Stocklinch Shepherd's Hut

UK England South West England Somerset Ilminster Stocklinch Shepherd’s Hut

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 1 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Hot Tub
  • Private Bathroom
  • Breakfast included
A private, hand-crafted shepherd's hut in Somerset's Isle Valley, not far from the foodie market town of Ilminster.
  • Fantastic wood-fired hot tub for use
  • Sheep’s wool insulation to keep things snug in winter
  • Sole use of a spacious orchard area, with west-facing views towards Exmoor National Park

The Owner Says

Our light and airy hut has a calm, relaxing feel, and is a great space to chill out in and we are very happy to be able to share this with you.

With some clever design, in a space measuring just 7' by 15' there is somewhere to sleep, eat, cook and wash - amazing!

When you climb up the steps into the hut, you will find a comfy raised double bed 4' high accessed from the side using pull-out steps with lots of neat storage hidden underneath. There is a feather duvet & pillows, cotton bedding and ample cushions.

The ensuite bathroom has an electric shower, washhand basin, heated towel rail, flushing loo and plenty of fluffy towels & toiletries for you to use.

The fully equipped compact kitchen has all you need to cater for yourselves with a combination microwave oven, hob, fridge, sink and a small selection of pots & pans, utensils and crockery along with 'do-it-yourself' breakfast supplies including milk, bread, butter, eggs, jams, honey & marmalade, cereals, muesli, teas, coffee, hot chocolate as well as oils and S&P.

You can enjoy a jug of freshly cut flowers on the window sill from my ever expanding flower patch!

There are a couple of folding chairs and a pull-out table and a radio, selection of board games, books and magazines.

The hut is fully heated and insulated with sheeps wool so you'll feel lovely and cosy inside no matter what the weather is doing outside. 

Guests have sole use of the orchard area which is about a third of an acre. It’s very private and enclosed with uninterrupted views from the far end looking across the fields towards Exmoor, you have your very own wood-fire hot tub to enjoy too!

Outside, there are tables and chairs, BBQ, fire pit, and a supply of logs and coals is included and blankets to help extend your evening keeping you cosy whilst enjoying the view!

We get excellent clear skies perfect for star gazing. And this being Owl Street, listen out for the hoots and also look out for the bats, badgers, hedgehogs, buzzards and birds who are all frequent visitors!

All you need to do is get here, sit back and relax!
And if there is anything we can do for you either beforehand or during your stay to ensure you have an even better visit, we are only too happy to help.

Features & Facilities

Shepherd's hut sleeps 2 in a raised double bed with neat storage underneath (bedding and linen provided; accessed using pull-out steps). En-suite bathroom has an electric shower, washhand basin, heated towel rail and flushing loo (towels and toiletries provided). Compact kitchen has a microwave oven, hob, fridge, sink and a selection of pots, pans, utensils and crockery along with essential breakfast supplies to get you through your first breakfast, including milk, bread, butter, eggs, jams, honey and marmalade, cereals, muesli, teas, coffee, hot chocolate as well as oils, salt and pepper. Fold out chairs, pull-out table, radio, board games, books and magazines. Heating inside. Outside, there is a wood-fired hot tub, tables and chairs, BBQ, fire pit, and a supply of logs and coals. Additional logs can be provided at £10 per wheelbarrow load. Guests have sole use of the orchard area, which is about a third of an acre.

Activities

It’s 2 miles to National Trust-owned Barrington Court (01460 241938; adults £12; children £6; families £30), a Tudor manor house that took over a decade to build and was beautifully restored in the 1920s, with farm buildings, a vernacular stable court, abundant flowers and orchards – the place is classic Somerset. There’s a nice café there for lunch and it makes for an excellent walk from the shepherd’s hut. In the summer months, The Potting Shed at Denis Chinaworks (2 miles; 01460 240622) is another great walking option and has a delightful tea garden, too, where you can enjoy coffee, cakes and light lunches. Being on the edge of the Somerset Levels you can opt to pedal along the gentle flat lanes or alternatively take a slightly more strenuous route up the hills and down the valleys if you bring your bikes – Stocklinch Shepherd’s Hut is on the National Cycle Route Network 3 (the Stocklinch village website has several suggestions or you could grab the map and be adventurous). It’s a 40-minute drive to the coast – the likes of Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Axmouth are closest – while it’s 30 minutes to the Quantock Hills and 50 minutes to Exmoor National Park.

Food & Drink

Cider is produced locally at Burrow Hill Cider (01460 240782) and Perry’s Cider (01460 55195), where you can sample and buy. There are two pubs within walking distance: It takes about 20 minutes to walk over the hill to The Barrington Boar (01460 259281), home to a good choice of beer and cider, excellent burgers and fish and chips as well as tasty puds (very comfortable sofas around the fire, too). The Duke of York (01460 240314), Shepton Beauchamp is also within walking distance, though a tad further. For most other things, Ilminster is the nearest market town and has ample independent food shops, including a cheese shop, deli, wine merchant, award winning butcher, bakery and the renowned Trading Post farm shop (01460 241666) at Lopenhead. For a light bite in town, No. 57 (01460 54856) is great for healthy options, The Meeting House (01460 55783) is fab for art fans in need of a quick coffee, while Feast (01460 53183) is great for vegetarians (Pip’s Railway Carriage – 07729 685412 – at The Trading Post is also a top veggie and vegan café, set in an old railway carriage).
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Location

Getting There

From the A303: Turn off at either South Petherton or Ilminster roundabouts and head for Whitelackington. There, turn near the big thatched house signed for Stocklinch. The road gets narrow and twisty as you enter the village with no road markings and some blind corners, so take care and drive slowly. Pass the village hall on the left. The Stocklinch Shepherds Hut is at The Old Post Office, Owl Street, the next house on the left after the old phone box. There is a gravel drive and wooden gates. Please drive straight in and park up on the grassed parking area beyond the hedge which is solely for your use. The nearest train station is Crewkerne (Waterloo line) and Castle Cary or Taunton (Paddington line). You'll have to book a taxi from these though. There is a demand-responsive bus service called Slinky that runs all the way to the village. Contact Stocklinch Shepherds Hut for more details. By bike, you can cycle through Dillington House estate to get to Ilminster (2 miles) if you don't fancy the main road from Whitelackington.