Shepherds Hut

UK England South East England West Sussex Shoreham Waydown Shepherds Huts

  • Sleeps 3 (max 2 adults, 1 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
This quaint shepherd's hut has everything needed for comfortable stays near the South Downs and Brighton.
  • Comfy and cosy fully-furnished shepherd's hut accommodation
  • Wood-burning stove inside and firepit/BBQ outside
  • Friendly donkeys in the garden and direct access to the South Downs Way

The Owner Says

Wonderfully traditional yet brimming with modern extras such as power points and electric light, our 2 berth hut boasts a double bed, table and chairs plus a roll up Futon mattress stored under the bed if you have a small child,  and that all important wood-burning stove for extra cosiness.

We have a firepit and barbeque for those warm evenings, leisurely lunches can be enjoyed outside on your own picnic bench, and don't forget to introduce yourself to our resident donkeys, Nancy and her baby Dudley, who are friendly and appreciate a pat. One dog is welcome, but must be kept on a lead around the huts. There is a 10 acre woodland with the direct access onto the South Downs Way with plenty of dog walking opportunities.

A cleverly-converted wash-hut features a large sink and hot water, a flushing chemical toilet, and an adjacent spacious shower hut. We also now have a brand new purpose built four berth 'Bathing Machine' hut, with private covered terrace. A separate kitchen hut includes a fridge and microwave with a breakfast bar offering views over the grounds and ancient woods which surround our home.

 I only do a minimum 2 night booking at £195.
It's a 2 berth with double bed, it has power light and heat with plus a wood burning stove with logs provided and outside seating with BBQ and fire pit.

Features & Facilities

The Woodkeepers Hut (sleeps 4) has a large double bed and bunk beds (all bedding and towels provided). There is power, lighting and heating plus a wood burning stove with logs. Outside private garden with seating, BBQ and firepit. Tea and coffee facilities provided. Flowers and homemade cakes are in the hut on your arrival. There is a large shower hut, a separate toilet with wash basin and a communal kitchen hut with a dual-ring gas cooker, microwave, fridge, toaster, kettle, radio, sink and a breakfast bar. Cutlery, crockery, pots and pans are all provided. There are a pair of very playful donkeys in a field adjacent to the huts (called Nancy and baby Dudley).

Activities

It's super easy to join the South Downs Way – the most popular starting point for anyone exploring the area. Stretch yourself with the walk up to Ditchling Beacon (take a bike if you have the energy) – the views are well worth the effort. Or if you'd prefer to explore by horse, the 3 Greys Riding School opposite Waydown offer hacks and lessons (01273 843536) for adults and children. The nearby village itself boasts a small but beautiful museum (01273 844744), a good pub and a nice tea room (see Food & Drink). Further afield, the beautiful county town of Lewes deserves your time, with its prominent hilltop castle (01273 486290) and wonderful Georgian buildings, while the bright lights of Brighton, on the south coast, are 8 miles away. The bohemian town's famous pier (01273 609361), beach and collection of galleries, theatres and bars make it a worthwhile day trip during longer stays.

Food & Drink

There are 3 good pubs within a 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the glamping site. The furthest – The Ginger Fox (01273 857888) – is particularly good, with excellent gastro pub food, a large beer garden with a children's playground and dogs welcome, but for the closest option The Plough Inn (01273 842796) is still a great choice. Also the Jack & Jill Inn (01273 843595) in Clayton offers great home-cooked pub grub with dogs welcome. It can be walked in 20 minutes through woodlands or 3 minutes by car. Wayfield Park Farm Shop (07742 082051) is also just down the road, offering delicious home-cooked breakfast and lunch (available Tuesday–Sunday; dogs welcome). For everything else, pop to M&S Simply Foods at the local garage or drive into Hassocks (5-minute drive) where local shops include Sainsbury’s and Budgens, along with cafés, takeaways and more. There's also a nice little tea rooms (01273 842708) in the village of Ditchling – very walkable.
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Getting There

Hassocks Railway Station (0845 748 4950) is a 5-minute drive away. It's on the main London-Brighton line with Brighton a 15 minutes journey and London taking little over an hour.