The hut is positioned in a field with uninterrupted views over the Walland and Romney Marshes, yet only a 10 minute walk from the beach. It is in an entirely secluded spot and offers those staying the perfect place for complete relaxation. The most unique aspect of the marsh is the flat terrain and its accompanying massive skies and it is this distinctive quality that we have made best use of by building the unusual picture window into the hut. Waking up in the morning to complete silence apart from birdsong and seeing nothing but the wide horizon at the foot of your bed really is an experience and we are thrilled to have been able to tailor make our hut to exploit this lovely feature. Watch the barn owls hunting along the ditch at dusk and see if you can spot the pair of grey partridges that call our farm home.
The hut sleeps two in one double bed and offers everything anyone could want for a short break. It has been built beautifully by Ashwood Shepherds Huts, fully insulated and decorated to a high standard with solid English oak floorboards, full length linen curtains and blinds and a really comfy double bed with memory foam mattress.
There is a small kitchen inside the hut with a small butlers sink, hot and cold taps, gas hob for boiling a kettle when its too warm to light the fire, and dresser unit above.
Of course, no shepherds hut would be complete without the ubiquitous wood burner and can be used to boil the kettle, heat small meals or just to warm the hut on chilly nights.
The en-suite bathroom, although small, has a full sized shower along with small basin and eco loo.
Outside is a fire pit enabling you to make the most of the long summer evenings with a gin and tonic and a barbecue without having to go anywhere if you don’t want to. If you do want to go out to eat, a delicious meal is guaranteed a short drive away in the village of Camber at The Gallivant, (http://thegallivant.co.uk) which has recently been included in Square Meals’ ‘Top 100 UK Restaurants, and The Sunday Times ‘Top 100 UK Hotels – hotels for food’. There is also a very wide range of restaurants in Rye which is only a 10 minute drive away.
We have designed our hut in a very specific manner; as far as is possible, everything inside has been sourced or made locally in Kent and East Sussex. As a farming family it is very important to us that we support the local community and this is something we have tried to follow through in the hut. Many of the items you will see, from the paintings to the rugs, even the kitchen units, have been made locally and are for sale, either directly from us or from their creator online and this way we hope you will be able to take some of your stay back home with you.
The hut contains:
Double bed, small kitchen area with sink and hob, drop leaf table, two chairs, wood burner. Full sized hot shower, eco loo, basin. Pillows, duvets, 100% french linen sheets, Egyptian cotton towels and tea towels. Romney Wool Company travel sized bath products are also provided.
A fire pit for barbequing, two chairs and a table with parasol.
Your hut will have all the essentials for your stay, including milk, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar, bin bags, washing up liquid, saucepan and frying pan, kettle, knives and forks, plates, mugs and glasses etc. Please contact us if you require any further information on what is included.
The hut only sleeps two people in one double bed.
As we are entirely off grid, the hut is powered by leisure battery on a 12v supply which provides the lighting, however plenty of extra candles are provided. A gas canister heats the water and supplies the gas stove.
We also offer/suggest the following (depending on seasonal availability):
- A breakfast box containing bread, butter, apple juice, water, our own very free-range eggs, fruit, marmalade honey and jam, granola, yoghurt or bacon and sausages. These cost just £15-20 depending on contents and will easily feed 2. All items locally sourced. Subject to availability; please contact us for details.
For the barbecue
Being as lucky as we are to live so close to the sea, there is an abundant supply of fresh seafood from local fishmongers. A particularly good and award winning fishmonger is Rye Bay Fish (www.scallop.org.uk) which is just over the bridge as you go into Rye. Do visit them for a brilliant selection of freshly caught fish and shell fish, and very good advice!
A 15 minute drive away at Winchelsea Beach is The Ship (www.shipwinchelseabeach.co.uk) owned and run by Jamie Wickens who is a Rick Stein food hero and one of The Times top 10 UK butchers. The Ship has a super food hall and deli which is attached to a very popular café and restaurant and serves fresh, locally sourced meat and food products which we highly recommend as a real experience in itself. There you will find steaks, burgers, sausages, chops and much more for your barbecue.