron wood burning stove is a gorgeous addition, keeping the hut snug at night and can also be used to heat a camping kettle.
There is a small sink and gas hob with a selection of cutlery and cooking utensils in the galley kitchen.
With the window shutters drawn and a soft orange glow from the stove at night, staying in a field doesn't get much better than this!
The campsite has clean composting toilets, a shower and three drinking water points. Vehicles are not allowed on to the camping field which enhances the relaxed feel and safety of the site.
You are welcome to bring up to two well behaved dogs, these are charged at £10 each and can be added as extras when booking.
Please note the hut has a minimum stay of two nights for Friday and Saturday arrivals.
Features & FacilitiesHuts made from reclaimed timber house 3 composting loos and there is a waterless urinal. There is a shower and 3 drinking water points (1 with a stand up sink). Recycling bins. Campfires permitted but must be raised off the grass (limited number of fire-pits available to borrow). Lotus Belle Tents come with their own fire-pit, BBQ, gas cooker, bed linen, glasses, tea & coffee. The shepherd's hut contains a pair of double beds (one of which slides away to save space), a cast iron wood burning stove and kettle, electricity, lighting and exclusive use of a separate composting toilet with a stable door and view of the neighbouring field. Around the site itself there are 3 ponds which turn into pits at the end of summer surrounded by trees which can be explored. A wooded area is accessed over a small stream where you’ll find a pétanque pitch and a communal fire area. The campsite can also accommodate up to 2 horses with their own paddocks. Very slight road noise from the A143.
ActivitiesThe quiet lanes offer peaceful cycling or horse riding and there are miles of footpaths to discover on foot. The River Waveney passes one mile away, providing the gateway into the Norfolk Broads with boats and canoes available to hire locally. On the river banks, Bungay and Beccles (the latter with particularly good access to the river, a slipway and many boat rental companies) are both market towns with plenty to offer, including supermarkets, art galleries, pubs, restaurants, tourist information and lots of independent shops. Just beyond Bungay, the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum (01986 896644) has an impressive collection of aircraft outside and a wealth of indoor displays, with East Anglia playing a particularly important role over the years given it's relative proximity to Europe. Beyond the Broads, the coast is also near at hand, with the stretching sandy beaches of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth to the east for a smattering of ‘kiss me quick’ seaside. Follow the line south, however, for arguably the best of the Suffolk Coast with Walberswick (the place to go for crabbing at the waters edge), Thorpeness and Aldeburgh all worth a visit.
Food & DrinkIn the village there is a wonderful Italian restaurant, The Olive Tree (01508 518147) and a small convenience store with post office. To the west in Broome you’ll find the Artichoke (01986 893325), a traditional country pub serving good food, real ales and a huge selection of whiskies. Both of these are within walking distance of the campsite. Looking further afield, Wardley Hill sits between Bungay and Beccles. Both market towns have plenty to of excellent food to offer along with supermarkets for a quicker grocery shop.
Family FriendlyHunting for bugs in the streams and den building in the woods entertain little tots on site, while there's a play park within walking distance and safe sea swimming a short drive away.
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The campsite is at the top of Wardley Hill Road just off the A143 Bungay to Beccles Road which is easily accessed from the A14 at Bury St.Edmunds or the A140 at Ipswich. Wardley Hill Road is opposite 'Crossways' the countryside supplies store in Ellingham.
If following sat nav use the postcode listed and when you ‘arrive at your destination’ ignore it and continue up the hill another 100m. Do not go down the road marked private. The sites OS grid reference is TG 05400 44000 WGS84 location is 52.484899, 1.477563
The nearest train station is Beccles (0845 748 4950) or Diss (0845 748 4950) where you can catch an Anglian bus to Kirby Cane. The campsite is perfectly situated on national cycle route 1 and the north sea cycle route for those of you on two wheels.