Reconnect with nature glamping in a shepherds hut in coastal Essex in this unique location. The Shepherds Hide is a luxurious and secluded self catering shepherds hut, tucked away in the heart of the Essex coast just outside Colchester. It is perfect for short breaks, romantic getaways, a rural retreat or for longer self-catering holidays in the countryside with excellent bird watching and walking on site and a range of tourist attractions nearby. Our shepherds hut for two adults is located on our family farm where a warm welcome awaits you. Hidden away in a wooded area adjacent to the mill pond in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Surround yourself in nature, forget the outside world and relax and enjoy this hidden gem. We can offer you a really unique setting and the best glamping experience.
You may well not want to leave when you get here but if you do, you are within easy access of coastal towns such as Brightlingsea, Wivenhoe, Manningtree, Frinton-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze. There is also the Dedham Vale famous for John Constable, Colchester Zoo, Colchester Castle, the luxury Lifehouse Spa in Thorpe-le-Soken and many Essex Wildlife Trust sites such as Fingringhoe, Walton-on-the-Naze and Abberton Reservoir. The Shepherds Hide allows you a holiday near to London, being only an hours train ride or drive away.
Cosy, warm, relaxing and peaceful. Come and stay, we look forward to welcoming you……..
THE SHEPHERDS HIDE
The Shepherds Hide is a spacious 20ft x 8ft luxury shepherds hut which has a king size bed, fully fitted kitchen and bathroom, kitted out to the highest of standards with mains power and water. There is no television or internet access ensuring peace, relaxation and tranquility for true enjoyment of this beautiful setting. Arrive and park in the farm yard in the allocated area, and transport your belongings by wheel barrow past the mill pond, through the trees to the Shepherds Hide. Once in and unpacked, you can step down onto the patio, enjoy a glass of wine, watch the sun set and enjoy the sounds of ducks on the mill pond and surrounding birdlife. If the weather is changeable you can light the log burner, get cosy and relax in the warm and luxurious accommodation.
Inside The Shepherds Hide includes
- Comfortable king size bed
- Dining area
- Electric underfloor heating
- Log burner
- Plenty of storage
- Electric cooker with hob
- Kettle and toaster
- Insulated and double glazed
- Basic Earth Botanicals toiletries
- Bio D fully biodegradeable hand wash
- Local breakfast basket for your first morning
THE FARM AND LOCAL AREA
The Shepherds Hide is ideally located for walks along Alresford Creek to Wivenhoe with footpaths passing through the farm, bird watching from the shepherds hut and along the Essex creeks and salt marshes in this part of the county. This coastal retreat is an artists, walkers and bird watchers paradise. From the shepherds hut you can often see a Marsh Harrier swooping over the mill pond, a really amazing sight as well as a range of other fantastic birds, such as the Kingfisher who we see on a daily basis here. The Shepherds Hide can offer a very special bird watching holiday. If you venture further afield by foot, you can enjoy glorious bird watching along the Colne Estuary, walking the many footpaths direct from The Shepherds Hide.
The farm has the only fully restored water mill in Essex located within its heart, Thorrington Tide Mill. This is now owned by Essex County Council and is open as a museum between April and September on the last Sunday of every month, some bank holidays and special mill open days. Enjoy our menagerie of tame ducks, chickens and guinea fowl. During the Summer between late May and mid July (season length is subject to the weather) the farm opens for pick your own strawberries.
The area that surrounds The Shepherds Hide is an excellent coastal location in North Essex just south of the Suffolk border but only an hour from London. Explore….
- Dedham, set by the River Stour, is in the heart of Constable Country
- Flatford Mill
- Aldeburgh is a little further afield but well worth the hours drive
- Southwold is a further half an hours drive from Aldeburgh
From £95 per night
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