The Wigeon Hut

UK England East Anglia Essex Brightlingsea The Shepherds Hide

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 0 children)
  • Editor's Pick
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Private Bathroom
  • En-suite bathroom/toilet

  • Bed Linen Not Included
Switch off and enjoy the digital detox offered by this luxurious, adults-only shepherd’s hut on the Essex coast.

  • Self-contained accommodation with log-burner, cooking facilities and own bathroom
  • Welcome hamper of local produce and botanical toiletries
  • Set on a 55-acre family farm a short walk from Colne Estuary Nature Reserve

The Owner Says

A spacious 20ft x 8ft luxury shepherd's hut which has a king size bed, fully fitted kitchen and en-suite shower room, kitted out to the highest of standards with mains power and water. On your arrival you will be welcomed by a "local basket."

There is no television or internet access ensuring peace, relaxation and tranquility of this beautiful setting.  We hope you will restore yourself to the basic pleasure of a connection to the outdoors, to a sense of the seasons and time away from your busy lives.

Inside The Shepherds Hide

Inside you'll find: A spacious king size bed; A log burner; Plenty of storage; Fridge; Electric cooker and hob; Kettle & toaster; Sink; Shower; Basin; Toilet; Toiletries and a fully equipped kitchen.

Outside The Shepherds Hide

Arrive and park in the farm yard in the allocated area, and transport your belongings by trolley past the mill pond, through the trees to the "Widgeon". Once in and unpacked, you can step down onto the patio, enjoy a glass of wine, watch the sun set and enjoy the sounds of ducks on the mill pond and surrounding birdlife. If the weather is changeable you can light the log burner, get cosy and relax in the warm and luxurious accommodation.

The Shepherds Hide is for adults only. No Pets.

  • Check in 3pm
  • Check out 10am

Features & Facilities

Inside, the shepherd's huts feature a king-sized bed (bedding and towels an optional extra at time of booking), a dining area and a kitchen with plenty of storage, cooking facilities, a kettle, toaster, sink and mains running water. There is an en-suite bathroom with a shower, basin and flushing loo, plus eco toiletries such as body wash and body lotion. A log burner keeps the whole place warm (with the addition of underfloor heating in Teal). Outside, you'll find a picnic bench and patio. Parking is separate but there's a wheelbarrow to easily move your things.


The farm is home to the only fully restored water mill in Essex, Thorrington Tide Mill (03330 138156). It's now owned by Essex County Council and opened as a museum between April and September on the last Sunday of every month, some bank holidays and special mill open days. It's just a short stroll from the shepherd's hut. If you fancy venturing further afield by foot, there's glorious bird watching along the Colne Estuary, with footpaths leading directly down to the water from the site. Enjoy the sandy beaches around Brightlingsea – lined with beach huts and backed by a long promenade – or head inland to Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town (20-minutes in the car). The village of Dedham is also a particular joy, in the heart of Constable country (25 minutes by car). It was here that Britain's greatest landscape artist went to school and today the main street is lined with attractive Georgian houses, old inns and a large art/crafts centre.

Food & Drink

On arrival you'll be welcomed with a "local goods basket". After that, there are supermarkets in nearby Brightlingsea, while Thorrington itself, offers a local store for basic supplies and a great local pub, The Red Lion (01206 252001). During the Summer – late May and mid July (season length is subject to the weather) – the farm also opens for pick your own strawberries. The Shepherds Hide is located away from this busy hub but it means you can conveniently stroll around the corner to pick and taste their amazing, fresh strawberries!



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Getting There

The postcode when put into the sat nav, CO7 8JJ will bring you to the centre of Brightlingsea Road. Keep travelling along the road and on the right hand side you will notice the houses stop and there is a hedge line. You will then see signs for Mill Farm, Thorrington Tide Mill and Hill Farm Landscapes on your right hand side. Turn right into the driveway and follow it all the way down to the bottom. Drive round past the Mill through the metal gate (not over the bridge and through the wooden gates), keeping the mill pond to your left hand side and The Granary (converted farm buildings) to your right. Drive on into the farm yard and park on the left, next to the green container. You will see a small green trailer for you to transport your belongings. The huts are located down a short track that starts just to the right of the chicken run. Mark and Polly can be found in The Granary converted Barns.
The nearest railway station is Alresford, exactly 2½ miles away. From here you'll have to grab a taxi. Try NwC Taxis (01206 302491) or V P Cars (01206 825001).