Abberton Shepherds Hut
Abberton Shepherds Hut , Manor Farm, Abberton, Worcestershire, WR10 2NR
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 is 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. Also, enjoy complimentary essentials (tea, coffee, butter, sugar, eggs, milk and jam) to avoid a last minute dash to the shops.
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.
The Owner SaysA 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.
Wonderful place- a very relaxing experience
We were lucky enough to be the first guests at the Shepherds Hut and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We wished we had booked a longer stay as the hut was so relaxing and there is so much to do in the local area. The hosts are very welcoming and could not do enough for us, to make sure that we had everything we needed. The hut is very cosy but big enough so that you don't feel cramped and so you could easily stay for a week or more. The inside of the hut is also higher than normal which was great for my partner who is quite tall. All the furnishings were done to a very high standard and we loved all the natural wood finishings. Lovely to experience being on a working farm too, especially seeing all the animals. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.