Abberton Shepherds Hut

UK England West Midlands Worcestershire

  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Glamping on a Worcestershire working farm off the beaten track, with stunning views and a timeless storybook setting

You needn’t be nutty about history to appreciate the pretty Worcestershire village of Abberton. It’s been secreted away here in the countryside between Worcester and the Cotswolds since early Saxon times and has a marvellously timeless mixture of redbrick homes, thatched wooden barns and an 18th-century, stone church whose spire was removed after World War II to help pilots land at a local base. It’s just beyond, in the fields that spitfires once glided over, humming above the trees, that today, you’ll also find one of the village’s prettiest country homes – Abberton Shepherd’s Hut.

Accessed via a sun-dusted gravel driveway and nestled against broad, green bushes, Abberton Shepherd’s Hut is a truly remarkable glamping hideaway. Handmade entirely from one single ash tree, that blew down on the farm several years ago, it manages the supreme feat of looking beautifully traditional in its old orchard setting, whilst also subtly offering all the modern comforts of a luxury glamping holiday – plush en-suite facilities, a modern kitchen space and a balcony with views all the way to the stone folly at Bredon Hill in the Cotswolds.

What really sets Abberton Shepherd’s Hut apart though are the minute details that owner, Catriona Sutherland, has woven into every aspect of the hut. The continuity of the exposed ash wood throughout – the floorboards, the chunky table top, the bathroom shelves – grounds it in the setting, while the décor, crockery and wood-burning stove lend it all a farm-house type feel. It's a unique farmstay, so it would be remiss not to also take the opportunity to sample the local produce – fresh eggs, lamb, pork and beef (from the heard of Aberdeen Angus cattle, resident here for more than 20 years) are all available seasonally on request.

Should the view draw you out, and it surely will, there’s some 260-acres of the farm’s own land to explore (including egg collecting from the hens, which children will love). Head further afield to enjoy the Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills, or start from base and walk the three-mile, cross-country route to Inkberrow for a confusingly named pair of pubs: The Bulls Head and The Old Bull. The latter, a white, half-timbered, low-ceilinged affair claims to be the inspiration for the fictional ‘Bull’ in The Archers on BBC Radio 4 and is dotted with memorabilia. It’s a fitting find in this quaint, countryside location. As if pubs, villages and tiny shepherd’s huts like those around Abberton are so good its almost fiction. You’ll just have to discover the reality for yourself.

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Facilities

The single shepherd's hut sleeps 4 in a double bed and a set of small bunk beds for children. Hand crafted from the wood from a single ash tree blown down on the farm years ago, the hut has everything you need, including a table and chairs, a Belfast sink, fridge, oven, hobs, utensils, crockery and cutlery, pots and pans, storage, a wood-burning stove (logs provided) and a fully en-suite bathroom with a toilet, shower, sink and heated towel rails (towels and toiletries provided). The south-facing balcony offers superb views over views over Bredon Hill and there is a BBQ area and parking space. Feed the hens and collect eggs. Extensive walking on the 260-acre farm and you can even take out Evie the farm sheepdog on your wander if you like! We also have WIFI.

Suitable For

Glamping only (though an extra tent is allowed for children). Pets permitted but they may not go inside the hut.

Nearby

Manor Farm (where Abberton Shepherd's Hut is based) is located within a conservation area in the heart of the Vale of Evesham. The area is famous for its fruit, vegetables and agriculture and is a joy to explore on foot – the 260-acre farm itself is a good starting point or try walking some of the Wychavon Way long distance footpath. From the Abberton Shepherd's Hut balcony you're also able to see The Cotswolds in the distance and the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is also within easy driving range. There are 3 pubs and 2 farm shops within 2 miles of the site and its a little further to Inkberrow – home to The Old Bull pub (01386 792428), inspiration, apparently, for BBC Radio 4 series The Archers (the oldest running soap in the UK, if not the world). Visit the market town of Pershore and its beautiful abbey (01386 552071) and is particularly beautiful in spring. Finally, there are some world class Shakespearean sights only 30 minutes away in the unmistakably Tudor town of Stratford-upon-Avon, be sure to stop off at National Trust Coughton court on your way to enjoy the beautiful gardens.

Food & Drink

Guests will recieve complimentary essentials, including: tea, coffee, butter, sugar, milk and jam. For everything else fresh from the farm, there's Hillers Farm Shop (01789 773057) a 10-minute drive away – it has a maize maze, sandpit and miniature railway that the kids will love, plus a proper on-site restaurant.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

A unique shepherds hut situated on a 260 acre working farm in a small village called Abberton. This particular area of the country has very low rainfall and is famous for their fruit and veg because of the consistent great weather. This unique village has had no building increase for at least 50 years, it is stunningly English with a very friendly and welcoming community.

Accommodation

1 exclusive shepherd's hut (sleeping 2 adults and 2 children) set in an orchard on a working Worcestershire farm. A bell tent available in the summer also. Check Availability

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Getting There

Abberton Shepherds Hut is 20 minutes from the M5 junction 6 and 40 minutes to the M40 junction 15.  Once in the village, if church is on your  left you have gone too far. If church is on your right keep going past abberton hall round the bend and after 200 m the farm entrance is on you right.Turn into Manor Farm entrance, and keeping  right and follow the farm road up in to the farm yard, then on your right there are 2 wooden gates go through them  and park beside the hut .

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