The Original Hut Company

UK England South East England East Sussex Bodiam

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Luxury shepherd's hut living just a stone's throw from Bodiam Castle

Just an hour's drive or train journey from London, in the East Sussex village of Bodiam, the Original Hut Company is the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of city living. Tucked away beside a sprawling apple orchard, amid an enchanting woodland that bursts with bluebells in spring, are a collection of sturdy, bespoke shepherds huts. Taking their cue from the shepherds’ huts in days of yore, these cute, glamping abodes are built from recycled and reclaimed materials (an old caravan chassis and local wood to be precise) and, as such, are designed to have minimal environmental impact.

Despite their eco credentials, the huts don't compromise on comfort (this is luxury camping after all). The lovingly decorated huts are a comforting cocoon of cosiness thanks to the wood burning stoves, with solar energy providing the lighting. There are gas hobs for cooking and separate huts with pristine showers and eco loos. Fires (permitted in the designated firepits) are part of the fun and in the autumn, there's no sweeter smell than windfallen chestnuts roasting on the campfire.

As befitting its green philosophy, the 180-acre Quarry Farm, on which the Original Hut Company sits, along with sister campsite Bodiam Woodland Camping, is bursting with wildlife. The eight huts are divided between two ancient coppiced clearings which are shared with woodland creatures including badgers, squirrels, pheasants, mice, green woodpeckers and deer. Keep your eyes peeled for an extremely rare albino squirrel as well as a few black rabbits too. Barn owls use the bottom of the farm as a hunting ground and there's a pair of buzzards that work the top while the River Rother, which meanders through the farm, attracts egrets, herons and kingfishers.

Site owners Anna and Nick have been honing their glamping site for more than a decade now. They’ve been careful to retain the wild side of camping and glamping while developing what’s on offer to guests. The secluded accommodation areas remain pretty much unchanged but a short stroll across the farm takes you to The Hub. It’s a reception, shop, activity space and cafe-bistro rolled into one; the location for pizza nights on Fridays in summer, sundowners after days out and all manner of workshops and activities – if arranged in advance. These activities make the site as good for groups looking to glamp together as for families looking for a weekend in the wild. And while there’s lots to do on site, you don’t need to go far to find the most local of local attractions. The Kent and East Sussex Railway’s Bodiam Station is within the farm’s 180 acres, fairytale Bodiam Castle is just a short stroll from site and the Oastbrook Vineyard is within kayaking distance. What more could you ask for?

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Facilities

Shepherd’s huts are grouped in two areas. For each set of four huts, there is a shared wash hut with two loos, two hot showers and a washing-up sink. The huts are off-grid and do not have mains electricity but lighting is provided by solar power and heating is provided by cast-iron wood-burning stoves. Each hut is kitted out with a fully-equipped kitchen area including gas hob and sink and each has a top-of-the-range cool box. There's a dining area which folds out to form a double bed plus two or three fold-out beds or bunks (depending on the hut). Each of the glamping areas has an outdoor communal covered cook house allowing guests to dine and hang out if it rains. Campfires are allowed and logs are for sale at The Hub, a short stroll from the huts. You can also stock up on camping supplies and local produce here and dine or drink at the fully-licensed cafe-bistro. The Hub has space for a wide range of workshops and activities ranging from yoga to foraging and there are treatment rooms for pampering too. You can also hire paddleboards and kayaks to use on the River Rother. Contact the site directly to pre-book activities.

Suitable For

Glampers only; groups, families, couples, hen and stag parties (by pre-arrangement) – yes. Campers, campervans, caravans, motorhomes, dogs – no.

