- At the end of a busy day exploring, curl up under the Egyptian cotton bed linen
- Surrounded by the peace and quiet of the English countryside
- Enjoy both the toasty warmth and ambience of the hut’s wood burner
The Owner Says
Highway Hill is a family-run business aimed at people who love the outdoors. We’re located within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a stunning landscape of ancient woods, gently meandering chalk springs, and rolling downland, offering peace, quiet and relaxation. Staying at Highway Hill in one of our shepherd’s huts or bell tents, is a very special experience. You can choose a traditionally-built shepherd’s hut or spend a night under canvas in one of our very spacious bell tents.
Each of our Shepherds huts is uniquely designed and crafted individually ensuring they reflect the heritage of the downland landscape.
With comfort being the main priority each shepherds hut has been fitted with a kitchen equipped with all the essentials, including cutlery and crockery (we also provide towels). We will supply you with half a dozen farm fresh eggs and a pint of milk for your arrival. If you are staying in a shepherds hut then these will be in the fridge or electric cooler in your hut. Enjoy your evening sitting out with your own barbecue watching the sun set behind the surrounding fields, woods and Wiltshire’s famous rolling downland. Once the cool evening air greets you, curl up under your Egyptian cotton bed linen, enjoying both the toasty warmth and ambience of the hut’s wood burner. The perfect way to prepare for bedtime, snug inside your very own shepherd’s hut, with the sound of nature soothing you into a deep and restful sleep.
We have washroom facilities such as toilets (with disabled access), showers, washing up facilities and a kitchen area (by the office), BBQs, fire pit and a hammock are also available for your use. Guests are welcome to bring their own charcoal for the barbecues, but logs and kindling for the fire pit and woodburning stoves are supplied on site.
Explore the nearby attractions such as Bowood House, with its gardens and much loved adventure playground and the Georgian city of Bath with its spa and grand architecture – all an easy drive away. Closer to home there are networks of footpaths and bridleways which gets you out into our own beautiful local landscape, leading to magical places such as our local White Horse, one of eight still visible in Wiltshire.
Our Coronavirus Booking Guarantee
Book with complete confidence at Highway Hill 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 due 30 days before your holiday
- Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
- Due to the flexibility provided we are unable to offer refunds
- This guarantee supersedes any other policies
Features & Facilities
Escape the chaos of city life for the freedom and wide open spaces of Highway Hill.
Our whole venue nestles in 100 acres of private land and forms part of the majestic North Wessex Downs - giving you endless freedom to roam without (hardly) bumping into a soul.
Bell Tents and Shepherd's Huts offer all the comforts of home and are spaced apart to create maximum privacy. We use only eco-friendly, probiotic cleaning products and, where possible, environmentally-friendly items which allows us to create an extremely healthy environment, support our planet and reduce our carbon footprint. We also offer an optional food delivery service straight to your door, should you wish.
If it's peace and quiet you want, but with all the comforts of home, Highway Hill is the place for you.
Each Shepherd's Hut has electric lighting and plug sockets, plus a fridge or electric coolbox, and induction or gas hob. Bell tents don't have electricity but do have battery-powered lights. Tent guests can access electric sockets either in the communal Safari Tent (where you will also find cooking facilities).
There are 2 showers and 3 toilets next to the campsite, with another 3 toilets and 1 shower next to the office/reception and kitchen; of these, 1 of the toilets, plus the shower, is wheelchair accessible.
Shepherd's huts have fire bowls that can be used as a BBQ/small firepit. All Highway Hill guests have access to the large campsite fire pit (complimentary firewood is provided). There are board games, cards and jigsaws to borrow, plus maps and books detailing local walks and flora and fauna.
Our accommodation is finished to an extremely high standard. Wood burning stoves offer cosy nights in, whilst our Egyptian cotton bedding makes for a great night’s sleep. In the summer, you can barbecue on one of our fire-pits and, as night falls, toast marshmallows, share stories or while away the evening gazing into the dying embers before drifting off to sleep under the stars.
There are plenty of fantastic walks starting close by, including a pleasant 7 mile trek to the local Cherhill White Horse, one of numerous chalky equine hill figures found across Wiltshire. A 15 minute drive away lies the ancient stone circles of Avebury, along with a museum and various other attractions in the village including the National Trust owned Avebury Manor (01672 538016). There are also several other Neolithic sites in the region, such as West Kennet Long Barrow. The Georgian stately home, Bowood House (01249 812102), is about a 15 minute drive away and features a famous adventure playground for the little ones, as well as stunning grounds designed by Capability Brown. The iconic city of Bath, with its Roman and Georgian attractions, is also just 45 minutes away.
Food & Drink
Basic provisions such as milk, tea, coffee, sugar, and oats, are supplied on arrival. Guests are welcome to use the oven, microwave and other cooking facilities in the main kitchen, and pre-made meals can be ordered too. The White Horse Inn (01249 813118), found about 2 miles away in Compton Bassett, offers a sophisticated spin on pub grub classics, while The Duke Hotel (01793 823026) in Hilmarton boasts the best beer garden.
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Highway Hill is easily accessible from the M4, from either Junction 16 (Swindon and Royal Wootton Bassett) or Junction 17 (Chippenham). More detailed instructions will be sent upon completion of booking.
Nearest train stations are Swindon and Chippenham, and the 55 bus can take you from either of these to the nearest bus stop at The Duke in Hilmarton. Highway Hill is about two-and-a-half miles away from the bus stop so you will need to arrange a taxi for the final stretch. Alternatively, a pre-booked taxi from Swindon or Chippenham will cost around £25.