Kestrel Shepherd's Hut

UK England East Anglia Suffolk Halesworth Ivy Grange Farm Glamping

  • Sleeps 3 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
A beautifully equipped hut set in its own section of meadow in rural Suffolk.
  • Lovely full-sized double bed
  • Fully insulated with double glazed windows and a wood burner with plenty of logs
  • Outside decking with table and chairs for al fresco dining

The Owner Says

Whatever type of holiday you are looking for, our luxury glamping site situated in the scenic Suffolk countryside will have everything you need.
The brand new Shepherd's hut is wonderfully spacious giving you plenty of room and proper comfortable beds too. There is a lovely full-sized double bed at one end of the hut and a sofa (which converts to a fun bed complete with tiny stairs for a child!) at the other. The hut is fully insulated and with double glazed windows and has a wood burner with plenty of logs to use. Besides the sofa, there are stools, a table, good storage space as well as lights powered by the solar panel. The hut has decking outside with chairs and a table for eating al fresco, a bar-b-q and a calor-gas cooker with plenty of utensils; if you prefer, you can use the 'safari' kitchen, which is great for cooking under cover.  We have fruit and vegetable troughs dotted around the barn so that you can pick or dig your own if you want to - there is no charge for this and we very much hope you'll enjoy the delights of home grown produce. You also have free use of the communal pizza oven, picking from the nearby pots of herbs (we always aim to have basil available)!

In the barn there's an electric kettle and toaster as well as armchairs and sofas, table football, full-sized table tennis, books, maps, fridge-freezers, charging points for phones or laptops as well as WiFi.  We aim to make your glamping experience the best and we hope you'll find everything you need here!

Adjacent to the barn is the 'Owl Cowshed', here you will find flushing toilets, showers, basins, mirrors (as well as your own hot water bottle for the cooler ends of the season) and washing up facilities with plenty of hot water from the solar panels on the stable roof (supported by an environmentally friendly wood-pellet boiler and two huge hot water cylinders). And tucked away outside beneath the rowan tree you’ll find the double woodland shower with proper hot water in a wooded area well screened by willow fencing.

Features & Facilities

The smallest yurt (Swallow) and the shepherd's hut sleep 3, Lapwing and Barn Owl can accommodate 4, whilst the largest (Yellowhammer) can sleep 5. All have a rechargeable lantern, solar-power fairy lights and their own wood-burners; outside each one has decking area with a barbecue and calor gas stove. There’s a brilliantly equipped outside kitchen, the barn has charging points for phones as well as table football, table tennis, games and books – and WiFi. Next door to the barn is a toilet and shower block, and there’s also a lovely solar-powered outdoor shower for sunny days and moonlit nights. Cookware is provided, and a large basket of logs for the stove, but you will need to bring duvet covers, sheets and towels.

Activities

The site is right on National Cycling Route 1, so great to explore the flat and intensely quiet roads nearby (there is a selection of bikes to borrow). You could also cycle to the Big Dog ferry nearby, a service which takes you to the marvellous and unique Locks Inn pub just outside Geldeston. If on the other hand you just want to stay put and drink in the peace of the camp, you could join one of the birdwatching courses or wildlife night walks they run from time to time. The coast is not far away at Southwold, a seaside resort that was gentrified before the term was even invented. As a consequence there are great places to eat and drink, and the bonus of a decent beach and excellent pier with homespun attractions. The handsome small town of Beccles is just a few miles north, the southernmost outpost of the Broads and a great place to hire a boat or canoe to explore the waterways.

Food & Drink

The Queen's Head at Blyford and Queen's Head at Bramfield are both worth a visit and St Peter's Brewery, a 15th century moated former-abbey, just 5 miles away in "The Saints" is a must. definitely not to be missed. Continuing the theme, if you are a brewery fan, check out Adnams at Southwold and try the brewery tour and check-out the fabulous kitchen store and cafe there. The market town of Halesworth has a good range of independent food shops as well as a larger Co-op, so you don't need to worry about bringing masses of food with you. Westhall village is home to The Racehorse Inn, just over a mile away and a lovely quiet walk or bike ride.
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Getting There

Despite being so rural, the site is easy to reach, close to the A12 and just a short drive from Bungay and Beccles. From Bungay, turn left at Ilketshall St Lawrence primary school (Hog Lane) and then first right (Butts Road) – the site is about half a mile down on the left. If travelling from Halesworth, turn right at the Spexhall crossroads (the first right turn on this road) along Nollers Lane, then take the first left (Butts Road) and follow the road for 1.3 miles, ignoring the right hand turn to Westhall village. The site is on the right.

Hourly trains run to Brampton and Halesworth on the London to Lowestoft line via Ipswich, and Nick and Kim are happy to collect from either station – indeed the site offers an "own steam" discount for those arriving by train, bike or foot.