Bentley's Frenchmoor

UK England South East England Hampshire Romsey

  • Campfires allowed
  • Adults only
  • Hot Tubs
  • Adults Only
  • Hot tubs
  • Laundry
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
21st-century shepherd's hut glamping, where you can stargaze from your bed, luxuriate in a Scandinavian hot tub and cook home-made pizzas in a wood-fired oven.

Sheep? They’re so last year. The world of wool has moved on. It’s all about alpacas now. Come to this eight-acre smallholding in rural Hampshire and you’ll see the two species grazing side by side. How fitting it seems, then, that just as livestock has gone up-market so too has the traditional shepherd’s abode. For here, edging the vast green swathe of Bentley Wood, you’ll find a modern shepherd’s hut that even top hotels will envy.

Set at the end of a private gravel track, with views across a paddock to the woods beyond, this wood-clad, curved-roofed wonder is a masterpiece of design. Sympathetic to it’s surroundings, the hut is full of sheep-like tradition – a split stable door, cast-iron wheels and a log-burning stove – but pairs it all with alpaca-esque modernism – there’s a powerful en suite shower, mains electricity and water, plus a giant curved window above your bed so that you can stargaze all night long. The large double bed folds back into the end wall, providing extra space during the day, while, outside, designer furniture and decking awaits. The real treat? A luxurious Scandinavian hot tub, where you can simmer away with a glass of bubbly.

While headline features like the hot tub or the hut’s wood-fired pizza oven certainly stand out, the real beauty of Bentley’s Frenchmoor is the smaller touches and the acute attention to detail. The three Ts are provided – towels, toiletries and Twinings tea – and, along with a local map, there are books, games and a radio. A complimentary breakfast hamper lies in wait for your arrival – think Dorset cereals and artisan bread – and a beautiful Victorian wooden wheelbarrow sits in the car park to help you take your luggage from car to hut. Combine that with friendly owners Peter and Georgie, who are happy to recommend a local pub or point you in the direction of a scenic footpath, and you’ve everything you need.

The first footpath you should take, in fact, is across and into Bentley Wood itself, a 1,700-acre space originally owned by Lady Colman of Colman’s Mustard and a delightful place for a stroll (particularly in bluebell blooming spring). There are a handful of country estates nearby, too, as well as the historic cathedral towns of Salisbury and Winchester and the, too often overlooked, Romsey, a the beautiful medieval market town clustered around a magnificent Norman Abbey.

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Facilities

The hut has a pull-down double bed, seating and dining area, en suite shower room, wardrobe and storage, kitchen area (sink, 2 ring hob, fridge, kettle, toaster and all the crockery, cutlery and utensils) and a wood-burning stove (luxury linen, towels, toiletries, basic food items etc... all provided). Outside there is a deck and eco wood furniture, a Morso BBQ and pizza oven and a Scandinavian wood-fired hot tub. A complimentary breakfast pack is provided on arrival (Twinings tea, Dorset cereals, artisan sourdough bread and all the basics like milk, butter and jam). Parking is on hard-standing next to the owner's stable block, with access to the shepherds hut through a pedestrian gate into their paddocks. The hut is at the end of a 100-metre path surrounded by traditional wooden sheep hurdles. A handmade oak wheelbarrow is provided to assist you with your luggage. Logs, kindling, charcoal and firelighters are all provided in the wood store close to the hut.

Suitable For

Glamping only. The shepherd's hut accommodates 2 people. No pets allowed.

Nearby

Local walking is a treat and, if you purchase a permit, the fly fishing in the River Test is some of the best in Europe. There are several manor houses and country estates nearby: The National Trust-owned Mottisfont Abbey is one of the closest (8 miles); set beside the Test it houses a good museum and regularly changing exhibits, along with a walled rose garden and a pleasant river-side walking route. It’s 9 miles to Broadlands (01794 505080) in Romsey and 14 to Wilton, home to the 18th Earl of Pembroke. Built on the site of a 9th century nunnery, Wilton House (01722 746714) is a wonderfully historic spot, with some 21 acres of landscaped gardens and parklands to explore beside the River Nadder. For something different, animal lovers will adore The Hawk Conservancy Trust (1264 773850), a feeding station and reserve where you can witness some of the most spectacular flying displays in the UK, as well as meeting owls and other birds.