Nearby

The National Trust-run Bodiam Castle is a mere 10-15 minute stroll across three undulating fields. You can travel from the castle by boat (01797 253838) to nearby pub, The White Hart (01797 252166) in Newenden, or by a Kent and East Sussex Railway steam train to Tenterden. The Bodiam station is actually within Quarry Farm and there’s a 10% discount for midweek glampers and campers. Tenterden itself (12 miles away) has a lovely high street of independent shops and cafes and is home to both The Old Dairy Brewery and the well-known Chapel Down Vineyard, a little way out of town. Even closer to site (within walking or kayaking distance) is the Oastbrook Vineyard where tours and tastings are also available. The huge sandy beach of Camber Sands is about half an hour away (17 miles) and well worth a visit on a sunny day. Battle, with its famous abbey, battlefield and small high street of independent shops, is eight miles away. The enchanting medieval port town of Rye is 13 miles away and it’s about the same distance to seaside Hastings. There's lots of lovely walks, bike trails and Go Ape at the National Pine Arboretum at Bedgebury (nine miles from site) and the nearby Bewl Water reservoir.

Food & Drink

This part of East Sussex is renowned for food and at the heart of the English wine renaissance. You don’t have to go far to find either. On site, The Hub is a shop and a licensed cafe-bistro where you can buy and try local produce. A range of catered options are available for groups too (if booked in advance - contact the site directly). The Oastbrook Vineyard is within walking distance of site and just one of the vineyards within easy reach. Chapel Down, Sedlescombe and Oxney Organics are others. Pub-wise, The Castle Inn (01580 083330) is within walking distance, just the other side of the river, and does some great homemade pub fare. The Salehurst Halt (01580 880620) and The White Dog Inn (01580 830264) are both lovely local free houses and about an hour’s walk (or a five-minute drive) away.

Opening Times

March–December.

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The Owner Says

The Original Hut Company consists of two sites of 5 Shepherds huts, these have been designed and built by us on site, from largely reclaimed and recycled materials, 4 of the huts provide living accommodation and the 5th houses 2 loos and 2 showers. We believe we have created a unique and comfortable Glamping experience which is very user friendly and convenient as well as being of minimal environmental impact. It is equally usable for couples, families and groups of friends. The huts are set in a small area of woodland on our family run farm in Bodiam. The woods being big enough to explore and build camps in, yet small enough that children can explore independently . The farm land flanks the National Trust site of Bodiam castle, the River Rother Flows through the bottom of the farm providing fun and fishing! The Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway has its Bodiam Station within the farm itself. This coupled with our proximity to the historic towns of Rye, Battle , Hastings and Tenterden, the amazing sandy Beach @ Camber, unique woodland habitats at Brede High woods and Bedgebury Pinetum which also offers mountain biking and Go Ape. There are amazing foodie experiences and vineyards all within a stones throw, with a range of activities and services available form the site. Means there is something for everyone.

The Huts themselves can accommodate 4 or 5 people, they are fully insulated and fitted with wood burning stoves. The wooden construction and double glazed windows ensure the huts are really warm and cosy. The kitchens are fitted with a 4 burner gas hob for convenience, all the cooking and dining equipment is provided. We also provide cast iron cookware to enable our guests to cook over the open fires outside. Down in the woods we have a little hide with a tin roof (previously a wood store), this provides a covered eating area, it houses a 13 foot long table which has proved to be invaluable dining space for our group bookings. Providing shelter should the Great British weather let you down, there is also a larger campfire down there surrounded by logs for shared time, stories and marshmallows!!

All bed linen and fire wood is provided.  The on-site cafe and shop are now open daily.

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Accommodation

Eight shepherd’s huts spread over two sites. They also have separate woodland tent pitches at Bodiam Woodland Camping.

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Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 5 4 Available
Eco-conscious shepherd's hut just a stone's throw from Bodiam Castle in the gorgeous East Sussex countryside

Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 5 4 Available
Eco-conscious shepherd's hut just a stone's throw from Bodiam Castle in the gorgeous East Sussex countryside

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Getting There

From London, head South on the A21 through a village called Hurst Green. On the south side of the village, bear left (signed to Bodiam Castle). Continue along that road to a crossroads at the end. Go straight over. As you drop down into the village, the castle is on your left. Continue over the bridge and railway crossing. The farm drive is clearly marked on the right.

Most guests drive; however the site is only a few minutes by car from the main line stations at Robertsbridge or Etchingham. Taxis are available from local firm AK Rother but pre-booking is essential (01424 401424).

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