The Bodiam Shepherd's Hut
- Outside dining furniture and its own fire pit for cooking under the stars
- Environmental impact kept to a minimum, with electric lighting provided by a solar panel on the roof
- Gas hob is fitted for convenience, as well as a sink with cold running water
The Owner Says
To keep the environmental impact of the accommodation to a minimum the huts are not connected to a mains electric supply. Electric lighting is provided by means of a solar panel on the roof offering an easy and safe means of lighting.
An additional hut provides washing facilities. It houses two loos with basins and two showers. Each have both a hot and a cold water supply.
What's on board:
The huts are fully equipped with cooking equipment. There is tumblers, wine glasses and mugs tea and coffee pots, cutlery and enamelware crockery, sauce pan, milk pan, frying pan and cast iron outside cooking equipment. This is specifically designed for cooking on the open fire.
Consumables: There are a few tea bags and some coffee and sugar on board as well as a j cloth, tea towel and washing up liquid. There is loo roll and hand soap in the wash hut.
Bed linen: linen provided includes 2 pillows per person in cases and a duvet in a case as well as a fitted sheet for each bed. We do not provide towels.
We never allow a single group to occupy 3 of the 4 huts. We have found this produces an awkward social dynamic in the site, which affects everyone staying. However we do allow group bookings to book all 4 huts on exclusive hire - please contact us directly on 01580 830932 or firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to someone about this!
Our Coronavirus Booking Guarantee
Book with complete confidence at The Original Hut Company with the Glampingly Coronavirus Booking Guarantee. We guarantee the following clear policy for your booking:
- A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
- Balance not due until 30 days before your holiday, in case of late changes to Coronavirus guidance
- Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
- In the event of a lack of 2021 availability, switch your dates to 2022
- Due to low deposit and late balance payment, no refunds are offered
Features & 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 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. There are two large campsites for exclusive hire, each accommodating up to 60 guests each. Two toilets, two showers, and a washing-up area are located in a shepherd's hut on-site, while a separate pole barn serves as a communal covered camping area for rainy days.
Campfires are allowed, with a large campfire available in the private sites, 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 (we would advise pinging them an email prior to arrival) 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.
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.
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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; vehicles are not allowed on-site, though parking is only a short walk away (approximately 300 yards).
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).