Food & Drink

For a luxurious head start, pre-order food hampers directly from the glamping site. BBQ packs include locally produced burgers and sausages and fresh brioche buns; all-day breakfast packs include the site’s own free range eggs, locally produced bacon and sausages, fresh tomatoes and local mushrooms; and you can also order cream tea packs, which include 2 locally produced scones, strawberry jam and Devon clotted cream. Elsewhere, head to picturesque Stockbridge High Street (8 miles), where there are plenty of good shops and eateries to browse. The Greyhound pub (01264 810833) and Woodfire Pizza (01264 810248) are both great spots for food and there are plenty of decent coffee shops. Just beyond, the Peat Spade (01264 810612) is also excellent. If you’re in Salisbury, our pick is Charter 1227, while, in medieval Romsey, The Three Tuns (01794 512639) is the place to go.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

A luxury shepherd’s hut “in a field of your own”

Peter and Georgie’s 8 acre smallholding adjacent to the 1,700 acre Bentley Wood in West Tytherley is the most idyllic retreat for your stay – and they want to share its beauty and tranquillity with you.

We wanted a name that represented the local area. Our smallholding is adjacent to part of the Bentley Wood – gifted into trust by Lady Colman (Colman’s Mustard) hence the name “Bentley’s” was born

The beautifully hand crafted hut which sits on cast iron wheels and made by Blackdown (the finest manufacturer), is clad in feather edged oak, insulated with sheep’s wool, features hand crafted oak units and fittings, together with the magical pull-down double bed and en-suite shower. In case of a chill, the hut also has a log burner to keep you snug and warm. As if that is not enough, the stunning curved glass ceiling above the bed enables you can continue star-gazing long into the night, wrapped up in your Hungarian goose down duvet. In the summer why not star gaze whilst relaxing in the wood-fired hot tub with a bottle of prosecco!

Dawning in a field of your own with birdsong, our three lovely alpacas (and the sheep) the choice of activities beckons.. Or if you prefer, relax in the paddock and take it easy. The choice is yours.

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Location

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Getting There

Sat Navs should use the postcode SP5 1NU.

From the east (London) or north: Leave the A303 at the junction with A34, taking the A30 towards Stockbridge. Continue through Stockbridge on the A30 towards Salisbury. 2 miles after leaving Stockbridge, turn left (sign posted to Broughton). Upon reaching a T-junction turn left into the village. At the next T-junction opposite the Greyhound Pub turn right. At the next T-junction turn left towards Romsey (Romsey Road). After 2 miles just beyond the top of the hill turn right signed East & West Tytherley. Continue for about 2 miles at the T-junction turn Right towards West Tytherley. On entering the village, by the church, turn left into a narrown lane (Red Lane) and continue for 1 mile. On the left you will reach Frenchmoor lane (on a right hand bend). You will find Bentleys 500 yards on the left.

From the south: Use the A36 (avoid using the A338 if you are coming from the south west and continue along the A31 to the A36 junction) travel towards Salisbury. Exit at the junction signed “West Dean, Farley and the Grimsteads” (sign is on the slip road). Follow the signs for West Dean, through West Grimstead. Upon reaching West Dean continue straight towards West Tytherley (ignoring your SATNAV and the sign to East Dean and Lockerley). Just as you arrive on the edge of West Tytherley turn right signed “Frenchmoor” into Red Lane and a short distance later right into Frenchmoor Lane. Bentleys is 500 yards on the left.

From the west (using the A303): When reaching Amesbury take the A345 towards Salisbury. After 3 miles take the exit left signed Porton. Upon reaching the crossroads head straight over into Porton village and continue under the railway bridge and past Porton Down Campus (on your left) for a further 2½ miles (over military land) until reaching a T Junction and traffic lights. Here turn Right and immediately left signed “Pitton, Firsdown”. After 1 mile, at a cross roads, turn left signed “West Winterslow”. Up the hill and entering West Winterslow take the second left turn at the bottom of the hill signed ”The Common, Barry’s Field”. Follow the road for 2 miles to a T-junction at the bottom of the hill signed “West Tytherley”. Turn right and follow the road through the village for 1½ miles and, at the bottom of a hill, turn left, signed “West Tytherley”. Continue for 3 miles into West Tytherley passing the village shop and the Black Horse Pub on your right-hand side. Continue up the hill through the village towards West Dean, after ¾ mile turn left signed “Frenchmoor” and, shortly after, right into Frenchmoor lane. Head 500 yards to Bentleys, located on the left.

The nearest train station is West Dean train, 2½ miles away. A collection and drop off service from the glamping site is sometimes available if you organise in advance.

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